Jeb Bush foreign policy advisor to give keynote address at J Street conference
James A. Baker III says he is on “Team Bush,” offering advice on foreign policy to Jeb Bush’s candidacy. This weekend, Baker is also on “Team J Street,” delivering the keynote address to that notorious Soros-funded group, one of whose founders mused at its 2011 conference that maybe “Israel really ain't a good idea.”
Baker, formerly secretary of state and White House chief of staff for Jeb’s father, is already notorious himself, having reportedly uttered in a private conversation, “F**k the Jews, they didn’t vote for us anyway.” The Algemeiner also refreshes our memory:
He wanted the US to punish Israel for destroying Iraq’s Osirak nuclear reactor. He hated Netanyahu as early as 1990, barring him from entering the State Department’s building. And last but not least, he co-wrote the Iraq Study Group’s 2006 paper that recommended (among other things) that the US tilt its foreign policy away from Israel and towards Syria and Iran, advice that President Obama seems to have taken to heart.
Joel Pollak of Breitbart tells us who will be sharing the podium with Jen’s advisor:
The J Street conference will also feature Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat, a firebrand who propagated the lie that Israel committed a “massacre” during counter-terror operations in Jenin in 2002. The Obama administration is sending White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough to headline the conference. J Street actively opposes Benjamin Netanyahu and the conference is expected to provide an opportunity for his American critics to vent.
Jeb Bush seems to be taking positions designed to alienate the key constituencies of the GOP: supporting Common Core and amnesty, refusing to rule out tax increases, and now signaling hostility to Israel.
It is a curious route to the nomination.