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Sun Nov 4, 2012, 10:03 PM

Israel doesn't swing Jewish voters

CNN) -- Mitt Romney is trying to cut into the considerable lead President Obama had among Jewish voters by showing that he is even more of a supporter of Israel than his rival.

After suggesting the Obama administration threw Israel "under the bus," Romney made an even stronger warning to Iran not to go nuclear, and pledged to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Romney is hardly the only one who believes that the Jewish vote swings to the candidate in presidential elections who is the most fervent supporter of Israel. The same position was given voice in a 2007 book by two highly regarded political scientists, The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, which suggests that Jews have undue influence over U.S. foreign policy by making campaign contributions, pressuring members of Congress, and by casting their votes to support Israel.

A controversy erupted in 2011-12 concerning "Israel Firsters," a term referring to American Jews who are said to promote Israeli policies to the point where they "put the interests of the Israeli right above everything else," as one writer put it.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/04/opinion/etzioni-jewish-voters/index.html?eref=rss_mostpopular

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Behind the Aegis Nov 2012 OP
King_David Nov 2012 #1
LeftishBrit Nov 2012 #2
Violet_Crumble Nov 2012 #3

Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Nov 4, 2012, 11:14 PM

1. Birds of a feather ..

'Romney is hardly the only one who believes that the Jewish vote swings to the candidate in presidential elections who is the most fervent supporter of Israel. The same position was given voice in a 2007 book by two highly regarded political scientists, The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, which suggests that Jews have undue influence over U.S. foreign policy by making campaign contributions, pressuring members of Congress, and by casting their votes to support Israel.'


All 3 Mamzers united....

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 04:05 AM

2. Hardly surprising

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Usually people, whatever their ethnic or religious group, are mostly concerned about what happens in their own country.

I am very interested in world affairs, as shown by the fact that I'm on DU at all; but I'd never vote for a Tory even if I liked their attitude to some other country!

In any case, Mitt's attitude to Israel is strange. I have Israeli relatives who were really put off by his visit, because he was mainly concerned with addressing a particular section of ultra-religious Israelis who are not popular with the country as a whole.

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Response to LeftishBrit (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 04:14 AM

3. As well as that, American Jews aren't single-issue voters...

Though trust a dimwit like Romney to believe that they do.

He's a friend of neither Israelis or Palestinians, imo....

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