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Because Rep. Jones voted ‘present’ on Israel aid, lobby group runs attack ad with burning flag

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They’re at it again! Last week the Emergency Committee for Israel released another scary attack ad for weakness in supporting Israel aimed at North Carolina Republican congressman Walter Jones, who faces a primary next month.

What was his transgression? He has the backing of an “anti-Israel” group, J Street. And, per JTA’s report: 

ECI, in its ad, notes that Jones in 2012 was the sole Republican abstaining on the “U.S.-Israel Enhanced Security Act,” which would have established even closer military relationships between the two nations. The bill passed overwhelmingly, 411-2, with nine abstaining. The only other Republican not voting in favor was Ron Paul, who voted against.

The ad also notes Jones’ vote against a 2012 Iran sanctions bill, which passed overwhelmingly with only five House Republicans and one Democrat opposed.

The Republican Jewish Coalition has endorsed Jones’s opponent.

Jones has been a profile in courage with respect to neoconservatism. Heturned against the Iraq war because he had to write letters to the families of fallen soldiers, and had lost the ability to try and justify the loss as a gain for national security.

Breitbart reports:

Noah Pollak, the executive director of ECI, said the footage of the burning flags was used to show that “most of our enemies view the US and Israel as being a common enemy and being stand-ins for each other.”

Even the JTA is questioning the use of the burning flag in its headline and its piece:

J Street’s political director, Dan Kalik, dismissed the ad’s dramatic imagery as an attention-grabbing tactic.

“It seems like every time they make an ad there’s a mushroom cloud or a burning American flag,” Kalik said.

I’d like to say that ECI doesn’t really count. There are fewer than 2000 hits on that youtube ad, though it came out last week. But Bill Kristol remains a force inside the Republican Party, as David Corn said last night on Chris Matthews (though both host and guest avoided the Israel question, as per usual).

Thanks to Icarus Verum.

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  1. Citizen
    Citizen
    April 8, 2014, 11:24 am

    This has been going on since the Zionists threatened Truman they would give their moneybags of donations to Dewey if Truman didn’t support the Zionist agenda. (At the time Truman had no money to finance his campaign and was low in the polls.)

  2. American
    American
    April 8, 2014, 11:56 am

    Been waiting for this but havent seen the ad airing around here yet.
    Getting ready to call his local office to see what they have to say about it….if anything interesting I will post it.

  3. John Douglas
    John Douglas
    April 8, 2014, 12:07 pm

    One Republican Congressman may not seem like much but even one unseating attributed to The Lobby can be milked for years as a threat over the cowardly necks of U. S. politicians. People still talk about Charles Percy’s loss, supposedly at the hands of the Lobby.

    • lysias
      lysias
      April 8, 2014, 5:34 pm

      Cynthia McKinney is a much more recent example than Percy.

  4. American
    American
    April 8, 2014, 12:45 pm

    Spoke to Jones local and DC office.
    They say they expect even more attack ads from Israel interest but intend to stick to America First message and let chips fall where they may.

    • CloakAndDagger
      CloakAndDagger
      April 8, 2014, 10:10 pm

      @ American

      If I was in your state, I would not only vote for him, I would let it be known far and wide that I was voting for him because he was demonstrably not an Israel-firster.

    • RoHa
      RoHa
      April 10, 2014, 6:09 am

      There’s an American politician who puts America first? Isn’t that unconstitutional or something?

  5. pabelmont
    pabelmont
    April 8, 2014, 12:53 pm

    This is the BIG threat. Hope he survives it.

    AIPAC spends rather little on support for the people who knuckle under, but reserves the BIG money for punishment. I wonder if BIG0-BANKS, BIG-OIL, etc., do it the same way.

    • Kay24
      Kay24
      April 8, 2014, 1:00 pm

      Seems like political candidates are now targeted, not only as a punishment for being anti zionist, but also to serve as a warning to others, you’d better toe the zionist line, or else! I cannot believe that Americans have allowed this alien rogue state, to have so much of influence over our political system, especially when we do not interfere with theirs.

      • April 9, 2014, 8:35 am

        Of course, if AIPAC et al attack Jones and he wins….

      • brenda
        brenda
        April 10, 2014, 9:50 am

        The Americans did a bit of messing about in Israeli politics during the course of the Kerry mission. Netanyahu’s right wing government doesn’t have much reserve in the Knesset. Out of 120 seats, Netanyahu controls 61. Nearly half of the Israeli government supports a peace deal with the Palestinians. The Americans were trying to exploit the fracture lines, maybe still are. That’s one reason why Kerry was so viciously attacked over the course of his time there — because he nearly succeeded.

  6. Hostage
    Hostage
    April 8, 2014, 1:43 pm

    Jones has been a profile in courage with respect to neoconservatism. Heturned against the Iraq war because he had to write letters to the families of fallen soldiers, and had lost the ability to try and justify the loss as a gain for national security.

    I’ve commented in the past, that sadly, Iraqi deaths didn’t seem to bother Jones too much. The President signed Walter Jones’ “War Crimes Act” into law on August 21, 1996 which finally provided enabling legislation for the Geneva Conventions of 1949.

    Ironically, Jones subsequently came to the defense of his constituent Lt. Pantano who had shot two prisoners to death after ordering them to search their own car. They began speaking Arabic to one another, supposedly arousing Pantano’s suspicion. Tellingly, Pantano left a sign on the car above the corpses that said, “No better friend, No worse enemy”.

    Jones introduced House Resolution 167 which expressed the support of the House of Representatives for Pantano and called on President Bush to support Pantano’s actions.

    • American
      American
      April 8, 2014, 9:04 pm

      ”I’ve commented in the past, that sadly, Iraqi deaths didn’t seem to bother Jones too much. The President signed Walter Jones’ “War Crimes Act” into law on August 21, 1996 which finally provided enabling legislation for the Geneva Conventions of 1949” …Hostage

      I agree and let him know. Jones has been very affected by all the funerals he has attended for Camp LeJeune marines killed since 2003—he has attended every single one in NC and I think it got the better of his judgement in that case and he has some PTSD himself ….especially since he was for the war before he was against it.

  7. David Doppler
    David Doppler
    April 8, 2014, 3:55 pm

    I think having the ECI running such ads against one could rapidly turn into a plus, although a rural North Carolina Republican district may not be the best ground to chose for a symbolic fight between the Lobby’s Goliath and an America First David. It takes courage to stand up to that kind of onslaught, but a guy who knows himself, and isn’t afraid to point out the damage that Israel is doing to the US military could be all that’s needed to expose the Lobby as that con man behind the curtain. That’s a compelling story about why he turned against the War in Iraq, and there’s a chance that the Lobby, consistent with Netanyahu’s chronic ham-handedness, are about to be seen more broadly as the ill-advised buffoons and bullies that they are. Which side does Thomas Friedman and the NYTimes take on such a public contest between ECI and J Street? They could totally legitimize Jones in standing up as an America Firster against the Adelsen funded swaggering oligarchists.

    I’m beginning to believe the Dems best hope in November is that the NYT-Friedman-and their long media train decide to savage the Likud-Neocon-Adelsen-Settler enterprise alliance, in favor of Obama-J Street, and open up freedom for American Jews to distance themselves from the ongoing war crimes being committed in their name in the Middle East. There’s no more deserving crowd to own accountability for those war crimes, and once the liberal elites and the majority of American Jews draw the line separating themselves from such corruption, the war of ideas in the middle east will be over.

  8. Shingo
    Shingo
    April 8, 2014, 5:34 pm

    How I wish someone would run an attack add against ECI.

    Just imagine the material that could be used against them? How they were the war criminals who lied is into war and tried to lie us into a war with Iean. How they are all chickenhawks who never served but are only too happy to send Americans off to die for Israel.

    And then ending with the call for Congress to investigate their source of funding.

    • American
      American
      April 8, 2014, 9:31 pm

      Shingo says:

      April 8, 2014 at 5:34 pm

      How I wish someone would run an attack add against ECI.
      >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

      You wish is my command….worked on it all day long….not an ad but flyers at least, 700 of them will be ready by Saturday.
      Sunday morning there will a flyer on every car parked at every church in town and on Monday one on every car in every business complex and city and county office parking lots in town. A second batch of 1000 will go for the more upscale shopping centers –if I don’t get too much grief for littering from the city.
      The flyer explains why ‘The Emergency Committee” for Israel is attacking Jones, recounts the attack by ECI on Chuck Hagel for SOD for not being loyal enough to Israel, including Hagel’s famous remark …”I am a US Senator , not a Israeli Senator” Also incorporates the Sheldon Adelson GOP Primary to stress the ‘over all’ effort of Israel loyalist to handpick US politicians who will carry out Israeli interest. Also quotes Adelson’s famous remarks about his regret of serving in the US army instead of for Israel….with The American Conservative site address as the source.
      It says Vote for American interest not for the foreign country of Israel’s interest.
      We’ll see how it goes.

      • Shingo
        Shingo
        April 10, 2014, 4:30 am

        That’s amazing American. Inspirational.

        Now if we could find a way to run adds on TV to respond to every ECI add attacking politicians who don’t put Israel first.

      • brenda
        brenda
        April 10, 2014, 9:39 am

        thanks, American

  9. Les
    Les
    April 8, 2014, 8:25 pm

    If he dares, he may be the first politician to successfully use the campaign slogan that if AIPAC opposes him, Jones must be doing something right.

  10. riyadh
    riyadh
    April 9, 2014, 7:53 pm

    LOL at J Street being “anti-Israel”

  11. brenda
    brenda
    April 10, 2014, 9:38 am

    Thanks for the report, Phil. This is the crux of the matter and always has been. We’re not going anywhere as a nation until AIPAC is recognized, treated as and lawfully registered as a foreign lobby. That’s not going to happen until the Israel-Palestine “conflict” is settled. AIPAC’s power depends on a perpetual state of emergency, an Israel perpetually threatened rather than being peacefully integrated into the region.

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