The Israel Policy Forum has a letterhead and a whole bunch of money and it is once again putting them to good use with a letter demanding that Israel make “painful territorial sacrifices for the sake of peace”.
I don’t know where the 100 signers have been, but Israel has been making painful territorial sacrifices for the sake of peace for a while now and the peace hasn’t shown up.
And who exactly is Israel supposed to make peace with? Hamas or the long unelected Fatah government which would lose any election to Hamas and insists that its policies are the same as those of Hamas?
The IPF letter is short on actual policies and long on praise for Obama. It’s ambiguous enough to maximize the list of signers, but the list mainly consists of the same lefty J Street types like Rick Jacobs and bland establishment figures like Charles Bronfman.
If you stopped the average American Jew on the street, the odds are bad that he would be able to recognize even one in ten of the names on the list.
IPF and the letter’s proponents are touting Dov Zakheim’s presence on the list, but while Zakheim was a Mitt Romney adviser, his views on Israel these days are in line with the left. His last Foreign Policy blog post gushed all over Obama’s visit to Israel and included this;
“Now comes the hard part. Obama’s soaring speeches tend to fall flatly to earth when he attempts to implement them. He needs to exploit Bibi Netanyahu’s political vulnerability to a cabinet that was not of his choosing and pressure the Israeli prime minister to negotiate with the Palestinians in good faith.”
If IPF’s big pro-Israel “get” is Zakheim, then its credentials really need work. The Israel Policy Forum was always anti-Israel. It still is anti-Israel. It may be trying to buy legitimacy with hedge fund money, but it’s still the same rotten creature underneath.