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We will have to wait a while for the final results, but the main lessons from the June 23 primary are clear: The recent primaries were skirmishes in an ongoing battle. The struggle to defeat the anti-Israel and anti-Semitic forces in the Democratic Party is a fight that will go the distance. There will not be a knockout blow for either side anytime soon. There will be victories and defeats along the way, but it is a battle we must win. A strong US-Israel relationship depends on bi-partisan support – support from both political parties. Fortunately, the battle is far from lost. We will miss the leadership of longtime friends but can take heart from new ones. It is self-defeating to castigate an entire party as anti-Israel and anti-Semitic, when that is far from the truth. We should reach out to the hands that have been extended to us in friendship. It is a time to build bridges, not burn them.

This week, New York State held its Primary elections for the 2020 cycle. The big news coming out of that election is the defeat of Eliot Engel, the 30-year veteran Democrat, to the radically left-wing Jamaal Bowman, who was a Justice Democrats pick in the mold of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib.

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, I’ve strived to give my children as much a normal life as possible, while reinforcing the new norms of social distancing, washing hands, and wearing masks in public. My daughter’s kindergarten graduation this past Sunday was a celebration not only of her academic progress, but also adjustment to the changed social reality of the world.

What was once a popular movement dedicated to the betterment of the country is now a ridiculous excuse for a political party, dominated by the extremist radicals who make up their base of support. The Democrats have shown their hand many times before this, but they have done what The Fonz did when he donned a leather jacket and water skis: They jumped the shark. They have become so ridiculous that they are no longer recognizable.

It is open season on Democratic supporters of Israel in Congress. Friends who have led the fight for a secure Israel and have been outspoken in denouncing anti-Semitism are being challenged all over the country. Many people have asked me how people like Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar were ever elected to Congress in the first place and what we can do about it.