This is sick.
The Emergency Committee for Israel released a video yesterday calling for Obama to bomb Iran. “Talking isn’t working,” the ad says (and as Rob’t Wright points out, the ad lies in stating that Iran has enriched enough uranium to make five bombs, it doesn’t have that uranium). It’s pure election-year politics, trying to bring Jews to Romney’s side on the issue of supporting Israel.
Now J Street has struck back with the ad above, quoting Bill Kristol from a colloquy with J Street’s leader, Jeremy Ben-Ami, last month on the Upper West Side: “I’m happy to sit here and agree with President Obama to a considerable degree [on Iran]“.
Kudos to J Street for trying to stop a war on Iran. Dershowitz is attacking J Street for just this stance; and Dershowitz gets a meeting in the White House, not Jeremy Ben-Ami.
(Though I would note that the ultimate problem here is America’s support for Israel, at the urging of American Zionists; and J Street is part of that problem. The J Street ad concludes, “Don’t play politics with America and Israel’s security.” But this isn’t actually about America’s security, it’s about Israel’s perception of its security. Israel is not our country. The correct response to Kristol’s efforts to play politics with this issue is to actually politicize the issue, Should we be so supportive of Israel?)