In a recent blog entry for the Jerusalem Post, former New York City Mayor, Ed Koch, claims that he is shocked by some recent polling data. He writes:
It should come as no surprise that in response to a poll taken by Quinnipiac University asking, “Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation between Israel and the Palestinians?” 67 percent of Jews disapproved and 28 percent approved. That same poll showed support by Democrats for Israel was 46 percent and among Republicans, 70 percent. Did this shock me and many others? You bet.
He’s shocked, but not surprised? No matter. I like Ed Koch. Given the sheer number of people throughout the world screaming for Jewish-Israeli blood, I like anyone who stands up for the Jewish state. Left. Right. Center… Labour. Kadima. Likud… Liberal. Conservative. Libertarian. Who cares? So long as so many people throughout the world are displaying a pathological hatred for nearly half the world’s Jews, I will stand with anyone who is willing, like Mr. Koch, to push back.
What pisses me off, however, is that less than half of American Democrats are supportive of Israel, while 70 percent of Republicans are. I am not shocked by this. I am not surprised by this. I am simply disgusted by it. The reason that I am neither shocked, nor surprised, is because I just spent the last few years rolling around in the muck of Daily Kos I-P and there’s not enough soap in the world for me to remove this grime. Daily Kos is the largest political blog in the universe and represents the activist “progressive” base of the Democratic Party and, I tell you, if there is one thing that much of the Democratic “progressive” base can’t tolerate, it’s Jewish self-determination and self-defense.