The NYT published a major article yesterday, namely, G.O.P. and Tea Party Gains Are Mixed Blessing for Israel
They raise concerns for Israel by saying many in the Tea Party are isolationist and that the strong stand of the GOP in favour of Israel is perhaps destroying the bi-partisan support it has enjoy til now. No mention is made that Republicans overwhelmingly (85%) support Israel compared to the Democrats (55%)
I am part on a email list of leading advocates for Israel representing academia and bloggers. Here are some comments;
This is in many ways representative of a new discourse: support for
Israel, once bipartisan, is dividing along party lines. But what is one
to make of the particular thrust of this piece: simply objective
reporting, adding a new observation–or a subtle way of telling
pro-Israel voters: don’t be so quick to rejoice?
Misc.: interesting that no mention that Cantor is Jewish (can’t imagine
a British paper letting that juicy fact go unremarked, can we? of
course, we have HuffPo and others to point it out).
let’s talk about the real world of the Democrats and not the anti-Israel left’s wish list. In April 2009 Re Stenny Hoyer openly broke with Obama. Congressional Democrats know that Israel is very popular with the American people. They know that the voters are moving toward the Republicans and if they show themselves hostile to Israel they will be in even more trouble. Even some of the Progressives have pro-Israel sentiments. Any conceivable presidential candidate other than Obama is pretty pro-Israel. The real problem is Obama and his White House advisors, not Democratic members of Congress and governors. In addition there is the actual situation. The Palestinians are not cooperative and keep dissing the US policy. The Islamists are anti-American; Iran will continue to be a headache. Read the AIPAC letter from last fall that got overwhelming support in both houses. It was respectful toward Obama but very tough in terms of being pro-Israel.
Lenny ben David
I’m no fan of the Tea Party, but for Israel it doesn’t appear to be the bogeyman the NYTimes portrays. Ron Paul and his son do not represent the entire party as this July article from Foreign Policy indicates.
Read the text of the resolution they signed. It’s inspiring and should be sent back to the NYTimes and around to all the 85 new Republicans in the House: