Top Dems Distance From Israel to Rally Base

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In a shocking development, two Democratic senators who were once strong supporters of Israel are distancing themselves from the Jewish state to appeal to the leftist base.

Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York both made moves recently that could be perceived as anti-Israel. Booker voted against the Taylor Force Act, a bill that would punish the Palestinian Authority for funding terror. And Gillibrand voted against a bill that makes Israel boycotts illegal.

Jonathan S. Tobin thinks this is a sign of things to come:

In 2020, no Democrat will have the advantages Clinton possessed heading into 2016. The balance of power among Democrats is almost certainly going to be further to the left. That’s why both Booker and Gillibrand are acting as if they know their long-shot hopes depend on being acceptable to anti-Israel radicals. Both have demonstrated their ability to be chameleons in the past — Gillibrand’s transformation from a centrist pro-gun “Blue Dog” member in the House to a left-wing senator is an especially egregious example of how one gets ahead in today’s Democratic party.

The message Booker and Gillibrand are sending out is clear: If abandoning Israel is part of the price of victory in 2020, they are very willing to pay it.

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