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May 12, 2014 8:04 pm

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio Criticized by Liberal Jews for AIPAC Speech

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. Photo: Wikipedia. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s January appearance before the America Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has garnered harsh behind-the-scenes criticism from his liberal Jewish supporters, newly revealed emails show.

“I am actually getting as many angry messages from Jewish non-AIPAC folks (Pro Israel, J Street and Peace Now Supporters) than I did on the east side snow problems,” State Senator Liz Krueger wrote to de Blasio’s senior aide Emma Wolfe on Jan. 30, the New York Daily News reported Monday, citing one of the emails it obtained.

Additionally, the Daily News reported that on Jan. 31, Victor Kovner, a board member of the “pro-Israel, pro-peace” lobby J Street emailed New York City Hall requesting to personally give de Blasio an alternative perspective on Israel and the Middle­ East to that of AIPAC.

In his private speech before AIPAC, which was not listed on his official schedule, de Blasio said that New York City Hall “will always be open to AIPAC,” and that he will always answer a call by the pro-Israel lobby and “answer it happily.”

Jonathan Tobin, senior online editor of Commentary magazine, questioned those who lashed out at de Blasio for the AIPAC appearance.

“It’s fascinating that the political left in New York is so obsessed with its opposition to Israel that they are keeping this story alive and actually holding agrudge against a politician who is otherwise very much to their liking,” Tobin told “But give de Blasio some credit. As much as public support for AIPAC might raise hackles for members of his liberal base in Manhattan, he seems to know that expressing public opposition to its centrist position is political poison elsewhere in the city as well as among many large donors to the Democratic Party.”

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  • Elliot J. Stamler

    As a lifelong New Yorker, I am well acquainted with the cited Victor Kovner and his wife Sarah Kovner. Both of them can be accurately, honestly characterized as “fellow travelers.” They have been part of the Marxist/socialist radical left their entire lives and are avowed enemies of Israel and the American Jewish comment.

  • Joseph Australia

    It seems to be more and more evident, the the now defunct Communist party of America have taking full control of the Democratic party and its institutions. This also was demonstrated by the selection and election of an avid communist and Muslim Brother Islamic protagonists, who was given the mantle of the Commander in Chief of the free world.

    Similar to the Regan democrats, the Republican sides greatest historic failure is not seeking the democrats, including many Jews who are forced to vote Democratic, because there is nothing for them to vote for on the other side.

  • Mike P

    Considering that AIPAC is in favor of Israel negotiating with the Palestinian Authority (until one month ago when it merged with Hamas), is in favor of territorial compromise and is in favor of a two-state solution, wouldn’t that make AIPAC’s policies on these issues 100% consistent with those of J-Street?

    Then why would J-Street members be so rabidly anti-AIPAC?

    It seems to me that J-Street supporters have simply blindly adopted the anti-Semitic conspiracy nonsense of the Far Left (and of the Far Right, for that matter) concerning AIPAC. When J-Street members hear the word “AIPAC” they lose their powers of analysis and critical reasoning and they hear the words “Zionist cabal.”

    J-Street are a bunch of hateful, deranged, irrational, disconnected, fringe, zealots.

  • Andrew

    We all know where J Street can go, and they don’t have to worry about getting cold.