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Kristol’s New Group Draws Attention

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Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pennsylvania).(Wikipedia)

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?

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Whether or not you agree or disagree with William Kristol, the fact remains that he is an intelligent, effective advocate for policies about which he feels passionately. That is what accounts for his success in winning large constituencies in support of them.

If you are opposed to those ideas, or their political implications as you understand them, you must engage them by constructing and presenting cogent counter-arguments.

Speculating about the occult source of his persuasiveness, or leveling ad hominem attacks against him or the principals involved in the organizations he champions does nothing but inject venom into political discourse in this country, although at this point it’s hard to imagine how it could be degraded any further. The political left is just as much a culprit in this as the right.

Rachel Abrams is one of the group’s principals, not one of its principles.

Stop Arab Imperalism says:

fw, excellent post. Unfortunately, respect of diversity of opinion is not a leftist trait; if I argue with the right on an intellectual point, they just argue back; if I argue with the left, they demonise.

David S. Levine says:

For Congressman Sestak to deny that he is not anti-Israel is the height of falsehood. Congressman Sestak signed a letter, along with 53 other then serving members of the House, asking President Obama to suspend aid to Israel because it would not allow goods into Gaza which could be used in the Arab war to destroy Israel. Indeed, that policy advocacy is the ultimate act of hostility to any nation and Congressman seatack and 53 of his Democ-rat Party House colleagues engaged in it.

Now, in a desperate attempt to win a Senate seat, he attempts to deflect attention from that dastardly act. His assertions are the ultimate in falsehood and gives political flip flopping a bad name. He richly deserves the ignominious defeat that will be coming to him this November.

nrglaw says:

As a staunch supporter of Israel and a political Zionist, the last thing I need is Bill Kristol advocating for Israel as part of a group that includes the likes of Gary Bauer. My beloved left may already have come to hate me, but the solution is not on the far right.

What do I have in common with Gary Bauer? I would say, nothing at all. Christian Zionism is far too new of a phenomenon in the US for Jews to really understand well enough to get in bed with its proponents. In the meantime, I do not wish Mr. Bauer and Ms. Cheney trying to make Israel a wedge issue again Democrats.

“Beggars can’t be choosers” is not a good motto for Jewish survival in the 21st century. Jews need to choose their allies much more carefully than these folks.

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