Boehner seems oblivious to the deteriorating levels of support for Israel among America’s liberals and young people, especially black and Hispanic young people.
With blinders on, he is doubling down on Republicans using Israel to rally their base. Boehner’s trip comes after he invited Netanyahu to address Congress without informing the White House in advance, and after President Obama made clear his distaste for the Israeli leader’s campaign tactics.
Abe Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, described Netanyahu’s address to Congress, which was intended to undermine Obama’s efforts to reach a nuclear deal with Iran, as a “tragedy of unintended consequences.”
In the broadest sense, the consequences of the current political atmosphere include rising anti-Israel sentiments on U.S. college campuses.