You know what really gets under the skin of liberal Jews? Reminding them that Israel’s most reliable supporters are Christian conservatives.
Sunday night I attended a dinner for the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) where Mike Pence was one of the keynote speakers. Pence spoke beautifully about how he was raised to admire the Jewish state. He quoted the Torah—which he called the “old book”— stating that he supports Israel because “he who blesses her [Israel] will blessed, and he who curses her [Israel] will be cursed Genesis 12:3.” He told of his belief that Israel is not a manmade idea, but rather “someone else’s idea”; meaning, of course, God’s idea. Furthermore, he said he never imagined he would see a time when an American President (Obama) would criticize Israel for rebuilding in Jerusalem. When I saw Pence speak at the AIPAC policy conference in Washington D.C in 2009 he said, “My Christian faith compels me to cherish the state of Israel.” What I witness in Christian conservatives such as Mike Pence is an unshakable support for Israel, that is clearly lacking in someone like President Obama.
You see, to so many Christians on the right, support for Israel is a religious imperative, a command from God. This is why their support is so rock solid and unwavering. Jews should be able to relate to this as Judaism abounds with commandments of our own. Although many Jews are not religious, they still give generously to charities because it is a commandment from God—a moral and religious imperative. This is why support for Israel (and charity contributions) is greater on the right, as conservatives tend to be more religious than liberals. In a debate with Alan Dershowitz, Dennis Prager brilliantly explains how the left’s support of Israel is more fickle than the right’s.
For those on the left who do support Israel, hate of the right supersedes love of the tiny Jewish country. Dennis Prager wrote a very instructive column on this sad fact a couple years ago with regard to the dissolution of an anti-nuclear Iran rally because of Hillary Clinton’s hatred of Sarah Palin:
“What was alarming was the realization that for much of the Jewish left — not leftists who happen to be Jews and for whom the welfare of the Jewish people is not particularly significant, but left-wing Jews who claim to care deeply about Jewish survival — fighting Palin is of greater importance than fighting Ahmadinejad.”
Glenn Beck, the devoutly religious conservative firebrand, is arguably the most pro-Israel cable news host on television (with several other conservatives in at a close second). Check out this segment on his Fox news show after the brutal murder of the Fogel family in the West Bank. There is no question that Beck’s support for Israel is influenced by his profound faith. Meanwhile, four hundred leftist Jewish Rabbis recently signed a letter demanding Beck be reprimanded for his “unacceptable attacks” on George Soros; the same George Soros who said Israel was “the main stumbling block” to Democracy in the Middle East. Do these rabbis have any perspective? Do they support Israel?
Despite these facts, the left mocks and belittles the Christian right’s love of Israel. A couple weeks ago Chris Matthews mocked the Religious Right’s support of Israel:
“This coalition between the right and Israel…is not founded on personal friendships or anything like that, or even values. Its founded on some sort of right-wing thing, where you just high-five each other over there at the Western Wall.”
What a low life. If it were not for Christian conservatives in the United States, Israel would be left to the savages who wish her destruction, as the left is totally unreliable in its support for Israel.
If leftist Jews really care for the survival of Israel, they will thank the Christian right for their unwavering support.