Photo Credit: U.S. Central Intelligence Agency
Effective range of the Iranian Shahab-3 missile.

Jewish leaders in the United States are starting to rethink the instinctive ties the community has had with the Democratic Party from time immemorial.

The change of heart comes in the wake of the deal signed last week with Tehran allowing it to pursue nuclear technology development and research.

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Last week, White House chief of staff Denis McDonough met with a group of Jewish Democratic Congress members to discuss the issue. According to a source who was present at the meeting, McDonough was told that to help “sell a very unpopular deal to our constituents…” President Barack Obama would have to “increase his popularity with our constituents,” Fox News reported.

He was also advised to suggest the president tone down his war with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu – or at least avoid “getting into a daily argument” with him, as one person at the meeting reportedly put it.

Bottom line, however, was that the Democratic party is losing its credibility with Jewish voters, and their leaders as well, because Jewish concerns do not seems to be as important as America’s nuclear deal with Iran.

Given the fact that the deal constitutes an existential threat to the State of Israel – and that U.S. leaders are refusing to add a condition that Iran also “recognize Israel’s right to exist,” the loss of Jewish support is no surprise to anyone with a brain.

Republicans will work hard to transform this into new Jewish support for the GOP in the 2016 presidential race, but their ability to recruit the group to the ranks of conservatives has yet to be determined.

Israel’s security cabinet last week unanimously voted to oppose the deal, which does not dismantle Iran’s nuclear technology program, nor does it adequately enforce limits on Tehran’s uranium enrichment activities.

Israel is not the only country is the Middle East made uneasy by the agreement: Saudi Arabia is outraged, as are a number of other Gulf nations. So are Lebanese and moderate Syrian opposition forces, who contend the deal opens the door for a flood of new funding from Iran to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Approximately $150 billion in Iranian funds is likely to be unfrozen shortly, according to Syrian coalition representative in exile, Monzer Akbik. “This will help Assad a lot,” he told The New York Times.

Syrian activist Aboud Dandachi, currently living in Istanbul, also made his disgust clear: “Set up a theocracy in Idlib, fund terror groups worldwide & then Obama will give you your heart’s desire,” he tweeted last week.

And then there’s Iranian-backed Hezbollah, which wields heavy influence and control in Lebanon and Damascus.

Hezbollah and Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard Corps are also fighting alongside the Syrian government troops to crush moderate Islamist opposition forces. Oddly, they have done little to fight back against radical Islamist groups such as Al Qaeda-backed Jabhat al-Nusra, and Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, known as Daesh or ISIS.

In Yemen, Iran is strongly backing Houthi rebels who destroyed that country’s legitimate government and now are dismantling the rest of its capital and other cities.

But closer to home – for Israel, anyway – Iran long ago armed Gaza terrorist groups to the teeth. Now Tehran has committed itself to arming jihadist groups in the West Bank as well, stating last week, again, that the annihilation of the State of Israel is “non-negotiable.”

Given Iran’s commitment and its new freedom to continue to develop nuclear technology, Jews in America have good reason to re-evaluate their loyalty to a political party with little interest in their own concerns.

Have they awakened too late? It’s too soon to say.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

239 COMMENTS

  1. Why Americans, Jewish and not Jewish, voted for Obama (twice!) is something I will never understand. When you think that they could have had a war hero like John McCaine as president. It is no wonder that everything is going wrong now, that Obama was originally a Muslim who converted into Christianity to win the election. There is a possibility that he wasn’t even born in USA territory anyway. Obama will hand the Western World on a plate to the Muslims…

  2. Are we for getting that Israel has nuclear weapons? I’m sorry, I’m not rethinking my loyalty to my president. Iran could have hidden that they’re this close but have negotiated about this. The POTUS doubt “let” anyone do anything. He doesn’t have that power.

  3. The deamoncrats turned their backs on you ISRAEL and HELPED THE ENEMY MUSLIMS BUILD A BOMB that the liars WILL use againt us ALL I AM ASHAMED OF THE ACTIONS OF THIS POLITICAL PARTY AND WILL NEVER VOTE DEMOCRATS IN TO ANY OFFICE ON THE LOCAL STATE OR FEDERAL LEVEL..THEY HAVE SHOWN WHO THEY SUPPORT AND TRY EVERY MEANS TO DESTROY THE USA AND ISRAEL. .

  4. Israel is a democracy …. Iran is a theocracy turned into dictatorship that vowed to destroy Israel, Iran supports terrorists like the ones who perpetrated 9/11 … Israel has never vowed to destroy anyone … BIG DIFFERENCE!!!! Obama is evil and he s making a HUGE mistake that we all in this planet will pay for sooner or later …. your beloved president has signed the path for nuclear warfare … say goodbye to your children and grandchildren and humanity as you know it … thanks to Obama we are all in the hands of murderous terrorists … I hope I m wrong … G-d have mercy on us all.

  5. NO ONE who loves freedom and our country should be supporting any party that allows deals with Iran who calls for DEATH to America! Democrat voters take a good hard look at what has happened to our country and our allies and the world under Obama and the Democrat ruled Senate these last 6 years — can you relly support this party any longer???

  6. It is late I don’t understand anti-semetism is on the rise all over obama is anti-semetic.If we don’t do something fast history will repeat itself as a Jew and a human being it is killing me, but it obviously is not bothering enough of us to make real change.We must never vote democrat and we must not make any monetary donations.

  7. I don’t know where this guy gets his facts and statistics. How many American Jews did this guy interview to formulate his position. I know I wasn’t asked, and no Jew I know has been asked, I would like to see his calculations. Jews I know support the Democrat party because we believe that’s the party that supports and defends the poor and the middle class, as opposed to the Republican party which defends and supports the wealthy and takes things such as food stamps from children and veterans.

  8. So exasperating. Dear Israelis-Jews, The HAND of the ALMIGHTY should have not been ignored. HE is convicting receptive souls on who-is-who for your good. Disappointed? Always. Think, it is ripe time to look up to the G-D of host of YOUR forefathers, YHWH YESHUA MASCHIACH.

  9. After 30 years I re-thought my loyalty to the Democrats in 2013 when I realized they had turned Socialist to the core. They are the party of racism, murder of unborn children, welfare mentality, destruction of our Constitutional rights, furthering the cause of Islam, giving our riches away to non-citizens. My list grows longer every day.

  10. I tried to tell my NY Jewish friends years ago, that the Democrat party was anti-semetic! That Hillary and Billy were so PRO ARAB! Now, they know. They should have seen it coming when Jimmy Carter gave away part of the their West Bank during Camp David negotiations .

  11. Actually, more of us are rethinking our loyalty to Bibi’s Israel. You will not see much shrinkage in Jewish votes for the Democrats. We know the Republican Right is the real enemy with their desire for a Christian theocracy.

  12. To this day I don’t understand why my people vote for the party that wants to keep people in poverty… Republicans were the one’s who freed the slaves and made laws to get people off their lazy butts!!! But, it’s too late for America as it’s no longer united states….

  13. No. We Jews are REALLY STUPID, at least when it comes to survival and politics. The writing WAS on the proverbial wall, the documentation of Obola’s pro-Muslim and anti-Israel history clear, yet 70 % of American Jews still support this PO :poop:

  14. I am not aligning myself with the Republican Party… however I no longer consider myself a Democrat. Our President who first gave into Cuba without Any promise of freedom for their people was just bewildering and now this Iranian deal has just forced me to rethink everything I believed in.

  15. As a Jew I have been asked “How come the Jews voted for Obama”? Beats me! Maybe now they will realize what they have done to not only our country but to our partnership with Israel. (By the way, I did not vote for Obama)

  16. If I were Jewish, I would not be democratic. In fact I was a Democrat u til obama came along, that is when I decided I was not with any party, I choose to think for myself and look at all the runners and pray at least one some close to a honest, American regardless of color. Back in 2008 I wanted HERMAN CAIN for president. So sad the others created shut to cancel him. Let’s see who makes my approval. And NO Hillary is no option at all. She is a female obama. As a matter of fact I personally have heard enough of democrats. Back to the options for Jewish people, how can you even think of being so disloyal to P.M. Benjamin Netanyahu? The whole Jewish is on the edge, obama hatred of the P.M. is unreasonable. I think Samson is coming out soon, and I do not blame him. Israel will not go down. Bible prophesy declares the 3rd temple will be built. GOD HELP US ALL,!

  17. The reality is that for along time neither corrupt U.S. political party has supported middle class people, our values, hopes and dreams. American’s are forced to choose between two extreme disgusting political rehetorics. I can not support either. I believe the U.S. constitution and U.S. laws must be enforced. In a demorcatic republic no religion has the right to dictate the policies of the nation. The republicans have a problem they believe that scientific research should be dictated by Christisan beliefs. I have many Christan friends and friends of other religions. America is not a theocracy and no religion has the right to dicatate scientific research. Nancy Regan, comprehend the need for research when lack of a cure for Alzheimers affected Regan. The republicans need to nominate a true leader. Not another politican. The majority of both corrupt parties do as campaign contirbutors dicatate at the expense of the majority of legitimate American’s, U.S. prosperity, our health and welfare. This is why GM substances are not labeled, we can not find American made products and the number of independents is growing. I have no one to vote for because no one supports my core values. The demorcates disgust me. Republicans like Cruz and walker appear to support an American theoracy not a demoratic republic. I want a moderate leader for president. Not another worthless politican who does as international corporations, pharmacuetical companies and the elite dictate. At the expense of U.S. prosperity, our health and welfare.

  18. DEfinitely reconsider but do not think that Republicans have the answer either. They have been infiltrated by the Social Progressives from the Democrat Party and not much separates them in agenda. I discovered this the hard way. I’m currently leaning towards Rand Paul or Trey Gowdy. At least Gowdy supports Israel whereas this is the one issue with Paul I disagree about since he does not appear to support Israel. Support of Israel is a key issue for me.

  19. Sometimes people get so busy in their personal life that the “big picture” doesn’t get through. Praying it isn’t too late. Things happen that circumvent the American Constitution and the American people intentionally.

  20. It is a little late…where were they investigating obumma in ’08 and ’12.? THis was more than blind loyalty to a political party. It was stupidity for not doing proper vetting….much of the information for obumma’s actions could have been predicted.

  21. Long ago questioned my commitment to Democratic Party. Would have voted for McCain except I couldn’t elect Palin. On social issues I am a Democrat. On security issues I am a Republican. If only both parties could come closer to the middle! And deal in reality!

  22. i do hope they do ,,jews need to understand that these democratic puppets could give a hoot about them ,til election time when they need their vote ,but if they are smart they will ask them ,,WHERE WAS YOUR VOICE WHEN THIS MUSLIM LOVER WAS TRYING WITH ALL HIS MIGHT TO DESTROY ISRAEL AND ALLOW THESE MUSLIM TERRORISTS TO CONTINUE TO KILL JEWS WHERE CAUSE NO ONE HEARD YOU ,,, so when they come knocking for youyr vote ,,tell them no way ,i vote for the real party of all people ,,THE REPUBLICAN PARTY do not be hoodwinked again

  23. Norman, I suppose you can give me the answers to my questions, since you wonder if I’ve been living in a cave. Please expound. Tell me the exact figures used and if the author’s going to generalize and say “American Jews” he must mean all or a majority, and I want to know how many and what his statistical questionnaire entailed and where the question(s) were asked. If you can answer those questions, please do. If you can’t, then please don’t try and make me look like a fool. I am anything but. As an American Jew who loves Israel and would be willing to give his life for her if necessary, I have a need and a right to know. There used to be an advertisement somewhere that said “inquiring minds want to know”. And I have an inquiring mind. I guess that comes from being intelligent and well educated, which I am.

  24. Oh yeah! I am half white & half Saphardic Jew & I have been in the Republican party for years! The GOP is not perfect but I think it is better than the Democratic party where I saw alot of anti Hispanic & anti Jewish bigotry. I know there can be bigotry in either party but the GOP seems friendlier to me! This is one persons opinion! Welcome to the GOP Jews! And Hispanics too!

  25. The reality is this, we can always destroy Iran, North Korea, Syria, Afghanistan , etc. but now is not the time, because then we are at war with Russia and China. As humans play their cards they reveal themselves. There have been many times Israel has bombed Iran and no other country did a thing about it. Walk softly, carry a big stick, know when to attack, know how to attack, know where to attack and what to attack with.

  26. WHAT DEMOCRATIC PARTY..??..THIS IS DEMOCRACY..??..CHECK OUT 50 YEARS OF “DEMOCRATIC” POLICIES IN DETROIT….HOWS THAT WORKING OUT FOR YA,..??..AND DON’T FORGET ALL THE GAY RIGHTS AND RACIAL BS RECREATED BY THE “DEMOCRATS” LATELY….REMEMBER LDDS….MAKE SURE YOU SHOW UP WHEN ANYONE OTHER THAN A CHRISTIAN “REFUSES” TO BAKE “GAY” CAKES OR MURDERS ONE OF YOUR OWN OUTSIDE OF THE US..!!.. NOW DON’T FORGET TOO….DON’T DISCRIMINATE AGAINST STRAIGHT PEOPLE AND SINGLE OUT CHRISTIANS WHEN THEY JUST DO THEIR OWN THING LIKE YOU GUYS LIKE TO DO YOURS..!!. AHHHH….DEMOCRACY….WHAT A BEAUTIFUL AND TOTALLY FRESH IDEA..!!..ONE LAST THING TOO….MAKE SURE THE MEDIA AND PRESS TREAT AND COVER ALL INCIDENTS AND NEWSWORTHY ITEMS THE SAME NOW….WE WOULDN’T WANT ANY ONE SIDED REPORTING GOING ON NOW WOULD WE..??.. THANKS FOR THE FAIRNESS AND THE “EQUAL” OPPORTUNITY TO BE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST..!!..

  27. The Democratic party has been taken over completely by Socialists/LIBERALS and they are out to destroy the uSA with OBAMA doing all he can to help them. GOP get off your dead ass’s and start writing up INDICTMENT PAPERS to bring OBAMA to trial for TREASON, Deriliction of Duty, Aiding and Abetting tyhe enemy, Gun running to the Drug Cratels and Fraud. If this is not enough charges add being a member of a Treeroist Organsation THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD. That should be more than enough charges to imprision him for life. JUST GET IT DONE.

  28. This Jewish girl supports President Obama and the Democrats!! Besides, if you did your homework you would see that the Iran deal is just like the one George Bush proposed in 2008. Why was it accepted then? Probably cause Bush is white.

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