By Harvey Liberman
As a resident of Israel originally from Sullivan County, district 19, I am appalled to see that Mr. Antonio Delgado has been endorsed by J Street. Though the organization bills itself as “pro-Israel, pro-peace,” nothing could be further from the truth. It says a lot about Mr. Antonio Delgado that he has accepted this endorsement, and should raise serious questions regarding what he means when claiming to be pro-Israel.
J Street was launched with, and still receives, substantial funding from the pointedly non-Zionist George Soros and his web of family members and organizations, which should immediately raise red flags about the “pro-Israel” claim.
In fact, “pro-Israel” J Street’s founders include those on record describing Israel’s very creation as “an act that was wrong.”
Speakers invited to J Street conferences include leaders of the movement to boycott, divest from, and impose sanctions against Israel (“BDS”), which aims to economically isolate and destroy Israel.
Recently, J Street vehemently opposed the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move of America’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem—moves not only consistent with bipartisan-supported U.S. law, but which was applauded in Israel by all mainstream parties, both right-wing and left-wing alike.
J Street defames Christian Zionists—Israel’s most reliable friends in the world—by outrageously and slanderously claiming that Christian Zionists are “extremists” who “block the path to peace”.
Professor Alan Dershowitz has called J Street “one of the most virulent anti-Israel organizations in the history of Zionism and Judaism,” and said that J Street “has done more damage to Israel than any other American organization.”
The supposedly “pro-Israel” candidates endorsed by J Street in the last election included: Rep. Keith Ellison, who had a decade-long involvement with Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam and has complained that American foreign policy is controlled by Israel--but who J Street declared a “true friend of the Jewish people.”
Robert “Beto” O’Rourke, who, during the 2014 Gaza war, while Hamas was firing thousands of rockets at Israel, voted against replenishing funding for Israel’s wildly successful and lifesaving Iron Dome missile defense system—the very system protecting Israelis from those rockets. The funding passed, 395-8. O’Rourke also denounced the move of the US embassy to Jerusalem as “provocative.” J Street is endorsing him as the “pro-Israel” candidate for Senate—against the Senate’s arguably-most ardent defender of Israel, Ted Cruz.
A J Street endorsement of any candidate calls into question that candidate’s actual pro-Israel credentials, and should set off alarms among true pro-Israel voters. It’s bad enough that J Street endorses Mr. Antonio Delgado; it is even worse that Mr. Antonio Delgado has accepted and even advertises the J Street endorsement.
If supporting a Pro- Israel candidate is important to you, the J street endorsed candidate, Mr. Antonio Delgado isn’t the one you want to see in Congress.
Harvey Liberman born and bred in New York and is the son of Holocaust survivors and a civil engineer by profession from CCNY and Columbia University. He worked for the US Army Corps of Engineers in the States and moved to Israel in 1986. He is presently the Chief Transportation Planner and Road Designer at the Israel Ministry of Housing and Construction. He is a resident of Jerusalem, Israel.