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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

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April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

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April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

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Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

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April 9, 2014

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Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

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April 8, 2014

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April 2, 2014

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Jewish World Review Nov. 7, 2006 / 16 Mar-Cheshvan, 5767

Before you pull that election lever

By Jeff Ballabon

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Yes, there are differences between the Dems and GOPers when it comes to the Holy Land. Significant ones

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In recent weeks, even as the Democrats' fortunes skyrocket everywhere else, the National Jewish Democratic Council is in crisis management mode responding to a series of Republican Jewish Coalition advertisements which clearly have drawn blood. The RJC ads publicize recent polls and public comments highlighting the substantial philosophical gap between Republicans and Democrats on the issue of Israel. The ads are factual, not hysterical, and therefore devastating.

Last week, AIPAC finally weighed in, not on behalf of Israel, but on behalf of Democrats, issuing a statement to support the NJDC's improbable claim that there is no discernable difference between the two parties when it comes to this one, apparently uncontroversial, well-settled issue: Middle East policy.

Since it is obvious to even the least politically-minded that what to do about the Middle East is a matter of serious contention and that there must be some difference between the parties, why would AIPAC make such a patently absurd public statement?

For that matter, why on this one issue don't the Democrats themselves try to argue that they are better than Republicans, rather than just "as good as?"

The reality is that nobody in Washington seriously doubts which party is better for Israel. Confronted with the obvious superiority of Republican inclinations on Israel, however, AIPAC's fundraising base would evaporate, so AIPAC constructed the argument of bipartisanship "for Israel's sake." On issues like school choice, gay marriage and abortion (which polling shows are far more significant to them than Israel) however, AIPAC's base has no hesitation in fighting for Democratic control of Congress. AIPAC's bipartisanship fetish is thus an expedient to sustain its own base in the face of Democratic hostility to Israel, often at the cost of Israel’s interests.

Here's an example from the recent Hezbollah war of AIPAC putting Democrats before Israel. Embedded in a Jewish Telegraphic Agency article challenging the credibility of Walt and Mearsheimer, authors of the controversial “The Israel Lobby” report, is the following:

Mearsheimer also said the American Israel Public Affairs Committee was the "driving force" behind efforts in Congress to remove language from pro-Israel war resolutions that called on all sides to preserve civilian life.

In fact, JTA has established that the initiative was purely Republican and had nothing to do with AIPAC. Some pro-Israel lobbyists told JTA they found the partisan dustup on the issue distasteful.

The context: During the conflict, Israel was confronted by customarily corrupt treatment by the media, the UN and others of Israel's defensive response as morally indistinguishable from Hezbollah's attacks. Democrats, leader Nancy Pelosi among them, insisted on language that made it appear as though Congress also equated Israel's actions and intentions with Hezbollah's. Republicans balked, refusing to treat Israel like terrorists.

In this dispute, one would expect any "pro-Israel" lobby to align with the Republican position. Not AIPAC. Too "distasteful."

The appalling truth is that for years Republicans on the Hill, Christian Zionists and hawkish groups like the Zionist Organization of America actually have being restrained in their support for Israel by AIPAC's tepid Democrat-friendly agenda. Israel has endured a major terror war recently ratified in the landslide election of Hamas as representing the unified will of Palestinian Arabs. During the same period, war-on-terror hawks have been in control of the House, the Senate and the White House and champing at the bit to quash the Palestinian terror culture and infrastructure. In this context, AIPAC’s agenda of foreign aid and toothless resolutions criticizing hugely unpopular regimes like Iran and Syria are demonstrably less a robust pro-Israel platform than what they really represent: a minimalist agenda crafted to allow even Democrats to achieve certified "100% pro-Israel" voting records so that millions of dollars keeps flowing through AIPAC, directly and indirectly.

If this sounds cynical, then consider: all interest groups would like to achieve bipartisan support of their issue. So isn't it striking that literally the only one issue in Washington on which the major lobby insists that party control doesn't matter is Israel? Does anybody doubt that unions prefer Democratic congresses or that pro-lifers want Republicans? Bipartisanship is valuable up to the point where you have to sacrifice your issue in order to achieve bipartisanship. AIPAC's anomalous neutrality and its lavish support of legislators with radically different agendas not only promotes the treacherous pretense that Democrats are as good for Israel's survival as Republicans, it also guts the phrase "pro-Israel" of any real meaning in terms of US policy.

There are other consequences. Republicans and Democrats differ based on a competing set of fundamental principles. By asserting that on this one issue the parties are indistinguishable, AIPAC disingenuously promotes the impression that Israel policy is based solely on the Jewish Lobby's fundraising, rather than on any core ideas or ideals. That may help AIPAC, but the grotesque result is a conviction now shared by Israel's enemies and friends that all Israel policy is unprincipled; that all lawmakers are for sale; and, of course, that Jews have too much money and power.

Before the last election, Israeli polls showed Israelis overwhelmingly preferring Bush to Kerry. Israeli papers reported that the Israeli government had a conspicuous preference for Bush. As the JTA reported in May 2004, however,

AIPAC has touted this election as a "win-win" proposition, noting Bush's strong support for Israel and Kerry's 100 percent pro-Israel voting record in the Senate.

Bush and Kerry "win-win?" Republicans and Democrats indistinguishable? It would be funny if Jews weren't being killed.

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