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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Blame the Israel Lobby

Alana Goodman reports that the Congressman from CAIR told J Street on Monday that 'progressive' members of Congress are afraid to take positions on Israel because it will hurt them electorally.
Ellison, who co-chairs the House Progressive Caucus, said that fellow caucus members who took positions that aren’t traditionally pro-Israel “found themselves primaried from the right on the issue of Israel.”

“There are prices to pay,” he added. “These folks who have impeccable pro Israel credentials found themselves in pretty tough primary races, and not just in one part of the country.”

He also stressed that J Street needed to be more effective at protecting these members of Congress from attacks from groups like the Emergency Committee for Israel.

“J Street needs to continue to strengthen its muscles … so that a politician can take a position that is pro-Israel, pro-peace, pro-Palestinian … and not have to worry about [election-cycle attacks],” said Ellison.


But according to Ellison, the pressure to be pro-Israel is so intense that the House Progressive Caucus often avoids taking positions on Israel because its members are so concerned about being attacked by pro-Israel organizations. “We don’t take them on because we can’t come to a clear consensus on the question,” said the congressman.
And the cause of this has to be... the conspiratorial Israel Lobby.

Let's go to the videotape.

No, Mr. Ellison. Your group doesn't take those positions because they are WRONG positions to take. And because the American people know it.

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At 4:50 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

The American people support Israel because they know Israelis genuinely admire and love America and Israel is a dependable ally.

J-Street would need for Israel to self-destruct to change its image with the American people.

Good luck with that project.


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