Bernie Sanders is about as pro-Israel as I am. Maybe a bit more. He spent a little time as a volunteer on a kibbutz. I spent a lot of time as a volunteer on various kibbutzim and moshavim. He believes in Israel’s right to exist. So do I. He’s Jewish. I’m half. We both object to Israel’s treatment of Palestinians, although he’s against any economic sanctions against them and I think that might be a good idea, but other than that, we’re more or less in synch.
Far more than all the other candidates, anyway. Clinton, Trump, Cruz, and I think Kasich, too, gave speeches the other day at the AIPAC conference. AIPAC. American Israeli Political Action Committee. It’s not anew thing, they’ve been around for a long time, but think about that. There is a group, in the United States, whose job it is to raise funds (that’s what a PAC does) for candidates in American elections who support Israel. There is no ASKPAC for South Korea. No AMPAC for Mexico. What is it about Israel that it’s accepted, even taken for granted, that this is O.K.? What the hell does Israel have over the U.S.?
(personal conspiracy theory – they could spill the beans over the attempted sinking of the USS Liberty, in June, 1967. At the time it was put down to friendly fire, just an accident in time of war, but a lot of people aren’t buying it, and think it was a plot, co-ordinated with Lyndon Johnson, to get the U.S. into the war.)
I don’t know why any politicians alive today would care about that, though. So, it’s probably just money.
Anyway, while they were at AIPAC, promising to love Israel more than all the others and do whatever Netanyahu wants, Bernie was thousands of miles away, campaigning in Utah. The only true American in the bunch.
It’s a bit ironic that the Jewish candidate is the only one who isn’t totally kissing Israel’s ass, but there you have it.