Today the Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Committee issued a joint "pledge" calling on Jewish and Israel groups not to criticize President Obama's record on Israel (it can be viewed here: www.adl.org/unitypledge). The Emergency Committee for Israel will not sign the pledge. ECI's chairman, William Kristol, issued the following statement:
"Here's the Emergency Committee for Israel's answer to Directors Abe Foxman and David Harris: You must be kidding.
"Indeed, this attempt to silence those of us who have 'questioned the current administration's foreign policy approach vis-a-vis Israel' will re-energize us. Nor, incidentally, should those who support the administration's approach to Israel be bashful about making their case. Directors Harris and Foxman need a refresher course on the virtues of free speech and robust debate in a democracy. Their effort to stifle discussion and debate is unworthy of the best traditions of America, and of Israel."
For more information please contact ECI executive director Noah Pollak: Noah@CommitteeForIsrael.com