The Real Israel Lobby
It’s the American people.
Feb 4, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 20 • By MEIR Y. SOLOVEICHIK
At the same time, I have been blessed to encounter numerous Americans—and they are typical of millions more—who have no idea what the word “kishkes” means, but whose concern for the state of Israel is bone-deep, and this concern is founded on a loyalty to the American idea and a profound understanding of its role in history and in the world. We will see this non-Jewish “pro-Israel” lobby on display at the Hagel hearings, when we hear from senators from diverse states, who will, as the Hagel nomination is considered, not only make known their own concern for Israel, but represent thereby the genuine devotion and concerns of their constituents. In this way these “United States senators” will fulfill their duty to the Constitution of the United States.
It is for these senators’ properly representing those non-Jews who voted for them, and for those Americans’ loyalty to, and love for, the vision and destiny of America, that this American Jew will remain forever grateful.
Meir Y. Soloveichik is director of the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University and associate rabbi at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun in Manhattan.