Op-Ed: New York Sun: Squad’s Success in Moving Democrats on Israel Portends Trouble on Other Issues

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During the latest battle between Israel and Hamas, I wrote about how the Democratic Party, which used to be Israel’s greatest defender, has turned against the Jewish state. Even formally strong supporters of Israel, like Senator Chuck Schumer, have been taking a powder, staying silent in the face of criticism of Israel by such far-left, pro-Palestine terrorist-sympathizers as Congresswoman Ilhan Omar and the so-called Squad.

Such figures as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, Jamaal Bowman, and Cori Bush have pushed the Democratic Party out of Israel’s camp. Not all Democrats, by any means. The party, though, is not what it was on this issue. It’s the GOP that is now Israel’s great defender.

This tectonic political shift was triggered in large part by President Trump. He kept his promise to move our embassy to Jerusalem and led the negotiations that won the Abraham Accords. The Saudis were favorable and might have formally joined were Mr. Trump re-elected. The key point is that the road to peace no longer ran through the Palestinian Authority.

Part of this tectonic shift was a clear-eyed understanding by Team Trump that Iran is the enemy in the Middle East, sponsoring terrorism and cheating their way toward nuclear proliferation — and financed by our great friends Russia and China. John Kerry is foolishly driving President Biden toward a new deal with Iran — taking down sanctions, giving them cash, and accepting unenforceable promises.

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