US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo broke with traditional norms by addressing the Republican National Convention this week. Various media outlets covered the controversy of a sitting Secretary of State speaking at a political convention when historic practice is that such position is beyond party politics. Consider the headlines:
- NYTimes: “Radical Break From Tradition: Trump Stages Part of His Convention From the White House”
- ABCNews: “Pompeo defies his own policy by praising Trump in unprecedented convention speech”
- Vox: “Mike Pompeo’s RNC speech will place him as the most partisan secretary of state in decades”
- NBCNews: “Diplomats aghast as Pompeo set to address GOP convention from Jerusalem”
- Washington Post: “Pompeo stirs up outrage among some diplomats over speech to RNC”
The press was appalled that Pompeo would take a public stance in favor of one political party while he was still actively serving as Secretary of State.
But J Street, a left-wing Pro-Palestinian organization which uses the fig leaf of a missing foreskin to claim it is “Pro-Israel,” was angry at Pompeo for showcasing the various actions the Trump administration took which benefited Israel.
On August 24, J Street posted an attack called “POMPEO’S JERUSALEM RNC SPEECH SHAMELESSLY USES ISRAEL AS A PARTISAN PROP.” Rather than simply focusing on the atypical speech at a convention, J Street said
“The Trump administration continues to break new ground in their shameless efforts to use the state of Israel as a political prop and a partisan football.“
Even the left-wing media didn’t attack Pompeo for speaking from Jerusalem; they simply noted that he should not have been speaking at the convention at all, whether from Washington or Paris. The media was angry at the usage of the OFFICE of the Secretary, not the location from which he spoke.
But J Street knows that there is no better contrast in foreign policy between the Democrats and Republicans than on the subject of the Middle East.
During the Obama administration, J Street aggressively pushed to give Iran a legal pathway to nuclear weapons and to pass a resolution at the United Nations marking Jews living east of the Green Line as illegal. During Trump’s tenure, it lobbied against recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s undivided capital, moving the US embassy to the city and from withholding financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority while it continues to pay for terrorism.
In lambasting the location of Pompeo’s speech and highlighting Israel, J Street tacitly admits that the policies for which it advocates are ANTI-Israel and the promotion of its agenda into the Democratic Party is the essence of turning Israel into a “partisan football.”
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