Latest Kennedy to go to Congress parrots same old stale Israel talking points on Palestinians

Israel/Palestine

After Annie posted about the House Foreign Relations subcommittee on the Middle East yesterday, I asked her about the new Kennedy generation in the Congress, Joseph Kennedy III. He ran in Massachusetts last year and I happened to see the thirtyish redhead at a social gathering (of left-liberals, of course); and thought, He’s a nicelooking unassuming young man– fresh breeze! Some friends of mine gave money to his campaign.

Annie sent me the following note: “Minute 35:47 in the first video.” And gave me this transcript of Kennedy’s remarks:

Madame chair [then he thanks everyone including witnesses]

The potential of a consensus government in Palestine and the effect that that would have on Israel and the broader peace process is of particular importance to my district back home in Massachusetts as well as to this to country’s foreign policy in a critical region at a critical time.

Last year I had the privilege of visiting our great friend Israel. I was deeply humbled by the incredible courage and dignity of Israelis who live, work, and raise families in the face of a daily existential threat. I saw first hand in communities like Sderot where kindergartens are reinforced by reinforced concrete and gas filtration systems. I saw it across the country where bus stops doubled with bombshells and enhanced security is a way of life protecting innocent civilians from the threat of terror. Despite the complexities of an entrenched and painful conflict I hold out hope as so many others do. But for that to happen Israel needs a credible partner at the negotiations table. I look forward to hearing your thoughts today about how we can move that process forward.

……..

 

A hearing on Palestinian reconciliation and the young Kennedy talks all about the frightened Israelis. And damns Hamas even as we are talking with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. “Other congresspeople were much worse,” Annie wrote.

So the great progressive tradition is alive in the Northeast. I see that Kennedy said the following when he got the cherished appointment in January:

The 4th Congressional District Democrat said there’s no region that plays a greater a role in the nation’s safety than the Middle East.

He also said a strong US-Israel relationship must remain the cornerstone of those efforts and will be a top priority for his work on the committee.

30 Responses

  1. jimmy
    February 10, 2013, 11:27 am

    JFK tried to hold israel accountable…

    zaparda recorded what happen to him

    any questions

    • mondonut
      February 10, 2013, 10:10 pm

      jimmy says: zaparda recorded what happen to him any questions
      ======================================
      Holy crap, I have questions. Are you saying that Kennedy’s position in Israel led to his death?

      • Ellen
        February 11, 2013, 9:10 am

        Did Kennedy’s position on Israel acquiring Nukes help him? Don’t you think that his position were understood to be a threat to the survival of Israel?

        There were various groups who simply “hated” Kennedy when he was taken out.

        We’ll never know why and by whom.

      • Boston
        February 11, 2013, 11:06 am

        We do know that Sirhan Sirhan shot RFK because of his flip-flopping on the Palestinian issue due to pressure from the Lobby.

        As fae as why JFK was murdered and who ordered it — who among us really knows. His attempt to keep the Middle East nuclear free certainly made him a target of the Zionists

      • lysias
        February 11, 2013, 1:38 pm

        There’s a lot of reason to believe that Sirhan Sirhan did not commit the murder: he was never within range to deliver the shots that were delivered, and the trajectories were all wrong. He may well have been a Manchurian Candidate patsy, who was psychologically programmed to do what he did.

        If Lee Harvey Oswald was chosen to be the patsy for the JFK assassination because he could be connected with Communism, the Soviet Union, and Castro’s Cuba, why was Sirhan Sirhan chosen?

        In public, Robert Kennedy always supported the Warren Commission Report. We now learn from the mouth of Robert Kennedy, Jr. that he never believed it, that he considered the report “a shoddy piece of craftsmanship”.

    • Castellio
      February 12, 2013, 2:37 pm

      Just to get the spelling right: Zapruder

  2. jimmy
    February 10, 2013, 11:32 am

    I told you annie …it is not getting any better for the ME ..from the US…

    it is just getting worse

    • Annie Robbins
      February 10, 2013, 12:22 pm

      i know! do you think i’m clueless. i’m curious tho..what did you think of the letter?

      • jimmy
        February 10, 2013, 1:29 pm

        annie you are anything but clueless…

        although I like calling people clueless…

        you and all the rest do a wonderful job here…it is why I am here…

        I didnt mean to insult you sorry if I did

        I only said….I told you annie.. because a few months back you told me things are getting better over there….and I didnt see it then and see it less now…

        since israels creation they have been trying to and setting up the arabs for US military assault…

        the US didnt buy it until sept 11 2001…

        1996 pnac calls for a new pearl harbor so the US will assault the arabs…

        shazzam 2800 dead pearl harbor…9/11 2800 dead

        everyone can make their own conclusions about the letter

        personally I wouldnt believe a word that came out of thier months

        i hoped like hell that obama would take a stand regarding israel and thier lobby here……….

        dream on…

      • Blownaway
        February 10, 2013, 2:24 pm

        Lets face it as long as elections and money are tied together there will be no progress or anything constructive from Congress re. the middle east. I am a christian Palestinian with lots of family in the heat of it and they realize that as long as Israel has Congress in their pockets nothing good will happen. Ironically the Palestinians still hold out hope that the US will somehow save them. But the only thing Israel fears is one state and BDS. These two things are more powerful than any missile…

      • just
        February 10, 2013, 3:54 pm

        Blownaway– you are completely ‘spot on’ with everything you write in your comment.

        I have ardent wishes that Mr. Obama and Mr. Kerry will prove different in their second term… but AIPAC, and the fear that they generate and the power they wield MUST be decimated. Only the US citizenry can make that happen, I think. From what I read elsewhere, people are waking up– too slowly, but it is better now than in the past. So I will never give up. There are far too many Palestinians who have had hope stripped from them, for far too long. BDS and a one state solution is what may very well work.

        I so admire their fortitude and resolve. I hope your family and friends stay safe.

  3. yourstruly
    February 10, 2013, 12:43 pm

    re: “What went wrong in the Catholic Church?” & “Fear & loathing in Egypt” – today’s LA Times” –

    summing up,

    both catholicism & islam?

    over matters of sex & power?

    in serious trouble?

    & deservedly so?

    for having embraced absolutism & infallibility?

    yet refusing to accept responsibility for the consequences thereof?

    do what the catholic church (islam) demands or no ticket to heaven?

    this can be abandoned?

    but how?

    • yourstruly
      February 10, 2013, 1:20 pm

      & judaism?

      identity theft underway?

      zionism?

      the culprit?

      justice for palestine?

      atonement?

  4. Mndwss
    February 10, 2013, 12:53 pm

    “Last year I had the privilege of visiting our great friend Israel. I was deeply humbled by the incredible courage and dignity of Israelis who live, work, and raise families in the face of a daily existential threat. I saw first hand in communities like Sderot where kindergartens are reinforced by reinforced concrete and gas filtration systems.”

    This made me think about Albania under Enver Hoxha.

    I guess Soviet politicians said things like that when they visited the country where every family had to build a bunker to protect themselves.

    A Soviet Kennedy would say:

    Last year I had the privilege of visiting our great friend Albania. I was deeply humbled by the incredible courage and dignity of Albanians who live, work, and raise families in the face of a daily existential threat. I saw first hand in communities like Tirana where kindergartens are reinforced by reinforced concrete and gas filtration systems. I saw it across the country where bus stops doubled with bombshells and enhanced security is a way of life protecting innocent civilians from the threat of terror. Despite the complexities of an entrenched and painful conflict I hold out hope as so many others do. But for that to happen Albania needs a credible partner at the negotiations table. I look forward to hearing your thoughts today about how we can move that process forward.

    • W.Jones
      February 10, 2013, 2:01 pm

      Made me laugh. Can you imagine Soviet leaders or legislators worried about their campaigns based on what another country’s leaders (like Albania’s) thought of them?

    • john h
      February 10, 2013, 5:23 pm

      Your quote of Kennedy on Sderot led me into a search, and this is what I found:

      link to independent.co.uk

      link to news.bbc.co.uk

    • sardelapasti
      February 10, 2013, 6:22 pm

      Misrepresentation of things you obviously have no knowledge of is not really warranted, even if you were trying that for a good cause in your subjective evaluation. Not only was Albania the only country to evict the Nazis without any outside help, it had been the target of Soviet sanctions for many years.
      This here is a forum where everyone opposing Zionist invasion and racism should be coming together (not to mention all the Zionist propaganda crawlers allowed full expression by the chair), not some party organ for clueless reactionaries and maccarthyites.

  5. seanmcbride
    February 10, 2013, 1:16 pm

    Kennedy’s remarks sound like they were scripted by AIPAC — and they probably were. We see the usual canned propaganda and tired rote phrases.

    He may also have in mind the fates of John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy and John F. Kennedy Jr. Just before his death, John F. Kennedy Jr. was attempting to take apart the official story on the Yitzhak Rabin assassination for George Magazine — and he was promising to do the same for the official story on the JFK assassination — forbidden territory.

    Joseph Kennedy III can Google these controversies as easily as the rest of us, and no doubt has, since they involve his immediate family members.

    • Citizen
      February 10, 2013, 6:55 pm

      seanmcbride
      He can google to find his family elders tried to get the zionist organization to register as an agent of a foreign country too–that too was stopped and that organization was allowed to circumvent registration by dropping its direct funding by Israel & becoming a lobby orchestra instead of a lobby per se. Adding the name America to the new name was the ribbon on the new, slyer pig.

    • American
      February 11, 2013, 10:44 am

      According to his closest friends and some in the AG office Robert Kennedy never believed the official assassination story and was ‘unofficially’ trying to ferret it out.

    • American
      February 11, 2013, 11:36 am

      Jack Kennedy courted the Jews during his campaign…..once he was elected though, not so much.
      One major reason Jack did this besides raising money was because of Jewish attacks on Amb Joe Kennedy Sr. for his attitude and effort to keep the US out of war….Joe promoted a peace settlement with Germany—which probably included some relief for Germany from the huge penalties imposed on it after WWI..those debts and the impoverishment of Germany and it’s population being one of the major reasons for support of Hitler in Germany……who said he would turn that around.
      So Joe was called an “appeaser” of Hitler naturally just like everyone else who tried come up with a plan…or a ‘compromise” with Germany.
      The ‘dogs of war’ didn’t want a settlement or compromise with Germany.
      The more I look back on this the more I think ‘a compromise’ could have been reached that would have cut short the European war and never involved the US on the Hitler front at least. Whatever debt forgiveness or reconfiguring of German holdings were given would have been worth it considering what a flaming hell WWII became.

      In “The Education of a Statesman” ..here are parts dealing with Joe Sr. and the Jews, particularly in Hollywood….he accused them of using Hollywood to push the US entering the war. They accused him of describing the rising anti semitism in Europe over the war as way to ‘scare US Jews off’ going after Hitler and promoting the US enter the war.
      So there was no actual love lost between the Kennedy’s and the Jews——but politically expedient is politically expedient….whoever gives me money and votes is my friend…for a while anyway.

      link to books.google.com source=bl&ots=PNw0n1ymZB&sig=kqYGpMXtrmoZcJ1Bk_ZVdA_khYI&hl=en&sa=X&ei=JhMZUeb-GrD00QGg4oCoCA&ved=0CDkQ6AEwAjge#

      • American
        February 11, 2013, 11:43 am

        PS…one thing interesting is that Joe Kennedy back then said democracy was dead in Europe…referring to the fact that it wasn’t the populations that wanted war or insisted on it….it was the leadership and political elements.
        I dont’ have any reason to doubt that was true because isn’t that what we see now?…keep seeing every time? That it’s always various political elements that beat the drums for war .
        Democracy is sure as hell dead in the US.

  6. jimmy
    February 10, 2013, 1:32 pm

    over at huffpo

    ‘SNL’ Takes On Chuck Hagel Israel Comments In Unaired C-SPAN Spoof (VIDEO)

    link to huffingtonpost.com

  7. W.Jones
    February 10, 2013, 1:59 pm

    Hadn’t JFK made a big deal about how it was dangerous for the Israelis to get nukes. Having a nuclearized world is risky enough, not to mention a small country with an undeclared cache, Sampson policy, and frequent wars with its neighbors!

    • American
      February 11, 2013, 10:39 am

      W.Jones says:

      Hadn’t JFK made a big deal about how it was dangerous for the Israelis to get nukes.””>>>>>

      He did more than that. Go to Kennedy Presidential Library…do “Israel” search…in the papers you will find his letter to Israel telling them–” they have to open their nuke facitities to inspection”.
      I don’t know who killed Kennedy except I don’t buy that Cuba or Russia figured in it…..I don’t know about ‘the mob” or an insider political job, maybe…..but if it was the ‘mob’ I think they would have gone after Robert as AG, he was the one going after the mob. I do believe that Israel would kill anyone, even a US President, to avoid opening their nuke facilities.

      • seanmcbride
        February 11, 2013, 1:04 pm

        One wonders if the Israeli and Jewish establishment of that era — including Mossad — privately viewed the entire Kennedy clan as Amalek. Certainly there is the appearance that it was punished by God with a heavy hand.

      • lysias
        February 11, 2013, 1:54 pm

        If Mossad was involved in the assassination(s), it was as a junior partner with the CIA.

        There’s a long history of illicit cooperation between Israel and the CIA, in which James Jesus Angleton, the CIA counterintelligence chief who also manned their Israel desk (he was already working with what would become the Mossad when he was first posted to Rome as OSS station chief in 1944).

        I am just now reading David A. Nichols’s Eisenhower 1956: The President’s Year of Crisis; Suez and the Brink of War. During the buildup to the Suez crisis, the CIA kept giving President Eisenhower bad intelligence, first saying Israel would not do anything militarily, then saying that, if they did anything, it would be against Jordan. The book doesn’t mention the possibility, but it’s hard to dismiss the thought that Angleton was behind this bad intelligence, and that it was deliberate.

        And here’s Robert Amory, Jr., CIA deputy director, on Nov. 3, 1956, at the height of the crisis, while the Israeli invasion was in progress:

        In London, just after dawn, CIA liaison Chester Cooper’s phone rang, ordering him to come to the American embassy for a conversation on a secure phone with Robert Amory, Jr., the CIA deputy director. “Tell your friends,” Amory barked at Cooper in a loud voice, “to comply with the goddamn cease-fire or go ahead with the goddamn invasion. Either way, we’ll back ‘em up if they do it fast. What we can’t stand is their goddamn hesitation waltz while Hungary is burning>”

        This, at a time when President Eisenhower had made it clear that he was adamantly opposed to an Anglo-French invasion of Egypt.

      • Castellio
        February 12, 2013, 1:41 pm

        This might help to explain the alacrity with which President Johnson hushed up the Israeli attack on The Liberty.

        It also leads to questions regarding Abe Fortas and Johnson, as well as the role Fortas played in the Warren Commission, and why Fortas was recommended as Supreme Court Chief Justice – a nomination later withdrawn. Fortas eventually resigned from the the Court when it became clear that he had accepted money from Mr Wolfson, “a wealthy industrialist who was imprisoned for stock manipulation.”

        link to nytimes.com

  8. Jeff Klein
    February 10, 2013, 2:26 pm

    The US Congress is the present-day Zionist Masada. Have our “representatives” made a suicide pact as well?

  9. jimmy
    February 10, 2013, 2:40 pm

    Washington’s Farewell Address 1796

    link to avalon.law.yale.edu

    So likewise, a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter without adequate inducement or justification. It leads also to concessions to the favorite nation of privileges denied to others which is apt doubly to injure the nation making the concessions; by unnecessarily parting with what ought to have been retained, and by exciting jealousy, ill-will, and a disposition to retaliate, in the parties from whom equal privileges are withheld.

    Excessive partiality for one foreign nation and excessive dislike of another cause those whom they actuate to see danger only on one side, and serve to veil and even second the arts of influence on the other….

    1796…1796…there was no israel…

    now there is and…….

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