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The One-State Solution Appears in California

Candidate in Democratic primary supports it; most oppose her

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Rep. Henry Waxman (D-California).()

In a post earlier today (which caught the eye of the Republican Jewish Coalition’s Twitter), I said that the Democratic Party, which has moved toward weaker support of Israel even while maintaining the allegiance of most American Jews, would likely find itself in trouble with Jewish voters if prominent members began to question some of the more basic tenets of Israel and America’s relationship with it.

Well, this is not about that happening, exactly, but a candidate in a California Democratic congressional primary has called for a one-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict—a decidedly left-wing position that, many say (and I’d be among them), would represent something like the end of Israel. (Oh good, I’ll get both sides angry at me today!) Marcy Winograd, the candidate, has called the two-state solution—the notion of an Israel and a Palestine side-by-side on the land—“unrealistic” and “fundamentally wrong.”

So why isn’t this about the Democrats turning away from Israel? Because Winograd is in a decided minority even among the Democrats, and is not in power, and is likely not going to be in power. In fact, her opponent in the primary, Rep. Jane Harman, is a strong defender of Israel known for wanting to take a harsh line on Iran; she is supported by the very powerful California Democrat Henry Waxman, who, though generally to the left of her, is a staunch two-stater who says, “In Marcy Winograd’s vision, Jews would be at the mercy of those who do not respect democracy or human rights.”

Waxman also said, “I think liberals and progressives should reject” Winograd. I think liberals and progressives do reject Winograd: I think that the poll, which showed only 48 percent Democratic “support” for Israel, reflected tepid support among Democrats for some of Israel’s current policies, not for its continued existence as a Jewish democracy. And as long as Democrats continue to reject Winograd for the most part, then, as I wrote before, Democrats should be unashamed, unembarrassed, and largely unconcerned.

Israel and ‘One-State Solution’ Dominate U.S. Congressional Race [Arutz Sheva]
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Jake says:

In response to Marc Tracy:

I have watched with interest this primary. As a registered Democrat not Jewish, and resident of the 36th District, Winograd appears more and more as an uncredible candidate. Putting aside the one-state solution argument (I happen to believe as Marc does that Israel would cease to exist), Winograd’s issue with Israel is even more dangerous.

For example, she has openly stated that she does not approve of field trips to the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles because it promotes nationalism. Her hero has been Rachel Corrie.

Winograd seems to have such an aversion to Jewish life, Israel, and Jews in general (Winograd is Jewish)that it produces an intellectual corruption at it’s core. This woman was a history teacher!

This is the same woman that is in favor of the Armenian Genocide Resolution. Isn’t that a hypocritical stance in and of itself? I do not know enough about the Armenian issue but isn’t she helping promote education and nationalism of Armenia? How does she reconcile these two points?

As a registered Democrat, I haven’t been thrilled with Harman’s representation of the district and her voting record.

I have the choice of the lesser of two evils which frankly may mean I sit this cycle out!


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The One-State Solution Appears in California

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