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Former Obama campaign leaders arrive in Israel to help opposition

Obama’s 2012 Campaign National Field Director has arrived in Israel to run an “anti-Netanyahu” campaign.

Obama’s 2012 campaign National Field Director Jeremy Bird has arrived in Israel with four other top Obama campaign leaders. They have launched “V-2015,” or “Victory in 2015.” The group is funded by the American run “OneVoice,” which backs Palestinian statehood. The group “OneVoice” was founded by a wealthy Mexican born Jewish man who now lives in the United States.

In order to comply with Israeli law, it does not endorse a party. Their mission is to oppose the Likud party in the March 17th election. They describe Likud as “right-wing.”

The Likud party is a center-right “secular Zionist” party. They support a nationalistic view of Israel as a Jewish state. They oppose a “two state” solution.

In the US, the Israel foreign lobby is being taken over by idealistic far-left American Jews who support a two state solution and accuse many Israeli Jews of being “racist.” Historically the Israeli foreign lobby has been dominated by AIPAC, which gives money to Republicans, Democrats, Conservatives, and Liberals alike. Now J Street rivals AIPAC in the volume of funds distributed to US Congressmen and Senators. J Street has a policy of only giving money to left-wing politicians.

J Street is hated by Jewish conservatives and nationalists in Israel. Most Americans only recognize the name AIPAC and don’t even know J Street exists. The group openly glorifies the left and portrays American Jews as a vanguard for left-wing politics in the US.

J Street receives a large percentage of it’s funds from George Soros. In 2010, J Street denied having a relationship with Soros, and said none of it’s funds came from Soros. However, their tax records showed that 15% of it’s funding from 2008-2010 came from George Soros and his two children.

From Haaretz…

During a stroll along Tel Aviv’s Lilienblum Street, it was difficult to avoid noticing that the ground floor of one office building had been converted into a campaign headquarters, packed with “Victory 2015” signs and young people wearing V15 campaign buttons. Hanging on the wall is a map of greater Tel Aviv, marked into numbered districts, and scrawled on a whiteboard are various slogans in advertising language.

OneVoice is expected to merge with V15 before the March 17 election. The groups have a common goal: To recruit tens of thousands of volunteers for house-to-house canvassing, knocking on anywhere between 150,000 and 1 million doors — a method that was effective in Obama’s first presidential campaign, in particular.

Their secret campaign weapon is Jeremy Bird, a 36-year-old American political strategist who worked for Obama. Bird has come with a team of four consultants that will try to channel the energies of V15 into an organized methodology. Bird was the field director for South Carolina in Obama’s primary campaign for the 2008 election. Early opinion polls in the state gave Obama and Hillary Clinton equal odds, but in the primary vote Obama beat her two to one. That victory helped Obama to clinch the Democratic nomination, and it resulted in Bird’s promotion to deputy national field director for the 2008 national election. For Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, Bird was national field director. After the election, Bird parlayed his success into 270 Strategies, a political consulting firm that helps election campaigns all over the world to build grassroots strategies.

“It’s not right to do in Israel exactly what we did in the United States, the context is completely different,” admits Bird, who still has some of the Hebrew he learned as a student in Haifa in 1999. But he says the mess in the OneVoice office — many empty cartons from newly purchased equipment — reminds him of Obama headquarters, he says: lots of energy and lot of talent. Israel is an ideal country for a door-knocking campaign because of its relatively small size, Bird says. Israel has very complex politics, a large number of parties and relatively high voter turnout, he says, adding that it’s possible to speak with enough people here to replace the government.

“The goal is not to promote a specific candidate or party, but to put your ego aside for the greater good,” Dweck says. When I asked whether their goal was “Anyone but Bibi,” referring to the nickname of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, they corrected me: “We say ‘replace the government,’ it’s not directed at specific individuals. There have been many years of right-wing governments during which little happened, it’s time to change course and give people hope.”

Top Obama campaign leaders now running an “anti-Netanyahu” group in Israel.

From the Director of the Independent Media Review & Analysis in Israel

Foreign Funding Bankrolls Anti-Netanyahu Campaign – Flies in 5-Man Obama Team

Dr. Aaron Lerner Date: 26 January 2015 Haaretz reporter Roi Arad revealed in an article in the Hebrew edition today that the foreign funded organization, “One Voice”, is bankrolling the V-2015 campaign to defeat Binyamin Netanyahu’s national camp in the March 2015 Knesset Elections.

One indication of the generous financing is that it has now flown in a team of five American campaign experts (including Jeremy Bird, the Obama campaign’s national field director) who will run the campaign out of offices taking up the ground floor of a Tel Aviv office building.

V-2015 is careful not to support a specific party – rather “just not Bibi”. As such, the foreign funds pouring into the campaign are not subject to Israel’s campaign finance laws.

Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director IMRA