The RNC hiring of Gary Howard is now coming under attack from Democrats because he was the press secretary to Ron Paul. They say that the Romney camp should dump him because everyone knows that Ron Paul is weak on Israel. Here is the kicker, Gary Howard is an African American and he is a darn good press secretary. That’s why they don’t want him. An articulate, African American Republicans drives them nuts. Hypocrites.
As for weak on Israel?
How could anybody get any weaker than President Barack Obama who publicly announced in advance the negotiating positions he wanted Israel to take, agreeing that she should give up all of the land taken in the Six Day War, land that guarantees her defense?
How could any RNC appointments compare to the anti-Israel staff Obama gathered around him when he ran for president last time?
Onboard the Obama foreign policy team was Jimmy Carter’s brilliant national security advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski, who once famously declared that “Israel is an apartheid state” and whose views greatly worry the Jewish community.
There was Robert Malley who according to the Jerusalem Post, is “an unabashed advocate for the Palestinians, co-authoring a spate of anti-Israel propaganda with former Arafat advisor, Hussein Agha.” (Jerusalem Post, Feb. 21, 2008.)
There was Susan Rice, who as an advisor to John Kerry once suggested sending Jimmy Carter and James Baker, to the Middle East to find a solution.
There was General Merrill McPeak, Obama’s chief military adviser and national-campaign co-chairman. McPeak has criticized Israel for not returning to its 1967 borders and handing the Golan Heights back to Syria. He has accused Jewish and evangelical voters of placing their interest in Israel above the nation, telling the Oregonian that world peace was held back by “New York City. Miami. We have a large vote …. here in favor of Israel. And no politician wants to run against it.”
And while most of the Obama team was smart enough to keep their heads down in 2008, there were others who couldn’t resist leaking their views. Obama advisor, Samantha Power, warned obliquely that the Obama Middle East policy could result in “alienating a domestic constituency.”
It sure has. Mitt Romney is poised o pick up the largest Jewish vote since Ronald Reagan.
Meanwhile, Ron Paul, not Romney or Obama, was the first serious presidential candidate to declare that Jerusalem should be the capital of Israel. “The real issue here is not what America wants but what Israel wants. We have no right to chose their capital,” Dr. Paul said, “If they say it is Jerusalem, then it is Jerusalem.”