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Knees jerk on many issues, but nowhere as much as with respect to the voting habits of Americans who happen to be Jewish. The assumption of some is that [some] Jews put another nation-state, the Jewish State, first, and then they put the United States second (or third, or whatever--even after derma and pickled herring). From that springs the hateful allegation that [some] Jews are "Israel Firsters". Even in the most progressive of salons, even in the year 2012, there is a presumption that some Jews put the interests of the Jewish State above the interests of the United States of America.
Returning to reality, the most recent survey results bring the heinous lie to this knee jerk notion--again--at least on an aggregate scale. Jews, more than any other ethnic group except perhaps for African Americans and maybe Hispanics this year, support President Obama. Let me repeat that, Jews more than any other ethnic group except perhaps for African Americans and maybe Hispanics this year, support President Obama.
Of course, some cynics might say that well, hey, supporting Obama doesn't mean that the Jews put America first like other Americans do, because of course Obama like all American leaders, is in the pocket of the Jewish Lobby and is no different that Romney on the issue of Israel. But the survey I link to demonstrates that Jewish Americans put the economy and other issues way above Israel when it comes to issues that influence how they vote. Imagine that.
These are the facts. The discussion should proceed accordingly.