5:33 PM, Nov 6, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Adam Kredo reports:
Political candidates backed by the controversial Middle East advocacy group J Street were trounced at the polls on Tuesday, with J Street’s endorsees losing in almost every competitive race.
J Street scrambled to save face on Wednesday after two candidates that the group described as must-wins were defeated by their Republican opponents.
While J Street spread its money across 92 races around the country—the majority of them uncompetitive contests—J Street candidates locked in tight races were repudiated by voters.
Analysts say this is further proof that voters are increasingly likely to embrace more hawkish pro-Israel candidates over the dovish views characteristic of J Street and its allies in the Obama administration.
Whole thing here.
3:52 PM, Dec 27, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
The largest pro-Israel group in the nation, Christians United for Israel, says that "More than 17,000 people have responded to a Christians United for Israel (CUFI) action alert launched yesterday asking individuals to email their Senators in opposition to the potential nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense."
12:36 PM, Mar 19, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Christians United for Israel now has a million members, the group run by Pastor John Hagee announced.
12:55 PM, Dec 7, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
Ben Smith has an important piece in Politico today about the anti-Israel left:
The Center for American Progress, the party’s key hub of ideas and strategy, and Media Matters, a central messaging organization, have emerged as vocal critics of their party’s staunchly pro-Israel congressional leadership and have been at odds, at times, with Barack Obama’s White House, which has acted as a reluctant ally to Benjamin Netanyahu’s Israeli government.
11:23 AM, Sep 12, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Emergency Committee for Israel's new campaign in New York City, featuring billboards, print ads, a web ad on the New York Times homepage, and a new website—check it out at www.NotProIsrael.com.
9:09 AM, Jun 2, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Emergency Committee for Israel is running the following ad in a significant cable news buy, thanking “Israel’s true friends, Democrats and Republicans alike,” for supporting Israel when “President Obama sided with the Palestinians.”
6:28 PM, Apr 27, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
The pro-Israel group Z Street is hosting an interesting conference on Capitol Hill next week (on May 4 in the Congressional Auditorium at the Capitol Visitors' Center). Speakers include: George Gilder, Khaled Abu Toameh, Harold Rhode, and many more. The conference, which the organizers are calling 'Rethinking the End Game: Improving Lives in the Middle East,' should provide a perspective not usually heard in Washington.
6:04 PM, Mar 23, 2011 • By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
Gene Simmons, a cofounder of the rock band Kiss, recently returned to his native Israel, after a 52-year hiatus. Unlike other entertainers who have boycotted the Jewish state, such as Elvis Costello, the Pixies, and Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, Simmons expressed his support for Israel.
3:32 PM, Dec 13, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
Z Street, the pro-Israel group that alleges the IRS has prevented it from gaining tax exempt status because its policy toward Israel is antithetical to the administration's, now says that the IRS is changing its tune. Instead, Z Street is being excluded because of a "a Terrorism Special Policy, and that Israel is included."
6:26 PM, Nov 22, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
As THE WEEKLY STANDARD reported in August, pro-Israel group Z Street believes it was discriminated against after "Z Street was told by an IRS agent that it might not be granted 501(c)(3) status, which would allow the group to be tax exempt, because its position toward Israel differs from the Obama administration's official policie
It’s the American people.10:30 AM, Oct 8, 2010 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Now we know who constitutes the real Israel lobby: the American public. Especially the Republican-leaning part of it.
Consider the results of a new poll, a survey of 1000 likely voters done October 3 to 5 by McLaughlin and Associates for the Emergency Committee for Israel. (The complete survey results, including cross-tabs, are available at committeeforisrael.com.)
How can someone in good faith, and with good intentions, possibly donate a dime to this organization?12:40 PM, Sep 28, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
The liberal lobbying group J Street, which has operated under the pretense of being pro-Israel, has really taken a hit in the last week. Eli Lake of the Washington Times uncovered that, despite J Street’s longstanding insistence to the contrary, the group has received significant funding from financier George Soros and his children. Additionally, the same report revealed that J Street received $811,967, from a woman named Consolacion Esdicul, a resident of Happy Valley, Hong Kong and an associate of Bill Benter, a hugely successful international gambler.