But even without that spectacle, it takes an extraordinary degree of self-deception to believe that the left is as passionately supportive of Israel and the Jewish people as is the American right.
Outside of the Muslim world, virtually all the world's anti-Zionism, anti-Semitism and anti-Israel hatred comes from the left, while virtually all of the greatest supporters of the Jews and Israel are conservatives. The most pro-Israel world leader today is Stephen Harper, the prime minister of Canada: he is a conservative and a religious Christian. And the world leader most involved in activities to counter the Islamic and leftist worlds' efforts to delegitimize Israel is the former prime minister of Spain, Jose Maria Aznar, another conservative. Aznar founded the Friends of Israel Initiative, an international effort of leaders (all non-Jewish) to "counter the attempts to delegitimize the State of Israel and its right to live in peace within safe and defensible borders."
Two weeks ago, the New York Times reported that 15 leaders of liberal Protestant Churches called on Congress to reconsider giving aid to Israel. The lopsided anti-Israel letter so upset Jewish leaders, including liberal ones, that "the Jewish leaders responded to the action as a momentous betrayal and announced their withdrawal from a regularly scheduled Jewish-Christian dialogue meeting. ... The Jewish leaders called the letter by the Christian groups 'a step too far' and an indication of 'the vicious anti-Zionism that has gone virtually unchecked in several of these denominations.'"
Meanwhile, evangelical and other conservative Christians regularly gather to honor Israel and the Jewish people in their churches.
At each of our rallies, Jon Voight read a powerful statement he had written celebrating Israel and the Jewish people. No press, no cameras, no one to persuade. He just wanted to emote about his love for Jews and Israel before fellow Republicans and conservatives. In each case they gave him a standing ovation.
Is there a single other Academy-Award winning actor or actress reading love letters to Israel to non-Jews? Is there a single Democratic rally of mostly non-Jews where such support for Israel and the Jews is expressed?
The tragedy is that none of this matters to most American Jews.
Why? Because for many American Jews, Leftism is their religion, while Judaism is merely an ethnic identity.
(A version of this column was published in the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles.)