If the Democratic party is to recover from its recent losses and remain a force in American politics it must truly remain not only inclusive, but coherent and reasonable in its foreign policy. Part of that strategy must mean standing strong with Israel and American Jewry. With that in mind it’s crucial that party leadership understands that the current views held towards Israel by both Bernie Sanders and Keith Ellison will only alienate an important base of not only Jewish people, but all Americans who understand the importance of staying close to the one true democracy in the Middle East. Ellison once said the following:
The United States’ foreign policy in the Middle East is governed by what is good or bad through a country of 7 million people. A region of 350 million all turns on a country of 7 million. Does that make sense? Is that logic? Right? When the Americans who trace their roots back to those 350 million get involved, everything changes. Can I say that again?
On the surface it seems like a reasonable statement, but the issue is not so much in the breaking from the government of Israel in policy as it is in a fundamental departure from the reality that Israel has made far more effort to achieve peace than her counterparts have. To criticize Israel is one thing, to side with terrorist organizations if far worse, and too much of the liberal community in the US and Europe seem to have a distorted view of justice when it comes to the Jewish state. Furthermore, this is part of the thought process corroding the Democratic Party and dividing those in the United States with Liberal values. How can one call themselves Liberal and oppose what is clearly the most free society in the Middle East? Keith Ellison doesn’t appear to get that and to that end it is critical that he does not become Democratic Party Chairman.