July 17, 2006

THE MULTI DON'T LIKE THE MONO:

City's left is torn by Mideast crisis (Ben Smith, 7/17/06, NY Daily News)

The broadening violence in the Middle East is endangering a political species with deep roots in New York: the liberal Israel hawk.

Although parts of the American left are more sympathetic to the Palestinian side of that conflict, "in New York the liberals are Zionists, because they're Jews," says Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Brooklyn, Queens).

But the anti-war, anti-Bush, pro-Israel "progressive" political space occupied by the likes of the upper West Side's Rep. Jerrold Nadler and national Democrats such as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is shrinking.

Israel's American allies are increasingly in the Republican Party, and leading journals of the American left have been skeptical of Israel's aggressive military response to the kidnapping of its soldiers.

Nadler said he sees "an increasing strain on the far left that is unreasonably anti-Israel, which I do not understand." An unwillingness to support Israel's right to defend itself, he said, could be tantamount for supporting the destruction of Israel. "If this kind of support for genocide of Jews continues to infect the left - that's not a left I want to be part of," Nadler said.


The problem, of course, is that the entire Left isn't Jews and those that aren't hate Jews for the same reason they all hate Christians.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 17, 2006 7:26 AM
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Of course, the leftist Jews hate themselves, or they wouldn't be leftists, so the circle is complete...

Posted by: M. Murcek at July 17, 2006 9:11 AM

A childhood friend of mine now living in Tacoma Park outside Washington has a webpage in which he describes himself as a loyal liberal Democrat who is becoming increasingly hawkish about Israel. The past week has probably added to his political identity confusion (though I'm guessing he's not yet to the point where he's a Washington Times subscriber).

Posted by: John at July 17, 2006 10:40 AM

The only faith the left feels good about is Islam.

Posted by: Tom C.,Stamford,Ct. at July 17, 2006 3:43 PM

And they hate the Shi'ites.

Posted by: oj at July 17, 2006 3:48 PM

Talk about a path dependent result. We're talking about whether a liberal democracy should respond to a political party/private militia in a neighboring country lobbing missiles over the border and taking soldiers hostage. Try to imagine what we would do if the missiles were coming over the Mexican border and hitting Texas.

(Actually, we wouldn't have to do anything. Having tried that little thought experiment, the Mexican government would come down on them like a ton of bricks.)

Posted by: David Cohen at July 17, 2006 6:11 PM
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