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American Jews are Americans and Will Vote According to Issues Affecting the U.S.

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Submitted by Marian Hennings (United States), Apr 25, 2010 at 21:13

American Jews tend to be social liberals and they live in the U.S., not in Israel. I do not think you will see American Jews becoming Republicans in large numbers. Many American Jews are distressed by the actions of the current Israeli government, as are liberal Jews in Israel itself. My Jewish friends vote on issues which affect them on the domestic front, just as other U.S. citizens do. Israel is not the only issue on their minds, although it will always matter to them. Democrats are no less likely to support the existence of Israel as a Jewish state than Republicans, but they are more likely to be nostalgic for the days of Yitzhak Rabin and other Israelis of his political stripe. The rightist Israelis are too eager to court the Christian Zionists, whom they see as useful idiots. Leftist Jews have little use for the CZs either in Israel or in the U.S.

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