“Jexodus”: Trump, Jews, and Israel – Vox

The departure of American Jews from the Democratic Party is not happening, but it’s fun to pretend.

Hasidic Jews walk past a banner that reads “Uman Loves Trump” on September 9, 2018, in Uman, Ukraine. | Sean Gallup/Getty Images


…while American Jews are largely (though by no means unanimously) supportive of Israel, most do not see political support for Israel to be an adequate substitute for supporting a pluralistic vision of the United States of America, which, after all, is where American Jews live.

The contention that Jews should vote Republican because Republicans are stronger backers of the Israeli government isn’t identical to the “dual loyalties” issue that got Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) in trouble earlier this months, but it’s not entirely unrelated either. The reality is that American Jews are Americans, not Israelis, and while elements of GOP social conservatism appeal strongly to Orthodox Jews, for most Jewish Americans, Jewish values and Jewish identity are tied up with openness and pluralism in a way that makes the GOP a very hard sell.

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