Someone at the Associated Press, probably a social media intern who should know better, will likely get a stern lecture later today.
The global news group Tuesday tweeted a link to an article, titled “With Israel at War, US Lawmakers Give Full Support,” with the following eyebrow-raising message: “As much of world watches Gaza war in horror, members of Congress fall over each other to support Israel.”
And it’s true: Lawmakers, especially Republicans, have been fairly vocal about their support for Israel.
"At times like this, people try to isolate Israel," House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said this week. "We are here to stand with Israel, not just as a broker or observer but as a strong partner and a trusted ally.
"What does that mean? Well, it doesn't mean issuing vague, on-the-one-hand, on-the-other-hand statements. No, it means backing up our words and showing solidarity with our friend."
But you see, it could be that U.S. lawmakers aren't so much falling “over each other” to support Israel as they are making it abundantly clear that they disapprove of Hamas' terrorist tactics.
It could be that U.S. lawmakers are quick to show their support for Israel because Israel is an ally and Israel isn’t a terrorist cell using human shields. Perhaps members of Congress are quick to show their support for Israel because the situation in Gaza, though awful and tragic, has a clear villain, namely a terrorist organization called Hamas.
Or perhaps the AP's social media director, like Vox, believes that much of Congress' support for Israel is tied directly to fundraising and campaign cash (the AP article never states this).
Well that's pretty cynical. Also, the suggestion that lawmakers only support Israel so as to secure money from Jews is, uh, well, let's not even go near that suggestion. We'll let Vox have fun with that.