By Josh Pasek
The Republican Jewish Coalition wants to tell everyone that they are “connecting the dots” when it comes to Obama and Israel. They try to stress that what they are doing is putting together relevant facts that need to be “considered” rather than dismissed. But when the RJC seeks to examine a record like Obama’s they never talk about the whole picture. They ignore Obama’s voting record on Israel-related bills, disregard Obama’s actual mideast advisors like Dan Shapiro and Dannis McDonough, and make bold and often unsourced claims about Obama’s viewpoints .
It is no surprise that the RJC can find a couple of dots and weave them into a story that sounds incriminating. Indeed, we could easily do the same with John McCain:
- McCain actively recruited the support of the controversial pastor John Hagee , who claimed that the Jews were at fault for both Jesus’ death and the Holocaust .
- Fred Malek, the man charged with counting the number of Jews in the Bureau of Labor statistics for Nixon , is a national finance co-chairman for McCain, who declared him “an inspiring public servant who has served our nation well” .
- McCain failed to support the Iran Sanctions Enabling Act which would have authorized state and local governments to divest from companies that invest in Iran [S.1430, thomas.loc.gov]. He similarly opposed a bill restricting business ties with Iran .
- McCain suggested in an interview with Haaretz that he would dispatch “Brent Scowcroft or James Baker” to deal with Israeli-Palestinian issues and that Israel should make “concessions and sacrifices” .
- Another McCain advisor, Thomas Loeffler, only left the campaign earlier this year when it became obvious that he was a critical lobbyist on behalf of Saudi Arabia .
How should we interpret these facts? We could “connect the dots” like the RJC and start telling American Jews that McCain has bought into an eschatological vision, wants to compromise Israel’s security, or wants to keep tabs on all the Jews in government. But we know that these very disturbing facts are not the whole story of John McCain. It’s a shame that the RJC is only willing to pursue the dots that fulfill their ideological goals. Indeed, the bigger picture tells a very different tale.