American Politicians Weigh-in of Mideast Regularly via Social Media
The mix of controversy and communication has increased Israel’s visibility – for good or for bad – in America’s domestic political scene. Experts tell The Media Line that where candidates for office have routinely signaled support or criticism in broad strokes, with the prevalence of social media, the ease with which it is utilized and the growing trend to comment on virtually all events and happenings, support for the Jewish state is being elevated to a daily occurrence. Most recently, Democratic candidates for president are weighing-in on the hostilities in the Gaza Strip. For those who have written the Democratic party as being less than fully supportive of Israel, most of the candidates have signaled support for Israel to defend itself with very little criticism of retaliatory moves. This, against a background of the party’s far left wing calling for the U.S. to use military aid to Jerusalem to pressure Israel into concessions.