America’s Pro-Israel Vote: Disappointing Conspiracy Theorists

America’s Pro-Israel Vote: Disappointing Conspiracy Theorists

If you believe the claims of conspiracy theorists, you probably think supporters of Israel have already held their secret meeting -- picture a dark room and flickering candlelight -- to decide who they will anoint as the next president of the United States. Chances are you also think the "Israel lobby" all but hand-delivered George W. Bush to the White House.

Sorry to disappoint -- on both counts. Supporters of Israel are as torn as the rest of the country during this election, and they were not exactly in control the last time around.

First, the last elections: Bush received just 24 percent of the Jewish vote in 2004, up from an even more dismal 19 percent in 2000. Supporters of Israel, however, are not all Jewish. Some of Israel's most ardent champions are evangelical Christians, and they did support the winning candidate.

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