By Ryan Jones, Israel Today—
American support for Israel used to very much be a bipartisan issue. Both Republicans and Democrats could credibly point to genuine concern for and backing of the Jewish state.
But in recent decades, the Democrats’ pro-Israel credentials have been called into question, especially with Israel itself routinely criticizing former-US President Barack Obama and his secretary of state, John Kerry, as antagonists who were jeopardizing its national security.
Current-US President Donald Trump has played on this theme, big time, to use one of his favorite phrases, by positioning himself as the most pro-Israel American leader ever. And that’s an assessment with which most Israelis will agree after Trump bucked decades of US foreign policy, to say nothing of regional Arab sensitivities, by moving the American embassy to Israel’s chosen (and eternal) capital, Jerusalem.
The Democrats are now hoping to reverse this trend with the establishment of a new group called the Democratic Majority for Israel. Continue Reading…