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The news is filled with discussions and meetings between Israeli and American officials. You’d think that Israel was the 51st state. Or maybe Iowa. From Haaretz:

U.S. governors Rick Perry of Texas and Brian Sandoval of Nevada, Republicans tapped for 2016 presidential runs, are visiting Israel.

Perry, who has visited Israel multiple times in the past, was in the country this week to announce the planned Nazareth campus of Texas A&M University. But he also had meetings with Israeli leaders, including on Monday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He will meet later this week with President Shimon Peres.

Perry is being accompanied by Fred Zeidman, a major GOP campaign donor, and Matthew Brooks, the director of the Republican Jewish Coalition.

Sandoval is making his first visit to Israel, where he is studying desert farming techniques. The rising Latino star of the Republican party met with Peres on Sunday.

The big prize on the Republican side is of course Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire supporter of Israel who gave $30 million to Mitt Romney last year and millions more to Newt Gingrich, in an effort to stop the peace process.

The Jerusalem Post describes huge delegations accompanying the governors, who spoke at the same water conference:

Traveling alongside Perry to [Water Technology conference] were two separate delegations from his state – one from the Texas-Israel Chamber of Commerce and another sponsored by the American Jewish Committee’s Project Interchange.

Not to be outshone, Sandoval also told participants of the welcome partnerships they would find in Nevada.

He, too, arrived with a 50-member delegation of Nevadans eager to hear about the Israeli water industry – the first such Nevadan trade mission to Israel, he said.

I didn’t know there was a Texas-Israel Chamber of Commerce. As for the AJC’s Project Interchange, it is designed to build connections between Israel and world leaders.

Speaking of world leaders, John Kerry is spending a lot of time placating Netanyahu this week. “Kerry reassures Israel” on Iran is the Times headline.

Yesterday the State Department’s first order of business at the briefing was about an Israeli delegation.

Hello, everyone. Welcome to the daily briefing. I have a couple things at the top, and then I’m happy to open it up for questions.

The first: Today at the State Department, we are hosting the U.S.-Israel Strategic Dialogue, the highest level regularly scheduled diplomatic meeting between the two countries. … Deputy Secretary Burns is leading the U.S. delegation. He is joined by several other U.S. officials who will be discussing a wide range of issues with their Israeli counterparts. The Israeli delegation is led by Minister for Strategic and Intelligence Affairs Responsible for International Relations Yuval Steinitz. …


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  1. just on October 24, 2013, 11:57 am

    Let the clown show begin anew…

    Why does our government continue this gruesome caca? Yuval Steinitz is a slobbering and horrible racist. The excrement that he wrote in the NYT recently should have precluded any meeting with our State Dept……..but I guess we really, really like to “dialogue” with scum.

  2. amigo on October 24, 2013, 12:10 pm

    The road to Washington goes through Tel Aviv.

  3. Woody Tanaka on October 24, 2013, 1:04 pm

    “2 Republican presidential hopefuls bump into each other in… Israel”

    Lock up the donkeys.

  4. Oklahoma farmer on October 24, 2013, 1:47 pm

    Gov. Perry is working with Israel and Texas A. and M. to establish a branch of his alma mater in an Israeli university.

    That will surely get him Zionist big bucks for his Presidential run.

  5. DICKERSON3870 on October 24, 2013, 5:02 pm

    RE: “I didn’t know there was a Texas-Israel Chamber of Commerce.” ~ Weiss

    MY COMMENT: Not to mention the Texas Israel Agricultural Research Foundation which is endeavoring to breed a “perfect red heifer”! ! !*

    * SEE: “Pastor Strangelove”, by Sarah Posner, American Prospect, 05/21/06

    [EXCERPTS] . . . Besides his million-dollar compensation package, [John] Hagee has a portfolio of other ventures, including a cattle ranch in south Texas that may have religious significance. Many evangelicals believe that the arrival of a “perfect red heifer” will signal the end times. In the Old Testament, burning a red heifer and sprinkling its ashes is described as a purification ritual for priests entering the temple. Ultra-orthodox Jews believe that the birth of a modern perfect red heifer will herald the arrival of the messiah, leading to a confrontation with Muslims over the Temple Mount, where Jews believe the Temple will be rebuilt. Some evangelicals likewise regard the red heifer as a harbinger of the ultimate showdown at the Temple Mount, which they believe will be the site of the Second Coming. And they believe that time is near.
    To many other observers, the advent of the red heifer threatens to provoke a violent struggle for control of the Temple Mount, with worldwide repercussions. In the late 1990s, a group of unidentified Texas ranchers reportedly bred a perfect red heifer, which generated excitement in evangelical circles until the animal sprouted some black hairs.
    Six years ago, the John C. Hagee Royalty Trust paid more than $5.5 million for a 7,600-acre ranch in Brackettville, Texas, where cattle are raised in a venture with the Texas Israel Agricultural Research Foundation, a nonprofit outfit operated by the pastor. . . Earl [David Earl, Hagee’s lobbyist] said that Hagee wants to share information to improve the production of livestock, particularly cattle, with an Israeli research project, but otherwise claimed to be unsure of the particulars. Dr. Scott Farhart, an obstetrician and trustee of the John C. Hagee Royalty Trust (and an elder at Hagee’s church), did not respond to a request for comment, nor did the director of the ranch. . .


  6. DICKERSON3870 on October 24, 2013, 5:32 pm

    ● RE: “U.S. governors Rick Perry of Texas and Brian Sandoval of Nevada, Republicans tapped for 2016 presidential runs, are visiting Israel. . . [Perry] also had meetings with Israeli leaders, including on Monday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He will meet later this week with President Shimon Peres. . . Perry is being accompanied by Fred Zeidman, a major GOP campaign donor, and Matthew Brooks, the director of the Republican Jewish Coalition. ~ Haaretz

    ● MY COMMENT: The Likudnik “Israel firsters” would like nothing better than to have a Christian, Zionist, evangelical/fundamentalist like Rick Perry as president of the U.S.
    If they could, the Likudniks would turn the U.S. into a Judeo-Christian theocracy in a New York microsecond ! ! !

    ● SEE: “Perry’s travel, security costs will stay secret until after 2012”, By Sari Horwitz, Washington Post, 8/27/11

    [EXCERPT] . . . In 2009, Perry traveled to Israel where he was given the “Defender of Jerusalem” award. According to a local television report, he and his wife flew first class at more than $5,000 per ticket, paid for by an energy company financier. Four security detail officers also went on the five-day trip at a cost of more than $70,000 to taxpayers. The expenses included $17,000 for rooms at the King David Hotel, nearly $13,000 for food and more than 350 hours in overtime pay. . .

    SOURCE –

    ● AND SEE: “Rick Perry: Israeli Settlements Are Legal ‘And I Support Them’”, By Ali Gharib, Think Progress, 8/27/11

    [EXCERPT] . . . Republican Presidential hopeful Texas Gov. Rick Perry broke with more than 40 years of bipartisan U.S. policy and issued a statement of blanket support for Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Perry also broke with more than 60 years of U.S. policy and declared that, among his first acts as president, he would move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. . .

    SOURCE –

    ● AND SEE: “Perry misrepresented historian who wrote that Israel and Texas share ‘chauvinism’ and ‘belligerence’”

    ● AND SEE: “‘Atlantic’ expose on Rick Perry’s affinity for Israel ignores the H2Occupation of Palestine”

    ● AND SEE: “Tx. Gov. Rick Perry compares the US and Israel, but reaches the wrong conclusions”

    • DICKERSON3870 on October 24, 2013, 5:40 pm

      ● P.S. AND SEE: “Perry embraces violent Jewish extremists, Politico’s Ben Smith calls him ‘moderate’”, by Max Blumenthal , Mondoweiss, 1/21/11

      [EXCERPT] Yesterday, I attended Rick Perry’s press conference at the W Hotel in New York City, where the Texas Governor and Republican presidential frontrunner denounced President Barack Obama for supposedly “appeasing” America’s enemies in the Middle East and failing to sufficiently support Israel. The Perry appearance was timed to pre-empt Obama’s speech at the UN in which the President would reject Palestinian demands for statehood.
      The most remarkable aspect of Perry’s press conference was the cast of characters that assembled behind the Governor while he spoke. To Perry’s immediate right was Assemblyman Dov Hikind, the former leader of the Jewish Defense League, a terrorist group responsible for bombing attacks on numerous Arab-American targets and a conspiracy to murder Republican Rep. Darrell Issa. While Hikind’s collaborator Victor Vancier spent ten years in jail for firebomb attacks, Hikind was suspected by the FBI of numerous terror attacks of his own. After issuing numerous stentorian condemnations of terror, Perry handed the mic over to Hikind, who exclaimed, “I heard the Governor’s speeches and I said to myself, ‘He sounds like me!'” The two engaged in a sustained hug before a giant media gaggle.
      To Perry’s left was Dr. Solomon “Joe” Frager, who was listed on official Perry press material as the organizer of the press conference. Frager is the Chairman of the Jerusalem Reclamation Project, a front group for the Ateret Cohanim organization that steals Palestinian property in East Jerusalem and hands it over to fanatically religious Jewish families. They are the spearhead of Israel’s slow motion ethnic cleansing of Silwan and the Old City. For a glimpse at the zealotry, racism and sheer sleaziness behind Ateret Cohanim’s operation, watch Louis Theroux’s excellent BBC documentary, “The Ultra-Zionists,” which follows Ateret Cohanim’s man-on-the-ground Daniel Luria as he personally orchestrates the theft of Palestinian homes. . .

      SOURCE –

    • DICKERSON3870 on October 24, 2013, 5:51 pm

      ● P.P.S. AND SEE: “Perry gets asked to stop ‘liberal, socialist, Marxist’ education system”, By Eric W. Dolan, Raw Story, 12/07/11

      [EXCERPT] Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry was asked how to stop leftist universities from corrupting students at the Republican Jewish Coalition Forum on Wednesday.
      “I invite you to talk about our universities,” a woman said. “It seems like we’re paying for our own defamation, through student loans paid for by the government. We send our open-minded, good-hearted 18-year-olds who generally love our country to school and four-years later, they pop out, they despise America, they hate capitalism, they think Israel is the devil. And we’re helping to fund this.”
      “Do you have any ideas on how you can stop a system that is 95 percent liberal, socialist, Marxist?” she concluded.
      After the question, Perry unexpectedly squinted and gave a thumbs up to someone in the audience. He then responded to the woman by stating he had set out seven reforms in Texas aimed at evaluating the cost-benefit ratio of state funds for universities. . .
      . . . Addressing the woman’s question more directly, he added “hopefully there is not too much of that being taught in Texas universities.” . . .


      ● P.P.P.S. AND SEE: “Colbert: Perry prayer event ‘erases’ line between church and state”

      ● P.P.P.P.S. AND SEE: “Rick Perry calls for Israel aid increase”, Maggie Haberman, Politico, 12/07/11
      LINK –

  7. just on October 24, 2013, 5:58 pm

    btw– the headline reads like the opening to a joke.

    and it is a joke, indeed. A big joke on the ignorant American electorate who know far too little about apartheid, occupying, cruel Israel.


    “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Wednesday in Rome, setting aside an unusually long time for the meeting, seven hours, four of which will be spent in private talks with no aides present.

    Senior Israeli officials said most of the meeting will be devoted to Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, with Kerry seeking clear answers from Netanyahu on what compromises he is willing to make to obtain a final status agreement. ”

    SEVEN hours? Really??


    “Why Israel’s right fears the non-Jewish refugees
    Israel’s right-wing politicians have turned African refugees into a political football of racism rather than thinking what should be a proper Jewish response to their plight.”

    • on October 24, 2013, 11:46 pm

      a joke? you’re certifiably crazy! it’s a national tragedy proportional in its own right to the world trade center considering how this cancerous situation will be in all likelyhood be believed by the mind-numbed american brainwashed idiots.

  8. bilal a on October 24, 2013, 6:28 pm

    Turns out the NSA arms control insider fired for derisive tweets against his employer, hte Obama administration, has extensive Neocon ties, including the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, an AIPAC affiliate. He is now under investigation at the DOJ .

    According to Mr. Joseph’s biography on the Web site of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a neoconservative group where he was a fellow for 2011, “between his stints on Capitol Hill, Jofi was a senior consultant with a professional services firm, facilitating strategic planning and policy analysis for the Department of Homeland Security’s efforts on critical infrastructure protection.”

    Among the associates at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies are John Hannah, formerly national security adviser for Mr. Cheney; Representative Eric Cantor, Republican of Virginia and the House majority leader; and the conservative syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer. Mr. Joseph’s wife, Carolyn Leddy, is on the Republican staff of the Senate Foreign Relations. During the Bush administration, she served at the State Department and on the National Security Council staff; in 2007 she was part of a delegation that visited the Yongbyon nuclear facility in North Korea.

    Joseph is married to Carolyn Leddy, who works for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Committee officials, Situation Report was told, are trying to determine if anything Joseph posted had represented classified information and provided to him by Leddy. Joseph could also find himself in even more hot water based on findings from the investigation of his postings as DCHobbyist if it is determined, for example, that he

  9. Mike_Konrad on October 24, 2013, 6:34 pm

    Israel is not stupid. She is pulling every string she has to.

    American presidential candidates? I am sure Canadian candidates will follow.

    How about rising Latino Stars?




    Putting aside morality, the Jews have been desperate to return to Israel for 2000 years. They are not going to budge – right or wrong.

    The Arabs do not help themselves with their infighting and Islamic extremism. Voting for Hamas was the stupidest thing Gaza could ever have done.

    All these 1SS and 2SS are nothing but fables and dreams. Israel will make no concession that gives the Arabs any freedom – right or wrong. Israel will dodge, dissemble, pretend … anything to drag this out.

    The Jews are a people who waited 2,000 years to return. They are probably much more stubborn and determined than you or I could ever be .

    They are not going to give in.

    You may not like to hear that; but it is the truth.

    Start with that premise. Start small.

    The first thing you could do is probably a world wide campaign to stop house demolitions. It would take a while, but that is doable.

    But a 1SS or a 2SS is not going to happen.

    Women in Green in Israel – – are already producing a Magazine called Sovereignty. They are NOT going to budge one inch.

    Establishing Facts on the Ground

    Instead of trying to divide Israel, make your focus civil rights; and nothing more. There you have a genuine issue, and that much is doable.

    But if you want Israel to give up what they see as their patrimony, then you are in for a long fight , and you will lose.

  10. Inanna on October 24, 2013, 11:26 pm

    Maybe the Nevadans want a few tips on how how you keep your swimming pools topped up and your lawns green by stealing someone else’s water.

    Seriously though, why aren’t these guys in Iowa and New Hampshire? Beware the ire of people who come from states that have mottoes like “Our liberties we prize, our rights we maintain” and, even better “Live Free or Die”

    • Citizen on October 26, 2013, 7:36 am

      All politicians speak, they say, in behalf US societal and national interests. In fact this means they act in support of the influential and tiny elite who brought them to power, to remain there only so long as they mirror the interests of that elite. “We the People” and “the national interest” changes only when the current elite and their political whores can not effectively convince the individual masses that they represent their interests too. In short, when the big tent mislabels drop off in the face of blooming reality that can no longer be ignored even by the millions who like to stick their heads in the ground. Is this slowly happening in America?

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