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Posted: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 8:51 am

A recent Pew Research Center study found that 79 percent of Republicans but only 27 percent of Democrats sympathize with Israel over the Palestinians. As recently as two years ago, 43 percent of Democrats sympathized with Israel over the Palestinians.

How is it that the party of Truman — whose support was critical in establishing Israel — has so dramatically turned against Israel? The landmark 2013 Pew study on American Jewry indicated that 70 percent of Jewish Democrats were emotionally attached to Israel. With these new study results, do other Jewish Democrats feel my distress? Do they view the results as a national Jewish crisis? Will there be an urgent call for mobilization to increase support for our Jewish state? Will there be suggestions for how to stem the erosion and bolster support for Israel?

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