By RONN TOROSSIAN
President Obama is being consulted on Mideast policy by a group of nine journalists – including some who are downright anti-Israel and clearly unrepresentative of Americans views towards Israel. This group includes at least one who calls for a boycott of Israel and another who calls Israel an “apartheid” state. Would Obama have advisors who called for any other democratic nation to be boycotted, or described anyone of America’s other closest strategic allies in such egregious terms?
Obama had an off-the-record meeting late this week with The New Yorker’s David Remnick and Jane Mayer, Time Magazine’s Joe Klein, Newsweek’s Peter Beinart, The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, The New York Times’s Carla Robbins, The Wall Street Journal’s Gerald Seib, The Los Angeles Times’s Doyle McManus and David Ignatius of the Washington Post. This group consists of some radical fringe extremists who are dangerous to Israel.
Remnick says: “A new generation of Jews is growing up in the U.S. Their relationship with Israel is becoming less patient and more problematic. They see what has happened with the Rabbinical Letter [proscribing rental and sale of property to Arabs – DR], for example. How long can you expect that they’ll love unconditionally the place called Israel [sic]? You’ve got a problem. You have the status of an occupier since 1967. It’s been happening for so long that even people like me, who understand that not only one side is responsible for the conflict and that the Palestinians missed an historic opportunity for peace in 2000, can’t take it anymore” The man has described Israel repeatedly as undemocratic.
Beinart has called for parts of Israel to be boycotted – and day after day rants against Israel. (Despite responding to other articles I have written, he is yet to respond to my most simple challenge – offering him $100,000 to give the identical speech he gives in Jewish forums to Arab forums. Wonder why?)
Klein has defended Iran and said that Iran’s purpose of having a nuclear bomb is “just to deter Israel and Pakistan.”
How can Obama even pretend to support Israel with people like this at his side? Remnick, Beinart and Klein are non-stop critics of Israel. There’s now a unity government in Israel – and a right wing prime minister and Obama’s advisor Beinart has written “saving liberal Zionism in the U.S. – so that American Jews can help save liberal Zionism in Israel – is the great American Jewish challenge of our age.” The viewpoints Obama is hearing have nearly no voice in Israel – and nearly none amongst American Jewry.
A few months ago, the Obama campaign made the video America and Israel – an Unbreakable Bond. What we didn’t know then but now clearly do is that his view of this bond is further to the left than J Street and is a radical extremist viewpoint.
At my PR agency, we are in the business of shaping minds and telling stories – advisors are key to positioning stories. The Democratic president’s advisors on Israel believe in boycotting Israel and that the only democracy in the Middle East is an apartheid state. Voting Obama means a vote for Beinart and other anti-Israel forces.