Florida election theatrics: Netanyahu fearmongering on the campaign trail

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Netanyahu Sept 11 2012 “red line” speech Photo: AP

Predictably, a clip from Netanyahu’s theatrical September 11th apocalyptic “red line” speech has been turned into a campaign ad set to ominous sounding music with dire percussion crescendos. Maybe this helps explain why the Israeli press conference was in English instead of Hebrew?

The ad will hit the airwaves tomorrow in crucial Florida markets with high concentrations of Jewish voters. Though not identified in any way with Romney, the ad is obviously supportive of his candidacy.

At the end of the 30 second clip superimposed script appears, accompanied with voice over, reading “THE WORLD NEEDS AMERICAN STRENGTH” suggesting Netanyahu is the embodiment of that strength. Then the words “NOT APOLOGIES” fades in.


Bibi Netanyahu is not running a campaign in the US – it just looks that way in this new ad.

A spot featuring only the Israeli prime minister talking about Iran is set to hit the airwaves in select Florida markets tomorrow, a media tracking source confirms.

The spot is the work of a c4 called Secure America Now – which, thanks to its tax status, doesn’t have to disclose its donors.


Those markets house some of the state’s largest Jewish communities.

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  1. tear-stained uzi
    September 20, 2012, 12:15 pm

    At least the Leader of the Jewish People isn’t injecting himself into the American election.

    • MarkF
      September 20, 2012, 1:34 pm

      Right, he’s got waayy too much respect for our democracy than to kick us in the nuts like that…..

  2. ritzl
    September 20, 2012, 1:02 pm

    It’s a $1M ad buy as well, designed to have impact. Not an isolated “run it up the flagpole and see who salutes” issue-raising effort. Whether this, like all the other Iran stuff, backfires is hard to gauge, but imo if Obama loses a few Jewish voters, he probably gains 5x more voters if he stands up to this push.

    I wonder who’s paying for it. It had better not be the GoI (or anyone doing biz with the GoI, or, or, or, out a few degrees of sep.; stamps feet). But then if it is, there’s a counter ad already written perchance to be used.

    Also, I can’t think of a single instance since I became politically aware, of a sitting foreign leader doing this. Perhaps there are others, but this seems to be a remarkably unique “incident.” I don’t think people generally grok the negative significance of this ad, maybe, hopefully, and especially the people producing and placing it. Perhaps they all will now, as it’s going to be seen by more than just Jewish residents of Tampa and Miami.

    Thanks Annie.

    • Annie Robbins
      September 20, 2012, 1:52 pm

      yeah, it’s blatantly rude and an imposition. i’ve felt all along, since i first read about the fearfest and the demand this stuff was fodder for campaign shinanigans.

      Color me suspicious, but what are the chances that the timing of this August impending-doom pressure wave isn’t just a means of revving up American politics? Netanyahu and Barak providing our compliant press with ammunition for Romney via the Emergency Committee for Israel, Dan Senor etc making their job easier?

      my hunch was that obama’s response was going to be used against him but when netanyahu came out with the sept 11 speech (which caught a lot of people offguard) i knew it was going off the rails, no hold barred full speed ahead.

      • ritzl
        September 20, 2012, 2:49 pm

        I realize what you mean when you use the word “shenanigans.” But I think it’s more than “shenanigans.” It’s unprecedented interference of the “who does he think he is?/butt out already/fed up with it/my kids (dad, mom, brother, and/or sister) will pay the ultimate price/lethal” variety.

        I hope that this ad gets broad play. Not only from paid ads, but from local reporting. It’s unbelievably condescending.

        I appreciate your breadth and prescience (certainly related), Annie. And your genuine search for what is right on all fronts. I mean that very seriously.

      • ritzl
        September 20, 2012, 3:01 pm

        And… maybe, as this ad isn’t set to come out for a bit, some LTEs should be crafted and sent in advance.

        One of my mentors always said, “tell them what they are about to read, tell them, and then tell them what they just read.”

        Maybe that seems simplistic (if one knew the guy it was distilled experience of the most profound variety and therefore anything but simplistic) but these ads are in the “tell them what they are about to read” phase of that progression.


      • Annie Robbins
        September 20, 2012, 3:19 pm

        thank you ritzl. i just scour the news and try to call attention to what screams at me. anyway, i agree with you when you say it’s more than shinanigans. i suppose my meaning was i think the main intent of the press conference was to make the commercial for repeat broad distribution during the election cycle. it wasn’t enough for last weeks news, it’s now rejuvenated. did you notice how obama didn’t offer a live response. obviously netanyahu could have sent a missive to the whitehouse or issued his ‘demand’ via a spokesperson. but the theatrics were undeniable from the beginning and now we know why.

        it’s unlikely this will be the last of it either. they’ll probably use other clips of the scripted speech over and over again.

        well, no worries, others can play the same drip drip drip games. my hunch is mother jones has more clips where the others came from and that’s an hr long video. romney knows what’s on it, hope he’s quaking in his boots knowing what’s comin’ down the pike.

      • ritzl
        September 20, 2012, 4:04 pm

        OK, got your meaning, finally.

        My question is, now, whether BN thought the election would be this in the bag for Obama at this point and whether he (BN) in his [black] heart of hearts thought or actually believed, a month ago, that this kind of interference might make a decisive difference in a close election.

        Is there this much manipulative political pre-positioning going on in GoI circles? (One might add BN’s UN speech, in English, from a year ago to that calculation.)

        Does he really think these ads throw FL in play?

        Clearly, yes, on all counts. It remains to be seen, but probably not a factor.

        It’s amazing (and maybe embarrassing in a good way) to watch this shrill, echo-chamber ginned-up stuff presented as serious and influential expressions of reality to normal voters (as opposed to the closed-door influence that seems to hold sway despite what the rest of us think).

      • MRW
        September 20, 2012, 5:00 pm


        Or the variant: “Tell ’em what you’re gonna’ tell ’em, tell ’em, then tell ’em what you just told ’em.”

        Netanyahu looks like a lizard.

      • German Lefty
        September 20, 2012, 5:27 pm

        @ MRW:
        Netanyahu looks like a lizard.
        What do you mean by that? I think he looks very sexy.

      • ColinWright
        September 20, 2012, 6:04 pm

        I think Netanyahu looks like the Pole that he is. Compare to that Polish president who was killed in an air crash.

      • ritzl
        September 20, 2012, 6:10 pm

        @MRW I love you guys…

        So I stand informed, and instead of “profound experience” I should have said “profoundly effective engineering experience.”

        He was at the top of his craft and always tried to bring home that if engineers could communicate they would “rule the world,” colloquially speaking of course. Without regard to whether anyone actually subscribes to that or not, it had a ring of truth to me.

        Thanks for the gentle ping.

        Oh, and now you’re going to see some observations that Netanyahu may resemble a lizard. Comments suggest that Benjamin Netanyahu looks like a lizard. We’ve just established that Mr. Netanyahu may in fact have lizard-like qualities.

        I guess it is pretty universal at that…


      • MRW
        September 20, 2012, 6:28 pm

        Not me.

      • Citizen
        September 20, 2012, 6:52 pm

        As sexy as Obama? As Mitt?

      • MRW
        September 20, 2012, 7:00 pm
      • Abdul-Rahman
        September 20, 2012, 9:00 pm

        @Colin Wright

        You are completely correct. The former Polish President who died in an airplane crash in Russia back on April 10, 2010 was named Lech Kaczynski http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lech_Kaczy%C5%84ski

        And Lech Kaczynski certainly did/does look a lot like Benjamin Mileikowsky (who’s father Benzion Mileikowsky, who was also an avid “Revisionist Zionist” affiliated with Vladimir Jabotinsky and that whole openly Zionist fascist pro-Benito Mussolini Zionist trend in the 1930s that writer and historian Lenni Brenner of “Zionism in the Age of the Dictators” and “51 Documents: Zionist Collaboration with the Nazis” fame discusses in depth, later changed the family surname from the very Polish Mileikowsky to Netanyahu).

        Again Lech Kaczynski of Poland http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/00/Lech_Kaczy%C5%84ski.jpg/220px-Lech_Kaczy%C5%84ski.jpg

      • kezorm
        September 20, 2012, 11:27 pm

        The United States should forcibly respond to Netanyahu’s demand for a red-line. We should make it clear to Iran that if they keep abiding by the NNPT, we might, with abundant advance warning, send the entire Israel Lobby over there on a bunch of chartered flights where they can show us cowardly Americans how to fight Iranians. I will help to pay the airfare. TSA will surely give these folks a good going-away inspection before they are allowed to depart. And if the State Department has any patriotism left in it, it would follow up by privately cautioning Iran that the return of any of these warmongers to US soil will be considered an insult if not an act of terrorism.

      • Annie Robbins
        September 21, 2012, 1:11 am

        sexy GL? what. ever. to each her own. that never occurred to me, at all. so, i read your comment earlier today and was tempted to put in my 2 cents worth but deferred to my higher being (better self).

        now that my higher being has gone to bed for the night i thought i would share the photo that most encapsulates my impression of the beebs. but first, in case i have never mentioned it, he reminds me of an overgrown toddler. sort of perpetually 2.5 -3 yr old stuck in a 5-6 year old body/self. so, here’s the photo. i have been saving it hoping to use it in a post sometime but the appropriate occasion has never presented itself.

        here it is again: enjoy.

      • piotr
        September 21, 2012, 8:34 am

        “looks very sexy” “looks like a Pole” — practically this means the same thing. :-)

      • German Lefty
        September 21, 2012, 10:54 am

        “looks very sexy” “looks like a Pole” — practically this means the same thing.

        Ha, ha. Good one, Piotr!

      • Citizen
        September 23, 2012, 12:41 pm

        @ ANNIE
        What % of the US population has ever heard of Mother Jones?

    • seafoid
      September 20, 2012, 3:39 pm

      I can’t wait to see the ad by the Bulgarian President that will run in Nevada.

      • Sumud
        September 20, 2012, 4:46 pm

        Perhaps Iran’s Supreme Leader should buy up some air time and slag off Romney. Or maybe he should be more direct and slag off Netanyahu & AIPAC instead.

      • seafoid
        September 20, 2012, 5:45 pm

        Now that bibi has set a precedent it will be great to see the Iraqis intervening in the next Israeli elections.

  3. Mondowise
    September 20, 2012, 1:32 pm

    this reminds me of Bush’s speech of lies selling the american population that iraq had WMD’s

    • dbroncos
      September 20, 2012, 7:48 pm


      Except this time its the Israeli PM making the sales pitch. Americans, who have no interest in a war on Iran, are asking, “Who the [email protected]$%uck does he think he is!”

      • kezorm
        September 20, 2012, 11:38 pm

        When Anders Breivik told the court the reasons why he killed all those people, I wondered to myself who he thought he was? Then it came to me. He must think he is a Likudnik, or an Israeli PM.

      • Citizen
        September 23, 2012, 12:52 pm

        @ dboncons
        But average Americans are not. They are buying the Idea that it’s better to attack Iran over there, than over here–they have no clue Iran has not attacked any state in more than two centuries. And they are equally ignorant that all but at most one war in the area are Israeli wars of choice, depending on US support.

  4. American
    September 20, 2012, 2:22 pm

    ‘The ad will hit the airwaves tomorrow in crucial Florida markets with high concentrations of Jewish voters. ”

    Will be interesting to check the Florida papers for articles on the ad and see what kind of comments Jews and non Jews are making on it.

    I don’t believe any ‘foreigner’ has ever before done ads like this to the US public.

    • German Lefty
      September 20, 2012, 3:06 pm

      @ American:

      “Will be interesting to check the Florida papers for articles on the ad and see what kind of comments Jews and non Jews are making on it.”

      Could you check that for us/me and report back? Would be great.

      • American
        September 20, 2012, 4:36 pm

        @ lefty

        yes, I will.

    • ritzl
      September 20, 2012, 3:07 pm

      As always, I should have read down a bit…

      Send those letters, now, in advance. Send them to local TV who will almost certainly be in react-to-controversy mode. Let them know that there is a controversy. Etc…

      • MRW
        September 20, 2012, 5:10 pm

        What are you referring to, ritzl?

      • ritzl
        September 20, 2012, 6:28 pm

        @MRW My previous comment about LTEs in advance of the ad actually airing.

        American said wait and see how the local comments pan out. I was trying to restate and stress the desirability of getting out in front of the reaction. Shape the reaction maybe.

    • ColinWright
      September 20, 2012, 3:31 pm

      Yeah. “…A spot featuring only the Israeli prime minister talking about Iran is set to hit the airwaves in select Florida markets tomorrow…”

      Those markets better be pretty select. Anyone but a blind Israel-firster is likely to immediately wonder ‘who is this guy and why is he sticking his nose into an American election?’

      • MRW
        September 20, 2012, 5:06 pm

        Those markets better be pretty select.

        Yeah, especially with all the vet and second-string intel retirees down there (the intel agents who did all the work for $60 Gs a year in their careers out of love of country…the ones now living in trailers).

    • MRW
      September 20, 2012, 5:02 pm


      I think there are going to be some upset Jews who will resent Netanyahu subjecting them to dual-loyalty charges, and who can blame them.

      • Philip Weiss
        September 20, 2012, 5:09 pm

        this has already happened. it helps explain the strong response to Net from Barbara Boxer and Joe Klein

      • MRW
        September 20, 2012, 5:11 pm


        To this ad? Got some links? I saw the Boxer/Klein pushback the other day.

  5. Blake
    September 20, 2012, 3:02 pm

    Netanyahu: “Once we squeeze all we can out of the United States, it can dry up and blow away”

    • ColinWright
      September 20, 2012, 6:09 pm

      He can make that his campaign slogan!

      • Blake
        September 21, 2012, 6:02 am

        Could you imagine if the Iranian prez said something like that? It would not be out of the news and they would add something along the lines of he wants to wipe America from the map!

  6. Taxi
    September 20, 2012, 3:08 pm

    Importing the politics of fear from the holy land. Wouldn’t be the first time uhuh.

    These days I can’t help it that every time I hear the desperate Netanyahu speak, my brains get involuntarily sucked into:
    “Desperadowwww why don’t you come to your senses
    You been out ridin’ fences for so long now
    Oh, you’re a hard one but I know that you got your reasons
    These things that are pleasin’ you can hurt you somehow…”

    Okay, so like where’s the frigging American Anti War Movementsssssssss in all this?

    Where’s the video that counts the nickles and dimes that a war of aggression on Iran would cost US individual taxpayer?

    And where’s the video of an Iranian Green Movement hottie bitch-slapping Netanyahu and kicking him down the road of history like a rusty old can with a side comb-over?

  7. gingershot
    September 20, 2012, 3:20 pm

    Hopefully Obama has learned by his recent trouncing of Netanyahu – the only way to handle this bully is to play hardball with him.

    Israel only understands clear, forceful, direct language. Everything else just looks like a loophole for them

    Once you have a bully like this on the run – chase him down and kick him in the pants one last time so he will be able to remember tomorrow morning

  8. seafoid
    September 20, 2012, 3:42 pm

    Re: the world needs American strength


    “(This is)…an audience which traditionally sees American foreign policy as the victim of global instability, not one of its instigators.”

  9. MRW
    September 20, 2012, 4:03 pm

    The two antidotes to this, which people can attach to the bottom of their email signatures.

    Gen. Wesley Clark – Exposes US Foreign Policy Coup – YouTube — 8 min

    BBC’s Adam Curtis: Power of Nightmares – Part III – Politics of Fear – 59 min. Really entertaining, on top of it all. Banned on cable and public TV in the US.
    EDIT: This is a HD version, waaay better than any youtube or google video version.

  10. American
    September 20, 2012, 4:24 pm

    This might be just as bad:


    Dual Loyalty – As American as Yom Kippur, baseball, and ‘Go Israel!’
    FULL DISCLOSURE: Israel may one day face the U.S. team. I have no dual loyalty problem with any of this. Go Israel.
    By Bradley Burston | Sep.20, 2012 | 3:25 PM | 2

    PARTIAL DISCLOSURE: There are those among the American community in Israel, who have privately expressed discomfort with the rules which allow American Jews to play for Israel.

    FULL DISCLOSURE: I understand that Israel may one day face the U.S.A. in baseball. I have no dual loyalty problem with any of this. One of the three actual Israelis on the roster, Alon Leichman, is like family. I don’t care what anybody says. Go Israel.””

    Yep just the thing, get fanatic sports fans facing off each other in a Israeli US ‘Jewish’ team vr a ‘All American team. I can hear what the mobs will call the US Jews on the Israel team now.
    I s.w.e.a.r to absolute God, you cannot save people from their own egotistical tribalism.

    • Woody Tanaka
      September 20, 2012, 4:48 pm

      I think that it’s really sweet that Burston feels no “dual loyalty problem.” As for me, I have an easy solution. Any of these players want to beat the US in favor of a bunch of foreigners?? Fine. Strip their citizenship and kick them out of the country. Who needs the bastards. (Yes, Piazza and ARod and whoever else, too.)

      • MRW
        September 20, 2012, 5:56 pm
      • Woody Tanaka
        September 23, 2012, 9:08 am

        I didn’t. Thanks. My view is that there should be no dual citizenship. If you leave the US to live somewhere else (except where you can show it was intended for a limited duration, because of work or something) then you automatically lose your US citizenship, regardless of whether you tried to get one somewhere else. IF you’re a foreigner who gets US citizenship, you should be required to surrender your foreign one as a precondition.

      • ColinWright
        September 20, 2012, 6:11 pm

        It’s not necessary. They’ll probably just get whipped by the Venezuelan team or somebody.

  11. sandhillexit
    September 20, 2012, 4:35 pm

    The US military is really not amused by this. The PMofI is walking right up to the line beyond which the US military reaches over the heads of intimidated Congressmen to talk directly to the American people. It is possible. BHO has had four years to make some friends at the Pentagon. Mitt and his boys aren’t really on the US team, they were all too precious to serve. McC isn’t enough of an ambassador between the Pentagon and the Mitt dynasty; its cultural, the McC boys aren’t shirkers. What’s more, there is nothing the US military men hold in more contempt than the financial fraudster/evade-ster culture. I do think Benny and the Jets have misread the US zeitgeist.

  12. Annie Robbins
    September 20, 2012, 4:59 pm

    I do think Benny and the Jets have misread the US zeitgeist.

    me too sandhill

  13. ColinWright
    September 20, 2012, 5:10 pm

    American says: “…As American as Yom Kippur, baseball, and ‘Go Israel!’…”

    What strikes me about it is the almost desperate attempt to cling to America. How many American Jews are there actually in Israel? Apparently, not enough to even make a team.

    Conversely, how much chagrin has Israel expressed over what I assume is the fact that its soccer teams don’t play with other Levantine teams? There is in Israel a kind of unstated insanity — that somehow, it can be a little bit of America in the Middle East, that it’s not really in the Middle East, but floating in some nonsensical cloud of ideological mumbo-jumbo that transcends geographical reality.

    I suppose the baseball team wouldn’t be significant if that’s all there was — but this pops up all over the place — the ‘oh look — this heavy metal drummer loves Israel…’ ‘oh look — fine wines in Israel…’ ‘oh look, a Walmart!‘ It’s pathetically obvious.

    Do these people even actually want Israel — or do they just feel they should want it — and keep on trying to pretend it’s a little bit of America?

  14. Elliot
    September 20, 2012, 5:15 pm

    I left Israel in the late 90s, after Netanyahu was elected Prime Minister the first time. Back then, while he was still campaigning, the local Jerusalem paper was full of credible, firsthand reports about what a cheapskate and cheat Bibi was in his personal dealings.
    At least, under the U.S. system, W. could only get in for 8 years. Netanyahu can hang on to power forever.
    I thought I’d left him behind when I moved to the States. Oh well.

  15. ColinWright
    September 20, 2012, 5:48 pm

    Vaguely related.

    Danny Ayalon’s in New York.


    Get your video camera and go make him say something! Hurry!

  16. Dan Crowther
    September 20, 2012, 6:26 pm

    Secure America Now is something else – I would be shocked if they didn’t coordinate with Netanyahu on this ad. These guys had an ad saying that the closing of some CIA black sites meant an end to american exceptionalism -whoa.

  17. MRW
    September 20, 2012, 6:30 pm

    Don’t mean to be picky but this is how you spell shenanigans.

  18. gingershot
    September 20, 2012, 6:39 pm

    Netanyahu is desperate and has nothing to lose at this point – he got Israel and the IDF all dressed up and has nowhere to go and doesn’t have a date

    Netanyahu will be out by Spring 2013 – he’s finished. He tried to con the US and he lost bigtime

    Now it’s just the agonal gasps of a politically dead man walking

  19. gingershot
    September 20, 2012, 6:46 pm

    Haaretz reacting:

    Pull back now, Netanyahu, before you lose the U.S.’s trust

    Many Americans think that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has chosen sides in the U.S. presidential elections. His interference and squandering of good will toward Israel on both sides of the U.S. political spectrum will mean that the day after the election, regardless of who wins, Israel’s influence will diminish, at the cost of its security.


  20. lysias
    September 20, 2012, 7:24 pm

    I see nothing about this story on Daily Kos. How about that?

    Hophmi is making a lot of comments on Richard Silverstein’s thread about it on Tikun Olam.

  21. ToivoS
    September 20, 2012, 7:34 pm

    Stephen Walt has a piece up on this at his blog: http://walt.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/09/20/how_not_to_hide_the_elephant_in_the_room

    It is pretty good. Entitled “How (not) to hide the elephant in the room” and more or less proceeds along the lines that Netanyahu’s action were a major blunder and is causing some panicky reactions in the lobby.

    • Annie Robbins
      September 20, 2012, 8:07 pm

      toivo, thanks for walt’s link. taxi just linked to an article on another thread that sounded like it could have been written at MW, only we wrote about it most of it first. i’d say the cat’s definitely out of the bag on these last few weeks.

    • dbroncos
      September 20, 2012, 10:06 pm

      Thanks Toivos. A great read. Steve Walt takes his boss, David Rothkopf, to task for suggesting that Netanyahoo has killed off the non existent Lobby. Included in his article is this gem:

      “Step 3. Studiously ignore all of the politicians and commentators who have openly testified to the lobby’s influence. Such as the following well-known Israel-haters:

      Bill Clinton: AIPAC is “stunningly effective. . . better than anyone at lobbying in this town.”

      Jeffrey Goldberg: AIPAC is a “leviathan among lobbies.”

      Rep. Lee Hamilton: “There’s no lobby group that matches it . . . they’re in a class by themselves.”

      Sen. Harry Reid: “I can’t think of a policy organization in the country as well-organized and respected as AIPAC.”

      Rep. Newt Gingrich: “AIPAC is the most effective general interest group . . . . across the entire planet.”

      Sen. Barry Goldwater: “I was never put under greater pressure than by the Israeli lobby. . .It’s the most influential crowd in Congress and America by far.”

      Sen. Fritz Hollings: “You can’t have an Israel policy other than what AIPAC gives you around here [on Capitol Hill].”

      Alan Dershowitz: “My generation of Jews . . .became part of what is perhaps the most effective lobbying and fund-raising effort in the history of democracy.”

      Aaron David Miller: “Today you cannot be successful in American politics and not be good on Israel. And AIPAC plays a key role in making that happen.”

    • American
      September 21, 2012, 12:40 am

      @ TovioS

      I just read that..as usual Walt hits the nails on the head.
      Here’s another good one he did years ago about
      ” Surviving While Grabbing the Third Rail” or how to survive the zio character atacks and win.

  22. james1118
    September 20, 2012, 8:29 pm

    Israel must first get support from Israelis….
    Then Israel must get suppot from Jews….. How many have rushed bak to enlist!!!!!
    Then Netanyahu has to stop lying all the time……
    How many nukes does Israel have threatening the Arab world, Europe and the USA……
    Anti-sememtism is on the rise everywhere……..And it’s rising alot fater in the USA. As a US citizen I’m fed up with all of Israel’s behaviour……
    Israel, “get real or get lost”

  23. Dexter
    September 20, 2012, 9:00 pm

    I wonder how they’ll vote down there in Del Boca Vista?!

  24. thetumta
    September 20, 2012, 9:50 pm

    “How many nukes does Israel have threatening the Arab world, Europe and the USA……”.

    I’m just worried about their USA targets. Really need to sink those Dolphins lest our 800 lbs. of NUMEC enriched weapons grade Uranium and our Klystrons come home to roost. Ironic, isn’t it? Now that Barry can whack Americans at will, his argument, not mine, he can’t drop Netan-Kookoo(and his NYC friends) into the Atlantic?

    No James118, Zionism isn’t just Racism, it’s something far, far worse and their running out of rope. We seem to be trapped in this for the whole ride. Good luck.
    Hej! Tumta

  25. Kathleen
    September 20, 2012, 10:11 pm

    Someone should dub in Netanyahu saying I am not trying to influence the U.S. election on Meet The Press on Sunday. I think he said this or some version of this four times on Meet The Press. I’m not trying to influence the Presidential election…no I’m just trying to influence the Presidential election. He was so meek and mild when he lied on Meet The Press..of course David Gregory just put his lip prints on Netanyahu’s ass and did not really challenge him in any substantive way

  26. Philip Munger
    September 21, 2012, 12:17 am

    sort of a response to lysias directly above:

    I wrote a diary about the Florida Netanyahu ads for firedoglake yesterday:

    Foreign Spy to Air Pro-Romney Ads in Florida


    It never got front-paged, but stayed on the recommended list for over 24 hours.

    It includes a WANTED poster I created for Netanyahu, based on the recently released FBI files on his espionage activities against the USA when he was younger.

    Here’s a link to the poster at flickr. Feel free to copy and post the WANTED poster on blogs, walls, telephone poles or on Pam Geller bus signs:


  27. yourstruly
    September 21, 2012, 1:28 am

    Netanyahu denies that he’s interfering in this year’s presidential election? What, it’s merely coincidental that he’s fearmongering in one of the states that could decide the election? Anyone who believes that, hey, there’s this gold mine in Brazil I’d like to sell you.

  28. American
    September 21, 2012, 2:28 am

    Speaking of fear mongering I noticed something in the biz news this am. I think
    B’nai B’rith is connected to the fear mongering ADL somehow so I wonder if the ADL is affected.
    This smells like it might be another scandal…been lots of real estate law suits around B’nia B’rith and their top guy got indicted for tax fraud.
    Now why dont those rich Jewish billionaires step in and pick up the tab for the retirement payments of this Jewish advocacy organization instead of giving millions to politicians and leaving us taxpayers once again to pay the bill for a Jewish lobby group?
    I am really curious how this happened anyway because under ERISA rules companies with pension plans have to submit yearly reports showing they have the funds to pay their future retirement cost for employees. So if they are 25 million short this didn’t happen in just a year or two. I also believe under the PBGC rules a company has to be “failed”, as in out of business, for the PBGC to take over paying their retirees. This news article though indicates that they will keep on “operating” even though PBGC has to take on their employee retirement liabilities. All other cases I have seen in the past, like Eastern Airlines for example, the company had to be truly defunct for PBGC to take over.

    PBGC takes over pension plan of Jewish advocacy organization
    September 20, 2012 – 12:59pm

    Gov’t agency takes over B’nai B’rith pension
    September 20, 2012
    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation, the government agency that protects retirees from failed pension plans, is assuming control of benefits for employees of B’nai B’rith International.
    “The agency stepped in because B’nai B’rith wouldn’t have been able to pay its bills or stay in business unless the plan was terminated,” PBGC said in a Sept. 11 posting on its blog.
    The posting said that B’nai B’rith’s pension plan ended as of April 30 2011 and that PBGC “will pay all pension benefits earned by the organization’s retirees up to the legal limit of $54,000 a year for a 65-year-old.”
    The plan affects 500 current and future retirees, the posting said.
    Business Insurance, a trade publication, on Thursday quoted a PBGC spokesman as saying that the plan has $55.6 million in liabilities and $30.1 million in assets.”

    • seafoid
      September 21, 2012, 9:47 am


      Moshiach is due any day now and war with Iran is part of the plan for the end times so those B’nai b’rith people won’t be needing pensions

  29. American
    September 21, 2012, 2:49 am

    Sorry to go OT …but pertinent to the US and it’s coming bankruptcy. This is the latest freaking stupid idea…letting companies NOT have to fully fund their own retirement plans as a way to ‘help’ the economy. LOL..yep invite companies to not fully fund their plans and then let the PBGC which is already 26 billion short itself step in when companies take advantage of this to get out from under their obligations.

    Rep. Robert Andrews (D-NJ) says that companies struggling to fund pension obligations should be given a break so they don’t have to lay off workers or cut plant investment in order to fully fund pensions.

    Andrews says pension provisions in a new law — the Highway Investment, Job Creation and Economic Growth Act of 2012 — will help companies in this fix, because, as Andrews explains, “they will be given leeway in funding pensions.”

    Andrews’ thinking: Give companies a breather on their pension-funding requirements and wait for the economy to turn around.

    “Re-igniting the economy will do a lot to help, because not as many plans will fail,” Andrews says.

    Andrews recognizes the potential danger of allowing companies to underfund pension obligations. But he says this is the wrong time to push businesses to fully fund them, when some companies are struggling just to survive.

    One lurking peril: Companies know that if they miscalculate the amount they need in pension reserves, the government will often bail them out through the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corp. (PBGC). And the PBGC is already about $26 billion in the red.

    To address this, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) wants employers who would be underfunding plans under the new legislation to pay higher premiums to PBGC. She also wants “more accountability from employers to pay their defined benefit plans.”

    Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/biz_gets_pensions_break_egzxZ5uZEjlgZ4ZDJjSiHP#ixzz275H1phUN

  30. gingershot
    September 22, 2012, 8:39 am

    ‘to Netanyahu’ is a verb

    The US was Netanyahu-ed into the war with Iraq by the Neocons, that is, the militant wing of the Israeli Lobby

    Now Israel is Netanyahu-ing the US into Iran – pulling all the strings it’s Israeli Lobby can yank to hoax, blackmail, and trick the US into a war against Iran

    How was America Netanyahu-ed into Iraq? – via Israel’s Israel Lobby in the US (here’s Bibi and Ariel Sharon letting the curtain slip)

    HERE IS THE VIDEO FOOTAGE VERBATIM of Netanayahu himself practicing the art of Netanyahu-ing – watch Rep Burton drool over him: http://archive.org/details/org.c-span.172612-1
    Netanyahu starts at 21:20 minutes

    Here’s Sharon with his own Netanyahu-ing:


    (CBS) Israel (Sharon) is urging U.S. officials not to delay a military strike against Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, an aide to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Friday.

    The ‘Niger Uranium Forgeries’ were the work of Israeli Lobby agent Michael Ledeen (Ledeen with known and proven Mossad ties) – who then passed them on to be stovepiped thru the Israeli Lobby/Neocon ‘Offices of Special Neocon Plans’ Doug Feith

    Iraq was an Israeli Lobby (read Israeli/Mossad) fraud from front to back

    Similarly – the current drive and hoaxing of the US to war against Iran is just another Israeli Lobby operation against the US

  31. HemiFaulk
    September 22, 2012, 1:47 pm

    Next up will be Mahmoud “ImMadnJaded” addressing voters in select areas with his own toxic brew of disguised political aims and war like discourse.

  32. pogomutt
    September 22, 2012, 8:29 pm

    So when an Israeli PM speaks fluent English, we should step back, scratch our heads, and locate the evil right-wing plot therein? Honestly, do you think Israel would have surived these past 64 years if its exceptional list of PM’s didn’t speak fluent English?

  33. Taxi
    September 23, 2012, 1:00 am

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