“The division between progressives and enablers of apartheid is a division that is rending the Democratic Party apart, and threatens to secure Trump a second presidential term, as it alienates more progressives from the Democratic Party.”
I find this quite intriguing. I want to believe that if the centrist Democratic leadership would support a position more critical of Israel and in favor of Palestinian rights, that could unite the party in a way that would strengthen Democratic voters and more successfully be able to win against the Republicans. But I’m not convinced. I suspect there are as many right-wing, ultra-Israel Democrats that would be turned off if the party does adopt such a platform, and consequently decide to not vote, as there are “alienated progressives” that won’t vote if the party does NOT adopt such a perspective. None of us knows the answer to this question.
Of course the Dem leadership bears a large burden of responsibility for this explosive situation. Because of their decades-long blindness about Israel-Palestine, they never educated us and their voters about the Palestinian narrative. Consequently, many Americans, including liberal and left-leaning Democrats, fell into a hawkish pro-Israel perspective. Now the Democratic leadership is facing a “divisive” issue partly of their own making that Trump is slyly taking advantage of and for which they and their constituents are ill-prepared.