The Republican Jewish Coalition is distributing a flyer in Pennsylvania quoting peace-processor Aaron David Miller saying that Obama does not love Israel, under a headline that reads, “All Jewish. Supported Barack Obama. But Not this Time.”
I found the flyer on my parents’ door this afternoon. It tells Jewish voters they should not “feel guilty” about voting for Romney and features three photographs of seemingly-average Jewish voters saying that Obama is putting Israel in danger and that he’s not a friend of Israel.
Under the “All Jewish” headline is a column titled “What are the experts saying?” It quotes Abe Foxman, Ari Shavit of Haaretz, and Aaron David Miller, who worked for George W. Bush and Bill Clinton but is generally associated with Democrats. He is affiliated with the Woodrow Wilson Center these days. Miller says, “Obama really is different. Unlike Clinton and George W. Bush, Obama isn’t in love with the idea of Israel.”
The quote comes from this piece by Miller in Foreign Policy, saying that Obama will take on Netanyahu if he gets a second term.
I’ve watched a few presidents come and go on this issue, and Obama really is different. Unlike Clinton and George W. Bush, Obama isn’t in love with the idea of Israel. As a result, he has a harder time making allowances for Israeli behavior he doesn’t like.
I can’t imagine Miller has endorsed Romney, nor approved his use in the piece. I sent him a note yesterday but haven’t heard from him.