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29 Aug, 2014

Israeli PM loses support of young American Jews | GulfNews.com

As Palestinians and Israelis once again sat down to negotiate a long truce, if not a peace settlement, after Israel launched in early July its genocide against the besieged Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, a significant development emerged in an Israeli poll. It showed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s approval rating had plunged to 38 per cent in the last month from a high of 82. This undoubtedly will diminish his bargaining power.

This came when, for the first time in memory, American Jews published on July 23 a half-page advertisement in The New York Times that reproduced a letter signed by 50 survivors of the Nazi genocide and 287 descendants that was headlined: “Jewish survivors and descendants of survivors and victims of Nazi genocide unequivocally condemn the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza.” This advertisement heralded an unprecedented gesture from within the influential American Jewish community. It presumedly prompted Philip Weiss, founder and editor of Mondoweiss.net, a liberal Jewish website, to conclude in an article that the power of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac), the pro-Israel lobby, is “ebbing” because “Gaza has dealt it another blow.” Weiss continued: “Young Jews are openly challenging the Jewish establishment, and mark my word, within a year we are going to see cover stories in national magazines about the Jewish political revolution, featuring inspiring young Jews like Jacob Ari Labendz and Cecile Surasky and Michael Berg and Naomi Dann of Jewish Voice for Peace.”

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