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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

J Streeters running away from Obama?

I wasn't the only one who picked up on Gary Ackerman's comments on Jerusalem on Friday. Jennifer Rubin did too (Hat Tip: Martin Peretz):
But things have changed here in the U.S. since the Obama team “condemned” such building last March. Obama now is politically toxic, the American Jewish community has had it with the bully-boy-ism, and liberal elected officials have discovered that there really is no there there on J Street (i.e., no alternative pro-Israel faction — other than Soros and the Hong Kong mystery gal — that approves of Obama’s approach).

Don’t take my word for it. A J Street endorsee and liberal Democrat Gary Ackerman blasts away in a statement:


I don’t think Soros is getting his money’s worth from Ackerman. He sounds like he’s echoing the position of the Emergency Committee for Israel.

As belated as Ackerman’s outspokenness may be, it is still welcomed. And it is, I would suggest, the silver lining in the Obama era. There is now the opportunity for Democrats to correct course and demonstrate that their pro-Israel bona fides are just as sound as their Republican colleagues. In the new Congress, perhaps Ackerman and other prominent Democrats (Chuck Schumer, Howard Berman, etc.) will cease carrying water for the Obama administration’s flawed Israel policy. The Congress has the power of the purse, the duty of oversight, and the ability to use resolutions and public statements to push back on the administration. All of that is long overdue. Let’s hope Ackerman’s reaction is the beginning of a trend and not simply pre-election political expediency.


At 6:26 AM, Blogger DavidD6 said...

Carl, I'm convinced that Gary Ackerman is attempting to increase his chances of being re-elected. He will NEVER change in a manner that will benefit Israel.

Back on Oct. 13, 2010 at a Candidates Debate in Manhasset, NY., Gary Ackerman proudly stated to the world that he's an " OBAMA DEMOCRAT". I am a witness to this, after being at the Candidates Debate that night. Considering that the vast majority of Democrats running for office in 2010 are trying to separate themselves from Obama, Gary Ackerman's statement is telling!

Also, what must be kept in mind is back in Feb. 2009, when Gary Ackerman wasn't up for re-election, he heavily criticized the digging going on in Jerusalem. That's the real Gary Ackerman!

Consistently, Gary Ackerman has displayed contempt for the heroic Settlers for Judea and Samaria!

Considering that Gary Ackerman is the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia and that most people believe Ackerman is Pro-Israel, he's easily one of the most 5 dangerous members in the U.S. House of Representatives. This individual MUST be defeated ASAP.

No one should EVER forget that Gary Ackerman and the Obama campaign in general prevented Liz Berney from speaking (wanting to warn them of the dangers of Obama)to people in Synagogues in the 5th Congressional District, during the 2008 Election campaign!


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