Pushing back against conservative ideas

Some concerns regarding articles in the May 27 issue:

About “Dems’ panel drafting platform includes critics of Israel, friends of Israel — and BDS backer,” a JTA story by Ron Kampeas:

The headline presents “friends of Israel” and “critics of Israel” as if they were mutually exclusive. But isn’t it the case that your best friends are also your most insightful critics?

About “J Street: For sale to the highest bidder,” an op-ed column by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach:

The article attacks the messenger but misses the message: that the Israeli government’s policy of encroaching on land that otherwise would become part of a Palestinian state has turned many Palestinians away from the peace table, and has turned much of the world’s opinion against Israel.

About “Jews should be conservative,” an op-ed column by Joshua Sotomayor-Einstein:

The author attributes a number of liberal values to conservatism (e.g., pluralism, diversity, civil disagreement), attributes ideas to liberalism that it does not hold (e.g., “never met a government dictate it didn’t like”), and supports some distinctly conservative policies (like issuing a revolver, with every crib, to each “single mother in a rough neighborhood”).

Could it be that the author, an activist in the Republican party, as an originally liberal Republican, finds himself with this confused mix of values, ideas, and policies, in his attempt to find a semblance of ideological congruence in a party that continues to veer further and further to the right?

Arthur J. Lerman

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