Clinton will hold fundraiser in Tel Aviv

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There’s been a lot of Israel news in the primary process lately, and I’m going to play catchup on it here.

First, this just in. Hillary Clinton is going to have a fundraiser in Tel Aviv. Her Jewish outreach director will hold it. Remember that Clinton has pledged Haim Saban to fight the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement aimed at Israel, so she’s putting her moneyraising where her mouth is.

Clinton has also been raising a ton of pro-Israel money in L.A. Haim and Cheryl Saban have just kicked in another $2 million on top of $5 million they gave last year to her SuperPac, Priorities USA Action. Yahoo:

Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg have each given $1 million to Priorities, and Katzenberg has been lining up donors to the group….

Saban, Katzenberg and Spielberg were all co-hosts of a fundraiser featuring Hillary Clinton at the home of George Clooney on Saturday.

All these men (Clooney excepted) are ardent Zionists. Katzenberg has said that Israel “is a jewel. It’s this amazing beautiful gem that exists in a place where there are not a lot of gems.”

The big giving is a reminder that Jewish “weight” in our politics, as the Forward’s JJ Goldberg said last weekend, is chiefly through the checkbook and not at the polls, and that Bernie Sanders may reduce that weight through his populist model of raising money from individuals at $27 a pop on average.

On that note, Bernie Sanders did far better in upstate New York than he did in New York City on Tuesday during his loss of the NY primary. He won an overwhelming majority of New York counties, just not the big urban ones around Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester, NYC. His overall loss in the state was 58-42; in NYC he fell to 63-36.

It would seem that Sanders paid a price among Jews, though not a huge one, for saying that U.S. policy should be evenhanded and that Israeli attacks on Gaza have been “disproportionate.”

JTA has a piece by Uriel Heilman analyzing the numbers in the New York city vote and saying that Jews helped Clinton, but not all that much. Her overall margin in the city was 63-36, and in Orthodox neighborhoods of Brooklyn, Clinton beat Sanders by about that ratio.

Clinton did much better on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and Upper West Side, where plenty of Jews live and where she took about 80 percent and 71 percent of the vote, respectively. But it’s hard to surmise anything about the Jewish vote in those neighborhoods because the Jews are mixed in with non-Jews.

On the Republican side, Ted Cruz seems to have swept the haredi Orthodox vote. …

The John Kasich campaign is also trumpeting his victory in the 12th Congressional District, which includes the Upper East Side and parts of Queens, as evidence that Kasich won the Jewish vote because that district is the second-most Jewish in the country. But while the 12th district has many Jews, the proportion of Jews to non-Jews there makes it impossible to drawn any conclusions about how the Jews voted.

Here’s the little we know for certain: Among Orthodox Jews, Clinton and Sanders did about as well as they did among New Yorkers generally, while Cruz was the clear favorite of Republicans.

Speaking of Kasich and Jews, Jewish Insider posted this video of Kasich being somewhat dry/waspish on biblical stories, with some Orthodox Jews. I believe some in the Jewish community accused Kasich of “goysplaining.” Myself I found Kasich to be serious and thoughtful, and a little campaign-weary too, in his scriptural remarks.

Back to Dems. Michael Tomasky has a good piece of analysis at the Daily Beast headlined, “Bernie Sanders brought NY Dems to their senses on Israel.” Tomasky seems to believe that by “anti-pandering,” Sanders may have effected a sea change in the discourse, in line with younger Democratic voters’ attitudes.

An acknowledgement that Palestinians are human beings—during a New York primary, no less!

Clinton could have—and 12 or so years ago, undoubtedly would have—responded by saying something like until the Palestinians get better leaders and stop teaching hatred to their children, my posture won’t change. Not only did she not do that, but Sanders forced her to acknowledge the point…

Sanders is to be commended for this anti-pandering—it could herald the start of a positive change in the way Democrats at least talk about the Middle East. But he was also able to get away with it because New York has changed so much. In 2011, Ed Koch came from seemingly nowhere to hijack the special election to replace Anthony Weiner in the House, turning it into a nationally viewed referendum on Obama’s Israel policies and costing Democrats what had seemed like a safe seat in the process. That was his last hurrah, and may have also been the last one for the staunchly pro-Israel Jewish Democrats who were once a dominant force in the party’s politics.

The Jews who remain in the party, especially those younger than 40 or so, are much more anti-Likud than the generation that’s been dying off (if Koch were still alive, he’d probably have popped off about Sanders’s comment, and we’d have stormed our way back to 1988 again).

On that one, Sanders showed that he’s more in touch with the current mindset of a crucial New York constituency than Clinton is.

Tomasky’s piece is a reminder of the power of individuals. Ed Koch and Abe Foxman. Foxman caused Sanders to have to fire Simone Zimmerman as Jewish outreach director. There are beneficent individuals, too. On the other hand, Foreign Policy has a long piece on Linda Sarsour’s support for Bernie Sanders, and the marvel of an aging Jewish politician bringing together people from so many different walks of life.

One last thing. Zionist speechwriters. My old boss Jared Kushner, owner of the New York Observer, wrote the speech that Trump delivered by Teleprompter to AIPAC last month– in which Trump said President Obama was the worst thing ever to happen to Israel– and it turns out that Kushner consulted with Israeli ambassador Ron Dermer to do so– the same Ron Dermer who lobbied on Capitol Hill against the Iran deal and managed to keep his diplomatic credentials!

Israeli Ambassador to Washington Ron Dermer briefed Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner on Israel’s diplomatic and security issues days before Trump delivered a speech written by Kushner to the AIPAC conference last month, Haaretz reported on Sunday…

Haaretz said Trump’s AIPAC speech sounded in part like it was “taken verbatim from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s talking point sheet” thanks to this assistance.

(The Observer’s national political reporter, Ross Barkan, quit the newspaper because of the newspaper’s coziness with the Trump campaign. It must have cramped his style.)

Kushner is in a fine new American tradition. Gary Ginsberg, who is an executive at Time Warner, wrote several speeches for Benjamin Netanyahu of all people in recent years

Ginsberg is on the board of the Newseum in Washington. I was outside that institution the other day and took this shot. Notice that the limestone facade of the building has the Bill of Rights’ establishment clause. And meantime Gary Ginsberg, a member of its board, is writing speeches for the leader of a foreign, religious state surely in large part out of religious affinity. If this were the Christian right, not the Jewish right, it would be a scandal.

Newseum with Establishment clause

Newseum with Establishment clause

Thanks to Jewish Insider.

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  1. David Doppler
    April 21, 2016, 2:48 pm

    Did Joseph do anything wrong?

    Let’s see. At the end of a seven year drought, prediction of which earned him his freedom and high position in which he eventually exercised all the authority of Pharoah, Joseph controlled almost all the wealth and power in Egypt.: All the grain, all the money, all the herds, all the land, and finally with almost all the people enslaved, but then allowed to work their former land as share-croppers, with grain to plant previously withheld now provided, and to keep 4/5 the produce. Excepting only the priests, who were taken care of through an allowance of grain from Pharoah. Later, the succeeding Pharoah “did not know Joseph,” and the Jews were then “dealt shrewdly with” and themselves enslaved.

    So Joseph invented the one percent model (the one percent being Pharoah ,his family and retainers, the Priests, and the Jews who prospered in Egypt with Joseph), and found a way to win everything from the general populace through general economic collapse (cf the Big Short).

    I’d like to know why he felt compelled to testify that he could find nothing that Joseph had down wrong to these Orthodox scholars at this setting. It reminds me of Glenn Beck singing the praises of Leviticus to that Orthodox priest in Jerusalem, linked here several years ago. http://mondoweiss.net/2011/08/israels-chief-ashkenazi-rabbi-to-glenn-beck-g-d-will-bless-you-for-what-you-did/

    Looking for a blessing in all the wrong places. No wonder he looks weary.

  2. a blah chick
    April 21, 2016, 2:59 pm

    Is it possible for Hillary Clinton to go 24 hours without pissing me off?

    • Kay24
      April 21, 2016, 4:29 pm

      Another reason why we cannot vote for the woman who cannot live without the zionists.
      She is a disgraceful woman, and has no morals nor principles. She will kiss up to anyone’s large behind, as long as it is the path to the Presidency.

      • JWalters
        April 21, 2016, 6:06 pm

        If Americans somehow suddenly learned the truth about Israel, Hillary’s campaign would be toast.

      • Lillian Rosengarten
        April 22, 2016, 10:31 am

        Unbelievable and deeply disturbing. There must be a concerted effort to educate her

      • Lillian Rosengarten
        April 22, 2016, 12:56 pm

        We must vote for her if she is the nominee. We cannot let Trump win.It is important to get a strong voter turnout and not to vote for Jill Stein which is a vote for Tump.
        Trump must be defeated, A dangerous ignorant nationalist in the Geo Wallace category.

      • Antidote
        April 22, 2016, 1:12 pm

        Voting for Clinton to avoid Trump is a YUUGE mistake. This kind of strategic lesser evil voting practise MUST stop. It sinks the great majority of the US population into apathy, and the feeling that their concerns don’t matter, and that there is no hope for change

        It’s not that I disagree on whatever fair or unfair criticism one may have on Trump. Essentially, he is a wild card, and definitely not a status quo promoter. He will not seek any more wars. Hillary will. She said as much when she revealed, during the Brooklyn debate, that she will not abandon NATO even if everyone else does, and, literally, seek military missions Nato partners will support.

        In other words: no military missions are not an option at all but let’s stick to the ones supported by our allies.

        The status quo is not sustainable. Hence, voting for Stein, or crossing out Clinton and write in Sanders is the only way to go.

    • Marnie
      April 22, 2016, 12:33 am

      Definitely not – just seeing her likeness pisses me off, before I even get to content.

      • Lillian Rosengarten
        April 22, 2016, 12:57 pm

        Whats the alternative? Trump is unhinged

      • Kay24
        April 22, 2016, 4:55 pm

        Most probably people will vote for the lesser of the two evils. Trump is unhinged, Hillary is hinged to the wrong special interests, especially the zionists who she shows a strong support for. If she has thrown the Palestinians under the bus at this stage, imagine what she will do as President? She has already stated she will invite her lord and master to the WH when she is invited, no talk about say David Cameron or even Angela Merkel. She is a neocon in pant suit.
        She will easily be “moved” by Nutty yahoo.

      • Tchoupitoulas
        April 23, 2016, 8:56 pm

        Yeah. And then there’s that voice.

    • jd65
      April 22, 2016, 10:27 am

      Administrator/Moderator: Is there a reason the joke I made in response to a blah chick was rejected? Did you all determine it was offensive? Maybe there’s a glitch in the system? I posted, saw that it was “awaiting moderation,” now it’s gone. I’m wondering…

    • REALITY CHECK 101
      April 22, 2016, 9:10 pm

      I did a search to see how many of the candidates had Muslim “Outreach Directors”. The result was zero. None. Not Hillary, not Sanders, not Trump. However they all had Jewish “Outreach Directors”…

      • ritzl
        April 22, 2016, 10:13 pm

        Sanders has Linda Sarsour.

      • REALITY CHECK 101
        April 23, 2016, 3:02 am

        She is a Sanders supporter, not a paid member of his staff, nor is she functioning as an Outreach Director.

      • ritzl
        April 23, 2016, 6:05 am

        Define “Outreach Director” as narrowly as you want, when Sarsour opens for Sanders at an event the hijab IS the outreach. Little more need be said.

        I’m not sure why “paid” is the threshold but I’ll bet you a milkshake that she even makes phone calls to Muslim youth and/or community leaders, paid or not.

        As far as I can tell, Sanders is the only candidate with someone performing Sarsour’s function, whatever you want to call it.

        Tomato, tomAHto, imo.

        Having said that, your larger point is spot on.

      • gamal
        April 23, 2016, 10:08 am

        “Sarsour opens for Sanders at an event the hijab IS the outreach”

        really! things in the US are now that bad?

      • Mooser
        April 23, 2016, 11:16 am

        “really! things in the US are now that bad?”

        Well put, “Gamal”.

      • ritzl
        April 23, 2016, 2:33 pm

        gamal: “Are things really that bad?”

        A) Yes.

        B) Sarsour’s display of religious/personal devotion while fronting for a major party candidate is unique. I think it screams (not in a bad way at all) to Muslims and any other interested people, “This guy gets it. ASK THE QUESTION!” It’s courageous, iconic, inclusive, meaningful, sincere, and, again, unique political symbolism. That combination spells outreach to me in this current campaign’s climate and choices.

        I hope what wrote wasn’t offensive in some way. I feel hijabis are remarkable and inspirational examples of personal courage in today’s US. That’s why I chose that particular shorthand description. No tokenism or objectification (if that was your take) intended.

        Did I completely miss your point? I think there’s something important here I need to understand.

      • gamal
        April 23, 2016, 2:53 pm

        Ritzl not disputing anything, thanks for concise insight, must I cite you when I steal it? you freaked me out, i think I understand exactly what you are saying and Damn!

        there are women in Cork city who do the full Niqab, despite my RP McMurphy Islamic persona I rather like and admire them, they are very chatty and seem to have numerous slightly bemused Irish friends, I think they are at UCC.

      • jd65
        April 23, 2016, 7:17 pm

        @ gamal: “…despite my RP McMurphy Islamic persona…

        That is maybe the greatest phrase I’ve ever read on this site. You are officially my hero, gamal :)

        Is Ratched Netanyahu? Yeah… This could go on for quite a while…

      • gamal
        April 23, 2016, 11:27 pm

        “officially my hero”

        There is only one Philip Weiss and Mooser is his messenger, I am just kibbitzing, there is a whole tai chi, happoren white crane quanfa thing i could do now, but self indulgent? Moi?

        I never yet saw a living thing I thought was an enemy, none the less some of those fuckers will bite you.

      • Mooser
        April 24, 2016, 2:08 pm

        “There is only one Philip Weiss and Mooser is his messenger,”

        Uh-uh, not by a long shot. The balebatim are a closed book to me.

  3. hophmi
    April 21, 2016, 3:41 pm

    “Foxman caused Sanders to have to fire Simone Zimmerman as Jewish outreach director.”

    Why do you think that Foxman saying something is the reason Sanders suspended Zimmerman. Abe’s retired. Do you have any proof that he’s the reason she was suspended? Please present it.

    “Notice that the limestone facade of the building has the Bill of Rights’ establishment clause. And meantime Gary Ginsberg, a member of its board, is writing speeches for the leader of a foreign, religious state surely in large part out of religious affinity.”

    Just stop with this demagogic bull. Israel is not a “religious state,” and Gary Ginsberg has a perfect First Amendment right to write speeches for whomever he wants. I’m sure that President Modi in Indian has close relations with Indian-Americans who advise him, and I’m also sure that Prime Minister Salman of Saudi Arabia, which actually is a religious state, has Saudis and Arab-Americans here helping him.

    ” If this were the Christian right, not the Jewish right, it would be a scandal.”

    And with that. The Christian right in United States has the power to pass legislation that affects the day-to-day lives of all of us, and they’re maybe 25 times the size of the Jewish community, and in no way comparable to Netanyahu, who is not religious, and is a head of state. This comparison is nonsense.

    • Citizen
      April 21, 2016, 4:25 pm

      Abe Foxman Calls on Sanders to Fire Zimmerman http://jewishinsider.com/7510/abe-foxman-calls-on-sanders-to-fire-zimmerman/ via @J_Insider

      • Antidote
        April 21, 2016, 7:23 pm

        so what citizen? Two things happening at the same time automatically mean one is the cause of the other?

    • Donald
      April 21, 2016, 5:12 pm

      So Israel is a Jewish state, but not a religious state, because– oh, hell, nevermind.

      • JWalters
        April 21, 2016, 6:20 pm

        I had the same reaction. But then I realized hophmi may be alluding to a subtle distinction. Not all Israeli Jews are extremist religious barbarian bigots. Some are not at all religious. They are extremist inheritance barbarian bigots. In any case, hophmi reliably makes excuses for both kinds of extremist barbarian bigots.

      • Lillian Rosengarten
        April 22, 2016, 1:11 pm

        Israeli gov’t is Zionism. It is not a religion but one of their goals has been to meld Zionism and Judaism together to convince the world Zionism and Judaism are one. This is a distortion and untrue. Zionism is an ultra Nationalistic, racist and occupying regime that has stripped and disposed Palestinians of their rights. Jews remain trapped in their identity as victims which gives power to the Zionist regime.

      • Mooser
        April 22, 2016, 1:29 pm

        ” It is not a religion but one of their goals has been to meld Zionism and Judaism together to convince the world Zionism and Judaism are one. This is a distortion and untrue”

        Gonna be an awful lot of disappointed Rabbis when they find that out.

      • hophmi
        April 25, 2016, 1:42 pm

        Because Judaism is a religion, as well as a nationality and a culture. But feel free to point to all of the religious heads of state that Israel has had to prove your point.

      • Mooser
        April 25, 2016, 5:43 pm

        “Because Judaism is a religion, as well as a nationality and a culture.”

        That’s right! We can convert or occupy!

    • bryan
      April 21, 2016, 6:20 pm

      Hophmi: “Israel is not a “religious state,”” and “Netanyahu, who is not religious”. Just be very careful there, mate, because your bread is buttered by a bunch of Christian fundamentalists in the USA who think that Israel is populated by a bunch of Judeo-Christian fundamentalists who might just be amenable to a bit of marginal conversion on the eve of the Apocalypse. You start telling them that they are a bunch of atheists, and they will give up on the whole endeavour, and tell them to go to hell, and where will Israel be then?

    • eljay
      April 21, 2016, 6:45 pm

      || hophmi: … Israel is not a “religious state,” … ||

      That’s right – it’s a religion-supremacist state.

      Instead of being the secular and democratic state of and for all of its Israeli citizens, immigrants, expats and refugees, equally, Israel exists as a state primarily of and for Israelis and non-Israelis who:
      – have undergone a religious conversion to Judaism; or
      – are descended from people who have undergone a religious conversion to Judaism.

      “Jewish State” is a religion-supremacist construct. Israel exists as a religion-supremacist “Jewish State”.

    • Boo
      April 22, 2016, 9:33 am

      “President Modi in Indian has close relations with Indian-Americans who advise him, and I’m also sure that Prime Minister Salman of Saudi Arabia, which actually is a religious state, has Saudis and Arab-Americans here helping him. ”

      Funny you should mention Modi and Salman in the same sentence. They show up together here too:

      https://ragheadthefiendlyterrorist.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/img.jpg?w=1000

  4. Kay24
    April 21, 2016, 4:44 pm

    Hillary Clinton will be supporting the zio fascists, who clamp down on Palestinians and what they say on social media. I guess she agrees with zio policies, the occupation, the excessive force against unarmed civilians, and the illegal settlements. Why else would she take the shekels and have fund raisers in that apartheid nation?

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nadim-nashif/israel-palestine-social-media_b_9699816.html?utm_hp_ref=world

    • JWalters
      April 21, 2016, 6:29 pm

      And she’ll be trying to suppress America’s freedom of speech with her anti-BDS pledge. But suppressing freedom of speech goes right along with suppressing the 126,000 NY primary voters purged from the rolls.

      The nice thing about being the oligarchy’s candidate is they have so many strings to pull. Like all the mainstream pundits presuming corruption is not an “issue”, and saying Bernie should stop talking about Hillary’s ties to known predatory corporations and get back to the “issues”. All sad captives of a sophisticated tyranny.

      • RockyMissouri
        April 22, 2016, 1:44 pm

        She cannot stop BDS. She is witless.

  5. Antidote
    April 21, 2016, 4:56 pm

    “Foxman caused Sanders to have to fire Simone Zimmerman as Jewish outreach director.”

    A bit of a stretch. Sanders had to fire SZ because she unfortunately phrased her criticism of Netanyahu (with which Sanders most likely agrees) in foul language wholly unsuitable to Sanders’ promise not to run a negative campaign but to stay on the issues. “Asshole” is not an argument. Sanders had no choice. Foxman had nothing to do with it other than seize an opportunity to pretend he is still taken seriously, and has some influence.

  6. Steve Grover
    April 21, 2016, 5:07 pm

    Weiss sez:
    “First, this just in. Hillary Clinton is going to have a fundraiser in Tel Aviv.”
    I’d vote for her if the fundraiser was held in Efrat instead.

    • Talkback
      April 22, 2016, 12:22 pm

      We allready know that you support post Nazi war crimes.

      • Steve Grover
        April 22, 2016, 2:18 pm

        No, I was against the nuclear deal with Iran. No, I don’t support the current, post Nazi war criminal regime in Iran.

      • Talkback
        April 24, 2016, 3:26 am

        Playing stupid to deny war crimes is also known from Holocaust deniers.

        The nuclear deal with Iran is not a war crime and the current regime in Iran is not a war crime committing regime either.

        On the other hand Israel is illegaly settling in occupied territories which is a war crime since the Nuremberg trials and you support it.

        You know this very well and therefore cannot counter my accusation at all.

  7. Brewer
    April 21, 2016, 8:15 pm

    How do they get around this:

    Prohibition on contributions, donations, expenditures, independent expenditures, and disbursements by foreign nationals (2 U.S.C. 441e, 36 U.S.C. 510).
    (3) Foreign national means—
    (i) A foreign principal, as defined in 22 U.S.C. 611(b); or
    (ii) An individual who is not a citizen of the United States and who is not lawfully admitted for permanent residence, as defined in 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(20); however,
    (iii) Foreign national shall not include any individual who is a citizen of the United States, or who is a national of the United States as defined in 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(22).
    (4) Knowingly means that a person must:
    (i) Have actual knowledge that the source of the funds solicited, accepted or received is a foreign national;
    (ii) Be aware of facts that would lead a reasonable person to conclude that there is a substantial probability that the source of the funds solicited, accepted or received is a foreign national; or
    (iii) Be aware of facts that would lead a reasonable person to inquire whether the source of the funds solicited, accepted or received is a foreign national, but the person failed to conduct a reasonable inquiry.
    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-2011-title11-vol1/xml/CFR-2011-title11-vol1-sec110-20.xml

    • abbasolomon
      April 21, 2016, 11:54 pm

      Brewer — I will hazard a guess that clause 3(iii) of the definition of foreign national applies.
      “Foreign national shall not include any individual who is a citizen of the United States…”

      I assume Americans who live in Israel or made aliyah, but have not renounced their US citizenship, are being solicited from. It’s unusual for Americans who become Israeli to renounce US citizenship. American-born Israeli Michael Oren did not renounce his US citizenship until appointment as ambassador to the US.

      • Boomer
        April 22, 2016, 6:53 am

        re “I assume Americans who live in Israel or made aliyah, but have not renounced their US citizenship, are being solicited from. It’s unusual for Americans who become Israeli to renounce US citizenship.”

        Yes, I think that was the official line when Republicans made the same pilgrimage for the same reason. I assume that the trip is made as much to show fealty as to solicit money, which could be done from the U.S. The letter of the law is observed, if not the spirit (considering that one is soliciting money from people who have taken citizenship in another country and thus have motives and priorities clearly distinct from other U.S. citizens).

        Given the dual, and even conflicting motives, and given the way money (public and private ) circulates from U.S. to Israel and back to U.S. politicians, the intent of the law is subverted.

        How strange that the United States should be in this situation. How sad that American politicians do this openly, and the few who dare complain are labeled bigots.

  8. ritzl
    April 21, 2016, 11:28 pm

    Someone should artfully photoshop a Clinton speech with the “Kill Them All” sign as background.

    Hi Katie Miranda! :)

    • Talkback
      April 22, 2016, 2:18 am

      The Israeli flag with the SS-Slogan “My honor is called loyality” would be more interesting.

    • Kay24
      April 22, 2016, 7:43 am

      Which reminds me of Joan Rivers who made the most blood thirsty comment:

      Joan Rivers: ‘Palestinians deserve to be dead’
      The comedian surpasses herself as she makes a very controversial statement

      http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/joan-rivers-palestinians-deserve-to-be-dead-9656554.html

      She showed the world that she was totally ignorant of facts, was strongly and blindly a zionists, and that how many times you changed your face, you cannot change a hard heart.

      She tried to back track later on, but it was too late the ugliness was out for all to see.
      She said what other American zionists feel and think, but do not say.
      Clinton may not say it, but her unwavering support for a brutal occupier shows where her priorities are. It is so unfortunate.

  9. Nevada Ned
    April 22, 2016, 12:06 am

    Good piece. I especially liked the following sentence..

    Haaretz said Trump’s AIPAC speech sounded in part like it was “taken verbatim from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s talking point sheet” thanks to this assistance

    Exactly the same point was made in Counterpunch back in 2002 (14 years ago!) by George Sunderland (pseudonym for a Washington insider) who wrote

    In fact, to make things easier, the speeches are sometimes written by an AIPAC employee, with cosmetic changes inserted by a member of the Senator’s or Congressman’s own staff.

    For details, see the whole article (“”Israel and Congress”) at

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2002/05/09/israel-and-congress/

  10. Marnie
    April 22, 2016, 12:29 am

    HRC should have been in Tel Aviv the night before last to really take her relationship to that “next level” she is hell bent on consummating. This is a nightmare. How can this be legal? I don’t get this at all. I’d have a hard time imagining the so-called founding fathers going for this. This calbah is going to win, unless armageddon comes first and when she wins it’s all over for everyone. She looks really frightening when she’s happy.

    “Hillary Clinton campaign totals 13 fundraisers in foreign countries”

    by Drew Doggett
    investigations
    March 17, 2016, 11:32 a.m.

    As the 2016 election rolls toward November, candidates are travelling far and wide to raise money to fill their campaign coffers. At Political Party Time, we previously mapped and detailed Hillary Clinton’s fundraising tour de force in the states. While Clinton benefits from many fundraisers outside of the Beltway, she’s also cashing in on at least 13 events outside of the country, according to an analysis of Party Time’s fundraising data.

    Clinton’s campaign has held eight total fundraisers in London, including two in March. And her offshore fundraising operation has so far reached Munich with one fundraiser; Durban, South Africa with one fundraiser; and Mexico City with two fundraisers. It is worth noting, that to the best of our knowledge Clinton herself, won’t be attending any of these fundraising parties.

    Donors at these events presumably are U.S. citizens who currently live in the countries where the events are held. However, it is also worth nothing that the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) permits U.S. permanent residents (as well as U.S. citizens) to donate to presidential campaigns.

    According to the FEC, “Foreign nationals are prohibited from making any contributions or expenditures in connection with any election in the U.S. Please note, however, that ‘green card’ holders (i.e., individuals lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the U.S.) are not considered foreign nationals and, as a result, may contribute.”

    These “foreign nationals” include foreign governments, political parties, corporations, associations, partnerships, persons with foreign citizenship and non-permanent resident immigrants.

    Overseas fundraisers are relatively common for leading presidential candidates, but hosting over a dozen events before spring illustrates the vast reach of Clinton’s fundraising machine. By comparison, according to Party Time, no other presidential candidate has any official overseas fundraisers to his/her name.”
    https://sunlightfoundation.com/…/hillary-clinton-ca

  11. michelle
    April 22, 2016, 1:11 am

    .
    so does this mean that Clinton is more Jewish than Sanders
    will Sanders be forced to forefit his ror
    has Clinton earned a ror
    .
    G-d Bless
    .

  12. Talkback
    April 22, 2016, 2:18 am

    “Katzenberg has said that Israel “is a jewel” …”

    More like a blood diamond.

  13. Marnie
    April 22, 2016, 2:44 am

    “All these men (Clooney excepted) are ardent Zionists. Katzenberg has said that Israel “is a jewel. It’s this amazing beautiful gem that exists in a place where there are not a lot of gems.”

    And that’s why they all live in LA, because israel is such an amazing beautiful gem. It exists in a place where there aren’t a lot of gems! WOW! I guess that means Egypt, Jordan and Turkey are zircon-encrusted hell-holes. If israel were a just Palestine, would it be just as beautiful? If Palestine was a place for all of its people, with equal rights, privileges and freedom for all people, it actually would be a gem. But israel is a shit hole, in large part due to american exceptionalism. FFO.

  14. Ossinev
    April 22, 2016, 7:12 am

    It would appear that she will realise her ambition to become the First “Lady” President of the USA and has been pointed out she has and will continue to lick,kiss ,caress and smell anyone or anything to achieve that ambition. On the plus side once that ambition is achieved she will ignore and attack and drop those including the JSIL Firsters in the US and dear old JSIL itself when in due course they become a serious embarassment / pile of faeces. Oh and BTW in the process she will deny that she ever said this that whatever and if it is on tape it will have been taken out of context or misunderstood.

    I hope that she has a short , difficult and extremely unsuccessful Presidency. She has truly earned it.

  15. bopfromthedarkside
    April 22, 2016, 8:57 am

    I hope all those “progressives” are ready for war with Iran.

  16. Boo
    April 22, 2016, 9:28 am

    Perhaps Bibi will return the favor and come hold a fundraiser here in DC.

    • Steve Grover
      April 22, 2016, 9:47 am

      I agree with you, boo. Too bad he wasn’t born here in the United States. He’d be a much better candidate than any of the dems. and reps. who are running. If he were running for POTUS he’d have a good chance of winning.

      • jd65
        April 22, 2016, 2:57 pm

        This article, from over a year ago, may be of interest to you, Steve:

        Speaker of the House John Boehner proposes Constitutional Amendment

        by John Dworkin – Jan. 23, 2015

        Washington, D.C – Just days after House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) extended his own congressional invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu without consulting President Obama, Boehner has proposed legislation for the first constitutional amendment in 23 years.

        “I think it’s the right time,” said Boehner of the proposed amendment. “If having an Israeli American President keeps us safe from Iran and the terrorists, then I’ll do what needs to be done,” Boehner said. “If we can have an African American president, why can’t we have an Israeli American president? I mean, Africa and Israel share a border. It’s really just nitpicking.”

        The proposed amendment would allow Israeli citizens to run for the American presidency by creating a so-called ‘exceptionalism provision’ to the constitution granting Israelis ‘dual natural born’ citizenship status when requested. Asked whether the amendment conflicted with George Washington’s famous ‘passionate attachment’ concept from his farewell address, Boehner replied, “The terrorists cannot win.”

        “We feel the amendment is overdue given our Special Relationship with Israel. It’s pure anti-Semitism to deny Israelis the right to run for our highest office,” an anonymous source from Boehner’s office said. In tears, the source added, “Have we Jews not suffered enough?”

        The amendment is being drafted by legal scholar and The Case For Israel author Alan Dershowitz. “It should be seen as a natural extension of our two Nations’ shared Democratic values and dedication to exceptionalism. This is the one I’ve been waiting for my whole life!,” Dershowitz said, bowing slightly and turning eastward.

        “Oh that’d be exceptional alright!,” former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul said from his hospital bed. Now reported in stable condition, Paul suffered what doctors have termed a “mild, stress induced myocardial infarction” brought on by the news of the proposed amendment.

        Both Fox News and The New York Times have already confirmed their future endorsements of presumptive candidate Netanyahu. In a joint statement from the Times’ writers Ethan Bronner (former Jerusalem Bureau Chief), David Brooks, and Isabel Kershner, they conclude, “…and since we all have, or have had, children serving in the Israeli Defense Forces, we consider our endorsement a show of support for our troops. God forbid anything should happen to our children. Je suis Israel!,” referencing the recent killings in Paris.

        Reports of waning support for Netanyahu’s upcoming campaign from inside Israel have prompted his aides to start “thinking outside the box,” an anonymous Likud party aide told this reporter. “The box being Israel,” added the aide.

        In their 87th interview to date, Netanyahu told Fox News interviewer Sean Hannity yesterday, regarding his possible run for the White House, “I just hope the American people appreciate what I’m doing for them.” Hannity replied, “So do I, sir. So do I. You’re a great American.”

      • eljay
        April 24, 2016, 8:37 am

        || Steve Grover: I agree with you, boo. Too bad he wasn’t born here in the United States. He’d be a much better candidate than any of the dems. and reps. who are running. … ||

        You’re right: He’d be better – and faster – than any of the other candidates at turning the U.S. into a pariah state.

      • jd65
        April 24, 2016, 1:24 pm

        @ eljay: You’re right: He’d be better – and faster – than any of the other candidates at turning the U.S. into a pariah state.

        I don’t really need to tell you this, but he doesn’t need to be here to help turn the U.S. into a pariah state/country/nation/whateveryawannacallit. He’s doing a heckuva job of it (brownie) from his own apartheid state, thank you very much. Why should he leave the comforts of his own “theo/ethnocracy” if he doesn’t have to?

  17. Balfour
    April 22, 2016, 11:18 am

    Read the “comments” section attached to this Sunday’s NYTimes article about Hillary Clinton, entitled “The last Hawk”; either there are a lot of disgruntled Sander’s supporters out there, or the American public is exhausted fighting other people’s battles, and that includes Zionist expansionism into the Occupied Territories. At the very least, Chelsea and her hedge fund hubby can give up their $11 million NYC condo and go serve in the US military for several continuous, uninterrupted tours, oh, I forgot, only “little people” serve in armies.

  18. Talkback
    April 22, 2016, 12:27 pm

    I’m sure that they it would give Clinton the ultimate kick if they gave her a bit of all the Zionist looting and dispossession of Palestinian property since 1948.

  19. RockyMissouri
    April 22, 2016, 1:41 pm

    She inspires my hatred, and increases my nausea and revulsion. For BOTH of the Clintons.

  20. jd65
    April 22, 2016, 1:52 pm

    Note: I tried to post this under Lillian’s post, but it kept getting rejected…

    @ Lillian: We must vote for her if she is the nominee. We cannot let Trump win. This is the mantra I’ve heard since I can remember. Every four years it’s the same. I understand the thought process, AND I am completely against it. As often as not the “lesser evil” wins. And every time that option wins, that’s exactly what we get: not as much evil. But it’s the same direction. Essentially staying the course. That’s not an ok option in my mind. For me, you vote for the candidate you believe is the best. P E R I O D. In my mind, there’s no good argument that convinces me that’s not what we all should do. No matter what. It’s called democracy.

    If the candidates know that the electorate doesn’t have the balls to vote for what they truly believe in, then what do they owe us? They’ve got no real reason to stop being corrupt if they know they’ll still get the votes. The idea that those in power don’t simply hand over their power without a serious challenge/struggle isn’t a fairy tale. Voting the
    “lesser evil / least worst” (ie: Hillary Clinton) is like thinking a band aid will help a cancer patient.

    If Bernie doesn’t become the democratic nominee, I will be voting for Jill Stein. Absolutely. I think she’s the best candidate and that’s why I’ll be voting for her. If you wanna join the Todd Gitlin’s / Eric Alterman’s / Bill Maher’s of the world who railed against Nader and blamed him for the Iraq War (what a crock o’ shit that argument was/is…), be my guest. And that’s the kind of stuff people will say about Stein and the folks who voted for her. That’s fine. But just remember: After you vote for Clinton and she starts/escalates however many wars/conflicts (and you know she will), including, of course, going way overboard in her propping up of Israel and denigration of Palestinians, people who voted for Stein will be able to say that’s what you voted for. And it won’t be a crock o’ shit…

    The Folly of the Least Worst (Long Version): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBTGKU0MnKQ

    The Folly of the Least Worst (short version): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcIQXcG9v3A

  21. Ossinev
    April 22, 2016, 2:43 pm

    It is fairly obvious that instructions have gone out to all and sundry in the Pro- JSIL and Zionist lobbies in the US and Europe to focus exclusively on the “conflation” tactic in their futile war against BDS.

    http://www.timesofisrael.com/uk-jewish-students-call-on-new-nus-chief-to-denounce-anti-semitic-remarks/

    So basically the script for these poor “threatened ” students reads as follows. If a fellow student particularly a student union official or God (Yawweh) forbid a Student Union President criticizes the Jewish State in the Levant or Zionism scream anti – Semitism and sleepless nights living in fear of a college Holocaust. Oh and make sure you make sure that your Zionist paymasters are arranging headline articles in the right wing and usually Zionist Arslikhan press . Oh and for God (Yawheh`s) sake don`t under any circumstances engage in a dialogue with these people or attempt to listen to and dispute their points of view in open forums because you will get your arse kicked and look like the Hasbarised brainwashed idiots which you are.

    Apologies if I sound like I am “flirting with anti – Semitic stereotypes “. God (Yahweh) forbid.

  22. SonofDaffyDuck
    April 22, 2016, 8:55 pm

    Are her Tel Aviv pickings domestic money or foreign funds? I believe the latter are supposed to be either restricted or forbidden. Or as it seems, does the “special relationship” trump American law?

    Maybe the rule about foreign donations should designate dual citizens as foreigners…

    Okay, I know I am just blowing off steam. I am old enough to know that our elections are not about American citizens freely choosing leaders who will represent American interests first and foremost. Our elections are about exercising the power of money for the special interests of those who have it.
    Phil has illustrated these points quite convincingly.

  23. REALITY CHECK 101
    April 22, 2016, 9:13 pm

    Is it a stupid question to ask who exactly in Israel is allowed to donate money to an American political campaign? Or just a rhetorical question???

  24. Ian Berman
    April 23, 2016, 10:48 am

    Messrs. Spielberg and Katzenberg,

    When you put another country’s interest before your own, there is a single word to describe you – traitor.

  25. eljay
    April 23, 2016, 12:08 pm

    If there’s one thing Clinton has done right while doing so much wrong, it’s to hold her fundraiser in the real capital city of Israel – Tel Aviv – and not in the Free City of Jerusalem, which remains under military occupation and colonization by Israel.

    • Marnie
      April 24, 2016, 12:22 am

      Yes. You think maybe she’s going to Tel Aviv is because the ultra-orthodox/haredim would raise all kinds of hell if she held it there, with or without her trademark pantsuits; you know how they are about the testicularly challenged.

      • eljay
        April 24, 2016, 7:12 pm

        || Marnie: Yes. You think maybe she’s going to Tel Aviv is because the ultra-orthodox/haredim would raise all kinds of hell if she held it there, with or without her trademark pantsuits; you know how they are about the testicularly challenged. ||

        Dunno, but I imagine that her pro-“Jewish State” donkey-fellating superpower would easily offset her testicular deficiency.

      • Marnie
        April 25, 2016, 12:02 am

        But of course. Thanks Eljay!

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