Friday, January 4, 2013

Republicans Still Support Israel More Than Dems.


We have talked about it here. It is no big secret. All that ever changes are the numbers, really. These latest numbers are troublesome for me. I thought Dems were more onside than this.

Commenting on a recent Pew Research Center for the People & the Press poll that showed 75 percent of Conservative Republicans sympathizing with Israel in its conflict with the Palestinians, compared with 33 percent of liberal Democrats siding with the Jewish state, the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) on Jan. 3 noted the “continued existence of a large ‘Israel gap’” between the two parties.
In the Dec. 14 Pew poll, 2 percent of Conservative Republicans and 22 percent of liberal Democrats said they sympathized with the Palestinian side in the conflict.
Pew had asked 1,503 respondents the following question: “In the dispute between Israel and the Palestinians, which side do you sympathize with more, Israel or the Palestinians?” From the poll’s results, Pew concluded that there continues to be “stark partisan differences in Middle East sympathies.” 
“This poll confirms the troubling shift among rank-and-file Democrats, for whom support of Israel is now a minority position,” RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks said in a Jan. 3 statement. “Other polls this past year, as well as the boos from the floor when a pro-Israel resolution was brought before the Democratic National Convention last summer, all point to lower support for Israel among Democrats. The traditional bipartisan support for Israel in Congress and the country is threatened by the leftward shift of the Democratic Party, a shift that increasingly makes it hard for some Democratic leaders to support Israel because of liberal pressure.” 

Minority position, eh? Don't say WE didn't see it coming.


  1. Meanwhile Foreign Policy Magazine is reporting that Obama actually is going to nominate Hagel for Sec of Defense.

    I have no doubt that "progressive Zionists" will tell us that it doesn't really matter or that Hagel is not so bad or that Obama had no real choice or that this is the fault of Netanyahu or that Obama's decision has nothing whatsoever to do with Israel or that blah, blah, blah.

    I'm telling ya, man, the progressive-left and the Democratic Party has absolutely betrayed its Jewish constituency and still they will kiss Obama's ass.


  2. I'd dispute Mr. Brooks' characterization of the move as a "leftward shift," although I would not object to characterizing it as a "pussyward shift." After all, that made-up word generally summarizes all of my frustrations with that party these days, anyway.

    Support for Israel needs to be a bipartisan thing, imo, and it is troubling to see no real effective push-back against this trend amongst the Democratic grassroots. It's lonely here.