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Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio, the neocon favorite, says he will kibosh the Iran Deal if he makes it to the White House. “If I’m elected president of the U.S., we are going to cancel the deal on our first day in office.” And here’s some other news that underscores the senator’s support for Israel.

The New York Times has an excellent story on a battle between hedge funds and the people of Puerto Rico: “the power of an ascendant class of ultrarich Americans to steer the fate of a territory that is home to more than three million fellow citizens.”

Last year, several hedge funds staked $3.5 billion to keep the Puerto Rican government afloat, anticipating the recovery of the island’s economy. But the recovery stalled; and now some Puerto Rican cities and its power company owe more money than ever and want to declare bankruptcy. Rubio had backed legislation to allow the bankruptcy protection, sponsored by Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut. But then Rubio backed out, just after one of those hedgefunders held a fundraiser for him.

[T]his summer, three weeks after a fund-raiser hosted by a hedge-fund founder, Mr. Rubio broke with those backing the measure. Bankruptcy, he said, should be considered only as a “last resort.”

Mr. Rubio’s move was welcome news for bondholders, some of whom have supported his presidential campaign. Monarch’s founder, Andrew Herenstein, co-hosted two fund-raisers for Mr. Rubio’s presidential bid, one over the summer in the Hamptons, the other in Manhattan in October. A spokesman for Mr. Herenstein declined to comment.

A spokesman for Mr. Rubio said his views on the legislation were unrelated to campaign donations.

Andrew Herenstein is the founder of Monarch Alternative Capital; and he is a big supporter of Israel. His evident allegiance to Rubio, and vice versa, underpins the trend that establishment neoconservatives are flocking to the Florida senator who loves Israel.

It was reported that Herenstein was a Jew4Cruz back in the spring, joining men from the Republican Jewish Coalition crowd. But he now regularly promotes Rubio on his twitter feed, including a tweet the other day saying that Rubio is the establishment’s fire wall against Cruz and Trump, but he’s got to kick his campaign into high gear. Herenstein’s support for Rubio evidently goes back to the spring, followed by a fundraiser for the candidate on Long Island, then another in Manhattan in October:

One hedge fund in that group is Monarch Alternative Capital. Its founder and principal, Andrew Herenstein, gave Rubio’s campaign the maximum legal contribution of $2,700 in May. He attended a fundraiser for Rubio in June and co-hosted one himself in August, just a few weeks before Rubio announced his position on bankruptcy. After Rubio made his announcement, Herenstein co-hosted another fundraiser earlier this month.

Most of Herenstein’s tweets in the last few months are about Israel and Jews and the Middle East. Like the video, “Boo Hoo Palestine,” stating that two states are a fantasy, his claim that Israel has never initiated violence against its neighbors, and “Arabs are jealous of Jews” because the Arab contribution to civilization is “virtually nil.”

He has promoted Israel’s war on Gaza of 2014. He has seemed to express concern about all boycotts, including of wines produced in settlements. He promotes Israeli products at every turn:

World’s first fruit-flavored cup makes water exciting

He noted America’s Top 20 Richest Pro-Israel “Zionaires” – a list of American Israel supporters that does not include him (though he surely is in the class). He retweets the assertion that “John Kerry Spins a Fantasy About the Palestinians” and the assertion that Palestinians have a “sick society.”

This from Israel supporter Daniel Gordis:

Princeton to consider removing Woodrow Wilson’s name from some places? The rapidity of America’s decline incredible.

Another recent retweet is propaganda:

Hebrew tablet discovered by Sea of Galilee at what was a #Jewish settlement 1,500 years ago.

As is this:

CT2mJiBXIAA3DsGAnd this:

If you repeat a lie enough it becomes Palestine, propaganda retweeted by Andrew Herenstein

If you repeat a lie enough it becomes Palestine, propaganda retweeted by Andrew Herenstein

No question Herenstein cares about Puerto Rico; he talks up Puerto Rican debt in the financial press. But Israel is obviously close to his heart.

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  1. Atlantaiconoclast on December 21, 2015, 1:08 pm

    I despise Woodrow Wilson, but think removing his name from Princeton is evidence of “presentism.” Wilson’s racism was typical of those of his time. It was the cultural norm. So it doesn’t bother me as much as his role in creating the unconstitutional money monopoly held by the quasi private Federal Reserve. The cultural norm at the time was not to enslave Americans to a debt based monetary system that rewards the top 1% at the expense others.

    • tokyobk on December 21, 2015, 2:36 pm

      Wilson was not merely a representative of his racist time, he was one of the people who worked to keep his time racist. His racism was indeed typical of Lost Cause white Southerners, but not even all whites in that region.

      Two examples of many:

      He RE-segregated Washington DC federal offices. To make it clear, blacks were gaining economic and political status with public administration jobs in the center of American power. This was having not just the local effect of strengthening a DC middle class but a ripple effect in the distant and quite dismal places where Jim Crow was in full effect.

      He personally saw to it they the Racial Equality Clause introduced by the Japanese in Paris at the end of WWI was shot down even though it was likely to pass. This was going to preclude the mistreatment of any signing nations citizens by any other. Since Japan (as well as Haiti and Liberia) were signers this would have been a major step against legal discrimination.

      I could go on an on about that man who was an unrepentant racist, who tried his best to keep America a white country and, thankfully having lost, deserves whatever diminishment’s come his way in the present.

      • Mooser on December 21, 2015, 2:41 pm

        “He personally saw to it they the Racial Equality Clause introduced by the Japanese in Paris at the end of WWI was shot down even though it was likely to pass.”

        Fortunately, in spite of Woodrow Wilson, Japan was able to implement it’s ideas about racial equality independently of the US throughout Asia and parts of China. They even set up a Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere.

      • tokyobk on December 21, 2015, 3:23 pm

        Yes, Mooser, the Japanese went on to claim their shameful spot among the worst in racism and genocide. But this was post WWI not pre WWII. Not that you know or care anything about history but China and (as then called) Siam were in fact co-signers of the Clause that Japan introduced, as were the two black nations I mentioned.

        In 1919, the Japanese were lauded by much of black America and most of Asia as potential “champions of the darker races” and the most powerful hedge against global white supremacy.

      • Krauss on December 21, 2015, 3:49 pm

        Tokyo, and FDR’s indictment of Japanese-Americans, with his administration deeming them “enemy race blood” and thus worthy of keeping in concentration camps?

        Which is worse, that or Wilson’s re-segregation?

        People have to be judged against their time. Wilson came from the South, his opinions was shaped by that. He still has a great legacy for pushing for greater international cooperation.

        Churchill was a great statesman in the fight of Hitler. He still was in favor of gassing the kurds.

        Ghandi was a great activist for Indian independence. He still supported the facists in Italy and personally visited Musolini to commend him on his good work.

        Your rant on Wilson comes across as uninformed and ignorant. If Wilson’s fair game then so are the other men I’ve mentioned, many of whom have done/said far worse things yet are regarded as heroes by the liberal left nonetheless.

      • Keith on December 21, 2015, 3:51 pm

        TOKYOBK- “I could go on an on about that man who was an unrepentant racist, who tried his best to keep America a white country and, thankfully having lost, deserves whatever diminishment’s come his way in the present.”

        Wilson’s relative historical stature is based mostly upon liberal myth-history. I am always in favor of learning real history and shattering myths. So yes, let us confront the truth and let the chips fall where they may. No easy task in our heavily propagandized society.

      • Mooser on December 21, 2015, 4:31 pm

        “Not that you know or care anything about history…”

        Nonsense. I still have a lot of history in front of me.

        And yes, those were not good times, in terms of mankind coming to terms with the concept of “race”

      • Mooser on December 21, 2015, 7:19 pm

        “But this was post WWI not pre WWII.”

        Ah, of course! I’m sorry, the distinction must have escaped me.

      • Donald on December 21, 2015, 7:50 pm

        Krauss seems to get some sort of pleasure in calling people ignorant, but tokyobk’s “rant” is the simple truth– Wilson was racist by the standards of his own time and he rolled back progress on racial justice. It’s weird to excuse him on the grounds that he was merely a product of his white racist background. Yes, he was, and race relations were set back 100 years because of people like Wilson. Obviously this is a small point to Krauss.

    • Atlantaiconoclast on December 22, 2015, 12:56 am

      I laugh when I read comments from Northerners or guilty Southerners. If you think Blacks had it easy in the North, then you are kidding yourselves. And a whole lot of Blacks stayed in the South, or moved back to the South. Yet some of you act like Jim Crow never died.

      I blame the Evil/Goodness dichotomy that was taught in schools about the Civil War. Somehow, the North is seen as goodness and light, despite the fact that its general’s family owned slaves, during the war, and despite the fact that even Lincoln admitted that slavery was not the reason he opposed Southern secession.

      And it wasn’t till the 60s that American leaders lost their desire to keep America a “White” nation. So why the obsession with Wilson? Did FDR bring freedom to Blacks? End unfair treatment of Blacks? Did Truman?

  2. MaxNarr on December 21, 2015, 1:44 pm

    I LOVE this guy.

  3. Krauss on December 21, 2015, 3:45 pm

    Just me that’s wondering how come people like this Herenstein, who is obviously very clever, manages to become so stupid in political/social matters?

    I mean his Twitter feed comes across as the average low-information Trump supporter in rural Mississippi, with Israel plastered all over it.

    • Atlantaiconoclast on December 22, 2015, 12:57 am

      What is up with all the anti rural, anti Southern bigotry here? Progressives can be such hypocrites.

  4. JWalters on December 21, 2015, 4:39 pm

    The consequences of Herenstein’s ignorant, arrogant racism are described clearly in this excellent article on the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin. Among other things, it shows vividly the abject insanity of the Israeli right wing, including current Prime Minister Netanyahu. He is absolutely not a partner for peace, but belongs in a maximum security prison.
    https://consortiumnews.com/2015/12/21/the-murder-of-yitzhak-rabin/

  5. ivri on December 21, 2015, 5:39 pm

    All too often, I admit, reading what is “on sale” on this sight can be depressing. But then there are good moments too – and reading this article (after the necessary usual undertone adaptations) is one of those.
    It is nighttime now in the Holy land and this one will surely work towards some good dreams. And who knows they might even become reality?
    (consider it “a confession of a Zionist”)
    Thanks Mr. Weiss.

    • Mooser on December 21, 2015, 5:48 pm

      “It is nighttime now in the Holy land and this one will surely work towards some good dreams. And who knows they might even become reality?”

      Nocturnal emissions won’t get it done, either. You’re welcome to try, of course.

    • Marnie on December 22, 2015, 12:32 am

      “nighttime now in the Holy land” – Where is that, exactly?

      It’s the most wonderful time of the year,
      when all the little settler’s are full of x-mas cheer!
      Snug and warm and cozy in their beds
      with more plans for “the other” dancing in their heads!

      “A confession of a zionist” – soon to be released starring Adam Sandler and Pamela Gellar. This is Sandler’s first “official” adult entertainment film, but knowing him, it won’t be his last. No matter how much he’s begged to stop, because after all, he’s on a mission and this one’s for the chosen people!!!

      • ivri on December 22, 2015, 5:21 am

        @marnie
        Thanks for reminding me, in this context, of Adam Sandler. It is daytime now in the Holy Land this reminder of yours will surely make my day.
        You have to understand that given the numerous enemies of Israel – in Europe, the Islamic world and other countries like South Africa – the country relies heavily on a far smaller number of stalwart supporters. What makes this asymmetry is work is stature and talent within the latter group, as with Herentstein and Sandler – may God bless their souls.

      • Mooser on December 22, 2015, 11:33 am

        ” the country relies heavily on a far smaller number of stalwart supporters. What makes this asymmetry is work is stature and talent within the latter group “

        Sure, okay, “Irvi” that all nice, but “you have to understand”, we need to do a whole lot more schtupping before we talk like that.

      • Marnie on December 23, 2015, 12:26 am

        Again, where is the holy land? Bethlehem? Jerusalem? Miami?

        You have to understand that the numerous enemies of the zionist state aren’t so much enemies as they are human beings who can no longer stomach the actions of the zionist state, its muderous prime minister and cabinet and their homicidal fantasies played out perfectly by one of the least moral “armies” in the world.

  6. Kay24 on December 22, 2015, 5:29 am

    Well, here are some nice guys who decided to recognize the State of Palestine:

    GREECE MOVES TO RECOGNISE THE STATE OF PALESTINE

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/12/greece-moves-recognise-state-palestine-151221095440249.html

    Good job Greece. Hopefully more to follow (certainly not the good ole USA)

    • ivri on December 22, 2015, 12:11 pm

      @K
      It is a non-binding and symbolic declaration – and as such there is nothing wrong with that. Israel itself has expressed willingness to recognize an autonomous Palestinian entity in the West-Bank since the present situation is indeed problematic and only an agreed formal framework is elusive.
      In the meantime the relationship between Israel and Greece has never been better (the improvement began with PM George Papandreou, whose grandfather PM, Andreas, got them practically ruined). I hope the government of Israel will not be naïve enough to let that change given some recent purported reconciliation with Turkey – few people here in Israel will forget the ugly way Erdogan spoke about Zionism and Israel, not that long ago. But as betraying “allies” became second nature for him: Israel, Assad and Kurds he pushed it too far with Russia.

      • talknic on December 22, 2015, 6:46 pm

        @ ivri “It is a non-binding and symbolic declaration “

        Says a nonsense peddling apologist for the Zionist colonization of Palestine

        Fact is recognition is irrevocable https://www.google.com.au/search?q=%20Recognition%20is%20unconditional%20and%20irrevocable%20statehood

        ” Israel itself has expressed willingness to recognize an autonomous Palestinian entity in the West-Bank since the present situation is indeed problematic and only an agreed formal framework is elusive.”

        Uh huh. A) Cite this alleged ‘expressed willingness’ thx B) ‘an autonomous Palestinian entity’ is not an independent state.

        BTW Greece & Turkey need Israel like Nosferatu needed Holy Water. I’m wondering if there’s any country that actually needs Israel more than Israel needs it

      • Kay24 on December 22, 2015, 10:24 pm

        Yeah, we know all about Israel’s “willingness” to recognize an autonomous Palestinian entity in the West-Bank”. Israel’s crimes against Palestinians, the demolition of their homes, the gradual shrinking of their territories, the collective punishment, all POINT out to that “WILLINGNESS”.

        It must be hard work selling that BS.

    • Marnie on December 23, 2015, 12:29 am

      Great! (pay no attention to the little bitty man behind the curtain, always at the ready with a hose to extinguish good news)

  7. David Doppler on December 22, 2015, 11:04 am

    Better check out Seymour Hersh’s latest bombshell in the LRB.

    Here’s alternet’s report: http://www.alternet.org/investigations/sy-hersh-blockbuster-top-us-general-ignored-obama-led-secret-plot-protect-assad-and

    Obama’s policies that Assad must go, via material support and training of the imaginary moderate rebel groups, were reportedly viewed by the JCS (as would any clear-eyed realist) as ineffective and likely to fuel the growth of IS. Thus the President and his staff are portrayed as outfoxed by the JCS to deliver intelligence, via Israel, Germany and Russia, to pro-Assad Syrian military, to prevent yet another power vacuum from feeding the ISIS growth. The deal reportedly was that Syria-Assad, in order to get the military support and intelligence it needed, had to agree to 1) restrain Hesbollah from attacking Israel, 2) restart Golan Heights negotiations with Israel, 3) accept Russian military aid, and 4) promise to hold elections after the dust settles.

    Israel is two-fourths of this bargained-for equation, but it isn’t clear whether these issues flow from the Israeli government, or Israel’s own rogue intelligence service seeking to outfox the Likud government, or the US/Germany/Russia seeking to counter Likud’s hidden but driving principle of continuously escalating the clash of civilizations, ever useful as cover for continuous settlement expansion, land annexation, and violent repression of the Palestinians.

    This is such a bombshell – as always delivered via an anonymous source – it is impossible to decide how much of it is truth, how much is further misinformation/disinformation, leaked to Hersh to further someone’s agenda.

  8. James Canning on December 22, 2015, 12:56 pm

    Will Marco Rubio try to pretend Israel is not occupying the West Bank, to please rich Jews willing to finance his campaign for the White House?

    • ivri on December 23, 2015, 11:52 am

      @JC
      Try to be real. These people who want to be the president of today`s world leader look around the globe that they will have to run, if elected, and what do they see?
      Consider, China, Russia and even India within that big league, the Islamic world and the Mid-East, Central and South America countries (including the big ones: Mexico, Venezuela, Argentina and now already also Brazil), Africa, East Europe`s past Communist countries and its south-west (as Spain, Portugal and Greece), a big part of Asia.
      Wouldn`t you conclude that Israel is really a top performer in THIS globe in more than one away and a Western Democracy, unlike most of the others, and moreover (again unlike most of the others) a real ally of the US that shares its general values and goals. So would not you, as a potential President-elect, want this phenomenal national enterprise to be part of your inner alliance?

      • RoHa on December 23, 2015, 6:08 pm

        “Wouldn`t you conclude that Israel is … a Western Democracy,”

        Not all that democratic.

        “a real ally of the US ”

        What has Israel ever done for the US?

        “that shares its general values and goals.”

        Which values? Which goals?

      • eljay on December 23, 2015, 9:39 pm

        || ivri: … Try to be real. … Wouldn`t you conclude that Israel is really a top performer in THIS globe in more than one away and a Western Democracy, unlike most of the others, and moreover (again unlike most of the others) a real ally of the US that shares its general values and goals. ||

        “Try to be real.”

        The reality is that Israel is an oppressive, colonialist, expansionist, belligerent, intransigent and religion-supremacist “Jewish State” that has been committing (war) crimes with impunity for almost 70 years.

        The reality is that even its staunchest advocates routinely defend it by comparing it not to the best states in the world, but to the worst.

        So, sure, Israel is “only” a rapist and not a serial killer, but the reality is that either way it’s far from being a law-abiding citizen.

        “Try to be real.” Funny stuff.

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