Thursday, May 8, 2008

5 Myths About Being 'Pro-Israel'

By Jeremy Ben-Ami of that new J Street thing.
1.American Jews choose to back candidates largely on the basis of their stance on Israel.

This urban legend has somehow become a tenet of American Politics 101, which is why politicians work so hard to earn the pro-Israel label in the first place. But it's a self-serving fable, cultivated by a tiny minority of politically conservative American Jews who actually are single-issue voters.
What he doesn't address, at all, is who has the power to make that myth (and a number of related myths he doesn't address) so prevalent. It wasn't Jews. The right-wing Jews he talks about were promoted to prominence within the Jewish community by more powerful forces outside the Jewish community.

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