Another email from the Clinton campaign released by Wikileaks demonstrates how rightwing Clinton’s staff is on Israel. Mega-donor Haim Saban slams Bernie Sanders as “bad bad bad” for Israel, and cites as evidence his talking to James Zogby of the Arab American Institute and Jeremy Ben-Ami of J Street, who are also “awful.” He urges campaign chair John Podesta to dig up “ammunition” on “these 2.”
Bernie Sanders has a 25 year awful record on Israel,,,,THIS is NOTHING,,,,, The advisers he mentioned are Zogby,and Ben Amy. Get your researchers to come up with some of the awful things these 2 have said about the US/Israel relationship,and you will have plenty of ammunition on the issue. He’s bad bad bad.
Ben-Ami is a liberal Zionist, who has mildly opposed the settlement project. Saban is a centrist Zionist who stands behind all Israeli policies. This just shows how nuts the Israel lobby gets about punishing any dissent on the one-and-only-holy Jewish state.
The Feb. 27 email was back in Democratic primary days and reveals the Clinton team’s excitement over a New York Times article saying that Bernie Sanders was getting advice from realist Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell. The Times highlighted Wilkerson’s speculation that “Israel might have carried out chemical attacks in Syria.”
The short article drew the attention of campaign chair John Podesta. His chief of staff, Sara Latham, wrote to Clinton political strategist Craig Smith and Jewish outreach director Sarah Bard under the heading, “Re: Larry Wilkerson advising Bernie..”
“Craig – this is what John called you about this morn Sarah, likewise, he’s hoping we can get our jewish friends fired up about this…”
Bard writes that the Jews are excited; and Clinton is destroying Sanders in an Israeli poll:
Thank you- they are pretty fired up. As more and more of his record (or absence of) comes to light. We beat Sanders (and every other candidate) 41:5 in a recent Israeli poll
Podesta sends all this on to mega-donor Haim Saban, and references the upcoming Florida primary (March 15):
Trying to get our Florida friends cranked.
Thus prompting Saban’s outburst, above.
Saban was apparently referring to a list published by Politico of a dozen foreign policy experts he said he had consulted. Politico reported then that Ben-Ami had briefed Sanders as he briefed many others.
“I wish that everybody that we meet with would list me as an adviser,” joked Jeremy Ben-Ami, president of liberal Israel advocacy group J Street, who says he has briefed countless members of Congress and multiple presidential candidates.