The other day I posted a video of Marc Zell, an American settler in the occupied territories, talking in the King David Hotel after the Romney fundraiser there on July 30.
Well here is another video of Zell, a lawyer, holding forth about American politics, in which he says he’ll be taking an active part.
Zell begins by saying he met with the New York GOP chairman Ed Cox ahead of the Weprin-Turner special election in Brooklyn last year in which Israel played such a large factor.
“We were able to push this button, this Israel button among the Jewish voters. And we made them focus on that.”
Zell then says, at about 1:20, that he will be taking an active part reaching out to Jewish voters in swing states, Ohio and Florida, in the coming election. He will be going over to the States to electioneer, including at senior centers. But there will also be “phone banks, from here.”
Zell says that many American Jews, even if they’re Democratic, will vote Republican because they see things from a Jewish perspective. What is that perspective? The message is simple: The state of Israel is being delegitimized. The Jewish people are under attack. There are only 13 million Jews on the planet and that number is not growing.
“If we the Jews can’t figure out how to vote in terms of our best interest in terms of Jewish issues, then no one else is going to help us… Put your Jewish concerns now… at the top of your list.”
I don’t know who the Israeli is who keeps engaging Zell during this conversation. By the way, Zell also notes that Obama’s chief of staff, Jack Lew, is an observant Jew, and credits Obama’s intelligence. But he says that Obama is “more or less indifferent to Israel, sympathetic to the Palestinian cause.” Obama genuinely wanted peace, but he “misconceived the role of settlements in the context of the Israeli Palestinian conflict.”