Israel on Friday received a huge dose of treachery from President Obama. In his parting days he couldn’t resist yet another expression of animus toward Israel by declining to veto an anti-Israel UN Security Council resolution, something the US has avoided for the last 40 years. Charles Krauthammer called Obama’s betrayal a disgrace and said “What happened today is that the United States joined the jackals at the U.N.”

Jonathan Tobin of Commentary Magazine states:
“This is a moment when those who have been in denial about the harm the president has done to the U.S.-Israel alliance should admit their mistake. But for the pro-Israel community as a whole, a bipartisan coalition of Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals, this is a moment of anger that will hopefully be followed by a determination to work with the next president to repair the grave damage Obama has caused.”
We as American Jews need to follow Tobin’s call for unity in our support for Israel. Some of our mainstream Jewish organizations, forgetting that their mission is to support the Jewish people and Israel and to forego the personal, partisan agendas of some of their leaders, are poised to oppose and attack Donald Trump’s appointment of David Friedman as the next US Ambassador to Israel. These organizations will attack him despite the fact that he is the most ardent supporter of Israel ever appointed as US Ambassador to Israel. They don’t like statements he has made over the years in response to the murderous terrorism heaped upon Israel by Palestinians and in the heat of passion of his love for Israel.

Some in leadership positions in these organizations have already started to lay the groundwork for the planned attacks upon David Friedman. This past week Ron Halber, director of the JCRC of Washington, DC (Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington), an arm of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, was quoted in the press as saying:
“‘It’s a very multifaceted position, they do a lot of outreach to Jewish communities in the United States’ Ron Halber, the director of the Jewish Community relations Council of Greater Washington, said of ambassadors to Israel. ‘It’s more than diplomatic, it’s symbolic. I’m concerned that symbol could be tarnished by someone who has staked out extreme ideological positions on internal Israeli matters.'”
This was followed up with a JCRC online program this past Wednesday featuring Aaron David Miller, previously an adviser to the State Department on Arab-Israeli issues. Community members were invited to dial in, listen and pose questions. You can listen to a recording of the program on this web page. Mr. Miller expressed opposition to the Friedman nomination. He also opposed moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He repeatedly protested that he is non-partisan, but his past does not support that assertion, and his tilt was most recently on display with his defense of Obama’s failure on Friday to veto the anti-Israel UN Security Council resolution:
“UNSC ill-advised/ill-timed. But President let it pass because could not have explained veto after 8 years of Bibi not getting memo on settlements”
When the question and answer session of the JCRC program began, the first questioner to be selected among 250 audience members was Susie Gelman, past president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, still a board member and a well known left wing advocate in the community. Ms. Gelman and Mr. Miller repeatedly addressed each other as “Susie” and “Aaron” throughout their exchange. Needless to say, Ms. Gelman suggested that David Friedman has too little experience to be an ambassador and is an “outlier” (her word) with respect to his opinions about Israel.

Friends, brace yourselves for more partisan attacks by our mainstream, communal organizations on David Friedman’s nomination. Although this email cites events and organizations in the Washington, DC area, it is happening nationally. Regardless of where you live, you should be alert to the impending onslaught of attacks against David Friedman. The ADL has already opposed it. The Union for Reform Judaism has already opposed it. J Street, which supported the Obama betrayal in the UN, immediately attacked the Friedman appointment. The New Israel Fund, Americans for Peace Now and Ameinu, all groups dedicated to undermining Israel, have opposed it.

Jewish organizations that work against the appointment of the most pro-Israel ambassador in U.S. history betray Israel no less than Barack Obama betrayed Israel by refusing to defend it in the UN. We will not hesitate to call them on this when we see it, and we will point out to you their partisan campaigning against the interests of Israel. And you should not hesitate to communicate your opposition by reconsidering your support.

Happy Chanukah.

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Coalition of Pro-Israel Advocates (COPIA)
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Jeffrey Ward, General Counsel


  1. OK, can anyone explain why so many Jews voted for this Disaster not once but twice. AND in all probability, voted for Hillary? What are Jews composed of in their genes/dna/psyche that makes so many fail to understand their own liberal mindset that is a threat to Israel, the fundamental cradle of civilization? Why are there a number of anti-Israel organizations like J Gutter – J Street – that claim to be pro-Israel yet do everything they can to undermine the State of Israel? Why has that once venerable org. ADL, now taking action, etc. to join with J Gutter to harm Israel? We need a huge discussion on this.

  2. Let me make this loud and clear to all ignorant people who have no understanding of international law:

    No UN resolution can override Israel’s existing legal rights and title of sovereignty over any region of the Land of Israel based on the following earlier acts of International Law: The Jan Smuts Resolution of January 30, 1919, Article 22 of the Covenant of the League of Nations, including the Treaty of Versailles of June 28, 1919, the San Remo Resolution of April 25, 1920, the Mandate for Palestine as confirmed on July 24, 1922 and the Franco-British Convention of December 23, 1920, all of which recognized the historical connection of the Jewish People with the Land of Israel.

    The Arabs have already received their lands under the Mandate system. It does not include “Palestine”.

    Should you require references, I will gladly send them.

    The Lodge-Fish Resolution of September 21, 1922, was a Joint Resolution passed by both houses of the U.S. Congress and signed by President Warren Harding, endorsing the Balfour Declaration with slight variations. This made the text of the Joint Resolution part of the law of the United States until this very day.

    “Resolved by the Senate and House of representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that the United states of America favors the establishment in Palestine of a national Home for the Jewish people…”

    confirming the irrevocable right of Jews to settle in the area of Palestine — anywhere between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea:

    Under American Law when a joint resolution is passed by both the Senate and the House of Representatives in an identical form and then signed by the President, it becomes the Law of the U.S.

    7. Both the Lodge-Fish Resolution and the Anglo American Convention underwent the above noted process (see point 6). Therefore reconstituting Palestine as a National Homeland for the Jewish People worldwide and recognizing their historical connection to the land became part of US LAW.

    Any attempt to negate the Jewish people’s right to Palestine — Eretz-Israel — and to deny them access and control in the area designated for the Jewish people by the League of Nations is an actionable infringement of both international law and the Supremacy Clause (Article VI, paragraph 2 of the United States Constitution), which dictates that Treaties “shall be the supreme Law of the Land”.,+1922&source=bl&ots=tFDZtTv-pK&sig=G-6JGRclIjmQlv479Ay5WtStJys&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjxotylndXQAhVBshQKHZw6AaYQ6AEIGDAA#v=onepage&q=The%20Lodge%20-%20Fish%20Joint%20Resolution%2067%20of%20September%2021%2C%201922&f=false


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