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Obama Won’t Enforce Anti-BDS Provision Language in Trade Bill he just Signed

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

This week the United States officially put on notice its trade partners that it will not countenance boycotts or other economic warfare against Israel.

After signing the relevant trade legislation into law, however, the White House signaled to all its trade partners that they are still free to boycott goods made in the disputed territories, despite the clear language of the legislation the president signed.

This week the Trade Promotion Authority bill was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama.

The TPA is primarily focused on international trade between the U.S. and Europe. It also included a section which addresses trade between the U.S. and Israel.

That part of the legislation, the U.S.-Israel Trade and Commercial Enhancement Act, bans boycotts and other means of economic warfare against Israel or the “Israeli-controlled territories.” This amendment, introduced by Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill-6) with bi-partisan co-sponsorship, was unanimously adopted into the PTA in April.

The passage of the TPA, including the anti-BDS section, should sound a death knell for the BDS (Boycott of, Divestment from and Sanctions against Israel) Movement. It should.

However, as pro-Israel Americans and Israelis learned only a few weeks ago in the Jerusalem passport case (Zivotofsky v. Kerry), there are certain spheres of international decision making over which the president has exclusive, or at least primary and controlling, control. Obama claims that international trade is one of those areas, even though Article 1, Section 8, clause 3, expressly gives Congress the power to regulate foreign commerce.

So even though the TPA is intended to act as a strong deterrent to European and other countries to pass and enforce boycotts of Israeli products, the White House has already signaled that it will not extend its protection to any goods produced in the disputed territories.

The anti boycott of Israel language in the TPA is: “actions by states, nonmember states of the United Nations, international organizations or affiliated agencies of international organizations that are politically motivated and are intended to penalize or otherwise limit commercial relations specifically with Israel or persons doing business in Israel or in Israeli-controlled territories.” [emphasis added.]

In a statement which Matt Lee of the Associated Press attributed to State Dept. spokesperson John Kirby, the administration made clear that despite signing the TPA, the position of the White House remains, as it has been, that the U.S. opposes boycotts of the State of Israel, but it also opposes the presence of Jews in the disputed territories of Judea and Samaria and the Golan Heights.

In the statement the administration argues that by “conflating Israel and ‘Israeli-controlled territories’ a provision of the Trade Promotion Authority legislation runs counter to longstanding U.S. policy towards the occupied territories, including with regard to settlement activity,” and says that every U.S. administration has opposed “settlement activity.”

It goes on to point out that the “U.S. government has never defended or supported Israeli settlements and activity associated with them and, by extension, does not pursue policies or activities that would legitimize them.”

The U.S. administration announced that it will not jeopardize the holy grail of the two-state solution by enforcing the U.S. law as written and which its leader signed. In the statement it claims that “both parties have long recognized that settlement activity and efforts to change facts on the ground undermine the goal of a two-state solution to the conflict and only make it harder to negotiate a sustainable and equitable peace deal in good faith.” It is on this basis, ostensibly to promote a peaceful solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict, that this administration

Professor Eugene Kontorovich of the Northwestern University School of Law analyzes several other provisions of the U.S-Israel trade aspect of the TPA which have been largely overlooked. In particular, Kontorovich points out, U.S. courts cannot recognize or enforce the judgment of any foreign court “that doing business in or being based in the West Bank or Golan Heights violates international law or particular European rules.”

 

Jeb Bush Launches Campaign with Swipes at Obama and Clinton [video]

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush officially announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for president Monday night in a speech that was laced with promises for getting rid of Big Brother and improving relations with America’s allies.

It was clear the Bush was referring to Israel, although he did not mention it by name.

He hammered on his record as Florida governor and ridiculed what he called the Obama administration’s policies of a “regulatory state” and more concern for the stock market than the economy.

Bush said that an administration headed by Hillary Clinton will be “more of the same” and declared:

The party now in the White House is planning a no-suspense primary, for a no-change election. To hold onto power.

To slog on with the same agenda under another name: That’s our opponents’ call to action this time around. That’s all they’ve got left.

They have offered a progressive agenda that includes everything but progress. They are responsible for the…the relentless buildup of the regulatory state, and the swift, mindless drawdown of a military that was generations in the making.

His speech sets up the campaign between the Democrats and Republicans as one of conservative vs. liberal. Bush stated:

The presidency should not be passed on from one liberal to the next…. We will get back on the side of free enterprise and free people….

What the IRS, EPA, and entire bureaucracy have done with overregulation, we can undo by act of Congress and order of the president.

Federal regulation has gone far past the consent of the governed.

It is time to start making rules for the rule-makers.

Bush is considered the front-runner in the crowded GOP race for the nomination next year. He emphasized his experience as governor of Florida. Unlike most other Republican candidates, he focused on the economy, which is what most interests voters, and spent little time on foreign policy.

He chided President Obama and recalled “a few months ago, [Obama] thought it relevant at a prayer breakfast to bring up the Crusades. Americans don’t need lectures on the Middle Ages when we are dealing abroad with modern horrors committed by fanatics.

The former governor mocked what he called the Obama administration’s “phone-it-in foreign policy” and charged that the Obama-Clinton-Kerry team is leaving a legacy of crises uncontained, violence unopposed, enemies unnamed, friends undefended, and alliances unraveling.”

He said here two weeks ago, “I…support moving the embassy to Jerusalem as well — our embassy. Not just as a symbol but a show of solidarity.”

Bush’s ability to speak Spanish gives him big advantage that no Democratic candidate has. He mentioned his Mexican-born wife, the former Columba Garnica de Gallo and then spoke a couple of sentence in Spanish. He has an uphill battle for the support for Jewish voters, whom polls show would vote for Clinton by a 2-1 margin.

His speech can be seen and heard below at 2:14:40.

Arabs Charge Obama With Turning His Back on Iraqi Prime Minister [video]

Friday, June 12th, 2015

The White House has vehemently denied charges that President Barack Obama literally turned his back on Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi at the G7 summitt in Germany this week.

GulfNews.com posted a video showing Abadi sitting down on a bench where President Obama was talking with two other leaders. Obama’s back was turned to Abadi. The President continued to talk as if the newcomer didn’t exist, but it obviously was not intentional since the Iraqi leader approached the bench in the middle of the conservation.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that anyone looking at the scene and concluding that Obama  was snubbing Abadi is “telegraphing some insecurities that date back to junior high.”

Earnest obviously is right, as the video below shows, but the Arab reaction makes it clear that despite its being  sensitive, ego-centric and arrogant, it also interprets every word and body language of President Obama as a slur against Arabs.

When Obama “reached out Muslims” in Cairo in 2009, he did not realize whom he was dealing with.

And he still doesn’t.

Just ask Iran.

Jerusalem Mayor Responds to U.S. Decision Against Israel’s Capital

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat responded to today’s US Supreme Court’s decision that U.S. citizens born in Jerusalem won’t be able to list Israel as their country of birth in their passports.

Barkat said,

“Just like the U.S. capital is Washington [D.C.], London is the capital of England and France’s capital is Paris – Jerusalem was and will always be the capital of Israel, but more importantly the heart and soul of the Jewish people.

Just as anti-Semitism is currently trying to raise its head and BDS is supporting Hamas’ positions that endanger the peace of the world and deny the existence of Israel, we expect the United States to strengthen the State of Israel and recognize Jerusalem as its capital.

I call on President Obama to publicly declare what has been known for generations, Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and Israel is the home of the Jewish people.”

Obama Awards Posthumous Medals of Honor to Jewish and Black WWI Vets

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

President Barack Obama on Tuesday awarded two posthumous Medals of Honor to Jewish and black World War I veterans who likely did not receive the awards due to discrimination at the time.

The medals were given to Jewish Army Sergeant William Shemin and black Army Private Henry Williams.

“No one who serves our country should ever be forgotten,” Obama said. “We are a nation, a people who remembers our heroes. We never forget their sacrifices and believe it’s never too late to say thank you. Today, America honors two of her sons who served in WWI.”

Shemin joined the army in 1917, and while serving in France in 1918 “left the cover of his platoon’s trench and crossed open space, repeatedly exposing himself to heavy machine gun and rifle fire to rescue the wounded,” according to the White House. He later took command of his platoon after all the officers and senior non-commissioned officers had become casualties.

Johnson received the Medal of Honor for his actions in Germany in 1918, when he mounted a “brave retaliation resulting in several enemy causalities” after being attacked by a German raiding party of 12 soldiers.

Shemin’s daughter, Elsie Shemin-Roth, 86, fought to get Congress to pass an exemption to award her father with the Medal of Honor. The exemption was included in last year’s $585 billion defense bill.

“This was anti-Semitism, no question about it,” Shemin-Roth said at the time of bill’s passage in late 2014, the Associated Press reported. “Now a wrong has been made right and all is forgiven.”

Rajoub Warns He May Try to Oust Israel from the Olympics

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Jibril Rajoub, the Palestinian Authority’s FIFA soccer official who failed to remove Israel from the organization last week, now is going for the Olympics.

He told a welcome home crowd of 2,000 people in Jericho last night:

 If Israel does not change its attitude towards the settlements and continues to be racist against Palestinians, there will be an acceleration of moves with the possibility of ousting it from the Olympics.

Rajoub deserves the idiot’s gold medal for failure and buffoonery.

He also deserves to be in jail, at best, for terrorist attacks against Israel and for which he was sentenced to life, which in Israel means a few months or years before being released in exchange for a hostage or dead bodies.

Rajoub also is a former head of the security forces of Yasser Arafat before he was fired.

Today, he wears three kefiyahs. He heads the Palestinian Authority Soccer organization, is minister of sport and is chairman of the Palestinian Olympic Committee.

Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas reportedly opposed Rajoub’s attempt to remove Israel from FIFA and wants to oust him from his position, and for good reason.

Rajoub’s mouth, or more accurately his so-called mind, has made the Palestinian Authority look even more of a disaster than it is.

Last year, he said that if he had a nuclear weapon in his hands, he would drop it on Israel.

In 2012, called a request for a minute of silence to remember the 11 Israeli athletes murdered at the Munich Olympics by Palestinian militants in 1972 “racist.”

And a year before, he called as speech by President Barack Obama “idiotic” and that it sounded like a speech of a student leader in a university.”

He may right on the last count, but that is beside the point.

Like Arab “victories” after disastrous wars against Israel, Rajoub is claiming his defeat last week was a triumph because FIFA agreed to establish a committee to discuss Palestinian Authority claim.

According to Rajoub:

The world supports the Palestinian Authority move against Israel but wants proof and set up a committee to examine racism in Israel and its teams in the settlements [Judea and Samaria]. If the investigative committee confirms the charges of Israeli racism in soccer, there will be a vote to expel Israel from FIFA.

Yaakov Finkelstein, an Israeli diplomat from the Foreign Ministry’s team in Zurich, said the result at the FIFA Congress “was more of an achievement to Israel than the Palestinians. The Palestinians scored our own goal by putting too much pressure on suspending Israel from FIFA and eventually when they realized that they do not have the necessary majority, they decided to back off.”

Rajoub deserves the last word, and he has it with a sensational statement he made last night:

Sport  should be separated from politics.

Isn’t that funny? That is exactly what FIFA president  Sepp Blatter said in his objections to  Rajoub’s move to mix politics and sport.

Photo of Obama’s Passover Seder ‘Fifth Child’ Tantrum

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

One of the most widely-known parts of the Passover Seder is the recital of the “four sons,” one wicked, another wise, one who is simple-minded and the fourth who doesn’t know what to ask.

President Barack Obama hosted a fifth – a little girl – at last month’s Passover Seder, but the photo of the tantrum-throwing child did not appear on the Internet until late last week.

As seen above, the President of United States stood helpless as little Claudia Chaudhary lay on the floor, kicking up a fuss.

It is not known if she was having a fit because she did not find the Akimomen or perhaps because she was ignored during the Seder, or maybe she was angry at the President over ObamaCare. You can suggest your own answers.

Whatever the reason, she acted like a two-year-old regardless of her presence with President Obama.

Her uncle told the London Daily Mail:

 She’s a very nice girl and not a brat or anything. She was just having a moment.

Claudia was invited to the Seder because of her father Arun’s connections with Obama administration. He was a video photographer for Obama during his first presidential campaign in 2008 and now is a campaign consultant.

The photos of the tantrum were made public by Claudia’s uncle, for which the girl may never forgive.

As for President Obama, he should know how to deal with temper tantrums, such as those thrown by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who walked away from the recent talks on it nuclear program with an agreement that continued far more goodies than Obama originally had offered.

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