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Continuing his trajectory as the neoconservative favorite, Senator Marco Rubio came to New York this week to raise money from a gaggle of rightwing pro-Israel donors, at the offices of Phil Rosen of the Republican Jewish Coalition. The same day Rubio tweeted his “prayers” for Israel.

My prayers are with the people of Israel and the victims of the recent Palestinian terror attacks

and the message “Israel deserves our support and respect.”

Phil Rosen is a pal of Sheldon Adelson– see the photo below– and Rubio is said to be close to getting Adelson’s endorsement.

Phil Rosen, Manny Pacquiao and Sheldon Adelson

Phil Rosen, Manny Pacquiao and Sheldon Adelson

The Forward touts the scale of an Adelson nod:

An endorsement from Adelson could bring Rubio a river of cash. In 2012, Adelson spent more than $100 million on Republican candidates. A formal endorsement by Adelson — derisively known to Democrats as the ‘Sheldon Primary’ — could come as soon as the end of October, the sources said.

Rubio has certainly been very busy in the last ten days pushing Adelson’s main issue. Here (thanks to Eli Clifton at Lobelog) is Rubio’s latest audition tape for Adelson. Obama has followed a tragic and dangerous policy.

The Rubio script says no people have suffered more than Israelis, and he will support them unconditionally.

What this president and his administration are doing in Israel is a tragic mistake. What they’re doing is dangerous and it betrays the commitment this nation has made to the right of a Jewish state to exist in peace. No people on earth want peace more than the people of Israel. No people have suffered more at the hands of this violence and this terrorism than the people of Israel and they need America’s support unconditionally. If I become president, that’s exactly what they’ll have.

The same week Rubio released a statement condemning Palestinian violence. And hinting that Obama and Hillary Clinton are anti-semitic.

And what has been the Obama administration’s response to weeks of official Palestinian incitement, anti-Semitism, and violence? President Obama refuses to criticize Abbas or demand that he stop the incitement and violence. Instead, the administration plays the moral equivalence game…

Indeed, the indifference that President Obama and Hillary Clinton display toward incitement and violence against Jews fits a long-running pattern of callousness and neglect toward the Jewish state.

I’d point out that Rubio’s biggest sell to Adelson– who has called on Obama to nuke Iran— is that he plans to reverse Obama’s Iran policy on Day 1 in the White House. Last August Rubio made that promise on Fox:

Rubio: This is not a treaty. There’s nothing about this that’s binding on the next administration, and if I’m the president of the United States, in my first day in office, we will lift what the president is doing, we will reimpose sanctions, and in fact, I will ask Congress to increase sanctions, and we will back it up with a credible threat of military force.

Bill Hemmer: So, the votes to override a veto are not there, so in essence, this is a done deal.

Rubio: It’s a done deal for the next 18 months. But again, it’s not a treaty. There’s nothing legally binding about it. This is basically the president has decided to use the national security waiver of the current sanctions that are already on the books, and he’s going to use that waiver to lift sanctions on Iran. When I’m president of the United States, we will reimpose those sanctions on day one, and then I will go to Congress and ask them to even increase those sanctions more, and I will back that up with a credible threat of military force. A simple message to the Ayatollah: If you try to build a weapon, we will destroy your program.

The Washington Post performs disinformation on Rubio’s overtures. Tom Toles says that Adelson’s interest is the casino industry (where he’s made his money), not a word about Israel.

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  1. Mooser
    October 17, 2015, 11:28 am

    I don’t like to appeal personally to the Mondo staff, but can somebody tell me what the hell is going on here:

    “Following up on my post below, I wanted to call your attention to this piece in The Atlantic by Jeff Goldberg, discussing the current round of violence in and around Jerusalem but coming to a very different conclusion, at least a different emphasis. By all means, read the piece because there’s only so fully I can capture his argument. But the gist is this: This violence isn’t driven by settlements or really any of Israel’s current policies. It goes back at least a century and is in essence one of Muslim supremacism and secondarily Palestinian-Arab supremacism, mixed with various obscurantist and paranoid ideas about Israeli intentions. As Jeff correctly notes, there were similar incidents almost a century ago, long before Israel was a state, let alone before the Israeli army conquered the West Bank in 1967. Let me say simply that Jeff is right.” Josh Marshall TPM.

    Oh Lord: “For Jews, Israel – ironically even more the West Bank – is the cradle of their history, where they became a people and lived for about a millennium (depends where you want to disentangle history and legend). They were partly expelled once and returned. They rebelled against the Romans twice in the late first and early second century, the result of which was the destruction of almost all of Jewish society, mass killing on a genocidal scale and much of the rest of the population sold into slavery. ”

    The Atlantic article I’m afraid to go near. This is from the Editor of TPM? A “historian

    • a blah chick
      October 17, 2015, 12:28 pm

      From what I have read of the “reviews” it’s a less hysterical version of the Bret Stephens’s piece. Don’t waste your time. It seems that the hasbarists have instructions to get everyone’s mind off slaughtered teens by talking about all the Jews killed in Hebron back in ’29. They so want this to be a religious war.

    • Mooser
      October 17, 2015, 12:57 pm

      Sorry about all that ‘bold’. I was so famischt I didn’t tend my tags.
      I was trembling and thinking: “are they floating this for the Democratic Presidential candidate? Is this supposed to be the line?”
      If anybody wants me, I’ll be in a darkened room, holding a cloth moistened with eau de cologne to my first and second temples.

      • Mooser
        October 17, 2015, 1:51 pm

        I’m sorry, this probably belongs on the Jerusalem thread, but here is the Atlantic article:

        “The Paranoid, Supremacist Roots of the Stabbing Intifada ” by Jeffrey Goldberg

        “The current “stabbing Intifada” now taking place in Israel—a quasi-uprising in which young Palestinians have been trying, and occasionally succeeding, to kill Jews with knives—is prompted in good part by the same set of manipulated emotions that sparked the anti-Jewish riots of the 1920s: a deeply felt desire on the part of Palestinians to “protect” the Temple Mount from Jews.”

        “young Palestinians have been trying, and occasionally succeeding, to kill Jews with knives”

        A huge conspiracy of manipulated emotions, supremacism, and paranoia, and nobody could remember to smuggle in so much as a couple cases of automatic pistols and ammo? Okay.

      • JWalters
        October 17, 2015, 5:51 pm

        The Atlantic has scrubbed the comments on Goldberg’s article (deleted the link to the comments). Perhaps because the comments demolished his case (it seemed to me).

      • Mooser
        October 17, 2015, 7:01 pm

        “The Atlantic has scrubbed the comments on Goldberg’s article (deleted the link to the comments).”

        That didn’t take long. Marshall accepts no comments, but he will undoubtedly get e-mail.
        Oh well, it’s the old “a noble mind is here oer-thrown” syndrome so closely associated with liberal Zionism.

      • Annie Robbins
        October 17, 2015, 8:47 pm

        he’s heard about it on twitter for sure

    • PeaceThroughJustice
      October 17, 2015, 3:23 pm

      Are there any non-Jewish journalists writing stuff like this? Can anyone think of any at all?

    • JWalters
      October 17, 2015, 5:05 pm

      Looks like Josh Marshall has gone off the rails. Doesn’t he know there’s an internet out there with tons of historical information? He has written himself into the Hall of Infamy. It’s hard to believe he’s as uninformed as he appears here. I’m wondering if this required by advertisers, or perhaps donors. The Zionists have also been said to use blackmail (a milder form of terrorism).

      • JWalters
        October 17, 2015, 5:21 pm

        Josh does admit the Israelis taking Palestinian land has been “theft”. But then he excuses it by “profound” tribal stories, and ends by placing the blame squarely on Palestinian mental aberrations. Yikes! Talk about a contortionist!

      • Mooser
        October 17, 2015, 5:47 pm

        “Looks like Josh Marshall has gone off the rails.”

        He has said he is “a Jew and a Zionist”. And he is supposed to be a “historian”

      • Mooser
        October 17, 2015, 6:13 pm

        “Yikes! Talk about a contortionist!”

        I’m flummoxed by the piece. I think his readers know better. And doesn’t he know better than to co-sign Goldberg? Nope, he had to jump in there with Goldberg.

      • Mooser
        October 17, 2015, 7:29 pm

        Marshall, from the article previous:

        “When Israel conquered the Old City of Jerusalem in the Six Day War (in addition to the Golan Heights, West Bank of the Jordan River and the Gaza Strip),…”

        “Conquered”. Okay I guess that settles it. Right-by-conquest-Geneva-notwithstanding for us.

      • Citizen
        October 17, 2015, 8:07 pm

        ‏@peterfeld
        Jewish settlers “beat [Arabs] shamefully for no reason & boast”: early Zionist Ahad Ha’am reports on Yishuv…in 1891!
        Embedded image permalink (image is of 1891 newspaper lament by a Jew there and then, detailing how the (earliest) Zionists were crapping all over the locals and laughing about it)
        Go to Twitter and then to @peterfeld to read it

      • Annie Robbins
        October 17, 2015, 8:25 pm

        here it is citizen

      • Mooser
        October 18, 2015, 12:11 pm

        Thanks Citizen, but it’s no news to me. It all files under something (for better or worse and for what it’s worth) I figured out oh, shortly after my Bar Mitzvah:

        “How the hell do you think it was done? What would it take to scare you out of your house?”

    • Annie Robbins
      October 17, 2015, 5:10 pm

      unreal mooser, i don’t dare go near it. i’m with jwalters on this one — totally off the deep end.

      • Mooser
        October 17, 2015, 5:49 pm

        I’m so frightened they are floating this for the Demo candidate.

      • RoHa
        October 17, 2015, 8:15 pm

        I don’t think you need worry, Mooser. Trump will be the next U.S. president.

      • echinococcus
        October 17, 2015, 9:10 pm

        RoHa,
        No problem with Trump as president –after all, we’ve had Reagan and he wasn’t worst than the last serious academic guy. And, mind you, he wouldn’t need Adelson’s and Saban’s money.

    • Citizen
      October 17, 2015, 8:23 pm

      @ Mooser
      If U access Twitter, go to Peter Feld’s account: ‏@peterfeld Jewish, which shows settlers “beat [Arabs] shamefully for no reason & boast”: early Zionist Ahad Ha’am reports on Yishuv…in 1891! Embedded image permalink (image is of 1891 newspaper lament by a Jew there and then, detailing how the (earliest) Zionists were crapping all over the locals and laughing about it) Go to Twitter and then to @peterfeld to read it. Feld is mad as hell at Goldberg & friends malicious, fraudulent/intentionally ignorant chutzpah, & tweeted a lot. The jpg of the 1891 newspaper goes into the myriad of ways the earliest Zionists went from victims to extreme bullies overnight, as soon as their feet touched down on the Holy Land. Very revealing old newspaper article.

      • Citizen
        October 17, 2015, 8:34 pm

        BTW
        Ahad Ha’am was among the first to point out to the Zionist movement the problems they would expect to face with the Arabs in Eretz Yisrael. In his article “Truths from Eretz Yisrael”, written following his first visit to the Land in 1891, he wrote that it was an error to dismiss the Arabs as “desert beasts” who “do not comprehend what is being done in their surroundings”, and predicted that if the Yishuv will try to force them out – they will object.

    • CigarGod
      October 18, 2015, 10:52 am

      This time of year in my neck of the woods…love is in the air…otherwise known as The Rut. The boys are just out of their minds.

  2. a blah chick
    October 17, 2015, 12:30 pm

    Other than Netanyahu has Sheldon ever backed a winner?

    • Krauss
      October 17, 2015, 1:06 pm

      I hate to defend Sheldon but the reality is it isn’t the candidate, it’s the party. The GOP can’t win because of demographics so the only way for Sheldon to win is to become a democrat(again).

      Then again, Haim Saban has that arena covered.

  3. Krauss
    October 17, 2015, 1:04 pm

    Rubio would be such a perfect candidate. He sells out more readily than even Jeb! would.

    Tom Toles’ disinformation(cowardice, really) about the central role of Jewishness/Zionism for Sheldon isn’t going to last if Rubio would be the GOP nominee.

    It won’t matter which nominee the GOP fields, they are all going to lose, but if it’s Rubio, at least it would be useful in highlighting the role that Zionist cash plays in American politics.

    This would be compounded if Hillary is the nominee as she will try her hardest not be outflanked on the right over who can support Jewish Apartheid with the most vigor.

    • JWalters
      October 17, 2015, 4:48 pm

      Rubio should be asked if he supports Adelson on building more military outposts AKA “settlements”.

      Hillary should be asked if she supports Saban on building more military outposts AKA “settlements”.

      Or do they agree with Obama that these so-called “settlements” are a bad thing, and building more would be more of a bad thing?

      The voluminous historical facts make it obvious that these so-called “settlements” are part of a longstanding and ongoing policy of stealing land. The pattern of demolishing innocent people’s homes is just one such fact, an act that defies all justice and reason, except for land theft. This longstanding policy is the direct opposite of making peace, exactly as the Palestinians have always said.

  4. Ossinev
    October 17, 2015, 2:07 pm

    @mooser

    With Iran temporarily off the Hasbara script the “terrorist violence” in East Jerusalem and the West Bank has come as a gift to the Zionosphere Ministry of Propaganda .Obviously engineered by Nitay and his cronies by means of the “Temple Mount” incitement.Sooner or later Iran will be worked into the equation as being the true evil behind it all. Blaming Iran and Isis at the same time is a tricky one but for a nation which invented the cherry tomato I am sure that they will manage it.

    As for Rubio and his comments eg:
    “Indeed, the indifference that President Obama and Hillary Clinton display toward incitement and violence against Jews fits a long-running pattern of callousness and neglect toward the Jewish state.”

    They are indicative of the power that the Zionist lobby and their lucre have over politicians across the spectrum in America – something thankfully which is simply not possible here in the UK , not least because the MSM here is not controlled by the aforesaid lobby and TV interviewers tend to query and frequently dismember absurd allegations and downright silly comments.

    Latterly I sense that the pro-Israel crap which is being spewed out by the likes of Rubio is becoming even more ludicrous and outrageous. This probably reflects the fact that the exiled Judeo-Samarian backers such as Sheldon Adlebrain are getting desperate and they are insisting that their poodles earn their donation dollars by cranking up the pro-Israel rhetoric.

    Hang in there.

    • Annie Robbins
      October 17, 2015, 3:46 pm

      With Iran temporarily off the Hasbara script the “terrorist violence” in East Jerusalem and the West Bank has come as a gift

      it’s not a gift. they instigated it — put a lot of effort into ratcheting it up as soon as they lost the iran deal deadline on sept 17th. they went into highgear over al aqsa. it was calculated. they made it happen.

      • ivri
        October 17, 2015, 4:07 pm

        @Annie: “They made it happen”
        Pure nonsense. The paramount interest of Israel and Israelis is normal and peaceful conditions.

      • Annie Robbins
        October 17, 2015, 4:43 pm

        Pure nonsense.

        nah. someone just (now, really) sent me this amazing article by susie abulhawa. apparently i’m not the only person who thinks this was a set up. from “Israel: In the death throes of a racist dream” by susie abulhawa: http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/seeing-other-israeli-side-803375093

        And now, like a petulant spoilt child who did not get his way on the Iran deal, Netanyahu gathered his gangsters, stomping their feet on holy ground to bring down the house, an epic tantrum for President Obama, as if to say look what I can still do.

        The new escalation to eradicate Palestine now is to enlist the civilian population of Israel to arm itself and join their military thugs against our unarmed civilian population. Videos and news of recent random executions, stabbings, and the roaming bloodlust of mob vigilantes abound on the Internet.

      • ivri
        October 17, 2015, 5:23 pm

        @Annie
        Well, if you want to believe in these things… There are far simpler explanations for what goes on and the causes of it – the general explosive conditions in the Palestinian territories and in Jerusalem in particular, because of its bi-ethnic composition, don`t need a conspiracy theory.
        As for bloodlust – please reserve this phrase to the Islamists of this world.

      • Annie Robbins
        October 17, 2015, 5:49 pm

        not when they are shooting teens on the streets. it’s too much ivri.

      • Mooser
        October 17, 2015, 5:52 pm

        “The paramount interest of Israel and Israelis is normal and peaceful conditions.”

        A decades long military occupation combined with Israeli government backed land theft and colonization is never, ever “normal and peaceful conditions”.

        Are you capable of understanding that?

      • ivri
        October 17, 2015, 6:09 pm

        @Annie
        A person of age 16 may be technically called a teenager but he is capable of stubbing people exactly as somebody who is 18 years old – so emphasizing this aspect is beside the point or just plain demagoguery. And don`t you think that a Palestinian terrorist camouflaged as a journalist endangers other people in that profession.
        I hope Annie that there will come a time when you will develop a capability to look also at the other side of the coin. Until then it`s all futile – waste of time.

      • Annie Robbins
        October 17, 2015, 6:26 pm

        A person of age 16 may be technically called a teenager but

        there’s no buts. 16 year olds are kids. have you ever been in a room full of them. they are not adults yet. they are adult like but they’re still kids and in development.

        he is capable of stubbing people exactly as somebody who is 18 years old

        so is a 12 year old. your point? let’s not pretend the tensions are not highly volatile right now. several palestinian youths were gunned down in the weeks prior to this escalation. there were mobs hunting palestinians on the streets of jerusalem just recently screaming death to arabs. so don’t pretend to me the situation is not horrid right now. i’m angry, don’t piss me off further. don’t try your ‘other side of the coin’ BS on me right now while representing the oppressors. there is no other side of the coin. there’s decades of oppression and colonization. your side of the coin is backed up by the super power and war criminals. the other side — NOT SO MUCH!!!!

      • eljay
        October 17, 2015, 6:16 pm

        || ivri: … The paramount interest of Israel and Israelis is normal and peaceful conditions. ||

        The paramount interest of Zio-supremacists in Israel and elsewhere in the world is a “peace” that comprises:
        – Jewish supremacism in/and a supremacist “Jewish State” in as much of (Mandate) Palestine as possible;
        – absolution of Israel’s obligations under international law (including RoR of refugees); and
        – absolution of responsibility and accountability for past and on-going (war) crimes committed by Zio-supremacists and their state.

        What Zio-supremacists despise, reject – and perhaps even fear – is justice, accountability and equality.

      • Kris
        October 17, 2015, 6:33 pm

        Annie, many thanks for the link to Susie Abulhawa’s essay, “Israel: In the death throes of a racist dream,” http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/seeing-other-israeli-side-803375093 .

        from Abulhawa’s essay:

        The new escalation to eradicate Palestine now is to enlist the civilian population of Israel to arm itself and join their military thugs against our unarmed civilian population. Videos and news of recent random executions, stabbings, and the roaming bloodlust of mob vigilantes abound on the Internet.

        And yet.

        We remain.

        Our ancient society, though fragmented and brutalised, stands defiant, persistent, passionate and steadfast. Though traumatised and leaderless, we remain, rebellious, brave and resolute. No matter where we are, occupied or displaced and scattered around the world – Gaza, the West Bank, Jerusalem, refugee camps of Lebanon or Syria or Iraq, exile in a diaspora that reaches every corner of the world – we continue to act in concert, bound by a collective wound, one that Jews ought to understand.

        How surprised they must be. How utterly demoralised they must feel to have such great military might and somehow stand weak and small against our rocks.

        How breathless you, Israel, must feel. How devastating it must be to fail so miserably at one task, year after year, decade after decade. To have repeatedly intensified tactics of death and cruelty but still not managed to crush us. To cart off small children by the thousands pissing their pants, and still find that thousands have taken their place the next day, hurling rocks at your tanks and guns. To imprison them so young as they cry with fear, scream for their mothers, only to grow up unbroken, defying and fighting you still. To demolish homes and whole towns, only to find that we rebuild and multiply faster than you. To see us dance, study, marry, and have babies through your endless siege, occupation, and slaughter campaigns. To see us live after you have shredded our hearts with grief and loss. To bomb and destroy our schools, prevent children and teachers from reaching their classrooms, and still face our literacy rate that rivals your own.

        How frightened you must feel that we still do not fear you; that in the recesses of our being, we are a triumphant people and instead, it is you who is frightened. How profoundly disappointing it must feel to destroy our villages, dig in Silwan, under Al Aqsa and Al Shakhra decade after decade and still come up without forensic evidence to support your narrative, and simultaneously be faced with the multitude of Palestinians whose native claims are present, obvious, written, well known and undisputed. How frustrated you must feel that those of us you barred from our homes, whom you thought would forget, continue to write, create, protest, and expose you abroad, gathering more and more momentum for the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions campaign that is breaking the back of your lies. How defeating it is to spend millions of dollars to harass us abroad in order to silence us, only to find our voices grow louder.

        Israel has made and remade the mistake of every colonial enterprise before them, because colonialism always arrives with a sense of supremacy that does not look upon native peoples as human.
        http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/seeing-other-israeli-side-803375093#sthash.XeMtjB6F.dpuf

      • Mooser
        October 17, 2015, 7:07 pm

        ” the general explosive conditions in the Palestinian territories…”

        And disturbances by restive tribes on the Northwest Frontier? Who the hell are you, H. Rider Haggard?

      • oldgeezer
        October 17, 2015, 7:38 pm

        @ivri

        Reserve bloodlust for the Islamists of the world?

        No. It is entirely appropriate.

        Israel will not have a normal peace until it actually desires one and puts it’s murderous rampages, theft, pillaging, and oppression of others behind them.

    • Citizen
      October 17, 2015, 9:03 pm

      Addison will likely pick Rubio, the young, thirsty man to be molded like clay… remember the Golem?

  5. Kathleen
    October 17, 2015, 2:15 pm

    Even Chris Matthews put the screws to Rubio and who owns him the other night. Will go look for the segment.

    Zogby has a hot potato up at Huff Po. Although only four comments…Demonstrates what he is saying in the piece about the “willful ignorance” on the I/P issue and the complicity of the mainstream media keeping folks in the dark about facts

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/james-zogby/the-debate-we-have-the-de_b_8315400.html.

    The Debate We Have, the Debate We Need

    “Since the end of the Vietnam War, every US president has been consumed with and defined by events in the Middle East. During all this time, we spent more money, sent more troops, fought more wars, lost more lives, and expended more political capital in that region than anywhere else in the world.

    During Gerald Ford’s short term in office, he had to deal with the aftermath of the 1973 Arab-Israeli war. Carter’s one term brought success with the Camp David Peace Accords and failure with the Iranian hostage crisis. Reagan was occupied with the Lebanon Civil War, Israel’s invasion of Lebanon and the deadly attack on the US Marine Barracks in Beirut, and then the long Iran-Iraq war, and the Iran-Contra scandal. George HW Bush built an international coalition to liberate Kuwait from Iraqi occupation and then turned his attention to convening the Madrid peace conference. Clinton was consumed with years of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. George W Bush responded to the 9/11 terror attacks by launching two failed wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He tried to compensate for years of neglect by attempting to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. It was left to Barack Obama to attempt to clean up the mess that was left to him. He tried to: end the Iraq and Afghan wars; restore US standing in the Middle East; and create a framework for Israel-Palestinian peace. These Herculean tasks were made more difficult by the hyper-partisanship he found in Washington, the intransigence of a hardline government in Israel, and the region-wide chaos that resulted from the Arab Spring.”

    • JWalters
      October 17, 2015, 5:37 pm

      I saw Matthews mention the Rubio-Adelson relationship, and it was very welcome. He even mentioned Israel by name. I give Matthews credit for inching the discussion into this topic. He doesn’t seem to be cowed by the Zionists, but he undoubtedly has forces he has to push against.

      Had seen the Zogby article, and agree it is great. Your selected quotes are good choices, thanks. It’s looking like parts of the MSM are beginning to re-consider their pro-Israel blackout of certain information about Israel and Palestine.

      • Kay24
        October 17, 2015, 6:39 pm

        It seems like MSNBC has some gutsy people during the day too, Kate Snow for instance interviewed Martin Fletcher, and she showed the viewers the shrinking map of Palestine, which really shocked me. The next day I saw Thomas Roberts interview Marc Ginsberg, and he did not allow certain statements to go unchallenged. When Ginsberg said that the Palestinian leadership was inciting violence, Thomas immediately disputed that and said that even some Israeli newspapers did not agree with that. Thomas also implied that the Palestinians have been suffering for a long time. Good for him. It was like a breath of fresh air to see such coverage, since we have been deprived of it for years.

        I wish I could write and congratulate both Kate Snow and Thomas Roberts for having the courage to act fair and balanced.

      • JWalters
        October 17, 2015, 7:00 pm

        Kay24, That’s good news. On the congratulations, perhaps post a comment to an appropriate segment? (Ideally with a link to a Mondoweiss story.)

      • Citizen
        October 17, 2015, 9:08 pm

        @ Kay24
        If you access Twitter U can tweet your kudos to those folks

      • Kathleen
        October 17, 2015, 9:46 pm

        Kay thanks for those important tidbits. Great to hear. Throwing Palestinians some bones.

      • Kay24
        October 18, 2015, 8:10 am

        Not to be outdone, CNN just interviewed Daniel Levy, who was strongly critical of Israel, mentioned the occupation, and the anger and frustration felt by these Palestinian kids.

        I wish this was a turning point in the MSM, and that we will be seeing the real facts being discussed in the media. We do not need any more lies, and covering up for Israel’s crimes.
        I am sick of the fairy tales.

  6. a blah chick
    October 17, 2015, 5:46 pm

    ivri October 17, 2015, 4:07 pm

    “The paramount interest of Israel and Israelis is normal and peaceful conditions.”

    You can’t have “normal and peaceful conditions” along side a brutal occupation.

    • Kathleen
      October 17, 2015, 9:49 pm

      Bingo a blah chick. Brutal occupation with continued theft of more internationally recognized Palestinian land. ivri is clearly pathologically delusional..

  7. Kay24
    October 17, 2015, 6:47 pm

    Rubio is in the process of selling his soul to the Devil who owns casinos. Whatever happened to self respect and principles? It is a shame that our politicians have to stoop to pandering and fawning on zionist supporters, just to win elections, because once they go over to the dark side, they seem to become automatic robots controlled by remote control. All that pretense of caring for human rights abuses, crimes against civilians, and whatever they talk about, seems to be forgotten, and then they lie. Right now he is mouthing the one sided propaganda blaming the victims of Israeli violence, and ignoring the occupation, the root cause of the violence.

  8. Annie Robbins
    October 17, 2015, 8:16 pm

    i’m trying to think of the upside of this. if rubio gets adelson’s bucks we’re guaranteed to get lots of hammering about israel during the election cycle unless he’s instructed to back off the rhetoric after getting the money. i think people are sick of israel. there’s nothing i’d like more than a big discussion about israel coming into this election. rubio would guarantee that, and he’ll loose. money won’t help him win the nomination.

    he’s way below trump, that probbaly won’t change. http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/latest-polls-show-trump-big-leads-early-states

    even if trump takes a fall i don’t see rubio’s star rising very far. voters already know him and he’s not going far. of course i could be wrong.

    • Citizen
      October 17, 2015, 9:23 pm

      If the knife infitada grows, Israel will be a talking point galore more–looks like Obama may just antagonize Israel more with “moral equivalence”–this really sets the FOX news pundits on fire. Obama recently claimed that Fox News was making people scared of him…

  9. ckg
    October 17, 2015, 9:31 pm

    Hyman Roth Sheldon Adelson always makes money for his partners…Just one small step, looking for a man who wants to be President of the United States, and having the cash to make it possible. Michael Marco, we’re bigger than U.S. Steel.

  10. Citizen
    October 17, 2015, 9:32 pm

    GOP Reps in Israel instructed to go back home & tell everybody on the campaign trail that settlements are not the problem, Palestinians not recognizing Israel is the problem.
    Visiting US Reps: ‘We must address Palestinian denial that Israel is a Jewish state’ http://www.jpost.com/page.aspx?pageid=7&articleid=426265 “settlements R not the issue”

  11. Kay24
    October 17, 2015, 9:55 pm

    I hope this idiot never becomes President. His loyalties are not to the US, but to that pariah nation, disliked by the rest of the world.

  12. kalithea
    October 17, 2015, 10:22 pm

    Rubio’s not going to win; he’s a Washington insider; even Rand Paul who’s more of a maverick than McCain ever was within the party is skidding to an eventual exit because unfortunately for him he too is considered an insider. Trump, Carson and Fiorina lead for a reason, although Fiorina is more of an insider than people think.

    So, that out of the way. Let me address what Trump wrote on twitter about GW, and add: better late than never. I wrote here after the GOP debate that Jeb Bush delivered what can be called a dishonest zinger to shut Trump down on his criticism of Bush’s wars being a disaster, more specifically the war in Iraq to which Jeb replied that his brother kept us safe. And I wrote here that Trump should have replied that that’s not really true because 9-11, the 2nd worst attack on U.S. soil, happened on GW’s watch because of his inability to pick up on red flags and because his foreign policy overtly favored Israel.

    So it looks like Trump finally had the guts to put out there the truth; that in fact 911 happened on GWs watch so he didn’t really keep Americans safe. What can I say, even a broken clock is right twice a day! Trump should also emphasize that Bush’s invasion of Iraq and Obama’s intervention in Syria both created the ISIS terrorist phenomenon – i.e. radical deliverers of the Sunni demographic in the Middle East.

    But here’s one thing I like about Trump so far; he doesn’t take money from parties/lobbies who want control over Washington policy, oh and he knows how to work the media to his advantage – that’s very good, because this way he doesn’t let the media hi-jack the narrative. He can say just about anything he wants and no matter how much the media zero in on what it considers politically “faux pas”; Trump still comes out a winner. So instead of the media controlling him; he controls the media – I have to give him credit for that.

    If only he weren’t eyeing Cruz as a running mate! Cruz is trouble. I actually believe that Cruz will not only hurt a Trump election campaign but SINK IT. Cruz will be for Trump; what Palin was for McCain. Trump is already in the Tea Party’s favor so he doesn’t need Cruz, and a campaign that has two counterparts that make controversial statements would be overkill. Plus Cruz was part of GWs Presidential campaign so he’d be reluctant to bring up the Iraq War as an example of disastrous foreign policy and fail at demonstrating a positive break with Bush’s ruinous policies. Plus Cruz is unpopular with moderate Republicans and Independents. Some of his policies, like environmental policy are just plain wacky.

    If I were Trump, I’d look for someone else, maybe Carson, that way he’d pick up Carson’s sizeable bloc of voters as opposed to Cruz’s not so sizeable one. Carson is the lesser risk, but he should think outside the box if he really wants to improve his chances across all party lines like picking someone anti-establishment who’s opposed to foreign entanglements like Israel. Fat chance!

  13. Ossinev
    October 18, 2015, 8:06 am

    @Annie Robbins
    “it’s not a gift. they instigated it — put a lot of effort into ratcheting it up as soon as they lost the iran deal deadline on sept 17th. they went into highgear over al aqsa. it was calculated. they made it happen.
    I did say that it was “obviously engineered by Nitay and his cronies”

  14. Marnie
    October 18, 2015, 8:39 am

    Praying for Israel? How much does that pay Rubio?

    Just another note – I can’t bring myself to look at another video of another Palestinian youth being murdered by the IOSF (israel occupation/settler force). I can’t believe how easily they do it, but of course it is because there are no consequences. How can I forget that. There is no price tag on a Palestinian life, only the life of a Jew. All it takes is being afraid of someone, hearing an Arabic accent in Hebrew, or maybe he or she looked wrong and they fire away with impunity. It reminds me of Emmet Till’s lynching and when the accounts were made known (because he whistled at a white woman) the German newspaper Freies Volk publishes: “The Life of a Negro Isn’t Worth a Whistle.” Islam does not equal terrorism, zionism does not equal Judaism and Christianity does not equal white supremacy. I’m sick and tired of seeing some asshole in tefillin and kippah shooting a Palestinian; it is a disgrace and dishonor to Jews everywhere. I’m so very sorry for the loss of life and liberty and Rubio, you should be ashamed of yourself.

  15. just
    October 18, 2015, 11:34 am

    De Blasio out- Rubios Marco:

    “NYC Mayor De Blasio in Yad Vashem: Attacks by Palestinians Against Israelis ‘Must End’

    On three-day ‘solidarity mission’ to Israel, NYC mayor called for an end to ‘unconscionable and unacceptable’ violence; de Blasio met Tel Aviv, Jerusalem mayors, isn’t scheduled to meet Palestinian officials.

    … De Blasio, who landed in Israel on Saturday for a three-day visit which he described as a solidarity mission at a difficult time, called for an end to the “unconscionable and unacceptable” violence.

    De Blasio is in the country after weeks of Israel-Palestinian violence. On Saturday, Israel reported a stabbing attack and two other attempted attacks by Palestinian assailants in Jerusalem and the West Bank. The assailants were all shot and killed.

    De Blasio met with his Tel Aviv counterpart, Ron Huldai, in the seaside city early Saturday before attending an event sponsored by a mixed Israeli-Palestinian school. He met Jerusalem’s mayor, Nir Barkat and visited Israeli stabbing victims in a hospital.

    Ahead of the trip, de Blasio said the visit has “taken on extra meaning now because of the crisis in Israel” and said it was “very important to stand in solidarity with Israel.”

    A trip to Israel is a staple for New York mayors, who represent a large Jewish constituency. This is de Blasio’s first visit as mayor, his fourth overall. …”

    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/news/israel/1.680952

    • CigarGod
      October 18, 2015, 12:18 pm

      What’s the next “set up”…a gang of teenaged arab “thugs” attacking visiting usa politicians outside the church of the nativity?

      Rubio really needs to up his game…before he gets Trumped.

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