I can understand why the left in the US has always been pro-Zionists. It is the same reason the Stalin regime supported the creation of Israel and the expulsion of the Palestinians in 1948. The Zionists, particularly under Ben Gurion were part of the Stalinist left. In many ways despite the rise in power of the Likud, Israel continues to be a socialist state. A full 92% of the land is owned by agents of the state and reserved exclusively for Jewish use. The fact that the Zionists conciously modeled the "transfer" of the Palestinians on Stalin's deportation of the Volga Germans in order to obtain most of this land is a major reason why many Jewish intellectuals and supporters of Israel have always been soft on the USSR. They adamantly resist aknowledging the racist nature of Soviet crimes such as the deportation of the Volga Germans because to do so would expose the Israelis to criticism for copying the original model.