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It's the politics, not the religion or the country.
Author: Raine    Date: 03/02/2015 14:10:14

I support Israel, I do not support its Prime Minister. I support my country, I do not support the leader of the House.

Going behind the administration the way the Speaker did is unconscionable. I have no problem with any Prime Minister of a country in good standing with the United states addressing Congress. That includes Israel.

I have a problem with using our electoral body to try to influence another country's elections. This has nothing to do with our relationship with Israel and everything to do with politics.

Having said that, take a look at this.
“Susan Rice has a blind spot: Genocide,” said the ad appearing in Saturday’s New York Times, touting a talk on Iran this week in Washington hosted by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, the New Jersey-based author and pro-Israel advocate.

As soon as the Sabbath ended, Jewish groups rushed to condemn the ad. The American Jewish Committee called it “revolting,” the Anti-Defamation League called it “spurious and perverse”, the Jewish Federations of North America called it “outrageous” and Josh Block, the president of The Israel Project, said it was “entirely inappropriate.”

Marshall Wittmann, the spokesman for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which will host Rice on Monday at its annual conference, said, “Ad hominem attacks should have no place in our discourse.”
The image of the ad is at the link.

The politics of this are horrendous. The organization that put this ad out is lead by Shmuley Boteach. This article is from 2012.
And now he’s a Republican congressional candidate who will soon reap the gains from a $500,000 Super PAC donation from Sheldon and Miriam Adelson. He tells me that lessons learned in a country that survived genocide work both “microcosmically” and “macrocosmically.”

“When you live for yourself,” he says, “I think your economy corrodes. When you live with a greater sense of purpose, I think you do really well. The United States when it had far higher defense expenditures, during the Cold War, had a far more robust economy for the most part. It stood for something. I think we need to regain that. That’s why I went to Rwanda.”

This is all about not just politics but about pushing forward a right wing agenda. In 2013 Addelson and Mr. Boteach called for the United States to drop a nuclear weapon on Iran if they didn't comply with "western demands".
Adelson is also the publisher of Israel’s widest-read newspaper, the free Israel Hayom daily, which critics say takes a blatantly pro-Netanyahu line.

When it came to Israel, Adelson, a personal friend of the prime minister, and Stephens deviated slightly. While Adelson said Netanyahu “would not live without taking some kind of action under the threat of harm to the Jewish people or the State of Israel,” Stephens claimed he is “all hat and no cattle.”

Negotiators from Iran and six world powers, known as the P5+1, are due to meet in Geneva for a round of talks on November 7-8, the second round of talks in as many months.
Has it finally reached a head? I sadly don't believe so, but many people are speaking out against the ad:
A senior administration official at the White House cited criticism from a number of Jewish advocacy groups in reaction to the ad, saying it has been met with "revulsion."

"This ad is being widely met with the revulsion that it deserves. Frankly, the ad says more about those who supported it than it says about Susan Rice," the official told CNN.

The administration official declined to elaborate on those comments or to provide an on-the-record defense of Rice.

The Anti-Defamation League called the ad "perverse and incendiary."

"Has Boteach helped the pro-Israel community, which, presumably, was the object of the exercise? Absolutely not. To the contrary, he has made our collective task more difficult," the American Jewish Committee said.


I find it all quite repulsive.

36 comments (Latest Comment: 03/02/2015 23:31:07 by livingonli)
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