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September 25, 2015 2:39 pm

Jeb Bush Unveils ‘Jewish Leadership Committee’; Members Include Eric Cantor, Michael Mukasey

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Jeb Bush. Photo: Facebook.

Jeb Bush. Photo: Facebook.

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush unveiled on Friday the full membership list of a designated Jewish leadership group to raise funds and support for his campaign within the Jewish community.

In an email to The Algemeiner, a spokeswoman for Bush touted the committee as the largest of its kind among competing candidates. The group’s formation was first reported back in August by Jewish Insider.

The so-called National Jewish Leadership Committee is led by former House Majority Leader Republican Eric Cantor, who is Jewish, and includes notables such as erstwhile U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey and Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus.

A number of the other members served in the presidential administration of Jeb’s older brother, George W. Bush, among them Josh Bolten and Scott Arogeti.

While Bush’s campaign told The Algemeiner that it would appeal to U.S. Jews “because it offers something to all Americans,” a spokesperson also pledged a “restoration of alliances around the world, especially with the brave and democratic State of Israel,” which now appear to be strained over stark differences between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama over the latter leader’s nuclear deal with Iran.

Quotes published by the campaign from list members Cheryl Halpern and Scott Singer also primarily focused on Bush’s personality and fiscal policies, but Halpern expressed the hope that Bush might also serve as a “Shomer Yisrael” (“Guardian of Israel”), a moniker often claimed by New York’s senior Democratic senator Chuck Schumer, who crossed party lines to oppose the nuclear deal.

Bush has reportedly been met with skepticism from some major Jewish donors because of the inclusion of former Secretary of State James Baker in his inner circle. Baker is widely seen as a critic of Israel and spoke earlier this year at a convention for liberal Jewish group J Street, which is seen as an enemy of Israel by many Jewish Republicans. Baker is also reported to have said, “F— the Jews, they didn’t vote for us anyway” following the 1988 Bush-Dukakis race.

Bush led the Republican pack in polling earlier this year but recently ranked only 4th in a RealClearPolitics survey, which averages numbers from several news sources, behind political outsiders such as business people Donald Trump and Carly Fiorina and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson.

The full list of members in Bush’s ‘National Jewish Leadership Committee’ are:

Eric Cantor, Chairman, Yitz Applbaum, Scott Arogeti, Harold Beznos, Joshua Bolten, David Carmen, Adam J. Chill, Renee Evans, Steve Friedman, David Gemunder, Sander Gerber, Ron Gidwitz, Doniel Ginsberg, Ken Goldberg, Sherry Goldberg, Adam Goldman, Al Goldstein, Michael J. Granoff, Yudi Gross, Reuven Hahn, Cheryl Halpern, William H. Heyman, David A. Javdan, Mark Kaplan, Autumn Karlinsky, Fred Karlinsky, Jeremy Katz, Joia Kazam, Joshua Kazam, Jay Kislak, Jonathan Kislak, Fara Klein, George Klein, Glenda Krongold, Ronald Krongold, S. Randy Lampert, Michael Lebovitz, Jay Lefkowitz, Leora Levy, Steven M. Levy, Ken Lipper, Jason Lyons, Ethan A. Marcovici, Bernie Marcus, Larry Medvinsky, David A. Metzner, Former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, Attorney General Sam Olens, Morgan Ortagus, Jeffrey Rosch, Thane Rosenbaum, Jason J. Rosenberg, David Schulman, Brian Schwartz, Betty Sembler, Brett Sembler, Ambassador Mel Sembler, Michael Sevi, Honorable Florence Shapiro, Ambassador Ned L. Siegel, Stephanie M. Siegel, Barry Silverman, Jeffrey Silverman, Councilman Scott Singer, Keith Sonderling, Gordon D. Sondland, Marc I. Stern, Jay Stieber, Eric Tanenblatt, Barry Volpert, Jonathan R. Weinberger, Alex Weiss, Anat Zeidman, Fred Zeidman and Jay Zeidman.


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  • ZD

    It was James Baker who gave Obama the idea of cultivating detente with Iran. Read:

    Baker is an anti-Semite who truly hates Israel. When it became public that he was advising Jeb on foreign policy, Bush claimed that he wouldn’t be on his foreign policy team. That’s nonsense. Brent Scowcroft will also advise Bush –another anti-Israel personality who wrote an op ed in the Wall St Journal supporting the Iran deal.

    This is window dressing and I’m surprised that people like Bolton and Mukasey have signed on.

    At the second debate, Jeb said that he would not immediately terminate the Iran deal. Yup. I’m not surprised.

  • Mandrake

    Would Jeb Bush move the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and would not criticize Jewish construction in the land of Israel as settlements?

    • I fully agree with your question. But even if Jeb Bush sais yes, he will never do it. The same question was put before Bush2 in his race against Gore. Bush promised, but immediately “forgot” when became president. The whole clans of Bushes hate Israel and Jews unless they trust his lie and help them. In addition, Jeb Bush is a hooligan and drinker. Enough Bushes! Help Fiorina, the only candidate who understood the Putin’s Russia and Putin self, and that he is the same enemy of Israel as Iran.

  • Steve Loeb

    But having James Baker advising you says it all

  • Irina Belman

    To whom it may concern,
    it is my opinion, that former Florida Gov, J.B., did not need to publish all names of JC ….Mrs. Clinton did not volunteer this kind of information as well as the others.I will not in support of his candidacy because he is very not firm in his support of Israel, but very firm to accept money from Jews.

  • NCS

    Baker is no friend to Israel.

  • Homer Jones

    I dunno. Rubio seems to know what’s going on without a list.