The Jewish Council for Education and Research is desperately trying to make Jewish voters forget that almost every foreign policy adviser that Senator Obama has is either anti-Israel and/or anti-Semitic. This group is the one responsible for Sarah Silverman’s “great schlep” ad. Now the group is taking a new approach, FRAUD. Their new commercial uses quotes from military leaders in Israel to endorse Senator Obama. There is only one problem, some of the quoted leaders are beginning to speak publicly that their quotes were taken out of context and they have no intention of endorsing Senator Obama. Come on Jewish Council for Education and Research, do you really need to commit fraud when Yom Kippur is just a few days away? Read the full story from the left-leaning Israeli paper Ha’aretz below:
U.S. Jewish committee recruits former Israeli defense officials for pro-Obama ad By Natasha Mozgovaya, Haaretz Correspondent, and News Agencies
A Jewish political action committee that supports Barack Obama’s bid for the American presidency has “recruited” former senior Israeli defense officials to the campaign by collating flattering statements about the Democratic senator from seven such officials into a new advertisement that will begin running on Monday.
However, it seems that some participants – including former Mossad chief Ephraim Halevy and Brigadier General (res.) Uzi Dayan – were unaware they were aiding an Obama campaign ad.
The ad was produced by the Jewish Council for Education and Research, which is already responsible for two other projects aimed at attracting Jewish voters to Obama, JewsVote.org and the Great Schlep.
The new effort is meant to reassure Jews who fear that Obama’s conciliatory approach to diplomacy will result in his being soft on terrorists, and hence bad for Israel.
The ad opens by declaring that men who have risked their lives for Israel will now explain their choice for the U.S. presidency. This is followed by quotes from the former officials, along with pictures of them during their service.
“Eight years of the Bush regime that according to the accepted criteria was supportive of Israel, the most friendly president in the history of Israeli-American relations, in my opinion caused major damage to the interests of Israel,” said Brigadier General (res.) Shlomo Brom.
“Most probably, Barack Obama will be a better president for Israel than Mr. McCain, because it seems that the policies of Mr. McCain will be too close to the current policies of Mr. Bush, that are not so helpful to Israel, to say the least,” he said.
Former Mossad Senior Officer Yossi Alpher said: “McCain, one has to presume, on the basis of what I’ve heard him say, will more or less maintain the same pose that the Bush administration has adopted, which has failed.”
“The Bush Doctrine has created the current situation where the fundamentalist Islamic forces are getting stronger, as well as the radical forces of Hamas, and the Islamic Jihadists,” said Brigadier General (res.) Shaul Arieli.
“I would say that an American president, in my personal opinion, needs actually to be engaged with Iran,” said Dayan, Likud Knesset candidate and nephew of the famed general Moshe Dayan.
“You can’t not talk to the Iranians and then one day attack them. I’m not saying give in to them, because ultimately, you need to stop Iran from reaching nuclear capability.”
“I think that Obama is a breath of fresh air,” said Ephraim Halevy.
“Given their intimate understanding of Israel’s security situation, these widely respected officials and officers speak with great authority,” said Mik Moore, co-Executive Director of the Jewish Council for Education and Research, the organization that produced the video. “We will do our best to make sure that anyone voting in this election that cares about Israel’s future sees this film before November 4.”
But some of participants, apparently were unaware they were aiding a campaign ad. Dayan, for instance, claimed on Sunday that he had no idea he was appearing in the ad, that his words had been taken out of context, and that he neither supports nor opposes Obama, as he opposes any Israeli involvement in American politics.
“I never said I support Obama or his opinions,” Dayan said. “They interviewed me in early July and said the interview would be devoted to questions of Middle East policy that would be on the new president’s desk … I don’t know what I’m doing in a campaign video.”
He added that he has asked the council to remove him from the clip and that he would consider his next moves after receiving its response.
Halevy also denied ever having expressed support for Obama. “I said he’s a fresh, interesting personality and so forth, but I also said positive things about McCain,” Halevy said. “I told them I thought it was inappropriate for an Israeli to express an opinion on who should be president of the U.S. I learned of this only today, and it angers me. I think it was an improper use of the interview with me, and I will demand
that they correct it.