What distinguishes the pro-Israel wing of the pro-Israel community most of all is not policy, but pride.
We like to think of ourselves as rational people who make logical decisions. But human beings are emotional creatures. We have our loyalties and allegiances. Underneath these churn emotional cauldrons. Fear, anxiety, anger, shame, pride and pain are all there.
Along with many others.
The anti-Israel wing of the pro-Israel community is motivated by anger and shame. The amorphous blob at the center of the pro-Israel community feels mingled fear, pride and shame. But the pro-Israel wing of the pro-Israel community feels a pure pride untarnished by the neurotic tics of liberal or illiberal Zionism. It needs no hyphens in its Zionism and makes no apologies for its activism. Its pro-Israel activism is not subservient to the good opinion of CNN, the Washington Post or the New York Times.
All the activism of the pro-Israel center comes with a “but”, audible or inaudible, embedded at the end of every sentence. The pro-Israel wing of the pro-Israel community is refreshingly free of these asterisks of guilt. It does not stay up all night worrying about the other side. That is why it is pro-Israel...