Yesterday, Matt Brooks, Executive Director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, made the following preposterous statement:
Now more than ever, Senator Barack Obama must explain why he will not join the growing chorus of U.S. lawmakers demanding that President Carter stop undermining the Middle East peace process.
Doesn't he know better? As soon as it was announced that President Carter was planning to meet with Hamas, Senator Obama's campaign released the following statement:
Barack Obama views Hamas as a terrorist organization dedicated to Israel's destruction, and believes they cannot be treated as a legitimate actor until they recognize Israel, renounce violence, and abide by past agreements. That has been his position consistently, and it places him squarely at odds with former President Carter's plan to meet with Hamas leaders.
So, what exactly would the RJC want Senator Obama to do? Should he stand on his head while denouncing Carter's visit? Of course the RJC knew about the Obama statement (as well as Senator Clinton's strong statement against the proposed meeting). The only possible purpose of a statement like this was to try to sow the seeds of doubt in Jewish voters' minds about Senator Obama's commitment to Israel.
Let the political games continue...