Israelis and Palestinians: How U.S. Politics Has Evolved

To the Editor:

Re “New Wave of Democrats Tests the Party’s Blanket Support for Israel” (news article, Oct. 8):

While focusing on a handful of Democratic candidates who have faced heavy right-wing criticism for their positions on Israel, your article misses the larger evolution in American politics on the issue.

Instead of relying on the outdated idea that support for Israelis and Palestinians must be mutually exclusive, a growing majority of Democratic candidates increasingly recognize that it is possible and necessary to promote policies, like the two-state solution, that benefit both peoples.

They understand that criticizing some policies of the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — like settlement expansion — is actually vital to defending Israel’s long-term survival as a democratic homeland for the Jewish people.

And they know that spurious charges of “anti-Israel” from hyperpartisan groups like the Republican Jewish Coalition don’t…

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