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Emergency Committee v. J Street

Penn. candidate is proxy battlefield for Israel groups

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Earlier this week, when J Street cut an ad defending Rep. Joe Sestak, the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate, it was implicitly picking a fight with the Emergency Committee for Israel, the brand-new Bill Kristol-founded outfit that announced itself in part with an attack on Sestak for his allegedly not-pro-Israel views.

(By the way, for a great take on Kristol’s committee-forming-mania, read Jonathan Chait.)

Now, the New York Times has smartly compared and contrasted the two groups’ pro- and anti-Sestak ads (which you can find after the jump).

The Emergency Committee attacked Sestak’s 2007 praise for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which has subsequently been accused of being a Hamas front. “The target audience,” says the Times, “is not really Jewish voters in Philadelphia and its suburbs—they tend to be a reliable Democratic constituency and an important source of campaign donations. Rather, the ad is aimed more at mobilizing the right and evangelicals in support of Mr. Sestak’s Republican opponent, former Representative Pat Toomey.”

J Street responded by depicting Sestak’s repeated insistences of support for the Jewish state. “It does not dwell on the finer points of the attack but goes big picture,” the Times notes, “casting Mr. Sestak as a defender of Israel. By featuring President Obama, the ad suggests that J Street, anyway, believes that the link will be a plus for Mr. Sestak in November, or at least for its cause.”

The Committee’s ad:

J Street’s ad:

A Punch and a Counterpunch in Pennsylvania Senate Race [NYT]
Related: J Street Defends Sestak [Ben Smith]
Bill Kristol Unwittingly Joins The Left’s Campaign Against Israel [TNR]
Earlier: How Does Kristol Do It?

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Paul Newell says:

I don’t see what all the fuss is about. Pennsylvania already got a Two State Solution in 1704.

David S. Levine says:

Joe Sestak is a proven Israel basher. He, sua sponte, signed a letter with 53 other Members of Congress, all Democrats, asking that President Obama end aid to Israel because Israel defended itself fron constant rocket attacks and prevented rockets and tunnel building materials from being landed at Gaza. Like most Democrats he supports anti-American terrorist groups especially when they include Israel bashing. Hopefully his bid for the Senate will fail and Twomey will be elected. At any rate the Democrat Party should bed put on notice that there is a segment of Jewish voters and contributors who no longer automatically vote for them.

Since many Jews see for themselves that Obama is bad for Israel, linking Sestak to Obama further shows how Sestak is bad for Israel (and bad for Jews).

I have voted Democratic most of my life, but will vote against Democrats in most of November’s ballots because of the parties anti-Israeli positions.

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Emergency Committee v. J Street

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