Stop Letting Israel Dictate Your Vote!

Hello from Canada! I am a non-Jew who married into a Jewish family whom I adore and, from what I gather, adores me too. As such, we talk about everything, including, gasp, politics and religion. My mother-in-law and I recently got into it because she is planning on voting for Conservative Stephen Harper for Prime Minister in our upcoming elections because, nearly exclusively, of his stance on Israel. Otherwise, he doesn’t really represent her mostly progressive beliefs — something she readily admits. Seesaw, as a non-Jew I must confess that I really don’t understand this. My question, should a non-Jewish son-in-law try to convince his Jewish mother-in-law to not let Israel factor so heavily in her ballot decisions? Is doing so just crossing the line?

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