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Obama wins election, takes Jewish vote with him

With initial exit polls showing 70 percent of American Jews voted for Obama, all the efforts to swing the Jewish vote in favor of Mitt Romney by wealthy Republicans, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the iVoteIsrael campaign appear to have failed. Even in key swing state Florida, where Romney reportedly received 34 percent of the Jewish vote, Obama still came out on top.

According to the National Jewish Democratic Council President David A. Harris:

The powerful support given to the President today by American Jews shows that the more than $15 million campaign undertaken by Republicans to woo Jewish voters with negative advertising, scare tactics, and outright lies simply did not work. Since the New Deal, the Democratic Party has been the political home for the overwhelming majority of Jewish voters — and tonight’s data affirms that the relationship between the Jewish community and the Democratic Party is as strong as ever.

Although 70 percent is a slight drop from the 2008 showing of Jewish support for Obama (78 percent), the outcome proves that American Jewish voters cannot be swayed (read: bullied) by the “pro-Israel” paradigm – and that even if they could, Obama would still be elected on domestic issues, because at the end of the day they live in the U.S., not in Israel – where  the majority is extremely conservative and hawkish compared with their American counterparts.

The question, as Noam Sheizaf puts it, is whether Obama will step up during his second term when it comes to Israel , and how it will affect Israeli elections. But in the meantime, while there may still be no daylight  between the American and Israeli governments, between Israeli Jewish values and American Jewish values, there is plenty of daylight to go around.

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    1. Disheartening but not surprising. Many Jewish people refuse to see the big picture and vote the victimology card. They may live well, be “well educated” and have tons of $$, but many see themselves as victims no matter what the circumstances.

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    2. Piotr Berman

      Apparently, Obama lost 8-10% of Jewish vote and gain 4% of Latino vote. American Jews remain more progressive that average White voter. On the other hand, 74% of “no religion” voted for Obama.

      There is no particular economic reason to prompt “no religion” toward Democrats. But GOP as exists today is scary if you do not have religious connection to them, it is almost Jurassic Park.

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    3. “the outcome proves that American Jewish voters cannot be swayed (read: bullied) by the “pro-Israel” paradigm”

      Not at all. The reigning “paradigm” of US-Israel relations is cast in stone as worshipful of Israel. The billions annually in economic and military aid, winking at its nuclear arsenal, the automatic, overwhelming support for Israel abroad, Israel’s darling status in the media, its revered status in US culture generally (apart from Jon Stewart), continue despite GOP machinations. This does not escape Jewish voters.

      American Jewish voters are never “bullied” by any “pro-Israel paradigm”. The pro-Israel paradigm continues to bully US culture and the world. Jewish voters understand that perfectly well. Their capacity for real criticism of Israel, such as a severe cut in its US aid, or refusal to veto UN Security Council resolutions, is never tested. The CPMAJO world has zero tolerance for mild, let alone substantive, criticism. What the Jewish public thinks may or may or may not be substantially different.

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