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J Street goes to bat for Sestak

J Street goes to bat for Sestak

The liberal-leaning Israel policy group J Street is boosting Congressman Joe Sestak (D-7) with a new TV ad, noting that the Democratic Senate candidate “consistently votes for aid to Israel.”

The ad comes as Sestak’s campaign remains in a pitched battle with local TV stations over the negative spot being run against him by a new conservative Israel policy group. The issue took center-stage Monday when Sestak rolled out supporters from the Jewish community during an appearance in Philadelphia.

J Street had previously endorsed Sestak, and while the organization did not disclose the precise size of the ad buy, it said the 30-second spot “in major media markets” across the state.

“Congressman Joe Sestak, as a former admiral and national security expert, has been rock-solid in his support of Israel in Congress,” J Street president Jeremy Ben-Ami said in a statement. “We refuse to sit idly by as Bill Kristol, Gary Bauer and others launch baseless attacks on his record and views.”

See the ad below.

July 20, 2010 at 12:32 pm Staff



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  1. TB

    Jul 20th, 2010

    I’d rather burn money than send it to Israel.

  2. David Diano

    Jul 20th, 2010

    I prefer J Street’s approach to Israel over AIPAC’s.
    AIPAC is the stronger lobby and has the attitude “Israel right or wrong” and has dominated misguided US policies that catered to Israel due to political influence, rather than superior policies.

    J Street acknowledges Israel’s missteps and is not afraid to criticize Israel, in order to correct flawed policies.

    I’m not sure how this helps Sestak, since J Street is at odds with AIPAC on the approach and Toomey going for the voters influenced by AIPAC.

  3. Bill

    Jul 21st, 2010

    Toomey and his right-wing friends are always trying to paint the D’s as “anti-Israel.” Usually, it doesn’t work, and it won’t work this time, either, because Joe Sestak’s record in support of Israel and peace in the Middle East is clear.

  4. David Diano

    Jul 21st, 2010

    Joe’s supported War in the Middle East, not peace. Voted TWICE to give Bush a blank check on Iraq, and opposed Obama on setting timetables. Can’t get much clearer than that.

    J Street has the right approach, but that approach is often falsely portrayed as anti-Israel because it advocates for new ideas that differ from current policy.

  5. Tim

    Jul 21st, 2010

    If Sestak was smart I don’t think he would run many ads with Obama in them. I know this wasn’t done by him, but I have to assume he ok’d it.

  6. ChescoTom

    Jul 22nd, 2010

    This ad does nothing to refute head on the points made by the previous ad. Its complete misdirection. I expect nothing less from J Street — a group very close to George Soros, no friend of Israel.

    I feel sorry for this group. They are being used as a tool by those seeking to undermine the security of Israel. Look no further than the list of donors that makes up their finance committee.

    Sestak would be right to denounce this group and affirm his support for Israel, if in fact he held such views. Based on the latest ad exchanges, it remains in doubt.

  7. TB

    Jul 22nd, 2010

    @ChescoTom You are nothing but another hoodwinked Republican sheep that’s been suckered into supporting Israel by the bogus arguments that 1) Israel is of vital strategic importance to the United States, and 2) the United States has a moral obligation to Israel.

    The security of Israel is not the problem of the United States. It is the problem of Israel. They habitually provoke their neighbors instead of pursuing a path to peace.

  8. AJW

    Jul 23rd, 2010

    TB, you are ignorant. I don’t think anything that I can say to you will change that, so I will not even try.

    “J Street” is a far-left organization that does not represent any mainstream philosophy. These socialist nut-cases are trying to make people believe that they represent the vast majority of Jewqs when in fact that represent a small (but unfortunately vocal) minority of the community. The organization resorts to lies and half-truths regarding their agenda.

    I wasn’t sure who to support in the upcoming Pennsylvania Senate race until J Street took a position. As Jewish Pennsylvanian, I want to thank J Street for letting me know what side of the fence they stand on. Because of their position, I will be voting for Toomey.

  9. TB

    Jul 23rd, 2010

    The truth? The truth is that unconditional financial and military support for the state of Israel serves no short term or long term strategic benefit to the United States. The truth is that Israel commits genocide in the Gaza Strip. The truth is that the Republican Party views a never ending Israeli-Palestinian Conflict as a means to recruit Jewish money for Republican candidates.

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