Democrats launch major pro-Obama pushback among Jews

JTA reports:

President Obama is a stalwart friend of Israel.

That’s the message some top Democratic Jewish figures are promoting to push back against the notion that Obama is out of step with the pro-Israel and Jewish communities.

Within the next two weeks, two figures associated with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee — past AIPAC president Amy Friedkin and board member Howard Green — will be among the hosts for a major fundraising event for the president, charging $25,000 per couple. The target of 40 couples — bringing in $1 million — is close to being met, insiders say. Notably, the organizers have received a nod from the AIPAC board’s inner circle to solicit donations.

Last week, top Jewish Democrats, including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Democratic National Committee chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), blitzed the media with Op-Eds denying any split with the president in the wake of his call last month to base Palestinian-Israeli negotiations on 1967 lines with mutually agreed land swaps.

And the White House has taken the unusual step of posting a lengthy defense of Obama’s Israel record on its website.

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2 thoughts on “Democrats launch major pro-Obama pushback among Jews

  1. Citizen

    $25k per pair? How many Americans can afford the price tag? If you can’t then your voice doesn’t count? The best democracy money can buy?

    I guess too many (tough) questions….

  2. Norman

    Just out of curiosity, how many couples will it take the AIPAC to produce that adds up to the $1 billion the “O” wants for his reelection run? Also, if he was to achieve that sum, but didn’t spend all of it, who would then end up with the balance? Win or lose, “O” wins now, doesn’t he?

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