According to a recent CNN poll a majority of Democrats do not support Jewish rights to self-defense, while three-quarters of Republicans and a majority of independents, such as myself, do.
"Although most Americans think the Israeli actions are justified, there are key segments of the public who don't necessarily feel that way," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Only four in ten Democrats think the Israeli actions in Gaza are justified, compared to 74% of Republicans and 59% of independents."I never cease to be amazed that most Jews support a political party and a political movement that is increasingly hostile to the state of Israel and, thus, to their own well-being.
I wonder how long this can last? What we saw in the last election was a drop of Jewish support for the Democratic presidential nominee by about 10 points. Simultaneously we are seeing an increase of Jewish support for the Republican party, bringing it up to around 30 percent of American Jews.
There is no possible way that the left can continue to kick around the Jewish people and still maintain Jewish support. These kinds of changes take place slowly over time, but they do happen. Even the traumatized Jews have enough self-respect to not stand with people who spit directly into our faces.