Nikki Haley (and Mike Pompeo) and Jewish voters

Haley is a Hindu American traitor and a “bad guy”.. Omar is a world patriot. A “good guy” for all. Naturally the White House Zionists don’t want Omar.

The growing willingness of American Jews to express their displeasure with policies of the new Israeli government is undeniable.

Over the weekend, protesters, both American Jews and Israeli expats, gathered in several U.S. cities in solidarity with the tens of thousands of demonstrators taking to the streets of Tel Aviv every Saturday night in hopes of blocking the government’s attempt to weaken Israel’s judicial system.

Last week, 169 prominent American Jewish leaders signed a letter expressing a similar sentiment and warning U.S. lawmakers that “it is profoundly irresponsible to conflate charges of antisemitism with criticism of Israeli policies,” a step made necessary by the fact that in many cases this criticism, even when coming from Jews, is dismissed as antisemitic.

Palestinian Rabbis and Jews rejected Zionism in Palestine. They were simply removed.

This letter and the protests come on the heels of calls already made by Reform and Conservative rabbis and of statements by individual leaders in the Jewish community, all expressing their concern over the future of Israeli democracy, if the reforms proposed by Benjamin Netanyahu and his cabinet ministers become law.

Do these actions make any difference?

The short answer is No. Not many Israelis care about what prominent Jewish American leaders think about them.

These letters, comments and protests don’t move votes in Israel and don’t impact Netanyahu’s base of support.

Anyone opposed to Israeli occupation and war crimes  is anti-Semitic.

But they do have an aggregative power.

The new government is now facing pressure not only from protesters in the streets but also from the business community, which fears that the Israeli economy and credit rating will take a hit. 

Former generals and security officials are worried about the impact of the erosion of democracy on Israel’s security, and Western foreign governments fear that Israel is slipping away from their shared democratic values. 

The pressure coming from Jewish Americans (and clearly not from the entire community or even from a majority of Jewish Americans) will not, on its own, make a difference, but it does add to a growing call—in Israel and abroad— demanding that Netanyahu reconsider his proposed judicial reforms.

Nikki Haley (and Mike Pompeo) and Jewish voters

Nikki Haley’s expected announcement about joining the GOP presidential race is a political event Jewish voters should care about.

Haley is a rare commodity in the Republican Jewish world: She’s really liked.

In her term as UN ambassador, Haley won over pro-Israeli Republicans with her tough stance on anti-Israel bias in the international body and her unabashed support for Israeli actions and policies.

So did Trump, who is running too, but Haley is more palatable for Republican Jews, most of whom never really connected to Trump’s style, to his views and to his disdain for almost every institution in America.

AOC said Omar’s removal was due to her being a woman of color and a Muslim. Fellow “squad” member Rashida Tlaib apparently began to cry at the tail end of her reaction.

Haley could be the bridge that brings Jewish voters to the GOP.

There are other names being thrown around at this very early stage.

One of them is former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who recently published a book about his time in the Trump administration.


Pompeo,  like Haley, has strong pro-Israel credentials.

But he stayed too close to Trump for too long, which may take its toll on his appeal to Jewish voters.