Rightwing Israeli politician plans US tour to attack Obama for lack of leadership re Iran

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Yet another effort by Israeli rightwingers to affect the U.S. political discourse. This is a press release from Ronn Torossian, a New York pr guy who represents ultra-Zionists and settlers:

SENIOR MEMBER OF ISRAELI LIKUD PARTY, DEPUTY SPEAKER OF KNESSET DANNY DANON AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEW 

Danny Danon, Deputy Speaker of the Israeli Knesset, a Knesset member of the ruling Likud Party, and a Knesset member is available for interview on Iran & Israel.  He will be in the US from September 6-13 for meetings with American politicians, journalists and others. 

…He will be in Dallas September 6, NY September 7-9, Washington DC September 10-11, and NYC Sept. 12 & 13.

Danon is known as one of Israel’s foremost spokespersons, and has released a new book, “Israel: The Will to Prevail” [notice that the cover image of the book has the American and Israeli flags on it] which is harshly critical of President Obama.

 Danon says: “We see a lot of talk, a lot of declarations from Washington, but no leadership.  These sanctions are too little, too late.  If anything, the words from Washington have emboldened Iran to accelerate its engine of development for getting bombs. Israel can only rely on itself for protection…  We love the United States , but it is a big country and can possibly tolerate the idea of a nuclear armed Iran .  We are small, we cannot afford to make a mistake, the crucial decisions for our survival are up to us.  If Iran got nuclear weapons, it would be very difficult for Israel to survive.” 

He can also discuss what happens if the Palestinians unilaterally seek statehood. Danon asks: “why do we always need to react to Palestinian initiatives by begging for mercy? We need to say clearly that if they want to start a one-sided process, we’ll answer them in their own language. They want to drag us into responding, but we need to lead.”

15 Responses

  1. Krauss
    September 3, 2012, 12:55 pm

    I remember that guy!

    link to algemeiner.com

  2. seanmcbride
    September 3, 2012, 1:09 pm

    One can easily envision a day in which extremists like Danny Danon are branded as enemies of the United States.

    It is a political mistake for high-profile Israeli leaders to attack a sitting American president from within the United States. In fact, it is a mad enterprise.

    Hey — but what do I know? I don’t have a direct pipeline to G-d.

    It is good to be reminded that most of the Israeli national security establishment — as well as most Israelis — strongly oppose an Israeli attack on Iran.

    But the Iran War lobby is almost entirely being led by Israelis and pro-Israel activists and militants who are in direct and increasingly vicious conflict with the American national security establishment.

    • Les
      September 3, 2012, 2:34 pm

      “One can easily envision a day in which extremists like Danny Danon are branded as enemies of the United States.”

      For now you are whistling in the wind.

      Every country in the world has a lobby in the US but none come close to the Israel Lobby. So deeply has it penetrated both the Congress and the Presidency, that it can be considered to have the power of a fifth column, of which our big media is the major player, bar none.

  3. jimmy
    September 3, 2012, 1:49 pm

    these people just cant help themselves can they….

    attack attack…

    obama gets re=elected…israel may be in for one big shock

    by the by nice little war going on right now 12:45 pm cst on yahoo boards…regards isreal vs USA…..think usa is winning

    Israeli officials play down report of Iran-U.S. deal

    link to news.yahoo.com

    comment indieman
    Hey all you Obama bashers, 70% of the people in Israel do not want to take military action against Iran yet either.

    • Carowhat
      September 3, 2012, 8:11 pm

      by the by nice little war going on right now 12:45 pm cst on yahoo boards…regards isreal vs USA…..think usa is winning

      I think you’re right. The USA is winning on Yahoo, which is nice to see for a change. So often when it comes to war with Iran the posts seem mainly to come from Israel Firsters.

  4. mudder
    September 3, 2012, 2:21 pm

    If Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians express the Will to Prevail, then their apparent success must necessarily express the Triumph of the Will.

    I can’t find the press release on line–did Ronn Torossian delete it?

    • Annie Robbins
      September 3, 2012, 3:00 pm

      mudder, i can’t seem to open it @ israelpalestineblogs.com/ but check this out

      link to google.com

      • mudder
        September 3, 2012, 5:18 pm

        Annie–It is curious that his first stated stop is in Dallas. I can’t figure out the connection. CUFI is based in San Antionio, not close at all. Of course Detroit would love to have him visit us, if he only could,–we would be prepared to let him know what we think.

      • Chu
        September 4, 2012, 11:18 am

        I thought the same. It’s a 4 hour drive to SA from Dallas. But most of his time will be spent in NYC, where Israelis feel at home, having the largest Jewish community outside Israel. He then has enough time to return to Israel for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, to celebrate the new year 5774.

        As Israel is so involved in US politics, we may as well give them delegates in the house. Why all this tiptoeing around with a nefarious agenda? Is that a point of pride for Zionists? Deception and treachery, etc. Is that part of their perceived intelligence?

  5. radii
    September 3, 2012, 4:25 pm

    the ultra-right in israel are doing our work for us – they are dividing and conquering themselves … cleave baby, cleave … stand out as the crazies you are so the rest of us, the sane world, can find leaders in israel we can work with along rational lines and realistic and worthy goals

  6. Les
    September 3, 2012, 7:45 pm

    I have to agree with the headline that Obama has shown no leadership on Iran, unless one imagines that doing the bidding of the Israel Lobby counts as leadership.

  7. DICKERSON3870
    September 3, 2012, 10:09 pm

    RE: “Danon. . . has released a new book, ‘Israel: The Will to
    Prevail’
    ” ~ press release from Ronn Torossian

    A BLAST FROM THE PAST:
    ‘Triumph of the Will’ JPEG image — link to mmimageslarge.moviemail-online.co.uk

  8. DICKERSON3870
    September 3, 2012, 10:33 pm

    RE: “We are [Israel is] small, we cannot afford to make a mistake, the crucial decisions for our survival are up to us. If Iran got nuclear weapons, it would be very difficult for Israel to survive.” ~ Danny Danon

    MY SOLUTION: What about establishing a backup Israel? We can “clear out” Uganda (much like Diego Garcia was “cleared out”) and turn it into Backup Israel (which can also serve as America’s “aircraft carrier” in Africa).
    There now, problem solved!

  9. Kathleen
    September 4, 2012, 8:36 am

    “we can not afford to make a mistake” So why in the hell do you keep making one serious mistake after the next?

    More manipulative war drumming based on unsubstantiated claims. Maybe folks can protest at all his speech locations. Calling…..Code Pink code pink

  10. yourstruly
    September 4, 2012, 10:42 pm

    happy days here again?

    israel’s danny danon
    coming soon your way
    meddling where he shouldn’t
    here in the u.s. of a.

    since what’s good for israel is good for america too
    with no daylight between israel and the u.s.
    over iran, over the settlements, over anything
    vote for whoever puts israel first

    or, in case there’s a tie
    for the one who’s happiest when the tail wags the dog
    the tail wags the dog
    the tail wags the dog

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