Obama Campaign Team in Israel to Coach Anti-Netanyahu Group:
A team of President Barack Obama’s political operatives arrived in Israel to campaign for the defeat of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the March elections just days after the White House complained about the Israeli leader’s plan to address Congress over Iran’s nuclear program.
The five Democratic consultants are led by political strategist Jeremy Bird, who was the field director for Obama’s key 2008 South Carolina Democratic primary election when he beat Hillary Clinton, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported this week.
Bird and his team are working with a group called Victory 2015, which aims to promote opposition candidates in the March 17 parliamentary elections.
The group, informally known as “V15,” formed a political partnership with OneVoice International, an opposition organization founded in 2002 by Daniel Lubetzky, a U.S. businessman, Haaretz said. OneVoice describes itself as “an international grassroots movement that amplifies the voice of mainstream Israelis and Palestinians, empowering them to propel their elected representatives toward the two-state solution.”
“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,” Haaretz reported.
Bird told V15 and OneVoice supporters that he intends to organize their disorderly campaign offices and promote basic political tactics such as door-to-door canvassing of potential voters.