The continuing drama of Democratic Party institutions making room for criticism of Israel….
Greg Sargent of the Washington Post reported last week that the Progressive Policy Institute and Truman National Security project would likely bounce former AIPAC aide Josh Block for smearing critics of Israel at the Dem-Party-aligned Center for American Progress as anti-Semites. Ben Smith confirms that this has happened today:
A progressive group that is working to remake the Democratic Party’s approach to national security has drawn a line around the heated Israel policy debate, expelling a member who criticized the Center for American Progress for breaking with Clinton Democrats’ traditional staunch support for Israel.
Truman National Security Project founder Rachel Kleinfeld emailed the critic, Josh Block, to inform him this morning, Block said.
Update: Bill Kristol has a long face. He understands the significance of this move. Expulsion, good word:
Doesn’t the expulsion of Block suggest that it is now impossible to be unapologetically pro-Israel—and publicly hostile to those who are anti-Israel—and remain a member in good standing of the liberal and Democratic foreign policy establishment?
Come on, Bill, why did your father urge Jews to leave the Democratic Party 40 years ago? :
“Senator McGovern is very sincere when he says that he will try to cut the military budget by 30%. And this is to drive a knife in the heart of Israel… Jews don’t like big military budgets. But it is now an interest of the Jews to have a large and powerful military establishment in the United States… American Jews who care about the survival of the state of Israel have to say, no, we don’t want to cut the military budget, it is important to keep that military budget big, so that we can defend Israel.”
Note that your late father cited a Jewish interest, which I believe he said Jews should be willing to embrace publicly, but which I don’t see you embracing forthrightly.
UPDATE: Earlier version of this post said that Block had been dropped by the Progressive Policy Insitute, not the Truman project. Apologies to all.