04 November ’10
Back in July, the Jewish Telegraph Agency was reporting that J Street saw Sestak as an important test for J Street:
Jeremy Ben-Ami, J Street’s director, acknowledged that the Pennsylvania race is a test for his group.
“There’s no question that this race is a very important test of what kind of support J Street and its supporters can deliver,” he said. “We will show a substantial amount of money can be raised from our political action committee, and that a substaintial amount of money can be raised for a candidate that opposes the right wing on these issues.”
Donors thus far have dedicated $100,000 to Sestak’s race through the J Street PAC — a hefty chunk of the $650,000 the organization has raised this cycle.
At the same time, Ben-Ami was hedging his bets:
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HARRISBURG, Pa. — Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Republican who has broken ranks in the past with the GOP, gave Democrat Joe Sestak his second major endorsement from moderates in a week in his bid for a hotly contested Senate seat in Pennsylvania.
Hagel told The Associated Press on Monday that Sestak has demonstrated during his two terms in Congress that he puts the interests of the nation and his constituents ahead of his party.
“I think he’s exactly what our country needs more of. I think he’s what the Senate needs more of — courageous, independent thinking,” Hagel said. “That’s what the job is about. You are supposed to use your judgment.”
Hagel refused to comment on the candidacy of Sestak’s opponent, Republican Pat Toomey, a former congressman.
The men are seeking the seat long held by Sen. Arlen Specter, a Republican-turned-Democrat whom Sestak beat in the primary.
Hagel plans to announce his endorsement Tuesday at news conferences with Sestak in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.
The two have military ties: Hagel, a moderate Republican, is a Vietnam war veteran, while Sestak is a 31-year Navy veteran who reached the rank of vice admiral before retiring in January 2006.
more information on Sestak here is some info on Hagel * In August 2006, Hagel was one of only 12 Senators who refused to write the EU asking them to declare Hezbollah a terrorist organization. * In October 2000, Hagel was one of only 4 Senators who refused to sign a Senate letter in support of Israel. * In November 2001, Hagel was one of only 11 Senators who refsued to sign a letter urging President Bush not to meet with the late Yassir Arafat until his forces ended the violence against Israel. * In December 2005, Hagel was one of only 27 who refused to sign a letter to President Bush to pressure the Palestinian Authroity to ban terrorist groups from participating in Palestinian legislative elections. * In June 2004, Hagel refused to sign a letter urging President Bush to highlight Iran’s nuclear program at the G-8 summit.
– Info from the Jewish Internet Defense Force
I expect better
Sestak filled out a questionnaire for an extreme Leftist group called Citizens for Global Solutions (CGS). CGS promotes a UN-centric group that would tie the United States and other western powers’ hands behind their back in favor of the international collective at the UN.
In particular, this ought to greatly disturb Israel’s supporters.
But of all his answers, the most troubling may be his unqualified yes to this one: “Will you support the call for the U.S. to refrain from the use or threat of a veto in the UN Security Council regarding situations involving ongoing genocide, crimes against humanity, or war crimes?” So, without knowing the context and without regard to the UN’s perpetual efforts to cast Israel as a criminal state, Sestak would call for the U.S. to tie its own hands. He’s ready — in advance — to throw away the one effective tool in its arsenal that allows it to defeat noxious UN Security Council actions. Good to know.
Imagine that a Security Council resolution is presented that calls for Chapter 7 (mandatory) sanctions against Israel as a result of the ‘war crimes’ accusations of the Goldstone Report. Sestak would have the United States waive in advance its right to veto such a resolution.
His association with CGS and his answers to its queries raise a number of questions. Recall Sestak’s odd letter calling not for the UN Human Rights Council to stay out of the flotilla incident but for it to conduct a “fair” investigation of Israel. It was ludicrous on its face. Now we wonder whether it was an effort to thread the needle between irate pro-Israel voters and his CGS backers (who fawn over the UNHRC). So don’t expect Sestak to support the U.S. withdrawal from that bile-gushing entity that his backers say “is direct, resultant, and demands accountability” and that vilifies Israel. Meanwhile, CGS declares that the U.S. is deriving such “goodwill” from sitting mutely on the council.
Pennsylvania this would be a disaster! All those Jewish kids in Pittsburgh and Philly need to get out there and ruin this guy