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Submitted by Len Sher (United States), Apr 19, 2016 at 22:04

"Jewish support for Israel has weakened primarily because Jews are solidly on the liberal-left of the political spectrum". This is the statement from the article and I have no doubts in it's correctness. What puzzles me is WHY?

I'm a former Soviet Union (current Ukraine) Jew who came to US in 1979. I have a MS degree in artificial control systems, I am a registered professional engineer. And I never understood why American Jews are so liberal and supporting Democrat party and all these big government initiatives that take from those who produce to those who consume. Do they follow Biblical Jewish tenets that charity is personal trait or is it selfish assumption that I pay taxes and government will take care of the needy.

I don't understand and am outraged with attitudes of J-street and similar Jews who blame Israel for harsh treatment of the Palestinians. I don't understand how they can criticize Israel and take Palestinian side and justify it with statements that "Israel is not beyond criticism". To me Israel is always right and correct in their fight with Palestinians. To me a "two-state-solution" pushed by US (and US Jews) is absurd. Palestinians (at least those who have any meaning in the negotiations, if any) don't want their own state. They don't want Israel. And I'm glad that liberal US Jews are loosing their importance in support of Israel. Israel, thank G-d, is becoming more and more prosperous Capitalist conservative state and that's very good and beneficial to Israel. As a Jew who lived for 42 years in socialist paradise I hate it (and any parts of it – Bernie comes to mind) passionately. But I still cannot comprehend why US Jews are so liberal and blind in support of liberalism.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

Much ink has been spilled trying to answer your question. In particular, see Norman Podhoretz' book on the topic.

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