On April 19, 2016, the people of the State of New York vote in presidential primaries. The U.S. state with the greatest number of Jews has the opportunity to vote in presidential primaries where a Jew is running on a major ticket for the very first time.
Remarkably, the Jewish candidate is – by far – the most aggressive and confrontational in his views of the Jewish State:
- Sanders was one of eight senators to boycott Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech in March 2015
- He was the only presidential candidate to not address the American Israel Political Affairs Committee in March 2016
- He appointed a “Jewish liaison” that was in favor of boycotting Israel, and cursed Netanyahu in April 2016 (and that’s his outreach person to Jews!)
- Accused the Israeli Defense Forces of deliberately killing Palestinian civilians in April 2016
- Often voices how much he dislikes Netanyahu, one of the only leaders in the world he repeatedly criticizes
These positions are actually held by other left-wing groups who consider themselves pro-Israel, as does Sanders. J Street (the home of Sanders’ Jewish outreach person) has even proposed that the United States begin punishing Israel at the United Nations Security Council, where the US is often the sole vote that prevents Israel from being subject to many biased laws. How’s that for pro-Israel?
J Street and Sanders still like to use the term “pro-Israel” in their tagline as they believe that Israel has the right to exist. Maybe they should consider the fact that most people think Peru should exist too, but don’t brand themselves as “pro-Peru.” A “pro-Peru” person would presumably not call for boycotting Peru’s goods or sanctioning it at the UN. Approving a country’s existence does not grant bona fides.
Radical left-wing people and groups like Bernie Sanders, Jewish Voice for Peace, Neturei Karta and J Street use their Jewishness as a red herring for their anti-Israel blood libels. If they were not Jewish and held these positions and made these statements, people would call them out as “anti-Israel” easily and immediately.
The Democrats have been moving away from Israel since Barack Obama was elected to office in 2008. The relationship blew up in full in 2012, when the Democrats opted to remove the long-standing pro-Israel positions in the party’s platform including:
- No longer stating that the US will isolate Hamas until it renounces terrorism
- No longer called for the Palestinian “refugees” to be settled in a new country of Palestine rather than Israel
- No longer stating that it is unrealistic to expect the border contours to follow the 1949 Armistice Lines
- Barely approved recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel
The Democratic party moved away from Israel these past eight years, and the radical socialist-wing of the party has moved it further still. (And this is while Sanders’ running for the office of president. One can only imagine how much more aggressive he would be if he actually won the office.)
The anti-Israel wing of the Democratic party has a champion. How many people will embrace him?
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