Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader, who many Democrats blame for spoiling Al Gore’s bid for the White House in 2000, has launched a scathing attack on the US-Israel alliance, describing the White House as being manipulated by Israel like a puppet.

“What has been happening over the years is a predictable routine of foreign visitation from the head of the Israeli government,” Nader said. “The Israeli puppeteer travels to Washington. The Israeli puppeteer meets with the puppet in the White House, and then moves down Pennsylvania Avenue, and meets with the puppets in Congress. And then takes back billions of taxpayer dollars. It is time for the Washington puppet show to be replaced by the Washington peace show.”

Nader spoke Tuesday in Washington at the release of a survey of American Muslim voter opinion, commissioned by the Council on American-Islamic Relations. The survey of 1,161 voters this month showed that the majority of voters, 56 percent, supported the presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. John Kerry, and 26% favored Nader, more than five times the percentage Nader has received in nationwide and statewide polls.

Strikingly, only 2% said they would vote for President George W. Bush, even though 55% of those polled said they had cast their vote for him in 2000. Fourteen percent remained undecided. CAIR said it had no estimate of the number of Muslim voters nationwide…

Nader, a frequent critic of Israel who has campaigned largely on the notion that the Bush administration has eroded civil liberties since September 11, is struggling to get on state ballots ahead of the November election after the Green Party, who backed him in 2000, decided he would not be their nominee. Nader made the puppet analogy in several other forums this month…


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