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Israel Focus Is Missed Opportunity To Sway Jews

Forget Israel: Jews have many great reasons to vote for Republican Mitt Romney. The GOP is making a big mistake by concentrating so much on Israel.
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Forget Israel: Jews have many great reasons to vote for Republican Mitt Romney. The GOP is making a big mistake by concentrating so much on Israel.

By Yossi Gestetner

Published October 30, 2012.

One of the fatal mistakes of the Republican Party and its supporters is their relentless effort to get Jews to vote for the GOP by hammering the issue of Israel. The mistake here is that Israel is the most important election issue to only 6% to 7% of Jewish voters, according to multiple polls.

So why waste and focus your time attacking Obama and Democrats on Israel? Besides, many Jewish Americans think Democrats are solidly pro-Israel. As such, by making it a central campaign issue Republicans are targeting maybe 3% of the Jewish electorate.

This explains why the GOP made few inroads with Jews all those years.

Jewish Democrats argue that tikkun olam, or repairing the world, is the reason why Jews belong in the Democratic Party. But I am puzzled by this for many reasons:

1) The liberal agenda of the Democratic Party is adverse to Torah values on a range of issues, including abortion, animal rights and others. So I find it suspicions that Jewish Democrats stick with only one Jewish value, namely tikkun olam.

Besides, according to Jewish law, the real way of helping poor people is to teach them a trait and help them build their own business. There is nothing Jewish about a system where people are kept poor and stuck on government programs all their life.

2)The notion that Republicans don’t spend enough to help the poor is a brazen lie. In fact, Republican presidents have presided over healthy increases in spending on social programs like food stamps, welfare, and housing subsidies. Adding up how much President Bill Clinton spent in his first term on domestic social programs, it is only $89.9 billion more than what his predecessor George Bush spent on those same programs. However, W. Bush spent $409 billion more on those six departments in his first term than what Clinton spent in his second term, and Bush in his second term spent $768 billion more than what he spent in his own first term.



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