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Lee Zeldin was part of the 2014 election tsunami. Zeldin, a Jewish Iraq war vet, will represent NY's First District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The political allegiance of the vast majority of Jewish Americans, even in times of dire emergency for the Jewish State, remains focused solely on the platform of the Democratic party. For this reason, the Republican tsunami in Washington means glum looks around the breakfast table and morning commute for most American Jews today.

But for pro-Israel stalwarts whose allegiance on the issue of Israel is what is actually best for the Jewish State and not what the Democratic party pretends is best for Israel, Tuesday spelled a significant victory.

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As already noted, the Republicans in the House increased their majority by a comfortable margin. The Republicans in the Senate rolled over the Democrats, gaining control of this chamber as well. This will have a dramatic effect on what legislation gets advanced, what congressional investigations move forward, and how President Obama’s agenda fares over the final years of his presidency.

JEWISH IRAQ WAR VET, LEE ZELDIN, DEFEATS INCUMBENT IN NEW YORK’S FIRST DISTRICT

One clearly bright star is the upset scored by Jewish Republican Lee Zeldin in New York State’s First District. Zeldin, a pro-Israel, Iraq war veteran upset the incumbent Tim Bishop by nearly ten percentage points. Zeldin’s campaign statement about the US-Israel relationship is telling for what it includes, and what it doesn’t.

Tick off all the major issues of concern to honestly (not the faux-pro-Israels) pro-Israel Americans and Zeldin lines up. He states unreservedly that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, that Israel is America’s greatest friend, and that Israel and America’s values and worldview are the same. According to this major in the reserves, a “secure and free Israel makes the entire Middle East region safer,” a “threat to Israel is a threat to the U.S.,” and ” Israel must have the resources to defend herself from hostile neighbors.”

“Peace will only be possible when the Arab world recognizes the State of Israel, her absolute right to exist, her inherent right to self-defens and her willingness to live in peace with her neighbors. Any peace process that pressures Israel or emboldens her enemies is not constructive. America’s steadfast support of Israel is essential if we are to achieve peace in the Middle East, and I intend to do all that I can in Congress to ensure and to strengthen the US-Israel alliance.”

And Zeldin is unequivocal with respect to Iran: Iran must not be allowed to develop nuclear capability. He supports both the expansion and the enforcement of sanctions against Iran. He opposes the 2013 interim deal that eased sanctions, allowed continued enrichment of uranium and does not require the destruction of already enriched uranium. “I will support all necessary efforts to end the threat Iran poses to Israel, America and world peace.”

Wow. An entire statement about Israel and not one word about how Israelis consuming oxygen beyond the Apartheid Green Line is the reason there is no peace on Earth, or how the single goal of the peace process has to be the creation of a Palestinian State.

Of course, it’s one thing to make campaign pledges and a completely different and far more difficult thing to follow through on them. But just knowing these are the words Zeldin used to present himself to voters, this is his vision of the best he can be as a member of the U.S. Congress is more than a mere breath of fresh air. To paraphrase Krauthammer, it’s not a breath of air, it’s a tornado of strength and resolve.

In addition to Zeldin, this upcoming congress will have another new war veteran. This one is the Senate’s first female combat veteran, Iowa’s Joni Ernst. Ernst knocked out incumbent Democrat Bruce Braley by nearly 10 percentage points.

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39 COMMENTS

  1. Celebrate? Seriously! If the republican party lived in Israel here is what it would look like. First Israel would have to bash all Gay rights. Because Republicans say they are
    all going to, hell. They wouldnt be allowed in your churches, and if they did attend, they
    would not be allowed celebrate any Jewish rites. The evangelicals republicans would
    have the duty to.." save ". All Jews becauses they dont believe in Jesus.
    Because , you are going to hell too
    according to their beliefs. All Catholics and orthodox Cnristians are goi g to hell also
    they would need to be "saved" too. Your women and men would have unequal pay.
    They killed that bill in the USA. Your IDF
    soldiers would get any benefits for being a soldier of war They killed 9 bills for our
    veterans in the USA. They wouldnt work out a budget, so Israel would close down its
    government. Thats what they did in the
    USA. It costs taxpayers 64 billion dollars for
    around 16 days. All Muslims would be
    extremely hated. And rebuked with hatred in Israel because they know all Muslims are
    terrorists. Even the ones who fight with the IDF!! Oh, and they love war. Israel would
    just send body bags home everyday from wars you would fight with Jordan Egypt,
    , Iran. Oh for goodness sake, THERE WOULD BE NO FREE HEALTHCARE? For anyone. !!! They had signs dor the vorder childden and sent rhem home. 6 were shot immediately and killed after they were dropped off from the planes. Forget that helping those s nextdoor. Heck, forget about being Jewish. Evangelical Republicans would last in Israel under its true democratic ideals for as long as it
    took for Israel to understand who and what they are..Good luck, Israel. Think
    Republicans are going to help you.?
    ? .

  2. Don’t underestimate the malign mood of a defeated Obama. He will now double down on his foreign agenda and try to unify the international anti-Israel forces under his leadership. The two remaining years will very dangerous. It should not be ruled out that Obama will make an international mess to give his presidency a new boost.

  3. Don't underestimate the malign mood of a defeated Obama. He will now double down on his foreign agenda and try to unify the international anti-Israel forces under his leadership. The two remaining years will very dangerous. It should not be ruled out that Obama will make an international mess to give his presidency a new boost.

  4. We have to start attacking him from every angle,leave no room for him to breathe,and most of all put one hundred eyes on him,so any of his moves will be challenged.Hit him with all possible lawsuits,and make him pay for all the pain he has inflicted on families of veterans and diplomats,left to die by the hands of beasts.

  5. We have to start attacking him from every angle,leave no room for him to breathe,and most of all put one hundred eyes on him,so any of his moves will be challenged.Hit him with all possible lawsuits,and make him pay for all the pain he has inflicted to families of veterans and diplomats,left to die by the hands of beasts.

  6. If only people in the State Department knew enough of the Middle East history and in particular that of Israel and its neighbors… Pushed by a White House who’s only interested in bragging rights regardless of long term consequences…

  7. If only people in the State Department knew enough of the Middle East history and in particular that of Israel and its neighbors… Pushed by a White House who's only interested in bragging rights regardless of long term consequences…

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