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Sunday, September 21, 2008
Clip and save: Jews for withdrawal group(J Street): We Won! Palin Not Speaking at Iran Rally

Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA:

Why "clip and save"?

Because J Street, a relatively new pro-withdrawal * Jewish organization,
revealed its priorities.

And its priority is promoting their own political agenda - in this case the
promotion of the election of whoever happens to be running on the Democratic
ticket - over the interests and needs of the Jewish State.

J Street could have used its insider standing in the Democratic Party to get
the candidates to adjust their schedules and have even Obama show up at the
rally or at least convince Clinton to show (with the spin that they
convinced her that the Iran issue was bigger than American politics).

But instead of building for the benefit of Israel - and turning the Iran
rally into an event of magnitudes greater impact - they took the low
destructive road and knocked out the headliners for the rally.

But they didn't.

And now that they have revealed that politics is more important than Israel
to J Street, anything they advocate is subject to question.

Do they support "X" because the genuinely believe it is in Israel's
interests or are they pushing it to serve another agenda?

* Why "pro withdrawal" rather than "pro peace"? Because that's what they
support. And by the same token that "Peace Now" really means "Withdrawal
Now" this group supports withdrawal without any serious concern for the
consequences.]

We Won! Palin Not Speaking at Iran Rally
J Street
http://jstreet.org:80/campaigns/we-won-palin-not-speaking-iran-rally

We collected over 20,000 signatures in 24 hours asking Iran Unity rally
organizer Malcolm Hoenlein to take Sarah Palin off the schedule for Monday's
rally, and he caved to our pressure on Thursday afternoon citing the fact
that the rally had become too partisan.

This is the right decision. A unity rally to express communal solidarity is
no place for partisan politics. And to give such prominence to Sarah Palin
alone would have spoken neither to, nor for, the American Jewish community.

This is a victory not just for the 20,188 others who signed J Street's
petition. It's a victory for the broader community. And we're pleased the
rally's organizers came to their senses so quickly.

Victories like these don't come easily - or often. But when they do, we
should savor them, at least briefly.

We'll be back at it tomorrow, because our next task is making sure that the
messages at the rally reflect the view of a majority of Americans - Jewish
and otherwise - that the best way to deal with Iran is through tough, smart
diplomacy - not saber rattling and threats of force.

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