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‘Send a message to Bibi, I love him’ — Joe Biden’s long ties to Israel

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Joe Biden has been in mainstream Democratic politics longer than any other politician running for president, and as he said in 2014, “I have long, long ties with the American Jewish community.”

Below are excerpts of the former vice president’s remarks on Jews and Israel, emphasizing these themes: Jewish influence transformed American society for the better; American Jews need Israel in order to be safe here; and efforts to delegitimize the Jewish state, or even to protest the 2014 Gaza onslaught, are anti-Semitic.

“I’m a Zionist,” Biden has said on many occasions. He has bragged about raising money from AIPAC and of knowing every Israeli prime minister since Golda Meir, and dismissed the idea that Israel hurts U.S. foreign policy.

“Israel is the single greatest strength America has in the Middle East,” Biden has said. Israel is a “security necessity” for the U.S.

In the several speeches I’ve dug up, there is hardly a reference to Palestinians except as footdraggers on the peace process. Though yes, he’s all for the two-state solution.

And meantime, Biden has kisses for Benjamin Netanyahu. “Send a message to Bibi. I love him.” Even if he drives me crazy, Biden said. The love message came in 2014 a few months after the Gaza slaughter, in which Israel killed 500 children.

It will be interesting to watch how much the senior politician walks back these declarations of love and regard in coming months. Israel is clearly dividing the Democratic base, with many Dems critical of Israel. Netanyahu is openly branded a racist (by Beto O’Rourke, no less), and many Dems have shunned AIPAC. If Biden is backpedaling on Anita Hill, he may have to do the same on Netanyahu.

In 2011 Biden bragged about raising money from AIPAC, to a Jewish audience in Detroit.

I’ve attended more Jewish dinners than some of you have.  I’ve raised more money from AIPAC than some of you have.  I have spent more money raising money for the Federation than some of you have. You think I’m kidding, don’t you.  I’m not.

(So much for those correcting Ilhan Omar, you don’t get money at AIPAC.)

Biden said he’d traveled often to Israel– “I’ve experienced the magic of Israel many, many times” — and was a Zionist from jump:

About 18, 20 years ago, I was speaking to the Zionist Organization of Baltimore.  And I said, I am a Zionist, for I learned you do not have to be a Jew to be a Zionist…

[I]t was no surprise to my friends when I was elected to the Senate in a state less than 1 percent of the Jewish — less than 1 percent of the population is Jewish, that I got so deeply involved early on in the Senate with the business of Israel.

He spoke of the “demographic” threat to the Jewish state from too many Palestinians:

It is no secret that demographic realities make it increasingly difficult for Israel to remain both a Jewish homeland and a Democratic country, in the absence of a Palestinian state and an agreement.

Like many Americans,  But at a relatively young age, when I had just turned 30,

In 2013 Biden did some Jewish pandering at a Jewish heritage event sponsored by the Democratic National Committee. Jennifer Epstein of Politico quoted him at length.

“You make up 11 percent of the seats in the United States Congress. You make up one-third of all Nobel laureates. So many notions that are embraced by this nation that particularly emanate from over 5,000 years of Jewish history, tradition and culture: independence, individualism, fairness, decency, justice, charity…

“You can’t talk about the civil rights movement in this country without talking about Jewish freedom riders… You can’t talk about the women’s movement without talking about Betty Friedan…”

Biden also cited Einstein, Carl Sagan, the Gershwins and Bob Dylan, and ascribed the acceptance of gay marriage to Jewish influence in Hollywood.

“I bet you 85 percent of those changes, whether it’s in Hollywood or social media are a consequence of Jewish leaders in the industry. The influence is immense, the influence is immense. And, I might add, it is all to the good.”

He then praised the Jewish presence on the Supreme Court as essential to the expansion of rights, naming seven Jewish justices:

“You can’t talk about the recognition of … rights in the Constitution without looking at these incredible jurists that we’ve had…

“Jewish heritage has shaped who we are – all of us, us, me – as much or more than any other factor in the last 223 years. And that’s a fact.”

In that year, 2013, Biden gave a speech to the Israel lobby group AIPAC and struck many pro-Israel themes. Jews can’t be safe without Israel, the movement to delegitimize Israel is extremely concerning to him. He bragged about opposition to the Goldstone Report and said not a word about Palestinian human rights or Palestinian sovereignty except to say it was their own fault.

It was in the strongest terms that we vigorously opposed the Palestinian bid for nonmember observer status in the General Assembly, and we will continue to oppose any effort to establish a state of Palestine through unilateral actions.

His only reference to Jewish settlements was in support of them:

[T]he only country on the Human Rights Council of the United Nations to vote against the establishment of a fact-finding mission on settlements was the United States of America.

The two-state solution was an afterthought to Biden; and he only had praise for Benjamin Netanyahu.

Ladies and gentlemen, Israel’s own leaders currently understand the imperative of peace. Prime Minister Netanyahu, Defense Minister Barak, President Peres — they’ve all called for a two-state solution and an absolute secure, democratic and Jewish State of Israel; to live side by side with an independent Palestinian state. But it takes two to tango, and the rest of the Arab world has to get in the game.

He said Israel is vital to US Jews’ safety.

The preservation of an independent Jewish state is the ultimate guarantor, it’s the only certain guarantor of freedom and security for the Jewish people in the world.

And Biden said that criticism of Israel — efforts to delegitimize the Jewish state — worried him more than anything else, including Iran.

Let me tell you what worries me the most today — what worries me more than at any time in the 40 years I’ve been engaged, and it is different than any time in my career. And that is the wholesale, seemingly coordinated effort to delegitimize Israel as a Jewish state. That is the single most dangerous, pernicious change that has taken place, in my humble opinion, since I’ve been engaged.

Biden related an oft-recounted anecdote about meeting Golda Meir in 1973 when he was 30 and a freshly-elected senator. Meir asked him if he wanted a photo-opp — surely sensitive to Biden’s political needs back home — then brought him out to the cameras and told him to smile.

She said, Senator, don’t look so sad. She said, we have a secret weapon in our confrontation in this part of the world. And I thought she was about to lean over and tell me about a new system or something. Because you can see the pictures, I still have them — I turned to look at her. We were supposed to be looking straight ahead. And I said, Madam Prime Minister — and never turned her head, she kept looking — she said, our secret weapon, Senator, is we have no place else to go. We have no place else to go. Ladies and gentlemen, our job is to make sure there’s always a place to go, that there’s always an Israel, that there’s always a secure Israel and there’s an Israel that can care for itself. My father was right. You are right. It’s the ultimate guarantor of never again.

A year later, 2014, Biden told a Jewish audience that it was a “security necessity” for the U.S. to support Israel. “The security of Israel and the United States are inextricably tied, and we will never, ever, ever abandon Israel out of our own self-interest.”

That December he also spoke to the Saban Forum at Brookings and kissed up to Democratic megadonor Haim Saban and praised Israeli leaders. Though he urged a two-state solution, and described “expanding settlement activity” as “counterproductive,” Biden made scant reference to Palestinians.

Haim, members of the Israeli Cabinet, Cabinet ministers, party leaders, old friends, members of the diplomatic corps, it’s a pleasure to look out and see so many old faces, people I’ve worked with — and I hate to admit this — for over 40 years to make good on our commitment to guarantee a secure nation-state of Israel that is secure, survivable and is — I’ve said before, if there weren’t an Israel, we’d have to invent one. If there weren’t an Israel — we always talk about Israel from this perspective as if we’re doing some favor. We are meeting a moral obligation, but it’s so much more than a moral obligation. It’s overwhelmingly in the self-interest of the United States of America to have a secure, democratic friend, a strategic partner like Israel. As I said, it’s no favor. It’s an obligation, but it’s also a strategic necessity.

Israel today is the strongest nation in the Middle East. But it bothers me sometimes — I remember when I first got here as a kid, a 29-year-old kid, Israel was very much looked upon by the rest of the world as being somewhat fragile, sitting on the banks of the Mediterranean with millions of Arabs looking at them and wanting to see them gone, et cetera.

Nothing wrong with Netanyahu:

Prime Minister Netanyahu has, as Minister Livni knows, has been my friend for over 30 years. We drive each other crazy. But he has truly been a personal friend for well over 30 years. He acknowledged this.

Biden loves Netanyahu:

I just spoke to 4,000 members of North American federation — Jewish Federation [of North America], and the [sic] Israeli Prime Minister in the front row, and I said, send a message to Bibi, I love him. I love him. And I had signed a picture years ago to him. I said, Bibi, I don’t agree with a damn thing you have to say, but I love you. (Laughter.)

I agree with a lot he has to say. But if friends can’t acknowledge — if friends can’t acknowledge the very things that are acknowledged in each of our countries vis-à-vis one another, then it’s not much of a friendship.

Biden actually said that to Israeli ambassador Ron Dermer. “Now Ron you better damn well report to Bibi that we’re still buddies.”

Biden said efforts to delegitimize Israel are anti-Semitic, and he elided anti-Zionists and rightwing nationalists.

anti-Semitism goes hand in hand — it’s bad under any circumstance, but now it goes hand in hand in what I would call an overall effort to delegitimize Israel — to delegitimize Israel in almost every quarter. You see it all over the world. This summer, during the conflict in Gaza, we saw too many people in too many places cross the line from legitimate criticism into demonization and outright anti-Semitism. You saw it in demonstrations that devolved into mobs that torched synagogues. You see it in menacing messages on social media. You see it in attacks on religious Jews on streets of major European cities.

It is a fundamental threat not simply to Jews, primarily — but not simply to Jews, but to legitimization of the State of Israel and to democracy itself. There can be no tolerance for anti-Semitism.

Delegitimization “worries me more than anything else,” he has said.

Biden also supported Israel’s raid on the Gaza aid ship Mavi Marmara in 2010, days after it took place, killing 9 Turks, one of them also an American citizen. “Israel” is “at war with Hamas,” he said, and “It’s legitimate for Israel to say I don’t know what’s on that ship.” He said the Obama administration was working to lift the siege of Gaza. “The one thing we have to do is not to forget the plight of these Palestinians there– not Hamas– they are in bad shape.”

Here’s Biden speaking to the Jewish Broadcasting Service in 2007, when he was last running for president. He dismisses criticism of Israel’s effect on US foreign policy, saying the Iraq war has nothing at all to do with Israel. Of course, Biden had supported that war. He also says, I’m a Zionist, and warns that pardoning Jonathan Pollard would raise the dual loyalty charge against American Zionists.

Mark Golub questions U.S. policy, saying “Many Americans tell me there’s a link between the US war in Iraq and the US relationship to Israel.” If US didn’t have such a commitment to Israel, there wouldn’t be a problem in Iraq. Biden dismisses that idea.

It’s bizarre. Let me point out to you, when the Baker commission filed its report [in 2006] saying peace in Israel is related to Iraq, you may remember I was the first and only one in Congress to point out, if tomorrow peace broke out between Israelis and Palestinians, does anyone think there wouldn’t be a full blown war in Iraq? And conversely, if tomorrow peace broke out between Israel and the Palestinians does anyone think there wouldn’t be a full blown war in Iraq. Conversely, if Iraq were transported to Mars, does anyone think that there wouldn’t be the terrorism visited on Israelis every day.

The difference between now and before 9/11, many Americans can taste what it must feel like for every Israeli mother and father, when they send their kid out to school with their lunch and they put them, on a bus, on a bicycle, walking, they pray to god that the cellphone doesn’t ring. Every day. Every day. And so let’s get it straight. Israel is not the cause of Iraq. Iraq being settled or not settled has nothing to do with Israel’s conduct.

The second part is, people should understand by now, this should be crystal clear, that Israel is the single greatest strength America has in the Middle East. I always say to my friends when they say those things to you. Imagine our circumstance in the world were there no Israel. How many battleships would there be? How many troops would be stationed. So I find it not only incorrect but sometimes mildly insulting.

He said his father loved Israel and was baffled by anti-Zionists (clearly referencing Jewish anti-Zionists).

I was raised by what you would call a righteous Christian… My father was… a student of history and a devoted, devoted supporter of Israel. My father always resented the fact that anyone particularly if you were a Jew who supported Israel from back in ’48 when the debates were going on in the Jewish community here in the Untied States, he could not understand how people could assume that because people understood that without an Israel, no Jew in the world was safe, he didn’t understand how that support could be translated into somehow being un-American.

Biden mentioned that his son married into a prominent Jewish family in Delaware, the Bergers. Then the future veep told of attending a seder in ’73 after his visit to Israel and meeting with Golda Meir.

I had predicted that something was going on in Egypt. I remember the poignancy… We began the meal with people talking about What it meant to them if Israel were actually, actually defeated. And there is this inextricable tie between culture, religion, ethnicity that most people don’t fully understand, that is unique and how can I say it, so strong, with Jews worldwide. There is a– I used to say early on when I was a kid, when I was a young senator, I would say, If I were a Jew, I would be a Zionist. I am a Zionist. You don’t have to be a Jew to be a Zionist. That’s the sense, the sense of vulnerability which worries me.

Thanks to Allison Deger.

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  1. DaBakr
    DaBakr on May 2, 2019, 3:26 pm

    not that Donald trump is right about all that much but I believe he is correct when he bleeted out how he’d ‘love to run’ against Biden or any other mainstream male democratic candidate. I know biden personally (not close, and he is not hard to approach either ) but knew his son and family. i believe them to be good people who don’t covet wealth and personal power. while it might be a fiasco election for America I think trumps fear of running against one of the new female progressives or the older established ones would bring out a more divided vote which trump is more vulnerable to losing. Also don’t think Joe wants to go down as 3 time loser but it finally appears he made up his mind to run. (Beau especially would have wanted this). I just don’t see joe stirring up more partisan support to beat trump even though polling (as bad as it is, is bound to be right some of the time)

    I also think the there are plenty of conservative republican voters who dislike trump but would vote republican just based on the economic factors (which I won’t argue here as i base a lot on real estate, small business but not the student loan fiasco and I’m no economist anyway) but look strong dispite deficits which the states have been thru before). In other words….as good a candidate as Biden might be it seems like he passed his prime striking window. Not in age, he’s got more energy then most 30yr olds. But he’s now connected or tainted (depending) by Obama and his basic campaign strategy and policy goals are not much different then Hillary. Other then the obsession with ‘getting rid of trump’ does America really need biden?
    He would definitely be more circumspect in regards Israel but Netanyahu is on the way out anyway and Biden is not likely to take back precedent setting trump gives. And the Arabs in judea and gaza are not likely to get their leadership in order just because of a biden/democratic administration. Even a resurrected Kerry can’t messianically change hamas and fatah except maybe to accept long term hudnahs.
    But if honest, everything is still completely up in the air. While I don’t think a Biden presidency would be bad at all for America (though he’ll take the blame for any economic bust) another 4 years of trump won’t destroy America either. In fact, other then the extreme partisan hysteria and the resultant agita and mental anguish it causes trump has brought out the most robust debate about what kind of nation and what kind of leaders they will have like no other candidate in decades. That it is toxic at times is not a sign of democratic republic weakness. I think that despite the anemic EUs horror at trump I think other emerging nations struggling with internal dissent and totalitarian power can see the US may be angry but it’s alive and well.

    • bcg
      bcg on May 2, 2019, 3:44 pm

      Just a comment on one thing you’ve mentioned: “I also think the there are plenty of conservative republican voters who dislike trump but would vote republican just based on the economic factors”

      “Trump Is Right About One Thing: ‘The Economy Does Better Under The Democrats'”

      https://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2016/11/07/trump-is-right-about-one-thing-the-economy-does-better-under-the-democrats/#669107676786

      The same thing I’ve been compiling cold, hard government data on since 1980: By crucial metrics like GDP, job creation, business investment and avoiding recessions, the economy does a lot better with Democrats in the White House than with Republicans. Just one eye-opening example: Nine of the last 10 recessions have been under Republicans.

      • DaBakr
        DaBakr on May 2, 2019, 11:45 pm

        @bcg

        Not that I have anything against Herbert Hoover (a far more civic minded dude then credited for) but really, the one to measure of you go by party. I guess your stats include Nixon and Reagan, not Carter as well . I don’t see the economy through partisan eyes because the democrats were in control of congress through most of the recessions you are most likely referring to. And BTW, I was a big fan of Carter up until the end, disliked Reagan, respected bush 1, liked Clinton and then after Gingrich, Starr, and the Democrat response, it all went to shit and has remained there ever since. Just like you have liberal zionists I have my liberal federalist ideology. Crazy world

    • wondering jew
      wondering jew on May 2, 2019, 5:33 pm

      1. I believe any Democrat would win the popular vote. Hillary won the popular vote by 3 almost million votes and I believe any Democrat now running will win the popular vote.

      2. The question is who will win the battleground states, specifically Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. It may be that Biden can win those states and some other Democrat would lose them. This is not easy to tell. I feel far more comfortable predicting a Democratic victory in the popular vote than the specifics of how he will do in the battleground states.

      3. I would prefer Kamala Harris, because she is young, female and black, to Biden. Currently I prefer Biden to Bernie or to Elizabeth Warren. I prefer normalcy to an America that seems like a pendulum with wild swings. Warren or bernie have some good ideas, but overall they represent wild swings to me rather than the normalcy of centrism, which Biden represents.

      • Donald
        Donald on May 2, 2019, 7:26 pm

        Emotionally, believe it or not, I understand what you are saying.

        But logically I think you are incorrect. It’s these centrists who allow the Republicans to keep pulling the Overton Window ever rightwards and even centrist liberals get portrayed as the far left. Sensible ideas like single payer are termed crazy. And warmongering policies are part of that normalcy you speak of. I mean no snark in any of this. I wish we would have a country where people politely disagreed on, say, tax rates, but in the real world people go bankrupt for lack of affordable health care, we keep destabilizing countries, and climate change goes unaddressed. Normalcy is what led to Trump.

        We might get stuck with an idiot like Biden anyway. If Bernie won, both Republicans and quite a few centrist Democrats would do everything they could to ensure he was a failure. So I am not optimistic no matter who wins.

        Hell, we could easily get another four years of Trump.

      • wondering jew
        wondering jew on May 2, 2019, 9:41 pm

        Donald,
        40% at least, that is 2 chances out of 5, trump gets reelected.
        if i could dictate or recalibrate the minds of congress and their electorates I would:
        1. do some serious legislating regarding climate change. (America: climate change::Israel: occupation. America will not face up to the need for deep fundamental change, just like israel is not willing to face up to deep fundamental change.)
        2. pass universal health care
        3. push the banks to the limit on student debt
        4. do some serious repealing of the 2nd amendment and collect any guns that do not belong in the hands of civilians.
        5. do away with the electoral college.
        6. fix the gerrymandering nonsense so that the representatives in the house of reps represent the actual votes rather than the gerrymandered votes
        7. cut the defense budget by 30% if not more. increase federal contribution to education by 150% if not more.
        But I do not anticipate such a thing happening with the current dynamic in America and it is with regard to the current dynamic that I favor Biden or Kamala Harris for president.
        Regarding Israel, I am not sure precisely what I would have a president do, even if Congress would follow my ideas like the children following the pied piper. it is conceivable with total power like I am talking about for a 12 year period that one could coerce Israel into a two state solution along the lines of beilin abd rabbo. but pied piper is a fantasy.

      • RoHa
        RoHa on May 2, 2019, 11:13 pm

        “I would prefer Kamala Harris, because she is young, female and black, ”

        For a Benetton ad, or for President? If the latter, none of those are good reasons.

        We have had plenty of female presidents and prime ministers since Mrs. Bandaranaike was elected in 1960, and we have seen that they are, on the whole, no better than the males. Black people don’t seem to have a superior talent for governing, either, and young people don’t know anything.

        (Yes, that Pitt lad did well, but it’s the grumpy old gits who know how things should be run.

        And we’ll tell you, if you can’t get away in time.)

        “to Biden.”

        Not being Biden, however, is a very good reason.

      • Donald
        Donald on May 2, 2019, 11:28 pm

        We largely agree on policies there. As for pragmatic politics and making predictions, I am clueless. One thing that frustrates me is that leftwing policies poll well, but then people like Biden also poll well, which makes very little logical sense. But politics in America is not very logical. I think the far lefties are largely correct about why— we are bombarded with very confusing propaganda on most issues. But knowing this ( or suspecting it anyway) and knowing what to do about it are two different things.

      • DaBakr
        DaBakr on May 2, 2019, 11:55 pm

        @wj

        All due respect the popular vote is irrelevant in the republican system of checks and balances worked out by the founding fathers. Unless your going to start re-apportioning senators based on population in individual states complaining about popular vote is just meaningless partisan factionalism. Hillary could have run a completely different campaign that targeted popular vote but chose to run the same electoral campaign that trump ran. I was no fan of trump but did not buy into the whole ‘popular vote’ whiners.
        If biden wants to win by popular vote then he should run that campaign and spend more time in states other then fla, cal, and ny.
        But, it looks now like he’s running a similar campaign to hillary which, theoretically could work this time but it will depend on the millennials and younger to come out and actually vote instead of complaining

      • DaBakr
        DaBakr on May 3, 2019, 12:07 am

        @dld

        Easily. Considering trump 16 and Netanyahu 19 and Abbas and Putin……oh, forget it. But I agree that citizens going bankrupt over Healthcare is a disgrace. I remember that while the Republicans had the oil, arms and pharma lobbies locked in Clinton had the insurance and lawyer lobbies locked up. I also was under the impression that obamacare was born out of an older basically republican plan (which explains why it’s still so shitty) but does little to absolve democrats from their own responsibility for the vast income gap(and resulting Healthcare crisis) that has broken many of the middle middle class.
        And I agree, any person that wins is guaranteed to be relentlessly attacked full term. The politics of relentless insufferable crippling is not going away and niether party is willing to stop.

        That, while not unprecedented, is pretty fkd up.

      • DaBakr
        DaBakr on May 3, 2019, 12:34 am

        @wj

        1) a bit pompous considering how many different populations, factions, class structure, education and other non- homogeneous issues the US faces that other so-called liberal democracies say, in the EU do not. but OK, lofty

        4) not happening. Not in the US. And in fact, there are already numerous laws in place that restrict the use of weapons of war being possessed by civvies. No need to fk with the constitution if the feds and the states can’t uphold or define their own laws. Even Joe said it.
        Shotguns, hunting rifles and handguns. No ARs, bump stocks, mag extenders, silencers, sawed off, automatic etc. Fix the roof before you repair the foundation. The framers were not unaware that advancements in firearm technology were taking place all over Europe and elsewhere.

        5) wrong. Unless your willing to tinker with the reason behind the electoral college and open up the two senate limit for your “battleground” states. One without the other is the kind of bullshit that will SO quickly turn around and bite the asses of the people trying to get rid of it it would be a farce.

        2,3,6,7) fine and dandy. Good luck with this congress or the next,next next. Maybe after that or maybe when the ocean swallows up Manhattan, Miami and LA breaks off the coast and Yellowstone blows. Maybe then

      • Mooser
        Mooser on May 3, 2019, 1:06 pm

        Let’s wait and see what happens in the presidential race. If the polls show Trump way down, and a heavy Dem. preference among voters, there’ll be no problem with third parties or protest non-voting, or hold-outs after the convention.

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso on May 3, 2019, 10:26 am

      @DaBakr
      By kowtowing to Zionists, Joe Biden and other American politicians of his ilk are doing “Israel” no favours. The wheels are turning in the U.S. and the rest of the world. Slowly, but surely and not surprisingly, “Israel’s” monstrous, well documented crimes committed against indigenous Palestinians and other Arabs are becoming common knowledge and as is increasingly evident, it is en route to international pariah status, including America.

      • DaBakr
        DaBakr on May 4, 2019, 12:44 am

        @mst

        I appreciate the short response. I would just say there are millions of others that believe Israel is poised to grow stronger and form more solid relationships with all international players. basically, that Israel is to successful to fail. But true, these are just two opposing opinions and anything could happen.

  2. Citizen
    Citizen on May 2, 2019, 4:11 pm

    What do we know about Joe’s understanding & support of basic human rights for Palestinians?

  3. edwardm
    edwardm on May 2, 2019, 8:34 pm

    “I love him.” Gee, I wonder if Bibi is up for a shoulder rub. You know what that leads to.
    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2015/3/4/1368416/–Longest-Blowjob-a-Jewish-Man-Has-Ever-Received
    Hard act to follow. Face it – plenty of lawmakers are ready to send their love to old ̶B̶e̶n̶j̶a̶m̶i̶n̶s̶ Benjamin. I wonder who will get the congressional medal of honor if Biden wins? Haim Saban maybe.
    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/trump-honor-donor-s-wife-presidential-award-n937101
    and Palestinians will remain. Ciphers on an empty ledger.

  4. Scott
    Scott on May 3, 2019, 7:43 am

    I think I remember Christians in Jerusalem (generally humanitarian and pro-rights and dignity for Palestinians) being impressed with Jill Biden during a visit several years back.

  5. CHUCKMAN
    CHUCKMAN on May 3, 2019, 11:53 am

    Joe Biden is one sick puppy.

    This slavering, self-serving rhetoric only adds to the many reasons he should not be President.

    But then the man in office right now offers endless slavering, self-serving rhetoric.

    There’s just getting away from it.

    Of course it reflects on the reality of Israel asa special kind of American colony in the Mideast.

  6. klm90046
    klm90046 on May 3, 2019, 3:13 pm

    “Of course it reflects on the reality of Israel as a special kind of American colony in the Mideast.”

    Not true, Chuck. It looks more like it’s the other way around.

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