I respect the Journal for printing a variety of opinions, such as the one recently written by Benjy Cannon of J Street. However, I wonder what calling one’s self a “pro-Israel group” actually means to a group like J Street? It is hard for me to see how a representative from a presumably pro-Israel organization can make statements that are so critical and non-complimentary in one short article. Perhaps a fact checker could come up with even just one positive J Street statement supporting the democratically elected government of Israel, because I can’t find any in this recent piece.
Furthermore, by declaring Netanyahu and his government “far right,” is the author suggesting the Prime Minister is somewhat delusional, driven by a crazed ideology, and obviously mistaken to worry about Iran’s stated goal of killing every single Jew in Israel (and presumably Muslims as well, if caught in the cross fire)?
It is misleading to cast doubt on how the majority of Israelis feel about the Iranian deal because it enjoys support among some security experts, as Mr. Cannon suggests. A quick Google search would tell you that 78% of Jewish Israelis say that the Iran deal endangers their country (Jerusalem Post, July 2015.) Feel free to fact check that.
Mr. Cannon is not wrong in quoting polls that indicated American Jewish opinion in support of the JCPOA in 2015 at around 53%, but I believe that narrow majority reflects loyalty to their then-President and their party rather than actual support of the Iran deal. After the recent actions of the “lame duck” Obama administration, and considering Iran’s behavior since the current President’s deal was signed, I am not so sure even those numbers would be duplicated again.
Those Jews calling themselves politically “Independent,” a group presumably less ideological, gave Obama a 40% favorable rating in 2015, according to Gallup. I wonder… what would that number be today, and what will become of J Street without their unprecedented access to the White House?
Marty Schneer, Salem