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Reader comment on item: The Left vs. Israel

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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Daniel Pipes replies:

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

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