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Ann Lewis and Bill Kristol do ‘playful banter’ at AIPAC summit

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Erika Schupak Neuberg reports in a Phoenix Jewish publication on an AIPAC summit in Scottsdale, AZ (h/t Max Blumenthal):

Proud. Energized. Alarmed. Exhilarated. These are just a few of the words that describe my experience at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s Summit - our premier foreign-policy conference held Oct. 30-31 at the Fairmont Princess Resort….
We were soberly reminded of the overwhelmingly dangerous and unpredictable threats to Israel’s safety and security, yet also armed with strategic tools to make a difference. We felt collective pride and awe as we saw a few examples of the amazing technology coming out of Israeli companies, including the Iron Dome missile-defense system and ReWalk, a powered exo-skeleton technology that actually enabled a paraplegic woman to rise from her wheelchair and walk.

We were entertained by the playful political banter among Paul Begala, Bill Kristol, Mike Murphy and Ann Lewis.

I think this is an important point. One difficulty with the Israel issue is that American Jews of my generation and older tend to close ranks in support of anything Israel does. And really there’s no difference between liberal Jews and rightwing ones, let alone Democrats and Republicans. Thus all the liberal Jewish Democrats who voted for the Iraq war, in part because Tom Lantos was calling Saddam “Hitler” because he backed suicide bombers. Thus Barney Frank, a big liberal, says he privately opposes settlements but he won’t go public unless Jeff Halper can find 5,000 Jews in his district who will support him.

The AIPAC anecdote explains Frank’s problem. His own sister Ann Lewis is a big liberal Democrat, close to Hillary Clinton, and she does a lot of work for AIPAC. She has said, “The role of the president of the United States is to support the decisions that are made by the people of Israel. It is not up to us to pick and choose from among the political parties.”(per Dana Milbank).

Really is there any difference on this issue between Ann Lewis and Bill Kristol? Israel is the royal road to neoconservatism.

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The role of the president of the United States is to support the decisions that are made by the people of Israel.

argh. wasn’t this romney’s line recently? if the role of the US president is to follow the instructions of the israeli government just say it like that. what’s this ” decisions that are made by the people of Israel” beating around the bush?

Just found out via JTA – Ann’s brother Barney is saying bye bye! Wondering who we will be taking his place — another Shelley Berkley? A politician to make sure Zionism lives on, and Israel is the number one foreign policy priority — regardless what is good for the United States security and interest?

— Barney Frank won’t run again
By Daniel Treiman · November 28, 2011

http://blogs.jta.org/politics/article/2011/11/28/3090471/barney-frank-wont-run-again

Thus Barney Frank, a big liberal, says he privately opposes settlements but he won’t go public unless Jeff Halper can find 5,000 Jews in his district who will support him.

Yesterday I heard Bernie Frank announce his intention not to run in 2012.

Perhaps now we’ll hear his real views on Israel.

“Liberal” pro-Israel militants (an absurd oxymoron) like Ann Lewis and Haim Saban have destroyed the Democratic Party. They are completely unconscious of the self-contradictions in which they are enmeshed. This is your brain on ethnic cultism. When it comes to foreign policy there is really not a dime’s worth of difference between Ann Lewis and Michele Bachmann — both of them are completely under the thumb of the most extreme right-wing regime in the history… Read more »

“AIPAC – our premier foreign-policy conference ”

Yep, keep sticking your hand in the US cookie jar and one day you will draw back a bloody stump.