How is Arab World Viewing Republican Race?
January 12, 2012 3 Comments
By Alan Elsner, Editor-in-Chief
Washington, Jan. 12 – Much has been written about the strong commitment to Israel expressed by all the Republican presidential candidates except Ron Paul. How is this being taken in the Arab world?
Not so well.
Many Arab commentators attribute the support of Republicans for Israel not to any conviction they might have to Israel but the perfidious “Israel Lobby” which according to these analysts controls much of what happens in the United States.
The fact that these characterizations hark back to classic anti-Semitic blood libels, such as the notorious “Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” does not deter these commentators.
It does not seem to occur to them that Republicans like Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry (and indeed President Obama as well) support Israel because of their deep, abiding belief in the Jewish state and what it stands for and the democratic values it shares with the United States.
Their commentaries show that the “culture of hate” that still persists in much of the Arab world toward Jews and Israel also colors views toward the U.S. democratic process.