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Future of American conservatism

Reader comment on item: Does Israel Need U.S. Jewish Support?

Submitted by Simon (Australia), Apr 21, 2016 at 04:55

By relying so much on the support of US conservatives, isn't Israel to some extent tying itself to the long-term fortunes of US conservatism? As secularisation continues in the US, and the percentage of Christians declines, the political clout of Christian Zionists will likely decline too. The growth in minorities (especially Hispanics) poses a challenge for Republicans, as most minority groups tend to lean Democratic. Of course, Republicans are aware of the demographic challenge, and are seeking ways to increase their appeal to minority voters; but since minorities (particularly Hispanics) tend to be less pro-Israel than Non-Hispanic Whites, a focus on appealing to them might result (even if just as an unintended consequence) in a GOP with less of a focus on Israel. (I suppose that ultimately Israel has to take whatever support it can get, and that while I think these future risks are real, Israel has no real alternative to taking them.)


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Daniel Pipes replies:

I can't tell you whether conservatives will gain or lose strength. I can tell you that they, and not Jews, are Israel's mainstay.

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