“In a rare comment on internal Israeli politics.” But they never made a “rare comment” when Barack Obama was running for President, despite his notorious antisemitic friends, including Louis Farrakhan, Jeremiah Wright, Rashid Khalidi, etc., or his vicious anti-Semitic policies. AIPAC only fears and opposes proud, uncompromising Jews, not Jew-haters, no matter how noxious and dangerous.
“AIPAC slams ‘racist and reprehensible’ extremist party wooed by Netanyahu,” Times of Israel, February 22, 2019 (thanks to Mark):
WASHINGTON — In a rare comment on internal Israeli politics, AIPAC and the AJC, two mainstream US Jewish organizations, condemned the recent merger deal between the Jewish Home party with the extremist Otzma Yehudit party, a move that was midwifed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The deal could see the entrance of at least one lawmaker from the party of Meir Kahane’s disciples into the 21st Knesset after the April elections.
In a statement late Thursday the American Jewish Committee said the “views of Otzma Yehudit are reprehensible. They do not reflect the core values that are the very foundation of the State of Israel.”
AJC said that while it did not “normally comment on political parties and candidates during an election” after the union it felt “compelled to speak out.”
“Historically, the views of extremist parties, reflecting the extreme left or the extreme right, have been firmly rejected by mainstream parties, even if the electoral process of Israel’s robust democracy has enabled their presence, however small, in the Knesset,” the carefully worded statement said.
It did not mention the Jewish Home party by name or Netanyahu, who was instrumental in pushing the two parties to unite.
On Friday, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the powerful pro-Israel lobby, retweeted the AJC statement.
“We agree with AJC. AIPAC has a longstanding policy not to meet with members of this racist and reprehensible party,” it said.
It was not immediately clear if this policy would now be extended to the Jewish Home party.
Netanyahu is expected to speak at AIPAC’s annual conference in late March.
Israeli political analyst Tal Schneider said this was a massive rebuke for Netanyahu. “In terms of the relationship between the prime minister and Jewish organizations in the Diaspora, this is a sonic boom,” she wrote….
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