Support for Israel is widespread in the US but also so thin that there is wide concern among the AIPAC types that if support for Israel isn’t ritualistically affirmed by the establishment in front of a national audience and the Palestinians not continuously vilified that this national support can dissipate at any time and even turn against the Israelis. This actually is quite perceptive. Engage in discussion of the I/P conflict with the typical American and the response is often weariness and RARELY (if ever) gung-ho positive attitudes about Israel, though to be honest my cultural bubble is the Washington Metropolitan region.
The goal of these demands to ritualistically affirm support for Israel by the U.S establishment is to HOLD THE LINE and make neutrality and (oh the horror) support for the Palestinians a taboo for politicians.
The goal of the AIPAC types has always been not earnestly arguing for Israel but always stacking the deck in their favor by controlling the parameters of the debate, and what really sickens me the most is how much they’re assisted in controlling the parameters of the debate by the USA media establishment.