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Israeli Voters and Zionist Interests Poised
to Hijack US Presidential Election
By Jamal Kanj
Gulf Daily News, Redress, Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, July 31, 2012
Jamal Kanj considers how the Republican and Democrat
contenders for the upcoming US presidential election, Mitt Romney and
Barack Obama, and behind them well-organized Israel lobbies, are vying
with one another to prove their loyalty to Israel, as if the outcome of
the election were more important to Israelis than to the American people.
With the conclusion of the presidential primaries in the 50 US states,
a new election campaign is shaping itself in the unofficial 51st state,
otherwise known as Israel.
“While claiming to be nonpartisan, iVoteIsrael seeks the
election of a president who is willing to give Israel an
“Displaying typical Zionist
arrogance, iVoteIsrael literature claims the ‘outcome of
2012 elections matters more to Israelis than average
US officials and politicians are lining up to visit Israel this month,
with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton just completing her homage.
Other administration visitors include National Security Adviser Tom Donilon,
Defence Secretary Leon Panetta and Deputy Secretary of State William Burns.
As President Barack Obama did in 2008, Republican contender for the
White House Mitt Romney is scheduled to make his christening visit before
the end of this month.
Republican public relations consultant Ari
Fleischer, President George W. Bush's former spokesman, and the executive
director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, Mathew Brooks, spent several
days earlier this month, touring Israel ahead of next week's campaign by
Brooks and Fleischer were supporting the iVoteIsrael initiative. Contrary
to what the name implies, iVoteIsrael is not about Israeli elections but a
campaign to vote for Israel in the US election.
The organization's British-born campaign strategic manager, Aron Shaviv,
told the New Jersey Jewish News: "We just encourage people ... to think
about what [American] candidate is best for Israel."
iVoteIsrael is a
subsidiary of a US-registered, non-profit organization established to
register dual Israeli-US citizens living in Israel to vote in the 2012 US
election. It is funded by US tax-deductible contributions from wealthy
Asked about the source of iVoteIsrael’s funding,
Shaviv told +972 magazine:
"Much of the donated money comes from the [Sheldon] Adelsons of the world."
Adelson, an American casino tycoon, has contributed hundreds of millions
of dollars for Israeli causes. He has poured more than 70 million dollars
into supporting Republican candidates in this election cycle.
“It is reprehensible to see both parties pandering to
citizens with sworn loyalty to another nation for votes that
could influence the outcome of a US election, focusing on
issues that matter only to Israelis and not Americans.”
Unofficial estimates suggest there are about 100,000 to 300,000 holders
of US-Israeli dual nationality in Israel; many of them from Florida.
Shaviv told reporters: "If you can bring 5,000 in Florida, that's a game
changer." In fact, the US election in 2000 was decided by a mere 537 votes
According to Fleischer: "There is a possibility that a large number of
absentee ballots coming into Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio can make the
difference." He was referring to major swing states, which if won, would
likely determine the next president.
While claiming to be
nonpartisan, iVoteIsrael seeks the election of a president who is willing to
give Israel an "absolute commitment".
Displaying typical Zionist
arrogance, iVoteIsrael literature claims the "outcome of 2012 elections
matters more to Israelis than average Americans", overlooking the fact that
there are more unemployed Americans than the entire population of Israel.
Not to be outdone, the Democrats are prostrating and Hillel Schenker, the
vice-chairman of Democrats Abroad – Israel, called on Israeli-US citizens to
vote for Obama because his "sensitivity towards Israel's security needs
cannot be compared to anyone else".
A version of this article first appeared in the
News. The Redress version is published by permission of Jamal Kanj.
It is reprehensible to see both
parties pandering to citizens with sworn loyalty to another nation for votes
that could influence the outcome of a US election, focusing on issues that
matter only to Israelis and not Americans.