A Congressman’s Attempt to Move the Conversation about Israel Leftward https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/israel-zionism/2022/05/moving-the-overton-window-on-a-two-state-solution/

May 11, 2022 | Shany Mor
About the author: Shany Mor is an Adjunct Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a Research Fellow at the Institute for Liberty and Responsibility at Reichman University.

Last September, Congressman Andy Levin of Michigan introduced the Two-State Solution Act, which he claimed would re-establish “America’s role in helping the parties move down the path of peace and coexistence.” Shany Mor notes that “the bill went nowhere” in Congress, but argues that actual legislation was never its purpose.

The Levin bill’s small number of sponsors might make it seem like a fringe effort, but that is far from the case. The bill is not an appeal to the so-called “Squad” [of far-left, anti-Israel representatives], but rather a bid to refashion the consensus arrayed against the Squad when it comes to liberal Democratic policy toward Israel.

And because there is no realistic chance of anything like this bill passing now and binding a Democratic administration, its language is actually much freer and more unguarded in expressing the new mainstream liberal orthodoxy on Israel, pushed by leading figures in the foreign-policy establishment and by the tough-love-for-Israel lobby group J Street. The bill’s text and subtext are a guide for where liberal Democrats might go in a future Democratic administration—or how the Democratic leadership might challenge either a future Republican administration or an ascendant anti-Israel minority from the fringes of their own party.

Read more on National Interest: https://nationalinterest.org/feature/andy-levin%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98two-state-bill%E2%80%99-won%E2%80%99t-support-middle-east-peace-202181

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