Post-election, a widening US Jewish split over Israel

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Posted: Mar 19, 2015 3:20 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Analysts expect American Jews to become even more polarized over Israel after Benjamin Netanyahu's election victory.

U.S. Jews are overwhelmingly liberal. And most Jewish pro-Israel groups support a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Netanyahu made a last-minute attempt to turn out voters by warning Arab citizens were voting "in droves." Several American Jewish leaders condemned the comments as anti-democratic. Netanyahu also rejected creation of a Palestinian state as part of his candidacy. However, on Thursday, he said he is still committed to Palestinian statehood if circumstances improve.

Before the elections, tensions were already high among American Jews about Jewish settlements in Palestinian territories and other policies.

Specialists in American Judaism say those divisions will only widen as Netanyahu pursues policies that are contrary to what many U.S. Jews support.