What defines "pro-Israel"?

With the fall elections approaching, the Israel lobby is cranking up its machinery. In my state this means picking a candidate in the Sestak-Toomey Senate race and declaring one of them “Pro-Israel” and the other “Anti-Israel”. Our neocon friend William Kristol and some Christian evangelicals have formed a group called Emergency Committee for Israel. Kristol describes it as the “pro-Israel wing of the pro-Israel community”, whatever the hell that means. The group has labeled Sestak as anti-Israel. It’s irrelevant, of course, that Sestak, a retired admiral, teamed extensively with Israeli military forces during his career and has always supported Israel’s defense needs. So how did Sestak earn the anti-Israel label? He signed a J Street letter to Obama opposing the Gaza blockade.

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