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    • MichaelNJ
    • 07.06.13 | 06:09 (IDT)

    While Secretary Kerry is no doubt sincere in his support for the continued existence of Israel, it cannot be presumed that will be true of future administrations, particularly as the non-Orthodox Jewish community that is an important part of the Democratic coalition continues to disappear and the Democratic party has the support of the ever-increasing non-white population, which may well take seriously the democratic and egalitatarian values that Israel's current leadership seems so eager to reject in its repudiation of the idea of Israel, like every other country that claims to be a democracy, being a "state of all its citizens". Demographics clearly favor the Democrats becoming a permanent majority, as the Republicans become increasingly a party of a wealthy, selfish elite supported by a base of loosely-educated older rural white men and religious fundamentalists, both Christian and Jewish. The West stopped supporting white South Africa, despite its value as a strategic asset, when public opinion could no longer accept the idea of a democracy that excluded part of the population from participating in governing because of ethnicity, and the same thing will eventually happen with Israel if current policies continue. Those who seek a one-state solution in the belief that it will be a "Jewish state" will only succeed in losing the Jewish-majority state that they now have.

    from the article: Why U.S. Jews must embrace Kerry's appeal to put pressure on Netanyahu
    First published 00:47 07.06.13 | Last updated 23:29 06.06.13
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