Criticize Israel? For Democratic voters, it’s now fair game

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s party promoted his relationship with President Trump during his re-election campaign in September.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s party promoted his relationship with President Trump during his re-election campaign in September. (photo: Ammar Awad/Reuters)
President Trump’s hawkish support of Israel has led many Democrats to question the United States’ relationship with one of its closest allies.

By Giovanni Russonello  |  New York Times | Nov 1, 2019

… a Pew survey conducted in April found that Jewish Americans were far more likely than Christians to say that Mr. Trump was ‘favoring the Israelis too much.’

Free tuition to public colleges? Just a few years ago it seemed unthinkable, but now it’s a popular proposal embraced by some leading Democratic presidential candidates.

Medicare for all? Same thing.

But what about foreign policy? Are Democratic voters moving to the left on world affairs, too?

There is at least one area in which the answer seems to be yes: the United States’ once-unquestionable loyalty to Israel.

At a conference this week sponsored by J Street, a group that advocates a progressive foreign policy toward Israel, several Democratic presidential candidates said the United States should consider withholding military aid if Israel continued to annex land in the West Bank.

“It shouldn’t be hard to be against bad policies and to be against anti-Semitism,” Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., said echoing the critical tenor Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren used in their speeches.

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