Up until the Reagan years, Democrats were more supportive of Israel than the GOP. But, recent polls have shown that Republicans are more pro-Israel than Democrats. You would hardly know this from talking to many Jewish community leaders who still claim loyalty to a party that is becoming increasingly ambivalent about supporting the Jewish State, even as terrorist threats mount against it.
Earlier this month, Gary Wexler, a former board members of Americans for Peace Now, went so far as to write a piece in LA’s Jewish Journal saying that Left-Leaning Jewish Groups Out-of-Touch Now. In response to that thoughtful piece, Leah, one of our readers sent a letter into the Journal. As that paper only published part of the letter — and I believe the whole letter bears reading, I post it here in its entirety:
Thank you Gary for a calm reasoned article about your disappointment with Jewish Left in their attitude towards Israel. The Left has lectured us for years that the height of a persons moral character was to be non judgmental. And the best way to do so was to be the first to criticize oneself. As a Jew that meant always finding fault in Jewish religion and of course being the first on the block to criticize Israel. Israel bought into this world view, and rejected it’s former adherence to Right wing ideology. Such as building settlements or admitting that its’ acceptance of Western values was morally superior to what Islam has to offer the world.
Now it seems that this hasn’t worked either, Israel pulled out of Lebanon and Gaza, and now finds herself at war again.
The Jewish Left feels no need to reexamine itself, or stop repeating it’s old canards.
So for all those like Gary, who are disappointed in the Jewish left, welcome. Not to a monolithic right wing group. But to the people of Israel, who though we differ on many issues, realize that when it comes to the State of Israel we are united in seeing the she can defend her borders and people. And that she continue to be the beacon of democracy and light in the Middle East.