What does it mean for Israel now that the Senates to be controlled by the Republican and the House by the Democrats?
More of the same.
Historically, especially in the Democratic Party there have always been anti-Israel members of Congress over the last 50 years. Some were often strong critical of Israel than others and even had support of the president at the time, but their impact was negligible, and their national parties tended to limit their exposure.
Party leaders in Congress will continue to maintain the traditional bipartisan support for Israel. Senior Democratic Party Members, such as Senator Chuck Schumer and Representative Steny Hoyer, work tirelessly to line up support on their side of the aisle. Schumer notably closed his speech at AIPAC’s mega-conference last year with the Hebrew proclamation, “Am Yisrael Chai” the people of Israel live!
The Jews of Congress did well last week with several gains, including several new members who were veterans of the U.S. military. There will be 28 Jewish members in the House of Representatives and eight in the Senate.
The few Holocaust deniers, anti-Semites, and white supremacists who were running lost after their own parties distanced themselves from these candidates.
Lenny Ben-David is the Jerusalem Center’s Director of Publications. Ben-David served 25 years in senior posts in AIPAC in Washington and Jerusalem. He served as Israel’s Deputy Chief of Mission in the Embassy in Washington D.C. He is the author of the American Interests in the Holy Land Revealed in Early Photographs (Urim Publications).