White House, Jewish Groups Condemn Rabbi’s ‘Revolting’ NY Times Ad Against Susan Rice


Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s full-page ad in the New York Times this weekend accusing National Security Advisor Susan Rice of “turning a blind eye” to genocide is getting its fair share of pushback.

The ad came after Rice called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s scheduled address to the U.S. House of Representatives “destructive” to the U.S.-Israel relationship.

Boteach, a common figure on cable news, attacked Rice for “standing by” during the Rwandan genocide while a member of President Bill Clinton’s foreign policy team in the 90s, and craftily used a quote from now-U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power to make his case. Boteach said Rice was repeating history as she and the Obama administration allow Iran to develop a nuclear program:

Jewish groups were quick to denounce the ad:

More rounded up by the Jerusalem Post:

The American Jewish Committee called it “revolting,” the Anti-Defamation League called it “spurious and perverse”, the Jewish Federations of North America called it “outrageous” and Josh Block, the president of The Israel Project, said it was “entirely inappropriate.”

…Also condemning it were the Orthodox Union, J Street, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and the Rabbinical Assembly of the Conservative movement. In a combined statement, the leaders of the Reform movement’s various arms called it “grotesque,” “abhorrent” and a “sinister slur.”

The Obama administration rejected it as well. “This ad is being widely met with the revulsion that it deserves,” a White House official told CNN. “Frankly, the ad says more about those who supported it than it says about Susan Rice.”

Boteach tweeted in support of the ad on Sunday:

View the full ad below, via Jerusalem Post:

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