The analogies between Ukraine and Israel are problematic.
By Peter Beinart | The Beinart Notebook | Mar 21, 2022
The message is clear: Since Israel faces its own existential foes, it too needs bipartisan support.
On Friday, AIPAC—the influential pro-Israel lobbying group—issued a statement I suspect historians of American Jewry will scrutinize for decades to come. It argues that in order to preserve US support for Israel’s ability to rule undemocratically over Palestinians, AIPAC must support politicians who seek to rule undemocratically over Americans. Authoritarianism there requires authoritarianism here.
It comes in response to criticism the organization has received for endorsing 37 members of Congress who voted against certifying Joe Biden’s election as president. AIPAC’s rejoinder begins by noting that in Zelensky’s speech last week to Congress, he requested “bipartisan support” to save Ukraine from “a war of extinction.” The message is clear: Since Israel faces its own existential foes, it too needs bipartisan support. If AIPAC alienates Trumpists it might imperil the American backing Israel needs to survive.