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Former Secretary of State, and presumed 2016 presidential hopeful, Hillary Clinton spoke at two separate Goldman Sachs events in the past week (on October 24, and then again on October 29), for a cool $200,000 per speech, her normal fee according to Politico and the New York Times. $400,000—not a bad payday for the former First Lady..

According to Politico, which covered the event, Clinton conducted a question-and-answer session with Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein…

The two speaking engagements follow Clinton’s visits to private-equity firms KKR this past July, and the Carlyle Group just last month. At KKR’s annual investor meeting in California, Clinton was on hand to answers questions from Harry Kravis, the film’s co-founder, on the subjects of the Middle East, Washington, and politics. At the Carlyle Group, Clinton is said to have made a speech to shareholders that was moderated by the group’s founder David Rubenstein..

I have no idea whether Rubenstein, Kravis and Blankfein are Israel supporters. But the matter speaks to fundamental issues involving the sociology of Israel policy. A majority of the money raised on the Democratic side is from Jews; and Jewish life is overwhelmingly pro-Israel. “We Are One! American Jewry and Israel,” was the title of Zionist historian Melvin Urofsky’s book on the relationship; and most American Jewish organizations exist now to affirm that identity. President Obama depended on Jewish support to start his campaign; he recently described three wealthy Chicago Jews, “supporters of mine from the get-go” as his Chicago “cabal:” Bettylu Saltzman, Joan Harris and Judy Gaynor. All are J Street supporters, liberal Zionists. His dependence on more conservative Jewish donors is the reason that Obama was “absolutely livid” when the Democratic platform failed to state that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel last year. Their party’s dependence on these donors is also the reason why Obama consults “a small coterie” of conservative Jews about his Iran policy and Ambassador Power salutes the ADL (even as it rebukes John Kerry and smears the names of several good groups, including JVP and Code Pink).

Presumably some of these donors’ children do not believe in the need to support a Jewish state halfway around the world in case things get too hot in the U.S. for us; but it is crucial that this conversation begin openly inside American Jewish life. So that political diversity is encouraged and not suppressed, in an era of historical Jewish achievement.

Update: Today Haaretz headlines a story, “U.S. Jews declare 60-day moratorium on campaign for tougher Iran sanctions.” When the US Jews are four leaders of conservative Zionist organizations. All US Jews must ask whether these people represent them, but also, when leading Jewish newspapers are making this snyecdoche– Jews=Zionists–who are we to object when Chuck Hagel speaks of the Jewish lobby? Haaretz has since changed the headline.

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  1. DICKERSON3870
    DICKERSON3870
    November 1, 2013, 10:04 am

    RE: “His dependence on more conservative Jewish donors is the reason that Obama was ‘absolutely livid’ when the Democratic platform failed to state that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel last year. Their party’s dependence on these donors is also the reason why Obama consults “a small coterie” of conservative Jews about his Iran policy ~ Weiss

    MY COMMENT: This is America. Ergo, you’ve got to “pay to play”*! ! !

    * FROM opensecrets.org (10/28/13):

    ● Pro-Israel: Money to Congress (Senate and House)

    • SUMMARY

    • All cycles

    Dems: $70,969,618
    Repubs: $39,958,026
    Other: $1,546,917
    All Candidates: Total to All Candidates: $112,474,561
    Incumbents Only: Total to Members: $91,696,169

    The numbers on this page are based on contributions from PACs and individuals giving $200 or more.All donations took place during the -1-All election cycle and were released by the Federal Election Commission on Sunday, August 18, 2013.

    SOURCE – http://www.opensecrets.org/industries/summary.php?ind=Q05&cycle=All&recipdetail=A&sortorder=U

  2. DICKERSON3870
    DICKERSON3870
    November 1, 2013, 10:26 am

    RE: “Hillary Clinton makes like Willie Sutton”

    MY COMMENT: Now Phil! That’s really hitting a gal below the belt. Not that Lee Atwater (prior to his come-to-Jesus moment) would have had any reservations about using such tactics.
    Those Willies really come in handy.

  3. pabelmont
    pabelmont
    November 1, 2013, 10:52 am

    Ah, the BIGS include BIG-BANKS and BIG-ZION, and — did we dare suppose the bare possibility? — the BIG-BANKS (or some of them) may use their big-money in the service (also) of BIG-ZION.

    If all the CEOs of really big banks, hedge-funds, corporations, foundations, pension funds, etc., got together — a meeting of the American Establishment as it were and as it is — how many would be card-carrying members of BIG-ZION, and how many would be those some-of-my-best-friends-are Jews folks who casually sacrifice Palestinians in order not to ruffle their Jewish friends?

    In short, who among them, would press for an end of settlements for the REALLY SILLY REASON that they are illegal? And prevent peace. and deny human rights.

    Recall that many of these slugs are CEOs of oil and mining companies that poison the countryside and the water for millions of people and wouldn’t wish to make a precedent of concern for human rights — for Palestinians, of all people!

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