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Following with breathtaking speed on the heels of President Obama’s partial rejection of the Israeli agenda this week, neoconservatives and Republicans posted dramatic ads yesterday portraying Obama as a betrayer of Israel, who goes back on his word to the Jewish state.

As I watched these ads, I couldn’t help thinking, Why do you think Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush were one-term presidents?

Above is the new Emergency Committee for Israel ad. It quotes Obama saying at AIPAC, “When the chips are down, I have Israel’s back.” Then it quotes very selectively from the following interchange at Obama’s press conference this week. The quotes the ECI uses are in boldface:

Q    You might not be beating the drums of war, but you did very publicly say, we’ve got Israel’s back.  What does that mean?

THE PRESIDENT:  What it means is, is that, historically, we have always cooperated with Israel with respect to the defense of Israel, just like we do with a whole range of other allies — just like we do with Great Britain, just like we do with Japan.  And that broad statement I think is confirmed when you look at what we’ve done over the last three years on things like Iron Dome that prevents missiles from raining down on their small towns along border regions of Israel, that potentially land on schools or children or families.  And we’re going to continue that unprecedented security — security commitment. 

It was not a military doctrine that we were laying out for any particular military action.  It was a restatement of our consistent position that the security of Israel is something I deeply care about, and that the deeds of my administration over the last three years confirms how deeply we care about it.  That’s a commitment we’ve made.

ECI concludes, “When the chips are down, the only back he’s got is his own.”

As Alex Kane noted yesterday, the Republican Jewish Coalition released a similar ad hitting Obama on his Israel policy (via BuzzFeed), in which Democrats slag the president’s policy. The ad paints Obama as an Israel-hater and features the famous overheard crack at Netanyahu Obama made to Sarkozy.

Notice at 1:21 Chuck Schumer attacking Hillary Clinton for having called up Netanyahu and “talked very tough to him” and then publicizing her differences with Netanyahu. “That is terrible.” When does a Democratic senator do such a thing?

The ad concludes, “Your deed worry us and your words worry us. [with a tremulous voice] The Jewish community will remember in November.”

Philip Weiss

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  1. Sand on March 9, 2012, 12:38 pm

    So, how many American Jews have Obama’s back vs Netanyahu? Come on so where are the latest polls? Where will the 38% of American Jewish ‘Independents’ cast their vote > Republican, or Democrat?

    September 2011 [AJC Poll] — 5. Do you approve or disapprove of the Netanyahu government’s handling of Israel-U.S. relations?
    54% approve of Netanyahu, 32% disapprove and 14 % not sure

    http://www.ajc.org/site/apps/nlnet/content3.aspx?c=ijITI2PHKoG&b=846741&ct=11229303

    The Economist: Israel, Iran and America
    Auschwitz complex

    http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2012/03/israel-iran-and-america

    A MUST READ – Imho. h/t alanhart.net

    • Shingo on March 9, 2012, 4:46 pm

      I second that. The piece in the economist is excellent.

    • pabelmont on March 10, 2012, 11:37 am

      Sand: Thanks for the economist link. It says THIS that we don’t often read:

      But Israel has even less control over its own destiny than Portugal or Britain do. The main reason is that, unlike those countries, Israel refuses to give up its empire. Israel is unable to sustain its imperial ambitions in the West Bank, or even to articulate them coherently. Having allowed its founding ideology to carry it relentlessly and unthinkingly into what Gershom Gorenburg calls an “Accidental Empire” of radical religious-nationalist settlements that openly defy its own courts, Israel is politically incapable of extricating itself. The partisan battles engendered by its occupation of Palestinian territory render it less and less able to pull itself free. It is immobilised, pinned down, in a conflict that is gradually killing it. Countries facing imperial twilight, like Britain in the late 1940s, are often seized by a sense of desperate paralysis. For over a decade, the tone of Israeli politics has been a mix of panic, despair, hysteria and resignation.

      No one bears greater responsibility for the trap Israel finds itself in today than Mr Netanyahu. As prime minister in the late 1990s, he did more than any other Israeli leader to destroy the peace process. Illegal land grabs by settlers were tolerated and quietly encouraged in the confused expectation that they would aid territorial negotiations. Violent clashes and provocations erupted whenever the peace process seemed on the verge of concrete steps forward; the most charitable spin would be that the Israelis failed to exercise the restraint they might have shown in retaliating against Palestinian terrorism, had they been truly interested in progress towards a two-state solution. Mr Netanyahu believed that the Oslo peace agreements were a mirage, and his government’s actions in the late 1990s helped make it true.

      • Citizen on March 10, 2012, 3:14 pm

        I thought I was a cynic, but I constantly am amazed to see American political leaders supporting Israel’s claims to land beyond what it held before its military land conquest in ’67. What the f… is wrong with American values, the kind so many Americans died for during WW2? Honestly, I think almost our entire government has been taken over by people who have no clue their thinking is exactly like Goering’s & those Germans who were hanged at Nuremberg. Obama is as bad; he waived any lawsuits against Bush Jr regime key actors as soon as he gained power. And he has extended POTUS power to make a joke of US “democracy.

        And the GOP contenders are even more “might is right” except for Ron Paul, who has no chance.

  2. Talkback on March 9, 2012, 12:50 pm

    They must think, that the Jewish community has a lot of power. Wait, that’s antisemitic, no?

  3. seafoid on March 9, 2012, 12:58 pm

    They need to be as outrageously obnoxious as possible and then go beyond the point of acceptability. Let their bluff be called.

    • Sand on March 9, 2012, 1:22 pm

      Yes, but to what end? This needs to be shown on MSM to show the outright threat, but it won’t.

  4. radii on March 9, 2012, 1:12 pm

    i fully expect the jewish vote for Obama to nearly match what it was in 2008 – at worst, he’ll only get 65% of it

    • annie on March 9, 2012, 1:21 pm

      this has nothing to do with the jewish vote and everything to do with threatening to cut off the faucet funneling funds.

      • Sand on March 9, 2012, 1:23 pm

        It’s both Annie. Particularly in Florida, New York and California.

      • Kathleen on March 9, 2012, 1:41 pm

        funds and vote

      • Citizen on March 10, 2012, 3:18 pm

        Yes, it’s all about Jewish moneybags and votes, the votes in key swing locals, the moneybags raining down everywhere against any political American who might get some power and is slightly critical of Israel conduct and policy.

      • lysias on March 9, 2012, 2:25 pm

        With Obama’s potential Republican rivals committing political suicide, what need does Obama have of those funds?

      • Citizen on March 10, 2012, 3:24 pm

        The Israel First crowd operates on the idea that all American political candidates need to know that, even if they come from an area with few Jews, anything critical of Israel will cost candidates their election. So, if those candidates want to help their local goy constituency, they must back Aipac-screened folks and agenda. AIPAC piggy backs off everything by financially denying it–even if “it” is only a concern to local goys.

    • Sand on March 9, 2012, 1:38 pm

      However, in 2008:

      September 2008 [AJC Poll] — 2. In politics, as of today, do you consider yourself a Republican, a Democrat, or an Independent?
      56% Democrat, 25% Independent,* 17% Republican, 2% Not Sure

      vs. 38 Independent in 2011. So, it’s still a valid question who will they vote for?

      http://www.ajc.org/site/apps/nlnet/content3.aspx?c=ijITI2PHKoG&b=846741&ct=5989933

      • Duscany on March 9, 2012, 10:05 pm

        I really hate it when American citizens take the side of hostile foreign leaders over that of the US president.

  5. annie on March 9, 2012, 1:20 pm

    i hope that last video gets widely circulated. the big brother voice and warning is very telling. notice how they use dem politicians to drive home their message. very similiar to the emergency committee on israel using ackerman’s words.

    go ahead and make it all about israel RJC and ‘the jewish community’, let’s see how that floats for the american public. gloves coming off and the closet door opening. bring it on.

    • Bill in Maryland on March 9, 2012, 2:31 pm

      Thanks Annie- I agree with you, bring it on. The politicization of support for Israel in America is very good in the long run- it will bring the boil to a head and then it can be lanced and drained once and for all. Shine the light on this sucker. I’ll bet Abe Foxman and other mainstream Jewish establishment types are getting nervous at what Kristol and the RJC (and Charles Krauthammer exactly in step) are doing.

      • seafoid on March 9, 2012, 3:53 pm

        They are going to get their timing all wrong. Israel grew fat on US globalisation and now the jobs have all flown abroad the status quo of the last 30 years is no longer sustainable.

      • Pixel on March 10, 2012, 12:54 am

        “Thanks Annie- I agree with you, bring it on. The politicization of support for Israel in America is very good in the long run … Shine the light on this sucker.”

        Thanks Annie.
        Thanks BiM.

        I agree with both of you.

  6. Mooser on March 9, 2012, 1:30 pm

    “go ahead and make it all about israel RJC and ‘the jewish community’,

    I call upon you to recognise Jewish history and heritage! And darn it, if you don’t, I’ll just twist it around until you do!

  7. Fredblogs on March 9, 2012, 1:35 pm

    That’s just silly. He’ll get at least 70% of the Jewish vote just like last time. Who else are we going to vote for? Santorum or Romney? The worst that will happen is some Jews will just not vote.

    • Charon on March 9, 2012, 3:23 pm

      Yep, I would bet on that. American Jewish voters vote democratically for the most part.

      The thing is that the “Jewish vote” is not referring to Jewish voters. It’s a veiled code word for people who are mostly not even Jewish. I am thinking that the “Jewish community” is the same thing here given the context. It is not referring to individual voters. This “Jewish community” does not include Iran’s Jewish community either. Iranian Jews are, contrary to popular belief, not persecuted. They don’t want war. Just like the Persian Jews in Israel in elsewhere are saying for the most part. Another reason why the holocaust analogies are totally unacceptable. The population statistics for Iranian Jews are significantly deflated. On purpose. For obvious reasons. Outside of Israel, it is the largest Jewish community in the Middle East. Ironically located in a country that Israel wants to wipe off the face of the Earth.

      When you got Michelle Bachmann calling herself Jewish because the Hebrew Bible is the Christian Old Testament, when Joe Biden calls himself a Zionist, and when Sarah Palin wears a Star of David pendant, it raises questions. At least it does for me. What kind of questions?

      Who is this “Jewish Community” anyways? American Jews? It can’t be. Some might want a war, but I bet the majority do not. Just as the majority will vote for Obama in November.

      Even Netanyahu admits that the early Zionist movement was carried out by American Protestant Fundamentalists. The Zionist lobby is full of American Protestant Fundamentalists. The CIA report on the risks of partitioning Palestine mention the powerful Zionist lobbies and make a note that they are not run by Jews.

      Methinks that Christian Zionist fundies are taking credit for being the “Jewish Community” too. That’s my point. And there is a lot of them including several powerful and rich moguls active politically and donating to Israel-firster causes.

      • Sand on March 9, 2012, 5:58 pm

        Charon: “…The CIA report on the risks of partitioning Palestine mention the powerful Zionist lobbies and make a note that they are not run by Jews…”

        Well, Pat Robertson with his theme park didn’t get his way did he.

        Charon: “…Methinks that Christian Zionist fundies are taking credit for being the “Jewish Community” too. That’s my point. And there is a lot of them including several powerful and rich moguls active politically and donating to Israel-firster causes…”

        Links please?

      • Duscany on March 9, 2012, 10:08 pm

        “When you got Michelle Bachmann calling herself Jewish because the Hebrew Bible is the Christian Old Testament, when Joe Biden calls himself a Zionist, and when Sarah Palin wears a Star of David pendant, it raises questions.”

        I does for me too. When push comes to shove, whose side are these guys on anyway? Do they really believe Israeli and American interests are exactly the same? If not, why are they on the Israeli side?

      • American on March 9, 2012, 11:05 pm

        Charon says:
        March 9, 2012 at 3:23 pm
        Yep, I would bet on that. American Jewish voters vote democratically for the most part.
        The thing is that the “Jewish vote” is not referring to Jewish voters. It’s a veiled code word for people who are mostly not even Jewish. >>>>>

        What are you talking about?..the Jewish vote doesn’t refer to Jewish voters?..who the hell does it refer to, the Buddhist?

    • Sand on March 9, 2012, 4:49 pm

      No it’s not silly at all. Why do think there was a meeting between the Republican Jewish Coalition, Netanyahu, Debbie Wasserman [DNC], and the National Jewish Democratic Council NOT to bring up Israel in the elections?

      http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0511/Jewish_GOP_official_blasts_DWS.html?showall

      Or, Weiner losing his seat to Bob Turner:

      “…Mr. Turner capitalized on discontent in some corners of the Jewish community with Mr. Obama’s posture toward Israel and his handling of the Middle East peace process. Former Mayor Edward I. Koch, a Democrat, urged voters to rebuke the president by voting for Mr. Turner.

      The emergence of Israel as an issue was a surprise, because Mr. Weprin is an observant Jew and strong supporter of Israel. But Mr. Weprin’s support in the Orthodox community had already been weakened by his vote to legalize same-sex marriage, and several voters interviewed on Tuesday said the Israel issue was a major factor in their decision to support Mr. Turner, who is Roman Catholic. Mr. Turner repeatedly criticized Mr. Obama on Israel…”

      http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/14/nyregion/ny-democrats-try-to-avoid-upset-in-special-election.html?pagewanted=all

      Or even the bizarre case of “…several presidents of Orthodox synagogues are urging the Republican-registered members of their respective congregations to switch party affiliation in order to vote for Steve Rothman…” because of Israel. However, do you think that district will vote for Obama?

      http://blog.nj.com/dr_aref_assaf/2012/02/rothman_is_israels_man_in_district_9_pascrell_is_the_peoples_choice.html

      Strategically, mobilizing the Jewish community into a frenzy about Israel is exactly what the Democrats don’t want — why else is the National Jewish Democratic Council talking 24/7 why Obama is good for the Jews and good for Israel. They don’t hide the fact it’s an issue!

      http://www.njdc.org/

      Also, if some of the Jewish community can stomach rubbing shoulders with the likes of John Hagee — then why should they have a problem with rubbing shoulders with Romney eventho’ he might do a few posthumous baptisms on the side.

  8. on March 9, 2012, 1:36 pm

    what about the American community? What are we, chopped gefilte fish?

    • Talkback on March 9, 2012, 3:42 pm

      Noahides at the very most.

      “Whereas Congress recognizes the historical tradition of ethical values and principles which are the basis of civilized society and upon which our great Nation was founded;

      Whereas these ethical values and principles have been the bedrock of society from the dawn of civilization, when they were known as the Seven Noahide Laws;”
      http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c102:h.j.res.104.enr:

      • on March 9, 2012, 6:21 pm

        eventually the US Congress will aligns its ideology with archeology and recognize that Gilgamesh, Zoroaster and the Cyrus Cylinder predated Noah by half a millennium, give or take. It’s carved in stone.

  9. Kathleen on March 9, 2012, 1:44 pm

    “As I watched these ads, I couldn’t help thinking, Why do you think Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush were one-term presidents? ” Looks like the plan for Obama. With Romney’s foreign policy aides Max Boot, Kagan and Romney’s untimely war rhetoric looks like the plan. I lobby wants to take Obama out. Not marching to the war drum enough.

    http://non-intervention.com/
    Slavery in America? You bet — listen to Obama and Romney
    By mike | Published: March 5, 2012

    Even in the Internet Age, some news seems to travel slowly. Take, for example, the recent activities and words of President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in regard to the coming war with Iran. Neither seems aware that the U.S. Constitution was long ago amended to outlaw slavery.

    Last weekend, Barack Obama dutifully reported to the AIPAC meeting and pathetically begged his audience of wealthy and disloyal U.S. citizens to be patient with him as he needs more time to prepare to attack Iran. To protect his reelection chances, Obama in essence explained, he needs to keep pursuing sanctions against Iran to prove to his party’s Pacifist/peace wing that he has exhausted all non-military options. (This, in itself, is a certain sign of Obama’s innate duplicity as there obviously is no Pacifist or pro-peace wing in the Democratic Party — nor is there an American peace movement — unless there is a Republican president in the White House.)

    “Please, please, please — oh, please!,” the enslaved-to-AIPAC Obama pleaded, give me a few more months to fool the American electorate with talk of effective sanctions and then I will go to war for you against Iran and provide as many of America’s soldier-children as necessary to be killed for the Israeli theocracy. This sort of supine “Yes, Boss” performance meant to elicit campaign contributions must have been galling to an African-American like Obama — at least I hope it was. Tragically, such unmanly groveling before AIPAC is now a regular practice whoever is the president of our once-proud and once-independent republic.

  10. Dan Crowther on March 9, 2012, 1:48 pm

    If I was a right wing hate group organizer, I would probably use this RJC video as a recruitment tool: You (frustrated rural whites) are busting ur ass at wal-mart or some other crummy job, and “The Jews” are making threats solely to defend a foreign nation, that they can become citizens of tomorrow if they choose.

    Oh, what’s that? Hate group participation is up 700%? Hmmm………

    These clowns are playing a very dangerous game here

    • seafoid on March 9, 2012, 3:55 pm

      Yes Dan but if spend your life in the DC lobby space you don’t really care about what is going on down in the boondocks. And history has ended and the Jewish state is eternal.

  11. Chu on March 9, 2012, 1:56 pm

    Does Obama have Israel’s back is the underlying messages of these videos, but the other counter to this is when will Israel have our back? I mean there are certainly smaller, but what advantages have they provided us with in recent time? Some people consider the state our aircraft carrier in the middle east, but it’s always give, give, give to Israel. Obama should to say ‘what have you done for us lately, you worthless ally’.

  12. American on March 9, 2012, 2:01 pm

    Feel free ‘to remember it”.
    When it all blows up we will remember you too.
    Fools and their follies.

  13. DICKERSON3870 on March 9, 2012, 2:12 pm

    RE: “As I watched these ads, I couldn’t help thinking, Why do you think Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush were one-term presidents?” ~ Weiss

    SEE: The CIA/Likud Sinking of Jimmy Carter, by Robert Parry, Consortium News , 06/24/11

    (excerpts)…It is far easier to assure the American people that no such thing could occur, that Israel’s Likud – whatever its differences with Washington over Middle East peace policies – would never seek to subvert a U.S. president, and that CIA dissidents – no matter how frustrated by political constraints – would never sabotage their own government.
    But the evidence points in that direction, and there are some points that are not in dispute. For instance, there is no doubt that CIA Old Boys and Likudniks had strong motives for seeking President Jimmy Carter’s defeat in 1980.
    Inside the CIA…
    . . . As for Israel, Likud Prime Minister Menachem Begin was furious over Carter’s high-handed actions at Camp David in 1978 forcing Israel to trade the occupied Sinai to Egypt for a peace deal. Begin feared that Carter would use his second term to bully Israel into accepting a Palestinian state on West Bank lands that Likud considered part of Israel’s divinely granted territory.
    Former Mossad and Foreign Ministry official David Kimche described Begin’s attitude in his 1991 book, The Last Option, saying that Israeli officials had gotten wind of “collusion” between Carter and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat “to force Israel to abandon her refusal to withdraw from territories occupied in 1967, including Jerusalem, and to agree to the establishment of a Palestinian state.”
    Kimche continued, “This plan – prepared behind Israel’s back and without her knowledge – must rank as a unique attempt in United States’s diplomatic history of short-changing a friend and ally by deceit and manipulation.”
    However, Begin recognized that the scheme required Carter winning a second term in 1980 when, Kimche wrote, “he would be free to compel Israel to accept a settlement of the Palestinian problem on his and Egyptian terms, without having to fear the backlash of the American Jewish lobby…
    . . . Yet, while motive is an important element in solving a mystery, it does not constitute proof by itself. What must be examined is whether there is evidence that the motive was acted upon, whether Menachem Begin’s government and disgruntled CIA officers covertly assisted the Reagan-Bush campaign in contacting Iranian officials to thwart Carter’s hostage negotiations.
    On that point the evidence is strong though perhaps not ironclad. Still, a well-supported narrative does exist describing how the October Surprise scheme may have gone down with the help of CIA personnel, Begin’s government, some right-wing intelligence figures in Europe, and a handful of other powerbrokers in the United States. . .

    ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://consortiumnews.com/2010/062410.html

    • Charon on March 9, 2012, 3:25 pm

      Carter, IMO, has been the best post-President in the history of former American Presidents. There was definitely a campaign of sorts out to derail his re-election, it involved the hostage situation, and Zionists at some level were likely involved given the fact that Carter spearheaded this peace thing and caused Israel to give up a significant chunk of stolen real estate (Sinai).

  14. DICKERSON3870 on March 9, 2012, 2:34 pm

    RE: “the Republican Jewish Coalition [RJC] released a similar ad hitting Obama on his Israel policy (via BuzzFeed), in which Democrats slag the president’s policy. The ad paints Obama as an Israel-hater…” ~ Weiss

    MY COMMENT: “Excellent, Smithers. Excellent!” Now remind me, does RJC stand for Republican Jewish Coalition or Republican Jabotinskyite Coalition?

    FROM WIKIPEDIA [Iron Wall (essay)]:

    (excerpt). . . Jabotinsky argued that the Palestinians would not agree to a Jewish majority in Palestine, and that “Zionist colonisation must either stop, or else proceed regardless of the native population. Which means that it can proceed and develop only under the protection of a power that is independent of the native population – behind an iron wall, which the native population cannot breach.”[1] The only solution to achieve peace and a Jewish state in the Land of Israel, he [Ze’ev Jabotinsky] argued, would be for Jews to unilaterally decide its borders and defend them with the strongest security possible…

    SOURCE – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Wall_(essay)
    ALSO: The Iron Wall, Vladimir (Ze’ev) Jabotinsky, 1923 – http://www.mideastweb.org/ironwall.htm

    FROM WIKIPEDIA (Ze’ev Jabotinsky):

    (excerpt)…In 1930, while [Ze’ev] Jabotinsky was visiting South Africa, he was informed by the British Colonial Office that he would not be allowed to return to Palestine…
    …During his time in exile, Jabotinsky started regarding Benito Mussolini as a potential ally against the British, and contacts were made with Italy. In 1934 Jabotinsky and the Revisionist Zionist movement set up the Betar Naval Academy in Mussolini’s Italy, which operated until 1938…

    SOURCE – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ze'ev_Jabotinsky

    P.S. The Simpsons – Smither’s Deal (VIDEO, 01:38) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QW6DTVK4aCk
    Excellent Smithers (VIDEO, 06:32) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyadZ4omOzs

    • DICKERSON3870 on March 9, 2012, 2:41 pm

      P.P.S. ALSO SEE: The Dilemmas of Israeli Power, by Roger Cohen, New York Times Op-Ed, 2/13/12

      (excerpt). . . Some of the most fascinating pages of “The Crisis of Zionism” [by Peter Beinart] trace the ideological backdrop to the bitter clash between Obama and Netanyahu. Beinart demonstrates the strong liberal Zionist influence of Rabbi Arnold Jacob Wolf on Obama during his Chicago years. Wolf hated the idea of “an Israel besieged by anti-Semites;” his teaching was “interfaith” and “integrationist.” It cleaved to the liberal roots of American Zionism and the ethical teachings of the prophets who, as expressed in Exodus, commanded Jews not to oppress strangers “having yourselves been strangers in the land of Egypt.”
      The contrast with Netanyahu — raised in the Jabotinsky strain of Zionism by a father who viewed Arabs as “semi-barbaric”* and rejected an “emasculating moralism” in favor of a new warrior breed of Jew — could scarcely be greater. . .

      ENTIRE OP-ED – http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/14/opinion/cohen-the-dilemmas-of-jewish-power.html
      * P.P.P.S. Bibi Netanyahu is a racist!
      Bibi Netanyahu’s father is a racist!
      Bibi Netanyahu’s son is a racist!
      SEE: Netanyahu Family’s Racist History: Like Father, Like Son, by Richard Silverstein, Tikun Olam, 7/12/11
      LINK – http://www.richardsilverstein.com/tikun_olam/2011/07/12/netanyahu-familys-racist-history-like-father-like-son/

      • Charon on March 9, 2012, 3:32 pm

        “Yair is prepared to respect *anyone who is ready to live in peace with Israel, whatever his identity. His parents, the prime minister and his wife believe in moderation and tolerance [!] and they respect every individual without respect to their religion [!], ethnicity or national affiliation and so they raised their son.”

        * – Anyone except for Arabs of course who have shown since time immortal that they are of the seed of Esau, our eternal enemy the Amalekites. The Arabs do not want peace. Since the creation of the Jewish state in 1948, the Arabs sought to destroy it and push Jews into the sea. These attitudes among Arabs have not changed. Need I remind you of the militant Islamic terror attacks that Israel faces on a daily basis? Need I remind you what these same militant Islamists did to your World Trade towers? The consistent incitement and rejection of peace by the PLO just proves that the Arabs are not ever ready to live in peace with the Jewish state.

        ^They left that part out. Okay I made it up, but I’m sure that’s pretty much what their thought process consists of.

      • on March 9, 2012, 6:43 pm

        The fascinating thing about Iran is that it was never Christian, ergo no bad blood between Iranians and Jews of the “you killed Christ” kind; no ‘supercessionism,’ no spats over whose Chosen and whose merely Naugahyde. At its core Iran is Zoroastrian; the Shahnameh, Iran’s national “bible,” — more accurately, national epic, revolves around Zoroaster. Cyrus was Zoroastrian when the TaNaKh hailed him for assisting Jews in returning to Jerusalem.

        Many Iranians resent the imposition of Islam on their national identity; equally as many Iranians are devout Muslim; all Iranians center their Iranian identity on Shahnameh.

        As well, Jews had strong relations with Muslims from very early on to quite recently, so there could be a double-bond between Jews and Islamic Republic of Iran. In ~623 Muslims helped Jews in Palestine in a bid to recover Jerusalem from Romans; Jews and Muslims together created Andalusia, the Golden Age of Jews; Jews from Spain were welcomed into the Turkish Ottoman empire.

        There are more positive bonds between Jews and Iranians, and Jews and Muslims, than exist between Jews and Christians and even longer and deeper bonds than between Jews and the United States. This marriage — Israel, Iran, Muslims, Palestine — CAN be saved.

        btw Flynt Leverett made a brief video about the potentials of a US-Iran relationship — here: Why the U.S. Must Come to Terms With Iran
        -recognize Iran’s legitimacy
        -acknowledge that the Iranian people chose and will likely retain an Islamic government and will continue to reject attempts to impose a western, secular government
        -Nixon did it with China; that turned out well

      • on March 9, 2012, 6:58 pm

        The fascinating thing about Iran is that it was never Christian, ergo no bad blood between Iranians and Jews of the “you killed Christ” kind; no ‘supercessionism,’ no spats over whose Chosen and whose merely Naugahyde. At its core Iran is Zoroastrian; the Shahnameh, Iran’s national epic, is cultural; it revolves around Zoroaster. Cyrus was Zoroastrian when the TaNaKh hailed him for assisting Jews in returning to Jerusalem.

        Many Iranians resent the imposition of Islam on their national identity; equally as many Iranians are devout Muslim; all Iranians center their Iranian identity on Shahnameh.

        But Jews had strong relations with Muslims from very early on to quite recently — in ~623 Muslims helped Jews in Palestine in a bid to recover Jerusalem from Romans; Jews and Muslims together created Andalusia, the Golden Age of Jews; Jews from Spain were welcomed into the Turkish Ottoman empire.

        There are more positive bonds between Jews and Iranians, and Jews and Muslims, than exist between Jews and Christians and even longer and deeper bonds than between Jews and the United States. This marriage CAN be saved.

      • Charon on March 10, 2012, 2:28 am

        History is a lot more complex then we are told. Pre-15th century stuff originating in Europe calls Muslims Saracens. Muslim Turks are called Turks or Tatars or even Mongols. Jews are referred to as Yehudim, Koman, Medians/Kurds, and in some cases even the above names attributed to Muslims.

        Christians are even more complex. The Arian Christians and Gnostics were persecuted. Some material Arianism and Gnosis was Jewish even. Other material says it was the ‘real’ Christianity. It’s difficult stuff to make sense of.

        That means that history blurs the line. The Abrahamic faiths all spring forward from the same well, that’s why. Zoroastrianism isn’t pagan either. It’s like a combination of Vedic and Abrahamic beliefs. Probably because Vedic teachings spread West and that’s exactly what happened. It is important to point out that Muslims and Arabs have never been ‘mortal enemies’ of Jews. Not until Zionism and Israel and the propaganda which made it so.

  15. seafoid on March 9, 2012, 4:37 pm

    If this goes viral the comments on youtube will be interesting.

    This one was good

    “No one should ever unconditionally support any state. The very premise is a threat to national security. American ‘Israel-firsters’ are traitors who put the welfare of a foreign land before there host country. I’m tired of hearing the world ‘Israel’ during campaigns for the US presidency.”

    proteanview 1 day ago

    • Duscany on March 9, 2012, 10:18 pm

      “I’m tired of hearing the world ‘Israel’ during campaigns for the US presidency.”

      I sometimes think the only thing some of these congressional representatives (and Republican presidential candidates) are truly passionate about is Israel. I know some of this (a lot even of this) has to do with money but what’s the rest of it about? Fear that they will be smeared? That Jewish support will go to their opponents in the next election? Do they really love their jobs so much they will happily abase and humiliate themselves just to keep their seats?

      Don’t they care about the rest of America? Don’t they realize there are unemployed blue collar Americans all over this country watching their declarations of undying love for Israel and asking themselves, “what in the hell is this?”

  16. seafoid on March 9, 2012, 5:03 pm

    Comments on youtube for the second video

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=pW9UlKxOydQ

    Nut&Yahoo is a liar and murderer like most Zionist leaders. They are the ones who brought terrorism to the Middle East. See; Menachem Begin and his Ergun gang. It is disgraceful and treasonous to see American political leaders suck up to these racists.

    66605 23 hours ago 6

    Reply

    1. 1967 borders? so? all world says that.

    2. Benjamin Netanyahu? SO WHAT? ALL HE DOES IS SETTLING IN PALESTINIAN LAND AND NOW WANT TO ATTACK IRAN. And yes he’s liar.

    32simas 1 day ago 5

    israel has to deal with their own problems and stop using the USA like their own personal bodyguard

    shroomingnewman 3 hours ago

    This video makes it look like there is real cause for HOPE until you realize it has very little to do with reality.

    lspooner 3 hours ago

    How dare Israel try to influence our internal politics. How dare our worthless political class give them so much as an ear. And how dare our public be so easily manipulated as to attack Obama for one of his only right initial decisions: not marching to war on the word of these treacherous worms.
    MabusZero 4 hours ago

    this is downright creepy and makes me want to vote for Obama. (which of course I’d never do because Ron Paul is much better on every issue)

    trancearmstrong 10 hours ago 3

    wow, traitors or what?!??

  17. piotr on March 9, 2012, 5:51 pm

    Any organization that has “Bad Rachel” in the board of directors has to be assumed fascist and extremist. Her recommendation to feed fish with Palestinians should be beyond the pale. And ECI should be denounced by any “community” that makes political demands.

    As a practical recommendation, if you accept the world-view of ECI, namely that Israel is under constant Emergency and it security is worse than precarious, I would consider relocation. The deep bond that Jews have with Jerusalem survived 2000 years of Diaspora and it may survive another 1000. Security should come first. There are some precedents. E.g. the nation of Kiribati is preparing to move if their islands would be flooded. But perhaps they are merely hyperventilating.

  18. yourstruly on March 9, 2012, 7:57 pm

    for having made u.s. support for israel the main issue
    israel firsters gonna get their comeuppance
    tuesday
    november the 6th
    down at the polls

    for claiming they speak for all jews
    israel firster jews gonna get their comeuppance
    tuesday
    november the 6th
    down at the polls

    for insisting that president obama’s anti-israel
    israel firsters gonna get their comeuppance
    tuesday
    november the 6th
    down at the polls

  19. kalithea on March 11, 2012, 1:13 am

    Who caaaaaaaaaaaaaaares what less than 2% of the U.S. population think!!! Everyone should recognize this for what it is: bullying tactics tantamount to treason. If 98% of Americans actually got that their democracy is manipulated by people who put a foreign country first at the expense of the will of the people, taxpayer funds and the security of the nation; there would be riots in the streets and believe me, the more demands Zionists make, the more pressure they exert, the more power they crave THE SOONER THAT DAY WILL ARRIVE AND I CAN’T WAIT.

    I’m sick and tired of the ME-ME-AND ONLY ME! Community!

    • yourstruly on March 11, 2012, 10:05 am

      if you’re sick and tired of the ME-ME-AND ONLY ME community, imagine how those of us feel who not only are brave (or foolish) enough to keep the jewish faith, but hold ourselves responsible for helping save the world from the cruel madness that is zionism.

      • Citizen on March 11, 2012, 2:03 pm

        Yep, yourstruly, I sure do feel the same as kalithea; but I agree if you were born a Jew in America it’s really agonizing, perhaps more than us goy Americans can imagine with sufficient empathy–on the other hand, put yourself in our shoes–we are 98% of America and have less input than your 2% into our own present and future regarding the negative blowback on us from our AIPAC bribed government.

      • yourstruly on March 11, 2012, 7:12 pm

        except “your 2%” happen to be my enemies as much or more than they are the 98% who aren’t jewish. i can’t help it that they were born to the same religion as me, any more than willy brandt had any say in being of the same nationality as germany’s nazis. what i can do is join the struggle to change america so that everyone is considered to be of equal importance and there are no priviledged groups whatsoever.

  20. Justice Please on March 11, 2012, 7:30 pm

    “The Jewish community will remember in November”

    Cowards should stop hiding behind “the Jewish community”. “The warmongering, Israel uber alles-community will remember”, is more accurate.

    They don’t care about any Jew who’s not in line. Just ask Emily Henochowicz.

    • yourstruly on March 11, 2012, 10:45 pm

      ask phil & adam how much the israel first community like him and about any threats he’s received. based on those i experienced thirty year ago when the lobby was nowhere near as vicious as it is today, i’d be surprised if he’s gotten less than a couple threats weekly. but rather than give recognition to the nasties monitoring us, so far he’s only hinted at the hate mail he receives. that’s one way to handle it, the other is to shame the haters by going public.

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