DANIEL VAUGHAN: Congress Forced to Denounce Democratic Anti-Semitism. Again.

 July 19, 2023

It's not every day I open Twitter and suddenly find myself nodding in agreement with something Rep. Adam Schiff says. Schiff spoke out in defense of Israel. He said, "Israel is the only true democracy in the Middle East and is not a racist state. It faces constant attacks and the threat of terrorism, and is a key U.S. ally. Israel has every right to exist as a Jewish homeland. Instead of denigrating an entire state and its people, we should work towards a two state solution and a lasting peace."

My only disagreement with Schiff on that point is the two-state solution. Dennis Ross, a diplomat in multiple Democratic administrations, published an extensive history of Israel and the United States in 2016. It's clear from his vantage point, behind the scenes, that the two-state solution is nothing more than a fig leaf gesture from the Palestinian Liberation Organization. They don't exist for peace; we should move on from that notion.

I don't expect Adam Schiff to get that point for many reasons. But on Schiff's main point, it's worth noting what's missing: why he said it at all.

The Squad Shows Its True Colors.

One does not expect a full-throated defense of Israel on a Sunday evening from a politician. But it happened because, once again, the Jew-hating racists of the Democratic Party rose up and spilled their vitriol against Israel and Jews. At a conference, Progressive Caucus Head Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) stated unequivocally that "Israel is a racist state."

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy swiftly dropped the hammer and brought the House together with a "sense of Congress." With that, Congress stated three things: First, the state of Israel is neither racist nor apartheid; Second, Congress opposes all anti-Semitism and xenophobia; and Third, the United States is a strong supporter and ally of Israel.

The usual suspects of the Squad voted against this measure — but no one else did. Jayapal was forced to retract her bitter, racist remarks, though no one believed her. In a quote to Politico, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) said, "There's nothing complex about the question of whether or not Israel is a racist state ... And even though Congresswoman Jayapal attempted to walk back what she meant, in this case, I think she certainly could have been stronger about it."

Groundhog Day with Democratic Anti-Semitism.

If this episode seems familiar, it should. It what feels like the umpteenth time, whether Republicans or Democrats hold the House, we're forced to gawk at the inane ramblings of the Democratic Party's anti-Semetic left.

I agree with Abe Greenwald at Commentary Magazine, who accurately observes:

Public figures don't apologize for their anti-Semitism because they've had a change of heart in 24 hours. They "apologize" because it gets gullible people to leave them alone until their next anti-Jewish outburst. It's a kind of carbon-tax system for Jew-hatred. Some people, like Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, pay up front for the right to pollute in perpetuity. Jayapal may be working toward a similar arrangement. She said what she said. Deliberately, brazenly, sweepingly. And she said it to people she knows to be animated by the idea that "Israel as a nation is racist." It's the equivalent of reassuring neo-Confederate activists that you believe the United States is an illegitimate tyranny.

With those observations made, it's worth applauding the stance we're seeing here from people like Adam Schiff. He wasn't alone. Democratic leadership up and down the line blasted their far-left colleagues. This move is an unambiguously good shift, even if it is likely political.

Democratic Party's Political Instincts Take Over.

Noah Rothman noted the political angle, "2021 found that 75 percent of Orthodox Jewish voters now self-identify as Republicans. That's a dramatic increase from 2013, when just 57 percent of the Orthodox community affiliated itself with the GOP." Much as there are cracks in other parts of the Democratic coalition, a chasm is opening up with Jewish voters.

During Nancy Pelosi's tenure, she had Congress pass a watered-down resolution against hate when one of the Squad went off on Jews and Israel unprompted. Congress taking a more assertive stance under McCarthy's leadership is an excellent move to convey that anti-Semetism is unquestionably off the table.

US Support of Israel and Jews Is Strong.

The United States has a long history of supporting the Jewish people, and we should continue that. In response to a letter he received from a synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island, President George Washington wrote: "May the Children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other Inhabitants; while every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and figtree, and there shall be none to make him afraid. May the father of all mercies scatter light and not darkness in our paths, and make us all in our several vocations useful here, and in his own due time and way everlastingly happy."

America hasn't always been perfect on that front. Before Harvard, Yale, and other elite schools started discriminating against Asians in their admissions process, they discriminated against Jews. But we've endeavored to follow the example of our first President.

The words passed by Congress are a good step in that direction. And a continuing reminder that the United States does not tolerate anti-Semitism in its official policy.

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