This, potentially, is one of the biggest stories of the year.
Excerpted from Sarah Ferris’s article at politico.com:
A pair of Jewish Democrats are pushing a new measure to condemn an international boycott campaign aimed at Israel, a chance for much of the party to unify around support for the key U.S. ally after weeks of turmoil on the issue.
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.) introduced a resolution Thursday that denounces boycotting efforts as “incompatible” with the official U.S. stance on a two-state solution to end the long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
In a letter to colleagues Thursday, Nadler and Schneider described the global attempt to economically isolate Israel as an “overly-simplistic and one-sided approach.”
“Its goal is Israel’s elimination, not the criticism of any particular policy of Israel,” they wrote of the Global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, or BDS, which has been cheered by some outside progressive groups.
Brad Schneider, a two-term House member from Illinois, is not a major figure in the Democrat Party. But Jerrold Nadler is a 14 termer, and chairs the House Judiciary Committee. He is a major player with the juice to stand up to Nancy Pelosi – who wants this resolution on the floor about as much as she wants an advanced bowel virus.
Speaking of advanced bowel viruses, do not doubt that, if Nadler and Schneider can maneuver this to a vote, the twin twits of Jew hatred, ilhan omar and rashida tlaib, will fight its passage tooth and nail. And they will have plenty of company…
…because the Democrat Party has, for years, veered away from support of Israel…and has looked the other way as anti-Israel, anti-Semitically funded organizations have made being a Jewish college student a stressful, even dangerous, enterprise.
By contrast, with few exceptions (Justin Amash comes to mind), Republicans are steadfast in their support of Israel and against such campus organizations.
For those reasons, if the Nadler/Schneider resolution comes to the floor, you can bet that just about every Republican will vote in favor, but a substantial number of Democrats will not.
And if that happens – virtual unanimity in favor among Republicans but a nail-biter among Democrats – it just might be the final straw that breaks the stranglehold of support Democrats hold on most Jewish voters.
Do I expect this will happen?
Realistically, no I do not. I’m not exactly sure what is in the DNA of a great many Jews to keep looking the other way at what has become of the Democrat Party, but, from personal experience, I can’t deny that it is a fact of life.
For years, I have written about them as members of the “Lost Tribe”. That tribe still exists, in force.
However, I also can’t deny that this is the kind of resolution which could break through; which could move a good number of heretofore entrenched-Democrat Jews from their second-nature loyalty to the party and make their votes an issue rather than a given.
Ironically, if it did, and Democrats had to deal with having to winning Jewish votes instead of assuming they were in the bag, it might cause the party to re-earn Jewish votes by veering back toward support for Israel and aggressively speaking out against what is happening at college campuses around the country.
That would be the best resolution of all.