4 Republican congresspeople ‘pledge’ to hold West Bank

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According to a rightwing Israeli news site, settler lobbyist David Ha’Ivri met with four Republican congresspeople and got them to “pledge” to support settlements in the West Bank (language is vague). The congresspeople include Nan Hayworth (I live in her district), Michael Grimm (he took a district in Staten Island/Brooklyn in the last election, and raised rightwing Jewish money to do so and has taken hardline positions on Israel), Allen West of Florida (who knocked off progressive-on-everything-but-Palestine Alan Grayson) and Pete Sessions of Texas. 

The trend reinforces the point that Republicans are drawing the line on the West Bank, they regard it as Israel.  And they surely have a financial interest in doing so.

Drawing the line on the Democratic side, Jeffrey Goldberg says this Republican trend is dangerous to Israel, because it must remain a Jewish-majority country. And he does the usual pinkwashing. He brags on Israel’s gay-pride parade and says Michelle Bachmann, who also supports the settlements, would be upset by that.

As if these American stances mean anything. Nothing will change…Especially because Goldberg says the left holds Israel “to an impossible standard of moral and political behavior.” Oh please.

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  1. PissedOffAmerican
    July 18, 2011, 11:29 am

    There seems to be a shift here to the right, with the Israeli lobby support and money increasingly wooing the Republicans. I suspect it may be because Israel’s strategists and lobbyists are foreseeing a republican victory in 2012. Also, the popularity of the Tea Party, and the religious fervor driving its popularity, plays right into the Israeli agenda, and ease by which they continue to present themselves as God’s chosen ones. The Republicans are increasingly forced to posture towards the religious right if they expect to counter the efforts of Bachman and her evangelistic ilk and manage to put in one of their more moderate status quo clowns, like this Romney corporate slut.

    I firmly believe that the “Tea Party” is as much a charade as Obama’s platform of “change” was, and the Tea Party fans are going to be just as dissappointed as the Obama fans are. Both entities are tools of the status quo, carefully marketed to appeal to the increasing number of Americans that are disillusioned and disgusted with “business as usual” Washington partisan politics.

    But meanwhile, the Israeli lobby machine, covers ALL the bases. I suspect we will see Israeli bribery, in the form of campaign funds, spread throughout the political spectrum here, in a far less partisan manner than in the past. Israel is going to make whores out of EVERYONE in DC this time around, and fund campaign coffers with unprecedented largess. The Supreme Court decision, allowing corporate money, (with less disclosure), into the process is going to aid this process immensely.

  2. BradAllen
    July 18, 2011, 11:59 am

    Not really surprised. As we get closer to election year, the “whores” come out of the closet looking for money and they know who can get it for them.

    Now here’s a question I have been dying to get answers for. With all these American political “whores” bending over backward to please the Zionist lobby, how come no one has asked to move the US embassy to Jerusalem. If you really want to look like a 100% pro Zionist, this is one area I think they can get a lot of mileage on.

    Why hasn’t anyone from the west asked to move their embassy to Jerusalem ????

    • PissedOffAmerican
      July 18, 2011, 12:16 pm

      “With all these American political “whores” bending over backward to please the Zionist lobby, how come no one has asked to move the US embassy to Jerusalem”

      Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think this IS a trick the DC whores have proposed bending over for.

    • PissedOffAmerican
      July 18, 2011, 12:26 pm

      link to thejewishweek.com

      An excerpt………..

      As Dan Shapiro took the oath of office as U.S. ambassador to Israel Friday afternoon, some in Congress were working to renew the campaign to move his new office from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. But even if they succeed, the American embassy would remain in Tel Aviv until at least 2014.

      Congress ordered the transfer in the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act but gave presidents the authority to waive the mandate in the national interest, which is just what Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush (despite his campaign promise to move the embassy on his first day in office) and Barack Obama have done.

      Now Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, has put a provision in her draft of the 2012 State Department authorization bill to repeal presidential waiver authority as of 2014. Congressional efforts to restrict presidential authority in foreign policy historically have been veto bait, and the embassy location has less to do with Israel than an effort by the legislative branch to encroach on the powers of the executive branch.

      Another provision in the bill would require that any official U.S. document that lists countries and their capital cities “shall identify Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.”

      Amendments like the Embassy mover have more to do with electoral politics than foreign policy. Both parties have been playing this game for nearly the 40 years I’ve been on and around Capitol Hill. The party out of the White House is always looking for ways to embarrass the president of the other party and accuse him of not being sufficiently pro-Israel.

      You want some proof? Republicans pushed the Jerusalem Embassy bill in 1995 to embarrass Bill Clinton and try to help Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kansas), the eventual GOP nominee, who had a mediocre record at best on Israel-related issues. Every time Clinton exercised his waiver authority, Republicans vilified him. Then in 2000 along came George W. Bush with a promise to move the embassy on his first day in office. By the time he got to the White House he had changed that to “begin” preparing for the move; he then proceeded to sign 16 consecutive waivers. Republicans, who had a majority in both chambers during much of his tenure, were no longer outraged by this exercise of presidential authority, but instead they “understood” and would not hold their man’s feet to the fire. Conclusion: if Bush’s promise had been sincere and the GOP initiative serious, the U.S. Embassy would be celebrating its 10th anniversary in Jerusalem this year.

      continues, end excerpt…..

    • Taxi
      July 18, 2011, 12:27 pm

      “Why hasn’t anyone from the west asked to move their embassy to Jerusalem ????”
      Cuz that’s against International Law AND tantamount to declaring war on the whole of the moslem world: 1.3 billion of them on several continents.

      • BradAllen
        July 18, 2011, 1:23 pm

        That’s just my point. Since the US has been ignoring Intl law and protecting Israel in its occupation, and the “whores” seem to want to bend over backward to please the lobby, I would have thought by now some real desparate politician looking for bonus points would push that point as part of the 2012 elections.

        By doing this, the US will have declared war on the all its allies in the mid east, like Jordan’s king, the saudis, the Gulf countries etc… they will roll like dominoes. Clinton and Bush were too smart for that. In Canada around 1980 (can’t remember the real date) a new Govt., led by an idiot “Joe Clark” did just that (proposed to move the embassy), He didn’t last very long and got tossed out of office a few months later.

        I would love to see the effects of this one seemingly simple ideas. The “whores” would finally pay the price of peddling their office to the lobby.

    • radkelt
      July 18, 2011, 1:21 pm

      Senator Hillary Clinton publicly called for the American Embassy to be
      moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Might give you some insight as to her mindset regarding Israel.

    • American
      July 18, 2011, 1:38 pm

      They have. At least a dozen times a year every year.

      Expressing the sense of Congress with respect to relocating the United States Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem
      THOMAS G. TANCREDO ( 2001 ) ( Concurrent Resolution originating in the House )
      Legislation, Congressional Activity [107th Congress, Bill 30]
      Legislation, Congressional Activity [110th Congress, Bill 171]

      To take certain steps toward recognition by the United States of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel
      THOMAS M. REYNOLDS ( 2001 ) ( Bill originating in the House )
      Legislation, Congressional Activity [107th Congress, Bill 598]
      Legislation, Congressional Activity [108th Congress, Bill 167]
      Legislation, Congressional Activity [109th Congress, Bill 588]
      Legislation, Congressional Activity [110th Congress, Bill 895]

      link to govtrack.us

      A joint resolution providing for the recognition of Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel before the United States recognizes a Palestinian state, and for other purposes
      SAM BROWNBACK ( 2007 ) ( Joint Resolution originating in the Senate )
      Legislation, Congressional Activity [110th Congress, Bill 12]
      Legislation, Congressional Activity [108th Congress, Bill 24]
      Legislation, Congressional Activity [109th Congress, Bill 14]

      H.Res. 291: Urging the expedient relocation of the United States Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Introduced Jun 1, 2011

      H.R. 1006: Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act of 2011 Introduced Mar 10, 2011

      H.Con.Res. 5: Supporting the reunification of Jerusalem. Introduced Jan 5, 2011

      Congress spends more time supporting Israel than it spends supporting the US. Any American who thinks congress represents Americans is fooling himself. We are now a Zionist State.

      A few of my favorite examples:

      Condemning Palestinian efforts to revive the original Palestine partition plan of November 29, 1947, and condemning the United Nations Commission on Human Rights for its April 27, 1999, resolution endorsing Palestinian self-determination on the basis of the original Palestine partition plan
      JERROLD NADLER ( 1999 ) ( Concurrent Resolution originating in the House )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [106th Congress, Bill 131]

      A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that the Secretary of State should redesignate the Palestine Liberation Organization as a terrorist organization, and for other purposes
      ROBERT C. SMITH ( 2001 ) ( Simple Resolution of the Senate )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [107th Congress, Bill 157]

      A concurrent resolution condemning Palestinian efforts to revive the original Palestine partition plan of November 29, 1947, and condemning the United Nations Commission on Human Rights for its April 27, 1999, resolution endorsing Palestinian self-determination on the basis of the original Palestine partition plan
      CHARLES E. SCHUMER ( 1999 ) ( Concurrent Resolution originating in the Senate )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [106th Congress, Bill 36]
      106th CONGRESS

      2d Session

      H. R. 5272

      IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

      September 28 (legislative day, SEPTEMBER 22), 2000

      ——————————————————————————–

      AN ACT
      To provide for a United States response in the event of a unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state.

      Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

      SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

      This Act may be cited as the `Peace Through Negotiations Act of 2000′.

      SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

      Congress makes the following findings:

      (1) Resolving the political status of the territory controlled by the Palestinian Authority is one of the central issues of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

      (2) The Palestinian threat to declare an independent state unilaterally constitutes a fundamental violation of the underlying principles of the Oslo Accords and the Middle East peace process.

      (3) On March 11, 1999, the Senate overwhelmingly adopted Senate Concurrent Resolution 5, and on March 16, 1999, the House of Representatives adopted House Concurrent Resolution 24, both of which resolved that: `any attempt to establish Palestinian statehood outside the negotiating process will invoke the strongest congressional opposition.’.

      (4) On July 25, 2000, Palestinian Chairman Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Barak issued a joint statement agreeing that the `two sides understand the importance of avoiding unilateral actions that prejudice the outcome of negotiations and that their differences will be resolved in good-faith negotiations’.

      SEC. 3. POLICY OF THE UNITED STATES.

      It shall be the policy of the United States to oppose the unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state, to withhold diplomatic recognition of any Palestinian state that is unilaterally declared, and to encourage other countries and international organizations to withhold diplomatic recognition of any Palestinian state that is unilaterally declared.

      SEC. 4. MEASURES TO BE APPLIED IF A PALESTINIAN STATE IS UNILATERALLY DECLARED.

      (a) MEASURES- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, beginning on the date that a Palestinian state is unilaterally declared and ending on the date such unilateral declaration is rescinded or on the date the President notifies the Committee on International Relations of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate that an agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority regarding the establishment of a Palestinian state has been concluded, the following measures shall be applied:

      (1) DOWNGRADE IN STATUS OF PALESTINIAN OFFICE IN THE UNITED STATES-

      (A) Section 1003 of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1988 and 1989 (Public Law 100-204) as enacted on December 22, 1987, shall have the full force and effect of law, and shall apply notwithstanding any waiver or suspension of such section that was authorized or exercised subsequent to December 22, 1987.

      (B) For purposes of such section, the term `Palestine Liberation Organization or any of its constituent groups, any successor to any of those, or any agents thereof’ shall include the Palestinian Authority and the government of any unilaterally declared Palestinian state.

      (C) Nothing in this paragraph shall be construed to preclude–

      (i) the establishment or maintenance of a Palestinian information office in the United States, operating under the same terms and conditions as the Palestinian information office that existed prior to the Oslo Accords; or

      (ii) diplomatic contacts between Palestinian officials and United States counterparts.

      (2) PROHIBITION ON UNITED STATES ASSISTANCE TO A UNILATERALLY DECLARED PALESTINIAN STATE- United States assistance may not be provided to the government of a unilaterally declared Palestinian state, the Palestinian Authority, or to any successor or related entity.

      (3) PROHIBITION ON UNITED STATES ASSISTANCE TO THE WEST BANK AND GAZA- United States assistance (except humanitarian assistance) may not be provided to programs or projects in the West Bank or Gaza.

      (4) AUTHORITY TO WITHHOLD PAYMENT OF UNITED STATES CONTRIBUTIONS TO INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS THAT RECOGNIZE A UNILATERALLY DECLARED PALESTINIAN STATE- The President is authorized to–

      (A) withhold up to 10 percent of the United States assessed contribution to any international organization that recognizes a unilaterally declared Palestinian state; and

      (B) reduce the United States voluntary contribution to any international organization that recognizes a unilaterally declared Palestinian state up to 10 percent below the level of the United States voluntary contribution to such organization in the fiscal year prior to the fiscal year in which such organization recognized a unilaterally declared Palestinian state.

      (5) OPPOSITION TO LENDING BY INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS- The Secretary of the Treasury shall instruct the United States Executive Director at each international financial institution (as defined in section 1701(c)(2) of the International Financial Institutions Act) to use the voice, vote, and influence of the United States to oppose–

      (A) membership for a unilaterally declared Palestinian state in such institution, or other recognition of a unilaterally declared Palestinian state by such institution; and

      (B) the extension by such institution to a unilaterally declared Palestinian state of any loan or other financial or technical assistance.

      (6) LIMITATION ON USE OF FUNDS TO EXTEND UNITED STATES RECOGNITION- No funds available under any provision of law may be used to extend United States recognition to a unilaterally declared Palestinian state, including, but not limited to, funds for the payment of the salary of any ambassador, consul, or other diplomatic personnel to such a unilaterally declared state, or for the cost of establishing, operating, or maintaining an embassy, consulate, or other diplomatic facility in such a unilaterally declared state.

      (b) SUSPENSION OF MEASURES-

      (1) IN GENERAL- The President may suspend the application of any of paragraphs (3) through (5) of subsection (a) for a period of not more than one year if, with respect to the suspension of the application of each such paragraph, the President determines and certifies to the Committee on International Relations of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate that such suspension is in the national security interest of the United States. Such certification shall be accompanied by a justification for the basis of the determination.

      (2) RENEWAL- The President may renew the suspension of the application of any of paragraphs (3) through (5) of subsection (a) for a successive period or periods of not more than one year if, before each such period, the President makes a determination and transmits a certification in accordance with paragraph (1).

      (3) ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT- A suspension of the application of any of paragraphs (3) through (5) of subsection (a) under paragraph (1) or paragraph (2) shall cease to be effective after one year or at such earlier date as the President may specify.

      (c) DEFINITION- For purposes of paragraphs (2) and (3) of subsection (a), the term `United States assistance’–

      (1) means–

      (A) assistance under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (22 U.S.C. 2151 et seq.), except–

      (i) assistance under chapter 8 of part I of such Act (relating to international narcotics control assistance);

      (ii) assistance under chapter 9 of part I of such Act (relating to international disaster assistance); and

      (iii) assistance under chapter 6 of part II of such Act (relating to assistance for peacekeeping operations);

      (B) assistance under the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2751 et seq.), including the license or approval for export of defense articles and defense services under section 38 of that Act; and

      (C) assistance under the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945; and

      (2) does not include counter-terrorism assistance.
      Passed the House of Representatives September 27, 2000.

      A bill to prohibit assistance to the Palestinian Authority unless and until certain conditions are met
      ARLEN SPECTER ( 2000 ) ( Bill originating in the Senate )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [106th Congress, Bill 3280]

      To promote transparency, accountability, and reform within the United Nations system, and for other purposes
      ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN ( 2007 ) ( Bill originating in the House )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [110th Congress, Bill 2712]

      Honoring the international corps of volunteers, known as Machal, who served Israel in its War of Independence
      JANE HARMAN ( 1998 ) ( Concurrent Resolution originating in the House )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [105th Congress, Bill 268]

      A bill to withhold United States assistance from the Palestinian Authority until certain conditions have been satisfied
      RICK SANTORUM ( 2006 ) ( Bill originating in the Senate )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [109th Congress, Bill 2237]

      To amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to assist Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza to move to post-refugee status, and for other purposes
      MARK STEVEN KIRK ( 2006 ) ( Bill originating in the House )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [109th Congress, Bill 5278]

      Condemning the glorification of terrorism and the continuing anti-Israel and anti-Semitic rhetoric at the United Nations
      ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN ( 2008 ) ( Simple Resolution of the House )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [110th Congress, Bill 939]

      To authorize appropriations for the Department of State for fiscal years 2006 and 2007, and for other purposes
      CHRISTOPHER H. SMITH ( 2005 ) ( Bill originating in the House )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [109th Congress, Bill 2601]

      Urging the European Union to add Hezbollah to the European Union’s wide-ranging list of terrorist organizations
      H. JAMES SAXTON ( 2005 ) ( Simple Resolution of the House )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [109th Congress, Bill 101]

      To provide for a United States response in the event of a unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state
      BENJAMIN A. GILMAN ( 2000 ) ( Bill originating in the House )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [106th Congress, Bill 5272]

      To require the Secretary of State to report on United States citizens injured or killed by certain terrorist groups
      MATT SALMON ( 1999 ) ( Bill originating in the House )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [106th Congress, Bill 2172]

      To require the imposition of sanctions with respect to the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) or the Palestinian Authority if the President determines that these entities have not complied with certain commitments made by the entities, and for other purposes
      GARY L. ACKERMAN ( 2001 ) ( Bill originating in the House )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [107th Congress, Bill 1795]

      Calling upon Yasser Arafat and the leaders of other countries in the Middle East to accept the existence of Israel
      H. JAMES SAXTON ( 2002 ) ( Concurrent Resolution originating in the House )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [107th Congress, Bill 369]

      A resolution urging the European Union to add Hezbollah to the European Union’s wide-ranging list of terrorist organizations
      GEORGE F. ALLEN ( 2005 ) ( Simple Resolution of the Senate )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [109th Congress, Bill 82]

      Expressing the sense of Congress that the international community should recognize the plight of Jewish refugees from Arab countries and that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East should establish a program for resettling Palestinian refugees
      ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN ( 2003 ) ( Concurrent Resolution originating in the House )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [108th Congress, Bill 311]

      Expressing the sense of the Congress that United States foreign policy with respect to the Middle East peace process should not include an attempt to require Israel to make concessions which Israel does not believe to be in its self-interest, including concessions which would jeopardize the security of Israel
      H. JAMES SAXTON ( Concurrent Resolution originating in the House )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [105th Congress, Bill 276]

      A resolution recognizing the right of Israel to defend itself against attacks from Gaza and reaffirming the United States’ strong support for Israel in its battle with Hamas, and supporting the Israeli-Palestinian peace process
      HARRY M. REID ( 2009 ) ( Simple Resolution of the Senate )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [111th Congress, Bill 10]

      Condemning the refusal of the Indonesian officials organizing the World Archery Championships in Jakarta, Indonesia, in August 1995 to permit a team from Israel to participate in the competition under the name of Israel and under the flag of Israel, and urging the government of Indonesia to join in condemning this manifestation of racism and anti-Semitism
      TOM LANTOS ( 1995 ) ( Concurrent Resolution originating in the House )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [104th Congress, Bill 87]

      To prohibit arms transfers to certain countries unless the President certifies that a state of war does not exist between such country and Israel and that such country has accorded formal recognition to the sovereignty of Israel
      CHARLES E. SCHUMER ( 1993 ) ( Bill originating in the House )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [103th Congress, Bill 343]

      Honoring the international corps of volunteers, known as Machal, who served Israel in its War of Independence
      JANE HARMAN ( 1998 ) ( Concurrent Resolution originating in the House )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [105th Congress, Bill 268]

      A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate in support of extending some of the benefits of enhanced economic relations enjoyed by the United States and Israel to those countries that sustain a “warm”peace with Israel
      GEORGE HANKS BROWN (HANK ) ( 1995 ) ( Simple Resolution of the Senate )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [104th Congress, Bill 101]

      Congratulating the State of Israel on chairing a United Nations committee for the first time in history
      ALCEE L. HASTINGS ( 2007 ) ( Simple Resolution of the House )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [110th Congress, Bill 624]

      Expressing support for the accession of Israel to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
      ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN ( 2004 ) ( Simple Resolution of the House )
      Legislation, Congressional Activity [108th Congress, Bill 617]
      Legislation, Congressional Activity [109th Congress, Bill 38]

      Expressing the sense of Congress with respect to relocating the United States Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem
      THOMAS G. TANCREDO ( 2001 ) ( Concurrent Resolution originating in the House )
      Legislation, Congressional Activity [107th Congress, Bill 30]
      Legislation, Congressional Activity [110th Congress, Bill 171]

      A joint resolution expressing the sense of the Congress on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the modern State of Israel and reaffirming the bonds of friendship and cooperation between the United States and Israel
      CHESTER TRENT LOTT ( 1998 ) ( Joint Resolution originating in the Senate )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [105th Congress, Bill 46]

      Supporting an upgrade in Israel’s relationship with NATO to that of a leading member of NATO’s Individual Cooperation Program, as a first step toward Israel’s inclusion in NATO as a full member with all corresponding rights, privileges, and responsibilities
      ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN ( 2006 ) ( Simple Resolution of the House )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [109th Congress, Bill 700]

      To prohibit arms transfers and other military assistance to certain countries unless the President certifies that a state of war does not exist between the country concerned and Israel and that such country has accorded formal recognition to the sovereignty of Israel
      CHARLES E. SCHUMER ( 1995 ) ( Bill originating in the House )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [104th Congress, Bill 1189]

      A bill to extend the United States-Israel free trade agreement to the West Bank and Gaza Strip
      GEORGE HANKS BROWN (HANK ) ( 1995 ) ( Bill originating in the Senate )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [104th Congress, Bill 1469]

      A resolution calling for the immediate and unconditional release of soldiers of Israel held captive by Hamas and Hezbollah
      HILLARY R CLINTON ( 2007 ) ( Simple Resolution of the Senate )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [110th Congress, Bill 92]

      Calling upon Yasser Arafat and the leaders of other countries in the Middle East to accept the existence of Israel
      H. JAMES SAXTON ( 2002 ) ( Concurrent Resolution originating in the House )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [107th Congress, Bill 369]

      Expressing the sense of the Congress that the Vatican should recognize the State of Israel and should establish diplomatic relations with that country
      ELIOT L. ENGEL ( 1993 ) ( Concurrent Resolution originating in the House )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [103th Congress, Bill 32]

      To provide for the opposition of the United States to the provision of any resources or assistance by the International Monetary Fund to the Palestinian Authority until the Secretary of State certifies that Israel and the Palestinian Authority have signed an agreement on borders and security arrangements for Israel and a Palestinian state
      H. JAMES SAXTON ( 2000 ) ( Bill originating in the House )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [106th Congress, Bill 5470]

      Commending the people of Israel for reaffirming, through their participation in the election of February 6, 2001, their dedication to democratic ideals, and for other purposes
      ERIC CANTOR ( 2001 ) ( Simple Resolution of the House )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [107th Congress, Bill 31]

      To require that the United States Government hold certain discussions and report to the Congress with respect to the secondary boycott of Israel by Arab countries
      CHARLES E. SCHUMER ( 1993 ) ( Bill originating in the House )
      Legislation, Congressional Activity [103th Congress, Bill 346]
      Legislation, Congressional Activity [104th Congress, Bill 1193]

      A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate in support of the accession of Israel to the Convention on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
      BENJAMIN L. CARDIN ( 2007 ) ( Simple Resolution of the Senate )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [110th Congress, Bill 188]

      Condemning the ongoing violence in the Middle East and urging Israel and the Palestinian Authority to enter into an immediate cease fire agreement and return to negotiations
      ALCEE L. HASTINGS ( 2002 ) ( Simple Resolution of the House )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [107th Congress, Bill 382]

      Expressing the sense of the Congress with respect to ending the violence in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza, and endorsing the recommendations of the Mitchell Committee Report
      JOHN D. DINGELL ( 2001 ) ( Concurrent Resolution originating in the House )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [107th Congress, Bill 253]

      Supporting an upgrade in Israel’s relationship with NATO to that of a leading member of NATO’s Mediterranean dialogue and to that of a member of NATO’s Partnership for Peace
      ROBERT WEXLER ( 2007 ) ( Simple Resolution of the House )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [110th Congress, Bill 235]

      Commending the member states of the United Nations Western European and Others Group for addressing over four decades of injustice and extending temporary membership in that regional bloc to the state of Israel
      JOSEPH CROWLEY ( 2000 ) ( Concurrent Resolution originating in the House )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [106th Congress, Bill 349]

      A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate regarding the need for the United States and the international community to take certain actions with respect to the hostilities between Hezbollah and Israel
      CHRISTOPHER JOHN DODD ( 2006 ) ( Simple Resolution of the Senate )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [109th Congress, Bill 548]

      Commending the Republic of Turkey and the State of Israel for the continued strengthening of their political, economic, cultural, and strategic partnership and for their actions in support of the war on terrorism
      ROBERT WEXLER ( 2002 ) ( Concurrent Resolution originating in the House )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [107th Congress, Bill 327]

      Urging member states of the United Nations to stop supporting resolutions that unfairly castigate Israel and to promote within the United Nations General Assembly more balanced and constructive approaches to resolving conflict in the Middle East
      STEVEN R. ROTHMAN ( 2005 ) ( Simple Resolution of the House )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [109th Congress, Bill 438]

      To amend the United States-Israel Free Trade Area Implementation Act of 1985 to provide the President with additional proclamation authority with respect to articles of the West Bank or Gaza Strip or a qualifying industrial zone
      PHILIP M. CRANE ( 1996 ) ( Bill originating in the House )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [104th Congress, Bill 3074]

      Supporting the construction by Israel of a security fence to prevent Palestinian terrorist attacks and condemning the decision by the United Nations General Assembly to request the International Court of Justice to render an opinion on the legality of the security fence
      MIKE PENCE ( 2004 ) ( Concurrent Resolution originating in the House )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [108th Congress, Bill 371]

      Calling on the United Nations Security Council to charge Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with violating the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and the United Nations Charter because of his calls for the destruction of the State of Israel
      STEVEN R. ROTHMAN ( 2007 ) ( Concurrent Resolution originating in the House )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [110th Congress, Bill 21]

      A resolution supporting the construction by Israel of a security fence to prevent Palestinian terrorist attacks, condemning the decision of the International Court of Justice on the legality of the security fence, and urging no further action by the United Nations to delay or prevent the construction of the security fence
      GORDON H. SMITH ( 2004 ) ( Simple Resolution of the Senate )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [108th Congress, Bill 408]

      A resolution expressing solidarity with Israel in Israel’s defense against terrorism in the Gaza Strip
      Mr. David Vitter ( 2009 ) ( Simple Resolution of the Senate )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [111th Congress, Bill 6]

      A bill to extend the United States-Israel free trade agreement to the West Bank and Gaza Strip
      GEORGE HANKS BROWN (HANK ) ( 1995 ) ( Bill originating in the Senate )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [104th Congress, Bill 1469]

      To prohibit United States assistance for the Palestinian Authority and for programs, projects, and activities in the West Bank and Gaza
      ANTHONY D. WEINER ( 2003 ) ( Bill originating in the House )
      Legislation, Congressional Activity [108th Congress, Bill 1823]
      Legislation, Congressional Activity [107th Congress, Bill 1087]

      To prohibit United States assistance for the Palestinain Authority and for programs, projects, and activities in the West Bank and Gaza
      ANTHONY D. WEINER ( 2000 ) ( Bill originating in the House )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [106th Congress, Bill 5522]

      Recognizing Israel’s right to defend itself against attacks from Gaza, reaffirming the United States’ strong support for Israel, and supporting the Israeli-Palestinian peace process
      NANCY PELOSI ( 2009 ) ( Simple Resolution of the House )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [111th Congress, Bill 34]

      To prohibit United States assistance for the Palestinian Authority and for programs, projects, and activities in the West Bank and Gaza, unless certain conditions are met
      ANTHONY D. WEINER ( 2007 ) ( Bill originating in the House )
      Legislation, Congressional Activity [110th Congress, Bill 2978]
      Legislation, Congressional Activity [109th Congress, Bill 1143]

      Expressing the sense of the Congress with respect to ending the violence in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza, and endorsing the recommendations of the Mitchell Committee Report
      JOHN D. DINGELL ( 2001 ) ( Concurrent Resolution originating in the House )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [107th Congress, Bill 253]

      To amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to assist Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza to move to post-refugee status, and for other purposes
      MARK STEVEN KIRK ( 2006 ) ( Bill originating in the House )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [109th Congress, Bill 5278]

      A resolution recognizing the right of Israel to defend itself against attacks from Gaza and reaffirming the United States’ strong support for Israel in its battle with Hamas, and supporting the Israeli-Palestinian peace process
      HARRY M. REID ( 2009 ) ( Simple Resolution of the Senate )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [111th Congress, Bill 10]

      To amend the United States-Israel Free Trade Area Implementation Act of 1985 to provide the President with additional proclamation authority with respect to articles of the West Bank or Gaza Strip or a qualifying industrial zone
      PHILIP M. CRANE ( 1996 ) ( Bill originating in the House )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [104th Congress, Bill 3074]

      To prohibit assistance to be provided to the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian people until the perpetrators, or suspected perpetrators, of the killings of United States citizens in Gaza on October 15, 2003, are surrendered to the United States Government
      JEFF FLAKE ( 2003 ) ( Bill originating in the House )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [108th Congress, Bill 3460]

      A resolution condemning Hezbollah and Hamas and their state sponsors and supporting Israel’s exercise of its right to self-defense
      WILLIAM H. FRIST (BILL ) ( 2006 ) ( Simple Resolution of the Senate )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [109th Congress, Bill 534]

      Making appropriations for foreign operations, export financing, and related programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1998, and for other purposes
      H. L. CALLAHAN (SONNY ) ( 1997 ) ( Bill originating in the House )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [105th Congress, Bill 2159]

      To require the Secretary of State to submit to Congress a report on efforts to bring to justice the Palestinian terrorists who killed John Branchizio, Mark Parson, and John Marin Linde
      GARY L. ACKERMAN ( 2007 ) ( Bill originating in the House )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [110th Congress, Bill 2293]

      Expressing condolences to the families of the eight people killed and nine people wounded in the library of the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva in Jerusalem’s Kiryat Moshe quarter on March 6, 2008
      ANTHONY D. WEINER ( 2008 ) ( Simple Resolution of the House )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [110th Congress, Bill 1060]

      To require the imposition of sanctions with respect to the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) or the Palestinian Authority if the President determines that these entities have not complied with certain commitments made by the entities, and for other purposes
      GARY L. ACKERMAN ( 2001 ) ( Bill originating in the House )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [107th Congress, Bill 1795]

      A bill to prohibit assistance to the Palestinian Authority unless and until certain conditions are met
      ARLEN SPECTER ( 2000 ) ( Bill originating in the Senate )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [106th Congress, Bill 3280]

      To waive the determination of the President that Lebanon and Syria are not major drug-transit or major illicit drug producing countries under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, and for other purposes
      CHARLES E. SCHUMER ( 1997 ) ( Bill originating in the House )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [105th Congress, Bill 3080]

      There was one lonely bill concerning an American killed by Israel:
      Expressing sympathy for the loss of Rachel Corrie in the Palestinian village of Rafah in the Gaza Strip on March 16, 2003
      BRIAN BAIRD ( 2003 ) ( Concurrent Resolution originating in the House )
      Source: Legislation, Congressional Activity [108th Congress, Bill 111]

      And none of the zio and AIPAC congresspeople you see on the bills above for Israel signed it.

    • Ellen
      July 18, 2011, 1:55 pm

      Obama laid that bomb by stating in a speech to AIPAC Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel and it must remain undivided..

      So it is already happening.

      The US has completely undermined itself, its standing in the world and any credibility it had. And it is statements like this, that help it along.

      When things come tumbling down, it happens very very fast. The US has no longer any honest credibility and is loosing influence fast. It is the boiling frog …..we just do not feel it yet.

  3. hophmi
    July 18, 2011, 12:08 pm

    “As if these American stances mean anything. Nothing will change…Especially because Goldberg says the left holds Israel “to an impossible standard of moral and political behavior.” Oh please. ”

    Oh please yourself. The ascendency of the right in Israel is the fault of people like you.

    • talknic
      July 18, 2011, 1:32 pm

      hophmi The ascendency of the right in Israel is the result of brainwashing by repetition of fallacies since May 15th 1948. The Hasbarrow overfloweth

      • nmi
        July 18, 2011, 4:24 pm

        “The ascendency of the right in Israel..”

        I never really know what people mean by this. The country was founded by a far right proponent of ethnic cleansing and has been managed by a far right gang of hoodlums ever since.

        To claim Tzipi Livni–one of the prime architects of the Cast Lead massacre—is a leftist is preposterous. Golda Meir? She wasn’t a far-right racist?

        Rabin–who terrorized thousands from their homes in his Judeo-supremist zeal…?

        Who belongs to this imaginary “compassionate Israel of the past” ?

        The whole thing is a lie.

    • Keith
      July 18, 2011, 6:49 pm

      HOPHMI- “The ascendency of the right in Israel is the fault of people like you.”

      The ascendancy of the right in Israel has been significantly aided and abetted by the support of American Jewish millionaires and billionaires who supply campaign funds to the Israeli right-wing parties, provide funding and support for illegal settlements in the occupied territories, and provide funding for chauvinistic ideological cultivation such as “birthright” tours.

      Also, it parallels a global drift to the right brought about by an ongoing corporate/oligarchic war against the left, which, in turn, is part of the process of neo-liberal globalization.

    • Shingo
      July 19, 2011, 9:00 am

      The ascendency of the right goes hand is hand with militarism and a police state that is convinced that is convinced that violence will solve all it’s problems.

      The ascendency of the right goes hand in hand with a society that cannot tolerate descent, freedom of speech or facts that contradict it’s own mythology.

  4. Taxi
    July 18, 2011, 12:18 pm

    “Israel is going to make whores out of EVERYONE in DC this time around”.

    LOL there has not been any vestal virgins in DC for some time now.

    Besides, NO ONE CARES what Con-gress does or says – I mean the world don’t care – they look at us like idiot israeli poodles already and control of the I/P conflict is slipping now out of both israeli and con-gress’ grip.

    Sorry to say so on such a beautiful morning but war is coming and israel will lose and everyone in Con-gress will be eating crow by the bucketfuls, explaining on CNN why our gas tanks are costing $300 to fill and why we now have to absorb 6 million Russians with israeli passports onto our shores.

    In the meantime, it really don’t matter what kinda bad-taste or illegal verbiage comes out of con-gress’ orifices or even who wins the next election – we’re on the decline and so is aipac: in the eyes of civilian Americans and in the eyes of the world.

    • BradAllen
      July 18, 2011, 1:33 pm

      I read an article on Al-Jazeera a couple of days ago quoting an ex CIA agent who thinks that Netanyahou will take the gamble this fall and bomb Iran and drag the US to back him up. Perfect timing just before 2012, Obama will be desparate to join the “whores”.

      Excellent article and quotes Israel’s intelligence agency leaders who believe “Yahou” is just that and is hell bent on bombing Iran thinking it will be a quick and surgical operation.

      I have a feeling the US and Saudis along with the Gulf countries are preparing for just that. No $300 to fill up if the Saudis offer to flood the market. The Saudis are also getting a multi billion dollar weapons deal which would never happen if Israel did not ok. Me thinks, the Saudis and Israel already made the deal and the F18s will be flying through Saudi airspace, and ISrael naval assets will be filling up in Qatar.

  5. Dan Crowther
    July 18, 2011, 12:42 pm

    Good, im glad. this only helps in dispelling the myths about “liberal” support for Israel or that zionists can be “liberals” – they cant. You want to support Israel no matter what – vote Bachmann and co.

    the interesting question is, will the “left” fall in line and try and adopt a more “pro settlement” stance? – thats seems to be the end game for these people, to keep moving the goal posts……

    the real reason im glad about this kind of thing, is that the right can only deal with conflict one way – with violence. this boost to the Israelis will only lead them to be more aggressive in the region – and thats not a good thing for them, if we remember what 1200 hezbollah fighters did to the IDF in lebanon a few years ago, this aint ur grandfathers IDF. and when the IDF starts taking it on the chin, the US right wingers will want american involvement to which the US public will say ” GO F YOURSELF.”

    • PissedOffAmerican
      July 18, 2011, 1:47 pm

      “Good, im glad. this only helps in dispelling the myths about “liberal” support for Israel or that zionists can be “liberals” – they cant. You want to support Israel no matter what – vote Bachmann and co.”

      Your post seems to insinuate that the Democrat’s subservience to the zionist agenda is a figment of our imagination. I find such an example of rank denial somewhat inexplicable from someone that seems to oppose the zio agenda. In truth, other than Ron Paul or Dennis Kucinich, ANY vote you cast, for ANY of the thus far proposed candidates, (right OR left), is a vote to “support Israel no matter what”.

      • Dan Crowther
        July 18, 2011, 4:56 pm

        i appreciate your thoughts, and i understand where i might have been not so clear. id say right now in the US you can say ” I am a liberal who supports Israel.” and no one really objects. By the right wing totally co-opting the settler story ( which most of those “liberals” dont support) it will make it harder and harder for them to 1. support Israel and 2. to call themselves liberal. What I am saying is, the more the right goes to bat for the hardest of the hard core, “liberals” who support Israel will become more turned off, or they will drop the facade altogether.

        If there was another point that I should have made its that Democrats aren’t “liberal.” And OF COURSE the democratic party is subservient……i never meant to insinuate that.

      • PissedOffAmerican
        July 18, 2011, 6:34 pm

        “What I am saying is, the more the right goes to bat for the hardest of the hard core, “liberals” who support Israel will become more turned off, or they will drop the facade altogether”

        I would hazard to opine that odds are the actual outcome will be a “I’m more for Israel than you are” battle between the two factions. In fact, this already seems to be occurring, and will only get more nauseating as we draw near the 2012 election cycle.

        And I don’t underastand your contention that “liberals do not support the settler story”. If that is an accurate premise, than we must disgard any delusion of we entertain about the existence of “liberals” withing the Democratic Party. In actuality, the democrats are falling over themselves in their zeal to support Israeli expansionism. Even Clinton, who was tasked to spearhead Obama’s alleged “hardline” about the settlements has been woefully tepid with her criticisms of Israeli expansionism. Using terms like “unhelpful” hardly seems like diplomatic hardball. To be blunt, I happen to believe that Clinton has engaged in closed door sessions with Netanyahu, in which she activelly worked to take the teeth out of Obama’s original stances on the settlements. Consider it shallow evidence if you must, but pay careful attention to her body language when she is in the close proximity to either of these two “leaders”. In my opinion, Hillary telegraphs a far greater respect and affinity for Netanyahu, by her physical demeanor, than she does for her own President.

        And to insinuate that somehow the democratic heavy hitters, (past and present) are somehow anti-expansion is laughable. Schumer??? Harmon? Pelosi??? Reid??? ETC??

      • Dan Crowther
        July 18, 2011, 7:47 pm

        pissedoffamerica,

        i was at work when i posted last, im gonna blame our misunderstanding on my not wanting to get “busted” by The Man. ( haha) – I should have been much more clear; i draw a distinct line between “democrats” who get elected, and “liberals” who elect them. I do not see their views or interests as the same. I do EMPHATICALLY agree that elected “liberals” are falling over themselves to be more “pro-israel” than the right wing – but to me, they arent liberal anyway – and their fealty to Israel makes them more and more unappealing to the “liberals” who vote for them (as recent polls make clear) . so yes, that we call elected democrats “liberal” is ridiculous or laughabale ( hillary clinton being a great example) and not just on this issue, nafta, welfare reform, barry and the o’s about to gut social security and medicare – like i said, we agree, it was my fault for not making my self clear.

      • PissedOffAmerican
        July 18, 2011, 11:46 pm

        No worries, Dan. I’m kinda nit picky, and can be interpreted as critical when in fact no criticism is intended. A post such as my last one isn’t targeting your comments as much as it is an attempt to clear things up in my own mind, and transmit those conclusions to whomever may be interested, if in fact anyone is.

        Bear with me, I’m not really a condescending jackass, its just that I resemble one occassionally.

      • Dan Crowther
        July 19, 2011, 8:34 am

        hahahaha!!! no worries at all

      • eljay
        July 19, 2011, 8:59 am

        Dan, fyi, POA really likes “smiley” and “winky” emoticons, so be sure to include a few of those in your next post. :-D

      • Dan Crowther
        July 19, 2011, 9:18 am

        :) – hahaha sounds good, thanks for the tip

    • Ellen
      July 18, 2011, 2:01 pm

      The US public has no say and is ill-informed. They will believe what they are told, as the message will be well packaged in a flag and fear.

      As for all those Russians with Israeli passports? Take a close look at immigration law and how it is conducted in New York. There are numerous NY firms specializing in aiding immigrants from Israel. They are already coming.

  6. DICKERSON3870
    July 18, 2011, 2:20 pm

    RE: “4 Republican congresspeople ‘pledge’ to hold West Bank” – Weiss

    My COMMENT: Oh Phil, now you’re counting congresspeople! I hope you got approval to count them from stinky, old “Red Sox” over at that loathsome Daily Kos.
    Daily Kos: “Mondo Strikes Again as Weiss Counts More Jews”link to dailykos.com

    • Keith
      July 18, 2011, 7:04 pm

      DICKERSON- re: Red Sox.

      It seems that there are some who would prefer that Phil ignore socially significant empirical data. Gee, I wonder why?

      • Taxi
        July 18, 2011, 7:24 pm

        Just thought I’d mention that ‘kos’ in Arabic means vagina.

        :-)

      • DICKERSON3870
        July 24, 2011, 10:56 am

        RE: “…‘kos’ in Arabic means vagina…” ~ Taxi

        MY REPLY: Sounds like fraudulent advertising on the part of Daily Kos. What’s Arabic for anus? That’s the body orifice that most accurately describes the ‘flavor’ of “Red Sox” and Daily Kos.

        P.S. Speaking of ani/anuses (or annnnnnnnnnnnnuses, as Oral Roberts liked to say)…
        Listen To Oral Roberts Talk About Sex [and the anus] (VIDEO, 06:20) – link to youtube.com
        The INFAMOUS Oral Roberts SEX TAPE! 2.0 (VIDEO, 07:05) – link to youtube.com

      • Chaos4700
        July 24, 2011, 11:13 am

        LOL you guys rock :)

  7. Les
    July 18, 2011, 6:36 pm

    Americans know all about democracy and voting. Unlike the mafio capos, we voters actually get to decide on who goes to the White House to become the head hitman, the person who gets to pick out the names for government approved assassinations.

  8. PissedOffAmerican
    July 18, 2011, 11:36 pm

    Got Vaseline?

    link to enews.earthlink.net

    Cain says he wouldn’t hesitate to defend Israel

    From Associated Press

    July 18, 2011 9:34 PM EDT

    ATLANTA (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain says he wouldn’t hesitate to attack Iran if it attacks Israel first.

    Cain told The Washington Times that if Israel is ever attacked first by Iran, he would “make it crystal clear (that) if you mess with Israel, you’re messing with the United States of America.”

    Cain stressed that his policy would not be a “blank check” for Israeli military action. Cain is a former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza who has also hosted a radio talk show in Atlanta.

    He was interviewed by the newspaper after he met Monday with Israel’s ambassador to U.S., Michael Oren.

    Cain’s spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comment Monday night.

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