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Bernie Sanders Helps Republicans

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Submitted by Dave (United States), May 31, 2016 at 09:47

This election cycle seems to have shaken a frankly anti-Israel politician of some significance out of the woodwork in the person of Bernie Sanders. Bernie focuses on criticizing Israel to the extent that he is insisting that the Democratic platform drop its traditional pro forma stance favoring Israel. He has appointed a sort of leftist hit squad for the purpose, including Dr. Cornel West, who is a proponent of BDS, demonizes Israel with blood-libel like accusations of mass murder and even blames Israel for Hamas rockets.

While Bernie will probably not be the nominee and his platform changes may turn out to be minor or cosmetic, his undeniable popularity and influence in a mainstream party should serve as a wake-up call to American Jewish voters: It's high time they reevaluate their long-standing love affair with the Democratic Party. Working against the shift will be inertia, some dubious Republican candidates, and the foolish consistency of little minds.


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It's not clear that pro-Israel donor and voters should abandon the Democrats, as that would make matters worse.

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1When is the Israeli government stopping in deluding itself that the Arab/Palestinians want peace? [288 words]YJ DraimanJun 20, 2016 11:41230088
The 1929 Arab Riots in Hebron and Massacre of the Jews - Every Jew must read this article [1194 words]YJ DraimanJun 24, 2016 01:32230088
The Left is the new Anti Israel??? [106 words]SabreKaiJun 7, 2016 10:45229864
1Return to the Future.... so much like the past... [138 words]Jon, a Brit in EurolandJun 1, 2016 19:29229785
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1Reactions to European and leftist anti-semitism [26 words]
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1The Missing Piece of the Puzzle? [594 words]Ron ThompsonMay 31, 2016 14:18229764
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Bernie Sanders Helps Republicans [156 words]
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DaveMay 31, 2016 09:47229760
Nationalism vs Empire [549 words]SAKOVKTMay 31, 2016 08:09229755
Remarkable that Israel extracts no price from its alleged 'friends'/allies etc for these hostile acts [13 words]MarkMay 31, 2016 07:43229753
Nothing surprising [59 words]VijayMay 31, 2016 05:58229751
Biden, next US President? is anti-Netanyahu and probably anti-Israel [482 words]Michael SMay 31, 2016 00:58229749
Please explain [26 words]
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Nachman RosenbergMay 31, 2016 00:37229746

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