Levine wrote the story in rebuttal to an op-ed piece written by Chuck Berk. In Berk’s article, which appeared in the AJT on May 11, he attempts to make a case for Why Karen Handel Deserves Jewish Vote.
“Why, in the author’s view, does Karen Handel deserve the Jewish vote? The answer, in a nutshell, was ‘Israel.’ But the pro-Handel piece provides no real evidence for its headline, nor the Israel drum it beats loudly throughout,” Levine writes.
“The thrust of the op-ed’s argument is that Handel will protect Israel because she’s a Republican from the baby boomer generation, and Jon Ossoff is a Democrat millennial.”
Levine proceeds to unravel the pro-Handel piece. She points out how Republicans have used fear tactics to sway Jewish voters against Democratic ideas and claims millennials (such as Ossoff) would be a detriment to Israel.
“The thrust of the op-ed’s argument is that Handel will protect Israel because she’s a Republican from the baby boomer generation, and Jon Ossoff is a Democrat millennial,” she writes.
“This wildly over simplistic trope is a foreseeable pander, and a good strategy. A sizable chunk of Jewish voters consider themselves unabashed single-issue voters for whomever they believe will best protect Israel. And over the last decade, Republicans’ efforts to breed existential fear into the hearts of Jews and cast the entire Democratic party as anti-Israel have successfully expanded their piece of our ‘likely voter’ constituency’s pie.”
She continues to discuss how the Republicans have demonized younger Jews, the millennials, by claiming they would not “prioritize Israel’s protection.” She sums up that eventually, the torch of caring for Israel will be passed to them.
“At some point we as a community will need to take a leap of faith and entrust Israel in the hands of the millennial generation,” she writes.
She dives further into anti-Israeli sentiment around the world, Trump’s anti-Semitic base (and possibly the reason why Handel says nothing about Israel on her website) and Ossoff’s own policies, heritage and connection to Israel.
It’s well worth the read and presents a strong case for Jewish voters to support Ossoff.