Haim Saban warned Clinton that Tea Party is ‘chickensh–‘ to the neocon ‘Coffee Party’

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One of the best emails produced by the State Department is a note that Hillary Clinton megadonor Haim Saban wrote in 2010 to the secretary of state’s assistant and Bill Clinton’s too, with the subject line “Mort Zuckerman” (or as Saban typed in haste, “Mo9rt Zuckerman”):

This is a must read„„and your bosses too.
WOW!!!! What a hatchet job,„this is the very strong “Coffeee party”„„forget the tea party„„ they’re chicken sh,„, compared to this. Just the tilte [title]„„

The comma-happy toymaker attached a hatchet job on President Obama written by Mort Zuckerman in US News & World Report in June 2010: “World Sees Obama as Incompetent and Amateur.” Zuckerman had voted for Obama, but his piece argues that the president is not “strong” enough to support his friends in the world, and Arabs don’t trust him.

The Arabs believe you do not deal with Iran with the open hand of a handshake but with the clenched fist of power. Arab leaders … did not see Obama or his administration as understanding the region, where naiveté is interpreted as a weakness of character, as amateurism, and as proof of the absence of the tough stuff of which leaders are made

The piece is full-on neoconservative. It includes only one reference to Israelis and Palestinians — they don’t trust Obama either — but you can be sure that supporting Israel is at the heart of Mort Zuckerman’s political engagement.

It’s my guess that when Haim Saban talks about the Coffee Party, he means neoconservatives: the right wing of the Israel lobby. And that’s from a billionaire who is pouring $5 million into the Clinton campaign now in great measure out of love for Israel– Saban to whom Hillary Clinton promised last summer she would work with Republicans to fight the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel; to whom she promised last December that she would invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House in the first month on the job; Saban who has said, “I’m a one-issue guy, and my issue is Israel.”

The point of the Coffee Party email is not just that Haim Saban has a wicked sense of humor; but that there’s a right wing to the Israel lobby, which promotes the use of force in the Middle East and opposes the Iran deal, and a left wing too: big Zionist Jews like Saban who didn’t really like the Iran deal but went along with it in the end. The two groups may differ on some Israeli policy, like settlements and Likud, but in the end both wings are determined to preserve the US lockstep with Israel, and their party identification isn’t all that important (Zuckerman voting for Obama).  Which is why Hillary Clinton has maintained that lockstep, and baited Bernie Sanders for wanting to put Iranian troops on Israel’s “doorstep.” And maybe too why Bernie Sanders is a weenie on these issues. And why Marco Rubio has made the very smooth transition from the Tea Party to the Coffee Party.

Last week, the Forward’s Josh Nathan-Kazis boldly reported that 8 of 12 backers of that big superpac that Hillary Clinton is using to go after Sanders in South Carolina are Jews, and a ninth is married to a Jew. Several of those Jews are big supporters of Israel: Saban, George Soros, Steven Spielberg, S. Daniel Abraham, and Jeffrey Katzenberg. (Though Soros has said that he is not a Zionist, he has backed liberal Zionist organizations out of concern for Israel’s future.)

You hear the press talk about evangelical Christians constantly on television. Right now only the Forward and Alternet, Lobelog, and I are talking about these Jewish political forces, though they are clearly going to shape the election. Journalists should take a hint from Haim Saban. If you’re worried about the Koch Brothers and the Tea Party, you should also worry about the Coffee Party, and its Democratic counterpart.

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  1. gingershot
    February 19, 2016, 7:59 pm

    Proxy American wars for Saban’s girl Hillary and the REST of the Israel Lobby need a extra shot of caffeine – thus the ‘stronger than Tea Party’-Coffee Party

    ‘Real Men and Hillary Go to Tehran’ – same meme as the Coffee Party

    Saban and Adelson and Hillary have EXACTLY the same Clean Break Plans

  2. ckg
    February 19, 2016, 8:38 pm

    Saban’s Univision bought the Onion a few weeks ago, which has now this week published a pro-Hillary piece [“Female Presidential Candidate Who Was United States Senator, Secretary Of State Told To Be More Inspiring”] and an anti-Trump piece [“‘I Can’t Do This Again,’ Shaking, Sweating Donald Trump Says After Nervously Vomiting Before Rally”].

    • Mooser
      February 21, 2016, 11:15 am

      “I Can’t Do This Again,’ Shaking, Sweating Donald Trump Says After Nervously Vomiting Before Rally”].

      “No way out!” Where did he go right?

  3. Keith
    February 19, 2016, 9:09 pm

    PHIL- “Right now only the Forward and Alternet, Lobelog, and I are talking about these Jewish political forces, though they are clearly going to shape the election.”

    Not only the election, but US policy towards Israel and the Middle East. Highlighting Israel’s crimes and violations of international law are fine, but at the end of the day unless you can devise a way to effectively counter this type of raw power, nothing will fundamentally change.

  4. kalithea
    February 19, 2016, 11:21 pm

    American elections are rigged by Zonist millions. The whole system is infected with millionaire and billionaire pariahs and the dumb mass have divided themselves into three camps: the snake oil billionaire salesman, Saban’s lady hawk and Adelson’s establishment pretty boy.

    59 million dumb voting against their best interests? No-no-no! Double that.

  5. Krauss
    February 20, 2016, 12:18 am

    Last week, the Forward’s Josh Nathan-Kazis boldly reported that 8 of 12 backers of that big superpac that Hillary Clinton is using to go after Sanders in South Carolina are Jews, and a ninth is married to a Jew.

    http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2016/02/17/hillary-clinton-donors-hear-concerns-about-nevada-outcome/

    I’m not surprised it was Jason Horowitz who reported this. Remember this was the guy who did some groundbreaking reporting on the same issue during the Iran deal, and he got viciously attacked for it.

    He won’t say outloud what is happening, but he’s allowing the reader to draw his or her own conclusion. Zionist Jews are essentially the dominant donor group in Clinton’s campaign, by a longshot. They have other concerns than just Israel, of course, but Jewish Apartheid is the uniting and animating common issue for them.

    And of course, the media will stay silent out of respect for Jews and blatant disregard for Palestinian lives. Remember, it’s not just money. It’s also sociology. The non-Jews like the Clintons of the Trumps are enmeshed with the Jewish establishment. The Jew/WASP split doesn’t exist anymore, it’s all the same now.

    • Citizen
      February 20, 2016, 11:31 am

      Enmeshment in the clinical shrink sense, yes that’s the precise mentally unhealthy relationship.

  6. broadside
    February 20, 2016, 11:08 am

    FWI: MW:

    In a report published by the anti-Israel website Mondoweiss, “The design of the billboard had been approved by Lamar and the billboards’ wording and final image were suggested by Lamar’s graphics designer.”

    http://observer.com/2016/02/lamar-outdoor-advertising-under-fire-for-anti-israel-billboard/

  7. James Canning
    February 20, 2016, 12:55 pm

    Obama clearly needed support from a number of rich and powerful American Jews, to get the Iran nuclear deal done. However, “supporting” Israel should not mean these American Jews must encourage further growth of the illegal settlements in occupied Palestine.

  8. David Doppler
    February 20, 2016, 4:05 pm

    What is Saban’s relationship to this Coffee Party? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffee_Party_USA

  9. Atlantaiconoclast
    February 20, 2016, 4:46 pm

    Hopefully, the pro Trump and pro Bernie folks will realize one day that the neocons are responsible for the disaster in the Middle East and will realize that Jewish supremacists and Jewish neocons (which are a powerful minority of Jews) are not looking out for America’s interests.

  10. JLewisDickerson
    February 21, 2016, 9:48 pm

    RE: “You hear the press talk about evangelical Christians constantly on television. Right now only the Forward and Alternet, Lobelog, and I are talking about these Jewish political forces, though they are clearly going to shape the election.” ~ Weiss

    MY COMMENT: Don’t forget the The Intercept (via Antiwar.com)!

    SEE: “Hillary Clinton, With Little Notice, Vows to Embrace an Extremist Agenda on Israel” | by Glenn Greenwald | TheIntercept.com | Feb. 18 2016

    [EXCERPT] Former President Bill Clinton on Monday met in secret (no press allowed) with roughly 100 leaders of South Florida’s Jewish community, and, as the Times of Israel reports, “He vowed that, if elected, Hillary Clinton would make it one of her top priorities to strengthen the U.S.-Israel alliance.” He also “stressed the close bond that he and his wife have with the State of Israel.”

    It may be tempting to dismiss this as standard, vapid Clintonian politicking: adeptly telling everyone what they want to hear and making them believe it. After all, is it even physically possible to “strengthen the U.S.-Israel alliance” beyond what it already entails: billions of dollars in American taxpayer money transferred every year, sophisticated weapons fed to Israel as it bombs its defenseless neighbors, blindly loyal diplomatic support and protection for everything it does?

    But Bill Clinton’s vow of even greater support for Israel is completely consistent with what Hillary Clinton herself has been telling American Jewish audiences for months. In November, she published an op-ed in The Forward in which she vowed to strengthen relations not only with Israel, but also with its extremist prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. . .

    CONTINUED AT – https://theintercept.com/2016/02/18/hillary-clinton-with-little-notice-vows-to-embrace-an-extremist-agenda-on-israel/

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