You'd think Bush's staunchly pro-Israel stand would garner him more support from Jewish Americans in general, and maybe even some prominent Jewish celebrities. I guess abortion rights trumps all for some.
And by 'some' I mean liberals.
I can't explain it, and believe me I've tried. I have yelled and hung up on my parents about this subject. Maybe because they're older and, hell, I don't know, I can't understand or excuse them.
In the debate Bush made the point that he was unpopular in Europe for standing up for Israel. A good column in National Review discusses Jewish support for Israel. It finishes by noting that if Jews vote for Kerry anyway, it will show future Demcocrats they have no need to support Israel and show Republicans they have nothing to gain by doing so.
There are a few like Ed Koch and Ron Silver. But as Dennis Prager says "I have to break it to many of them (older Jews)that FDR is not on the ballot".
Jackie Mason supports Bush.
I honestly wonder how supportive American Jews are of Israel. Doesn't it make sense that those who strongly support the right of Israel to exist have already relocated there?
Some JINO's would say that liberalism is their relegion. I actually think that the jewish vote will surprise people in their support for Bush. I predict 35%-40%. That would double the 20% that supported him in 2000.