Leaving Israel is like leaving democracy

The Democratic Party now faces a major test. Where will he stand when it comes to continuing America’s long-standing, bipartisan support for Israel? Will it banish far-left voices that spew hatred at the Jewish state? Or will these voices eventually become the mainstream of the party?

The answer will determine not only the cohesion of the party, but also its viability in American politics.

Whether they acknowledge it or not, the Democratic Party is currently undergoing Israel’s test, as Professor George Gilder puts it in his book of the same name. Gilder argues that Israel, with its vibrant democracy and myriad innovations, embodies the triumph of democracy, decency, creativity and courage.

It notes that, historically, countries that have endorsed Israel and the expansive worldview it represents have prospered, while those that have not remained mired in poverty and violence. The reason? Gilder hypothesizes that the perspective on Israel is more than a foreign policy issue; rather, it reflects a spirit. Leaving Israel is like leaving democracy.

The Democratic Party has been a staunch supporter of Israel, from the days of President Harry Truman, the first world leader to recognize the new state, to the time of President Barack Obama in the Oval Office, when he supported the missile defense of the Dome. Iron of Israel.

Today, however, that immaculate record of support is threatened by the progressive wing of the party, embodied in the so-called “Squad.” This small but noisy group exposes the Palestinian narrative of eternal victimization. It promotes the anti-Semitic idea that all of Israel’s success stems from its original sin and must be dismantled. Therefore, we are witnessing that Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.) calls Israel an “apartheid state.” We see Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) Neglecting to mention Jews in a Holocaust Remembrance Day tweet.

The radical left, it seems, never misses an opportunity to snub Jews and vilify the Jewish state. True to Israel’s test thesis, this attitude has not been relegated to criticism of Israel, but has evolved into a policy of victimization, a self-loathing of the United States.

Yet anti-Semitism is not a winning issue in the free world, and in America, these strident voices still represent a fringe minority of the Democratic Party. The recent special election in Ohio’s 11th district confirms this. Backed by Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) And the Squad, a radical leftist, Nina Turner, at one point enjoyed a 35-point lead in the polls. But as the elections approached, his advantage was shrinking. In the end, he lost the race to Shontel Brown, a centrist Democrat and friend of Israel supported by Hillary Clinton and the Congressional Black Caucus. The proof is on the ballot.

The defeat of left-wing radicals is not just an American phenomenon; a similar result occurred in the UK in 2019. Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn single-handedly alienated the British Jewish community with his anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist rhetoric and positions. This community represents only 0.5% of the general British population. However, in late 2019 Corbyn suffered a massive election defeat, with the worst Labor performance since 1935. In 2020, he was suspended from the Labor Party.

In the United States Congress, radical leftists remain a fringe group, the Squad notwithstanding. And the American public far exceeds Israel’s test. To stay vibrant and relevant, the Democratic Party must do the same. It must rally around its support for Israel and repudiate radicals out of touch with the American public.

This is a crucial moment for the Democratic Party. To avoid being divided at the seams, Democrats must choose to support Israel, as they have historically done and as most of them continue to do. If the Democratic Party recognizes that Israel’s test will determine its future, it can muster the integrity to resist the radicals, reclaim its traditional support for Israel, and return to the well-deserved vitality it once enjoyed.

Adam Milstein is a venture philanthropist and co-founder of the Israeli-American Council and the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation. James Jay Carafano, vice president of the Heritage Foundation, leads the think tank’s research on national security and foreign affairs. This op-ed is published in association with a coalition of organizations fighting anti-Semitism around the world. Read the previous article by David Collier.


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