A group of Jewish leaders announced that it was having a public meeting yesterday to discuss the 2008 presidential election. Representing John McCain: former secretary of state Lawrence Eagleburger. Representing Hillary Clinton: former White House official Ann Lewis. Representing Barak Obama: "a high-level representative of Barack Obama's presidential campaign (TBA)."
Finally, TBA was ID'd: Princeton professor Dan Kurtzer, a former ambassador to Israel.
"There's a question in the community that's unfortunately been stimulated and stirred about and played with in e-mails and innuendos and newspaper articles," he said, "that suggests that there's something wrong with Senator Obama's views about Jews, about Israel." He then suggested that Jews could relate to Obama's persecution. "There are nagging doubts, there are e-mails, there are innuendos: These are the kinds of things which we as a community have suffered over the years at the hands of anti-Semites."
It took a bit of chutzpah to play the anti-Semite for Obama -- but these are tense times for the senator from Audacity.
Security guards with Israeli accents turned away people at the door as the room overflowed.
McCain, Eagleburger added, "will not talk with the Syrians, will not talk with the Iranians, will not talk with Hamas and Hezbollah . . . He isn't going to push the Israelis."
Next question to Kurtzer: Obama's assertion that he needn't have a "Likud view"-- that of Israel's right-wing party -- to be pro-Israel. Kurtzer explained that Obama wanted to see a "plurality of views." Silence in the room.
To that, Lewis retorted: "The role of the president of the United States is to support the decisions that are made by the people of Israel. It is not up to us to pick and choose from among the political parties." The audience members applauded.
"The role of the president of the United States is to support the decisions that are made by the people of Israel.
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