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.
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.