The Israel lobby has exerted such a powerful influence on politicians in the US and the media, especially among Republicans, that this piece of news, which should be shocking, has not created much fuss.
Republicans by a ratio of more than 2-to-1 say the U.S. should support Israel even when its stances diverge with American interests, a new Bloomberg Politics poll finds. Democrats, by roughly the same ratio, say the opposite is true and that the U.S. must pursue its own interests over Israel’s.
Further illustrating how sharply partisan the debate has become, Republicans say they feel more sympathetic to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu than to their own president, 67 percent to 16 percent, while Democrats are more sympathetic to President Barack Obama than to Israel’s prime minister, 76 percent to 9 percent.
Got that? They think that the US should support Israel even when its own interests are harmed by such support.
We already knew that the Republican party in Congress viewed Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu as their leader. But the huge margin in his favor by ordinary Republicans should come as a shock.
So basically we now have two parties in the US, the Democrats and Likud.