Is Bernie Causing a Breakdown in the Jewish Left?

Through his presidential race, Bernie Sanders may have unwittingly brought the fight between Labor Zionism (the stuff of Ben-Gurion and Golda Meir) and the new socialist guard (“anti-Occupation” and pro-Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions (BDS) to the forefront of the American Left. It’s a fight that’s been brewing for decades thanks to a well-equipped Palestinian Liberation movement and a generation of college professors entrenched in cultural Marxism. Thanks to Bernie’s run, the debate is transcending the “good Jew/bad Jew” phase, promising to impact the Jewish American relationship with Israel for generations to come.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Bernie Sanders is an atheistic Jew, just so what else did anyone expect from him?
    The guy is running like clockwork.

    • Besides, the Jewish left is the majority, so let em have at it.

      • vwVwwVwv

        the antiisrael left isn’t

        • Not yet, but it sadly seems to be gaining ground.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The majority of Israel’s founding fathers were socialists, and many a romantic legend grew out of this history. So what happened? The next generation of Israelis, led by Netanyahu, realized that socialism stunted the nation’s growth, so that the land of kibbutz and moshav became the capitalist “startup nation”, with spectacular growth in technology and medical supply industries. The Left, both inside and outside the country, have never forgiven Israelis for exposing the deficiencies of their doctrines and becoming more religious in the process.

    • Very true.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Asking you the question: Could it be possible that Israelis had to confront another existential threat in a way that American jews never did?
      But, another question arises.
      Why were the majority of Israel’s founding fathers socialists?
      Is there something inherent in Judaism that leads people to socialism?

      • Norman_In_New_York

        1. It’s possible about existential threats, but societies have responded to such threats without resorting to socialist doctrines. Look at the Kurds. The success of Israel’s War of Independence was in good part due to the purchase of armaments by a consortium businessmen, primarily American Jews, that were shipped into the country in the face of a UN arms embargo, as well as foreign volunteers joining the Israel Defense Forces. The businessmen, needless to say, were capitalists.

        2.Many of the early Zionists came from Russia and Eastern Europe, where socialism had gained a following at the turn of the 20th Century. (One of the highlights of the “Fiddler On the Roof” stories is Tevye’s second daughter Hodel falling in love with a socialist revolutionary Pertschik. His attempts to explain socialist doctrines to a befuddled Tevye remains a masterpiece of humor.) These early Zionists attempted to build their Utopia in the Promised Land As for Judaism, the responsibilities of obeying God’s commandments and the consequences of obedience and disobedience are collective as well as individual. Two institutions stand out in the Bible as proto-socialism, the Sabbath and the Jubilee. It took thousands of years from the first law limiting the days of labor for people to start limiting the hours of labor. As for the Jubilee, “You shall return every man to his family and every man to his possessions” is without parallel in social legislation.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          I have watched Fiddler on the Roof.
          Only because I had to in order to see what the fuss was about.
          I’ll probably have to watch it again to let it all sink in.

  • As an observant modern orthodox (and politically conservative) Jew, my friends often asking me how so many jews can act so patently foolish and counter to Jewish and American interest. I can only respond to this with a mixture of amusement and dismay. It is a tradition with us that goes back to biblical sources. Our “Old Testament” gives us all the choices to behave in a righteous manner but no real or immediate punishment or retribution forking the wrong choices- that part gets all vague and indefinite as it is in real life. What’s more, the directions (we call them mitzvote) are vast in number with permutation beyond comprehension. Unless you study them with reserve, respect and intelligence they can give rise to relativism and confusion.

    So, bitter outcasts like Bernie become witless useful idiots for Socialism. They feel entitled to make up their own “right and wrong” based on how they feel. They take small parts of a majestic and complicated whole and pervert them to serve their needs. They twist noble concepts into simple-minded canards “justice” becomes “equality” which then transmogrifies into “redistribution”. Its hideous and a mockery but it works for them- for a while at least.

    Ultimately they (or their children) cease to be Jews but we can’t tell them that or we are intolerant. We wind up having to grin and bear it while they use their Jewish ancestry to poison the image of Judaism and Israel. The Jewish people has always been a small kernel of a population. We never get to be a very large population because we are always loosing significant portions of each generation in this way. They always think of themselves as Jewish until some time in the succeeding generations they forget completely. Jews as a group survive, we always do, but as we do, we are surrounded by

  • Hard Little Machine

    A breakdown? No he merely brings to the forefront for the goyim to see in all its horror. Nearly half of all American Jews are as ‘anti Zionist’, anti Israel and frankly, antisemitic as any Hamas loving holocaust denying extremist Nazi Arab. They would happily throw over all the Jews they could find if it promoted Bernie’s political philosophy.