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all the different layers and angles in this situation.
Our Unequivocal Support for Israel
Like the United States of America, the modern
state of Israel is a country born from the aspira-
tion for freedom and stands out among the nations
as a beacon of democracy and humanity. Beyond
our mutual strategic interests, Israel is likewise an
exceptional country that shares our most essen-
tial values. It is the only country in the Middle East
where freedom of speech and freedom of religion
are found. Therefore, support for Israel is an expres-
sion of Americanism, and it is the responsibility of
our government to advance policies that reflect
Americans’ strong desire for a relationship with no
daylight between America and Israel. We recognize
Jerusalem as the eternal and indivisible capital of
the Jewish state and call for the American embassy
to be moved there in fulfillment of U.S. law.
How Donald Trump and the GOP Dropped the Two-State Solution for Mideast Peace
Days before the Cleveland convention, GOP leaders and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump have found a rare bit of common ground: ditching decades of bipartisan U.S. foreign policy calling for the creation of an independent Palestine.
The shift came when the Republican Platform Committee unanimously approved an Israel-Palestine provision Tuesday night that had a striking omission: any reference to a two-state solution to the long-running conflict. The platform instead uses staunchly pro-Israel language that promises to oppose any outside efforts to force Jerusalem into a deal.
The new platform language was drafted with not only the blessing but the intimate involvement of two of Trump’s closest aides, Jason Greenblatt and David Friedman, according to several sources behind the effort. The two men are Trump’s primary Israel advisors.
The successful push to eliminate the two-state language was led by a broad if seemingly unlikely coalition that included Sen. Ted Cruz’s national security advisor; a Mormon state representative from South Carolina; and a Jewish former media executive who runs a super PAC called Iron Dome Alliance, a reference to Israel’s storied Iron Dome missile defense system.
But, then again, should we really be surprised by the sheer vacuousness of Kushner’s statements? What else did we expect from a millionaire property developer with no knowledge of Middle East affairs and zero experience of international diplomacy who was appointed by a billionaire property developer with no knowledge of Middle East affairs and zero experience of international diplomacy?
Mondoweiss: Philip Weiss on July 1, 2016: 'NY Jewish Week’ speaks bluntly of ‘Israel firsters’ in US politics
A few years ago writers got in trouble for using the phrase “Israel Firster.” Now an outright supporter of Israel, Gary Rosenblatt, uses that phrase in the Jewish Week in a piece titled, “Israel-Firster’s Seen Edging Toward Trump.” Rosenblatt says that some voters care more about Israel than the U.S.
This is important because the issue of dual loyalty is inherent in Zionism, especially as Israel has evolved, to be totally dependent on the United States and on Jews inside the United States to compel American politicians to support Israel. And it is good that this issue is coming into the mainstream conversation.
It’s good that American Jews will begin openly saying of other Jews that their first loyalty is Israel. It makes such a stance untenable: it will make it impossible for people who act on “what they believe is best for Israel” to hold high position in foreign policy-making in the U.S. government. It demonstrates that the neoconservatives are losing oxygen slowly. And that those critical of Israel are having greater influence in the discourse.
Talking about dual loyalty was verboten for a good 30 years
Ah, you loved me as a loser
But now you're worried that I just might win
You know the way to stop me, but you don't have the discipline
How many nights I prayed for this, to let my work begin
First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin