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The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) is scavenging GOP votes everywhere they can by sending speakers to woo Americans living in Israel’s illegal settlements. This untapped market of totaling 160,000 absentee ballots for all Americans living in Israel has the potential to swing a Romney victory and knock incumbent Democrats out of congress. The RJC events are spearheaded by an absentee ballot registration initiative called I Vote Israel, which M.J. Rosenberg recently profiled on Mondoweiss after the group posted an anti-Arab American election video.

Today I Vote Israel doubled their efforts to reach potential GOP supporters by hosting two events with Republican hotshots, Matt Brooks, the president of the Republican Jewish Coalition and Ari Fleischer, a former Bush administration press officer. The first event was by invitation only for pro-Israel bloggers, and the second was open to the public. But I Vote Israel’s official Twitter handle Tweeted updates throughout the day, albeit in the form of digs at Obama. “When it comes to dealing with the Arab world, showing strength is an asset. @BarackObama failed to deliver.” And “[email protected] wants to be neutral with regard to Israel, not to stand by Israel and do what’s right.” Even one of the hashtags for the event was a nod to the Republican party, #ivoteRJC, short for: I vote Republican Jewish Coalition.

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Today’s Brooks and Fleischer public lecture for I Vote Israel.
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A more substantial recap of the Republican agenda at the event was posted by Carl from Jerusalem who blogs at Israel Matzav:

In 2007, Netanyahu was Finance Minister and met with Governor Romney and got back together for one of the first time since Boston Consulting Group. They genuinely and respect each other. You won’t have an open mic situation like there was between Obama and Sarkozy about Netanyahu. Chemistry is much warmer than it is between Netanyahu and Obama.

Ari Fleischer says that if Obama wins, Israel is going to suffer regardless of how Jews and American Israelis vote. Cites AIPAC Jerusalem 2008, condemnation of Israel’s housing policy and open mic incident.

And both speakers used Iran to tug at the audience’s fear strings:

Matt Brooks says leaking of intelligence information on cyberattacks on Iran by the US is unprecedented, and think about the ramifications that has on any US allies. On a project of that caliber, there are no more than 10-12 people who have access to that information, and yet it was exposed by the US. Will other allies trust the US after this? The only people that win because of that are the Iranians.

Ari Fleischer says that ‘two state solution’ is just a phrase now, and a ‘Palestinian state’ now would not be a peaceful state. It’s Obama policy that Israeli ‘settlement freeze’ a precondition, and in a second Obama term that would only get worse.

Tomorrow, Brooks and Fleischer will reconvene again for another event in an Anglo immigrant neighborhood nestled west of the Green Line in Modi’im. But I Vote Israel’s work scratches deeper than the border of illegal outposts; they also retain Regional Directors throughout the West Bank tasked with registering Americans living on occupied Palestinian land. There are even a series of registration form drop boxes set up in settlement pizza parlors and bagel shops in Maaleh Adumim, Gush Etzion, and Shomron.

I Vote Israel’s next event, “Who should I vote for? Who’s good for the Jews? Who’s good for Israel?” will take place at the end of this month when extremist Gush Emunim follower Marc Zell will debate political scientist Dr. David Luchins. Zell currently lives in the West Bank outpost of Alon Shevu, which he says is “like a small town in Iowa.”

I Vote Israel concentrates on Americans in Israel because their absentee ballots have the potential to shift election results. “There were thousands of Floridian Israelis who could of voted but only 64 actually did,” explains I Vote Israel in a different promotional video. Continuing, “In tough races, absentee ballots decide the winner.”

But I Vote Israel is not lamenting Gore’s marginal loss due to the dereliction of “Floridian-Israelis.” On the contrary they see tight elections as an opportunity to push Israel to the center of the nation’s debate.

“We do have an agenda, and we are proud of it [but] our legal status does not allow us to endorse a specific candidate – for Congress or President.” said Aron Shaviv, a political strategist hired by I Vote Israel to investigate the party affiliations of Americans in Israel, in an op-ed for the Times of Israel. Shaviv’s research found that Romney has twice as many supporters in Israel than Obama, making the potential Republican votes tucked away in the Jewish state equal to 100,000. And with American Jews comprising around 3% of the electorate, or just fewer than 3 million voters, 100,000 could mean the difference between a Republican signing Israel’s $3 billion aid check, or a Democrat.

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  1. Kathleen on July 10, 2012, 10:37 pm

    ” Voting should be left to real Americans” Now that was a true statement. Talk about some foreign influence. Ari Fleisher should be in prison for being part of the team who outed CIA under cover agent Valerie Plame. What a deal for Ari instead of being in prison he is still poisoning the U.S. elections. Such a patriot

    “Ari Fleischer

    White House Press Secretary (2001-2003)

    IN EARLY JULY, FLEISCHER READ MEMO ABOUT PLAME ON AIR FORCE ONE: “On the flight to Africa, Fleischer was seen perusing the State Department memo on Wilson and his wife, according to a former administration official who was also on the trip.” [Bloomberg, 7/18/05]

    FLEISCHER TOLD GRAND JURY HE NEVER SAW THE MEMO: “Mr. Fleischer told the grand jury that he never saw the document, a person familiar with the testimony said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the prosecutor’s admonitions about not disclosing what is said to the grand jury.” [New York Times, 7/23/05]

    FLEISCHER AMONG FIRST GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO CRITICIZE WILSON: Newsday reported, “In the subpoenaed July 12 [2003] transcript of a briefing in Nigeria, then-press secretary Ari Fleischer called Wilson a “lower-level official” and said Wilson had made flawed and incomplete statements.” The transcript of the briefing was pulled from the White House site but has since been restored. [Newsday, 3/6/04; White House, 7/12/03]

    FLEISCHER TALKED TO NOVAK ONE DAY AFTER HIS COLUMN WAS PUBLISHED: Fleischer’s “telephone log showed a call on the day after Mr. Wilson’s article appeared from Mr. Novak, the columnist who, on July 14, 2003, was the first to report Ms. Wilson’s identity.” [New York Times, 7/23/05]


    FLEISCHER A FOCUS OF FITZGERALD INVESTIGATION: “‘Ari’s name keeps popping up,’ said one source familiar with special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald’s probe. Another source close to the probe added there is renewed interest in Fleischer, ‘based on Fitzgerald’s questions.’” [New York Daily News, 7/15/05]”

  2. Kathleen on July 10, 2012, 10:39 pm

    Had to listen again “voting should be left to real Americans” Such a true statement in that video clip

  3. ToivoS on July 10, 2012, 11:19 pm

    Quite amazing. The Israeli firsters are becoming more and more brazen. It was not enough that they sucked us into the Lebanon civil war in 1982 or the war in Iraq in 2003. Now they are trying to push us into voting for Romney who has basically announced his desire to follow Israel into war against Iran.

    Hopefully, one of these days the American people will come to their senses, even more hopefully not before it is too late.

  4. chinese box on July 10, 2012, 11:25 pm

    Am I the only one who thinks that the drawing of the three “real Americans” at about :17 in the cartoon is a bit racist, or at least very condescending?

    • Ranjit Suresh on July 11, 2012, 1:14 am

      No, it’s definitely a bit racist. Except it’s a type of racism most Americans are ignorant of: a racism that denigrates white cowboy yahoo’s alongside black basketball players and Sikh taxi drivers.

      The whole video is a laughable product of an imperial culture that has lost all sense of dignity, modesty, and self-restraint.

      • chinese box on July 11, 2012, 7:58 am


        Very eloquently stated…

        It’s even condescending towards the American-Floridian-Israeli- whatever voters, portraying them as lazy airheads. It’s a mindset that views human beings in general as dupes and tools.

  5. chinese box on July 10, 2012, 11:27 pm

    “Floridian-Israelis?” Can it get any more surreal?

  6. American on July 10, 2012, 11:52 pm

    The US zios sure aren’t making any effort to hide their fifth column activities and subversion of America are they? They are pulling out the stops in this election.
    Zionist control of the US is way out in the open and heading down the stretch toward a climax.

    Who would have ever believed the US could be taken over and subverted like this?……seriously…….who would have believed it was possible for a minority group of foreign loyalty to turn 90% of our so called US representatives into, in the absolute true sense of the word– traitors — and to make obedience to a foreign country the ‘hallmark’ of America and to make loyalty to another country acceptable?

    Sometimes I have to stop and pinch myself to make sure this isn’t a nightmare.
    I tell you though, If Americans ever do find out exactly what has and is going on and the true extent of it, if they ever even know half of what we know….there will such a murderous rage in the public that all the King’s horses and all the King’s men won’t be able to contain it.

    • Abierno on July 11, 2012, 10:18 am

      All the while, the Republicans are intensely vote caging US citizens who actually
      reside here in the US, with their ostensible obsession with voter fraud (which has
      been shown to be microscopic where actual studies have been done). Inquiring
      minds would wonder at the potential for voter fraud in solicited absentee ballots
      from a foreign country. This combined with the Citizens United decision, wherein
      foreign countries or those who prioritize the interests of a foreign country above those of the US can anonymously contribute enormous sums of money, has the capabililty to be a significant game changer. Especially, when one combines the documented problems with our voting machines which are easily susceptible to hacking and wherein in many states there is no availability of hard copy tracking.

      Finally, the numbers for these voters have the absolute possibility, in targeted Congressional and Senate elections, of changing the outcome. Thus, they can substantially change the composition of the House and Senate by weigning in on
      closely fought elections. This may well be a substantial trigger for considerable
      anger among the electorate since these elections are very much “close to home”.
      Think of voters from another country substantially changing the election outcome
      for a particular Congressional district or Senate race.

  7. Arnon Shwantzinger Too on July 11, 2012, 12:16 am

    Must be beautiful being a citizen of the Empire.
    Once you vote on the future of Israel in the democratic state
    And once in the Jewish state.

    Free speech is like money
    Some people just have a lot more of it than others…

  8. talknic on July 11, 2012, 12:40 am

    Desperate to protect Israel’s precious illegal facts on the ground by retaining the US veto vote in the UNSC. What a waste of time and effort. They really are idiots.

    It doesn’t matter who wins the US election, the same lobby groups can and will ply the senate with propaganda, promises, $$$$ and no doubt threats.

  9. American on July 11, 2012, 1:16 am

    I can’t wait till the GOP and ZIO declare it’s anti semitic to vote for the Obama or the Dems..rotflmao!
    I guarantee you some zio or repub operative is already circulating that idea.

    • ColinWright on July 11, 2012, 4:42 am

      I don’t think so.

      No one cares about five million Jews at least three million of whom are going to vote for Obama regardless. We’re talking 100k votes changing — max.

      The Republican pitch on Israel is going to be aimed at the Evangelicals. Romney’s going to talk about how he sees Israel as a fulfillment of Biblical prophesy, etc. That’s the group he’s going want to energize. Make ’em realize Mormons love Israel too.

      • seafoid on July 11, 2012, 8:47 am

        I have the feeling that “love will tear us apart” will be the theme tune of Romney’s campaign

        You cry out in your sleep,
        All my failings exposed.
        And there’s a taste in my mouth,
        As desperation takes hold.
        Just that something so good
        Just can’t function no more.
        But love, love will tear us apart again.
        Love, love will tear us apart again.

        A lot of Evangelicals will see him as a mormon regardless of what he says about christian biblical prophesy.

        Mormon prophesy says the Messiah will land west of the Missouri. So those Jews in Erez Israel are in the wrong place.

      • Avi_G. on July 11, 2012, 8:59 am

        Historically, haven’t Evangelicals voted Republican anyway?

        I mean, why would a Republican candidate bother to appeal to them?

      • Exiled At Home on July 11, 2012, 10:47 am

        Romney is Mormon. He needs an appeal to the Christian Dispensationalist base, which is why he’s stirring the pro-Israel pot. Republicanism can only bring him so far with these people.

        As for the Democrats, Americans, they’re no better than the Republicans; chock-full-o-Zios.

  10. American on July 11, 2012, 1:38 am

    This headline cracks me up…..:)

    “”Wasserman Schultz: “It Would Be Nice If We Had A Candidate for President Who Was Committed To America”

    She’s talking about Romney but in the video she looks like she’s trying not to laugh.
    I could like Debbie, she seems sincere and earnest, if she just wasn’t so fucked up about Israel.

  11. ColinWright on July 11, 2012, 3:29 am

    “When it comes to dealing with the Arab world, showing strength is an asset. @BarackObama failed to deliver.”

    Somewhat ironic, really. I distinctly recall a rather lavish spread of assassinations — and we were certainly forward in Libya.

    Let me guess. He should bomb someone. That is to say, really bomb ’em. Would a thousand fatalities be sufficient, or was it something more ambitious the good folks had in mind?

    As it happens, I do agree that Barack is very weak. However, the irony deepens when I point out I would regard any such measure as merely further evidence of his weakness. It certainly wouldn’t be proof of ‘strength.’

    • Avi_G. on July 11, 2012, 9:14 am

      Let me guess. He should bomb someone. That is to say, really bomb ‘em. Would a thousand fatalities be sufficient, or was it something more ambitious the good folks had in mind?

      Colin, that’s not quite the reason.

      Through the scope of traditional colonial — Including Zionist — thinking, they view Islam and Arabs in the Middle East as primitive degenerates. Those savages.

      Such rhetoric has long been voiced since the early days of Zionism in Palestine (Early 1900s).

      Ben-Gurion, for example, often said that Arabs only understand the language of force. It’s as though Arabs and Moslems are beasts with whom one cannot speak or reason, you see? That’s the depraved rationale.

      • eljay on July 11, 2012, 10:51 am

        >> It’s as though Arabs and Moslems are beasts with whom one cannot speak or reason, you see?

        Makes sense. One does not attack, subdue, kill, enslave or control human beings; but one must have a firm hand when it comes to animals, beasts, savages and even cockroaches.

  12. ColinWright on July 11, 2012, 4:37 am

    If Romney does win in a squeaker, and the Israel vote made the difference, I wonder whether (a) anyone will point it out, and (b) what the repercussions will be?

    On the other hand, most of these voters are probably ‘residents’ of states that are going to go for Obama anyway. New Jersey, New York, California. There’s Florida: I suppose it could matter there.

    • chinese box on July 11, 2012, 8:29 am

      Yeah, that’s why they specifically mention Floridian-Israelis in the cartoon.

  13. Dan Crowther on July 11, 2012, 10:51 am

    Wait, so you can make the desert bloom from your Archie Bunker recliner? Well, sheeeit, maybe the Israeli’s are onto something. American Jews move to Israel for spiritual enlightenment and brotherhood, not to just sit around and watch the tube like, well, Americans….right?

    For me, the condominium-ization of the relationship between american jews and israel is one of the more repugnant injustices in the whole deal. Come to Israel, maybe just for the summer, it’s like you’ve never left the states! Who wants a second home in the ny mountains, when you can have one on the med (or, slightly inland from the med, in a wonderful little all jewish “neighborhood”). Its a theme park, a fully immersed interactive theme park where you can choose the kind of experience you want ahead of time. naive tourist, summer funner, earthy spiritualist, macho warrior, religious authoritarian, the list goes on.

    Wouldnt that be something, if a bunch of people in Israel ended up being a deciding factor? that would be the perfect indictment on our political system

  14. jayhawk against the occupation on July 11, 2012, 11:00 am

    Crap like this is why I have officially divorced myself from the jewish community. Seriously, even though my parents consider themselves culturally Jewish, I have done everything I possibly can to distance myself from anything having to do with Jews or Judaism. I am officially a gentile, but I certainly have no problem with Jews on an individual basis. If this makes people like me and Gilad Atzmon anti-semites, so be it! I would rather be thought of as an “anti-semite” than be associated with the evil crap that the organized American Jewish community is promoting and spreading!

    However, all this being said, I still can’t stomach the hatred of people like David Duke and Kevin MacDonald.

  15. BillM on July 11, 2012, 11:00 am

    Damn it feels to be a settler. They get Israeli government subsidized housing and services (a government subsidized by the US). They get to vote in BOTH American and Israeli elections. And yet they have no responsibilities to either country, or to the land in which they live.

    It’s a hell of a life.

  16. radii on July 11, 2012, 2:58 pm

    i would have thought participating in a terrorist act (being a settler or supporting them) would preclude you from the right to vote … and since so many black and latino communities in America are targeted with voter suppression ID laws, what photo ID do these American settlers have to show ??

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