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Obama gives shout-out to Jewish state

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In his State of the Union address this week, President Obama gave the Jewish community plenty to ponder and much to cheer about.

Most significantly, Obama used a term we have not heard from him in such a prominent forum. He referred to Israel as “the Jewish state.”

This telegraphed a major concession to a pro-Israel community so often at odds with this president. The reference to “the Jewish state” affirms America’s commitment to Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people, and strongly rebuffs any suggestion that the United States will waver on that point.

Coincidentally, the New York Times reported this week that Secretary of State John Kerry’s peace proposals include Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state. So it appears this is now official American policy. Thus we applaud the president for invoking this telling phrase.

Equally important, the president admonished Congress about throwing a monkey wrench into the delicate nuclear negotiations with Iran by threatening to pass a new sanctions bill. Obama promised to veto any such legislation unless or until Iran proves it is acting in bad faith.

There are plenty of reasons to suspect Iran could be acting in bad faith, but considering that war is the likely alternative  — a war that would surely involve attacks on Israel — we must support diplomacy.

As for domestic policy, Obama focused on issues of great importance to the Jewish consensus: reducing income inequality, increasing opportunities for women, reducing America’s carbon footprint, repairing the nation’s failed immigration system and shoring up the Affordable Care Act.

Unfortunately, the partisan divide in this country has grown so vicious, Congress so dysfunctional, there’s little reason for hope that the president’s ambitious agenda will succeed if it depends on that body alone. Thus, Obama’s promise earlier this month to use his executive authority to make changes — such as raising the minimum wage for federal workers — comes as no surprise, as he has made such statements before.

It is always troubling when any one branch of government appears to overreach. Declaring such a unilateral approach gives us pause. Still, we agree with the agenda outlined in the president’s speech, which is in keeping with the best in Jewish and American values.


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Posted by paul
01/30/2014  at  06:48 PM
He isn't Pro Israel.

Let me make that clear, Obama and Kerry,doesn’t want Israel. Kerry push Israel too much. Obama doesn the same. What Kerry and Obame needs to do is to stop pushing Israel. They need to push the Arabs to accept Israel and recognize Israel as the Jewish State. And, the settlements arn’t obstacle to peace and nether Russian Jews. Hamas and Hezbollah are the obstacle to peace. Obama doesn’t want Israel beacuse, he is Muslim. So, stop pushing Israel.

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Posted by craven_maven
01/31/2014  at  03:02 PM
Obama is no friend of Israel

Mixed metaphors: Grasping for straws and bending yourself, editor, into a pretzel to validate Obama’s disastrous Middle-East policies? Fortunately, the people of Israel are not as deluded as you and recognize a threat to their existence, i.e., the Obama Administration, when they see one. After all, it’s THEIR existence:

1. “Iranian MP: We need nuclear bomb ‘to put Israel in its place’”

http://www.jpost.com/Iranian-Threat/News/Iranian-MP-We-need-nuclear-bomb-to-put-Israel-in-its-place-337410

2. “Iran Foreign Minister: WH Wrong About Deal, ‘We Did Not Agree to Dismantle Anything’”

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/iran-foreign-minister-wh-wrong-about-deal-we-did-not-agree-dismantle-anything_775250.html?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

3. “New Iran agreement includes secret side deal, Tehran official says”

http://www.latimes.com/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-iran-nuclear-side-deal-20140113,0,4116168.story

4. “Iran: White House Lying About Details of Nuke Deal”

http://freebeacon.com/iran-white-house-lying-about-details-of-nuke-deal/

5. “Netanyahu: interim deal set Iran’s nuclear drive back by 6 weeks”

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/netanyahu-interim-deal-set-iran-39-nuclear-drive-205030670.html

6. “Iran Top Nuke Negotiator: Deal Reversible In One Day”

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/01/16/iran-top-nuke-negotiator-deal-reversible-in-one-day.html

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Posted by craven_maven
01/31/2014  at  03:49 PM
Addendum

7. “Only one in five Israelis trusts Obama on Iran”

http://www.timesofisrael.com/only-one-in-five-israelis-trusts-obama-on-iran/

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Posted by paul
01/31/2014  at  05:11 PM
Crave,I agree with you 100%.

Crave,

I agree with you 100%. Obama is terrible for Israel. He is the most hostile President though Israel. What he did was, he took Israel and threw under the bus,period. Let me repeat, settlements aren’t obstacle to peace and nether Russian Jews. Hamas and Hezbollah are. The only reason why Kerry go to Israel because, Obama and Kerry wants to kick us Jews out from our homeland. How many times did Obama travel to Israel since he become a President? The answer is,not a single time he was in Israel since he became a President. And, I think that Prime Minister Nataniyagu, understand that Obama isn’t a friend for Israel.

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Posted by craven_maven
01/31/2014  at  05:23 PM
J.'s Obama Love Fest is Absurd

1.  “Census on Obama’s 1st Term: Real Median Income Down $2,627; People in Poverty Up 6,667,000; Record 46,496,000 Now Poor”:

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/terence-p-jeffrey/census-obama-s-1st-term-real-median-income-down-2627-people-poverty
2.  Nonpartisan “Congressional Budget Office Predicts Unsustainable US Debt”:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/18/us/congressional-budget-office-predicts-unsustainable-debt.html?_r=0


3.    Obama is unfit to be Commander-in-Chief.

a.  How top generals are saying that Obama is purging the military:

http://www.wnd.com/2013/10/top-generals-obama-is-purging-the-military/

http://www.wnd.com/2013/11/purge-surge-obama-fires-another-commander/

b.  Robert Gates, former defense secretary, offers harsh critique of Obama’s leadership in ‘Duty’

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/robert-gates-former-defense-secretary-offers-harsh-critique-of-obamas-leadership-in-duty/2014/01/07/6a6915b2-77cb-11e3-b1c5-739e63e9c9a7_story.html\

4.  Then there’s Obama’s disastrous collectivist, post-colonial, leftist policies in the Middle East, which have ignited a powder keg:

a. Destabilizing our ally Egypt by supporting the radical Islamist Muslim Brotherhood

b. Pulling troops out of Iraq and not only squandering the hard fought US victory there, but paving the way for an al Qaeda takeover

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/01/12/many-iraq-war-gains-now-lost-or-threatened/4393439/

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jan/8/iraqi-diplomat-wants-obama-engagement-in-al-qaeda-/

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/10/us/fallujas-fall-stuns-marines-who-fought-there.html?hp&_r=0

c. Despite Obama’s lies and campaign claims to the contrary, Al Qaeda has never been stronger:

1) USA Today: “Al-Qaeda hasn’t gone away, and is gaining. Al-Qaeda continues to grow in the Middle East”:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/01/07/al-qaeda-spread/43 58845/

2) CNN: “Al Qaeda controls more territory than ever in Middle East”:

http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/07/opinion/bergen-al-qaeda-terrority-gains/

D. By negotiating with Iran and easing sanctions, Obama has facilitated Iran’s plans not only for nuclear weapons, but for a Sh i i te empire stretching from Iran thru Iraq, Syria and Lebanon to the Mediterranean, threatening Jordan and Israel, and alienating our ally Saudi Arabia.

E. Obama’s material support of radical Jihadists in Libya has created a terrorist state there, of which the massacre at Benghazi, which Obama tried to cover up to get elected, is but one small part (not to mention putting lethal US arms which can be used against Americans in the hands of Islamist terrorists).

F. By backing down from his own “red line” against WMD in the Syrian war, Obama has weakened the credibility of America in the eyes of the world.

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Posted by paul
01/31/2014  at  05:32 PM
Your are right

Craven, I 100% agree with you. It’s a shame how we get this guy who wasn’t born here in US into the White House. Let me tell you, when Natanyagu went to the White House, Natanyagu treated Obama as a friend. Obama treated him as a criminal. We need to go against Obama and, we need to Stand up for Israel’s right to exist and support the settlements.

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