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Keep Israel Safe Hits Sestak in New Ad

11:08 AM, May 26, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Keep Israel Safe has released a web ad attacking Democratic Senate candidate Joe Sestak's support for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR):

As Politico reported in 2007, Sestak agreed to be the keynote speaker at a "banquet and fundraiser hosted by the Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations."

"I can't find where it's ever condemned Hamas and Hezbollah by name," Sestak said.

At the same time, Sestak said CAIR was a "legitimate organization," and he pointed to its "good work" in fighting racial profiling.

In his speech, Sestak did call on CAIR to condemn acts of terrorism.

There are other issues that make pro-Israel groups wary of Sestak. In 2008, he was endorsed by J Street, a group that, as Michael Goldfarb has written, "opposes sanctions on Iran, questions Israel's right to defend itself from terrorist groups firing rockets from Gaza, seeks to pressure Israel into making major concessions without regard to the views of the elected government in Jerusalem, and supports a U.N.-commissioned report accusing Israel of committing war crimes in the course of self-defense."

Most recently, Sestak did not sign a letter "rebuking the Obama Administration for its confrontational stance toward Israel." The letter had the signatures of 333 House members.

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