The Israel issue is beginning to bedevil the Democratic base. Worried about the left’s effect on Democrats, the rightwing Israel Project is hosting a conference call this Wednesday that features an up-and-coming Democrat, Jonathan Miller, the former Kentucky state treasurer (said to be the first Jew to hold statewide office in Kentucky), who lately wrote a book promoting Israel.
The Israel Project promotes Newt Gingrich and Michele Bachmann and the Israeli settlements and a militant response to Iran. It’s liberal like Alan Dershowitz is liberal. But if your only issue is Israel, then you need to jump back and forth between parties to keep them both on board. Bill Kristol supports legalizing immigrants. Sheldon Adelson is pro-choice. These things don’t matter next to the crucial business of keeping both major political parties rightwing on Israel. Bill Clinton supported settlements. Carl Levin pushes the country toward war on Iran.
Note the awareness in the Israel Project’s p.r. material that the left is lost to support for Israel. Also note the hysteria about Israel’s total destruction. TIP:
Author, lawyer and longtime public servant Jonathan Miller spent nearly two decades in politics before joining the private sector last year. A former two-term elected Kentucky State Treasurer, he is the author of the recently released book “The Liberal Case for Israel: Debunking Eight Crazy Lies about the Jewish State,” in which he highlights deep factual misunderstandings, media disinformation, and the perpetuation of “Eight Crazy Lies” by those who seek the Jewish State’s total destruction.
Here’s a description of the book:
The type of progressive, enlightened government to which most American liberals desperately aspire can actually already be found in the reality of modern Israel. Indeed, there’s been no civilization or government in world history that has struggled more diligently to reflect the values that American progressives cherish: from gender equality, to gay and lesbian rights, to freedoms of speech and press, to a more compassionate capitalism. And yet, over the past several decades, some of the loudest voices on the American Left have directed much of their rhetorical foreign policy outrage against the Jewish State.
In “The Liberal Case for Israel,” Jonathan Miller — the former Kentucky State Treasurer and author of “The Compassionate Community: Ten Values to Unite America” — blames this disconnect on deep factual misunderstandings, media disinformation, and the perpetuation of “Eight Crazy Lies” by those who seek the Jewish State’s total destruction.
Miller exposes each of these “Crazy Lies” — which range from “apartheid” to “pinkwashing” to “vulgar capitalism” — and explains with concrete, incontrovertible evidence how in each case, a kind of perverse reversal of reality has taken hold, where Israel is blamed for violating the values that it has often been at the forefront of upholding….