The Republican Jewish Coalition says Wesley Clark’s letter to the ADL was not enough to explain away his comment that the U.S. is likely to strike Iran because “there is so much pressure being channeled from the New York money people to the office seekers.”
In his letter to the ADL’s Abe Foxman, Clark said: “I will not tolerate antisemitic conspiracy webs to permeate the honest debate Americans must have about how best to confront Iran.”
But the RJC’s Matt Brooks points out: “If Wesley Clark does not want anti-Semitic conspiracy ideas to permeate the public debate on Iran, then he should not engage in harmful stereotyping of the New York Jewish community. Clark needs to acknowledge that insinuations about ‘New York money people’ have no place in responsible discussions and he needs to apologize directly to the Jewish community for using that kind of language. Nothing in his letter to Abe Foxman resolves these very serious questions.”
The RJC has its own political ax to grind, but Brooks has a point.
UPDATE: The RJC is placing this ad in Jewish newspapers.