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    • David Irby
    • 20.11.12 | 06:55 (IST)

    As a non-Jew growing up in Los Angeles' Dem. Party politics; I learned one thing fast, “get the Jewish vote or we don't win”. Ditto New York and dozens of other cities, not forgetting Miami. (And note: Obama won Florida, which he couldn't have done without a sizeable chunk of the Jewish retiree vote.) But there has long been another undercurrent; Fundamentalist Christians think the USA is the “New Israel” and they are the “New Jews”. Israel justifies the USA and vice-versa. (Note HUGE GOP support and paltry Dem. support.) But many young Jews are fed-up They want Israel of course, but an “Israel” at peace with its neighbours. In 2008 that was part of the “Great Hope” that was Barack Obama. This situation gives Obama a chance to be, or not to be, some version of that “Great Hope”. Will he be? Or will he just keep on schlepping with Netanyahu.

    from the article: Poll: Majority of Americans say Israel's Gaza offensive is justified
    First published 20:56 19.11.12 | Last updated 20:56 19.11.12
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