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Posted: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 9:58 am

US officials directly involved in Israeli politics

The editorial of Feb. 2 (“The New Pew study”) noted that Democrats in general and many American Jews were upset by Prime Minister Netanyahu interfering in American politics, speaking directly to Congress over the 2015 Iran deal. Perhaps they forgot that in 2016, President Obama flew to England where he threatened the British that they would be herded to “the end of the queue” of U.S. trading partners if they voted for Brexit. Or they didn’t read the bipartisan Senate committee report (released in July 16) noting that the Obama/Kerry State Department gave $350,000 taxpayer dollars to an Israeli group called One Voice, which used their infrastructure and their resources through another Israeli group called Victory 15, to launch a grassroots campaign to elect “anybody but Bibi” in 2015. Or they weren’t aware that Jeremy Bird, Obama’s 2012 national field director, went to Israel in 2015 to manage a grassroots campaign to oust the PM. Perhaps the former President and the Democrats (Jewish and otherwise) should look in the mirror before castigating Israel for similar (and less intrusive) activities.

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