26 and AIPAC rival J Street is offended–and they probably should be

Day 26! We’re more than halfway to being a mature law-abiding nation!

AIPAC, the evil empire of Israel advocacy grip on the American government was weakened recently with the opening of the only rival lobby group in DC focused in Israel. Where AIPAC claims to represent a majority of American Jews’ views on Israel, J Street actually does. J Street is a pro-diplomacy left-of-center Israel lobby and they’re making waves. And President George W. Bush is an asshole. What’s the connection? I’m on J Street’s mailing list an I received today this email from them:

Dear J Street Supporter,

George Bush just called us delusional.

Speaking to Israel’s Parliament today, the President accused those who believe in diplomacy to make America and Israel safe of indulging in a “foolish delusion” and the “false comfort of appeasement.” [1]

More offensive, he likened us to those who favored talking to rather than defeating Adolf Hitler on the eve of World War II. How dare he invoke the memory of the Holocaust to justify his disastrous policies?

Write to Bush now and tell him – Shame on you!

For seven and a half years, this President’s policies have fueled the fires of extremism rather than dampening them. His delusions led us into a disastrous war in Iraq. His disdain for diplomacy has alienated friends and emboldened enemies.

And the results? The forces of extremism are stronger than ever. Al Qaeda is on the move – into Iraq and elsewhere. Moderates are on the defensive from Lebanon to the Palestinian territories and elsewhere. And the United States and Israel are less secure.

This is Bush’s legacy. And he has the nerve to accuse us of indulging in “foolish delusions”?

Write to Bush now and tell him – Shame on you!

After you’ve taken action, forward this message to 3 friends.

This, Mr. President, is not what we want to hear on the 60th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel. Real friends of Israel know that only a US-led diplomatic offensive in the region will resolve the Israeli-Palestinian and Arab-Israel conflicts and ensure Israel’s security for another 60 years.

Take action now.

– Isaac

1 – Prepared Text of Bush’s Knesset Speech: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121083798995894943.html

So go check out the text of the speech–it’s pretty audacious stuff. And now, the Omer:


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