The Right's New Crusade


For all the contradictory winds that have buffeted President Bush during the current Middle East crisis, one thing has remained constant: supporting Israel is smart politics. The pro-Israel lobby, headed by the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), remains one of the most powerful in Washington. The Jewish community is as united as it has ever been in its support of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's hard-line policies. Polls show that most Americans agree. Half say they sympathize with Israel in the conflict, and only 14% back the Palestinians. Two-thirds say Sharon was justified in sending tanks into Palestinian areas in retaliation...

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