Divorce is coming: Israeli-Americans vote overwhelmingly for Romney

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More evidence that we will see a divorce between American Jews and Israelis after this election. Mairav Zonszein at +972 reports on the expatriate American exit poll:

iVoteIsrael - the campaign that has worked hard to get American citizens living in Israel to vote absentee in next week’s U.S. presidential elections (and which I have been covering here since June and exposed to be a partisan, right-wing, anti-Obama initiative) – held a press conference Thursday afternoon in Jerusalem to announce the results of what they claim is the biggest exit poll of its kind ever conducted among American expats voting in an American election.

The campaign announced that a record number of 80,000 Americans who registered with them voted in this election, of which 85 percent voted for Republican candidate Mitt Romney, 14 percent for Obama (and 0.6 percent  for “Other”).

Obviously this group is lobbying American Jews the same way Ed Koch is. But it won’t work. These voting results will turn out to be the inverse of American Jewish results. And that will only raise consciousness about the differences between the two communities– leading to a split inside the American Jewish community, between a liberal majority that doesn’t like Netanyahu and the minority that embraces apartheid. Of course, that’s a hopeful reading. For now, our media are not telling Americans about apartheid conditions, so American Jews can keep talking about a Jewish democracy forever.

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  1. Dan Crowther
    November 2, 2012, 10:11 am

    I would say this is wishful thinking. Obama’s gonna get much less of a percentage of the american jewish vote this time around, no way US Jews provide a complete inverse. No chance. Sorry, Phil, but your guy is going down.

    • FreddyV
      November 2, 2012, 12:58 pm

      @Dan Crowther: ‘Sorry, Phil, but your guy is going down.’

      American Jews only represent 2.2% of the population. I’m not sure what you mean by your comment.

    • radii
      November 2, 2012, 1:54 pm

      polls show Obama to retain at least 60% of jewish vote if not near 70% … and ALL predictions markets (InTrade, sportsbooks, etc.) have Obama winning likelihood at between 70%-90%

    • marc b.
      November 2, 2012, 3:59 pm

      dan, read this from norman pollack, adding his two cents to the already persuasive case against the ‘lesser of evils’ rationalizations.


      i won’t vote for obama or romney.

      • pineywoodslim
        November 3, 2012, 8:12 am

        Yes, marc b., thank you for the link.

        As you are no doubt aware, there are dozens of other excellent articles debunking the lesser of two evils argument.

        What I find particularly galling is the belief that “progressives” should only vote 3rd party in states that are safely blue. In other words, where the vote will truly be meaningless.

        I live in swing-state Iowa and fully support Jill Stein. You want to show the national importance of progressive politics? Have enough Jill Stein votes in enough swing states to defeat Obama.

      • Dan Crowther
        November 3, 2012, 10:53 am

        marc – did you read stoller’s latest essay? i have said for months that guys like me and you (lefties who have said F you to barry and the dems) will decide the election. i think third parties will play a big role in colorado, new hampshire and maybe wisconsin.

        as for everyone else, their predictions and their questions about what i meant: (1) there is no chance the turnout for obama is as high as 08; early Dem voter ‘s in ohio are far off the 08 mark (2) swing state AG’s are mostly R’s, shenanigans to follow (3) Phil said a divorce is coming between Israeli and American Jews – but everyone predicts obama losing as much as 15% of his 08 edge among jewish voters. the election is going to be close enough for these votes to matter, especially in florida and ohio. he’s still gonna “win” women, jews and latino’s, just not by the same spread, and that’s what will lose him the election. the right wingers are gonna really turnout.

    • Ellen
      November 2, 2012, 8:11 pm

      Not predicting outcomes, but this is not much different from the previous presidential Election Cycle. Israeli Americans or Americans in Israel did not support Obama.

      In fact in the overseas Voting for the Democratic primaries of 2008, the only two countries (US Citizens Voting abroad) Casting their vote against Obama were Israel and the Philippines.

    • Mooser
      November 4, 2012, 1:06 pm

      “Sorry, Phil, but your guy is going down.”

      Crowther, you’re a meany! You just say that because you know that the thought of a Romney victory reliably induces a nasty, queasy feeling in the old kishkas. Anyway, the voting is on (See TPM for the latest results on all your devices) and it doesn’t look too bad for Obama.

  2. Citizen
    November 2, 2012, 11:02 am

    “For now, our media are not telling Americans about apartheid conditions, so American Jews can keep talking about a Jewish democracy forever.”

    Wonder what it would take for our media to tell Americans about apartheid conditions long implemented by Israel?

    Aftermath of WW3? I can’t think of any other thing.

    • seafoid
      November 2, 2012, 4:22 pm

      Mick Davis, CEO of Xstrata and a major figure in the UK Jewish community told the UK Board of Deputies that Israel was headed for apartheid. He’s 30 years younger than the Dersh and Koch and it is his generation that will turn away from Zionism.

  3. Abierno
    November 2, 2012, 11:04 am

    Also the article mentions that 7500 are registered in Florida and 3500 in Ohio,
    as well as commenting that IVoteIsrael managed all of the ballot boxes and then transmitted the votes to the US. I wonder how the citizens of this country will feel
    if these swing state votes, by individuals who have freely chosen to live in another
    country, determine the election. Particularly the 55 million who will be left with
    no health insurance when Romney dismantles Obama’s health care law on the first
    day in office. As well as dismantling Dodd-Frank, returning us to the wild west days of Wall Street that brought this country to its knees financially. Unemployment will be exceptionally high as government programs are slashed, jobs are exported over seas and every foreign graduate who has a science or math degree will “have a green card stapled to their diploma” (Romney 2nd debate) and
    US workers will face unprecedented international competition for their jobs. But never mind, no one will notice, since Netanyahu will have bombed Iran and the middle east will explode into war with our youth and the not so young from the reserves all on the front lines.

    • Ellen
      November 2, 2012, 8:27 pm

      As well as dismantling Dodd-Frank, returning us to the wild west days of Wall Street that brought this country to its knees financially.

      Little of Frank Dodd is yet to be enacted. Much of it never will, as realities have already changed, rendering the legislation unworkable.

      There is nobreturning. We are still in it. The financial industry is still undermining the economy. The Obama Administration has not made a single indictment of a bankster. Not One.

      We are very much in Times of deciet and corruption with Regulators captured by their paymasters on Wall Street.

      Here is one ugly example showing how it is our government Protects their criminals,


  4. Les
    November 2, 2012, 11:12 am

    Americans emigrate to Israel and the Occupied Territories in order to act out their white racist fantasies. We export our racism.

  5. hophmi
    November 2, 2012, 1:49 pm

    I think it’s wishful thinking. People who have made aliyah, especially in the last few years, tend to be orthodox Jews on the right, who would vote Romney anyway.

    My prediction is that American Jewish vote will go around 70-75% for Obama. The RJC campaign has made its inroads, but not all that far, and New York, a reliable blue state, may represent most of the shift.

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