Conservatives Create Group To Wage Campaign Against Obama's Israel Policy

By JTA

Published July 14, 2010.
  • Print
  • Share Share

Conservatives launched a group to wage a campaign against President Obama’s Middle East policy and its supporters.

The Emergency Committee for Israel’s Leadership, which will bring together neoconservative Republicans and evangelical Christians, will initiate the campaign with an attack ad against Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.), the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania against the GOP’s Pat Toomey.

The group’s board includes William Kristol, who edits the neoconservative flagship, the Weekly Standard; conservative writer and activist Rachel Abrams, who is married to Elliott Abrams, the deputy national security adviser under President George W. Bush; and Gary Bauer, a former Republican presidential candidate who leads the group American Values.

Kristol described the group as “the pro-Israel wing of the pro-Israel community.” Sestak is favored by J Street, a pro-Israel group that advocates for an assertive American posture toward a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The ad, which will air this week on Fox and CNN, as well as during a Philadelphia Phillies game, opens by asking, “Does Congressman Joe Sestak understand that Israel is America’s ally?” The ad claims that he appeared at a fund-raiser for the Council on American Islamic Relations, a group that federal authorities have tied to Hamas.

CAIR denied the allegations and was never formally charged. It now works with the FBI and other authorities.

The ad goes on to accuse Sestak of condemning Israel’s blockade of Gaza and refusing to sign a letter drafted by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee asserting U.S. support for Israel. The letter signed by Sestak, and backed by J Street, called for an easing of the Gaza blockade that would incorporate Israel’s security needs. Israel instituted such a policy in recent weeks.

A spokesman for Sestak rejected claims that he is anti-Israel.

“Joe is a strong supporter of the State of Israel,” April Mellody told Politico. “His record is clear on the matter and in stark contrast to his opponent, who voted against aid for Israel.”

A similar group, Freedom’s Watch, was founded in 2007. It folded after the 2008 election, in part because it had minimal impact on the results of the election.

The Emergency Committee also plans to become involved in other congressional races well, according to its executive director, Noah Pollak.






Find us on Facebook!
  • British Jews are having their 'Open Hillel' moment. Do you think Israel advocacy on campus runs the risk of excluding some Jewish students?
  • "What I didn’t realize before my trip was that I would leave Uganda with a powerful mandate on my shoulders — almost as if I had personally left Egypt."
  • Is it better to have a young, fresh rabbi, or a rabbi who stays with the same congregation for a long time? What do you think?
  • Why does the leader of Israel's social protest movement now work in a beauty parlor instead of the Knesset?
  • What's it like to be Chagall's granddaughter?
  • Is pot kosher for Passover. The rabbis say no, especially for Ashkenazi Jews. And it doesn't matter if its the unofficial Pot Day of April 20.
  • A Ukrainian rabbi says he thinks the leaflets ordering Jews in restive Donetsk to 'register' were a hoax. But the disturbing story still won't die.
  • Some snacks to help you get through the second half of Passover.
  • You wouldn't think that a Soviet-Jewish immigrant would find much in common with Gabriel Garcia Marquez. But the famed novelist once helped one man find his first love. http://jd.fo/f3JiS
  • Can you relate?
  • The Forverts' "Bintel Brief" advice column ran for more than 65 years. Now it's getting a second life — as a cartoon.
  • Half of this Hillel's members believe Jesus was the Messiah.
  • Vinyl isn't just for hipsters and hippies. Israeli photographer Eilan Paz documents the most astonishing record collections from around the world:http://jd.fo/g3IyM
  • Could Spider-Man be Jewish? Andrew Garfield thinks so.
  • Most tasteless video ever? A new video shows Jesus Christ dying at Auschwitz.
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.