Is Israel Decisive For Jewish Voting?

I’m reading an Atlantic article and the following stuck out to me: “For Jews in particular, it’s usually assumed that Israel is a decisive factor in influencing voters’ decisions.”

It is taken for granted by the conventional wisdom that Jews in America vote on what is good for the Jewish state, but most American Jews don’t care much about Israel.

Stephen Steinlight wrote in 2001: “That America has largely tolerated this dual loyalty — we get a free pass, I suspect, largely over Christian guilt about the Holocaust — makes it no less a reality.”

The article concludes: “But it may be that, as a people as much as a voting bloc, Jews are becoming less influenced by their Jewishness.”


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