The Left On Israel

The Left blogosphere has gone bonkers once again on the issue of “dual loyalty”– this time claiming that my piece in the Jerusalem Post explaining why many Jews concerned about Israel aren’t buying Barack Obama’s candidacy is an example of such “dual loyalty.” Well, that would be true only if you assume that the interests of the U.S. and Israel are antithetical. But leaders of both political parties have recognized for 6o years that support for Israel in no way requires sacrificing one’s concerns for America’s interests. The opposite is true of course: Israel’s survival is indisputably in the interest of the U.S. The example which is the basis for my piece in the Post — Richard Nixon’s support for Israel at a crucial time in the 1973 Yom Kippur War — illustrates that very point. Nixon was not a traitor to America — he was defending our vital national interests — when he stood with Israel and prevented her destruction. It is entirely fair to ask if similar circumstances arose in the future which candidate would most likely do the same.

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