Looking from the 'other side' of the political aisle
June 29, 2018
In the 15 June 2018 letter to the Heritage, Richard H. Gleick comments on the absence of Democrats at the opening of the embassy in Jerusalem and as a result not understanding why any Jew would support the Democratic Party. I would like to point out to Mr. Gleick that many, if not most, Jews and non-Jews, who are strong supporters of Israel, and who consider Jerusalem the capital of Israel, question from a strategic point of view whether this was the proper time to move the embassy to Jerusalem. To question Chuck Schumer, and others, who have a strong history of supporting Israel on their commitment to Israel based upon attendance at the opening defies logic. If my memory is correct, no one from the Democratic leadership was formally invited to the opening.
Looking at the other side of the aisle, one can note that there has been a general reduction of anti-Semitic acts during the recent history here up till 2016 when the current Republican administration took over and there was a large uptick in anti-Semitic acts, which many claim are a result of the rhetoric used by the current administration and especially our president. The comments made by our president after the tragic events in Charlottesville when he said both sides, neo-Nazis and counter-protesters, were at fault and include “very fine people,” is a good example of why this administration’s attitude has added acceptance to certain behaviors that were considered unacceptable until recently. Thus one could equally question why any Jew would support these policies and comments of the current administration.
Edward E. A. Bromberg