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Emergency Committee Hits Liberal Groups

But real target is President Obama

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From the Emergency Committee for Israel ad.(Emergency Committee for Israel)

This morning, the Emergency Committee for Israel, the group created two years ago to push the Republican take on U.S.-Israel relations, published a full-page ad in the New York Times (viewable here) attacking the Center for American Progress and Media Matters, two liberal groups, for “bigotry and anti-Israel extremism.” It listed the names and numbers of prominent funders and encouraged concerned citizens to call. Regarding Media Matters, it cited and quoted Alan Dershowitz and Spencer Ackerman. In fact, it quoted Ackerman’s January article in Tablet Magazine, in which he argued, as a liberal Jew, that the term “Israel Firster” is the wrong way for the left to win the war of ideas regarding Israel.

The Forward‘s Jane Eisner argues that the scalps ECI wants aren’t CAP or Media Matters: it’s President Obama, in advance of the AIPAC Conference. And she reports that Dershowitz did not approve the ad, and indeed, according to an email, does not approve of it; Ackerman tweeted, “I didnt approve that & ECI are clowns.” (Eisner also calls Dershowitz and Ackerman “Jewish leaders.” Made it, ma, top o’ the world!)

On ECI’s Website, Dershowitz’ article, from which his quote is taken, is linked to, but Ackerman’s article isn’t. There, Ackerman wrote, “‘Israel Firster’ has a nasty anti-Semitic pedigree.” He also wrote:

If what [Media Matters' M.J.] Rosenberg and the others on the left want is a debate—by which I understand them to mean a debate about the wisdom of a war with Iran, and about the proper role of the U.S.-Israel relationship—great. The left, I think, will win that debate on the merits, because it recognizes that if Israel is to survive as a Jewish democracy living in peace beside a free Palestine, an assertive United States has to pressure a recalcitrant Israel to come to its senses, especially about the insanity of attacking Iran.

But that debate will be shut down and sidetracked by using a term that Charles Lindbergh or Pat Buchanan would be comfortable using. I can’t co-sign that. The attempt to kosherize “Israel Firster” is an ugly rationalization. It shouldn’t matter that the American Jewish right proliferates the term “anti-Israel.” The easiest way to lose a winnable argument is to get baited into using their tactics.

Dershowitz Raps ECI Ad For Good Reason [Forward Thinking]
Related: Sounding Off [Tablet Magazine]

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Bill Pearlman says:

Rosenberg is a court Jew for the antisemitic left wing. He gives them a “hecsher” while he bends down and kisses their shit.

Lou Adams says:

Rossenberg is the most active and consistently degrading of the anti Jew Jews. Anyone wishing to Google him can see his visceral hatred for Israel, their government and by connection the side that uses the asymmetrical war that uses everything at their disposal to destroy Israel.

Jane Eisner in Forward defends MJ Rosenberg and Media Matters – I wonder why?

Maybe she is afraid that there is truth in the accusations of the anti-Israel and anti-Semitic biases. And maybe some who are not aware of this, and of the funding that makes it possible, will now think twice. That is why the ad lists those, especially in the Jewish community, who provide the funds for the hatred spewed forth by Media Matters, Rosenberg et al.

Morris says:

I am sure that Mr. Tracy is an Israeli laster and a leftist Firster .

Marty Janner says:

The innuendos of this entry into the New York Times, affirms the difference of opinion among American Jews! There are some of us, that don’t support every action,within the State of Israel.

By no means are we Anti Semitic, there are many of us, whom, support the country financially,volunteered to serve in this country’s various wars, and firmly believe in Israel! However,there are certain actions we disagree with.

How unfortunate,we are labeled such, because we believe that supporting a war with Iran would unproductive! We do know that this country, could generate a couple of bombs, on the other side of the coin, we have a country with many such tools of destruction.

Our President is aware of the situation, and has demonstrated he is fully conscious of what the potential result would be, if it were to evolve!

In the final anaysis, an avoidance would be far better,than the latter!

Phil N says:

Our president should be the target. He has undermined Israel at every turn, demanding only consessions from Israel, none from the arabs.

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