Monday, July 6, 2015

Barack Obama, American Jews and Israel

The American intelligentsia tends consistently to vote Democratic. No news there. Now, we learn, that this same group, many of whose members, one suspects, are Jewish, has turned against Israel.

In the Age of Obama American Jews don’t want to look like they are racists.

It’s one more victory for Barack Obama. These opinion leaders are so avid to follow the man they helped put in the White House that they have embraced his contempt for the state of Israel. And, let’s not be too na├»ve, they are also accepting his contempt for the Jewish people.

The Times of Israel reports on a poll, taken by Frank Luntz:

Three quarters of highly educated, high income, publicly active US Democrats — the so-called “opinion elites” — believe Israel has too much influence on US foreign policy, almost half of them consider Israel to be a racist country, and fewer than half of them believe that Israel wants peace with its neighbors. These are among the findings of a new survey carried out by US political consultant Frank Luntz.

Detailing the survey results to The Times of Israel on Sunday, Luntz called the findings “a disaster” for Israel. He summed them up by saying that the Democratic opinion elites are converting to the Palestinians, and “Israel can no longer claim to have the bipartisan support of America.”

True enough, it doesn’t look good for Israel.

But, why blame the Israeli government? Perhaps American Jews should start reflecting on their own political convictions and, in particular, their blind loyalty to the radical left.

For failing to understand what they have voted for and for refusing to accept that they put someone in the White House who has a decidedly negative bias toward Israel, American Jews have become enablers. You know and I know that Obama would never have continued his hostility toward Israel if he did not believe that American Jews were supporting him.

Here, from the Times of Israel, are some of the poll results:

• Asked about Israeli influence on US foreign policy, an overwhelming 76% of Democrats, as compared to 20% of Republicans, said Israel has “too much influence.”

• Asked whether Israel is a racist country, 47% of Democrats agreed it is, as opposed to 13% of Republicans. Another 21% of Democrats didn’t know or were neutral (as opposed to 12% of Republicans), and only 32% of Democrats disagreed when asked if Israel is a racist country, as opposed to 76% of Republicans. (Overall 32% of those polled said Israel is a racist country.)

• Asked whether Israel wants peace with its neighbors, while an overwhelming 88% of Republicans said it does, a far lower 48% of Democrats agreed. Another 21% of Democrats didn’t know or were neutral (as compared to 7% of Republicans). And 31% of Democrats did not think Israel wants peace (as compared to 5% of Republicans).

• Asked whether they would be more likely to vote for a local politician who supported Israel and its right to defend itself, an overwhelming 76% of Republicans said yes, but only 18% of Democrats said yes. Meanwhile, only 7% of Republicans — but 32% of Democrats — said they would be less likely to support a local politician who backed Israel.

• Asked whether they would be more likely to vote for a local politician who criticized Israeli occupation and mistreatment of Palestinians, 45% of Democrats said yes, compared to just 6% of Republicans. Asked whether they would be less likely to vote for a local politician who criticized Israeli occupation and mistreatment of Palestinians, a whopping 75% of Republicans said yes, compared to just 23% of Democrats.

• Asked whether the US should support Israel or the Palestinians, a vast 90% of Republicans and a far lower 51% of Democrats said Israel. Another 8% of Republicans and 31% of Democrats were neutral. And 18% of Democrats said the Palestinians, compared to 2% of Republicans. Overall, 68% of those polled said the US should support Israel, and 10% said the US should support the Palestinians.

• Asked about which side they themselves support, 88% of Republicans and 46% of Democrats said they were “pro-Israeli” while 4% of Republicans and 27% of Democrats said they were “pro-Palestinian.”

• Asked if settlements are an impediment to peace, 75% of Democrats and 25% of Republicans agreed.

Now, the pro-Israeli party in America is the Republican Party. Let's see how that translates into votes.


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