My jaw dropped last night hearing Guy Raz of National Public Radio do a piece on Shmuley Boteach, the Republican rabbi running for Congress against Democrat Bill Pascrell in New Jersey’s 9th District, without mentioning Israel. Not once. Boteach is a values candidate, or a life-style candidate. Something like that.
Raz did mention Sheldon Adelson, but without referring to Adelson’s number one issue:
Up until a few weeks ago, no one really took Shmuley’s campaign seriously — not even the Republican National Committee. That is until a superPAC created to support him received half a million dollars from the billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who is also backing many other pro-Republican groups.
Guess what: Adelson just held a fundraiser for Romney in Jerusalem. Before that he supported Newt Gingrich and said the Palestinians are an invented people and that a two-state solution is a stepping stone to the destruction of Israel. (Even the NYT mentioned that.) He supported George Bush to block the peace process in 2000, and succeeded. He has said that: “All we care about is being good Zionists, being good citizens of Israel, because even though I am not Israeli born, Israel is in my heart…”
Imagine if a Christian zealot was reviving a congressional candidate’s campaign and wanted to inject religion into politics….