TEHRAN – American Rabbi Jack Moline, incoming director of the National Jewish Democratic Council, said on Friday that he thinks that some pro-Israel groups are pushing too hard for the Senate to pass new sanctions on Iran.
In an interview with JTA, Moline accused the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and the American Jewish Committee of using “strong-arm tactics,” Haaretz reported.
He described the Israel lobby as creating the feeling among senators that voting against the new sanctions would "make them anti-Israel or mean the abandonment of the Jewish community.”
“It isn’t the business of any organization to be setting up a litmus test on a piece of legislation,” Moline said, who is a conservative rabbi and political activist.
The tone of Moline’s remarks is unusual coming from the NJDC, which generally refrains from pointed criticism of leading pro-Israel groups.
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