This post started out as a comment in another diary.
By the time the presidential election comes around, an array of other issues, domestic issues will dominate the campaign. Yes there are some voters out there who make this the decisive issue in who they'd consider voting for and the vast majority of those people are either Jewish or conservative Evangelicals. And we should all respect their prerogative to vote their consciences, and support their choices.
This political calculus is correct. You risk losing far more support by being a vocal critic of Israel than you'll ever hope to gain. That's just a recognition of the way American politics works in the first decades of the 21st century. Candidates who voice support for Israel and sidestep this frey are taking a pragmatic course IMHO. Its the safe play.
And THAT DYNAMIC is what give our politicians what amounts to political laryngitis when it comes to the Israel Palestine issue.
For this discussion I'd like to leave the merits of the Israeli government and Palestinian positions on the conflict for other diaries, and try to keep the focus on Democratic politics and the BDS Movement.
I realize emotions are running high on both sides of the issue so please let try and treat each other with respect even if we hold profoundly different views.