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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Quote of the day

Radio Host Rush Limbaugh

"Obama says anybody whose great-grandparents were in Arizona before it was a state has a right to walk on in there, and yet the Jews were in Israel thousands of years before any other religion, and Obama wants to deny them the right to build in Jerusalem ."

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Sanctions Begin At Home

Just like the old adage "Charity Begins at Home," well how about a new expression appropriate for the times that we live in, "Sanctions  Begin at Home."

Mahmoud Ahmadenijad, the Iranian leader who is also referred to as a modern-day Hitler, has been routinely afforded the opportunity to travel to the U.S. for U.N. Conferences where he can preach his anti-American anti-Zionist anti-Israel rhetoric and make a mockery out of his hosts who so irresponsibly allow him into the country.

The Bush Administration gave him unfettered access to New York and the Obama Administration has continued the tradition.

Ahmadenijad requested a visa from the U.S. to come to New York to attend a U.N. Conference next week oddly enough on non-proliferation where he can once again deceive the  public into thinking that Iran does not have nuclear weapons just as the Nazis led the Red Cross to believe that the Jews were playing an innocent game of  soccer at Auschwitz.

Instead of  showing the world that the Obama Administration means business in procuring sanctions  through the ultimate sanction by not allowing Ahmadenijad into the country, Obama has decided to grant Ahmadenijad's visa request.

Would it not have sent an earth shattering message to Ahmadenijad had he been denied the opportunity to attend a conference which he will only use as a platform to further his psychopathic propaganda? How can anyone believe  that Obama is serious about procuring sanctions when he can not even take the bold step of denying a simple visa request from a leader who does not deserve any international legitimacy whatsoever?

Sanctions Begin at Home, Mr. President.  You can not expect the Chinese or the Russians to go along with your plan of  sanctions that "bite" if you do not have the backbone to block Ahmadenijad from setting foot on the very territory that he seeks to destroy.

Mayor of Jerusalem Denied a Meeting

The Obama snub of  the State of Israel is not expected to cease any time soon. Once again, an elected Israeli official has been given the cold treatment. Last month it was Israeli Prime-Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Now, it is the Mayor of Jerusalem.

Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat is in Washington meeting with members of Congress. He has been critical of the Obama Administration's demand that Israel halt all East Jerusalem construction in Jewish neighborhoods but not Arab neighborhoods.

Barkat stated "I think in Washington or anywhere in the states its illegal, it’s anti constitutional, to ask who’s the owner, if he’s Jewish or Muslim.  You’re not allowed to discriminate, by race, by color, or by religion. And I’m surprised at the demand and the request to hint to us that we must discriminate…It’s against the law.”

Incensed by Mayor Barkat's criticism, Hillary Clinton and George Mitchell refused to meet with him during his visit to Washington.

President Obama has no problem telling Arizona that they are discriminating against illegal aliens. Yet, when the Mayor of Jerusalem criticizes him for discriminating against Jewish residents in East Jerusalem; Obama cries foul. Go figure.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Call the DNC Today

President Obama has scored a victory in his campaign to isolate Israel.

Prime-Minister Netanyahu has reportedly caved into Obama's unrelenting pressure and has agreed to halt all East Jerusalem construction.

The President thinks that he can pressure Israel and still expect our votes in the 2010 and 2012 elections.

For too long, our politicians have grown to think that they can do whatever they want because we will still vote for them anyway. It is time that our elected officials be told once and for all that there will be significant  political consequences if the establishment in Washington turns a blind eye to the views and opinions of the electorate by implementing policies which contradict our beliefs and sensitivities.

In terms of President Obama's pressuring of Israel, our grassroots campaign must continue to remind. President Obama that the American people will not allow his administration to discredit the State of Israel.

Please pick up the phone and call the Democratic National Committee at 202-863-8000 during regular business hours at your earliest convenience.

When the staff member answers your call, kindly tell that person in the most respectful terms that you are dissatisfied with the manner in which the President is pressuring Israel and that if he continues to mistreat Israel or its Prime-Minister, the President and the Democrat Party will loose support in the 2010 and 2012 elections.

Get your friends to call. The more calls that we get, the greater impact that we will have in changing the President's policies on Israel.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Obama's National Security Advisor Makes a Joke About Jews


Sunday, April 25, 2010

Obama Invites Abbas to the White House

Barack Obama has invited the PA leader Mahmoud Abbas to the White House essentially rewarding Abbas's refusal to come to the negotiating table.The date and time of the upcoming meeting is to be determined.

I wonder if the President will close his meeting with Abbas to the press like he did with Netanyahu? Will there be no press conferences or photo ops? Will he leave him stranded in the White House while he goes to dinner with his family?  Will Obama criticize Abbas for naming a square after an avowed terrorist with as much ferociousness as he did when criticizing Israel for building homes in East Jerusalem?

Don't hold your breath. Look for the double standard to continue. President Obama will likely treat Abbas, who is also the leader of  the terrorist Fatah organization, with royalty.

Biden tells Israel not to strike Iran

Vice-President Joseph Biden made an appearance on ABC's "The View" this past week while he was in New York to commemorate Earth Day.

Aside from his admission that he had to propose to his wife Jill 5 times before she agreed to marry him, he was also asked by Barbara Walters to comment on the situation with Iran and in particular whether Israel will strike the Iranian regime without the permission of the U.S.

Biden responded  emphatically "they're not going to do that" as if he is the ultimate decider of Israeli government decisions. 

He went on to say "everyone from the Israeli prime minister straight through to the British prime minister to the president of Russia – everyone agrees the next step we should take is the UN sanction route.”

Biden tries to frame his answer to Barbara Walters' question in such a way that it looks like  Israel will not strike Iran because it is opposed to a military strike and would rather opt for sanctions.

But, if you read through the tea leaves, here is what Biden is really saying to the Israelis.

"Listen up Netanyahu, you are not  going to strike Iran because we will not allow you to strike Iran." As it stands, this is the official U.S. policy that an Israeli military strike on Iran is not acceptable.

By the way, on a side note, Biden's current view of  an Israeli  military strike has changed from over a year ago. In July of 2009, Biden stated that the "U.S. cannot dictate to another sovereign nation what they can and cannot do."

His response to Walters' question just the other day is a clever way of  avoiding answering directly whether Israel will strike Iran without U.S. permission and what would be the ramifications of that decision.

In reality, the Israeli government will have no choice but to use military force against Iran with or without U.S. permission as the threat of Israel's annihilation looms larger each day. And, without the likelihood of concrete sanctions any time soon, military action becomes imperative to stop the Iranian regime from igniting a second Holocaust.

Sometimes you have to dissect a politician's answer  to a question in order to obtain the real answer on a given issue.

In this case, it is clear that Israel is going to have a tough time getting the U.S. on board if Israel feels compelled to strike Iran.

Obama Disagrees with Schumer

Senator Chuck Schmuer (D-NY) is the first Democrat Senator to openly and publicly take issue with President Obama's policies on Israel. reported on Schumer's spat with the administration last week.

Senator Schumer in a radio interview on the Nachum Segal show in New York told Segal that Obama's isolation of the State of Israel, after the Netanyahu government announced the building of homes in East Jerusalem during Biden's visit to the region, "has to stop" calling it "counterproductive and a "kerfuffle."  

"Israel apologized and when Biden left, and Biden is the best friend of Israel in the administration [and] everything was fine. But then what happened is the next day Hillary Clinton called up Netanyahu and talked very tough to him, and worse they made it public through this spokesperson, a guy named Crowley. And Crowley said something I have never heard before, which is, the relationship of Israel and the United States depends on the pace of the negotiations."

As  a result of the State Department's harsh critique of the State of Israel, Schumer said "I called up Rahm Emanuel and I called up the White House and I said, 'If you don’t retract that statement you are going to hear me publicly blast you on this.'"

While the State Department has since backed down from its condemnatory remarks of Israel, Schumer claims that there is a battle currently going on within the administration. One side supports  Israel and the other side is content with pursuing the administration's current policies of isolating  Israel.

Schumer warns that if the administration does not change its policies on Israel, he will "take it to the next step."

The White House has since weighed in on Schumer's comments. Obama's Spokesman Robert Gibbs stated "I don’t think it is a stretch to say we don’t agree with what Senator Schumer said.”

I am not exactly sure who Obama is fooling.  But it is known in Washington and certainly within a significant proportion of Jewish community that President Obama is not a friend of the State of Israel's.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Former Obama Supporters Sign Pro-Israel Petition


In response to President Obama's recent treatment of Israeli Prime-Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he visited the White House last March, the conservative pro-Israel blog  Kauffmans Commentary sponsored a Petition criticizing Obama for his unstatesmanlike conduct. The Petition is titled "Mr. President, We Stand with Israel" and "Israel Deserves Respect."

The Petition reads as follows:

    "We , the undersigned, are signing this Petition to voice our outrage and dismay  that you have more respect for enemies of the United States than allies like the State of Israel as you have shown repeatedly throughout your presidency. On March 23rd, 2010, you met with Israeli Prime-Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House. Unfortunately, you treated Mr. Netanyahu in a disrespectful manner. It is customary for the President of the United States to hold a joint press conference with the visiting head of state, to permit the media to take photographs, and to offer a statement of what was discussed in the meeting. In an act which can only be explained as a snub, you prevented the media from taking any photographs, required that your meeting with Mr. Netanyahu be closed to the press, offered no statement about what was discussed in the meeting, and left the Prime-minister and his entourage in the White House while you went to dinner with your family. This is certainly not a way to treat one of America's best friends in the world. Instead of weakening Israel for building homes in a Jewish neighborhood, we call on you and your administration to utilize more energy in confronting Iran to prevent a nuclear Holocaust." 

As of today's date, over 500 people have signed the Petition expressing their discontent with the manner in which the President mistreated Netanyahu.

The makeup of the signatories indicates that there exists diversified support for the State of Israel in the United States.  Evangelical Christians,  Orthodox Jews, secular Jews, Democrats, Republicans, Hispanic Americans, men, and women are all represented in this Petition.

Several individuals who supported President Obama in the 2008 campaign also signed the Petition which suggests that President Obama may be alienating a segment of his support base as a result of the recent tension in the U.S.-Israel relationship that many believe Obama manufactured unnecessarily.

Here are the words of a few of the former Obama supporters who now oppose his policies on the Middle East.

Robert Redmon- " I voted for you previously, however I'm now ashamed that I'd voted for you."
Jill Daly: "As a supporter of you during your campaign, I am deeply saddened in your attitude toward Israel."
Beth Hoffman: " I voted for you Mr. President, please do not let the Jewish people down"

Kauffmans Commentary sent the Petition to the White House on Tuesday April 20th, to coincide with Yom Haatzmaut, Israel's Independence Day.

The Petition will remain active for at least a few more weeks.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Israel at 62

You are truly a light onto the nations


Sunday, April 18, 2010

Israel Rememberance Day

ISRAEL MOURNS ITS FALLEN WITH A SIREN; All of Israel stops to remember


Saturday, April 17, 2010

Senators sign letter to Obama

76 Senators signed  a letter to President Obama urging him to ease recent tensions with the State of Israel.

The letter stated: "We  write to urge you to do everything possible to ensure that recent tensions between the U.S. and Israeli administrations over the untimely announcement of future housing construction in East Jerusalem do not derail Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations or harm U.S.-Israel relations. We also urge you to reaffirm the unbreakable bonds that tie the United States and Israel together and to diligently work to defuse current tensions.  The Israeli governments and U.S. governments will undoubtedly, at times, disagree over policy decisions.  But disagreements should not adversely affect our  national interests."

The letter can be seen in full here.

Of the 76 Senators who signed the letter, most who signed the letter were Republican with a significant amount of Democrat Senators not signing including Harry Reid and John Kerry.

Here are a list of the Senators who did not sign the letter.

1)Max Baucus (D- MT)
2)Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)
3)Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
4)Robert Byrd (D-WV)
5)Bob Corker (R-TN)
6)Chris Dodd (D-CT)
7)Byron Dorgan (D-ND)
8)Richard Durbin (D-IL)
9)Michael Enzi (R-WY)
10)Diane Feinstein (D-CA)
11)Judd Gregg (R-NH)
12)Tom Harkin (D-IA)
13)Edward Kaufman (D-DE)
14)John Kerry (D-MA)
15 Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
16)Richard Lugar (R-IN)
17)Claire McCaskill(D-MO)
18)Jack Reed (D-RI)
19)Harry Reid (D-NV)
20)John Rockefeller(D-WV)
21)Bernard Sanders (I-VT)
22)Mark Udall (D-CO)
23)Tom Udall (D-NM)
24)Jim Webb (D-VA)

[Ed. Note] If you are a constituent of any of the above Senators who did not sign the letter and want to voice your displeasure to them for not doing so, contact their Washington DC offices via phone or fax.  The more calls or faxes that they get, the quicker they will get the message that supporting Israel is a requirement for getting re-elected in the next election.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Future of Jewish Democrats

Non-Jewish Republicans and even Jewish Republicans constantly ponder the question, why do Jews flock to the Democrat party? What is it that they like about the Democrat party? (Ed. note: Orthodox Jews traditionally are Republican)  After all, the Democrat party has moved so far to the left and is the home to Michael Moore, Jimmy Carter, Al Sharpton, Dennis Kucinich, and other radical environmentalists who espouse anti-Israel views.

If Israel is such a major issue for the Jewish community as it rightfully should be, why would Jews back the Democrats? The truth is that there was a time when Democrats were Pro-Israel (LBJ, Harry Truman, JFK, RFK, Scoop Jackson)  And there was a time when Republicans were not so friendly to the Jews (Pat Buchanan, Bush I, James Baker etc.)

The main answer to these legitimate questions is that social issues predominantly drives the Jewish connection to the Democrat party as most secular Jews are pro-choice, against the dominance of religion in society, for gun control, and  therefore can not be single issue "Israel voters" even though Israel is an issue that concerns them.
( Please note that there is no attempt here to disparage secular Jews; this is merely an attempt to explain their reasoning for backing the Democrats despite all indications for them not to do so. Certainly, everyone is entitled to their own opinion no matter how misguided it may be)

However, slowly but surely, many Jewish Democrats are finally realizing that the Democrat Party is no longer  their home.  We started seeing a Jewish trend towards the Republicans with the Reagan administration's close ties to the Jewish state. As President George W. Bush became known as  one of the most Pro-Israel Presidents in U.S. history, more Jewish Democrats voted for Bush II in 2004 although Kerry still got the bulk of the Jewish vote.

Surprisingly, 80% of Jews voted for Obama in 2008 despite his 20 year association with a radical anti-semitic preacher named Jeremiah Wright. 

However, for the first time, the iceberg may have fallen over causing tons of Jewish Democrats to start packing towards red country.

It would have to take a radical guy like Barack Obama to shift the Jewish voting patterns. Jewish voters are  finally realizing that Obama is so entrenched with the Muslim world that he is willing to sell out Israel and the lives of more than six million Jews living in Israel in order to appease the Iranians.

Just a few observations which leads me to believe that we will be seeing significantly more Jewish voters electing Republicans in 2010 and 2012.

The Former Mayor of  New York, Ed Koch, a well known Jewish Democrat who usually has a good pulse on the views of the American Jewish community recently came out against Obama.  Koch endorsed Bush II in 2004 and then went back to the Democrats in 2008 endorsing Obama. He now says that he is "getting off the Obama train because of Obama's mistreatment of the State of Israel.  You rarely hear such a prominent Democrat in New York politics so vocally express his disgust for a Democrat President. 

It takes the radical views of Barack Obama to spur Koch to do just that and I would imagine he's bringing a lot of Jewish Democrats with him off the train.

Another observation which many people do not yet know about and is a breaking development.

Kauffmans Commentary recently sponsored an "Israel Deserves Respect" Petition to President Obama.  Kcom recieved quite a few responses from former Obama supporters who are outraged at the manner in which Obama disrespected Prime-minister Netanyahu when he visited the White House last March.  Some of these former Obama suppporters were Jewish Americans who are now regretting their vote.

This is only the beginning of the  Republican tent opening a little larger to welcome disenfranchised Jewish voters running away from Barack Obama and the Democrats. Stay tuned for more articles on this topic.

If you are reading this article and are a Jewish Democrat, let me know what you think. Will you be voting for Barack Obama in 2012? 

Monday, April 12, 2010

Obama's Failed Rhetoric

Today we honored the memories of the six million Jews including 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust and the many others who survived but were irreparably damaged.

Ever year as we commemorate the Holocaust at this time, there is a memorial ceremony at Israel's Holocaust Museum known as Yad Vashem. In addition, leaders all over the world annually issue proclamations condemning the Holocaust and also make statements remembering the victims.

In recent years, these statements have become all the more significant because the world is facing another Holocaust. This time the potential is  for a nuclear Holocaust.

Of course, I am talking about Iran.

Unfortunately, despite the now famous expression "Never Again," the Holocaust could very well happen again precisely because our leaders are making statements that they do not intend to keep or enforce. Apparently, the term "Never Again," which was repeatedly drummed into our lexicon to assuage international guilt for universal inaction to prevent the Holocaust, has lost its impact.

In the years before the Holocaust, the warning signs of the pending Holocaust were written on the wall but for whatever reason no one decided to take them seriously enough to prevent the Holocaust from happening.

Now, we are faced with those same warning signs in a modern day era and once again no is taking Iran's threat to obtain a nuclear weapon serious enough to take action to prevent it from carrying out its nefarious plot.

We hear from our leaders how much they are opposed to Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon. But, where is the action?

History may be doomed to repeat itself.

In an ironic twist,  President Obama commemorated the Holocaust by stating that the memories of the victims  "serve as a constant reminder to honor their legacy by renewing our commitment to prevent genocide, and to confront anti-Semitism and prejudice in all of its forms"  

President Obama, you have an opportunity to prevent genocide right now by confronting Iran. Yet, your administration remains opposed to Israel launching a military strike against Iran. In other words, you would rather have Israel tie their hands behind their backs and wait for a nuclear bomb to hit the streets of Tel Aviv or Jerusalem in the event that sanctions are not effective which they will not be in all likelihood.  

How are you renewing your commitment to preventing genocide when you are opposed to Israel exercising its right to defend itself against the very genocide that you seem to be opposed to in your statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day.

This is just another example of Obama's failed rhetoric.


Thursday, April 8, 2010

Quote of the day

Former Mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani, says it best: 
"Obama thinks we can all hold hands, sing songs, and have peace symbols."

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Obama Changes National Security Document

In an attempt to be politically correct and appease his liberal base, Obama  has now rejected the term "Radical Islam" as being the cause of worldwide terrorism.

A national security document created during the Bush Administration read "The struggle against militant Islamic radicalism is the great ideological conflict of the early years of the 21st century." Now, Obama is changing the national security document which is the premier document that determines U.S. national security strategy.

Who knows what will Obama put in place of radical Islam?

I know. Global warming. Or rather, the lack of nationalized health care. How about a bunch of Eskimos in Northern Alaska?  Did you see the igloos that brought down the Towers on 9/11?

Unfortunately, Obama continues his famous doublespeak. On the one hand, he talks up a big deal that nuke terrorism is the number one threat facing the nation and how he remains committed to the security of the U.S.

But, when it comes to actually take a stand against terrorism in action rather than rhetoric, Obama fails miserably and hides behind his politically correct appeasing advisers in the White House.

If Obama can not even properly identify the very enemy that threatens the U.S. which is radical Islam, what makes anyone seriously think that  Obama will have the courage to confront Iran or launch a military strike if the U.S. is attacked again Gdforbid.

How can anyone seriously believe that Obama is protecting the U.S. from daily threats against the country when he strikes a deal with the Russians to reduce the United States' nuclear arms supply in a time when Iran or North Korea or a terrorist group could launch a bio terror attack on the U.S.? (Obama heads to Prague to sign the U.S.-Russian Treaty which will reduce nuclear warheads to 1,550 over 7 years)

If someone out there has confidence in Obama's national security credentials, please tell me where you derive such a level of confidence in a President who is working actively to appease the enemy rather than weaken them.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Democrat Ed Koch Blasts Obama