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Obama scapegoats Jews to sell deal


President Obama’s July 31 phone call organized by the anti-Israel group J Street and other progressive Jewish groups could be summed up in one sentence: Please help because, those rich people are helping those warmongering Jews to fight this wonderful Iran deal because they don’t like me and they want war just like they did in Iraq.

In the 20 minute call Obama said that opponents of the Iran deal come from the same “array of forces that got us into the Iraq war” and that a “bunch of billionaires who happily finance super PACs” are “putting the squeeze on members of Congress.” 

One of the call’s Jewish participants, William Daroff, senior vice president for public policy and director of the Washington office of the Jewish Federations of North America, retweeted during the meeting: “Jews are leading effort to kill #Irandeal. ‘Same people opposing the deal led us into Iraq war’,” and “Canard: Jews got us into Iraq War,” although the fact is that the Israeli government recommended against the Iraq War. (Since the war began, anti-Semites such a Pat Buchanan have been pushing the false meme that The Jews pushed America into war. Apparently Obama agrees with that meme.) 

In a meeting with a handpicked list of Jewish leadership, AIPAC’s Lee Rosenberg questioned Obama’s statement comparing people who object to the Iran deal to those who supported the invasion of Iraq because many anti-Semites claim The Jews pushed Bush into invading Iraq.  Obama explained that Netanyahu supported the Iraq invasion (true). What the president left out was that the prime minister at the time, Ariel Sharon, strongly urged Bush not to invade. Obama also failed to mention that Vice President Joe Biden, both of his secretaries of state — Kerry and Clinton — and his biggest ally in the Senate, Minority Leader Harry Reid, all supported the invasion of Iraq in Congress and now support his flawed Iraq deal.

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