Posted by on July 13, 2010 in Blog

Launched this week in time for the run-up to the November elections, the Emergency Committee for Israel has proclaimed itself the defender of the U.S.-Israel relationship and will advocate its agenda by attacking political candidates who did not kiss the ring – enough that is. Their stated objective is to “provide citizens with the facts they need to be sure that their public officials are supporting a strong US-Israel relationship. The Committee’s mission is to educate the public about the serious challenges to Israel’s security and about what elected officials in this country are doing and should do in order to meet those challenges."

On a website where you can read such varied content as the latest on R&B sensation Rihanna enjoying Israel before her concert performance and Russia sending missiles to Iran, the good stuff is available in a section called “Election Center.” That is where one will be able to read about “dangerous” candidates like Representative Joe Sestak (D-Pennsylvania) and why he must be stopped from reaching the Senate. While the site is not populated with all its content yet, you do get to watch their first attack ad targeting Sestak in his senate bid against Pat Toomey (R).

As Ben Smith reported, Kristol affirms they are the “pro-Israel wing of the pro-Israel community.” Not quite sure what that means either, but they are clear in their opposition to Obama Administration’s policies on the Middle East and any candidates that support them. Seeing the administration as “determined to extract ever more concessions from Israel, and to respond to each setback in the peace process by placing more pressure on the Israeli government,” they believe that providing the “facts” to the American people will help fix all that is wrong. And the facts according to Kristol and Bauer will be gathered by tracking votes, floor statements, congressional record statements and dear colleague letters circulated on the Hill.

The interesting thing here is that in all of their propaganda language, they are honest. There is nothing here about tracking members of Congress in how their positions defend the United States or our national security interests. Rather, it’s about taking extreme pro-Israel positions. Given their logic, you can run an attack ad against a 3-star Admiral with a distinguished military career that spans more than three decades – a man that is the highest-ranking former military officer currently serving in Congress – and accuse him of being weak. In their simple world of good and evil as defined by one’s relationship to extreme pro-Israel positions, Joe Sestak must go because he supposedly “refused to affirm support for Israel.” In fact, Sestak cannot be construed as anti-Israel given his record and stated positions. He simply hasn’t been as hawkish or as consistently wrong on national security issues as the likes of Kristol and Bauer. With these kinds of blinders on, this election season is going to be a difficult one.


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