May 9, 2008

ANOTHER BLUE BATTLEGROUND MAVERICK WILL WIN HALF OF:

Jews bend over backward to stay neutral in U.S. vote (Anshel Pfeffer, 5/09/08, Ha'aretz)

"During Bibi's last visit to the United States, Jewish leaders were continuously coming up to him and telling him how worried they are about Obama getting elected," said an aide to opposition leader, Benjamin Netanyahu. He refused though to go on record or name any of the concerned grandees.

Everyone knows the rules. The American Jewish leadership cannot allow itself to be seen taking any particular side in a political contest. They have to be capable of working both sides of Congress and enjoy good relations with whatever administration is sitting in the White House.

When the head of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Malcolm Hoenlein, slipped up in a Jerusalem press conference, and expressed concern about the atmosphere around Obama's campaign, he was roundly criticized by other Jewish American leaders and tried to deny he had ever said such a thing.

MORE:
Barack Obama sacks adviser over talks with Hamas (Tom Baldwin, 5/09/08, Times of London)

One of Barack Obama’s Middle East policy advisers disclosed yesterday that he had held meetings with the militant Palestinian group Hamas – prompting the likely Democratic nominee to sever all links with him.

Robert Malley told The Times that he had been in regular contact with Hamas, which controls Gaza and is listed by the US State Department as a terrorist organisation.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 9, 2008 4:25 PM
Comments

Obama's Middle East advisor has been meeting with Hamas? To what end?

At this point, I wouldn't be surprised if he has advisors who own shares in the North Korean death camps. Nor would I be surprised if that did not dissuade Democratic primary voters one bit.

Posted by: ratbert at May 9, 2008 8:38 PM
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