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  1. Justpassingby
    Justpassingby
    January 10, 2014, 11:58 am

    Says alot about israel/jewish lobby when they only want war and no dialogue/peace.

  2. piotr
    piotr
    January 10, 2014, 12:22 pm

    “Honestly no one would ever have expected Wasserman Schultz, an influential congresswoman who is often flamboyantly pro-Israel, to be AWOL when AIPAC wanted something done.”

    On a positive side, nice Jewish girl and flamboyantly pro-Israel. On a negative side, may refuse to do something that AIPAC wants done. Can AIPAC trust humans ever again? From now on, all the political support and donations should be channelled to solely to robots. But who will be checking robots? Asimov Society?

  3. justicewillprevail
    justicewillprevail
    January 10, 2014, 12:38 pm

    “Sources inside Wasserman Schultz’s heavily Jewish South Florida community say that the lawmaker’s opposition to strengthened sanctions has become a “problematic position” for her constituents.

    What a giveaway that is. The same old ‘unidentified sources’ make claims about her constituents which they can’t possibly know. If they are at all like the majority view in the US then they will be heavily in favour of no more wars, and behind Obama. But the ‘Jewish community’ (transl. a small section of loudmouth agitators for Israel, who are not the whole Jewish community by any means) are working up their usual high-pitched outrage that she is not doing their bidding and following their instructions. Maybe she is seeing the writing on the wall, and taking account of all of her constituents, not just the bully little minority who think they own her.

  4. piotr
    piotr
    January 10, 2014, 12:50 pm

    After cursory reading, it seems that human conspiracy in the House is quite a bit wider. First of all, Debbie by herself is not a powerful figure in the House but she is the Chair of DNC. So it was not her personally who scuttled the House version of the bill circulated by Kirk, Menendez and Schumer, but Sten Hoyer, hitherto co-sponsor, House minority whip. Adam Kredo thinks that Debbie was the culprit, but as the leader of DNC is she is basically a nominee of the sitting Democratic president and not an architect of a policy.

    Full disclosure: on “lesser evil” theory I gave some small about to DNC, so I am pestered by e-mails from Debbie’s DNC office.

    However, the rot in the house (or rust, if it involves robots as well) is wider. After all, Democrats are in minority. It seems that GOP faction that oppose the leadership on authorization of an attack on Syria did not fade away, and one of the geo-political imperatives for a deal with Iran is stronger then ever: the need to stop al-Qaeda from taking over Syria and a large part of Iraq. Plus such picayune considerations that may distract many humans that a war with Iran could wreck world economy while the final deal could provide quite a bit of stimulus.

    If it is true that this idea is decisively scuttled in the House, it may explain why it gets so much traction in the Senate, in spite of its profound idiocy — this posturing is risk free.

  5. amigo
    amigo
    January 10, 2014, 1:21 pm

    With a little bit of luck , the warmongers will insult her,question her commitment to Yis-royal and call her an antisemite and drive her in the direction of peace seekers.

    Who says planet zio is not an ally.

  6. Don
    Don
    January 10, 2014, 1:28 pm

    So, Philip…interesting link to NY Observer. I searched on “Israel”, and the first article is by Shmuley Boteach, titled “Hollywood”s War on Israel” (sort of an astounding concept in itself.)

    But I loved this about Walt Disney…Disney’s reputation will be forever tarnished by his well-known anti-Semitism and support for racist causes.

    I just Googled that topic a few days ago, and was unable to find ANYTHING that would lead to this conclusion…my question is…what do you think?

  7. DICKERSON3870
    DICKERSON3870
    January 10, 2014, 2:00 pm

    RE: “Honestly no one would ever have expected Wasserman Schultz, an influential congresswoman who is often flamboyantly pro-Israel, to be AWOL when AIPAC wanted something done. She famously orchestrated the congressional standing ovations when Netanyahu spoke before Congress in 2011.” ~ Scott McConnell

    MY COMMENT: Bibi and the yo-yos!!!*

    *FOR ONE OF URI AVNERY’S MOST MEMORABLE COMMENTARIES, SEE: “Bibi and the Yo-Yos”, by Uri Avnery, Antiwar.com, 05/26/11

    [EXCERPT] It was all rather disgusting.
    There they were, the members of the highest legislative bodies of the world’s only superpower, flying up and down like so many yo-yos, applauding wildly, every few minutes or seconds, the most outrageous lies and distortions of Binyamin Netanyahu.

    It was worse than the Syrian parliament during a speech by Bashar Assad, where anyone not applauding could find himself in prison. Or Stalin’s Supreme Soviet, when showing less than sufficient respect could have meant death.
    What the American Senators and Congressmen feared was a fate worse than death. Anyone remaining seated or not applauding wildly enough could have been caught on camera – and that amounts to political suicide. It was enough for one single congressman to rise and applaud, and all the others had to follow suit. Who would dare not to?
    The sight of these hundreds of parliamentarians jumping up and clapping their hands, again and again and again and again, with the Leader graciously acknowledging with a movement of his hand, was reminiscent of other regimes. Only this time it was not the local dictator who compelled this adulation, but a foreign one.
    The most depressing part of it was that there was not a single lawmaker – Republican or Democrat – who dared to resist. When I was a 9 year old boy in Germany, I dared to leave my right arm hanging by my side when all my schoolmates raised theirs in the Nazi salute and sang Hitler’s anthem. Is there no one in Washington DC who has that simple courage? Is it really Washington IOT – Israel Occupied Territory – as the anti-Semites assert? . . . [ANSWER: Yes, it is; and there are many other “occupiers”. Like the military-industrial complex. And, the NRA. And, Wall Street. And, the Chamber of Commerce. And, (continued ad nauseam) ~ J.L.D.]

    ENTIRE COMMENTARY – http://original.antiwar.com/avnery/2011/05/25/bibi-and-the-yo-yos/

  8. Whizdom
    Whizdom
    January 10, 2014, 3:25 pm

    Jane Harman, too, surprisingly, came out strongly for trying the negotiated detente process with Iran. or not trying to derail it. Could it be that rational people who unquestionably support Israeli security and stability see that ending the occupation and participating in regional trade and security arrangements, is more likely to achieve that goal, than unending occupation, growing international isolation, and a full blown hot war in the region? Peace, Palestinian statehood, and incremental detente with Iran is good for Israel. And America. Not so good for MIC, NEOCONs, hilltop youth, and apocalyptic fundamentalists.

  9. Kathleen
    Kathleen
    January 10, 2014, 3:43 pm

    From the ECI…in my in box. Unable to look at ECI 30 second ad against Wasserman Schultz called “Sanctions” that is going to air this weekend in her district

    Play video
    Debbie Wasserman Schultz says she’s pro-Israel and tough on Iran. Then why is she trying to block Iran sanctions?
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    Today the Emergency Committee for Israel released “Sanction,” a 30-second TV ad that will begin airing this weekend in Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s congressional district.

    The ad contrasts Rep. Wasserman Schultz’s very public pro-Israel rhetoric and tough talk on Iran with her behind the scenes obstruction of a new bipartisan Iran sanctions bill.

    The spot will air multiple times on Sunday political shows in South Florida and will run through next week on cable news and during sports events.

    Emergency Committee for Israel executive director Noah Pollak said, “This ad highlights the contradiction between Rep. Wasserman-Schultz’s very public pronouncements of support for Israel and her behind the scenes campaign to stymie bipartisan Iran sanctions on behalf of President Obama. As her constituents find out the truth, we hope they will demand a more responsible approach on this important issue.”

    Click here to view the ad: http://youtu.be/FoOpDukqlVM

    For any questions or media inquiries, please contact ECI’s executive director, Noah Pollak: [email protected], 202-421-4092.

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  10. seafoid
    seafoid
    January 10, 2014, 4:41 pm

    There’s a very good reason why the Persians have had empires down through the centuries and the Jews had a handful of kingdoms measured in the decades. Numbers.

    It’s very ambitious of the bots to think they can best the Iranians. History says they can’t.

    • Stephen Shenfield
      Stephen Shenfield
      January 10, 2014, 9:00 pm

      The Himyarite Kingdom in Yemen lasted from 110 BCE to 525 CE — 635 years.

      Khazaria: 652 CE to 1016 CE– 366 years.

      You can measure in decades if you like, but centuries is more convenient.

      I don’t think Israel will last for centuries though.

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        January 11, 2014, 1:22 am

        Thanks for that, Stephen. The Jewish memes appear to be focused exclusively on the Levant. Yemen and Khazaria don’t count in Zionist history.

        It looks to me like a football team that won 2 or 3 titles back in the twenties, nothing in between and now has a good team again and thinks that they will dominate the sport forever.

  11. Rusty Pipes
    Rusty Pipes
    January 10, 2014, 4:43 pm

    As DNC Chair, Wasserman Schultz is concerned about getting the largest possible number of Democrats elected. Keeping the major donors happy is a part of the job description, hence her orchestrated pro-Israel antics at the Democratic convention, but getting the voters to turn out for Democratic candidates is another part of the job. In off-year elections, few people other than the base of the Democratic and Republican Party turn out to vote.

    The American public, especially Democratic voters, are overwhelmingly supportive of Obama’s diplomatic overtures toward Iran. While congresscritters are accustomed to hearing almost exclusively from AIPAC’s listserve about legislation involving Israel, no matter how obscure, they have been hearing from more of their other constituents about this bill. Even if the Israel Lobby airs these attack ads on Sunday morning, plenty of voters who support Obama’s diplomacy will see them as well — even in Wasserman Schultz’s district.

  12. The JillyBeans
    The JillyBeans
    January 10, 2014, 4:44 pm

    Ms Wasserman Schultz is a US Congresswoman and chair of the US DNC political party. She is not an Israeli lobbyist nor a member of the Israeli parliament. Her sole responsibility in her positions is US political interests. Why is that hard to understand??

  13. Bumblebye
    Bumblebye
    January 10, 2014, 5:11 pm

    On Iran, Jack Straw’s just back from a jaunt in Tehran:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-25686207

    “Mr Straw said he hoped a lasting deal could be reached and achieving this would boost the moderate forces in Iran.

    The Labour MP has just returned from a three-day visit to the country, where he was accompanied by former Chancellor Lord Lamont, Conservative MP Ben Wallace and Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn as guests of the Iranian Parliament.

    The parliamentary delegation had 15 meetings with administration officials as well as critics of the government, although it did not meet political dissidents.”

    He’ll get in trouble for this, tho’:

    “Mr Straw said the international community, including the UK, had often had a “malign influence” on Iranian affairs since the 1950s and must now do everything it could to help to support the president and not to give succour to “hardliners”. “

  14. piotr
    piotr
    January 10, 2014, 5:19 pm

    This is a real dilemma. Should we increase our estimation of DBS, and perhaps even go so far as make a donation for DNC? Actually, this is a serious question.

    As an ivory tower elitist, I am often curious how people actually think. Adam Kredo and unnamed senior officials of unnamed Jewish organization are pretty angry at poor Debbie, so how exactly they got so angry. After all, when someone someone makes a statement we do not expect, it may stimulate introspection: perhaps I am wrong? Kredo says that Wasserman-Schulz’s hometown is South Florida — is it really a town? In such introspective mood I checked her district, and it straddles the line between Dade County (with Miami) and Broward (with Ft. Lauderdale). But I would still write “her home district in South Florida” rather than “hometown of South Florida”. Another reaction can be a simple acknowledgement. It would be strange to get angry because a leopard has spots, or because Chairwoman of DNC stands by her man (i.e. Obama). Or organizes clapping for Netanyahu. All those angry people, where do they all come from?

    • Woody Tanaka
      Woody Tanaka
      January 10, 2014, 5:41 pm

      “Should we increase our estimation of DBS, and perhaps even go so far as make a donation for DNC?”

      Until they muck out the stables and get rid of those in the party who are warping American foreign policy to the service of an alien state, they’re not getting a dime of my money, time, or likely votes.

  15. piotr
    piotr
    January 10, 2014, 7:02 pm

    Stephen Walt made a list of top 10 events that did not take place in 2013. Conclusion of the talks between PA and Israel was on the list, but also

    2. “Hillary Rodham Clinton Endorses Interim Nuclear Deal with Iran.” Amazing, isn’t it? The former chief diplomat of the United States is supposedly an expert on foreign policy and may still harbor a desire to be leader of the free world. Yet she’s been completely silent on the whole question of the negotiations with Iran, even though I’ll bet the Obama administration would love to get her to endorse its efforts. Does she support it? Damned if I know. Does she think it’s naïve, foolish, or not bold enough? Your guess is as good as mine. No doubt we will find out HRC’s true convictions just as soon as her focus groups report in or her major donors tell her what to think. – See more at: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/12/26/the_2013_stories_that_never_were#sthash.FEbbfyMI.dpuf

    It seems that DWS is a much better candidate for President than HRC. Quite impressively, DWS managed one bill to become a law with her as the only sponsor, Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_Graeme_Baker_Pool_and_Spa_Safety_Act

  16. bilal a
    bilal a
    January 10, 2014, 10:04 pm

    going after Christie, Obama’s Schultz, seems that HRClinton will be the anti realist candidate from Hadasssah. (her base):

    in a Tuesday appearance before more than 2,100 delegates at Hadassah’s 85th national convention here.. In a speech laced with nods to the Jewish community’s core issues — including Jerusalem, terrorism and anti-Semitism at home and abroad — the all-but-announced candidate for the U.S. Senate from New York appealed to what political scientists say is her Jewish political base: Upper West Side liberals, Westchester soccer moms and pro-Israel moderates.
    http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/national/hillary_plays_it_safe_hadassah

  17. ToivoS
    ToivoS
    January 10, 2014, 10:23 pm

    I can’t say that I am surprised to see Debbie playing this role right now. It has been clear for at least 18 months that Obama has decided to come to some kind of agreement with Iran that will necessarily involve accepting Iran’s right to enrich U235 and the removal of sanctions. If Obama can accomplish that then it will be his most important FP advance for his entire administration.

    Given that it seems quite clear that Democrats in the House and the Senate will not want to sabotage his efforts. Shumer, Menendus and Booker will blow a lot of smoke but they will not exert the pressure needed to derail the Iranian negotiations. Of course, they have to play to AIPAC to keep the money coming in so they will pay lip service to their money daddies but in the final analysis they will not do what is needed to push through this legislation that will kill the negotiations with Iran.

    I think the entire negotiation charade going on right now with Kerry, Bibi and the PA is just a distraction. Kerry is giving in to every Israeli demand to distract AIPAC from mobilizing their forces to sabotage the Iranian peace talks. Everyone knows that nothing will happen. But it gives Bibi political cover to show his constituency that he is protecting Israel. Maybe it will distract the lobby from focusing Iran.

    My analysis is very speculative but I do think that the Palestinians are being hung out to dry so Obama can claim a victory in establishing peace with Iran. Actually, I think that is a good trade for the short term. I mean, who thought for a moment that Kerry’s effort in the IP negotiations would result in justice for the Palestinians. That will only come after a successful BDS effort.

    • piotr
      piotr
      January 10, 2014, 11:52 pm

      You must admit that the most surprising element here is that it makes sense. But the Senate bill can be a disaster for GoI. Think about it: a guarantee of American support in case of Israeli attack on Iran. Which does not change the fact that such an attack would be disastrous. So Natanyahu would get in hot water either because of an attack, or because of not attacking in spite of all the grave statements that he made.

    • puppies
      puppies
      January 11, 2014, 7:00 am

      @ToivoS – “who thought for a moment that Kerry’s effort in the IP negotiations would result in justice for the Palestinians. That will only come after a successful BDS effort.”
      Agreed, boycott etc. are very useful things but miracles don’t happen twice even in church doctrine. Is BDS mightier in your mind than Satchmo when he blew down the walls of Jericho?

    • brenda
      brenda
      January 13, 2014, 1:21 pm

      “I think the entire negotiation charade going on right now with Kerry, Bibi and the PA is just a distraction.”

      Toivo, I’ve been following the I-P negotiations closely and my take is the opposite of yours, FWIW. Kerry is driving a tough deal with both the Israelis and the Palestinians, backed up by the European sanctions threat should the peace talks go down. Nothing at all would happen if not for the Europeans, but the stars are finally aligned and Netanyahu will be forced to settle. There is some good news out there for once.

      http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Ambassador-Shapiro-Kerry-heard-things-from-Netanyahu-Abbas-no-one-ever-heard-before-337402

      http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/01/netanyahu-kerry-document-principles-negotiations-palestine.html

      The way I’m seeing it, the Senate bill pushing back against Obama’s Iran diplomacy is a last-ditch effort on the part of Netanyahu to avoid settling with the Palestinians. I think he is using Iran as a distraction from the increasingly problematic Palestine peace negotiations. He gave a speech at the Likud convention the very day before the US Senate bill was introduced, saying the same things and giving the lead to the AIPAC US Senators
      http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/12/netanyahu-likud-convention-loosing-control-iran-palestine.html

      With that Senate draft bill, and especially its egregious rider giving Netanyahu decision-making powers over the US military — for the first time since I’ve been following the issue, I wholeheartedly embraced the tail-wags-the-dog theory. But I didn’t stay there for long. I think what we are seeing is a shift in US foreign policy accompanied by a lot of turbulence. I predict our side will win. FWIW

  18. piotr
    piotr
    January 10, 2014, 11:35 pm

    In the meantime, Mr. Putin seems to remind gently that there exists World outside the confines of Washington D.C. Namely, Russia may start importing oil from Iran and pay, presumably, using a Russian bank, and dare US to impose sanctions on Russian energy export.

    • Whizdom
      Whizdom
      January 12, 2014, 2:56 pm

      Yup, Russia is planning a barter arrangement for 500,000 barrels a day from Iran. Skirting the banks. China has been importing 400,000 barrels a day from Iran, using state banks and ignoring the sanctions. Shell, Total, Statoil, all want in. The sanctions are over, really.

      The only possible outcome of the new Senate sanctions is isolation of the US from world markets.

      • Citizen
        Citizen
        January 13, 2014, 12:48 pm

        Not to worry, Dick and Jane will pay at the pump and do nothing, just as they did during the Arab Oil Embargo–I know, I was there. This will happen again because the US mainstream media will not tie in Israel with why US business will be isolated by AIPAC-driven US Congress sanctions on Iran, which is no threat at all to the USA.

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