Michigan interstate has dueling billboards

March 8, 2012 at 12:52 PM

BAY CITY, Mich., March 8 (UPI) -- A Tea Party group said it placed a billboard supporting Israel on Interstate 75 in Saginaw County, Mich., prompting an opposing billboard.

The billboard paid for by the mid-Michigan Tea Party group reads "Stand with Israeli our Friend and Ally" while opponents put up a billboard reading "$8 million/day to Israel? Our Money is needed in America," The Bay City Times reported Thursday.

The opposition billboard, paid for by several political groups, is visible from the southbound lanes of Interstate 75 in the Detroit area.

A spokeswoman for the pro-Israel Tea Party group, We the People of Mid-Michigan, said their advertisement was prompted by fears the Obama administration is backpedaling on its support of Israel.

Henry Herskovitz of Ann Arbor, Mich., said after seeing the We the People billboard his group, Jewish Witnesses for Peace and Friends, partnered with two other groups to fund their own billboard opposing aid to Israel.

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