Kristol’s New Group Draws Attention
Targeted Democrat responds, and more
I had a bit of fun at the expense of Bill Kristol and his hot-off-the-presses Emergency Committee for Israel earlier this week. (Of course, even co-founder Noah Pollak had some fun at its expense, telling Shmuel Rosner, “We will not rest until there is a pro-Israel group representing every pro-Israel person on earth.”) But most of the responses, from both sides, have been less than light-hearted:
• Rep. Joe Sestak, the Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania’s Senate seat, angrily fires back at the Committee: “It is offensive and outrageous to suggest [Sestak] does not stand with Israel.” [Ben Smith]
• In the course of explaining the group, Pollak refers to the “international lynching of the Jewish state” and implicitly denies that J Street is pro-Israel. [Rosner’s Domain]
• Via Capital J, Tablet Magazine contributor Dan Luban finds that one of the group’s four principles, Rachel Abrams (wife of Elliott, stepdaughter of Norman Podhoretz), possesses a “strange obsession with (and apparent hostility to) homosexuality.” [Lobelog]
• James Besser argues that the group is less concerned about issue advocacy and more about steering election-year funds to the right places. [Political Insider]
Earlier: How Does Kristol Do It?