From Rabbi Krauss
President Trump recently complained to Mike Huckabee that he received more thanks and congratulations from Evangelical Christians than Jews for the embassy move to Jerusalem.
When the move of the embassy to Jerusalem took place, a beautiful ceremony was held, millennia of history filled the air. When many Republicans were there, not a Democrat was present. While President Trump has shown firm support for Israel, bipartisan support is ultimately necessary for the Jewish State.
This highlights the results of recent studies by the American Jewish Committee that reveal deep divisions between American and Israeli Jews.
American Jews vote for Democratic candidates at approximately a 70% level. Republican Jewish voters tend to be orthodox or orthodox friendly.
When most Jews go to vote their considerations tend to be for interests they deem to be liberal. Sure, a strong Israel plays a role. But, in American Jewish eyes, this often takes second place, or is seen through the lens of Israel’s treatment of the non-orthodox, the Arabs. American Jews often view Israel’s place in the wider Middle East and in the world when voting. This represents a wide split between the remarkably growing Orthodox Jewish communities and the non-Orthodox majority. To complicate matters, insignificant Hasidic groups are strongly anti-Zionist.
So what’s new in the Jewish world?