The Democratic party is the home of the majority of the American Jewish people. The Democratic party is benefiting significantly from generous contributions by Jewish people. About fifty percent of the party activists are Jews.
The democratic party is facing an identity crisis after the major defeat to the Republicans in last November’s election. If this wasn’t enough, the person who led the democrats in the past eight years, President Barak Obama, despite repeated pleas from his Jewish supporters not to do that, has sided with anti-Israeli forces in the United Nation and allowed a provocative and damaging resolution to pass.
His action was seen by his Jewish supporters as betrayal.
The immediate frustration, anger, and shock by Israel’s supporters across America has been replaced by an impatience. Israeli supporters can’t wait for the day when Donald Trump is sworn in as the next president of the United nation. The unthinkable has happened; Jewish US Congress members sided on this issue with Donald Trump, the person that they worked so hard to defeat.- How much has changed in such a short period of time.
The vote brought to the forefront a fraction inside the Democratic Party between Israel’s supporters and Israel’s objectors. Even before the vote, Several Democratic senators broke ranks and joined President-elect Donald Trump in calling for the Obama administration to veto a U.N. Security Council resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlements. Will the vote in the UN finally break the unconditional loyalty to the Democratic party of the majority of the American Jewish community?
Elected Jewish leaders are vocal about their objection to President Obama’s support of the anti Israeli resolution. They are voicing the feeling of their voters, the Jewish democrats:
On January 5, 2017, the SunSentinel ( a leading newspaper in South Florida) reported that three of South Florida’s members of Congress opposed the U.N. Security Council resolution last month that condemned Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem as a “flagrant violation” of international law.
U.S. Reps. Ted Deutch of West Boca, Alcee Hastings of West Delray and Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Weston, are all Democrats who have strongly supported Obama during his presidency. Wasserman Schultz was his hand-picked chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee for more than five years.
Wasserman Schultz issued a statement opposing the resolution before the vote and this one after: “I condemn in the strongest of terms the United Nations Security Council’s passage of this one-sided, anti-Israel resolution, as well as the United States’ reckless abstention. As a Member of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, I opposed this resolution because our nation has consistently supported direct, bilateral negotiations as the only viable method to achieve a lasting peace. In fact, this irresponsible action moves us further away from peace and hastens the likelihood that we lose the trust of our allies around the world.”
Ted Deutch, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, issued this statement before the vote: “Once again, I urge the Administration to veto this one-sided resolution that will do nothing to further peace efforts. As 393 of my colleagues and I stated unambiguously in a letter to President Obama in April, the UN Security Council is not the venue for advancing conditions for peace. Achieving a lasting and permanent solution with two states for two peoples will only come through direct, bilateral negotiations between the parties.”
Alcee Hastings wrote this after the vote:“With the adoption of this destructive and irresponsible resolution, the United Nations has once again acted to isolate and delegitimize Israel. The United States’ actions were completely unacceptable, and I stand in strong opposition to the administration’s reckless decision.”
Florida is one of the four swing states that decide the presidential election. There is a large concentration of Jewish voters in Florida. If the majority of the Jewish voters will switch parties, it will be much harder for the Democratic party to win a presidential election.
All indications so far are that as president Donald Trump will be a strong supporter of Israel. The damage that President Obama caused, combined by a strong pro-Israel republican president, may finally break the strong ties between the Jewish community and the democratic party. Something that the republicans tried to do, but were unsuccessful, for decades.
Do the republicans understand what a great gift Barak Obama gave them as they move into the White House? They have the initiative now. Can they hold on to it?
Media responses to the anti-Israeli vote n the UN
“UNITED NATIONS — Defying extraordinary pressure from President-elect Donald J. Trump and furious lobbying by Israel, the Obama administration on Friday allowed the United Nations Security Council to adopt a resolution that condemned Israeli settlement construction. The administration’s decision not to veto the measure reflected its accumulated frustration over Israeli settlements. The American abstention on the vote also broke a longstanding policy of shielding Israel from action at the United Nations that described the settlements as illegal.” – New York Times
“The biggest blow is to Israel’s settlement enterprise in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. This resolution has left little room for negotiation about the legality of the settlements, stating that Israel’s settlements have ‘no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law.'” – CNN
“Israel is not the biggest problem in the Middle East, by a long shot. But you wouldn’t know that from the disproportionate way in which the UN has treated the country. Despite abstaining from the vote, America’s UN Ambassador Samantha Power herself noted that for as long as Israel has been a member of the UN it has been ‘treated differently’ from other nations. And commenting only a week before this latest resolution, even outgoing Secretary General Ban Ki-moon agreed that ‘decades of political maneuvering have created a disproportionate number of resolutions, reports, and committees against Israel… In many cases, instead of helping the Palestinian issue, this reality has foiled the ability of the UN to fulfill its role effectively.'” – The Daily Beast
“Barack Obama who has proven to be the most anti-Israel president in American history allowed resolution to pass, rather than casting its veto. Then in a cynical move, UN Ambassador Samantha Power who once called for the militarily imposing a peace solution on Israel followed her abstention vote by railing against the United Nations for its anti-Israel bias. She also contended that opposition to the settlements was a bi-partisan position of American Presidents which is not really true.” – The Jewish Press
“Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer are backing a resolution championed by Marco Rubio that objects to the United Nations’ recent condemnations of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, all but assuring the Senate will move to publicly criticize the international body. The resolution, written by Rubio and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) with heavy input from leadership in both parties, will express “grave objection” to the United Nations vote in December and calls for a reversal of the controversial action, according to a copy of the resolution reviewed by POLITICO.” – Politico
Before the vote – Calls for the president to object the anti-Israeli resolution in the United Nation
The US was the force behind the resolution
The fallout of the US decision not to object to the anti-Israeli resolution in the United Nation
The White House defends its potion to allow an anti-Israeli resolution in the United Nation
Why the decision to allow an anti-Israeli resolution in the United Nation is wrong