“There’s no political benefit, and in fact there’s probably political cost, in only running policies that are right-wing on Israel.”
He likened the U.S.-Israel alliance to “a friendship where your friend is acting in a way that you think might hurt your relationship.”
Most of the 800 respondents agreed with the statement that “someone can be critical of Israeli government policies and still be pro-Israel.
“The United States should not want to see its taxpayer dollars used in any way for the support of activities that implement a decision to annex.”
Birthright has been criticized by left-wing activists for not sufficiently discussing Israel’s control of the West Bank.
Ted Cruz called J Street, the dovish pro-Israel policy group, “rabidly anti-Israel” in a debate with his Democratic opponent Rep. Beto O’Rourke.
J Street called a flyer tying Leslie Cockburn to Charlottesville neo-Nazi marchers one of the most “disgusting political attacks we’ve ever seen.”
Former Michigan state Rep. Steve Tobocman gave Rashida Tlaib her start in politics. But they aren’t on the same page when it comes to Israel.
“We cannot endorse candidates who can no longer publicly express unequivocal support for the two-state solution,” said J Street.
On Friday, the pro-Israel, pro-peace lobbying group J Street took an unprecedented step: It rescinded its endorsement of Rashida Tlaib.