Q&A Friday #21: Why Do Conservatives Side With Israel And Liberals Side With The Palestinians?

by John Hawkins | August 26, 2005 9:20 pm

Question: “(H)ow do you explain the fact that right-wingers consistently side with Israel and left-wingers with the Palestinians?


Josh” — oneisnotprime

Answer: In all fairness to the left, they tend to be split on Israel. However, I’d say that the reason that they’re split is because even though Jews are a small percentage of the American population, roughly 70% of them vote liberal and they contribute a disproportionate amount of money to the Democratic Party. Because of that, Israel is going to have at least a certain amount of support in the Democratic Party.

On the other hand, in my opinion, the reason why so many leftists are hostile to Israel is largely because the Palestinians claim they’re oppressed & plus they’re weaker & poorer than Israelis. That makes them victims in the eyes of liberals. Furthermore, the fact that Israel is a staunch ally of America causes liberals to view them as suspect as well. Add to all that the “soft bigotry of low expectations” that causes liberals to hold Israel to the highest standards of civilized behavior while excusing anything the Palestinians do, and you can see why Israel is so loathed by many people on the left.

On the right, there are some evangelical Christians who support Israel for religious reasons, but most conservatives look at Israel as the “good guys” in the conflict. We see them as a small, Western, democratic ally fighting against terrorism and neighboring nations that are irrationally hostile to them because they’re Jews.

Furthermore, the Palestinians are responsible for their own problems. They, among others, tried to wipe the Jews out in 1967, they lost, and that’s how the Israelis came to hold that territory. Today, the Palestinians have a non-functional government, a non-functional death cult of a society, and they idiolize terrorists. How can you blame the Israelis for not being able to get along with the Palestinians when no civilized Western country could get along with them? The Palestinians in the disputed territories are some of the most quarrelsome, virulently anti-semitic, uncivilized people on the planet and because of that Israel certainly should not be blamed for doing what they think is necessary to defend themselves.

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