July 18, 2007


Left could push pro-Israel voters to GOP (Jennifer Rubin, July 18, 2007, Politico)

Support for Israel has long been a tenet of both political parties. Major Democratic and Republican 2008 presidential contenders have demonstrated their support for Israel by, among other things, attending the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference in Washington, touting their pro-Israel voting records and personally traveling to the region.

Yet pockets of anti-Israel sentiment are active in American politics and have found a home among a small group of Democratic lawmakers and leftist activists. While it's tempting to dismiss them as irrelevant, the left's views on Israel have in recent years seeped into mainstream politics.

A small but significant group of overwhelmingly Democratic members of Congress have consistently voted against efforts to support Israel in its continual struggle against terrorists and now an Islamist Hamas government in Gaza. These votes demonstrate that anti-Israel views are a minority in Congress -- but a minority composed primarily of the most left-leaning members of the Democratic Caucus.

Except that polls consistently demonstrate that American Jewish voters are neither particularly Jewish nor Zionist, which is why they oppose George W. Bush so steadfastly.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 18, 2007 12:00 AM

American Jews do vote for Republicans today. Americans whose grandparents were Jewish vote overwhelmingly for Dems.

Posted by: b at July 18, 2007 11:02 AM

b. You're going all oj on us. You're too cryptic. Please elaborate because it's an intriguing analysis.

Posted by: erp at July 18, 2007 3:36 PM

erp: Most American Jews are "secular Jews" and unsurpisingly vote as other agnostics/atheists do--overwhelmingly Dem. Far be it from me to question their Jewishness, what with them being the Chosen People and all, but they're Jews solely because of things that happened long before they were born.

It is my understanding that Orthodox Jews (I'm not 100% sure about other the numbers for Conservative or Reform Jews who regularly attend synagogue), i.e., those who actually practice the religion of Judaism, vote for Republicans in similar numbers as Christians who regularly attend church services.

Posted by: b at July 18, 2007 5:46 PM

I understand. Leftwing Jewishness is racial while rightwing Jewishness is religious. There's little hope then that the former will come to their senses and fly right.

Posted by: erp at July 19, 2007 5:41 AM