The Emergency Committee for Israel, a conservative pro-Israel group, is up with a new ad — celebrating Democrats who support Israel. Here it is:
The point of the ad is hard to miss: There is strong bipartisan consensus in support of Israel, including the premise that the United States should not prejudge issues (least of all in public), but that President Obama is outside that bipartisan agreement. ECI board member Bill Kristol, in response to my inquiry about the ad, put it this way: “We’re the Emergency Committee for Israel. So it’s appropriate for us to thank friends of Israel for stepping up for the Jewish state at this time of testing — even when a president of their own party is unfortunately stepping away.”
Democrats are hard-pressed to complain that the ad is “partisan” since it is three of their own (Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Majority Whip Steny Hoyer and Sen. Bob Casey Jr.) who are directly challenging the president’s formulation on Israel (i.e. Israel needs to negotiate on the basis of 1967 lines with border swaps, but the Palestinians will deal with the right of return later, since that is a really hard issue).
The ad is described by ECI as a “significant buy” on cable in New York and Washington. It will run on Fox News, CNBC, CNN and MSNBC. I imagine Democrats and their loyal bloggers who’ve been denying Obama’s speech(es) are problematic won’t be happy to have a reminder that the source of their woes is not Israel nor Republicans but the president.