web analytics
August 30, 2014 / 4 Elul, 5774
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat (L) visits the JewishPress.com booth at The Event. And the Winners of the JewishPress.com Raffle Are…

Congratulations to all the winners of the JewishPress.com raffle at The Event



Bush, Praising Israel, Tells Presidents Conference Iran Can’t Be Trusted

Former President George W. Bush (Credit: White House photo/Eric Draper)

Former President George W. Bush, "the "fool," was involved in the supposed murder of Arafat, says Jibril Rajoub. one of Abbas' pals.
Photo Credit: White House photo

Former president George W. Bush made a surprise appearance at the 50th anniversary tribute gala of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations last week in New York, saying Iran cannot be trusted when it claims its nuclear program has peaceful intentions.

One attendee of the event, speaking anonymously because Bush’s comments were off the record, said Bush quoted from his May 2008 speech to the Israeli Knesset. In that speech Bush said America stands with Israel “in firmly opposing Iran’s nuclear weapons ambitions.”

“Permitting the world’s leading sponsor of terror to possess the world’s deadliest weapon would be an unforgivable betrayal of future generations,” Bush told the Knesset in 2008. “For the sake of peace, the world must not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon.”

Tevi Troy, who served as White House liaison to the Jewish community as well as deputy secretary of health and human services in the Bush administration, said Bush’s appearance at the Conference of Presidents event was “enormously important” because Bush does not appear in public very frequently and has intentionally taken a low profile since leaving office.

Bush also spoke about his relationship with the Presidents Conference, the umbrella organization for more than 50 national Jewish groups. According to an attendee, Bush said the Jewish umbrella’s voice is extremely well informed and helpful, and clearly respects the office of the U.S. president.

Israel is America’s best friend in the Middle East, and the defense of Israel is not only an American value, but is in America’s strategic interest, said Bush, who entered the room to prolonged applause from an audience previously unaware that he would appear.

“[Bush] has long had very positive feelings toward the state of Israel and been a strong supporter of the security of Israel, and this was really highlighted in the period after 9/11, when the intifada was also going on in Israel,” Troy told JNS.

“He recognized that Israel’s struggle and America’s struggle were the same, and that Israel’s enemies and America’s enemies can overlap as well.”

The former president said he misses only three things from his time in Washington: Not having to stop at stop lights, getting to salute men and women in uniform, and former senator Joe Lieberman.

Lieberman, the 2000 Democratic vice presidential candidate and the most prominent Sabbath observer on Capitol Hill, was in the room to hear Bush’s compliment, as he had just presented an award to former Presidents Conference chairman James S. Tisch.

Also honored at the event was Malcolm Hoenlein, who has served as Presidents Conference executive vice chairman since 1986. Bush joked that Hoenlein, unlike U.S. presidents, has no term limits.

Former Presidents Conference chairman Alan Solow told JNS that he “was delighted that [Bush] joined us at this event.”

The gala also included an opening video message from President Obama. Hoenlein said the fact that remarks from both Obama and Bush were featured reflects the Presidents Conference’s objective of “unity, with diversity.” Unity is “the essence” of what the Jewish umbrella group is trying to accomplish, while also building respect for diversity, he explained.

“It was really an amazing demonstration both for the [Jewish] community’s political maturity and the importance of the community, and its sense of reach,” Hoenlein added.

(JNS)

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

One Response to “Bush, Praising Israel, Tells Presidents Conference Iran Can’t Be Trusted”

  1. Lee Smith says:

    a real mensch it is a shame that so many jewish americans could not appreciate this man instead they fall in love with a celebrity ****** like Obama and they say the jews are so smart

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
ISIS in Quneitra
Updates from Kuneitra, Syria [video]
Latest News Stories
ISIS in Quneitra

With new neighbors along our Syrian border, we thought we’d check out what they’re saying and what’s going on…

Jewish Comedienne Joan Rivers gives an impromptu speech on why Hamas should be wiped out.

We wish a speedy recovery to Joan Rivers, the straight-shooting Jewish comedienne whose exact analysis of the war was, “Hamas started it.”

An IDF soldier who was critically injured last week by a rocket that hit Ashdod died from his wounds today. He is Israel’s 71st casualty in the war. Sergeant Natanel Maman, 21, from Gan Yavne, an Ordnance Corps soldier, was critically injured by a rocket that hit Ashdod last Friday. He was promoted posthumously from […]

Imam speaks against ISIS to a  Michigan"crowd" of approximately 50 people.

More than 200,000 Muslims live in Michigan. Fifty of them showed up for a protest against ISIS.

Sofer, who may have died from dehydration after falling in a ravine while hiking, is being buried in Beit Shemesh.

The Boycott Israel movement, so far, is more bark than bite.

The bad news is that ISIS and Al Qaeda are on the Syrian Golan. The good news is that every terrorist in Syria is killing each other.

Netanyahu gets support from Congressmen on House Armed Services Committee

Some Chareidi entertainers thrilled the crowd on Jerusalem’s Ben Yehuda Street with some Jewish entertainment.    

Hamas’ supreme leader Khaled Mashaal dashed any hopes of long-term peace with Israel in a speech in Qatar on Thursday in which he shot from the hip at Israel and also at his terrorist organization’s new partner, the rival Fatah movement headed by Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas. His lengthy speech in Qatar, which has […]

Many of the Syrian soldiers were not armed when ISIS captured and then slaughtered them.

Police are still working to confirm the identity of a body that was found by searchers hunting for missing yeshiva student Aharon Sofer.

Iconic pro-Israel comedian Joan Rivers is in critical condition following a throat procedure.

UN troops fled their posts along the Syrian-Israel border after they decided it was too dangerous for them to do their job.

In the wake of a 12th Israel-Gaza cease-fire, Britain’s Jews and Muslims have issued a joint call for peace.

The investigation shed light on the movements of the drug traffickers operating under Hezbollah’s direction in Lebanon and Israel.

More Articles from Jacob Kamaras
Jacob Ostreicher

News of Ostreicher’s escape from Bolivia broke Dec. 16, and little was known about the circumstances of his return to America until actor Sean Penn told the Associated Press on Dec. 18 that he was with Ostreicher following a “humanitarian operation” to free the Jewish businessman “from the corrupt prosecution and imprisonment he was suffering in Bolivia.”

Former President George W. Bush (Credit: White House photo/Eric Draper)

Former president George W. Bush made a surprise appearance at the 50th anniversary tribute gala of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations last week in New York, saying Iran cannot be trusted when it claims its nuclear program has peaceful intentions.

The “red line” associated with Iran’s nuclear program or Syria’s use of chemical weapons has sparked an ongoing international debate, in which both Israeli and Diaspora Jews have made their voices heard. But a debate that hits closer to home for American Jews is about where Jewish federations in their communities draw the line on funding programs associated with varying opinions about Israel.

During the discussions that led to the hiring of former Ohio congressman Eric Fingerhut as the next president and CEO of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, an item Fingerhut says was non-negotiable for both parties was Hillel’s usage of its staff, resources, and reach to fulfill its stated commitment to the support of Israel.

June 28 will mark the start of the 23rd annual Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, Poland, whose closing event is a concert that routinely draws 20,000-25,000 people and exemplifies the re-emerging broad appeal of Jewish culture in a country that was home to three million Jews who died in the Holocaust.

In the wake of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s new demands on Israel following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent apology to Turkey for the 2010 Mavi Marmara flotilla incident, Netanyahu has come under fire by some Israeli leaders. Israel’s raid on the ship that was ostensibly attempting to bring aid to Palestinians in Gaza left nine Turkish citizens dead. Those Turks reportedly attacked Israeli soldiers on board.

President Obama on Monday nominated former Nebraska senator Chuck Hagel, who has been criticized by Democrats and Republicans alike for his record on Israel, as his new secretary of defense.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/bush-praising-israel-tells-presidents-conference-iran-cant-be-trusted/2013/10/23/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: