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Is Obama or Romney a better friend to Israel? Romney is more than a fair-weather friend of Israel

by norm coleman

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On a six-day overseas tour that began July 25, Mitt Romney was scheduled to visit Jerusalem. It has become a ritual of American politics for presidential candidates to pay a visit to Israel, but this is certainly not Romney’s first trip there — it is his fourth, and it won’t be his last.

I’ve known Mitt Romney for a long time, and what I know makes his sincerity and deep commitment to the security of the State of Israel part of his core.

That commitment flows from his understanding of Israel’s society and history. Romney is a democrat, with a small “d.” Israel is a thriving democracy, living in mortal danger throughout its modern history. Romney is full of admiration not only for Israel’s democratic political order, but also for the way Israelis have defended themselves against all odds since 1948.

5coleman_normBy sheer coincidence, Romney is an old and personal friend of Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Romney’s first job after finishing up at Harvard was at the Boston Consulting Group, and Netanyahu was working there at the time and sat in an office down the hall. The two struck up a friendship and have remained close. If Romney were to become president, it would be an extraordinary chapter in U.S.-Israeli relations.

“There is little precedent,” the New York Times wrote recently, “for two politicians of their stature to have such a history together that predates their entry into government.”

Certainly Israel could use a close friend in the White House these days.

Israel’s position in the Middle East has become more precarious than at any time since the Yom Kippur War in 1973. It faces grave challenges and even existential threats. Iran has been pursuing nuclear weapons while making no secret of its hatred for Israel and its desire to wipe it off the map.

Thanks to the revolution in Egypt, the future of the Camp David accords and peace on Israel’s southern flanks hang in the balance. To Israel’s north, in Syria, we see the brutality that some of Israel’s neighbors are capable of exercising even against their own people. And as we saw last week in Bulgaria, remorseless terrorists continue to attack Israeli civilians around the world.

Israel has always insisted, rightly, on defending itself by itself. But it also has always looked to the United States as an ally in the same fight for freedom and the right to live in peace.

Over the last three years, however, the U.S.-Israeli relationship has been troubled.

President Barack Obama does not seem to have personal affection for the Jewish state. He has publicly castigated Israel, including at the United Nations. He was caught on a hot microphone denigrating Israel’s prime minister, and when Netanyahu came to Washington he received him with marked coolness, neglecting to hold the customary joint news conference before asking the Israeli leader to exit through a rear door.

As president, Obama has toured the Middle East, choosing Cairo as the location to deliver a major address. Yet he has yet to visit Israel, our closest ally in the region.

Far more significant than these indignities has been the relative passivity of the president toward the mounting threat posed by Iran. Even as the ayatollahs have pressed forward with their bomb-building project, and even as they continue directing genocidal threats toward Israel, Obama has naively sought to “engage” Iran in “dialogue.” Through this process, the Iranians have gained what they needed most: time. According to the latest intelligence reports, they are using that time to rush forward and realize their nuclear ambitions.

We need a leader in the White House who both understands these perils and will act to avert them. We cannot afford to wait until the dangers are already upon us.

Mitt Romney understands that Israel is targeted by the region’s failed states as a convenient scapegoat. He also understands that there is a worldwide campaign to demonize the Jewish state. It is for this very reason that he has pledged that his first foreign trip as president will be to Jerusalem. He intends to send a signal to the world — and especially to Israel’s adversaries — that the United States is not a fair-weather friend of Israel, but a partner in an abiding relationship based upon a common commitment to our most fundamental values.


Norm Coleman served as a Republican senator from Minnesota from 2003 to 2009, and currently is counsel at Hogan Lovells US LLP.


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Posted by Dan Spitzer
07/26/2012  at  05:42 PM
Romney's Election Would be a Disaster for Israel

If this anti-government regulation advocate were elected, he would do such harm to the US economy that the US would no longer to be in an economic position to tender the $3-4 billion a year upon which Israel is so dependent to maintain its modern weaponry to stave off the overwhelming manpower of the enemies which surround it.

When it comes to vital governmental regulation of the financial industry and irrational Wall St. gamblers, Romney makes George W. Bush appear downright rational by comparison.

On other notes, Romney opposes crucial political issues which most Jews, American AND Israeli, believe to be vital: a woman’s right of choice, support for the environment, gay rights, the need to act vs global warming, a governmental program for universal health care, imperative aid to education, the looming danger of climate change and the clearcut need to do something about it, and the need to regulate the financial institutions which have brought the world into the current disastrous recession.

In sum, the election of Mitt Romney would be an unmitigated disaster for both Israel and the planet.

And believe me, if push ever came to shove when it came to access to big oil and its corresponding access and profits, who do you think Romney would support in a pinch, the Saudis and their Emirate pals or Israel?...

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Posted by Dan Spitzer
07/26/2012  at  05:48 PM
Addendum

The author of this op-ed says Obama “doesn’t seem to have personal affection for the Jewish state.” His primary basis for this is that Obama hasn’t visited Israel and that the president gave a policy speech in Cairo.

Well, I’ll take four years of more aid given by any US presidential administration to Israel as to his decision-with the US caught up in two wars in the Muslim world-for geo-political reasons not to make a few speeches in Israel. Big bloody deal about that.

In sum, megabuck support from Obama trumps a couple day visit by a universe…

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Posted by craven_maven
07/27/2012  at  06:17 AM
Funny

The majority of Israelis don’t see Obama as a friend.

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Posted by Dan Spitzer
07/27/2012  at  07:26 AM
But Israelis Support...

a woman’s right to choice, gay rights, strong environmental laws, restrictions upon the financial industries, the teaching of evolution, a government health program, actions vs global warming, significant governmental assistance for education, strong taxes for the economic elite, and government support for birth control.

Romney opposes all of the above and this would not sit well were an Israeli candidate to articulate Romney’s stances…

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Posted by mommadona
07/28/2012  at  04:18 AM
My, my, my ~ I see the EndTimers have Arrived

My apologies, Israel. Norm is one of our fringe groupies, just YEARNING for that temple to be rebuilt for the 2nd coming ~ and, if in the process, some hefty $$$$ comes his way, he won’t complain.

Israel, you are the Blanche DuBois of states at this time.

A bit long in the tooth, but still a beauty, once you get past the mental health issues.

Your problem is religion. The mixture of religion and state.

Until you get a handle on YOUR fanatics, OUR fanatics will keep feeding off of them, and you will be in a REAL pickle.

Here’s a hint. SEPARATE that church from that state. It’s very liberating.

Good luck. The Twit is coming. He tends to bump his head on things. Just pat him on the back and send him home.

You’re welcome.

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Posted by Dan Spitzer
07/28/2012  at  08:46 PM
While Israel Should in Greater Measure Separate Temple from State...

It’s critics would have far more credibility if they criticized the Islamic world, including the Palestinians, for placing such emphasis upon anachronistic, often downright barbaric Islamic influences in their laws and the interpretation of such…

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Posted by Frank
07/28/2012  at  11:51 PM
Far too polite an assessment

Obama is unequivocally the most anti-Israel president in history.  Any American Jew who does not know that has not been paying any attention.


Israel and the Jewish people are facing a second Holocaust, and if Israel does not bomb Iran’s nukes before the election, its destruction is assured - because if re-elected, Obama will have all the “flexibility” he needs to prevent Israel from attempting to save itself.

The pro-Obama anti-Romney comments to this article by leftist American “Jews” are disgusting.

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Posted by Frank
07/29/2012  at  03:06 AM
To the leftist Obama-apologist Romney-bashers

Are the majority of American Jews really “useful idiots”, living in self-deluded 1939-style denial?  It is nothing short of amazing - American leftist “Jews” will happily throw Israel under the bus for the sake of their narrow partisan politics. Obama is the most anti-American president in history - at the worst possible time in Jewish history - when Israel and the Jewish people are facing a second Holocaust from an Islamic-Fascist nuclear-arming Iran. 

Obama demands that Israel withdraw to the indefensible pre-67’ “Auschwitz” line and does not recognize the legitimacy of Israeli communities beyond the 67’ line.  Obama demands that Jerusalem be divided, calling east Jerusalem a “settlement”.  Obama tells Israel where Jews can and cannot live inside the Jewish state of Israel. Obama does not want Israel to retain portions of the Jordan valley that Israel needs for its own self defense. Obama demanded that Jewish construction activity be stopped in the West Bank and East Jerusalem before the peace negotiations could begin. Obama blamed the failure of the peace negotiations on Israel.  Obama attacked Israel for its legal Gaza blockade.  Obama betrayed Israel by leaking secret security information about Israel’s role in the computer viruses against Iran’s nuclear weapons program, and betrayed Israel by leaking info on Israel’s use of airbases in Azerbaijan to attack Iran’s nuclear weapons plants. Obama has claimed that the “military option is on the table” against Iran’s nukes, while clearly having no intention of ever using it.  Obama has pyrrhicly pretended to use “sanctions” to influence Iran’s nuclear weapons program, while delaying, weakening and undermining those “sanctions”, to run out the clock.  Obama attempts to prevent Israel from being able to bomb Iran’s nukes to save itself from destruction.  Obama insulted the Israel’s Prime on an open mike, and pointedly insulted him when he visited Obama at the White House. Obama has publicly treated Israel as an adversary.  To get elected Obama told Jews he supported Jerusalem as the undivided eternal capital of Israel, and then promptly reneged.  Obama has continuously tried to marginalize pro-Israel organizations while bolstering anti-Israel ones like arab-supported anti-Israel JStreet, which lobbies Congress against Israel.  Obama readily betrayed Mubarak and supports the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. The list goes on and on.


It is patently absurd:  While consistently demonstrating his enmity towards Israel, Obama periodically gives lip-service to his alleged “friendship” with Israel, and makes some weak distracting political or military gesture – certainly not worthy of belief.  As the saying goes:  “fool me once, shame on you …”  How many times does it take before American leftist Jews begin to face reality?  Or, perhaps the answer is that they are well aware of Obama’s enmity to Israel and the dire circumstances in which it finds itself, but place their leftist ideological partisanship above the welfare and safety of the Jewish people?


Israel and the Jewish people are facing a second Holocaust, and if Obama is re-elected (and Israel has not bombed Iran’s nukes before the election) Israel’s destruction will be assured, since Obama will then have all the “flexibility” he needs to prevent Israel from attempting to save itself. 


Whether through stupidity or malignancy, Obama’s “Jewish” supporters obviously are willing to gamble the future of the Jewish people and

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Posted by craven_maven
07/29/2012  at  07:35 AM
Frank, very well put, very thorough.

The broader issue extends beyond Israel. It involves the Left’s embrace of anti-Semitism, both in the US and abroad. This often takes the form of advocacy of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS), the application of a double standard towards Israel, and the demonization and delegitimization of Israel. Excellent information about this may be obtained from Stand With Us (standwithus.com).

Obama is very very clever in cloaking his far Leftist identity, and the American mainstream media has been complicit in this lie. For example, he denied in his autobiography ever belonging to the ultra left New Party, when in fact evidence of his participation has come out. The media has done everything in its power to overlook his 20-year membership in Trinity United Church, which has open affiliation with the black supremacist, black separatist, virulently anti-Semitic Nation of Islam. During the ’08 campaign, Obama’s representative offered a $150,000 bribe to Rev. Wright of Trinity United to keep quiet, which Wright refused.

Unfortunately, American Jews are blind to this new, insidious anti-Semitism because they have historically been Democrats, pro-labor and liberal. Worse, Jews are unwittingly aiding in this anti-Semitism, as evidenced by Mayor Rahm Emanuel putting Nation of Islam thugs on the streets of Chicago and Jewish University of California President Mark Yudof’s defence of Louis Farrakhan’s Jew-hating rants on the UC, Berkeley campus as free speech. Oddly, free speech did not apply to Benjamin Netanyahu, who was forcibly prohibited from speaking at the Berkeley Community Theater by leftists, many of them Jewish.

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Posted by craven_maven
07/29/2012  at  08:31 AM
Obama & the Egyptian Muslim Brothers

Obama has invited Egyptian President and Muslim Brothers leader Morsi to visit DC in the fall.

Morisi has called for the release of Omar Abdel Rahman, the “Blind Sheikh” who is currently serving a life sentence for leading a terrorist war against the US that included the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and a plot to bomb various New York City landmarks.

Though it’s designation as a terrorist group makes assisting the Islamic Group (IG) a crime, the Obama administration recently issued one of its officials a visa to come to Washington for “consultations.” The IG carried out the 1981 assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and 1997 Luxor massacre of dozens of Western tourists, the latter in protest for Rahman’s release.

It’s doubtful Romney would countenance such contacts.

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Posted by Dan Spitzer
07/29/2012  at  06:03 PM
So Frank and Craven...

You don’t mind that Romney would give a carte blanche to the financial industry which, under Bush, helped create a world wide financial malaise?

Nor that the results of Romney sinking the US further into an economic morass would severely undercut America’s continuing to give Israel $3-4 billion a year for the latest weaponry to fend off overwhelmingly superior Arab manpower numbers?

Moreover, you are not troubled that Romney would, via Supreme Ct. appointees, eliminate a woman’s right to choose. Nor our you apparently bothered that Romney opposes gay rights,

Also, you are not at all concerned that Romney opposes decent federal funding for education so that the US can continue to compete with the rest of the industrial world And you don’t seem to care that Romney, unlike Obama, would undercut an imperative governmental health policy which would provide decent medical care for all and not cost the middle class more to later pay for necessary ER appearances by those w/o insurance.

And obviously, you are not bothered by Romney’s opposition to environmental safeguards, including his denial of the realities of global warming which endangers the entire planet (including obviously Israel).

Meanwhile, you focus on some Obama Administration political jockeying necessary given the reality that Obama inherited two wars in Muslim nations from Bush. And again, you also conveniently ignore that under Obama, Israel has garnered more US assistance than under ANY previous American president.

Even Romney says sanctions vs Iran should continue to be tried. Moreover, Obama has NEVER said he would stop Israel, should the sanctions fail, from using its military might to detonate Iran’s nuclear facilities. And even this very day in Israel, Romney has never said the US would or should itself intervene militarily in Iran on behalf of Israel.

There’s a reason why polls show Jews supporting Obama to the tune of 70%. Do you think they are fools, Frank and Craven. Or that unlike you believe yourselves to be, are naive if not outright gullible?

Most Jews would never support a presidential candidate who would not work in Israel’s best interests and historically, they know Jews can count on Democratic presidents in far greater measure than Republican candidates. This holds as well for Barack Obama…

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Posted by Frank
07/29/2012  at  07:17 PM
Watch Romney's Israel Speech

Romney is the precise opposite of Obama ... a true friend of Israel who will not allow Iran its nuclear weapons:

http://electad.com/video/mitt-romney-foreign-policy-speech-in-jerusalem-israel-july-29-2012/

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Posted by Dan Spitzer
07/29/2012  at  10:06 PM
Rubbish, Frank...

When ABC’s anchor interviewed Romney in Jerusalem today, he said to Romney that his perspective on dealing with Iran appeared exactly the SAME as that of the Obama Administration.

Asked in what way he differed from the president, Romney simply said, “I would have placed sanctions on Iran earlier.”

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Posted by Frank
07/30/2012  at  12:50 AM
Again, Watch Romney's Israel Policy Speech

Romney is the precise opposite of Obama ... Romney is a true friend of Israel who will not allow Iran its nuclear weapons:

http://electad.com/video/mitt-romney-foreign-policy-speech-in-jerusalem-israel-july-29-2012/

Again, the pro-Obama anti-Romney comments to this article by leftist American “Jews” are disgusting.  Many are also patently misleading and false.

I do not engage in useless arguments with hopeless “progressive Jews”, but obvious misstatements should sometimes be corrected, so that decent Jewish readers are not mislead.  When asked about Obama’s Israel policies by the ABC interviewer, Romney, in fact, primarily demurred:  “Being on foreign soil, I simply don’t want to attack the president or his policies and nor make new foreign policy ...”

Romney will not call Obama a liar or state that Obama is misrepresenting his intentions concerning using the “military option” to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons - but I will: 

Obama has no intention of bombing Iran’s nuclear weapons facilities.  It is an obvious political ruse, and he is doing all he can to stop Israel from striking before the election - because if he is re-elected, Obama will have all the “flexibility” he needs to prevent Israel from attempting to save herself from a second Holocaust.  As he has done to others, he can then throw American Jews and Israel under the bus with impunity.

In fact, Romney is a true friend of Israel, who is the precise opposite of Obama.  Iran is on the verge of obtaining nuclear weapons.  Obama has a clear record of enmity toward Israel.  American Jews cannot entrust Obama to protect millions of Jewish lives and the survival of the Jewish State of Israel.

The difference, and the choice for American Jews, could not be more stark.

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Posted by Dan Spitzer
07/30/2012  at  07:45 AM
For Frank, His Inaccurate Reading of Obama on Israel/Iran...

are the only issues. And he gets this dead wrong. Both Obama and Romney have said that they would not let Iran develop nuclear weaponry. And both have said that sanctions should be tried to deter Iran first. Neither has said they would stop Israel from doing what might become necessary and neither has directly said that the US would itself attack Iran. Both have stated that they want sanctions to first have a chance to work.

As I’ve said, Frank and craven apparently don’t care about Romney’s odious stances on a woman’s right to choose, gay rights, the environment, climate change, and Romney’s belief that non-governmental controls on the financial industry. Nor are they dismayed by Romney’s declaration that the US economic elite shouldn’t pay higher taxes.

All that matters to people like Frank and craven is their misapprehension about Obama’s policies toward Israel. Hence, overall, they believe they are right and the vast majority of Jews who support Obama are fools despite the Jewish voters’ high level of education and awareness of federal and international affairs.

In other words, Frank and craven believe themselves to be more aware and have a far better analysis of Obama/Romney on Israel and other pertinent matters. Is this foolishness, willful ignorance of the facts, lack of a true grasp of reality, or narcissism on the part of Frank, craven and the small percentage of other Jews who support Romney? You decide…

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Posted by craven_maven
07/30/2012  at  08:42 AM
Jerusalem

Romney stated yesterday that he would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Frank, it’s useless to respond to Spitzer. He’s a black hole of repetitious Obama talking points.

That Obama has not once visited Israel during his presidential terms is all a Jew needs to know.

Jews have not adapted to 21st century, post 9/11 changes in American politics. Like Blacks, they mistakenly believe that Democrats, not Republicans, are less likely to discriminate against them, when in fact the reverse is true. Today the Left is the predominant source of anti-Semitism and bigotry. Israel has no stronger ally than staunch Conservatives and the Tea Party.

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Posted by Dan Spitzer
07/30/2012  at  01:23 PM
What Foolishness, Craven?

Like a mere “visit” is going to alter US policy?

Utter nonsense…

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Posted by Dan Spitzer
07/30/2012  at  06:27 PM
Re: The Value of a "Visit"...

Frank and craven, you make a big deal of Obama not going to Israel in the course of his first term. Did you know that Ronald Reagan NEVER visited Israel during his presidency? And that George W. Bush didn’t do so until near the end of his time in office?

A visit is simply symbolic window-dressing. Unless it is for political propaganda as is Romney’s this week.

More important is action: former PM and current Defense Minister Barak said today that the Obama Administration has contributed more for Israel’s security than any previous US presidency…

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Posted by Frank
07/31/2012  at  04:02 AM
Watch Romney's Israel Speech re: Iran

Iran is on the verge of obtaining nuclear weapons.

Romney is the precise opposite of Obama ... Romney is a true friend of Israel who will not allow Iran its nuclear weapons:

http://electad.com/video/mitt-romney-foreign-policy-speech-in-jerusalem-israel-july-29-2012/

Obama has a clear record of enmity toward Israel, and has been doing everything possible to undermine Israel’s ability to militarily prevent a second Holocaust.  Obama’s posturing has not slowed down Iran’s nuclear weapons program “one iota”, and his disingenuous “military option” will after the election forever remain “on the table”.  Romney supports and will use the “military option”, which is obviously necessary.


American Jews cannot entrust Obama to protect Jewish lives and the survival of the Jewish State of Israel.

The difference, and the fateful choice for American Jews, could not be more stark.

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Posted by Dan Spitzer
07/31/2012  at  07:57 AM
Frank, the Vast Majority of Jews Believe You are Woefully Wrong

According to all reputable polls, they are going to vote for Obama. Are they stupid and/or naive? Or is it reactionaries such as you, craven and your Tea Party sympathizers who hides their heads in the sands of foolish ideology and conjured politically rather than fact-based drivel?

In November, the vast majority of Jews will reaffirm their wisdom and your lack thereof…

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Posted by rocky
07/31/2012  at  09:41 AM
Tweedle Dum or Tweedle Dee?

When it comes to Israel, there is not a significant difference between the two candidates. Many of Israel’s problems are of its own making including the high and growing cost of supporting its rapidly expanding Haredi population, most of whom don’t want to work in a regular job or to serve in the military.

Very few Americans are interested in seeing the US getting involved in a major war with Iran. This country has enough financial problems without paying for the cost of a third Mideast war. There are too many Christians hurting financially in this country even if you can still afford to send your children to Jewish day school and keep up your membership in the Concordia-Argonaut Club.

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Posted by Dan Spitzer
07/31/2012  at  10:18 AM
Gallup Poll Debunks Rocky & Frank

Separate Gallup tracking polls in June showed Jewish support for Obama remaining steady at 68 percent to 25 percent, within the statistical margin of error of the 64-29 showing in April and May.

The tracking polls reached 576 Jewish registered voters and have a margin of error of 5 percentage points.

Separately, an Israel Project poll released Tuesday found that eight in 10 Americans see Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program as a threat to the United States and its allies, with 39 percent seeing it as a “very big” threat and 41 percent seeing it as s a moderate threat.

The poll of 800 likely voters, by Public Opinion Strategies on July 18 and 19, found that the same percentage—80—believe Iran is building nuclear weapons, despite its denials.

Seventy-eight percent of voters supported tough sanctions against Iran.

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Posted by rocky
07/31/2012  at  11:40 AM
Re: Gallup Poll and Israel Project Polls

I don’t question the poll numbers. Did the pollsters bother to ask whether the voters wanted to see the US start a third war in the Middle East? Who would pay for such a war?

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Posted by Dan Spitzer
07/31/2012  at  01:28 PM
JVP Supporters Like Rocky...

would be happy to see Iran develop nuclear weaponry. But don’t worry, Rocky: the Israelis will do what they need to survive with or w/o direct US intervention. And all JVP’ers and their pals will do is the usual: bitch and moan about how much they loath Israeli Jews…

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Posted by craven_maven
07/31/2012  at  07:19 PM
Israel vs. Iran: Romney vs. Obama

The majority of Israelis are opposed to military action against Iran because they believe: 1) the mission is too difficult for Israel to carry out alone and 2) that the US should be the one to do it.

Obama will never carry out an attack against Iran. In fact, he has put a huge amount of pressure on Israel not to act.

Romney is an unknown entity. The possibility of a US attack on Iran remains viable under him, but not under Obama. Romney has made it clear that he views a military option as definitely on the table, whereas Obama has only given lip service to it, which no one believes or takes seriously, esp. Israel.

In short, Obama would definitely throw Israel under the bus if Iran develops nuclear arms—his actions indicate that he is prepared to accept a nuclear armed Iran. He has given every indication that he
is also prepared to throw Israel under the bus to the Egyptian Muslim Brothers.

Jews who accept this are traitors to their brothers.

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Posted by Dan Spitzer
07/31/2012  at  11:13 PM
Craven, do You Realize How Ridiculous Your Comment Is?

You say that Obama “has given every indication that he
is also prepared to throw Israel under the bus to the Egyptian Muslim Brothers.

“Jews who accept this are traitors to their brothers.”

By saying this, although you may not realize it, you have detonated any semblance of credibility that you may absurdly believe you have. Moreover, do you realize that you have denigrated those 70% of the Jewish electorate who are going to vote for Obama?

But then again, you believe your hatred for Obama is well founded and that most US Jews are wrong/naive/ignorant because they are going to vote for Obama.

BTW, in supporting Romney, you clearly don’t care about the right of women to choose, gay rights, the environment, the genuine peril of climate change, do you? How pathetic…

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Posted by Frank
08/01/2012  at  01:20 PM
The few Jews who may read these posts

“American Jews” is a vague term, including diverse populations.  Self-described Jews include many who are entirely assimilated and may not consider themselves, or care little for, the Jewish people (and are even uneasy considering themselves “Jews”). 
I assume that many “American Jews” comprise a “somnolent majority” (my term) who understandably prefer not to have to face the frightening reality which presently confronts the Jewish people.  As in the 1930’s it seems too horrifying to directly consider, much less accept and act upon.
I assume that on JWeekly, the majority of those who may read these posts are interested in the continuity and welfare of the Jewish people.  However, there is a dangerously growing minority who are the “progressive” leftist Jews who read these posts who (in my opinion) continue to attempt to hijack the Jewish community for their own political partisan purposes and place their narrow political ideology above the safety and welfare of the Jewish people.
(It concerns me greatly that what began as a “liberal” bent in the more assimilated American Jewish community has in part morphed into an aggressive leftist fringe which has established a strong foothold, influencing and sometimes actually controlling Jewish organizations.  These leftist extremists have been so aggressive that they and their fringe organizations have exposed their true colors to the mainstream.  The problem is that the main-stream seems far too “tolerant” of their faux-“Jewish” enemies.  American Jews seem weak and in denial of real threats.)

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I am taking the time to post here in the hope that some of the few who may read this may be jarred into facing the frightening reality of which they have been unaware or ignoring.
Obama’s enmity toward Israel is patently obvious to anyone who has been paying attention (even if they only read and watch the Obama-supporting “mainstream” media).  Iran’s malevolent hatred of Israel, its ongoing terrorist war, and its unrelenting quest for nuclear weapons with which to destroy Israel is a frightening reality.  Like Nazi Germany, Iran is invariably set on its course, driven by the most intense extreme ideology known to man. 
These two facts define the obvious:  If Obama is re-elected (and Israel has not attacked Iran’s nukes before then), Iran will not be effectively attacked and it will have its nuclear weapons. 

It is true that American Jews tend to be “liberal” and traditionally have tended to vote Democrat.  They often support liberal social and economic policies.  Issues such as marginal tax rates, any possible limitations on abortions, gay marriage, carbon taxes, etc., may concern them.  But these political ideological and partisan issues all, and in aggregate, pale in comparison to the overriding issue of the physical survival of Jews. 
For any American Jews for whom the physical existence of Israel and for whom the prevention of the murder of hundreds of thousands if not millions of Jews is the FIRST AND FOREMOST concern, there is no rational choice but to support Mr. Romney.

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The “polls” of “American Jews”, whomever they may be sampling, probably do not reflect the sub-set of American Jews who are concerned enough to read these articles and posts and who fear for the survival of Israel and the Jewish people.  The question for you is:  Do you trust Obama to utilize the “military option” to prevent Iran from getting its nuclear weapons?

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Posted by craven_maven
08/01/2012  at  03:36 PM
Israel vs. Iran: Romney vs. Obama

Romney on his recent visit to Israel unequivocally voiced support for Israel should military action against Iran be required.

Immediately on the heels of Romney’s visit to Israel, Obama sent Sec of Defense Panetta to tell Israel to be “patient,” i.e., the same old policy.

There has been no indication whatsoever that sanctions against Iran have had any effect on its development of nuclear weapons.

Obama’s message to Israel is clear: don’t you dare do anything before the Nov. elections. Many sources have indicated that behind the scenes Obama has let Israel know that should it undertake a military attack, the US will withdraw aid, stop the sale of weapons, esp. aircraft, to Israel and not support Israel internationally, diplomatically.

With “friends” like Obama, Israel doesn’t need enemies.

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Posted by Dan Spitzer
08/01/2012  at  05:17 PM
Frank, I'm Happy to See that You and Craven are...

by your yardstick, among the few non-somnelent Jews. The read of our vast American Jewish community will simply have to sleep our way through the election,  and when we awaken we will overwhelmingly cast our votes for Obama while you piss and moan.

And if by some misfortune Romney be elected, do tell us how happy you are that women will no longer be able to get abortions, gay rights will be abrogated, corporations will be given carte blanche to despoil the environment, global warming will be classed as non-existent.

And if you know anyone seeking birth control, well under Romney-as he stated in his campaign vs other GOP candidates, government should not aid and assist the acquisition of such “morally reprehensible” products. A you know, your intellectually-challenged Tea Party pals agree with this stance…

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Posted by Dan Spitzer
08/01/2012  at  05:30 PM
Pardon My Typo, But I'm Happy to Restate It for Frank & Craven::

The rest of our vast American Jewish community will simply have to sleep our way through the election,  and when we awaken we will overwhelmingly cast our votes for Obama while you piss and moan.

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Posted by Frank
08/02/2012  at  03:01 AM
Vote to save Israel and the Jewish people

Iran is on the verge of obtaining nuclear weapons.


Romney is the precise opposite of Obama ... Romney is a true friend of Israel who will not allow Iran its nuclear weapons.  You can watch his seminal speech HERE:


http://electad.com/video/mitt-romney-foreign-policy-speech-in-jerusalem-israel-july-29-2012/


Obama has a clear record of enmity toward Israel, and has been doing everything possible to undermine Israel’s ability to militarily prevent a second Holocaust.  Obama’s posturing has not slowed down Iran’s nuclear weapons program “one iota”, and his disingenuous “military option” will after the election forever remain “on the table”. 


Romney supports and will use the “military option”, which is obviously necessary.


American Jews cannot entrust Obama to protect Jewish lives and the survival of the Jewish State of Israel.

The difference, and the fateful choice for American Jews, could not be more stark.

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Posted by Dan Spitzer
08/02/2012  at  07:53 AM
Frank, Do You & Craven Really Believe You are Convincing Anyone wiith Your Misreporting...

of the facts?

Oh well, it is well known that there are those who enjoy talking to themselves. It makes those who have little earned stature in life feel better…

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Posted by craven_maven
08/02/2012  at  08:15 AM
Romney is Right: Iran Sanctions Useless

From today’s J:

White House agrees with Netanyahu on sanctions, calls for patience
via jta.org

WASHINGTON (JTA)—White House officials agreed with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s assessment that sanctions have not set back Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program, but counseled patience.

“We completely agree with the prime minister’s assessment that Iran has failed to make that choice and that is absolutely a disappointment,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said Wednesday.

Netanyahu, meeting Sunday with Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, expressed skepticism about the sanctions.

“We have to be honest and say that all the diplomacy and sanctions so far have not set back the Iranian program by one iota,” he told Romney.

The Obama administration has been making the case for months to Netanyahu that he should delay any plans to strike Iran until it exhausts peaceful options.

Asked about Netanyahu’s comments in a call Tuesday with reporters, Ben Rhodes, the U.S. deputy national security adviser, also agreed with the Israeli leader.

“We continue to be dissatisfied, as Prime Minister Netanyahu is, with Iran’s continued failure to live up to its international obligations,” he said.

Rhodes said, however, that the sanctions were having a dire impact on Iran’s economy and suggested more time was needed to assess whether they would move Iran’s leadership to agree to terms for greater transparency about its nuclear activities.

“What we see today is not just a unified international community, but you see sharp divisions within the Iranian political system, far more so than we have seen in many years,” Rhodes said. “And I think that is a testament to the pressure that they’re under.”

Rhodes said that what the Obama administration has accomplished “is a steady ratcheting up the pressure that is increasing the cost for the Iranians in failing to make the right decisions. And until they do shift course, we will continue to look for ways to increase the impact.”

MESSAGE TO ISRAEL: JUST DON’T DO ANYTHING BEFORE NOV. ELECTIONS.

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Posted by craven_maven
08/02/2012  at  08:26 AM
US Jews Must Vote for Romney to Save Israel

From today’s J Post:

Ahmadinejad: World forces must strive to annihilate Israel

By JOANNA PARASZCZUK 08/02/2012 15:49

In Ramadan speech to ambassadors from Islamic countries, Iranian president says “horrible Zionist current” has been managing world affairs for 400 years, adds that liberating Palestine would solve all world problems.

HOW LONG BEFORE IRANIAN MISSILES RAIN DOWN ON TEL AVIV? ... AND YET OBAMA CONTINUES TO FIDDLE WHILE ROME BURNS.

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