n a three-part video series, Haaretz’s Allison Kaplan Sommer explains how Israel, anti-Semitism and the Jewish vote are affecting the Midterms – and what the results could mean for all three.
Allison looks at the various key races and the likelihood of Democrats taking the House of Representatives, while Republicans will keep the U.S. Senate – unless of course a synagogue president in Nevada can take down the Republican incumbent as part of a blue wave across states like Arizona and Florida.
Part 1: Allison discusses some of the key races involving Jewish candidates and voters. It used to be that the American Jewish community could really unite around and rally together in order to keep their communities strong and safe. The mantra, the key word, for successfully supporting Israel and fighting anti-Semitism in America used to be bipartisan – but anyone paying attention now knows times have changed.
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Part 2: Allison explains what’s at stake for American Jews and Israel in some key Senate races. There's five Jewish candidates who are running for Senate in the 2018 midterms. Three of them are incumbents, who are more or less household names: Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, Dianne Feinstein, of California, and Ben Cardin, of Maryland.
These incumbents are generally establishment, pro-Israel Democrats, and then you've got Sanders, whose criticism of Israel has sharpened a great deal lately – in line with the progressive wing of the Democratic party.
Part 3: Allison looks at some of the key races involving Jewish candidates and voters in the House of Representatives.
We know that the Democratic party is expected to take back the House of Representatives this year, which has nothing to do with the Middle East, despite everything that's going on with Israel and the Palestinians – it's an election, it's a race that's all about domestic issues and all about President Trump.
But the fact that the House races are mostly about domestic policies doesn't mean that their tone and outcome won't be really important for the future of U.S.-Israel relations, and that American Jews and Israelis aren't paying close attention to them.