New York, NY, August 25, 2022 – Once again, the victory lap in this year’s New York primaries goes to candidates who stayed true to America’s ideals and allies – those that rejected hate and stood strongly with Israel and committed to the U.S.-Israel relationship. Again, moderate voices are winning in the fight against the extreme, and the American Jewish Congress is proud of the American Voices that are ringing that sentiment loud. We wish those candidates; defenders of Israel and supporters of the Jewish community alike, heartfelt congratulations and wish them luck as they respond now to the expectations of the American people.
As in previous cycles, some far-left progressive candidates aimed to shift the debate on Israel – either by expressing openness on conditioning aid to Israel, a matter of strategic importance to American national security, or by discounting the plaguing impacts that platforms like the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement have on American Jews. And, just as in previous years, these candidates lost to more moderate and center-left opponents – they found themselves on the wrong side of their electorate and their views repudiated. This was confirmed by the overwhelming win of incumbent Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney against NY State Senator Alessandra Biaggi, who was endorsed by “Squad” member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez; Daniel Goldman‘s critical win against BDS-supporting State Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Nio; and others. Due to these primary results, no matter who wins in November, the New York delegation will continue to remain strongly pro-Israel just as it has always been.
The race for the 118th Congress will have considerable impacts on issues of Jewish importance and informed voting is a democratic society’s most powerful defense. The Jewish Political Guide will allow Jewish and pro-Israel voters to identify the federal candidates that would work in the best interest of their constituents and make well-informed decisions come November 8th.