Tilt of Institutions Show Erosion of Support for Israel Among Democrats

Politico has published a fascinating feature this morning discussing a trend that is well known among political observers but rarely discussed: the anti-Israel tilt of many of the key Washington groups that serve to promote Democratic Party interests and ideas. As Ben Smith tells it:

The Center for American Progress, the party’s key hub of ideas and strategy, and Media Matters, a central messaging organization, have emerged as vocal critics of their party’s staunchly pro-Israel congressional leadership and have been at odds, at times, with Barack Obama’s White House, which has acted as a reluctant ally to Benjamin Netanyahu’s Israeli government.

While the vast majority of congressional Democrats and much of its rank and file remain part of the national pro-Israel consensus, the fact that important elements in the party are seeking to undermine that coalition and replace it with an anti-Israel point of view should be deeply troubling to Jewish Democrats and others who care about the alliance with the Jewish state. It also illustrates that the willingness of the Obama administration to pick fights with and to unfairly blame it for the persistence of the Middle East conflict has an influential constituency within the party’s Washington elite.

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Tilt of Institutions Show Erosion of Support for Israel Among Democrats

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