Good Politiico piece in that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu essentially chose President Obama a few weeks ago (Politically) in toning down his attack Iran camapign to agree with the American positon of MORE sanctions as a course of action….
Romney will bring up Israel in the Monday debate….
But in fact Isael and the United States ARE on the same page on Iran….
David Harris, who heads the National Jewish Democratic Committee, acknowledged that the level of intensity behind the GOP’s Israel message could mean that some Jews “fall prey to outright lies and distortions about the president’s record on Israel.”
“The vilification has just become repugnant and repulsive and deeply damaging,” Harris said. “If there were a Democratic presidential candidate that were anti-Israel, that would be a problem. That’s how Ronald Reagan did so well … But since that’s not the case, [Jewish voters] don’t have to make a choice when it comes to Israel and dealing with Iran.”
In the eyes of his fellow Democrats, Obama has also been thwarted and undermined by an Israeli head of government who has tiptoed right up to the edge of endorsing Romney’s campaign. Several Democratic strategists fumed over what they view as theatrical ploys by Netanyahu to undercut Obama: his warm reception of Romney in Israel over the summer, as well as his public demand for a meeting with Obama at the United Nations General Assembly in New York this fall.
Obama didn’t grant Netanyahu — or any other foreign leaders — a meeting, a decision Romney now routinely criticizes.
Democratic campaign veteran Tad Devine, who advised Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s 1999 campaign for prime minister, said Netanyahu had taken an “unprecedented” gamble by meddling directly in U.S. electoral politics.
“I can’t remember an Israeli prime minister being so transparently political about a choice in a U.S. presidential election, as Netanyahu has been in this one,”Share on Facebook