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Have American Liberals Become Increasingly Anti-Israel? Foreign Policy Expert Says ‘Yes’ and Reveals Why

Posted by on Jul. 18, 2014 at 12:30 PM
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Have American Liberals Become Increasingly Anti-Israel? Foreign Policy Expert Says ‘Yes’ and Reveals Why

Foreign policy expert Joshua Muravchik believes that American liberals — once among the strongest supporters of Israel — began opposing the Jewish state when they started viewing modern political struggles as being rooted in battles between racial and ethnic groups.

Muravchik, a fellow at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studiestold the Christian Post that this worldview now dominates liberals’ ideology, replacing the class-based and poverty focus that was once predominantly seen as the culprit.

“Leftists/liberals/progressives believe that the great moral drama of our era is ‘the rest against the West’ or the ‘people of color’ against the ‘white man,’” he told the Post. “This has replaced poor-against-rich or worker-against-capitalist as the core idea of progressive thought.”

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According to Muravchik, this ideology leads many on the left to see Israel as being on the “Western” and white” side of the battle, with the Palestinians being seen as the “people of color” who are under assault.

He addressed these themes in a Washington Post interview this week as well, claiming that American liberals were impacted by the global left’s turn against Israel.

“This began with the recognition by the Arabs that their legacy of affiliation with Axis in World War Two was a political liability; and so Fatah, under the leadership of Arafat who had been mentored by the Nazi-collaborator Amin al-Husseini, exchanged that legacy for a new revolutionary anti-colonial identity that they absorbed by apprenticing themselves to the Algerian FLN and the Vietnamese Communists,” Muravchik explained. “Also, in the latter half of the 20th-century the old leftist paradigm of class struggle was superseded by national/ethnic struggle.”

In contrast, he said American conservatives see the situation quite differently.

“On the other side, conservatives value Israel as a free country, a democracy, and an ally of the United States,” Muravchik added.

Despite these shifts, the foreign affairs expert doesn’t see the U.S. government’s support for Israel slipping away any time soon, as he noted that polls show the American public is strongly supportive of the Middle Eastern nation.

“President Obama has been cooler toward Israel that any other president in recent memory, saying in his first year that he wanted to ‘put daylight’ between the U.S. and Israel, and he has done that, but still he has not changed U.S. policy radically,” he told the Post.

Consider a 2013 Gallup poll that found that 78 percent of Republicans hold a favorable view of Israel compared to 60 percent of Democrats. While there’s clearly a disparity, majorities of both party adherents hold favorable views of the country.

Muravchik’s comments come as Israel is in an ongoing battle with Hamas.

Read the rest of the Post’s interview with Muravchik, who recently released his new book “Making David into Goliath: How the World Turned Against Israel,” here.

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Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Jul. 18, 2014 at 1:01 PM

According to Muravchik, this ideology leads many on the left to see Israel as being on the “Western” and white” side of the battle, with the Palestinians being seen as the “people of color” who are under assault.

 

I suppose that is as good of an answer as any.

Makes no sense to me.

AdrianneHill
by Bronze Member on Jul. 18, 2014 at 1:04 PM
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I will buy that I'm not pro Israel but it isn't so much a race struggle that brings it up. It's a fairness struggle and the fact the world has changed. Now you don't get to go beat your enemies down and then go back and do it again just because they looked like they wanted to stand up. Israel is still living in that world and we aren't supposed to punish civilians for the actions of warriors anymore.
I accept Israel can will and should defend herself but they are not purely innocent victims. Therefore they still have to answer for their actions just like everyone else. And this isn't always defense. It's revenge.

Sisteract
by Socialist Hippie on Jul. 18, 2014 at 1:41 PM

On the other side, conservatives value Israel as a free country, a democracy, and an ally of the United States,” Muravchik added.

What can you do for ME, of course.

IMO, it takes 2 willing sides to continue a conflict- the Israelis are just as willing to engage as their foes.

Plus for the US, this is a money suck- where are all the fiscal conservatives?

latashac
by Bronze Member on Jul. 18, 2014 at 2:05 PM
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Why am I expected to be pro-Isreal in every conflict they have?? And why are Conservatives all aboard the Isreal Express??

incogNinja
by on Jul. 18, 2014 at 2:21 PM
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Those are excellent questions

Quoting latashac:

Why am I expected to be pro-Isreal in every conflict they have?? And why are Conservatives all aboard the Isreal Express??

latashac
by Bronze Member on Jul. 18, 2014 at 2:23 PM
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I imagine the response would be something like..."because, it just is" or "God said so". The usual.

Quoting incogNinja: Those are excellent questions
Quoting latashac:

Why am I expected to be pro-Isreal in every conflict they have?? And why are Conservatives all aboard the Isreal Express??

 

incogNinja
by on Jul. 18, 2014 at 2:26 PM
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More like because money and power say so

Quoting latashac:

I imagine the response would be something like..."because, it just is" or "God said so". The usual.


Quoting incogNinja: Those are excellent questions
Quoting latashac:

Why am I expected to be pro-Isreal in every conflict they have?? And why are Conservatives all aboard the Isreal Express??


 

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Jul. 18, 2014 at 2:28 PM
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They only have 1 conflict -

for 50 years - Palestinians have tried to push them into the sea.

That's the conflict -  the idea that they don't want to be pushed into the sea.

That is why decent people come to their defense.

Quoting latashac:

Why am I expected to be pro-Isreal in every conflict they have?? And why are Conservatives all aboard the Isreal Express??

 

latashac
by Bronze Member on Jul. 18, 2014 at 2:50 PM
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If you really belive that then why after every conflict does Isreal seem to gain land?? If they are gaining it then someone is losing it so by you words, you should be on the other side now.

If you think that for 50 years Isreal has been the beacon of innocence, then the only thing decent you have are the blinders you wear.

Quoting Billiejeens:

They only have 1 conflict -

for 50 years - Palestinians have tried to push them into the sea.

That's the conflict -  the idea that they don't want to be pushed into the sea.

That is why decent people come to their defense.

Quoting latashac:

Why am I expected to be pro-Isreal in every conflict they have?? And why are Conservatives all aboard the Isreal Express??

 

 

Sisteract
by Socialist Hippie on Jul. 18, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Because those folks are considered God's chosen people and Christians are called to protect them...if not, no entrance through the pearly gates.

Also, you have to have a friend in such a natural resource laden area.

2 birds, 1 stone- voila!

This is a case where it's not rocket science, yet rocket science has certainly been utilized, applies.

AND a daily money suck- where are all those, "we can not afford this" people?

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