Dual Loyalty Watch

DUAL LOYALTY WATCH….Today, Mona Charen suggests that American Jews are “downright stupid” for supporting Democrats even though George Bush is “indisputably the most pro-Israel president in the history of the United States.” David Gelernter labels this same behavior “self-destructive nihilism.”

U.S. supporters of Israel naturally take offense at charges of “dual loyalty,” an ancient slur that American Jews care more about Israel than they do the United States. But as Ezra Klein and Matt Yglesias point out, it’s hard to take offense at this when you write pieces suggesting that American Jews ought to put aside other considerations and vote for whichever party displays a more dependable support for Israel. Conservatives should take care not to let their own agitprop come back to bite them.

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