Monthly Archives: February 2015

After Denmark Terror Attack, Israel Approves $46 Million For Europe Immigration

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No more flowers for dead Jews – come home to Israel.

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem, Israel — February 15, 2015 … Part of the following was communicated by the Prime Minister’s Office to the Israel News Agency.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks at the start of the Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem:

“Extremist Islamic terrorism has struck Europe again, this time in Denmark. We send our condolences to the Danish people and to the Jewish community in Denmark. Jews have been murdered again on European soil only because they were Jews and this wave of terrorist attacks – including murderous anti-Semitic attacks – is expected to continue.

Of course, Jews deserve protection in every country but we say to Jews, to our brothers and sisters: Israel is your home. We are preparing and calling for the absorption of mass immigration from Europe. I would like to tell all European Jews and all Jews wherever they are: ‘Israel is the home of every Jew.’

Netanyahu concluded: “Today we will submit to the Cabinet a NIS 180 million plan to encourage the absorption of immigrants from France, Belgium and Ukraine. We will submit additional plans later.

To the Jews of Europe and to the Jews of the world I say that Israel is waiting for you with open arms.”

Israel’s Cabinet approved a more than $46 million plan to encourage immigration and to adapt the absorption process to Jews from France, Belgium and Ukraine.

The plan was designed by the Israel ministries of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, Education, Economy, Social Affairs and Social Services, Interior and Health.

“The government ascribes great importance to realizing the unique window of opportunities that has been created and to realizing the latent potential of the considerable increase in the number of telephone inquiries regarding the possibility of immigration from France, Belgium and Ukraine. Based on the understanding that successful absorption is a condition for additional immigration, the plan includes three layers: Encouraging immigration, strengthening and adapting absorption processes and special assistance for immigrants from emergency areas,” according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office.

Among the programs included in the plan are encouraging links to Israel and boosting Hebrew studies in the home countries; speeding up dealing with immigrant files by increasing the number of immigration emissaries; and counseling on personally adapted absorption tracks while still in the countries of origin including on looking for work and establishing businesses in Israel, or moving existing businesses to Israel.

Danish authorities have named the terrorist who murdered two people on Saturday: Omar Abdel Hamid Hussein, 22, who was born in Denmark.

Obama Denies Anti-Semitic Nature of Paris Terror Attacks

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Their murders were not a “random” event.

By Israel News Agency Staff

Washington DC, — February 10, 2015 … Over the past two days the Obama administration has shockingly denied the anti-Semitic nature of the attack on a kosher grocery in Paris last month.

Yesterday during an interview with Vox, President Obama said, “it is entirely legitimate for the American people to be deeply concerned when you’ve got a bunch of violent, vicious zealots who behead people or randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris.”

Today, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest and State Department Press Secretary Jen Psaki went to great lengths to avoid admitting the attacks were anti-Semitic. Josh Earnest’s response can be found here and Jen Psaki’s response can be found here in videos by the Free Beacon.

It is impossible to understand the lengths this administration goes to deny a blatant anti-Semitic terrorist attack in Paris,” said RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks.

“Who is this President worried about offending by calling this an anti-Semitic attack? Remembering the innocent people killed by these terrorists because of their religious beliefs should be paramount for our President. These statements by the President and his administration send the wrong message to both the Jewish community and the terrorists who are responsible for these heinous acts.”

Netanyahu: I Will Address Iran Nuclear Threat With Congress

iran_missilesAn Iranian ICBM capable of striking the US.

By Israel News Agency Staff

Jerusalem, Israel — February 9, 2015 … The following is a statement from PrimeMinister Benjamin Netanyahu on the Iranian nuclear missile threat:

“While there are those that deal with protocol or politics, a grave, lethal Munich agreement with Iran that would endanger the existence of Israel is being produced.

According to the reports that I am now receiving, this agreement will allow Iran within a few years the capacity to produce dozens of nuclear bombs.

As Prime Minister of the State of Israel it is my duty to do everything to prevent this dangerous agreement. I remain determined to go to Washington and present Israel’s position to members of Congress and the American people.

Since the establishment of the state until now, there have been a few disagreements on substantive issues between Israel and the US. But through it all, our relations remained steadfast, as strong and as united as two nations can be. Our strong and healthy relationship will remain, grow and continue to inspire. Our enemies will never separate us.”

 

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Netanyahu Slams Israeli Newspaper Yediot Aharonot, YNET With Libel

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every tool to destroy our government”

By Israel News Agency Staff

Jerusalem — February 9, 2015 … In a post uploaded to Facebook, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the publisher of the Yediot daily and its Website YNET, of being: “the key factor behind the wave of smears against me and my wife.”

According to Netanyahu, Moses would use any tool to bring him and Likud down and close the Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom, which is owned by Netanyahu friend and American billionaire Sheldon Adelson. 

“In recent weeks, the attacks on me do not just appear once a day, in the morning, when Yediot Aharonot is distributed. They are published almost every hour, and sometimes every half hour on YNet. These two platforms initiate and time ridiculous, false and biased slanders against me and my wife as part of a media campaign to replace the Likud government by a left-wing one and allow Noni Moses to take over the media market again,” the post reads.

Netanyahu also accused the publications of using former Prime Minister’s Residence workers, “who are trying to illegally get money from the state,” a reference to the residence’s disgruntled former superintendent, Meni Naftali.

“I’m not saying all criticism against me comes from Noni Moses,” the prime minister added. “There are many in the press who do their job faithfully. They criticize the government in a way that is relevant, even if it is sharp.”

However, Netanyahu wrote, Moses is doing something else entirely.

“A business man with long arms in the media is running a systematic smear campaign against a sitting prime minister, to change the government of Israel, for clear business interests and personal monetary gain,” he asserted.

“This is only the tip of the iceberg. I will expand on this.”

Why Netanyahu Must Address US Congress

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Netanyahu to address Congress on Iranian nuclear threat.

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem, Israel — February 7, 2015 … There is only one entity that truly does not want Netanyahu to address the US Congress. Iran now has 19,000 centrifuges and admits it has 1,008 IR2m machines that can produce nuclear bomb grade material five times faster. 

Israeli Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin, former military intelligence chief and executive director of the Institute for National Security Studies, states that the Iranian program is currently three to six months away from a bomb. 

Israel faces its worst threat since its rebirth in 1948. The Jewish people face their worst threat since the Holocaust. Yet, Iran has attracted quite a chorus of Western cheerleaders.

The primary cheerleader comes from the White House. His name is President Barack Obama and he could care less if Israel was nuked tomorrow. Instead, using every political tool he has, Obama has called for Netanyahu not to address the US Congress on Iran. Obama believes that a bad deal with Iran, giving Iran a nuclear weapon, is better than no deal.

Obama states that Netanyahu’s upcoming speech was a “departure from protocol.”

Upon closer examination and a New York Times “correction” one can see that there was no “departure from protocol” and that the White House knew in advance of House Speaker John Boehner’s invite to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to a joint session of Congress.

Obama also states that he does not want to interfere in Israeli elections, with the speech coming up just a few weeks away from votes being cast. Obama knows nothing about the Israeli voter. Does he truly believe that those who live in Dimona, Beer Sheva, Hadera and Kiryat Shomona will watch Netanyahu’s speech and then decide who to vote for?

The Israeli voters know what they want. It’s security. And that is not going to change no matter how hard Obama spins ignoring the words Islamic terror while reminding Christians about the Crusades.

Netanyahu’s speech is about Iran, not Israeli elections.

It is Obama who is making it about Israeli elections. Not only has Obama tried to create the perception that the Netanyahu speech is about Israeli elections, Obama now has his own campaign people in Israel doing all they can to overthrow the Israeli government. Just ask Obama’s 2012 Field Director Jeremy Bird and his V15  staff of 40 operatives working out of the offices of One Voice in Tel Aviv.

A US President is trying to overthrow an Israeli government? The White House is trying to destroy the government of it’s best, most loyal friend in the Middle East? The only democracy in the region which could qualify for being America’s 51’st state?

But it gets even better.

It appears that the US State Department is funding the anti-Netanyahu effort through grants it has provided to the pro Palestinian, pro Hamas organization One Voice.

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin are complaining about OneVoice’s involvement with the State Department.

“There appears to be a danger that U.S. taxpayer funds are being used directly to shape the outcome of the upcoming Israeli election – and specifically the campaign against Prime Minister Netanyahu,” state Cruz and Zeldin.

Obama is now pressuring US Democrats and American Jewish leaders to boycott the speech. Vice President Joe Biden just announced that he would be traveling and cannot attend. US Secretary of State John Kerry is doing a disappearing act (no different than Paris) and ADL Director Abe Foxman is publicly requesting that Netanyahu cancel his speech.

As an American Jew who knows Foxman, this is perhaps the worst, most destructive act he has ever undertaken. Foxman, who spoke with Obama, would rather bend to Obama’s narcissistic ego than stand with Israel in it’s real time confrontation with Islamic nuclear terror.

Foxman does not have children living in Israel.

Netanyahu knows very well that there is not one hour to delay in stopping the Iranian nuclear threat. This is not nor never was about US bipartisan politics or Israeli elections.

This is about President Obama spending more time on trying to destroy an Israeli government than addressing ISIS, al-Qaeda, Hamas or Islamic Jihad.

For this reason, Netanyahu must address Congress.

Netanyahu To Complete Torah Scroll in Memory of Paris Terror Victims

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By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem, Israel — February 6, 2015 … Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu participated in a ceremony in which the last letters were written in a Torah scroll in memory of those who were murdered in last month’s terror attack at the Hyper Casher market in Paris.

This was the first of four Torah scrolls, two of which will be placed in synagogues in Paris and two at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

After inscribing the letters, Prime Minister Netanyahu said:

“I express the feelings of the Jewish People regarding these victims, who are part of our people and who were murdered just because they were Jews, in terrible anti-Semitism that is sweeping across Europe. Many European governments are still not ready to point to the source of the new anti-Semitism – extremist Islam. To my regret, we saw an expression of this spirit yesterday at the UN, when they refused to condemn Hezbollah, which claimed responsibility for the murderous attack against our forces.

On the one hand, in Europe they refuse to call the child by its name, or at least they are not ready to grab the bull by the horns and say that the source of the new anti-Semitism and the murderous attacks that are running rampant around the world, this terrible brutality against Jews and against non-Jews, is extremist Islam.”

Netanyahu concluded: “I share not only in the grief of the families, but in the feelings of the entire Jewish People who understand that the attack in Paris was an attack on all Jews wherever they are. If these murderers had the ability, they would kill all Jews wherever they are.

By the way, they say this very clearly; therefore, there is no alternative to Jews defending themselves – first and foremost in the state of the Jews. Governments that line up against this anti-Semitism will discover its source.”

The four Jewish victims of the terror attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris were buried in Israel.

Here is a look at the victims:

YOHAN COHEN — Cohen worked at the kosher grocery store that was attacked by Amedy Coulibaly. The 22-year-old was friends on Facebook with his colleague Lassana Bathily, a Muslim who saved the lives of shoppers by turning off the stockroom’s freezer and hiding them inside before sneaking out through a fire escape to brief police on the hostage-taker upstairs. Cohen loved rap music. His parents left North Africa in the 1960s to settle in the northern Paris suburb of Sarcelles.

YOAV HATTAB — Hattab finished high school in Tunisia before moving to Paris to seek a business degree in marketing. He was killed while attempting to snatch one of Coulibaly’s weapons, according to witnesses quoted in various French news media. The 21-year-old Hattab was the son of the Tunis chief rabbi.

FRANCOIS-MICHEL SAADA — Saada, a pensioner in his 60s, was murdered while buying goods for the Sabbath. Born in Tunis, the former senior manager was married to Laurence, a teacher. Their two children, Jonathan and Emilie, both live in Israel.

PHILLIPPE BRAHAM — Braham, a sales manager in his 40s, attended services at the synagogue of Montrouge and was the brother of the rabbi at the synagogue of Pantin, according to French daily Le Parisien. Both synagogues are in the Paris suburbs.

Poll: Americans Support Netanyahu Speaking To Congress

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By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

A newly released report at Politico says “some House Democrats are privately threatening to skip” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s March 3 address, while US Vice President Joe Biden has yet to commit to attendance. They might want to rethink their position, as a new Rasmussen poll finds considerable public support for Netanyahu’s speech.

According to Rasmussen, likely voters support Netanyahu’s address to Congress over the objections of President Obama by a margin of 52 to 25%, with 23% undecided.  The poll also found 44% of voters worried that relations between the U.S. and Israel have deteriorated during Obama’s presidency, while only 9% think the relationship has grown stronger.

The overall approval numbers for Obama’s policy on Iranian nukes, the threat Netanyahu will address, looks bad for the president,  28% support, 45% disapprove.  Unsurprisingly, the internals for all of these questions find strong Democrat approval and Republican disapproval for Obama, although the Republican disapproval is noticeably stronger.

Some of the popular opinions on these topics could be described as superficial — in addition to partisan loyalty, there will be people who fail to see anything wrong with the leader of a major U.S. ally delivering a speech to Congress and either have not heard the White House’s complaints about broken protocols or consider such objections petty. There are plenty of people who are not quite certain what to do about Iran and have either a vague sense that Obama’s policy is adequate because there haven’t been any mushroom clouds yet or a vague sense that it is inadequate because Iranian nukes are still a hot topic of debate.

Besides the perceived slight to Obama, Democrats might be nervous that Netanyahu’s speech will make hash of not only the president’s Iranian nuclear negotiations but his entire Middle East strategy. As Rep. Robert Dold (R-IL) puts it, in a supportive piece at the Chicago Tribune:

Iran’s nuclear program is the greatest national security threat facing the United States, and it poses an existential threat to Israel. I hope that Netanyahu’s speech  serves as a wake-up call about the urgency of this situation.

We would all like to have a diplomatic solution to Iran’s nuclear program. However, after a year of negotiations with the Iranians — two extensions, billions of dollars in sanctions relief, continued enrichment and research within Iran, and a hardening of demands from the opposing side — it is not clear that we are anywhere close to a successful diplomatic outcome.

Sanctions brought the regime to the negotiating table in the first place.  Rewarding Tehran’s delay tactics with indefinite sanctions relief while  centrifuges continue to spin  weakens our hand and strengthens Iran’s — not the other way around. The swift passage of the Kirk-Menendez sanctions legislation is our best chance to help these negotiations succeed.

As for those spinning centrifuges, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday that with the “time for negotiations running short” (why would that be, exactly, if Obama’s campaign promises that Iran is a long way from nukes were true?) negotiators are looking to “break the decade-long deadlock on attempts to limit Iranian activities” that could create nuclear weapons… by working out a deal to let Iran keep its centrifuges but “reconfigure them to reduce the amount of enriched uranium they produce.”

That is a measure everyone knows is so temporary and easily reversed that it is hardly better than a symbolic gesture, a slowdown in the progress to doomsday weapons that would be measured in months. Iran, which has been happily pocketing big-dollar sanctions concessions and deadline extensions for years, does not seem inclined to jump at this latest compromise, which is very noticeably a retreat from earlier U.S. demands. The biggest dark cloud on Iran’s nuclear horizon is the collapse of oil prices, an event equally unexpected by Barack Obama, no matter how hard his flacks try to claim credit for engineering it.  Tehran is winning this showdown with Obama, and they know it.  So does Benjamin Netanyahu, and he is not shy about saying such things out loud.

Netanyahu has also been vocal in portraying Iran as the greatest Islamist threat to world peace, and not just because of their nuclear ambitions.  That’s a direct contradiction of Obama policy, which seems (to the extent that it has any real objective at all) to anticipate the rise of an Iran-dominated Shiite empire as a relatively sane Middle East hegemon the West can do business with.  Netanyahu is likely to discuss that strategy in uncomfortably blunt terms, before dismissing it with even blunter terms.

As for the proximity of Netanyahu’s speech to Israeli elections, it’s not clear whether this affair has been a net plus or minus for his Likud party.  Although the Politico piece says Netanyahu might have underestimated Obama’s post-midterm popularity and “miscalculated the backlash back in Israel from putting his relationship with the American President on the line,” Haaretz today finds “Likud gathering steam” and Netanyahu “widening his lead over his main rival, Isaac Herzog.”

A very effective campaign for Netanyahu is now in full swing with Support Netanyahu, a social media group on Facebook, leading the path.

Diplomatic and security issues are seen as a big asset for Netanyahu; with a small political headache being a weird story, possibly paid for by Obama V15 agents in Israel, about “corruption and hedonism at the Prime Minister’s residences,” but it is having little if no impact on the campaign.  It would seem, at the very least, that any displeasure is placed with Obama, and a backlash against Team Obama’s attempt to meddle in the Israeli elections.

Remembering Israel’s First Astronaut – Col. Ilan Ramon

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June 20, 1954 – February 1, 2003

Address by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
on the Arrival of Ilan Ramon’s Coffin

February 10, 2003

Dear Ramon Family,
Mr. Wolferman,
Ilan’s brother Gady,
Rona, Assaf, Tal, Yiftah and Noa,


Allow me, on behalf of the people of Israel, here and in the Diaspora, to honor the memory of Ilan Ramon, in love and pain, on this, his last road in our homeland.

Beyond all the memorial services, your mourning is first of all personal and private. You have just returned to us, with Ilan’s coffin, and are suffering pain which cannot be healed. This is not how you imagined – how we all imagined – your homecoming.

The pain you suffer is the pain we all suffer. Ilan has touched the hidden spot in every Jew’s heart. He tugged at the strings of all our hearts.

His youthful face, his eternal smile, his fresh countenance, the twinkle in his eyes – penetrated our souls. His image, projected from above, was the reflection of Israel at its best – Israel as we would have liked to see it – the Israel we love.

The Torah Scroll brought by a Jewish boy from a concentration camp, the Kiddush Cup, the Israeli flag, and the Israel Air Force badge touched and excited all Jews. They constituted a source of pride and united our hearts in these trying times.

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The tattered remains of an Israeli Air Force flag, for which Ramon
carried into space, was found among debris in Texas.

Far up there – at the edge of the scope of human achievement – we could not have had a better and more fitting representative.

Ilan, the son of a mother who survived the Holocaust, and a father who is a veteran of the War of Independence, was a courageous combat pilot and an outstanding officer, and was among the best of our sons and warriors.

On his last mission he soared higher than any other Israeli, and realized his dream.

In his journey into space in the American Shuttle, with his six shipmates, he brought great honor to the people of Israel.

The Star of David, the “blue and white” of our flag, were interwoven with the American Stars and Stripes, and the common fate of the team poignantly strengthened the staunch partnership between our nations.

At this moment our hearts also go out to the families of the other victims, and to the American people, in brotherhood and sincere condolences.

A day will come when other Israelis will be launched into space in the service of science and progress. For them and for us Ilan Ramon will always be a source of inspiration, as Israel’s space pioneer, and his memory will be engraved in our hearts forever.

Tomorrow, when he is brought to rest in the earth of the Valley, we will remember that Ilan was plucked in his prime, at the zenith of his aspirations, and at a time when he acquired world fame.

Hopefully, this will be a source of comfort to his grieving family, his loved ones, and all of Israel.

Obama, Seeking Netanyahu Defeat, Sends Campaign Team To Israel

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Obama interferes in Israeli elections.

By Israel News Agency Staff

Jerusalem, Israel — February 1, 2015 … Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud Party exposed a US related political marketing organization staffed with former Obama campaigners now working to defeat Netanyahu in an upcoming general election.

During a press conference Sunday, the Likud Party officially accused V15 and other related nonprofits of being supported “through millions of dollars funneled from Europe, the US and the New Israel Fund and international factors interested in bringing down Prime Minister Netanyahu” who think “that all means are appropriate.”

The Likud further called for Israel’s Central Elections Committee to outlaw V15′s activities to “ensure the integrity of the election.”

The party today will be filing an official complaint with the Committee seeking an injunction against V15, Likud sources said.

Confirming the official Likud complaint, the contents of which were shared with WND, Uri Wollman, spokesperson for the V15 organization, conceded the V15 effort against Netanyahu is funded primarily by three private philanthropists, two of whom are American:

  • S. Daniel Abraham, the billionaire founder of the Slim Fast food line. Abraham is a major donor to the Democratic Party and the Clinton Foundation
  • Daniel Lubetzky, a social entrepreneur whose OneVoice Movement is partnered with V15
  • Alon Kastiel, a Tel Aviv-based businessman and owner of multiple local venues, including bars, clubs and hotels.

WND previously visited V15′s Tel Aviv headquarters and interviewed the group’s founder, Nimrod Dweck, who explained the ultimate goal of his campaign was to ensure “center and left parties will form the next coalition.”

State Department ties

V15′s headquarters is actually the offices of a US -UK group calling itself OneVoice.

OneVoice bills itself as an “international grassroots movement that amplifies the voice of mainstream Israelis and Palestinians.” It has a clearly leftist tone.

OneVoice is reportedly sponsored by scores of nonprofits and received two grants in the past year from the US State Department.

The State Department is also listed as a partner of OneVoice on the group’s website.

OneVoice development and grants officer Christina Taler told the Washington Free Beacon that “no government funding” has gone toward the V15 voter mobilization effort.

V15′s complete takeover of OneVoice’s Tel Aviv offices, however, may raise some questions not only about the grant usage, but also about the State Department’s current partnership with OneVoice.

US Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has called for an investigation into the State Department’s ties to OneVoice and the group’s anti-Netanyahu effort.

Aside from the US State Department, OneVoice is also openly partnered with Google, the U.K. Labour Party and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

‘Obama army’ deploys to Tel Aviv

For its anti-Netanyahu campaign, OneVoice and V15 recently hired 270 Strategies, whose founder is ex-Obama campaign staffer Jeremy Bird.

Bird served as a data analyst and a deputy director for Obama’s 2008 campaign and was the national field director for the president’s massive re-election machine.

Dweck told WND that Bird’s organizing skills are central to designing the evolving V15 battle plan.

“Israelis don’t know how to run field (operations) as Americans [do], and that was the major contribution of Jeremy’s team,” he said.

Bird has provided “very professional help about how to organize, manage people, how to go door-to-door, how to talk to people on the street,” Dweck said.

270 Strategies’ team of 45 staffers includes 16 members who worked directly for Obama’s campaigns. Most of the former Obama staffers hold senior posts at the firm. Others worked for the Democratic Party, the Democratic National Committee or grassroots groups involved in progressive efforts, including a group to enroll Americans in Obamacare.

The involvement of Bird’s team has ignited reports in some conservative media outlets that Obama or his surrogate are attempting to influence the Israeli elections.

“It’s a matter of finding the right professionals,” he continued. “And if I need to pick the best professional in the world for the job, [Bird] knows what he is doing. 270 [Strategies] is a great company.”

Besides the initial work to organize the group’s efforts, Dweck said he and V15 continue to consult with Bird and his firm on a regular basis.

The conservative blogosphere is largely focusing on the involvement of Bird in the V15 campaign.

A closer look at Bird’s consulting firm as well as its working relationship with the Israeli groups finds he is just one of scores of former senior Obama election campaign staffers now working on the anti-Netanyahu effort.

Besides Bird, the 270 Strategies team includes the following former Obama staffers:

  • Mitch Steward, a 270 Strategies founding partner who helped the Obama campaign build what the U.K. Guardian called “a historic ground operation that will provide the model for political campaigns in America and around the world for years to come.”
  • Mark Beatty, a founding partner who served as deputy battleground states director for the Obama campaign. He had primary responsibility for Obama’s election plans for the battleground states.
  • Marlon Marshall, a founding partner at 270 Strategies who joins the team after holding several key positions in national Democratic politics, most recently as deputy national field director for the 2012 Obama campaign.
  • Betsy Hoover, a founding partner who served as director of digital organizing on the Obama campaign.
  • Meg Ansara, who served as national regional director for Obama for America where she was responsible for overseeing the 2012 programs in the Midwest and southern states.
  • Bridget Halligan, who served as the engagement program manager on the digital team of the 2012 Obama campaign.
  • Kate Catherall, who served as Florida deputy field director for Obama’s re-election campaign.
  • Alex Lofton, who most recently served as the GOTV director of Cleveland, Ohio, for the 2012 Obama campaign.
  • Martha Patzer, the firm’s vice president who served as deputy email director at Obama for America.
  • Jesse Boateng, who served as the Florida voter registration director for Obama’s re-election campaign.
  • Ashley Bryant, who served most recently as the Ohio digital director for the 2012 Obama campaign.
  • Max Clermont, who formerly served as a regional field director in Florida for Obama’s re-election campaign.
  • Max Wood, who served as a deputy data director in Florida for the 2012 Obama campaign.