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The Iran Deal: A Turning Point in American-Jewish Support for Israel?

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Have American Jews abandoned Israel? Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Have American Jews abandoned Israel? Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

As The New York Observer reported, Senator Cory Booker is hosting an “emergency summit” this week with wealthy Jews who back him – this, after Booker decided to support President Obama’s deal with Iran.

Rather than shunning and shaming Booker, many of his supporters will rationalize why Jews should stand with him. The same thing happened with Congressman Jerry Nadler.

The reality is that Israel is alone in the world.

The state of Israel – across the political spectrum – appealed to American Jews to help fight the Iran deal. And the American-Jewish community failed it miserably.

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I reckon this is a turning point, much like when the Oslo Accords were debated and then signed. Twenty years later, the Oslo Accords, which led to much death and destruction, are seen as a horrible failure. The Israeli peace camp is in complete disarray, and the Right has been in power for a very long time.

Those who advocated for the Iran deal will not be leaders of the Jewish community 20 years from now; in fact, many of their grandchildren will not be Jewish.  As liberal American Jewry continues to bask in humanistic values, the community will unfortunately continue to abandon Jewish values and assimilate (rates are currently nearly 70 percent).

A mere 70 years after the end of the Holocaust,  American Jewry rejected the appeal for help from the Jewish state. What a sad state of affairs. A liberal American-Jewish community has abandoned Israel. AIPAC and the Israel lobby have been weakened irreconcilably.

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