The historic and blind allegiance of many Jews in America to the Democratic Party continues to baffle many of us. On Friday, the House of Representatives voted to support Israel by passing a Resolution urging that the Palestinians deny Hamas the opportunity to run in elections and stated that financial aid would be in jeopardy if Hamas candidates were permitted to run.
The participation of Hamas in Palestinian self—government would violate promises made by the Palestinians (in the Oslo Accords and the Road Map) that terror groups advocating violence would be denied a role in governance. Hamas has never deviated from its avowed goal of destroying Israel; and a few days ago Hamas endorsed Iran's call for Israel's destruction and the death of all its Jews.
While news reports claim that the vote in West Bank local elections was overwhelming and bi—partisan, the devil is in the details. The vote to support Israel was 397 in favor of the Resolution, and 17 were opposed. Of the 17 who voted to give Hamas the power to destory Israel, 16 were Democrats. The one Republican who voted with the Democrats was Ron Paul, who is an isolationist and always votes against US involvement in international affairs. For further background on this anachronistic allegiance, please see this article.
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