NeverTrump and Jewish voters
Caroline Glick has a sobering column in the Jerusalem Post that’s well worth reading. She notes how the Democratic Party has turned sharply against Israel over the last decade and a half. Who can forget the boos and jeers at the 2012 convention when the decision was announced to reinstate the (purely formulaic) pledge to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel? Progressivism now includes the relentless demonization of Israel. BDS has successfully lobbied all the prog organizations courted by Hillary to put the destruction of the Jewish state on their agenda.
The great majority of Jewish voters identify with the left, but this hostility to Israel does not seem to have fazed many of them. Unfortunately, a number of prominent Jewish Republicans also seem unfazed by what’s at stake for Israel in this election. They’ve taken a leading role in the NeverTrump movement.
Some are motivated by personal distaste for Trump. Some, unreconstructed interventionsts, are distressed by Trump’s rejection of their globalist agenda and resent that they will be excluded from a Trump administration, while imagining they’ll be consulted by Hillary.
Neo-cons, while vocal and visible, by no means speak for all Jewish Republicans. Many recognize how disastrous our interventions in Iraq and Libya have been and how catastrophic our flirtation with Iran will inevitably prove to be. But neo-cons get onto the podiums, and Glick describes a recent Intelligence Squared debate in N.Y. pitting two Jewish journalists against two Christian journalists on the question of who is responsible for Trump’s rise.
Two-thirds of the way through the event, Carney brought up religion.
Carney allowed that many of Trump’s supporters are indeed bigoted. However, he said that “as a Christian,” he couldn’t accept that they are irredeemable because Christianity teaches that all men can be saved.
Rather than grant his point or simply ignore it, Rubin chose to respond in the name of Judaism. In so doing, she turned the debate into a contest between Christianity and Judaism.
Incorrectly arguing that Judaism does not believe in repentance as a road to redemption, Rubin pointed to herself and Stephens and said sardonically, “We Jews just believe in good and evil. We don’t believe that everyone is redeemable.”
The Christians won the debate in a knockout.
Perhaps the most striking thing about the Jewish Republicans’ behavior is that while attacking the anti-Semites at the margins of the Republican Party, they ignore the anti-Semites at the heart of the Democratic Party.
That says it all. Myopic NeverTrumps have to ask the question Jews are not supposed to ask: “Is it good for the Jews?” The 43% of world Jewry that lives in Israel will be imperiled by the election of Clinton, her rhetoric notwithstanding. No grown-up takes anything she says seriously. And as Glick points out, Republican support for Israel will inevitably decline if Jews are perceived as having betrayed the party.
The top question, of course, has to be “Is it good for America?” We need to ask what will be the result of four more years of our supine foreign policy. Obama makes Neville Chamberlain look like Clint Eastwood. Hillary will be no improvement. She and her husband have also used the U.S. Air Force to support Islamicists in Kosovo and Libya, as well as Syria, lying about the pretext, and backed the Muslim Brotherhood takeover of Egypt, ultimately foiled by General el-Sisi.
There are small signs that Jews are ignoring the NeverTrumps among them. In 2012, 68% of Jews in Florida supported Obama. According to one poll, 66% now support Clinton. The shift is anemic, but the trend is in the right direction.
Prominent Jewish Republicans need to join those of us who also loathed Trump during the primaries and looked forward to Cruz eviscerating Clinton in the debates. We’re at #OccasionallyTrump – the occasions being when he happens to be running against a Democrat.