Why We Should Worry About Declining Support for Israel in Congress

As instability and political unrest continue to roil the world stage, America must have strong allies in the Middle East. This dangerous region has been plagued by conflict and dysfunction for centuries. 

Americans know and understand almost innately that Israel’s values are a mirror of our own: Israel champions democracy and the rule of law, has a strong judiciary, and demonstrates freedom of religion and the press.  

However, the rapid changes in fortunes in this volatile region are evident from our recent hurried withdrawal. The resulting chaos demonstrates how crucial it is to have an ally like Israel, who can be steady and strong in the middle east’s raging seas of despotisms and autocracy.  

Regardless of which poll you cite, support by Americans for our vital ally Israel never truly wavers because Israel, as a democratic nation, stands in stark contrast to the hateful and controlling regimes run by the region’s autocrats and despots.  

Backing for our democratic ally has historically been constant and bipartisan, even among Americans who are usually woefully divided on a whole range of topics.  

That is why it is so jarring and shocking to witness eroding support for Israel among political leaders who are not showing the same commitment to Israel that the vast majority of Americans continue to feel. This is more evident than in the Democratic Party.  

It is time to wake up Congress members who choose to side with Israel over Palestine. This once-flareing trend is now a common view in a party that is shockingly straying from the values it claims to stand for.  

It is stunning to see progressive American policymakers bending over backward to invoke pronouns to refer to someone’s gender identity while showing support for a reactionary Palestinian regime that does not allow for homosexuality and systemically discriminates against women. It makes no sense. 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (progressive Democrat) recently broke down on the House floor and was consoled by her Democratic colleagues when the House voted to authorize the Defense Department bill. This bill included funding for Israel. 

Ocasio Cortez belongs to a group progressive legislators who have been more critical of U.S. aid for Israel. She has called Israel an “apartheid state” and outspokenly blasted the Jewish state’s efforts at self-defense during the most recent military flare-up between Israel and the terrorist group Hamas in Gaza. She has repeatedly called President Joe Biden to reduce his support for Israel.  

Why was the sensitive legislator sobbing for passage of a bill which she later reversed and chose to not oppose? She was standing against funding for Iron Dome, a defense military system that intercepts rockets and artillery shells fired from Gaza. It is designed to protect Israel from such attacks. 

Why would any member or Congress vote against America, or lament America, helping to defend the lives men, women, children and families in a pro American nation targeted in their home by terrorist groups that deny them their right to exist? Is it better to stand with a terrorist organization that embraces tactics of mass shootings, car rammings, suicide bombings, and widespread rocket terrorism against innocents? 

America owes the Democratic Party leadership a duty to correct its misguided members, and stop the party’s spiral toward abandonment of Israel. This is a serious matter that requires immediate attention. We can’t allow this issue to slide by without notice or to be glossed over by a mainstream media quick to ignore the stark and stunning trend. 

Bipartisan support for Israel should be strong and strong. Democrats shouldn’t abandon support for a long-standing American ally to a terror-sponsoring regime that uses violence in the name of destroying Israel. 


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