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Netanyahu Bashing Obama’s Appeasement in Campaign Ad Showing Today in Florida

Secure America Now is the organization behind the thirty second ad which shows Netanyahu talking about what many consider to be the over-arching foreign policy issue of our time - the potential nuclear weaponization of Iran.

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In a new presidential campaign television advertisement which starts airing today, September 20, in parts of southern Florida, there’s only one person on screen and that one man isn’t running for president of the United States.  In fact, that one man is not even an American, although he is well-known to most people in the heavily-Jewish communities of Southern Florida – it’s Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Secure America Now is the organization behind the thirty second ad which shows Netanyahu talking about what many consider to be the over-arching foreign policy issue of our time – the potential nuclear weaponization of Iran. SAN describes itself as a bipartisan foundation focused on national security issues, particularly in the Middle East.

As ominous music plays in the background, the Israeli Prime Minister stands at a podium, saying “as Iran gets closer and closer to having nuclear bombs, the world tells Israel to wait, there’s still time.  I say, wait for what?  Wait until when?”  Netanyahu made that statement, according to the Associated Press, last week, on September 11.

While President Obama’s campaign focuses on the fact that more aid to Israel has been provided by the United States under President Obama than ever before, those who understand how the federal government works know that under the US Constitution funding decisions are made almost exclusively by congress.  But the one thing over which the president has virtually exclusive control – and certainly the most important responsibility of the executive branch – is foreign policy.

And with respect to foreign policy there is a stark contrast between the two presidential candidates.  The importance of a leader’s position on how to deal with a turbulent Middle East was brought into sharp focus over the last few days with anti-American demonstrations taking place in dozens of countries throughout the world, particularly in the Middle East.

The Israeli Prime Minister has been publicly pushing President Obama to set “red lines” beyond which if Iran moves, a military response will then be appropriate in the eyes of the leader of the United States.  President Obama has refused to publicly articulate any such explicit position, preferring to continue engaging in diplomacy and enforcing certain sanctions.

This particular impasse is being touted by the pro-Romney advocates as an indication of weakness on the part of President Obama, and as Netanyahu’s militaristic posturing by Obama supporters.

The SAN ad video fades out and concludes with the following text: “The world needs America’s strengths, not apologies,” and directs viewers to SAN’s website, www.secureamericanow.com.

Coinciding with the release of the “Wait for What?” ad campaign, SAN released the results of polls it commissioned which show that in two key swing states, Florida and Ohio, a large majority of voters believe that if allowed to develop nuclear weapons, Iran would use them to arm terrorist groups to attack the United States.   Also, “results in Florida and Ohio reveal that clear – and in Florida, overwhelming – majorities support a strong foreign policy in the Middle East, and a robust national defense. Further, they remain uneasy about the current state of national security and the direction of the country’s foreign policy strategy.”

The SAN polls were conducted by Caddell Associates, a long-time Democratic polling group, and McLaughlin and Associates, a  firm that typically works for Republicans.

According to those polls, large majorities in both battleground states, but with greater strength in Florida, believe that a strike by Israel on Iranian nuclear facilities would either benefit everyone in the world, or at least the US and Israel.  Overwhelming majorities are convinced that neither sanctions nor diplomacy will convince Iran to abandon its nuclear program, the same polls show.

Not much is known about the players behind Secure America Now because contributions to it are not tax-deductible, which means that the names of its donors do not have to be made public.  According to the press release on these polls, however, Jeri Thompson, former political consultant and the wife of former US Senator Fred Thompson (R-TN), is an SAN advisory board member.

According to Thompson, the just-released polls reveal that a big factor driving the foreign policy focus is women between the age of 30 and 55.  She said that the “so-called ‘Security Moms’ have not gone away since 9/11 and must be accounted for in the current foreign-policy debate and in this election.”

According to a Republican source quoted by the news site Politico.com, $1 million will be spent on this ad campaign.  The ad is scheduled to be shown in Miami, West Palm Beach and Ft. Myers, Florida.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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29 Responses to “Netanyahu Bashing Obama’s Appeasement in Campaign Ad Showing Today in Florida”

  1. Milt Cross says:

    On June 4th, 2009, when President Obama traveled to Cairo, Egypt and bowed his head to the Muslim World in a speech. He let the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamic extremists, know that they had a fellow traveler and friend in the White House.
    Yeah Obama, Speak softly and carry a big 9-iron.

  2. Whatever works to stop the Iranian Hitler, and to thwart the Islamist-in-Chief's hand against Israel, is a good thing!

  3. Avi Metcalfe says:

    Anybody in Israel's Right that had doubts about Bibi's commitment had ought to get on board now and help to hold the coalition together. This round is for all the marbles. Likud all the way.

  4. Liad Bar-el says:

    Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) at Values Voter Summit 2012 really sums up Obama quite well.

  5. Millie Kashuk says:

    We need the US to tell Iran enough is enough…..Forward this video to your friends and family……….L'Shanah Tovah.

  6. Osei Hwedea says:

    ISRAEL SHOULD NOT RELY OR SEEK PERMISION FROM PRESIDENT OBAMAH, ISRAEL MUST TRUST IN GOD AND LIVE BY FAITH IN THEIR GOD, IS PRIME MINISTER BENJAMING NETANYAHU OBEYING THE ORDERS OF GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC AND JACOB OR OBAMA, OBAMA THE FIRST MOSLEM PRESIDENT IN AMERICA WILL BE HAPPY TO SEE ISRAEL ATTACK.LONG LIVE ZION.

  7. Juliet Giles says:

    obama is an american he was born in kenya; his mentor is a communist marshall davis-he his obamas mentor amrican peopel dint really know obama hussine -they didnt look hard enough his background- muslim background and muslim influemnce. he should help egypt aid 1.2 billion dollars muslim shoes thier true color theyre anti american- but obama give them money anyway kenya-akistan-colombia syria and iran russia and other place. omg. crooked guy bama.

  8. Debbie Hall says:

    At a time when Israel needs liberal support, using Netanyahu in US election propaganda is going to have a backlash that I don't think anyone is going to like. Bad move.

  9. Arie Rosenrauch says:

    It is US liberal policies that have caused the global islamist histrionics to boil out of control. When even the French stand up to terrorists when the US liberals have been ordered by their "g-d in his own mind" to never even use the word "terrorism," the US has lost ots moral focus

  10. Charlie Hall says:

    "those who understand how the federal government works know that under the US Constitution funding decisions are made almost exclusively by congress".

    That is not true. Congress does play a role, but the President ultimately signs off on all spending unless the Congress overrides a veto. The last override of a spending bill was in 1997 and the one before that was in 1982.

  11. Charlie Hall says:

    Netanyahu is going "all in" on the losing horse.

  12. Debbie Hall says:

    Exactly, Charlie. Arie, whether you think the libs in the US are the cause or not, Israel still needs, desperately needs, liberal support. This is the worst thing Bibi could've done and gives credence to every claim that the right-wingers are beholden to AIPAC. At a time when the world is watching the implosion of Islamic nutcases and the world is finally judging them as harshly as they needed to be, Bibi ruined a good opportunity to shore up support for Israel by the people who haven't gotten it for so long but are starting to get it. He blew it by getting this involved in a US election. Very, very bad move.

  13. Arie Rosenrauch says:

    Charlie: The only ones that will lose if the "g-d in his own mind" wins is the US. With his issuing his own flag to replace the stars and stripes, and the new "pledge of allegiance to Obama," can number tattoos on forearms be far behind?

  14. Charlie Hall says:

    No flags are being changed. No new pledge. No tattoos. These things are just delusions in the minds of right wing fanatics.

  15. Debbie Hall says:

    Arie, I think you're being wacky and paranoid.

  16. Charlie Hall says:

    He has been this abusive to me for quite some time. I'm surprised the JP moderators permit it; this newspaper normally has quite sane discourse.

  17. Charlie Hall says:

    For the record I don't think Debbie and I are related.

  18. Arie Rosenrauch says:

    @Debbie: We saw the "liberal" support at the demoslamist convention. An OVERWHELMING rejection of Jerusalem, followed by an overwhelming support of hamas and the so-called "right of return" – basically a call fro an eradication of Israel. And while the world is judging the islamists for what they are…the chairman and hillary continue their global apologetics, including now a State Dep't paid for ad apologizing for some make-pretend video that was probably paid for by the MB

  19. Debbie Hall says:

    Correct, Charlie, at least not to my knowledge. The Hall side of my family are from the Berkshires via Illinois. I think I might be the only Jewish Hall though, unless you are too. That would be cool!

  20. Debbie Hall says:

    Arie, yes, there was a rejection of including Jerusalem in the platform on some level. I'm not sure what support for hamas and right of return you saw at the convention. This is why we need liberal support. Whether you get it or not, most liberals are not anti-Israel. It's a very small but vocal faction. I'm a Jew, I'm a liberal, and I'm voting for Obama as are most Jewish voters. Freak out, jump up and down, have tantrums, but none of that will change the reality. The more you talk nutty like that, the more you keep liberals from supporting Israel because they start associating support for Israel with complete whack jobs.

  21. Arie Rosenrauch says:

    The demoslamiosts were asked to put the years long clause of rejection of hamas until they agreed to end violence and recognize Israel – REFUSED! they were asked to return into the platform a rejection of the right of return and place any accommodations in the hands of negotiators – REFUSED! And then we can peruse the "progressive" media like the NY Times – which thankfully is NOT Jewish owned as some believe, the Wash Post, CNN, NBC; we look at the Congressional Black Caucus; and we look at those that are "recognized" as civil rights leaders in our country like Jackson and Sharpton (both avowed Jew haters); and the sheer disregard for attacks on Jews in the country, I'm curious when the last time any of you progressives spoke out against Anti-Jew behavior by members of Congress and obama appointees. NEVER would be the progressive answer. And the vast amount of open Jew hatred at obama owned OWS was fully evident – but like the war on women, the Anti Jew behavior and rapes at OWS were considered "acceptable" for your greater good. The numbers of Jews voting for obama is down to near 50% by most notable pollsters (other than the traditional "Jewish Establishment" groups and of course the kapo demoslamiosts). That you vote for obama is your choice That he supports terrorism, refuses to even use the name, is proof where he stands. And if you wish to choose someone who is demanding that the US flag be changed to show his colors instead of the stars, now his call for a "pledge of allegiance to obama" rather than the country, bodes ill for the US and the Constitution. So while you plan to vote for the United States of obama, I still plan to vote for the United States of America….and every poll shows more and more Jews are following my beliefs as well.

    As for your comments about me "talking nutty," that is consistent with the obamatons who, when they have nothing to contribute to an exchange, move to personal attacks. So, from your comments, I can presume that to you, the First Amendment is obsolete and should be destroyed

  22. Arie Rosenrauch says:

    As Joe Biden likes to say:
    "bin Laden is dead.
    al Qaeda is alive!"

    OR

    "bin laden is dead.
    GM is bordering on bankruptcy….AGAIN".

  23. Debbie Hall says:

    How old are you, Arie? The Obama-owned OWS? They didn't need to spell out HAMAS because there are plenty of other groups involved in attempting to destroy Israel. There is now a blanket statement that covers all those groups. The US Democratic platform does not and should not be Israel's bread and butter. Israel needs to stop relying on US governmental opinion and do what they need to do, despite what the US says. You apparently want Israel to remain this dependent child even though while in doing so it risks its sovereignty and survival. Bush sucked for Israel, but I'm not seeing you complain about how Condi talked to the Israeli government, or how the Roadmap to Peace was treacherous for Israel (it is and it was). I've contributed plenty to the exchange, Arie, but you still sound like a nut. Perhaps you'd have more clout if you didn't use silly made-up names like a 7th grader would.

  24. Arie Rosenrauch says:

    Let's review: Within the first few days of OWS, both obama and pelosi took ownership of OWS, especially given that OWS was started and paid for by obama financier, the nazi soros.

    They DID need to spell out hamas because hamas WAS spelled out in ebery prior convention since its founding! That removal was quite obvious, and clearly seen in Gaza for what it waas – an attack against Israel!

    What "blanket statement?" There was none at the demoslamist convention and I defy you to prove different!

    You are right …Israel needs to stop awaiting US government opinion. Yet, with Netanyahu doing it, you are on the attack against him. By the way, much to your obvious chagrin, every US poll shows US PUBLIC support for Israel is at an all time high.

    As for dependent child, NO! I believe Israel should stop accepting US foreign aid. BUT I also believe Israel should stop borrowing from US banks under the loan guarantee program. It is costing Israel money and jobs. Israel BORROWS $9billion a year fro the banks. The law governing that requires 90% of the money be spent in the US. Two separate CBO reports – one ordered by clinton when he wanted to pressure Israel before meeting with arafat, and the other by Bush in 07 – came back with conclusions they didn't appreciate: for every $ Israel borrows, the US economy gets back between $7 and $10! That's a net profit of between $63 and $90 billion a year! Also, Israel borrowing and forced to spend here created 75000 direct jobs and 150000 indirect jobs – ranging from low tech garment industry employees to high tech at Boeing and Lockheed. If Israel stops he borrowing, they can get the funding on the market at lower rates, and create tens of thousands of new jobs in Israel. By the way, Israel is the ONLY country in the world that has NEVER defaulted on a loan.

    And perhaps you would have more clout if you responded to the comments than stage personal attacks. But I understand that is a common issue amongst those that have no retort so what better than a personal staged attack.

  25. Debbie Hall says:

    Well that's funny because the people in OWS do not like Obama or Pelosi and he did not, nor she, claim ownership.

    There is a blanket statement about all groups involved in the peace process must accept Israel's right to exist and denounce violence. Go look up their platform and see for yourself.

    Bibi should not involve himself in partisan politics at all because it will only hurt Israel, Arie. Glad you agree on Israel getting off the US teat which would benefit them both financially and policy-wise.

    I've responded to each of your comments, Arie. I'm a liberal. I support Israel. You need less rightwing nutcases and more liberal support because, like it or not, most of the world is liberal.

  26. Arie Rosenrauch says:

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/pelosi-supports-occupy-wall-street-movement/story?id=14696893

    The "blatant comment" was the basis for all these years that the convention platform included the hamas clause. NOW, the democrats REMOVED that clause. o by your equation, that obviates "the general statement." And why should I have to look up the platform. YOU are claiming the existence. PROVE IT. (I'm sure that will afford you the opportunity for yet another personal attack)

    Actually, Israel stopping the loans would benefit ONLY Israel! It would cost the US approx 225,000 jobs and at least $63billion a year.

    Most of the world is not liberal. The massacre pf liberal reps in the House in 2010 proved that! In Europe, there is now a backlash against liberal politicians blaming them for the financial collapse in the EU. The most secure politicians, like Merkel in Germany run centrist to conservative. Since obama, global respect for the US has all but died.

    And yes I know you are a liberal. But get real…the WHOLE WORLD is not liberal just because you are. But I see that as a rather distinct feature of the obama followers: they believe that whatever obama thinks, the world MUST think the same. You may want to look up the definition of that

  27. Debbie Hall says:

    You're right, Arie. Most of the world is not liberal. You and the Muslim extremists are conservative. The rest of us are liberal. And Israel stopping loans would help Israel both financially and policy-wise (not the US and Israel, just Israel, you read it wrong).

    And you can google as well as me. I read it in a news story about what was kept. Look it up, or don't. I really don't care.

  28. Charlie Hall says:

    Arie Rosenrauch "And perhaps you would have more clout if you responded to the comments than stage personal attacks. "

    You've failed to respond to my comments EXCEPT with personal attacks.

    "The most secure politicians, like Merkel in Germany run centrist to conservative."

    Every mainstream conservative political party in Europe — including Merkel's party in Germany — is to the left of the Democratic party in the US. Why, Germany has had universal health insurance since the 1880s, and nobody is thinking about getting rid of it. For that matter, the Likud is to the left of the Democratic party!

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