Thursday, March 22, 2007

We Ain't Going Nowhere

Adam Kushner at The Plank has a good post explaining, slowly, how it is that Jews don't flock to the GOP merely because they loudly trumpet their support of Israel.

1) Jews have other issues important to us aside from Israel, most of which the GOP is diametrically opposed to us.

2) Jews don't trust the motives of the Christian Right on supporting Israel, and remain unconvinced that their different motives won't lead them to supporting policy positions actually detrimental to the interests of Israel.

3) It seems like the GOP "pro-Israel" stance is to encourage them to adopt a hyper-militaristic stance that really isn't in their best interest. Because we, unlike the Christian Right, have a real stake in this conflict, we can't afford to lock Israel in perpetual combat with its neighbors to prove a point about toughness against Jihad. As so often is the case, the GOP is talking tough with other people's lives on the line.

1 comment:

Disenchanted Dave said...

Hi, I'm not sure if newfangled Google sign-in will show me as "Disenchanted Dave" or not, but that's who I am.

I've been away from this part of the blogosphere for a while (hence the confusion about the sign-in), so maybe you've addressed this elsewhere. But your #3 point seems very similar to my own position. I was just wondering if you'd changed your position since the summer or if I was misreading what you were saying.

Keep up the blogging, Dave