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January 13, 2017 1:50 pm

Dershowitz on Growing Partisan Gap on Israel: We Must Work Harder to Persuade Young Liberals of Justice of Jewish State’s Cause

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Professor Alan Dershowitz. Photo: Screenshot.

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A new poll that showed a growing gap in Republican and Democratic views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is part of a “worldwide trend that can’t be ignored,” an internationally renowned American legal expert told The Algemeiner on Friday.

“We have to work harder to persuade young liberals of the justice of Israel’s cause,” Professor Alan Dershowitz, a Democrat, said in response to the Pew Research Center survey results published Thursday, according to which 74% of Republicans sympathize more with Israel over the Palestinians, while only 33% of Democrats feel the same way, signifying the largest partisan divide on the issue since 1978.

“We cannot allow Israel to become only a conservative or Republican cause,” Dershowitz continued. “We must work even harder to keep it bipartisan.”

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Furthermore, Dershowitz declared, “This new polling information makes it more important than ever for pro-Israel Democrats to strongly oppose the appointment of Keith Ellison — an anti-Israel Democrat — to head the Democratic Party.”

Two weeks ago, Dershowitz said he would resign his longtime membership to the party if Ellison, a Muslim-American congressman from Minnesota, becomes the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

In an op-ed published by The Algemeiner at the end of November, Dershowitz explained his opposition to the 53-year-old Ellison’s candidacy, as “it would move the party in the direction of left-wing extremism at a time when centrist stability is required.”

Choosing Ellison to run the DNC would be “a self-inflicted wound on the Democratic Party at this critical time in its history,” Dershowitz wrote.

At a recent Zionist Organization of America dinner, Dershowitz said, “I will fight to keep the Democratic Party pro-Israel. It won’t be easy. And it won’t be any easier if Keith Ellison is appointed the head of the DNC.”

Overall, the new Pew Research Center poll found that 51% of Americans favor Israel in the conflict, with only 19% backing the Palestinians.

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  • Hard Little Machine

    Professor D defended Obama’s Jew hatred until the very end. He shouldn’t expect anyone of his ilk to come along with him since he *barely* made the jump himself.

  • Roberto

    This Democratic Party of today is not the Democratic Party that Professor Alan Dershowitz grew up with in his younger years.

    Many of the pro-Israel ideals held by older former Democrats of the generation of when the professor was a younger man were abandoned by newer generations of Democrats such as the millenials of today.

    Moreover, many of today’s Republican and conservative leaders were previously members of the Democratic Party, including the late Jesse Helms. He started out as a Democrat.

    In a radio show I listened to by Dennis Prager, the radio and tv lecturer and commentator, he said that he had been a Democrat but that this party, the Democratic Party, had left him, not that he had left it.

    The Democratic Party back during the era of LBJ was known as the party of live and let live.

    My late father, when he was being trained by the seller of a dry cleaning business he was then buying probably 1965, was told by this seller, the late Sam Duchon, that the Democratic Party was then known as the Party of live and let live.

    That was then. Yes, many protested then the American participation in the War in Vietnam and that protesting seemed alien to many Americans.

    Yet, there was still a sense of idealism. In fact, many of them among those protestors, likely later became conservatives and voted for Reagan and later on Bush II, and now Trump.

    I believe it was sometime during the 1972 election in the United States, when the late senator from South Dakota, George McGovern, had been nominated by that party, that the party began its slide away from that live and let live philosophy.

    With Obama as President, the Democratic Party had already begun to show or flash its newer true colors.

    Unfortunately, I believe that this party has not concluded its slide beyond the horizon dividing those things and concepts: what is and is not recognizable as American.

  • ricardo

    Mr Dershowitz is absolutely right. It reflects a much bigger problem of excessive radicalization of everyone in America. The truth is that most Republicans and Democrats want the best for America – and supporting Israel is part of it – and both parties have strengths a weakness, but lately people have started a process of demonization of the “other” that is utterly sad to watch, especially against Mr Trump.

    I’ve read in disbelief news of officials making statements that are borderline sedition lately, hopefully it will calm down after he becomes President, or we are in for great trouble.

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