I recently rejoined the party. Not because I have suddenly reversed my views on President Obama’s treatment of Israel, and not because everything in the party is rosy. I’ve signed back up because there is now a credible and much-needed effort to fight the attempt to move the party away from its traditional support for Israel.
Some have minimized this slight by pointing out that candidates are invited to speak at AIPAC’s policy conference only during election years. True. However, most of the presidential candidates are senators or House members and, whether candidates or not, legislators typically clamor to attend lunches, dinners, and meetings with delegations from their states and districts, in addition to the Tuesday lobbying meetings at the Capitol. They do this because they perceive the delegates as influential opinion leaders and/or donors.
Now that Palestinians are once again”protesting” on the Gaza border, missiles and incendiary devices are targeting Israeli civilians, Palestinians are attempting to breach the border, one can be assured the press is on the spot to cover and criticize Israel’s response. CNN International and English-language France 24 are reporting on it pretty much hourly.
It’s just a matter of time until Bernie Sanders weighs in, once again using inaccurate statistics and invoking his mistaken understanding of the doctrine of proportionality in war.
Israel has an election on April 9th. Likud, led by legally and politically embattled Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu, is in a virtual dead heat with the newly formed Blue and White Party led by former Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and Yesh Atid (There is a Future) leader Yair Lapid. Regardless of which party wins the most seats, it appears that the parties on the right have a better chance of forming a coalition than those on the center and left.