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Reader comment on item: Coddling a Terrorist [Sami Al-Arian] Costs Votes

Submitted by J. Keen Holland (United States), Oct 20, 2004 at 02:27

This relationship between a facilitator of terrorism and a Democrat candidate might have been a surprise when I was young, but not now. The Democrats have been coddling the worst elements among the Palestinians for many years now. Hillary kisses Suha. Yasser endorses Kerry. It all fits together. The Israelis seem to understand this, preferring Bush to Kerry by a margin of 56 to 17 percent in a recent poll. But some of Israel's friends in America haven't figured it out yet.

Another recent poll of American Jews found something over 70 percent strongly concerned about Israel yet favoring Kerry by a very substantial margin. If this emphasis on Al-Arian and PIJ continues for the next two weeks in the Florida senate race, it might help Bush by moving some of Florida's substantial Jewish community to vote Republican for a change. On the other hand, Florida's Jewish community is heavily weighted towards the elderly and Kerry is playing social security and health issues to appeal to the pocketbooks of this key voter demographic.

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