It’s official: The Democratic Party has abandoned Israel to its fate. This development ?has nothing to do with that most ancient of hatreds, anti-Semitism. Rather, in an age ?when a compelling narrative increasingly trumps a cold, hard history lesson, Israel’s version of the events leading up to Operation Protective Edge, while factually sound, is a snoozer.
The results of a recent Pew Research Center poll revealed the largest partisan gap in 40 years on the issue of supporting Israel.
Conducted July 8-14, the week Israel began its air operation against Hamas in ?the Gaza Strip but before its ground invasion, the poll asked 1,805 respondents: “In the dispute between Israel and the Palestinians, which side to you sympathize with ?more — Israel or the Palestinians?”
The poll found that respondents considering themselves conservative Republicans ?supported Israel by 77 percent, compared to 68 percent of moderate Republicans. Among Democrats, 48 percent of moderate Democrats supported Israel, compared ?to 39 percent of liberal Democrats.
In other words, 61 percent of liberal Democrats either sympathize with Hamas, a group of war criminals designated as a terrorist organization by, among many other ?countries, the United States, or are utterly apathetic to the plight of a small, faraway ?democracy whose millions of citizens are being forced to flee for their lives under daily, sometimes hourly, rocket fire.?
While the Israeli government and its supporters have done a valiant job of delivering just the facts to a ravenous international media, the fix is in. After all, you would ?have to be made of stone to not be moved to tears by the sight of defenseless Palestinians being mowed down by the Israeli war machine.?
Israel vs. Hamas. Goliath vs. David. Got it.
Now, at the risk of throwing cold water on the misguided passions of Hamas ?supporters and the otherwise uninformed, let us compare founding documents.
The Hamas Charter states, “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam ?will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.”
Doesn’t leave much room for a Turkish and Qatari-backed cease-fire, does it?
Now, let us get a glimpse into the heart of darkness that is, to the mind of many liberal Democrats, the Israel Defense Forces.
”The IDF and its soldiers are obligated to protect human dignity. Every human being is of value regardless of his or her origin, religion, nationality, gender, status or position.”
Sounds positively progressive.
The Israel Defense Forces is sending soldiers into the hornets’ nest of Palestinian terror — booby-trapped with mines and riddled with subterranean tunnels — when it could simply be carpet-bombing these areas.
Let’s not forget that during World War II, the British army responded to Nazi attacks by leveling entire German cities from the air, with tens of thousands of innocent ?civilians being killed as a result.
I don’t recall a war crimes …read more