Mike Lumish

The Democratic Party is Abandoning Israel

During the Democratic party convention I was not the least bit surprised to learn that the Democrats had downgraded support for Israel in their party platform.  This is because, as recent polling clearly indicates, the Democratic party is abandoning support for that country.

According to a recent Pew Research Center poll 46 percent of Republicans believe that the US is not supportive enough of Israel while a mere 9 percent of Democrats think so.

Overall, Americans are split in their views about the level of U.S. support for Israel. While a 41% plurality say that the level of American support for Israel is about right, 22% say the U.S. is too supportive, and about as many (25%) say it is not supportive enough.


Views on U.S. support for Israel are deeply divided along partisan lines. Nearly half (46%) of Republicans say the U.S. is not supportive enough of Israel, compared with just 9% of Democrats and 24% of independents.

The anti-Israel activity at the Democratic Party convention was not some anomaly.  It reflects the growing disenchantment toward Israel among the Democratic party base.   This is a trend that I have been warning about for years on Israel Thrives.

The only real question, as the Democratic party slowly turns against the Jewish State of Israel, is when Jewish Democrats are going to take notice and object?  Certainly that is not happening this cycle.

Given the slavish devotion of American Jews toward the Democratic party, I fully expect American Jewish Democrats to take their beating and like it.  But just because Jewish Democrats cannot bring themselves to face the truth of their support for a political party that is less and less supportive of us, this does not mean that we should be reluctant to speak the truth on the matter.

The Democratic party is, slowly but surely, abandoning its support for the state of Israel and Jewish Democrats continue to play ostrich on the issue.

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My prediction is that, despite the ostrich routine, Jewish support for the Democratic party will begin to erode as it becomes clearer and clearer that the party is becoming unfriendly toward the Jewish state.

This kind of process can take many years, generations even, before it finally shakes out.  It took many long decades before the American south moved from the “D” column to the “R” column and I expect nothing else from American Jews.  While I am not a Republican, having chosen for the moment to register as an independent, I fully expect the Republican party to be the recipient of growing Jewish support going forward into the future.

If so, this will be a direct result of Democratic party choices.

It will be no one’s fault but their own.

About the Author
Mike Lumish is a PhD in American history from the Pennsylvania State University and has taught at PSU, San Francisco State University, and the City College of San Francisco. He regularly publishes on the Arab-Israel conflict at the Times of Israel and at his own blog, Israel Thrives ( He has in recent years given conference papers on American cultural and intellectual history at The International Society for the History of Behavioral and Social Sciences in Dublin, Ireland, as well as at the Western Historical Association in Phoenix, Arizona and the American Cultural Association in New Orleans, Louisiana. Lumish is also the founding editor of the scholarly on-line discussion forum H-1960s. He can be contacted at