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AIPAC Holds Fundraiser for Supporter of Anti-Israel Iran Deal

is no longer a bipartisan issue for the most part. While there are still some Democrats that may support Israel in dealing with its mortal threat from outside and within, Zionists cannot depend on the majority of Democrats any more.

It surely has become a bizarre world when , a formerly pro-Israel lobbying organization, can actually financially support Senator Chris Coons after his shameful vote for the . How can someone who cares about Israel participate with AIPAC in any capacity whatsoever?

This article below demonstrates the importance of having a pro-Israel President in the White House instead of one whose sympathies lie with the enemies of America and Israel. And there is no greater friend to Israel among all the 2016 Presidential candidates than , the 2004 Grand Marshal of the Salute to Israel Parade.

The excerpted details are from the Jerusalem Post:

Democratic Senator Chris Coons from Delaware betrayed his backers and his voters when at the end of the summer, as the Senate returned from recess, he announced that he was supporting President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran.

Coons announced his decision in an address at the University of Delaware. There Coons acknowledged that the deal was terrible for America. He detailed all the ways the deal harms US national security and places US allies, including Israel, at grave risk.

“Frankly, this is not the agreement I hoped for,” Coons began.

In an interview with The Washington Post, Coons admitted that by supporting the deal, he was betraying his supporters and friends. Coons recounted to the paper how after holding a meeting with the Wilmington Jewish community, “a friend of more than 20 years told him to never speak to him again if he voted for a deal the friend believed would put Israel in grave danger because of the potential of an Iranian nuclear weapon.”

Coons explained to the reporter, “This is, for them, a matter of life and death. That’s not light, that’s not easy.”

But at the end of the day, he didn’t care. Coons spit at his friend and his supporters and announced he would vote for the deal.

According to a report by Bloomberg reporter Eli Lake, AIPAC has decided to let bygones be bygones.

According to Lake’s report, earlier this month AIPAC held a fundraiser for Coons in New York with donors from the real estate industry.

Sean Coit, a Coons spokesman, told Lake, “I think even those who disagree with his decision on the nuclear agreement recognize that he remains a strong friend of Israel and the pro-Israel community.”

Well, he’s a strong friend of Israel if you consider someone to be a friend of Israel who supports a deal that his pro-Israel friends consider to be an existential threat to Israel.

In other words, he’s a friend of Israel if being pro-Israel means being anti-Israel.

Democrats in general are overjoyed with AIPAC’s decision to back a politician who openly admits he sold Israel down the river.

The truth is that AIPAC is in a miserable position. As Lake acknowledged, the group, which has rightly worked to secure and cultivate bipartisan support for Israel, has been railroaded for six-and-a-half years by the Obama administration. The White House has worked relentlessly to make Israel a partisan issue and has repeatedly hung AIPAC out to dry and undercut it at every turn.

And the damage has taken its toll. AIPAC and its supporters have far less influence among Democratic lawmakers than they did when Obama entered office.

AIPAC’s decision to fund raise for Coons shows that at this dangerous crossroads, AIPAC is exercising bad judgment.

By fundraising for Coons, AIPAC is helping Obama transform Israel into a partisan issue. If AIPAC wants Democrats to support Israel they should seek out and support Democratic candidates who will support Israel – even when the chips are down. Among incumbent Democrats, they should limit their support to those who opposed the Iran deal.

What message are Democratic Senators Chuck Schumer, Ben Cardin, Joe Manchin and Robert Menendez, who endangered their standing in their party by opposing Obama’s Iran deal to take from AIPAC’s fundraiser for Coons? The obvious message to them is that they were stupid to stick their necks out. If AIPAC is no longer willing to limit its support to Democrats who actually support Israel then it is no longer a pro-Israel organization in any real sense. Rather, it is a partisan organization that will support Democrats regardless of their position on Israel.

In other words, AIPAC is saying that it exercises double standards. Whereas the pro-Israel lobby expects Republican lawmakers to support Israel, it supports and fundraises for Democratic lawmakers who oppose Israel.

And, if AIPAC abandons its expectations of Republicans, as its fundraiser for Coons indicates it has for Democrats, and supports anti-Israel politicians regardless of their partisan pedigree, then AIPAC will cease to function as a pro-Israel organization at all.

If AIPAC wants to remain relevant, (or reinstate its relevance) in Washington, it needs to follow a simple rule. It must support those who support Israel and oppose those who oppose Israel.

Chris Coons voted for a deal that constitutes a mortal threat to Israel and to the US-Israel alliance. He is not a supporter of Israel. And neither are his 41 Democratic Senate colleagues who supported the deal.

But lots of other Democrats do support Israel. It is AIPAC’s job to find them, support them and stand by them. This it must do first and foremost by exacting a price from those who failed to stand up and be counted last summer when the chips were down.

 

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