James Jones, President Obama’s National Security Advisor, has agreed to be the keynote speaker at the anti-Israel group J Street’s first annual conference in Washington next week. While the group bills itself as the “pro Israel” and “pro peace” alternative to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, in reality it is a liberal organization actively campaigning against Israel’s right to defend itself. As Michael Goldfarb has noted, other speakers at the conference include Eli Pariser, the former director of Moveon.org, and Salam Al-Marayati, who was quoted in the New York Times in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks saying Israel should be considered a prime suspect:
”If we’re going to look at suspects, we should look to the groups that benefit the most from these kinds of incidents, and I think we should put the state of Israel on the suspect list because I think this diverts attention from what’s happening in the Palestinian territories so that they can go on with their aggression and occupation and apartheid policies.”
The announcement that Jones will speak comes as a growing number of Democratic members of Congress have announced they would drop out of participating in the conference, causing J Street to blame the Weekly Standard for employing a “classic ‘swift boat’ move” by publishing actual statements made by participants in the conference.
With each passing day, the outright contempt the Obama administration has for Israel becomes more apparent.
Goldfarb has more.