With Mahmoud Ahmadinejad scheduled to speak at the UN in the coming days, the pro-Israel warlocks are out in force. The Israel lobby yesterday took out a full page N.Y. Times ad saying that ending U.S. use of foreign oil would stop Iran from getting the bomb. Not to be outdone, the Republican evangelical-right beast is stirring in its lair as well. Gary Bauer, under the tutelage of, or at least in homage to Lynne Cheney’s Keep America Safe, has launched Keep Israel Safe with what the Weekly Standard wildly errs in calling a “hard-hitting” video claiming that Barack Obama misguidedly snubs Israel’s prime minister while coddling the lunatics in Teheran. The campaign seems to also have direct or implict support from Bill Kristol and his Weekly Standard, which was the first media outlet to announce the group’s existence.
It’s really edifying propaganda material. Definitely deserves a place in the annals of hasbara as one of the more lurid, ridiculous loads of dreck. Perhaps Frank Luntz can include it in his next edition of the Hasbara Handbook:
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran’s President.
He vows to destroy Israel. Quote: “Wipe Israel from the pages of Israel.” “Wipe them off the map.”
Time is running out. Soon, the world’s most dangerous regime will have the world’s most dangerous weapon: the atomic bomb.
So how does out president respond to the threat against our ally, Israel? By condemning Israel for building homes in Jerusalem, its capital. By snubbing Israel’s prime minister when he came to Washington. By coddling the Iranian regime…
If you were Israel would you feel safe in Barack Obama’s hands? Tell the White House that keeping Israel safe helps keep America safe.
H/t Joel Katz, Religion and State in Israel.