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Sanders Keeps His Judaism Silent, Israel at a Distance

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

As residents head to the polls for Super Tuesday 2016 to choose a nominee for president in 12 states, Democratic U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders is fighting to stay in the race against former Secy of State Hillary Clinton.

Folks in Vermont know their U.S. Senator likes to keep his Jewish faith on the “q.t.” and they have accepted it with equanimity.

But not so the American Jewish community at large – and that fact may now be creating a backlash at the polls, when Bernie Sanders most needs the support of The Tribe.

After his February 9 win in New Hampshire – the first Jewish candidate to win a major party presidential primary – Jews outside the country have been watching his progress closely. It was more sluggish than one might expect, given the swashbuckling performance he turned in last month.

Part of the problem is while most candidates are wide open about their personal backgrounds – they have to be for transparency’s sake – Bernie Sanders has been dismissive, almost brusque, about his own Jewish faith.

And in America, faith is very much an issue. There is still plenty of anti-Semitism, which Sanders is obviously trying to avoid, but most voters prefer some belief in the One Above. Complete secularism is not popular in the United States at election time.

After all, even on the U.S. dollar it says, “In God We Trust.”

Yet Sanders works hard to evade the issue. He does not identify himself as a Jew publicly even in the “cultural” sense. In fact, in 30 years as a politician he has totally avoided the issue, colleagues say.

He was heckled in Vermont during Operation Protective Edge in 2014, and was among the few senators who did not co-sponsor the Senate resolution supporting Israel in the war. It passed with a voice vote.

As a presidential candidate, Sanders said he consulted the far-left ‘J Street’ lobby and the Arab American Institute founded by Jim Zogby on Mideast Policy. Last year he was one of the first who announced they were skipping the historic address to Congress on Iran by Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Even Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, is skeptical about Sanders as a candidate. “He’s never really been that identified that strongly with pro-Israel advocacy,” Hoenlein said.

Coming from Hoenlein, who is more of a centrist himself, that is a whopping red flag.

Perhaps all this is not as surprising as one might think, however, given his family background and the fact that his second wife, Jane, was raised a Roman Catholic. Sanders grew up in Brooklyn as the son of immigrants; much of his father’s family was wiped out in the Holocaust. In fact, he once told still remembers the call his father received in the middle of the night, telling him a relative had arrived at a DP (displaced person’s) camp.

From that, he told Margaret Talbot at New Yorker magazine, he learned that a 1932 election had led to the murders of 50 million people. From that, perhaps he left unsaid, he also learned early on that Jews could die when identified as Jews.

His brother Larry was quoted by PBS in an interview in England where he lives, as saying that being Jewish is “very important to us. There was no problem of debate, it was just a given in our lives, just as being Americans was a given in our lives. But Bernard is not particularly religious. He doesn’t go to synagogue often. I think he probably goes to synagogue only for weddings and funerals, rather than to pray.”

Hana Levi Julian

Rouhani Wins Tehran in Iran’s Election for Assembly of Experts

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his allies won 15 of the 16 seats for Tehran in the Assembly of Experts, the state news agency IRNA reported Monday.

The 16th seat went to Ahmad Jannati, a known hardliner.

The Assembly of Experts is the 88-member clerical body tasked with choosing Iran’s next Supreme Leader – the country’s most powerful position.

Hana Levi Julian

Trump: ‘What Obama Has Done to Israel Is a Disgrace’ [video]

Friday, February 19th, 2016

Speaking to Sean Hannity on Fox News Thursday night, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said,

Hannitty said, “[Israel is] our number one ally in the region, and that alliance has been, well, fractured.”

Trump responded, “Israel is so important. What Obama has done to Israel is a disgrace. How they even talk to us is hard to believe. How do they talk to Obama? You know, I have friends who support Obama, I said, How do you do it? It’s almost like they do it out of habit. They agree he’s been terrible…

“You look at what he’s done to Israel, with just this Iran deal, which is such a terrible deal. He’s been the worst thing that’s ever happened to Israel.

“Now, a lot of my friends that are Jewish do not support him any longer. But I still have some that do. I say, How can you do it?”

Hannity commented, “He’s been horrible to Israel.”

Trump said, “You know what? I think it’s habit. They do it out of habit.”

The data confirm Trump’s notion: In 2008, US Jews voted in droves for Barack Obama, 78-22 over Republican John McCain. That trend has shifted somewhat in 2012, when the vote was 69-30 for Obama over Mitt Romney. The only time in recent history Jews split their vote almost evenly was in 1980, when they gave incumbent Jimmy Carter only 45% of their vote, vs. 39% to Ronald Reagan.

David Israel

Lapid: Iran Deal Now Funding Terror at Israel’s Expense

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Israel is now reaping the fruits of the IranDeal signed with Tehran by the United States and five other world powers, Yesh Atid party chairman Yair Lapid told a gathering of foreign journalists Monday at the Jerusalem Press Club.

Lapid clearly backed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his stance on the Iranian threat to Israel – and U.S. culpability in strengthening that threat.

The former finance minister told reporters that the new flow of funds released in the relief of sanctions against Iran is already threatening Israel. “Secretary of State [John] Kerry said himself last week that some of the sanctions relief will go to funding terrorism. For us this is not theoretical. This money translates itself into rockets aimed at our children,” Lapid said.

“The next conflict in the north or south of Israel is just a matter of time,” he warned. “The provocations, the breaches of international law, the preparations… are already happening every day by Hamas in the south and Hezbollah in the north. Both with [and result from] Iranian backing.

“When the fighting breaks out, the analysis and reporting shouldn’t start with the first Israeli strike, but with what’s happening on the ground right now,” he told reporters.

He added that although he agrees with his former coalition partner on these points, Lapid said he still intends to run against Netanyahu in the next election – as the alternative candidate for prime minister.

Hana Levi Julian

Billionaires Trump, Adelson, Meeting before Las Vegas Republican Debate

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

(JNi.media) Donald Trump, whose wealth is estimated at $4 billion, is meeting casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, estimated at just under $29 billion, before Tuesday night’s Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas, Politico reported. The debate, will be held at Adelson’s Venetian hotel.

Adelson, who leans towards Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), is meeting privately with several Republican candidates before the debate Tuesday. Adelson is yet to announce his final pick for support, and judging by the 2012 campaign, when he invested $100 million and received nothing in return, having Adelson’s support may not guarantee victory.

According to The Guardian and Politico, Adelson will eventually make a multi-million dollar donation to a Super PAC supporting Rubio. Trump has mocked the senator for not having as much money as he, and so having to sell himself out to the large donors. Trump called Rubio a “perfect little puppet” on Tweeter.

Trump might not receive a favorable response from Adelson, who absolutely loves Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Last week, after Netanyahu rejected Trump’s plan to visit him in Jerusalem—on account of his anti-Muslim stance—Trump complained that Bibi’s response was “inappropriate.”

Trump continues to reach for the ceiling in the polls, Muslims or no Muslims. An ABC News/Washington Post national poll on Tuesday gave him 38 points over Cruz with 15, Rubio 12, and Carson 12. Trump bested Cruz in Iowa, after having slipped to second place last week. The PPP (D) Iowa Republican poll released Tuesday shows Trump with 28 over Cruz with 25.

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Trump-mania; Catch-It!

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

In Israel, there is arguably no greater fan of “The Donald” and his campaign for president than Seth Cogan. In his words, a view into the candidacy of Donald Trump:

A few points about Mr. Trump’s campaign that must be considered:

1. The reason Donald Trump resonates with the voter is that they know something is wrong with the way the US political system works and he is able to communicate that in a direct manner. No spin; No filter, Trump’s message is not rehearsed, it is not parsed over by handlers. Mr Trump simply says what he believes and the voter knows to be true.

2. Voters know that the media is not honest in the way they report the news.

3. Voters know that the political class is only interested in the next election and how they can enrich themselves.

4. Trump is funding his entire campaign himself and is not interested in being owned by the political class.

5. He continues to speak his mind and control the news cycle and his audience love him for it.

6. The Republican National Committee (RNC) does not want him, The RNC would even prefer Ted Cruz at this point and that is saying a lot. Ted Cruz is almost as hated as Trump. Cruz is labeled a Tea Party extremist, as if wanting to stand by the Constitution is a negative.

7. The problem is Cruz is not a celebrity, and can not control or dictate the narrative the way Trump can.

8. From the beginning, Trump has set the agenda starting with his salvo about illegal immigration, then saying that he would control ISIS by bombing their oil fields. He was heavily lampooned for this but has anyone notice that we are now bombing the oil. That is Obama who is doing that and Trump was the one who suggested it.

9. His latest comments about pausing our immigration policy until we get an understanding of  how we are vetting these refugees is spot on. He is taking a lot of heat for it but he is 100 percent correct. Our Secretary of Defense has said we are at War, most people agree, and no country takes in insurgents who have said they will exploit the weakness of the host country.

10. What will be needed by our next President, as Trump has pointed out, is competence- NOT being nice or politically correct. America can’t afford that at this time with too many issues that must be dealt with immediately. A national debt that is crippling the economy and diminishing American power in the world. A bankrupt nation cannot dictate or control events. No one will listen. Again I don’t know if anyone can fix this problem, it may be too late. But for sure business as usual as we have seen from new House Speaker  Paul Ryan or Hillary Clinton on the left will just be a continuation of what has not worked.

11. People are fearful that Trump is a  fear-mongering demagogue. Trump is not a true Republican nor a true Democrat. He could easily live out his years with his wealth and not be concerned with the posterity of the country. Like George Washington, the Founding Fathers and great Patriots before him, Trump is willing to risk reputation and treasure to try an make a difference.

12. If he is rebuffed it will be much more painful for the American people then it will be for Trump. We are at a crossroads in the nations history. We have kicked the can down the road as far as we can. We are out of road. It is business as usual or put someone in who has a chance to be different. Again in my opinion he is the only one. May not be every ones cup of tea but generally great leaders are not. I hope we have the courage to make the correct decision.

13. America must be BOLD.

With all that said, my opinions on the Republican Jewish Committee (RJC) statements by Trump stand as expressed below:

In one word it was Fantastic!

Let me tell you why. The RJC represents a moneyed class just as many other PACs that want to control their candidates.  Before Trump even got to the question and answer part of the speech, he already said as much. He said to the audience that he was the best candidate where Israel is concerned and I believe both by money and voice he has earned that title. And then he said to the audience “but you are not going to vote for me because I don’t want your money.” And I think that is the key to this whole election.

Trump has elegantly pointed out to the American voter that politicians are not looking out for their interests in the deals that they make. They serve the political class and those that give politicians money at the expense of the welfare of the country in general. This election can not be business as usual because the country is bankrupt. The US government owes $20 trillion in published debt and with unfunded liabilities that number is closer to a $100 trillion. We can not afford higher interest rates which are coming because of the reckless federal reserve printing trillions of dollars with no evidence that they are willing to stop. This is going to cause a collapse of the dollar and a dramatic drop in the standard of living for all Americans.

That is what is at stake in this election which is what Trump is attempting to mitigate. Frankly it may be to late, but Trump is our only hope in this election which makes it an important election for Israel. Because what is good for America is good for Israel. The problem in the US is not only of Obama’s making he had plenty of help from the economics of the Bush administration and the Federal Reserves easy money supply under Alan Greenspan.

So with that said and all the problems the US is facing the one that most threatens the free world and Israel is the game changer of a financial collapse in the US with a failing dollar. That event will plunge the US into an economic crisis that will make the Great Depression look small. Remember when the great Depression came the US debt was relatively small and the US was a nation of net savers. Now we are the biggest debtor nation in world history.

In summary, what we are have in this election is the opportunity to change the trajectory of the way the Political class spends our money in the US because they are mortgaging future generations on both sides of the isle. This is why Trump is receiving incoming from the right as well as the left. Frankly there is nothing left to mortgage and if that is not changed the US will have a collapse in the dollar.  The world will not continue to send the US its goods for worthless pieces of paper. We desperately need a President that will not be influenced by the Political class which includes the RJC. Our only choice is Trump.

Seth Cogan

Ahead of the Republican Field, Carson Claims Jewish Support on ‘Gun Control and the Holocaust’

Sunday, October 25th, 2015

(JNi.media) Appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Republican presidential candidate, retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, many in the Jewish community have supported his point of view linking the Nazi gun control efforts and the ease with which they were able to round up Jews. After the October 1, 2015 mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, Carson said Hitler would not have attained his goals as easily if the Jews were armed. “There’s a reason these dictatorial people take the guns first,” Carson said, and caught much flak for it.

“Some people will try to take that and, you know, make it into an anti-Jewish thing, which is foolishness,” Carson said, adding that many in the Jewish community have told him he was exactly right.

Carson, who said he would “love” to see abortion becoming illegal nationwide with few exceptions, with the overturning of Roe vs. Wade, told NBC’s Chuck Todd: “I’m a reasonable person and if people can come up with a reasonable explanation of why they would like to kill a baby, I’ll listen.”

He did concede possibly allowing abortions to preserve the life of the mother, saying, “That’s an extraordinarily rare situation, but if in that very rare situation it occurred, I believe there’s room to discuss that.”

Carson is leading the Republican field in recent polling. A Friday Des Moines Regisiter/Bloomberg poll shows him with a nine-point lead in Iowa. A Quinnipiac University poll Thursday gives him an eight point lead over Donald Trump in Iowa.

Alluding to the hatchet job much of the media, as well as his chief rival in the race, billionaire Donald Trump, have done on him, Carson said: “As people get to know me, they know that I’m not a hateful, pathological person like some people try to make me out to be. And that will be self-evident. So I don’t really worry about that.”

As to the attack from Trump saying he has “super low energy,” Carson said, “I’m not sure that there’s anybody else running who has spent 18 or 20 hours intently operating on somebody.”

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