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Jewish Groups Lean Left while GOP becomes Increasingly pro-Israel

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 1:05 pm - August 11, 2006.
Filed under: War On Terror

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.



  1. Are Jewish Americans obligated to pledge alegiance to the state of Israel? Perhaps they are Americans first and Jewish second? Or perhaps they aren’t Israelis?

    And you really should look a little more in depth as to why so many self-identified Republicans are pro-Israel. The motivations are not at all spotless.

    Comment by sean — August 11, 2006 @ 1:16 pm - August 11, 2006

  2. is that matthew heidt guy over at black five – you know, the former NAVY SEAL who calls himself froggy@blackfive (buddies with pajamas media blog ace of spades, protein wisdom, etc.) – is he gay too?

    Comment by tom — August 11, 2006 @ 3:12 pm - August 11, 2006

  3. Sean, if you really want the answer, ask an Israeli about his Leftie, American co-religionists and you’ll get an earful…most of it dismissive.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — August 11, 2006 @ 3:43 pm - August 11, 2006

  4. The Israelis I know weren’t big fans of Sharon and are ambivalent about things in Israel and Lebanon now. Not all that dismissive at all….

    But I guess you might want me to ask a supposed REAL Israeli, along the blathering lines of how there are supposed REAL Americans.

    Comment by sean — August 12, 2006 @ 5:30 am - August 12, 2006

  5. This post made me think of some other things, too. Isn’t it possible that Jewish Americans might vote in America on other issues and not be consumed with Israel? For example, Jewish Americans might want better health care, social services, and education; they may fear the increasing influence of anti-science and anti-Enlightenment Christian right folks; and they may want their own country to be a little more diplomatic and peaceful on the world stage. Why should Israel be their over-riding concern.

    I mean, we don’t think that people should vote solely on gay issues, do we?

    Comment by sean — August 12, 2006 @ 5:35 am - August 12, 2006

  6. #5 – “I mean, we don’t think that people should vote solely on gay issues, do we?”

    Uh, sean, that’s exactly what HRC and the LeftLibGay coalition WANT you to think…and to hell with those who do not support that agenda.

    Sort of like the Stalinist purge of all anti-war candidates in the RAT camp. You don’t believe me? Read Michael Moore’s website. He is declaring war on all anti-war candidates.

    War on the anti-war crowd. Hypocrisy, thy name is liberalism.

    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — August 12, 2006 @ 6:40 pm - August 12, 2006

  7. I mean, we don’t think that people should vote solely on gay issues, do we?

    We don’t.

    You, however, do.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — August 15, 2006 @ 3:52 pm - August 15, 2006

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