The Luntz poll: Democratic Party no longer supports Israel

Frank Luntz’s most recent poll on attitudes toward the State of Israel shows more than ever before a clear distinction between Democratic and Republican voters. A higher percentage of Democrats than ever before do not support Israel, while Republicans are overwhelmingly in support of the Jewish State.

If you want to see the breakdown of Luntz’s poll, go here. 

Luntz concludes that for the first time Israel does not enjoy bi partisan support.

In the Times of Israel article Luntz emphasizes repairing relations with the Democratic Party. While he makes some good points I believe he is missing the true nature of what the Democratic Party is going through in regard to support, and now non support for the State of Israel.

Three of the four main elite power structure groups of the Democratic Party sit in a borderline anti semitic position, if not full blown Jewish hatred and envious of Jewish sovereignty.

Democratic Blacks, who are the most anti semitic group in America have led this charge against Jewish liberty and in favor of a Palestinian State with or without a Jewish population. A growing Muslim presence in America, gravitate toward the Democratic Party. Their position is clear. Destroy Israel in favor of one state from the river to the sea. The third is the hard leftwing of the party, mostly Marxists, and while containing elements of the first two groups mentioned, also have a large contingency of self hating Jews who are the loudest of that faction in criticizing everything that Israel does.

Luntz thinks this can be repaired with emphasizing Israel’s social justice in regard to women, religious freedom and Israel’s general openness as a society, in contrast to the other nations around it which are far, far away from such governance.

While Luntz may be correct on shifting the emphasis to repair the problem, it will not be enough to convince those three groups to change their stance. Anti Semitism from American blacks, American Jew hating Muslims, and the Marxist left is here to stay and might only get worse as the Muslim population continues to grow through immigration.

The reason why most of the negativity in Luntz’s poll hovers around the 50% mark is due to the Democratic Jewish support of Israel in the party, along with some others, the Spanish speaking community to name one. While they are not unanimous by any means there are enough because of their Catholic religion have formed coalitions with the Israel supporting Jews against Jew hating blacks and Muslims and a complete abhorrence for the Marxist line.

Democratic party Jews still support the Jewish State, throwing their weight behind the peace movement in Israel. That is, willing to give anything up to the Palestinians in order to get some kind of withdrawal from the West Bank including compromising on Jerusalem and Palestinian demands for right of return. If that can’t be possible then they would prefer a unilateral withdrawal to the green line taking all Jews and Jewish resources with it. After what happened in Gaza in 2005, not many Israelis are willing to do that again.

And, now with the change in the Levantine landscape of Jihad moving on the area, Israelis are even less disposed to talking to Palestinians about any kind of separation. That will have to wait as reflected in the position of the current Israeli government.

Luntz’s  poll should not be considered a surprise. The 1972 Democratic Party platform included for the first time recognition of Palestinian rights at a time when the PLO was hijacking planes and killing Jews at an alarming rate inside and outside Israel. Every Democratic platform since has given more rights to the Palestinians and less to the Jews.

We all remember the 2012 Democratic Convention, former mayor of Los Angeles Anthony Villaraigosa taking an up and down vote to decide whether their platform should be revised to support Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to re insert “God” into the Democratic Party platform. The vote from the floor clearly did not have the two thirds majority required to pass, but Villaraigosa passed it anyway.

The 2016 election could be a watershed in Democratic voting. The question is will moderate Jews and others who support Israel stay in lockstep with at the very least borderline anti-Semitic elements that now govern the Democratic Party. It is possible that you could see a real shift in the Jewish vote.

I wouldn’t be surprised if you see for the first time in American history Jewish voting more than 50% in favor of a Republican candidate, especially if that candidate is one that is more moderate on domestic issues. Marco Rubio, John Kasich, Carly Fiorina, Dr. Ben Carson, or George Pataki to name a few. But, these candidates at present are second tier and are not polling well with Republican voters.

It should be noted that even if the Republicans go with a candidate that reflects the conservative base it does not mean Democratic Jews will not vote for them. Given the choice of voting with those who would see Israel ultimately destroyed and those who would implement policies they cannot fully endorse leaves them with quite a dilemma.

Jews being an historically pragmatic people, in my opinion will vote with the Republican candidate given those choices. Repairing domestic policies that will satisfy their liberal politics, can be had in the future, but destroying the Zionist enterprise, the first Jewish State in two thousand years, and the end of the dream of our ancestors, is something I don’t think most Democrat supporting Jews will allow themselves to be party to.

It is quite possible with the current trends you could see them vote for Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal or yes, even a Mike Huckabee in the 60-70 per cent range.

2016 is shaping up to be very interesting.


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