A quick recap of Israel’s role in the Republican and Democratic National Conventions
The national conventions for both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party are over and done with. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have each accepted the nominations from their respective parties. Now, the official campaign begins as the major-party candidates are expected to butt heads all the way until November 8th, in what is sure to be a tumultuous election season.
If you watched the convention speeches, you might have missed any reference to one of the United States’ most salient allies: Israel. Many of the speeches dealt specifically with the domestic issues gripping the country at the moment: an insecure economy, a shrinking middle class, race relations and fears over terrorism and immigration.
According to this Times of Israel article, the lack of focus on Israel apparently meant that support for Israel took a back seat.
But it’s important to note that both candidates made very brief, yet very firm commitments to Israel’s security without giving any notion that there should be increased pressure against settlement building or advancing the peace process.
However, major critics of Israel made themselves known at both party conventions. At the RNC, the party was forced to shut down its live YouTube chat due to an overload of anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist comments made by self-identified Trump supporters.
Meanwhile, at the DNC, protesters were seen burning Israeli flags outside of the hosting arena. But that very night, Bill Clinton was seen wearing a pin on his lapel, which said “Hillary” in Hebrew.
The anti-Zionist activities from both parties are clearly the work of a fringe group, as evidenced by the unprecedented support Israel still receives from the majority of Americans.
So don’t expect any big changes to major party platforms regarding Israel.
Many will see this as good news, and for those hoping to maintain the status quo between the US and Israel, no news is good news, as they say.