The Democratic Party seems ready to throw Jews and Israel under the bus

Once a key component of the Democrats’ coalition, religious Jews and Israel-supporters may no longer be ideologically welcomed in the party of progressivism.  Keith Ellison seems to have a clear path toward the chair of the Democratic National Committee, mostly because nobody else of any stature is available.

One of the party’s biggest donors, Haim Saban, who holds Israeli and American citizenship, has issued a warning.  The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports:

 Haim Saban, a major Democratic Party funder, said Keith Ellison’s election as chairman of the Democratic National Committee would be a “disaster” for the relationship between Jews and the party, signaling a looming crisis between the party’s progressives and the centrist pro-Israel community.

The scathing broadside delivered Friday by the Israeli-American entertainment mogul, from the floor of the annual Saban Forum, an event he funds bringing together U.S. and Israeli leaders and influencers, underscores the degree to which Ellison’s campaign for DNC chief could erode relations between establishment Jewish groups and the party.

Additionally, the release Friday of the full transcript of remarks Rep. Ellison, D-Minn., delivered in 2010 at a fundraiser organized by Muslim backers, in which he derides Israel as seeing the United States as an ATM, was likely to exacerbate establishment Jewish concerns about Ellison.

“If you listen to Keith Ellison today, and you see his statements he’s more of a Zionist than Herzl, and Ben Gurion and Begin combined,” Saban said during the gala dinner for the event, which is organized by the Brookings Institution. “It’s amazing, it’s a beautiful thing. If you go back to his positions, his statements, his speeches, the way’s he voted, he’s clearly an anti-Semite and anti-Israel individual.”

Scott Johnson of Powerline has been following Ellison’s career for many years and documents how often he resorts to outright lies in covering his tracks.

Nonetheless, who is going to oppose Ellison and prevent the party from throwing its lot in with an anti-Semite enemy of Israel?

It seems unthinkable, but keep in mind that Jews are a rapidly declining share of the electorate, thanks to low birth rates, and that Jews are concentrated in New York and California, where their numbers are irrelevant to national elections.  Only in Florida, Pennsylvania, and Ohio are they a potential margin of victory.

While there may be a decline in support from Jewish donors, Muslims also have money to donate, as Bill and Hillary Clinton know so very well.

And then there is the question of how many people demographically labeled “Jews” are actually worshiping liberalism and ashamed of Israel because it is the object of progressive scorn worldwide.  They may support the Ellison Democrats. 

Once a key component of the Democrats’ coalition, religious Jews and Israel-supporters may no longer be ideologically welcomed in the party of progressivism.  Keith Ellison seems to have a clear path toward the chair of the Democratic National Committee, mostly because nobody else of any stature is available.

One of the party’s biggest donors, Haim Saban, who holds Israeli and American citizenship, has issued a warning.  The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports:

 Haim Saban, a major Democratic Party funder, said Keith Ellison’s election as chairman of the Democratic National Committee would be a “disaster” for the relationship between Jews and the party, signaling a looming crisis between the party’s progressives and the centrist pro-Israel community.

The scathing broadside delivered Friday by the Israeli-American entertainment mogul, from the floor of the annual Saban Forum, an event he funds bringing together U.S. and Israeli leaders and influencers, underscores the degree to which Ellison’s campaign for DNC chief could erode relations between establishment Jewish groups and the party.

Additionally, the release Friday of the full transcript of remarks Rep. Ellison, D-Minn., delivered in 2010 at a fundraiser organized by Muslim backers, in which he derides Israel as seeing the United States as an ATM, was likely to exacerbate establishment Jewish concerns about Ellison.

“If you listen to Keith Ellison today, and you see his statements he’s more of a Zionist than Herzl, and Ben Gurion and Begin combined,” Saban said during the gala dinner for the event, which is organized by the Brookings Institution. “It’s amazing, it’s a beautiful thing. If you go back to his positions, his statements, his speeches, the way’s he voted, he’s clearly an anti-Semite and anti-Israel individual.”

Scott Johnson of Powerline has been following Ellison’s career for many years and documents how often he resorts to outright lies in covering his tracks.

Nonetheless, who is going to oppose Ellison and prevent the party from throwing its lot in with an anti-Semite enemy of Israel?

It seems unthinkable, but keep in mind that Jews are a rapidly declining share of the electorate, thanks to low birth rates, and that Jews are concentrated in New York and California, where their numbers are irrelevant to national elections.  Only in Florida, Pennsylvania, and Ohio are they a potential margin of victory.

While there may be a decline in support from Jewish donors, Muslims also have money to donate, as Bill and Hillary Clinton know so very well.

And then there is the question of how many people demographically labeled “Jews” are actually worshiping liberalism and ashamed of Israel because it is the object of progressive scorn worldwide.  They may support the Ellison Democrats. 

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