Commentary

Democrat Party Bows to Its Ever-Growing Anti-Israel Power Base

By Rabbi Aryeh Spero | September 23, 2021 | 1:44pm EDT
The Israeli flag waves on the western wall of Jerusalem. (Photo credit: Michael Jacobs/Art in All of Us/Corbis via Getty Images)
The Israeli flag waves on the western wall of Jerusalem. (Photo credit: Michael Jacobs/Art in All of Us/Corbis via Getty Images)

Though proposing a massive, unprecedented spending bill of $3.5 trillion dollars, Democrats have decided to cut $1 billion of already pledged aid for Israel’s lifesaving, defensive Iron Dome system. 

This cut will assuredly not make a dent in the behemoth $3.5 trillion proposal; but it is demanded by the Democrat Party’s ever-growing "progressive" wing as an opportunity to demonize Israel – a chance for them to say while every idiocy in the world is worthy of funding by this Congress, Israel is an unworthy cause. 

The we-hate-Israel caucus knows that without Iron Dome, Israeli citizens are victims of the thousands of missiles launched from all sides by Islamist organizations into populated Israeli neighborhoods. Those forever sermonizing about human rights seem indifferent to life when it comes to Jews in Israel. 

Obviously, it is the hope of the we-hate-Israel caucus to force Israel, absent the protection of Iron Dome, to launch a ground war next time it is attacked by Hamas/PLO, Hezbollah, and Islamic Jihad.  The political left is eager for this situation so that it can then blame Israel for what it will call "war crimes," hoping to expel Israel from the U.N. and ignite leftwing protests worldwide against Israel, Jews, and Jewish students on campus.

This is yet another capitulation by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to the anti-Semites of her party.  A couple of years ago, Pelosi would not support a congressional resolution against anti-Semitism because Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and members of certain caucuses were against it. She is once again bowing to these forces.

Many Americans, including Christians of faith, are alarmed and concerned regarding this open hostility and demonization of Israel within a major political party here in America. No doubt they will condemn it. The $64,000 question is: Will liberal and "progressive" Jewish groups be alarmed enough to momentarily waive their loyalty to the Democrat Party so as to condemn this in-your-face anti-Jewish maneuver?

Rabbi Aryeh Spero is president of Caucus for America, author of "Push Back: Reclaiming our American Judeo-Christian Spirit," and spokesman for the National Conference on Jewish Affairs.

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