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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

New pro-Israel group to launch with scathing attack on Sestak

A new pro-Israel group will launch this week, with its first ad being a scathing attack on Pennsylvania Democratic Senate nominee Joe Sestak, one of 54 Democratic congressmen (0 Republicans) to sign a letter supporting the Hamas terror regime in Gaza.

Let's go to the videotape to see the ad, and then I'll have more on the group.

Here are some more details on the Emergency Committee for Israel.
The Emergency Committee for Israel’s leadership unites two major strands of support for the Jewish state: The hawkish, neoconservative wing of the Republican Party, many of whom are Jewish; and conservative Evangelical Christians who have become increasingly outspoken in their support for Israel. The new group’s board includes Weekly Standard Editor William Kristol and Gary Bauer, the former Republican presidential candidate who leads the group American Values, as well as Rachel Abrams, a conservative writer and activist. Former McCain aide Michael Goldfarb is an adviser to the group.

“We’re the pro-Israel wing of the pro-Israel community,” said Kristol.

While President Barack Obama and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attempted to put the best public face on their differences after a White House meeting last week, the two leaders have had a contentious relationship. Some American backers of Israel, as well as many Israelis, remain deeply suspicious of Obama’s efforts to press Israel toward specific policy shifts and to improve American relations with the Muslim world.

The new committee declined to disclose its funding – as a 501(c)4 advocacy organization, it isn’t required to – but said it had raised enough to air its first ad, starting this week, on Fox and CNN and during a Philadelphia Phillies game. The ad attacks Sestak for signing a letter criticizing Israel’s blockade of Gaza while not signing a defense of Israel circulated by the group AIPAC, and for appearing at a fundraiser for the Council on American Islamic Relations, which it describes as an “anti-Israel organization the FBI called a ‘front-group for Hamas’.”

CAIR denied the 2008 allegation, and no charges were ever brought against it.


A spokesman for Sestak, who defeated Sen. Arlen Specter for the Democratic Senate nomination, rejected the ad’s characterization.

“Joe is a strong supporter of the State of Israel,” said April Mellody, referring to the congressman’s services as a naval officer in the first Gulf War. “It’s political silly season so it’s not surprising these conservatives are trying to distort Joe’s record.”

The Emergency Committee plans to advertise in other congressional races as well, according to Noah Pollak, its executive director.

“We want to be hard-hitting – we want to get into the debate and shake things up and make some points in a firm way,” he said.

The group will target races for the House and the Senate, but there’s little doubt the larger target is the Obama administration, which Bauer told POLITICO is “the most anti-Israel administration in the history of the United States.”
Read the whole thing.

I'll try to keep tabs on this group for you.


At 5:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


im sorry...but using israel as a wedge issue in specific races is very dangerous

and this groups is headed by wingnuts...unlike aipac, which is bipartisan

and sestak does have a very good voting record on israel

a true pro israel group should be pro israel, and not anti mainstream candidates just because they are dems

At 7:30 AM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...


Sestak was one of the 54 Democrats who signed the pro-Hamas letter a few months ago. That's not pro-Israel regardless of what else he has done.

As to who is behind this group, the executive director is Noah Pollak, whom I have met several times, and who reads this blog frequently. I don't know any of the other people personally so it's a bit more difficult to vouch for them. But I don't believe Noah is in the Republican party's pocket.


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