As I wrote a few days ago, the Republican/neocon pro-Israel advocacy groups are sprouting like mushrooms after a spring rain. Not to be outdone, Bill Kristol (responsible for many of the mushrooms either directly or indirectly) has joined with Liz Cheney’s Keep America Safe to start a Stand With Israel petition on her site.
Before I quote the ad copy take a look at this boilerplate organization info at the bottom of her website’s main page:
Keep America Safe is a newly formed, non-profit, non-partisan organization described in Section 501(c)(4) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Donations to Keep America Safe are not tax-deductible as charitable contributions for US federal income tax purposes.
There are no donation limits or restrictions for contributions to Keep America Safe.
Now tell me how Kristol-Cheney can publish this with a straight face and claim it’s not hard-line pro-Republican advocacy:
Since taking office, Barack Obama and officials in his administration have repeatedly rebuked, condemned, and pressured an Israeli government that is standing strong and defiant in the face of continual threats from terrorist groups and the regimes that sponsor them. The administration has repeatedly sought to engage Israel’s authoritarian enemies while demanding ever more concessions from the democratically elected government in Jerusalem. In just the last month this administration has twice stood by as international organizations have targeted Israel for condemnation. In May the Obama administration consented to a Final Document from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference that singled out Israel as a threat to the current non-proliferation regime while making no mention of the grave threat posed by Iran’s illegal pursuit of nuclear weapons. And in June the administration refused to block a presidential statement from the United Nations Security Council as Israel was besieged by an international lynch mob for exercising its legitimate right of self-defense.
Neither Kristol nor Cheney are stupid so they must realize that they have no hope of eating into the massive American Jewish alleigance to the Democratic Party. No American Jew who supports the Party will be convinced by any of this narischkeit to switch parties. But what such a campaign does do is identify for these Republican partisans American Jewish donors who already support their cause but who aren’t on their lists or whose pockets haven’t yet been picked. There are, of course many wealthy Likudist Jews who are ripe pickings for the likes of Kristol and Cheney. And to fuel their media campaign they’ll need millions from such donors. This petition is one of the ways they can troll for such individuals, getting them to self-identify.
Regarding my last post about the new Emergency Committee for Israel, begun with the help of former Bush political operative and great granddaughter of Herbert Hoover, Margaret Hoover, Eli Clifton notes that ECI’s office is identical with those of Randy Scheunemann, who was John McCain’s senior foreign policy advisor. Commentary’s Michael Goldfarb (where Noah Pollak also contributes–keepin’ it all in the family) is an advisor to ECI and works for Scheunemann’s consulting firm. Goldfarb told Justin Elliott that ECI will be opening an independent office next week (can’t wait) but that “given the urgency of our cause” in pointing out Joe Sestak’s anti-Israel perfidy, they thought a new office could wait. Gee, for a second reading about the “urgency of their cause” it might make you believe they actually had something important to say.
Another note about all these pro-Israel fungi growing in the Republican forest: let’s remind the growers that many mushrooms are toxic if ingested.
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