Booker slams UN resolution as ‘anti-Israel,’ while Saban says it’s anti-American

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The ranks of Democrats who are savaging President Obama over the UN Security Council resolution against settlements grows by the minute. New Jersey Senator Cory Booker wants in on that anti-Israel sloganeering, and so does Democratic megadonor Haim Saban, who is Israel-American but says the resolution was against the “American interest.” I guess Booker and Saban have a date in 2020.

Booker brags he’s an original co-sponsor of a new Senate bill denouncing the Obama vote. He’s joined by neoconservatives Tom Cotton and Lindsey Graham, and a bunch of other Democrats, Michael Bennet, Chris Coons, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Richard Blumenthal, Kirsten Gillibrand, Bob Casey, Bob Menendez, Chuck Schumer, Bill Nelson. Cory Booker’s office says he is one of 12 Democrats sponsoring the “Bipartisan Resolution Condemning Anti-Israel Efforts at United Nations.”

[The Senate] resolution objects to the passage of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334, as well as all efforts that undermine direct, bilateral negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians for a secure and peaceful settlement.

“UN Resolution 2334 was a one-sided effort targeting the state of Israel that set back efforts to move us closer to a two-state solution and to peace…,” Sen. Booker said. “Our legislative effort makes it clear that the US-Israel partnership is unbreakable, that the UN is an inappropriate venue to impose restrictions on the peace process, and that Congress will act to protect direct negotiations that move us closer to a two-state solution.”

Wall Street Journal on the Democratic defection:

 “Nearly a quarter of the Democratic Caucus in the Senate, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, signed the non-binding resolution introduced Wednesday… Support from U.S. politicians for Israel typically crosses party lines, and members of both parties distanced themselves from the action. “

Right on time, Haim Saban released a statement knocking the resolution yesterday. An Israeli-American, Saban says: “I’m a one issue guy and my issue is Israel.” But he says Obama’s decision was against the US national interest.

Saban was intimately involved in the failed Hillary Clinton campaign. He regularly  consulting the campaign braintrust– and his one issue there too was Israel.

His statement was picked up in Variety and Ynet yesterday. “Haim Saban Says He’s ‘Deeply Disturbed’ by Obama Administration’s Recent Actions on Israel”

“As a longstanding Democrat who has supported and defended President Obama on his treatment of Israel throughout his presidency, I am deeply disturbed by the Administration’s decision not to veto UN Security Council Resolution 2334 and Secretary Kerry’s subsequent one sided speech. These actions undermine our country’s long-standing support for Israel and harm any long-term prospects for peace, which is in our national interest. …

“Fostering the conditions for peace, security, and prosperity for both Israelis and Palestinians is a core American interest. In the months and years ahead, it is essential that the US — in its role as the only superpower today — take the necessary steps to maintain its credibility as an intermediary between the parties and work to advance a sustainable two-state solution, in which a Jewish, democratic State of Israel lives in peace and security alongside its neighbors or, until the conditions are ripe for peace, promote a separation between the two peoples.””

Notice the language “promote a separation between the two peoples”? And one is stateless, and rightsless. That’s apartheid.

The Democrats are going to have to choose, between the rank and file, which doesn’t care for Israel, and the donor base, who do. It’s getting more and more out in the open. Even Jeffrey Goldberg says Jews are the Dem donor class.

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  1. AddictionMyth
    January 5, 2017, 3:24 pm

    I see this as a last hysterical gasp of pro-Israel support. They know that their base could care less, like you say, and they could too. But at the same time they know which side their bread is buttered on. So now at least they can say “We tried” and then move on to other things. Honestly I can’t see this happening again, even under Trump – whom they will oppose on everything reflexively. It’s getting pretty darn hilarious.

  2. JWalters
    January 5, 2017, 7:13 pm

    I agree the Zionists are desperate, flogging all their horses like madmen.

    One day Booker will be saying, “I’m shocked! shocked! to find ethnic cleansing going on here!”

    Time for American Revolution 2.0. King George was overthrown, and King Israel will be too.

    • RoHa
      January 5, 2017, 9:29 pm

      “Time for American Revolution 2.0. King George was overthrown”

      Actually, he carried on being King for quite a while. It was his rule in America that was overthrown.

      In the light of the recent election, you might want to rethink that move.

      • Misterioso
        January 6, 2017, 7:53 pm

        In the not so long run Israel and its supporters will rue the day that Netanyahu jumped in bed with Trump. The old adage “lie down with dogs and you get fleas” is applicable to both of them.

      • echinococcus
        January 7, 2017, 12:49 am

        Misterioso,

        So all US admins until now were flea-free? Are you sure you have correctly identified which side is the varmint carrier?
        In fact, the Yahoo had no choice as to the dog: that bed was vacated by the Anointed Harpy, pending some Act of God.

  3. JWalters
    January 5, 2017, 7:26 pm

    Haim Saban has no idea what’s in America’s interest, and he doesn’t care about America’s values. He’s an Israeli Tokyo Rose.

    • Atlantaiconoclast
      January 7, 2017, 1:22 pm

      But how do we explain this to people without being called anti Semitic? Without being accused of bringing up “old canards” about Jews?

      • Annie Robbins
        January 7, 2017, 2:24 pm

        in this circumstance, you don’t worry about being accused of anti semitism.

      • Maghlawatan
        January 7, 2017, 4:00 pm

        The new canards are fact based
        Blood libel is an old canard
        Industrialised child murder is a fact

  4. Kay24
    January 5, 2017, 8:50 pm

    Booker, seems to be so ambitious and obviously has long term plans to run for a higher office, and like many of our politicians, decided to not support his own President from his own party, but throw his love and support for a despicable alien occupier. It simply shows that Booker is disingenuous, and without principles, yet another puppet for the zionist nation.

    It is a shame that most leaders lack the basic decency to openly and strongly support the policies of their own President. Haven’t we seen members of Congress time and time again behave like obedient minions, being jerked around by a war criminal, who right now is being investigated for corruption, and yet Booker and his ilk keep embarrassing all Americans with his groveling.

    • Marnie
      January 6, 2017, 12:40 am

      Maybe Cory has renewed his bromance with Boteach, extending an olive branch to his garden gnome guy pal.

      I don’t know how these PEPS can look at themselves in the mirror. Traitors.

      • Kay24
        January 6, 2017, 2:41 am

        You wonder how they can sleep at night, knowing they are pro occupation and anti human rights.

  5. Kay24
    January 6, 2017, 2:47 am

    For those shameful congresspeople who disrespected Obama and invited this crook into Congress, and gave him standing ovations, hope you are still proud of this despicable man.
    He will use all his clout, maybe even threaten, to get out of this one.

    Police Grill Netanyahu for Five Hours on Two Different Cases
    In addition to suspicions that Netanyahu and family received gifts worth hundreds of thousands, additional undisclosed affair also being probed ■ Police: Investigation could be obstructed.
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.763254

  6. Kay24
    January 6, 2017, 2:48 am

    For those shameful congresspeople who disrespected Obama and invited this crook into Congress, and gave him standing ovations, hope you are still proud of this despicable man.
    He will use all his clout, maybe even threaten, to get out of this one.

    Police Grill Netanyahu for Five Hours on Two Different Cases
    In addition to suspicions that Netanyahu and family received gifts worth hundreds of thousands, additional undisclosed affair also being probed ■ Police: Investigation could be obstructed.
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.763254

    http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.763254

  7. MHughes976
    January 6, 2017, 3:16 am

    The Great Abstention was a message to the ME but also to a party whose election campaign, with Zionism as a core element, had just collapsed in a heap, suggesting something different for the future. Perhaps the money raised by supporting Zionism is not as essential as it seemed, perhaps there is something deadening about being so committed to an important element of the status quo. Booker and others are showing that the message is not that well received.

  8. oneangrycomic
    January 6, 2017, 10:21 am

    Tom “Lets Bomb Iran” Cotton is still licking his wounds after his ZioCoach Bill Kristol had him take responsibility for AIPAC’s hate letter to Iran. Booker will hopefully prove to be just more cannon fodder and an ineffective whore for the Zionist’s War on Truth! Saban hasn’t wiped all the “Hillary Fail” egg off his repulsive face yet and he’s already trying to Zionize the next batch of PolPuppets. It’s not a question of if Zionism will fail, but when. In the meantime, Zios are a very dangerous wounded animal with a loose cannon about to enter the Oval Office. We will see a vicious “no holds barred” desperate Zionist affront to our goals during the coming years. Unconstitutional laws against BDS and blatant attacks by the WH and ZioMSM on any criticism of ZioLand will be unrelenting. However, ZioDesperation and arrogance will result in critical mistakes and unwanted exposure. Cockroaches do not survive in the light. Neither does Zionism!

    • Atlantaiconoclast
      January 7, 2017, 1:26 pm

      If Trump is able to revive the economy and stop illegal immigration, end massive legal immigration, I don’t think any of this will matter, UNLESS we are able to get people across the US to see that Israel is a big liability and not a true friend. Zionism won’t fail till the sugar daddy stops subsidizing it.

  9. Maghlawatan
    January 6, 2017, 10:49 am

    Any relationship that has to be described as unbreakable is fragile.

    • xanadou
      January 6, 2017, 3:29 pm

      Any relationship that has to be described as so close that there is no daylight between the parties functions in the dark: blind, clueless, with a brain addled with terminal insomnia.

  10. LoD
    January 6, 2017, 12:22 pm

    With the anti-2334 UN Resolution, Israeli-First Democratic leaders now have succeeded in having their names, positions and loyalties permanently emblazoned.

  11. Boo
    January 7, 2017, 12:11 pm

    Anti-American? Anti-Israel? Well, thank God at least it’s pro-humankind.

  12. Annie Robbins
    January 7, 2017, 2:29 pm

    dem officials are between a rock and a hard place. they want to go right, but need the left. or they want to go left, but fear the lobby. they want the donors, but the stench of wall street / apartheid money drives away voters. what to do? if only the voters would just go along just because dems are not gop and gop are worse. if only those arguments worked. if only voters were stupid. if only if only if only. dems are between a rock and a hard place.

    do i care, no. let them flail, let them sink or swim. f the 2 party system both beholden to special interests/lobbies.

    • Maghlawatan
      January 7, 2017, 3:33 pm

      The Dems should join the dots and start working on an alternative to neoliberalism before the system blows up. Labor over capital and high taxes on the 1%. Cut Zionism off at the knees. Let it sink or swim. That is sovereignty.

      • Annie Robbins
        January 7, 2017, 4:23 pm

        they go a long way cutting zionism off at the knees if it weren’t for the money they covet to keep the boat afloat. not sure they’d let go of that money. besides, not kowtowing to the lobby means millions in the coffers of their competitors at the ballot box.

        i do think were seeing rumblings of the change to come — to the day when the vast majority of people in the US are repulsed by this US/IS “friendship”. but i don’t think we’re there yet. palestine should get a clue and dump the US, find another ally on the international stage.

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