27 Jul Ad Slams Obama’s Israel Record in Newspapers Across America
by Rachel Hirshfeld
The Emergency Committee for Israel (ECI) political advocacy organization published a full-page ad on Thursday in 23 Jewish newspapers across America highlighting liberal criticism of President Barack Obama’s stance toward Israel.
“President Obama has been trying to have it both ways — pursuing policies that weaken the U.S.-Israel alliance while boasting on the campaign trail that he is the most pro-Israel president since Truman,” ECI’s executive director Noah Pollak said in a statement. “As the Obama campaign attempts to mislead about the president’s record, it is important that American Jews understand what many prominent liberals are now conceding — this president’s approach to Israel has been hostile, ineffective, and at odds with the promises he made in 2008.”
The ad, which is said to reach approximately 600,000 Jewish voters, details Obama’s “deeply troubled relationship with the pro-Israel community over the last three years, and the mounting danger to Israel posed by an Iranian regime that is closer than ever to obtaining a nuclear weapon.”
U.S. Ambassador to Israel under President Clinton Martin Indyk is cited as saying, “From his first day in the White House, he put the Middle East at the top of his political agenda. Unfortunately for him, his personal involvement only made things worse.”
“The president sees how the Iranians mock him- and does nothing. He sees radical Islam approaching the nuclear brink- and does not budge. …The president is pushing Israel into a corner, but is hoping that Israel will accept its fate submissively,” reads a comment by Ha’Aretz columnist Avi Shavit.
“We believed from that point that we were in for problems. And we were right,” said national director of the Anti-Defamation League, Abraham Foxman.
The ad even cites a former ‘Palestinian’ political adviser as saying that Obama’s Mideast political agenda has consistently shown “a complete lack of an emotion-based relationship with Israel.”
The ad concludes by asking: “What will they be saying after another four year of Obama?”firstname.lastname@example.org