For Democrats, the pendulum has swung back on Israel
By RON KAMPEAS
WASHINGTON (JTA) —Democrats used their online convention this week to pitch the party’s case to the American people. They covered most issues, from health care to immigration to climate change to women’s and racial justice. Any Israel controversy was very much not on the table.
What appeared less than a year ago to be a party pendulum swinging away from conventional pro-Israel orthodoxies has swung back. The reason was simple: Joe Biden. The nominee was ready to compromise about lots with progressives, but not on the Israel issue. As soon as a controversy popped up this week over speaking rights for pro-Palestinian activist Linda Sarsour on a convention panel, Biden batted it away.
I examine the back and forth here.
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