‘How did support for Israel become a conservative cause?’

Janice Fiamengo writes:

Israeli socialism didn’t last, of course, and in time Israel became a thriving, innovative, free-market economy and a top producer of high-tech marvels such as micro-chip components in cell phones.

Israel’s fall from favor with liberals was due to this and a combination of other factors, most particularly Israeli military power and the nation’s willingness to use it in self-defense, the rise of the Palestinian narrative of victimhood, which has gained remarkable traction, the increased visibility of the religious element of Jewish national life, and the general shift rightward in Israeli politics and culture. All of these combined have made it difficult for progressives to love Israel.