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Gov. Jerry Brown brags on signing historic agreement with Netanyahu in Silicon Valley

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Netanyahu promotes his visit to the U.S. and AIPAC

Netanyahu promotes his visit to the U.S. and AIPAC

Did you see Netanyahu’s graphic for his travels in the U.S. this week? Notice the Silicon Valley visit. Well, guess who’s showing up there?

Governor Jerry Brown, a progressive. His press release is below. A reminder that the power of the Israel lobby reflects the importance of high-tech partnerships in blue states. Like the Cornell-Technion deal that progressive NY Mayor Bill de Blasio is behind all the way. These are entrenched corporate interests that also have a religious component, Jewish nationalism (something the media would blast if it involved Christian fundamentalists and stem-cell research).

Friday, February 28, 2014
Governor Brown and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to Meet in Mountain View Next Week

MOUNTAIN VIEW – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet next week in the heart of the Silicon Valley to sign a historic agreement that expands California ‘s partnership with Israel on economic development, research and trade.

When: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. Reporters must check in before 7:30 a.m.
Where: Computer History Museum , Hahn Auditorium, 1401 North Shoreline Blvd. , Mountain View , CA 94043

The agreement will boost economic, cultural and academic cooperation between California and Israel , with an emphasis on water conservation, alternative energy, cybersecurity, health and biotechnology, education and agricultural technology.

The agreement will also enable Israeli companies to access California ‘s Innovation Hubs (iHUB), an innovation network that includes 16 clusters of research parks, technology incubators, universities and federal laboratories, together with economic development organizations, business groups and venture capital funds.

PS. Obama gave Jeffrey Goldberg an interview, it was teased on Meet the Press this morning, should be published later today. Why? Because Obama knows that Goldberg represents the Israel lobby, speaks to them, shares their interest. So Obama is addressing AIPAC. And Obama needs AIPAC for much the reason that Jerry Brown and de Blasio need it.

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  1. LeaNder on March 2, 2014, 12:21 pm

    When: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. Reporters must check in before 7:30 a.m.

    Hmm? They will be briefed by an expert staff of PR experts that make sure the news are somewhat uniform? Journalists are an important group of special attention.

  2. on March 2, 2014, 12:47 pm

    My attitude is that if Bibi and Israel want to be treated like a civilized Western European country then they needs to start acting like one. I have been watching Israel for 60 years while they give the Palestinians the rope-a-dope. I am not impressed. Enough!

    • ivri on March 2, 2014, 4:53 pm

      ” I am not impressed Enough!”
      The point is that nobody in Israel is trying to impress you anymore. Israel`s main focus now, within the Western segment, is on its relationships with the “New-World” Western countries – nobody here trusts too much the Europeans` good will anyway. While European countries are civilized, they also have a horrible track record, as recently as in the lifetime of presently living people, Jews in particular, and that`s another reason why Israelis don`t care that much about “moral expectations” of Europeans. Too much disillusioned with them even during the short history of Israel itself.

      • Cliff on March 2, 2014, 5:26 pm


        Not disillusioned enough to take money and support from Christian evangelicals though are you?

      • strangefriend on March 2, 2014, 5:33 pm

        So, that is why young Israelis are flocking to Berlin, like Max Blumenthal documents in the last chapter of his new book?

      • just on March 2, 2014, 6:05 pm

        And do you speak for everybody in Israel, ivri?

        The “New World” Western countries just might be losing their affinity for Israel. Their leaders have stabbed the US (for instance) in the back, front, and sideways many times now.

  3. Blownaway on March 2, 2014, 1:51 pm

    2 comments: Any part of the US government establishment will never be a contributor to the solution. Corporate greed and governmental establishment are entrenched in the lobby. The solution has to come from below, the people. This is true for all “western governments” events have to move beyond them. This is why grass roots BDS is so key. The 500 or so people in the US government can really only do one thing and that is help Israel. They can’t get anything done for America, but attach Israel to it and bam its done. Sooner or later the sheeeple will figure it out. Most recently the push back to McConnell’s attempt to attach Iran sanctions to Veterans bill.

  4. ckg on March 2, 2014, 1:52 pm

    Gov. Brown, whose family wallows in blood-money from its Suharto-connected past, knows when it is expedient to look the other way when genocide is in view.

  5. seafoid on March 2, 2014, 2:13 pm

    How much is this deal actually worth to Israel ?They need to replace what they are losing due to BDS. They need to grow their economy. It’s not clear how they are going to do this.

  6. just on March 2, 2014, 4:32 pm

    How depressing.

    “And Obama needs AIPAC for much the reason that Jerry Brown and de Blasio need it.”

    Everyone together now: what does Israel and AIPAC do for us??? Why do we, or our elected “leaders”, need them? For $$$? Is that why we give billions to Israel? It makes no sense at all.

  7. Henry Norr on March 2, 2014, 5:18 pm

    “Governor Jerry Brown, a progressive”?!? You’ve got to be kidding, right? That characterization of his politics may have had some truth the first time he was governor (1975-1983) and when he was running for president. But since then, you’d have to dig deep to find anything progressive in his record. As Mayor of Oakland his main program was deliberate gentrification, by promoting construction of upscale condos for 10,000 yuppies. As governor again since 2011, he’s mainly devoted himself to

    * “fiscal conservatism” – i.e., balancing the budget largely by shredding what’s left of the state’s “social safety net”
    * fighting federal court orders to reduce overcrowding and bring medical care in our enormous prison system up to a minimal constitutional standard
    * promoting a crazy scheme to spend tens of billions digging gigantic tunnels to take fresh water essential to the health of SF Bay Delta and move it hundreds of miles to Central Valley agribusiness so they can keep making a fortune by growing water-hungry crops in the middle of what’s by rights a near-desert
    * vetoing most bills passed by the legislature to extend some legal rights to undocumented immigrants (he has signed a few, typically after insisting they be watered down)

    and so on.

    Given de Blasio’s progressive rhetoric, it was reasonable to hope for better – at least a little dignity – than his groveling before AIPAC. In the case of Jerry Brown in the 21st century, though, it’s hardly surprising he’s cozying up to Netanyahu.

    • joemowrey on March 2, 2014, 9:53 pm

      Absolutely. Even if we put aside their pro-Zionist panderings, if we are to define Bill de Blasio or Jerry Brown as “progressive,” then the definition of that term has lost all meaning. Which really is the whole problem with our political culture at present. True Progressives are too eager to compromise their core values and endorse corporatist faux-progressive candidates simply for the sake of being able to claim an election win or two.

      No one with any actual progressive conscience or mindset would ever have voted for either of these two fraudsters. Their presence on the political scene is just more evidence of the damage lesser-of-two-evils voting has caused.

    • kma on March 3, 2014, 8:42 pm

      sorry to switch the subject back, but, Henry – do you understand what this “agreement” means?
      why does any friendly country need to go through Jerry Brown to set up shop here or get venture funding or work with universities? I think the whole thing just sounds like political photo ops. I also think anything Israeli companies are interested in they are already doing.
      The press release is full of buzz-words (healthcare, education, etc) but says nothing. California isn’t getting any healthcare or education or help with “innovation” from Israel. does anyone know what this really means? or is it really just a campaign photo op?

      • Henry Norr on March 4, 2014, 12:27 pm

        I think you’re right, kma: It’s just Jerry Brown pandering to the lobby, Jewish donors, and Jewish voters, and for Netanyahu it’s just another chance to promote Israel’s efforts to brand itself as a center of science and innovation. I suppose it’s possible that Brown will set up some office (and pay a fat salary, probably to some dual citizen) to facilitate cooperation between California and Israeli companies, universities, etc. But as you say, it’s easy enough already for them to set up whatever kinds of cooperation they want, so probably this “agreement” will have no practical meaning whatsoever.

  8. kalithea on March 2, 2014, 5:26 pm

    Zionism has wormed its way into many key areas of American industry and culture to make the U.S. and Zionism appear synonymous and inseparable in the eyes of the world, and to protect the latter’s Achilles’ heel, its questionable legitimacy. For how can you be suspected of overreaching influence, wrongdoing and a hidden agenda when you’ve made yourself appear indistinguishable from the object who’s approval you seek and try to sustain?

    What better cover can Zionism have than to attach itself to all that is perceived as American and successful? Every time I’m reminded of how deeply embedded Zionism is in America, and how it seizes every opportunity to insinuate itself further, I regress to hopelessness and think: the Palestinians are so screwed and so are all our efforts. But then, this is precisely the reaction Zionists are aiming for. One gets weary and frustrated fighting a pervasive monolith, like the one Zionists have created to protect Zionism, but then they foolishly underestimate just how much people despise being manipulated and deceived, and therein lies the passion that drives me to fight this injustice another day in my own way.

    • Citizen on March 3, 2014, 9:37 am

      @ kalithea

      Me too. The catch dragging down the passionate hope is that while it’s true people despise being manipulated and deceived, first they have to actually know about it, and they won’t learn from the usual mainstream media dose nightly when they catch a tad of news and most of the people have little interest in foreign policy generally, not enough to spend their spare time on the alternate internet reading up on relevant foreign policy issues. What’s the percentage of Americans who actually get it that they were totally and most grossly hoodwinked by their own government and press into Bush Jr’s attack on Iraq? 10%?

  9. RoHa on March 2, 2014, 6:47 pm

    Brags about.

    • MRW on March 3, 2014, 8:30 pm

      Thank you, RoHa. It’s “brags about” not “brags on.” AP Style Book and the OED. “Brags on” is a peasant colloquialism.

  10. Citizen on March 3, 2014, 9:43 am

    Here’s transcript of Goldberg’s interview with Obama:

    • Ellen on March 3, 2014, 10:49 am

      I read this last night. Since then, the bots are all over this like a swarm of hungry flies onto a cow paddy.

      What was striking is how Goldberg asserted himself into this interview:

      On the subject of Middle East peace, Obama told me that the U.S.’s friendship with Israel is undying, but he also issued what I took to be a veiled threat: The U.S., though willing to defend an isolated Israel at the United Nations and in other international bodies, might soon be unable to do so effectively…

      With unprofessional projections like that, Goldberg leaves piles of dung for the flies to feed upon. It is talking point code: we will not be threatened, blah blah blah. (When in reality, the rhetoric of the Zio extremists continue to threaten US legislators and the US government and its people.)

      Obama has simply stated a reality Israel must consider: For how much longer can the US effectively carry Israel’s water without damaging itself? At what point does the US say enough! We are not going to destroy ourselves and position for Israel. That day will come. Will Israel be prepared before this happens?

  11. joer on March 3, 2014, 9:55 am

    The label “progressive” sneaked back into political discourse a few years ago, and there is no clear definition of its principles. As far as I can tell, it’s a euphemism for liberal…so right off, there is a little deception-not a very good start. And the reason the label “liberal” fell out of favor, despite its humanitarian rhetoric, is that its practical program is: We will keep all the power and wealth…if you defy us here or abroad, we will crush you economically or militarily. However, we aren’t selfish people, and we will share a few things we don’t want, as long as we aren’t inconvenienced in any way and can make a profit…and for that we heartily congradulate ourselves over and over and over again.
    So why the shock that a progressive politician isn’t worrying about Palestinians?

  12. American on March 3, 2014, 10:41 am

    ‘The agreement will also enable Israeli companies to access California ‘s Innovation Hubs (iHUB), an innovation network that includes 16 clusters of research parks, technology incubators, universities and federal laboratories, together with economic development organizations, business groups and venture capital funds.”

    LOL…well first off how come Israel needs access to the Calif ‘hub’ of research and universities and fed labs capital funds and etc,etc?????

    I thought Israel invented everything in the universe and the world needed them –not that they need Calif and the world.

    gawd, what buffons and parasites…

    And….I dont understand this……

    ““And Obama needs AIPAC for much the reason that Jerry Brown and de Blasio need it.”

    Why does Obama or Brown or anyone ‘need’ AIPAC?

  13. Rusty Pipes on March 3, 2014, 5:58 pm

    How was this agreement reached? Has the California legislature been involved? Is this a legally binding agreement for California or is it just a photo-op for Jerry Brown’s political donors? Considering all that Americans have come to know about NSA spying in the past year, how happy will the average Californian be about further Israeli partnerships in intelligence IT programs?

    • Rusty Pipes on March 4, 2014, 12:00 pm

      Since it is a violation of the US Constitution for State Governors to enter into treaties with foreign governments, what is the legal status of this “historic agreement” that Brown will sign with Netanyahu?

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