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When Hagee vilifies Obama as ‘anti-Semitic,’ Cruz and Dershowitz don’t walk out

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Last Sunday night Texas senator Ted Cruz went to a Zionist Organization of America gala in New York at which Pastor John Hagee directly labelled President Obama “anti-Semitic.” Even the Anti-Defamation League condemned the remarks:

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today urged Pastor John Hagee to reconsider his remarks calling President Obama “one of the most anti-Semitic presidents in the history of the United States of America,” saying the comments were “offensive and misplaced.”

Home Depot chairman Bernard Marcus also did some namecalling of Obama, according to Haaretz (you have to read the Israeli press to find out what’s going on in US politics):

“A Chamberlain in the White House,” as Home Depot founder Bernie Marcus opined, garnering wild applause.

The Dallas Morning News did raise an eyebrow over the vitriol at the dinner:

When [ZOA President Morton] Klein called out the president by his full name — “Barack Hussein Obama” — and said “Shame on you” to Obama for failing to stand strongly enough with Israel, Cruz nodded and sipped water.

A big honoree of the dinner was Obama supporter Alan Dershowitz. Rightwing duo Sheldon (Obama should bomb Iran) Adelson and Rabbi Shmuley Boteach were there, the ZOA says, in a release titled “Zionism unites Cruz, Dershowitz,” as well as “Fox News television host Judge Jeannine Pirro, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN), former presidential candidate Gary Bauer, Middle East scholar Daniel Pipes, along with renowned businessmen and Jewish leaders Ken Bialkin, David Brog, Martin Gross, Jack Halpern, Irwin Hochberg, Ira Rennert, Richard Stone, Jim Tisch and Rabbi Avi Weiss.”

I can find nothing in the news coverage to show that Cruz and Dershowitz or anyone else walked out of Hagee’s speech or expressed disapproval.

Ted Cruz is very busy in New York, raising money. Ken Kurson reports at the Observer, “Ted Cruz woos Jewish donors in New York,” that the Texas senator met for two hours two days ago with Sheldon Adelson at a fancy New York hotel. And there were more meetings, Kurson says, with surprising new friends:

Mort Zuckerman, the developer and owner of the New York Daily News who usually backs moderate Democrats, hosted Mr. Cruz for a lunch yesterday before the ZOA dinner.

And then a final surprise show of interest in a candidate who would perhaps have appeared outside the usual centrist spectrum of Jewish political giving. Michael Steinhardtthe investing legend and megaphilanthropist who chaired the same Democratic Leadership Council that catapulted Bill Clinton to the White Househosted Mr. Cruz at his investment firm’s office.

You thought he was the Tea Party? Guess again. “I don’t think I’m all that conservative,” Cruz told the New Yorkers.

Jointly hosted by Mr. Boteach and Mr. Steinhardt, about a dozen heavy machers met for a private kosher lunch with the senator, including Perella Weinberg hedge fund manager Dan Arbess, NGN Capital’s Ken Abramowitz, and Edward Turen of Control Equity Group.

The Observer noted several attendees seemed to arrive with doubts similar to Mr. Adelson’s enthusiastically nodding assent as Mr. Cruz addressed questions on topics ranging from Israel to Harry Reid to his own electability in a possible 2016 presidential run.

So let’s get this clear. The Israel lobby transcends political party. Alan Dershowitz supported Obama, but he participates in a gala at which Obama is called an anti-Semite. Sheldon Adelson, who favors abortion, is flirting with rightwing anti-abortion Senator Ted Cruz. Shmuley Boteach can be friends with Adelson, who wants to bomb Iran, and also with Samantha Power, the US ambassador to the UN. Mort Zuckerman is a Democratic giver, sometimes, as is Michael Steinhardt– but they meet with the Tea Party senator; and no one in the Democratic Party is going to call these folks out. No, because these Israel supporters have a lot of power. Obama was cowed by them on Jerusalem. And the Israel supporters will cross party lines to find the biggest political backer of Israel. And it’s necessary that they cross party lines, to make sure the two major parties are on the same page, knit on this issue as on no other.

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  1. just
    November 26, 2014, 10:54 am

    “So let’s get this clear. The Israel lobby transcends political party.”

    That has been abundantly clear forever. It transcends everything that is ‘good’ about America, endangers US national security, and corrupts our foreign policy. My voice is drowned out, as are millions of others.

    As for Hagee, he is actually preaching to a captive audience and is dangerous. Did he just incite against the POTUS?

    I posted this yesterday:

    ““NEW YORK — The Anti-Defamation League slammed the founder of Christians United for Israel Monday for calling US President Barack Obama “anti-Semitic.

    Hagee was airborne and unavailable for comment Monday, a spokesman said.”

    link to timesofisrael.com

    Hagee is usually “airborne”……..”

    http://mondoweiss.net/2014/11/palestinian-hospitalized-jerusalem

    As for all of the people that you mention in your article~~ I don’t like any of them! btw, boycott Home Depot!

    • ckg
      November 26, 2014, 11:46 am

      But avoid Lowe’s too, which pulled its advertising from the 2011 TV show All-American Muslim amid Islamophobic complaints.

      • just
        November 26, 2014, 12:12 pm

        done.

    • Marnie
      November 27, 2014, 12:31 am

      I think Hagee and his buddies really want to call President Obama an “uppity nigrah” but the dog whistle employed specifically for this president is antisemitic. Hagee should shag his incredibly huge behind to the residence of Bugsy Netanyahu and volunteer his services as shabbat goy for the rest of his life. An added plus of course is the fact that Bugs and Miz Sara could be photographed with Hagee for the slimming effect it will have on both of them.

    • bilal a
      November 27, 2014, 4:41 am

      Blumenthal ridicules the concept of ‘Gentiles’ , ‘grand children of Nazis’, being allowed to call him an anti-Semite, since they never had a circumcision ‘bris’ , and are guilty of whiteness. Isnt this the very embodiment of racial, biologically determined, claims of privilege?

      • Mooser
        November 29, 2014, 12:15 pm

        “Blumenthal ridicules the concept of ‘Gentiles’ , ‘grand children of Nazis’, being allowed to call him an anti-Semite, since they never had a circumcision ‘bris’ , and are guilty of whiteness”

        He’s on pretty safe ground, I would think. I really doubt any of his critics would be willing to submit to adult circumcision to attain the proper gravitas.

    • Shingo
      November 27, 2014, 3:02 pm

      The amazing ring us that McCain had to distance himself from Hagee in 2008 for making anti Semitic remarks.

      Hagee is famous for saying this such as:

      1. Hitler was an agent of God
      2. The anti Christ will be a Jew
      3. That the saliva of Jews has healing powers (give me some sugar Mooser).

      Which all goes to show that anti Semitiism is OK for these people provides you are pro Israel.

      • Mooser
        November 29, 2014, 12:08 pm

        “3. That the saliva of Jews has healing powers (give me some sugar Mooser)”

        I once thought my kiss was the entire pharmacopeia, but then we got Dora (the brown Lab). She can heal with her tongue. (which is nice and dry, too. She’s a sweetie 3 years old this month)

  2. Horizontal
    November 26, 2014, 11:13 am

    From the list of people at that shindig, it seems that our nation has turned upside down and all of its worst elements have oozed straight to the top. Have we already worn-out the term “disgusting” to accurately describe it?

    Americans better wake up. I still ascribe the current situation more to ignorance than to compliance. Ignorance can be taught; you can’t do anything with plain old evil.

    • Krauss
      November 26, 2014, 2:35 pm

      Horizontal, you may or may not remember Ted Cruz’ storming out of a gala for Christian victims of the Middle East.

      He made a dramatic rant about Israel, even if the dinner was about persecution of (Arab) Christians, and for that he was booed, which he then turned into a calculated hissy fit. It was all there for the cameras.

      I think Phil covered that before on this site. It was just a few months ago. I said then and say again that his performance was solely aimed at donors. Wouldn’t be surprised if his press people sent the clip to the staff of these megadonors before the meeting to soften the pitch.

      • just
        November 26, 2014, 5:43 pm

        Here it is, Krauss:

        “Well the rightwing grassroots are conscious too. Texas Senator Ted Cruz got booed off a Washington stage last night after a Christian audience railed at him for lumping Hamas with ISIS and praising Israel for defending Christians (when it’s undermining Christian life in the occupied territories).”

        – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2014/09/praises-christian-conference#sthash.Slreosb4.dpuf

      • Horizontal
        November 26, 2014, 5:57 pm

        Yeah, I remember that one.

        People like Cruz just make me shake my head. That people actually voted this clown into office is the really scary part.

      • Krauss
        November 27, 2014, 3:00 am

        Horizontal said:

        People like Cruz just make me shake my head. That people actually voted this clown into office is the really scary part.

        Uhm, I actually think of Cruz as a more principled person than most conservatives and for that I have a respect for him, even if I disagree with his positions. But it is telling that the person closest to the grassroots, Warren in the Democratic party and Cruz in the GOP, are both very craven to Israel.

        Both are typically anti-Establishment in their other positions, in their own way, but on this issue they both converge. That shows you the power of the lobby. Warren dares taking on Wall St, she does not dare taking on the Israel lobby. So, yes, it is the most powerful lobby out there.

    • Shingo
      November 27, 2014, 3:14 pm

      From the list of people at that shindig, it seems that our nation has turned upside down and all of its worst elements have oozed straight to the top.

      I think this is indicative of the collapse of the empire, which is acceeqting. When one thinks of all the leading candidates for POTUS, it’s clear we will end up with a war crazed loon.

      Even people like Samantha Power are struggling to explain why the U.S. voted against a resolution condemning Nazism.

      It’s much like Israel itself. The U.S. is moving further to the right and becoming more irrational.

  3. ckg
    November 26, 2014, 11:25 am

    Haaretz is confused about Hagee:

    “The most anti-Semitic president ever” as the founder of Christian United For Israel (CUFI) founder Pastor John Hagee asserted, bringing the audience close to rapture.

    See, Hagee doesn’t actually think his audience here will get raptured. Hagee thinks they will getleft behind.

    • Horizontal
      November 26, 2014, 11:32 am

      Considering who’s going, getting left behind would be a blessing.

      • ckg
        November 26, 2014, 7:47 pm

        @Horizontal Getting left behind will mean seven full years of respected LGBT rights. But then it will all come to an cataclysmic end–sigh. At least that’s what the rapture-ready say.

      • Horizontal
        November 28, 2014, 9:34 am

        Yeah, I’ve seen the trailer. Doesn’t interest me. Wish they’d all buy and island somewhere and leave the rest of us in peace.

  4. Annie Robbins
    November 26, 2014, 11:41 am

    how many conferences and galas can these guys throw and attend. geez louise, between the aipac conference, and israeli american conference, the support iof galas, the zoa galas, it’s never ending. gag me with a spoon.

    • just
      November 26, 2014, 11:53 am

      Do they have separate menus and kitchens in order to cater to everybody’s particular ‘tastes’?

      (btw, Ted Cruz was the keynote speaker…last year it was the Huckabee, iirc.)

      • Mooser
        November 29, 2014, 12:20 pm

        “Do they have separate menus and kitchens in order to cater to everybody’s particular ‘tastes’?”

        You need ask? Do they want a repeat of the events which marred the 1883 Reform-Orthodox unity banquet at Rabbi Wise’s Reform Rabbinical Seminary in New York, to celebrate the first graduating class of Reform Rabbis, and encourage unity between Jewish religious denominations? Of course they don’t. Everybody knows what that little catering mix-up engendered.

    • Horizontal
      November 28, 2014, 9:35 am

      Too much money to be had to cram into just one event, apparently.

  5. David Doppler
    November 26, 2014, 12:05 pm

    See Thomas Friedman’s column today, including among “News Drumsticks” to be chewed over at Thanksgiving dinner tables tomorrow Israeli President Rivlin’s “Israel is a sick society” statement, which you “may have missed:” http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/26/opinion/thomas-friedman-news-drumsticks.html?_r=0.

    He also quotes former Mossad Chief Shavit from Haaretz Monday: ‘“I am truly concerned about the future of the Zionist project. I am concerned about the critical mass of the threats against us on the one hand, and the government’s blindness and political and strategic paralysis on the other. … I am concerned that for the first time, I am seeing haughtiness and arrogance, together with more than a bit of the messianic thinking that rushes to turn the conflict into a holy war. … This right wing, in its blindness and stupidity, is pushing the nation of Israel into the dishonorable position of ‘the nation shall dwell alone and not be reckoned among the nations’ (Numbers 23:9).” Shavit said Israel should launch a peace effort, based on the Arab peace initiative, which calls for full peace for full withdrawal.’

    This pandering to Adelson and his ilk, which has become de rigueur in the tedium of getting elected and holding high office in the US, is about to get left high and dry, as first Mondoweiss and other bloggers, then Walt & Mearsheimer, then broader academia, now the NYTimes, are experiencing moral outrage and intellectual disgust at the old order.

    Well done, Phil & Co. Enjoy your Thanksgiving. Next year in a more peaceful, post-Likud Jerusalem.

  6. Kay24
    November 26, 2014, 12:13 pm

    It looks like zionism makes strange bedfellows. Shame on Cruz and Dershowitz. It seems they have lost their senses, and are so obsessed with pleasing an alien nation, and it’s racist policies, they do not have the decency to speak up for their own. They should have walked away, yes, but then how can they, they must keep showing the devotion, and will not risk either being called antisemitic, or self hating in Dirty Dershowitz’s case. Anyone with a shred of decency or principles, would have made an effort to correct this wrong.

    • Horizontal
      November 28, 2014, 8:10 pm

      They’re both at the cushy table of American Elitism, so things like common decency and doing what’s right were disposable commodities, jettisoned long ago.

      Really, these people are way past even being able to be shamed by their behavior. You or I couldn’t do it, but these can, and sleep like babies each and every night.

      T’was ever thus.

      • oldgeezer
        November 28, 2014, 8:22 pm

        Sdlythatistoo true. Everywhere in the world. It seems sociopaths rise to the top. Or even worse types.

  7. seafoid
    November 26, 2014, 12:36 pm

    Apparently Obamacare is run by the Palestinians who use Obama as a front. That’s the catalyst for such an august gathering of fruitcakes and why Hagee calls Obama an anti-Semite.

  8. andrew r
    November 26, 2014, 12:36 pm

    Hagee should be aware this is anti-semitic.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/05/21/mccain-backer-hagee-said_n_102892.html

    “‘And they the hunters should hunt them,’ that will be the Jews. ‘From every mountain and from every hill and from out of the holes of the rocks.’ If that doesn’t describe what Hitler did in the holocaust you can’t see that.”

  9. seafoid
    November 26, 2014, 12:47 pm

    J Live wrote this about the African American community but he could just as easily sing it about the poor lost chosen people with their gimp leaders

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EM4HJ1nAIU

    They say they don’t make it like that any more
    They ain’t supposed to
    Time brings change and that’s not what I’m opposed to
    Recognise what the elders had to go through
    So that you wouldn’t have to
    Ask and they show you
    That’s how you build a nation.. civilisation
    We do it throught the music if you don’t use it you lose it
    You show the people clear water how can they refuse it
    But if they never knew it existed they couldn’t choose it

  10. ckg
    November 26, 2014, 1:50 pm

    Foxman says the accusation is false because Obama is in fact a “staunch ally and friend of Israel”. For both Hagee and Foxman, that is the litmus test. They merely disagree on the test results.

    • Horizontal
      November 28, 2014, 10:05 am

      Doesn’t a true friend step in and let you know when you’ve gone off the rails, even if it hurts to hear the truth? What Hagee & Foxman are describing isn’t friendship, it’s co-dependent enabling.

  11. surewin
    November 26, 2014, 1:55 pm

    “…it’s necessary that they cross party lines, to make sure the two major parties are on the same page, knit on this issue as on no other.” – Phil

    The two parties are not on the same page. That’s why Hagee called Obama anti-Semitic. It’s why this administration made Chuck Hagel Defense Secretary; it’s why they demanded another round of talks between Israel and the Palestinians; it’s why they are trying to negotiate a deal with Iran; it’s why they still haven’t toppled Assad. These are not Obama’s decisions; he does not make the decisions. The Israel hawks would like to get control of the Democratic Party decision-making process, for obvious reasons, and they are working on it. Why Chuck Hagel was pushed out we don’t know yet, but who replaces him will be telling. The fact that it won’t be Flournoy is encouraging. The Clintons don’t like Israel’s strategy. Bill Clinton said some things at the steak fry recently. MJ Rosenberg has told us about how they feel. If Hillary becomes President, of course she will be pulled in both directions, and we’ll have to see what she does. Obama waited until his second term to do the things I listed above. She would probably do likewise. But unlike the Republicans, the Democratic Party does not support the occupation; it wants the conflict resolved. Obama’s actions since 2012 demonstrate this.

  12. lysias
    November 26, 2014, 2:29 pm

    “one of the most anti-Semitic presidents in the history of the United States of America,”

    Makes it sound as if Hagee had several anti-Semitic presidents in mind. Who do you suppose they were? Even the very racist (towards blacks) Woodrow Wilson supported Zionism at Versailles, appointed Brandeis to the Supreme Court, made the senior Henry Morgenthau ambassador to Turkey.

    By the way, I thought Dershowitz had moved to Israel.

    • Kay24
      November 26, 2014, 6:18 pm

      I think Dershowitz is waiting for the new illegal settlements to open up. :))

  13. RoHa
    November 26, 2014, 9:17 pm

    Ah, that’s Ted Cruz. I was worried there for a minute, but now I can go back to lusting after admiring Penelope Cruz with a clearish conscience.

  14. JeffB
    November 27, 2014, 9:43 am

    So let’s get this clear. The Israel lobby transcends political party. Alan Dershowitz supported Obama, but he participates in a gala at which Obama is called an anti-Semite…

    A few weeks ago New York hosted the Catholic charities dinner (before the election) both Cuomo and Rob Astorino were there along with about 800 other guests. Sen Gillibrand was there along with Cardinal Dolan. Because Catholics of all political parties support raising money to feed children. And there were a few Protestant and Jewish people there was well.

    There is nothing unusual or immoral about religions not being divided in a partisan way. The same way football and basketball events are not split down partisan grounds. Judaism and Jewish events are part of both parties. The same there are Protestants in both parties, Muslims in both parties… Regardless of party most Catholics believe that Jesus is a pretty cool guy and want to see his message, “Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest” spread and put into action. And in the same way influential Jews believe that Israel is a pretty cool country and want to see the message, “Brothers and sisters, come home” spread.

    • Horizontal
      November 28, 2014, 8:23 pm

      JeffB ~

      The problem here is that there is only one message coming out of these shindigs, and since we have a two party system in this country, if both parties have the exact same take on “Israel being a pretty cool country,” which it is very far from being, then that, in a representative democracy, is obviously a grave concern.

      I’m not sure where you’re coming from to not see this.

    • Mooser
      November 28, 2014, 8:34 pm

      “There is nothing unusual or immoral about religions not being divided in a partisan way.”

      Exactly, “JeffyPop”, Eggs-ackly! So when anti-Zionist Jews start gaining the ears of State and Federal politicians, I’m sure you will welcome the additional information, and never descend to impugning their Jewishness, or making attacks on them.

      • Horizontal
        November 29, 2014, 10:17 am

        Put another way, JeffB apparently sees no difference between feeding children and bombing them.

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