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ISRAEL: The Obama Jewish debate heats up

Viewers of one of Israel's nightly news programs were treated to an interesting sight Sunday evening.

There was comedian Sarah Silverman, in her full R-rated glory, announcing "If Barack Obama doesn'tSilverman_2 become the next president of the United States, I'm going to blame the Jews."

Silverman's Internet video appeals to leery Jewish voters to rally behind Obama. It also calls for young American Jews to perform "The Great Schlep" to Florida to encourage (with blackmail if necessary)  their grandparents to do the same.

Barack_obama_2 Right-wing Jewish groups quickly fired launched a counter-campaign in the form of venerable comedian Jackie Mason. Within a day, the Republican Jewish Coalition posted a video of Mason pronouncing Silverman "a sick yenta" and encouraging Jewish voters to ignore her and vote their conscience.

This intra-Jewish back and forth has naturally drawn lots of attention in Israel, which in addition to being heavily invested in U.S. foreign policy is also home to an estimated 150,000 American citizens.

Mccain With anxiety over Iranian nuclear ambitions a daily issue here, McCain might expect to appeal to many of those voters with his tougher stance on negotiations with Tehran.

But the Jews for Obama campaign also has a few roots in Israel. Two weeks ago, a group called Israelis for Obama posted their own YouTube video. Now a new video is making the rounds from the pro-Obama Jewish Council for Education and Research -- the same group that's sponsoring The Great Schlep campaign.

According to Haaretz newspaper, the ad will feature comments by several Israeli politicians and former security officials. However, the newspaper also reports that two of those officials have objected that their comments were taken out of context and said they didn't know they were being filmed for a pro-Obama ad. 

— Ashraf Khalil in Jerusalem

Obama and McCain photos courtesy of U.S. Congress

Silverman photo courtesy of Normal Bob Smith via Wikimedia Commons

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Sen. Obama's choice of foreign policy advisors, campaign aides, and friends should give pause to anyone concerned about Israel's survival, especially given the Iranian nuclear threat. Power, Brzezinski, McPeak, Bonior, Malley, Asbahi, Husaini, Wright, Khalidi, Sharpton, and Carter are all demonstrably anti-Israel. Read details at http://www.obamaknowledge.com/2008/10/the-election-and-israels-future.html

THIS COUNTRY WILL GO INTO A RIOT IF WE CANNOT SEE THE VIDEO OF OBAMA-MAMA.
HE NIS QUILTY AND WHEN WE SEE IT AFTER THE ELECTION, THAT'S WHAT WILL HAPPEN. I THINK THE LA TIMES ARE CRAZY. THEY SAY THEY OWE IT TO OBAMA NOT TO SHOW THE VIDEO. GUILTY. NO, THEY DON'T OWE OBAMA ANYTHING, HE IS A RACIST LIAR AND IF HE BECOMES ELECTED, TERRORISTS WILL COME TO ATTACK. THE LA TIMES OWES IT TO THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES.

do the comments have to be left wing radical tp be approved?

McCain linked to private group in Iran-Contra case,the U.S. Council for World Freedom which was part of an international organization linked to former Nazi collaborators and ultra-right-wing death squads in Central America.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081007/ap_on_el_pr/mccain_iran_contra;_ylt=Ak68SmKcqvLndIjYniWqjcUDW7oF

Where is the Obama video showing Obama applauding the Palestinian professor saying the government of Israel are terrorists? and why aren't Jewish groups up in arms about the LA times reporter not releasing the video of Obama supporting this blantant anti Jewish activity?

Bold moves make the difference. Trying to maintain the status quo especially when things are not going well doesn’t make sense. Anwar Sadat took that unpredictable step and made the difference. Thus, as an Israeli I’m convince that an Obama administration will be more willing to make bold moves that will help Israel move toward the desired peace. Check this out: http://www.israelisforobama.org

Slautering Palestinians year after year at a ratio of 8 to 1 and then claiming Israel is a victim of Palestinian Terror and anti-semitism is laughable by any logic, religion, or creed. Not even the jewish torah allows killing beyond an eye for an eye. Those who support Israel are supporting a terrorist government.

A shot across the bows

Paul Begala, in a shot on Meet the Press that sounds like something other than an offhand remark, suggests an Obama comeback to an expected McCain ad blitz on the Ayers relationship.

Obama, he was asked about this in a debate in the primaries with Hillary Clinton sitting there, and George Stephanopoulos of ABC asked him about it. He answered it, pointed out that the despicable acts this guy committed were committed when apparently Barack Obama was eight years old.

And I think Governor Palin here is making a strategic mistake. This guilt by association path is going to be trouble ultimately for the McCain campaign. You know, you can go back, I have written a book about McCain, I had a dozen researchers go through him, I didn't even put this in the book.

But John McCain sat on the board of a very right-wing organization, it was the U.S. Council for World Freedom, it was chaired by a guy named John Singlaub, who wound up involved in the Iran contra scandal. It was an ultra conservative, right-wing group.

The Anti-Defamation League, in 1981 when McCain was on the board, said this about this organization. It was affiliated with the World Anti-Communist League - the parent organization - which ADL said "has increasingly become a gathering place, a forum, a point of contact for extremists, racists and anti-Semites."

Now, that's not John McCain, I don't think he is that. But you know, the problem is that a lot of people know John McCain's record better than Governor Palin. And he does not want to play guilt by association or this thing could blow up in his face.

The guilt-by-association attacks on Obama are as much about tapping into a range of hazier doubts as they are about the details of any given charge, so I'm not sure they'd work on the better-known McCain.

There is no shortage of mud like this on both sides, though, from Ayers and Rezko to Gordon Liddy and the Alaska Independence Party.

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You can find more about the World Anti-Communist League on page 291 of my book, Dossier Secreto: Argentina's Desaparecidos and the Myth of the "Dirty War."

In it I point out that at the Fourth Congress of the Latin American Anti-Communist Confederation (CAL), a World Anti-Communist League affliliate, participants included Salvadoran death squad leader Roberto D'Aubuisson; his Guatemalan peer, the neofascist Mario Sandoval Alarcon, and a representative of the Alpha 66 Cuban-exile terrorist organization.

The CAL included a secret Mexican society called TECOS, whose dogma U.S. columnist Jack Anderson later exposed and which "made enemies of Jews, Jesuits, and communists--with a bit of medieval Nordic mythology thrown in for good measure. CAL-TECOS propaganda, published in their magazine, Replica, aired weird stores about Jews, witches, drug addicts and homosexuals taking over the Vatican. During his visit to Mexico, Pope John Paul II was elevated by the propagandists from a homosexual drug addict to the anti-Christ."

Replica had once listed Stefano Della Chiaie, the Italian narcoterrorist who worked with fugitive German Nazi Klaus Barbie in Bolivia, as one of its foreign correspondents.

thanks, Martin EdwincAndersen--jonnybullet

Let's compare.

Obama was 8 years old when a guy he later knew in Chicago planned bombings. Obama had nothing to do with the plans.

McCain was an adult aged 52, and a US Senator representing Americans, when he himself executed corruption that led to bank meltdown of Lincoln Savings and Loans and cost American taxpayers $2 billion out of their own pocket to bail out the bank. Sound familiar? Obviously, that is relevant to today's economic crisis.

Mr. Ayers donated two hundred dollars to Obama's campaign, as a personal choice, with no strings attached.
Mr. Keating donated $112,000.00 to McCain, in return for policy changes of deregulation, that taxpayers never voted for.

That's a stronger "association" to a criminal, for which McCain was investigated by the Senate Ethics Committee, than a mere "co-existence" where Obama happened to live near and work with some guy in his hometown.

In articles where you discuss Obama's co-existence with a questionable character, perhaps it would be useful and fair to also include an apples-to-apples comparison of the characters that McCain "associates" with.

America is better than this. p.s c/brooklyn

Sarah Silverman has no idea what she is doing. Does she remember Abraham and the covenant God made with all of Israel?

I live in Orlando and I have never seen such anger at a candidate as I have seen at Obama. At RH services last week, there was a man with an Obama kippah and he was literally booed after services. We live in a fairly conservative part of Florida and temple members are overwhelmingly voting for McCain (not our rabbi though!!!)


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