What does it mean to be “pro-Israel”?

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We discuss this every day.  What exactly does it mean to be “pro-Israel”?  Are you a bad Jew if you arn’t (or are unsure)? (The answer is no).  A Link to the full article is below.

Defining someone as “pro-Israel”—or, for that matter, pro-anything or anti-anything—is a way for people to simplify complicated questions when searching for a political party, a candidate, or an organization they would like to support. The problem is that along the way the term has been used so often—to describe so many conflicting positions—that it has become practically meaningless, more confusing than clarifying.

So maybe now, for Israel’s 60th birthday, there’s one last position that the “pro-Israel” camp can agree on: It is time to dump the term. Those Democrats might be right when they tell William Daroff: “We are all pro-Israel.” But Republicans are also right when they insist: “We should still talk about the specifics.” Without specifics, being “pro-Israel” is almost like being pro-great-weather or pro-tasty-food.

What does it mean to be “pro-Israel”? – By Shmuel Rosner – from Slate Magazine

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