AIPAC to go on mourning for Ted Kennedy
According to one tally, Ted Kennedy voted 100 percent in concert with positions taken by Aipac, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Tom Dine, who served as Aipac’s executive director from 1980-93, was a defense and foreign policy advisor to Kennedy.Source: Jewish Journal
In the run-up to his tough 1994 Senate campaign against Mitt Romney, Kennedy accumulated some $45,000 from pro-Israel political action committees over the years, according to former Aipac legislative director Doug Bloomfield, “and presumably a lot more from individual pro-Israel donors, considering his long record of support for U.S. taxpayer aid for Israel.”
In the 1980 presidential race, writes Jeffrey S. Helmreich, “polls indicated that Carter would beat Kennedy in the New York Democratic primary by a margin of 54 to 28 percent. But on March 1, Carter’s UN Ambassador, Donald F. McHenry, voted for a viciously anti-Israel resolution in the UN Security Council condemning Israeli settlement activity in Jerusalem. Three weeks later, Kennedy beat Carter in New York by 59 percent to 41 percent.”
In a statement following Kennedy’s death, Israeli Prime Miniiter Benjamin Netanyahu said, “(Senator) Kennedy has been a friend for 30 years, a great American patriot, a great champion of a better world, a great friend of Israel. He will be sorely missed.”
Another branch of AIPAC, the ADL, announced that it too would be wearing black for 30 days, to honor Ted 'Moshe' Kennedy. Abe Foxman, ADL's head, said he bought a smart black DKNY evening gown and matching pumps that he will wear to honor the Senator from Tel Aviv.
Perhaps 'Teddy' was trying to avoid the same fate Israel meted out to his brothers?
Q. "What do you tell a Senator from Massachusetts to vote on an issue affecting Israel?"
A." No need to, since you done told him twice"
Is any better praise needed than that from one of the 9/11 architects?