The “squad” is really bad on Israel and anti-Semitism — shamefully so. But they are outliers in the Democratic Party. All but 17 members of the House Democratic Caucus voted to condemn the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement that Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez support. Even one member of the squad, Ayanna Pressley, voted against BDS. Forty-one Democrats just completed a trip to Israel sponsored by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
Trump’s prod to get Israel to exclude two duly elected members of the U.S. Congress from visiting Israel was a twofer. It cemented the image of Netanyahu as Trump’s obedient puppet, thus heightening negative partisanship, and worse, it encouraged Israel to betray its own democratic principles and traditions. Excluding Tlaib — however horrible her views and associations — was a blow to Israel’s standing as a brave, free nation and a propaganda victory for Tlaib.
Israel enjoys broad support in the U.S. for many reasons — historical, religious, strategic — but undergirding all of those is respect for a fellow democracy. If Israel is perceived as anything less, the damage will be far greater than anything the squad could manage.
Writes for Creators Syndicate