Are American Jews Leaving the Democratic Party?

Given the openly hostile treatment the Obama administration continues to give Israel, maybe its time for devoted American Israeli’s to have their ‘Reagan Moment’.  

Remember when Reagan said, ‘I didn’t leave the Democratic Party.  The Party left me.”  

The impact the Hamas conflict had on U.S.-Israeli bilateral relations was on display recently as ‘Bibi’ worked Congressional support on military shipments to Israel, outmaneuvering team Obama.  State insists that the current ‘squeeze’ is routine.   But a ‘review’ of American policy is a warning to Netanyahu and an invitation to his political opposition that their nation is at odds with an essential ally. 

Two points to ponder:  the Israeli prime minister firmly believes that he can continue to outmaneuver team Obama by exploiting political divisions in American government.  Secondly, how tenacious can Bibi remain if Obama delivers an open, public rift between Israel & the U.S. 

It is obvious that Obama wants a liberal lapdog in Israel. Its also obvious that team Obama make a serious strategic mistake in linking Hamas as representative of Palestine.  As one Israeli paper headlined, “US livid with Israel, Hamas can’t believe its luck.”

Obama’s approval rating among American liberal progressives is down from 78% in 2008 to 55% now. 

Is this the emerging ‘Reagan Moment’ for American Israeli’s?


About William Holland

Systematic Theologian/International Relations
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