Rabbi Shmuley Rides Again With NYT Ad Praising Bob Menendez

Yes, this will mark two ads in less than a month for Boteach.

A full week has passed since New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez confronted reports that he'd be charged for corruption. One press conference and some evasions later, Menendez has not budged. Tomorrow, he'll get reinforcements in the form of a full-page ad in the the New York Times, purchased by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.

Yes, this will mark two ads in less than a month for Boteach. The day before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Congress, Boteach bought an ad attacking UN Ambassador Susan Rice for her "blind spot" on genocide. Spotting an easy target, Democrats and the Obama administration demanded an apology from Boteach. They got one. "The ad was criticized by Jewish organizations, which said that we had attacked you personally," said the celebrity rabbi this week in an open letter. "That was not our intent."

Try, try again. The new ad begins with a patriotic image of Menendez, who happens to be Boteach's home state senior senator.

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Shmuley Boteach

The prose that follows is as purple as Menendez's backdrop is black-and-white.

Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey has the gratitude of the American people for being the scourge of tyrant’s everywhere and the American Jewish community for being Israel’s great friend.

We are inspired by Senator Menendez’s audacity to speak truth to power. Willing to reach across party lines on issues of conscience, he has stood up valiantly for the human rights of the people of Cuba. And he stood up for the American and Israeli people against the Administration’s rush to conclude a deal with Iran that would endanger the security of both nations.

Watching Menendez defy those who would appease Iran is like watching an American lion, tall and proud, often alone and condemned, but never breaking, bowing, or bending. 

Of the White House’s proposed accord with Iran, Menendez famously said, “I have to be honest with you. The more I hear from the administration and its quotes, the more it sounds like talking points that come straight out of Tehran.”

Israel faces an existential threat from radical anti-Semite Ayatollah Ali Khameini who calls Jewish Zionists “rabid dogs” and recently tweeted that Israel has “no cure but to be annihilated.” 

Senator Menendez has stood up to a government that stones women to death. A government that hangs gays from cranes in public squares. A government that murders American soldiers, as former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen put it: “Iran is very directly supporting extremist Shia groups which are killing our troops... shipping high-tech weapons ... which are killing our people.” A government that shot 26-year-old philosophy student Neda Agha-Soltan through the heart in cold blood for peacefully protesting a stolen Iranian election in what Time Magazine calls “probably the most widely witnessed death in human history.” 

If you wouldn’t buy a used car from Ayatollah Khameini, would you trust him with a “peaceful” nuclear program? 

Senator Menendez is the vital, bi-partisan link against a deal with the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism that would leave Iran’s Mullahs with a one-year breakout capability toward a nuclear bomb.

And he mirrors the bravery of the senators JFK included in Profiles in Courage, a leader prepared to be castigated by some in his party in the pursuit of his principles, convictions, and the public interest.

We live in dangerous times. And there has never been a more important moment to stand with, and thank, our friends. 

The ending of this has not been cut off. There's no mention of the scandal that's befallen Menendez -- the apparent reason why a connected ally has to buy an ad and defend him. Still, nothing here that will force anyone to apologize to anyone else.

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