February 18, 2005


Republican ad sparks Jewish donnybrook over Dean (Janine Zacharia, 2/18/05, THE JERUSALEM POST)

The Republican Jewish Coalition, a grassroots group of Jewish Republicans, published an advertisement in US newspapers this week suggesting Dean supported Hamas. A photo of Hamas suicide bombers, camouflaged in white and wearing explosive belts – alongside a child wrapped in an explosive belt – is topped with a quote from Howard Dean from September 2003, which reads: "DNC Chairman Howard Dean says: 'It's not our place to take sides.'"

The ad then lists quotations from Democrats who criticized Dean in the past. Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, who ran against Dean in the Democratic presidential primary, is quoted as saying that Dean's statements "break a 50-year record in which presidents, Republican and Democrat, members of Congress of both parties have supported our relationship with Israel based on shared values."

A quotation is taken from a letter to Dean from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, also from September 2003, which criticized Dean's call for an "evenhanded" approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "It is unacceptable for the US to be 'evenhanded' on these fundamental issues," she wrote.

And Jay Footlik, John Kerry's liaison to the Jewish community during the presidential campaign, is quoted as saying last month that if Dean were elected, "a lot of mainstream, middle-of-the-road, centrist, Jewish Democrats would be very turned off and concerned and would be left wondering whether they have a home in the Democratic Party."

Is that a nom-de-guerre for Dick Morris?

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 18, 2005 7:54 AM
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