J Street’s Chanukah ‘host comittee’*
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J Street’s Chanukah ‘host comittee’*

Are Sarah Palin, John Hagee, and Mike Huckabee are all going to be celebrating Chanukah with J Street?

Not really, but the left-wing pro-Israel organization has been sending around an amusing invitation to its Chanukah Gala Happy Hour on Dec. 16 listing those three — all of whom J Street slammed in the past few months and all of whom don’t agree with the upstart organization’s policy platform — as part of the party’s "host committee." Of course, their names have a big asterisk beside them, denoting that they’ve merely been invited. (Of course, J Street had some problems with its own "host committee" in the weeks before its conference, when more than a dozen members of Congress dropped off claiming they hadn’t been aware of the group’s positions before signing on.)

Also "invited" to be on the "host committee" — with some of their faces part of the photoshopped invitation, the Facebook version of which can be seen here — are Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and prominent J Street critics Michael Goldfarb and Lenny Ben-David.

(The final name on the committee is Levi Johnston, who, as far as I’m aware, has not expressed any opinion on J Street, or the Middle East in general, in between Playgirl photo shoots.)

The only person that may have actually accepted the host committee invitation is the Weekly Standard’s Goldfarb, who tweeted earlier in the week, "A genuinely pro-Israel host committee that I’m honored to serve on!"

The party is at D.C.’s Russia House, says the invite, because "you can see it from your … office."