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February 8, 2016 4:07 pm

Bernie Sanders Cites J Street, Arab American Institute as Mideast Advisers

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, pictured, cited  J Street and the Arab American Institute as Middle East foreign policy advisers.  Photo: Wikipedia.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, pictured, cited J Street and the Arab American Institute as Middle East foreign policy advisers. Photo: Wikipedia.

JNS.org – Democratic presidential contender Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) cited the liberal Jewish lobby group J Street and the Arab American Institute as Middle East foreign policy advisers.

“We’ve talked to people like Jim Zogby, talked to the people on J Street to get a broad perspective of the Middle East,” Sanders said Sunday on the NBC program “Meet the Press.”

J Street and the Arab American Institute, which is headed by James Zogby, have frequently criticized Israel and mainstream pro-Israel groups such as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee for their stances on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. While J Street says it has a “pro-Israel, pro-peace” mission, it has been accused of collaborating with anti-Israel groups, such as through event co-sponsorships on college campuses.

Sanders has come under fire from his Democratic opponent, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, for his lack of foreign policy experience. Sanders also recently sparked a controversy for calling for the normalization of US relations with Iran, a position that Clinton has opposed and that the Obama administration, despite brokering last summer’s nuclear deal with Iran, has not adopted.

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  • Richard Goodwin

    Bernies position on Israel and J Street begs the question of indirectly supporting Islamofacism, and the forces of antiwestern, anti capitalist, antidemocratic, anti womans rights, and generally all liberal philosophies. J Streets conscious effort to ignore the history of the region, which includes the Mufti of Jerusalems collaboration with Hitler, The Brotherhoods adoption and handoff of eliminationist philosophies, the writings of Qutb, and Nasser, and the Arab League in general is unfair to Israel by its ommissions. Its denial of reality is dangerous and wrong. Bernies adoption of this leftist group disqualifies him from being the leader of the free world of any political persuasion

  • SLMeyer

    Bernie is not merely naive on foreign policy, especially about the Middle East: he is misinformed and would be as bad for Israel and American influence as Obama. As Brett Stephens has written, Bernie is stuck in the time warp of his pretensions of Sophomore year in college. Fortunately, there’s little chance of him having any real effect.

  • Characteristics of Jews, that is to say, people who follow a Jewish way of life, include evenhandedness in all matters as well as respect for educated opinion and legitimate authority. With regard to the Middle East, that would include seeking both sides of every issue (il y a toujours le revers de la médaille) and listening to unbiased authorities such as political scientists, historians, and other scholars. Political ideologies may be akin to idolatry when they deviate from Jewish ideology.

    • Fred Gold

      Yes, it is good to be evenhanded and respect educated opinion and legitimate authority, but Zogby is hardly “unbiased.”

  • Thank you so much for this information. Our media in the US is sorely lacking, we never get opposing opinions or the other side of the story. Your article saved me from voting for someone who I thought was good for our country.

    • Alex

      I’m sure Israel despite who is elected into office will thrive and be fine. America should start to look within and solve some of their rampant issues before we worry too much about what’s going on in Israel. Israel ignores the US when it needs too and the US supports Israel behind the scenes anyway.

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