Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Tim Kaine anti-Israel?

I've tried not to post on presidential politics the last few days on Facebook, other than wink-wink posts that surreptitiously refer to 19th century elections.

But I got involved in a thread where someone judged Hillary's Israel views by her vice presidential pick, declaring that Kaine is "anti-Israel". So I'm jumping back in the fray.

It's really sad that the right-wing pro-Israel crowd has become so idological that they can't recognize friends of Israel. Let's get real. There are plenty of politicians who are truly anti-Israel, like Jill Stein, the candidate for the green party, former congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, and others. These are people who challenge Israel's right to exist and challenge her right to defend herself.

What are Kaine's crimes against the Jewish state? Boycotting Bibi's partisan concocted speech to Congress, supporting the Iran deal, and showing some friendship to J-Street. He probably shouldn't have skipped the speech, but his overall record is strongly supportive of Israel. I don't like J Street either, but speaking there doesn't make one anti Israel. (Kaine has met with AIPAC too, BTW). In the echo chamber of the right-wing on Israel, not falling in line behind the disaster of Bibi means anti-Israel, and that's a shame, because the pro-Israel community needs to acknowledge friends of Israel like Tim Kaine wherever we can get them.

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