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Analysis: Bernie Sanders May Be the First Jewish US Vice President

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman in 2000 was supposed to be crowned America’s first Jewish VP. Now, as the Democratic primaries are rolling to the finish line, there’s a solid chance that Vermont Senator, Brooklyn born Bernie Sanders, would be the first to have that honor.

When ABC’s “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos had this exchange:

Stephanopoulos: If you don’t, sir, and this is my final question, you open to being considered as Secretary Clinton’s running mate?

Sanders: It’s a little bit early to talk about that. Right now, our function is to do everything I can, George — and you’re going to see me running all over California, we’re in New Mexico now — we’re going to do everything that we can to get every vote and every delegate that we can and go into that convention with as much momentum as is possible.

Stephanopoulos: Didn’t hear a no, Senator. We’ll be talking to you soon. Take care.

Candidate Clinton for her part said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that she is open to a wide variety of possible running mates. She mentioned Dallas Mavericks owner businessmen Mark Cuban, who said he’d like to be either Clinton’s or Trump’s VP.

Now, that’s keeping your options open.

With very few primaries left — California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota and that’s it, Sanders stands no realistic chance of significantly cutting Hillary’s lead of 274 pledged delegates, never mind her 486 super-delegates. All Clinton needs to do at this point in order to win the Democratic nomination is to pick up only 90 of the remaining 939 outstanding delegates. Sanders must win 850. So that’s not going to happen.

But Bernie Sanders has a major advantage over Hillary Clinton in the national polls, which she cannot deny: while Clinton and Trump are split in major national polls, and over the past two weeks have been trading the same 2 to 3 points between them, meaning they are essentially tied, Bernie Sanders whips Trump by double digits in almost every single major poll.

It’s always dangerous to use May polls as an indication of the voter’s will come November, and national polls are even less reliable than state polls because you never know how the sample of 600 to 2,000 respondents was distributed, and whether the distribution in May has anything to say about November. But one point is clear today: while most voters openly dislike both Hillary and Trump, and vote for either one of them as the lesser of two evils — the same voters actually like Sanders.

Which is why it’s rare for Sanders to beat Trump in those national polls with less than a two digit lead. This is going to be part of Bernie Sanders’ camp’s argument in Philadelphia this summer: Bernie can get the voters out, Bernie ignites their imagination. Hillary, even if she wins in November, will do so with a few votes over the split, and without coattails, meaning both houses of Congress will remain Republican.

When Sanders is urging the super-delegates to take “an objective look” at which candidate has a better shot at beating Trump in November, he’s talking about these national polls. Sanders has also condemned the entire institution of super-delegates, saying it is unfair and is part of an “anointment process,” rather than free and open elections.

Hillary has not expressed any degree of enthusiasm about doing with Sanders what her husband did with Al Gore in 1992 and 1996. “I am going to be the nominee and want to spend my time taking on Trump,” Clinton said. She urged Sanders to face the realities of the election process, reminding him that “we are stronger together.” She also noted that the differences between herself and Sanders on the issues “pale in comparison to Donald Trump,” suggesting that “most of his [Sanders’] supporters understand that as well.”

But should Sanders, with his considerable cache of both voters and money, decides to play hardball even after Hillary had picked up her 90 votes and crossed the finish line, would he be able to exact from the winner the ultimate price for his cooperation? The chances of that look better than 50-50 today.

Salon wrote this weekend: “Hillary must pick Bernie for VP: She may even need him more than he needs her.” Salon noted a Rasmussen poll found that 36 percent of likely Democratic voters want Clinton to name Sanders as her running mate – almost double the 19 percent of voters supporting the next most popular vice presidential contender, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. You’ll note that Sen. Warren is a lot closer to Sanders’ politics, especially on Wall Street, than Hillary’s.

And Politicus USA pointed on Sunday: “Bernie Sanders would bring Independents and lock down younger voters for Hillary Clinton. Sanders also attacks Donald Trump with a zeal and conviction that would throw the Republican off of his game for the entire fall. … Hillary Clinton could do a whole lot worse for herself than putting Bernie Sanders on the ticket.”

JNi.Media

Brazil Suspends President who Blocked Dani Dayan’s Appointment

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Brazil’s Senate on Thursday morning voted to impeach and suspend President Dilma Rousseff, who will now face a trial for the 2014 illegal manipulation of the country’s finances in order to conceal the burgeoning deficit ahead of the elections. The Senate voted to suspend Rousseff by a 55 to 22 majority, in a 20-hour session that lasted through the night. Rousseff’s Vice-President Michel Temer will replace her a president during her trial. It is expected that the trial will last about six months, which will preventing the disgraced Rousseff from presiding over the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, which start on 5 August.

And, speaking of blocking, Rousseff has gained much negative press in Israel when she chose, on the advice of Israeli Arab MKs and Labour MK Tzipi Livni, to refuse the accreditation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s choice for Israel’s ambassador to Brazil, Dani Dayan, because the latter resides in Judea and Samaria.

Back in January, Dayan tweeted bitterly, “14 MKs labored indefatigably against my appointment in Brazil: 13 Joint Arab List members and one Tzipi Livni.” The snub was an unprecedented show of rudeness on the part of the leftwing Brazilian president, who may now be facing her own change of legal residence.

MK Yousef Jabareen (Joint Arab List) met with the Brazilian ambassador in Israel and delivered a personal message to President Rousseff: “I told the ambassador we represent about one fifth of the citizens of the state who object to the appointment,” he told Ma’ariv.

The PA former minister Saeb Erekat told a Brazilian paper that accepting Dayan would mean Brazil cooperates with apartheid and colonizing. Erekat said “Dayan is an illegal settler, whose job is to justify the criminal colonizing of Palestine by Israel.”

But, judging by his tweet, Dani Dayan did not begrudge Erekat or the Arab MKs their objections, although it should raise eyebrows when the loyal opposition is advocating with a foreign power to obstruct the government’s foreign policy. Dani Dayan was bitter and hurting over what he knew to be Tzipi Livni’s working behind the scenes to torpedo his appointment.

Livni justified President Rousseff’s rejection of Dayan, saying it wasn’t personal but an expression of the Brazilians’ rejection of Israel’s settlements policy. Dayan suspects that Livni went out of her way to convince the Brazilians to stand firm in their humiliating rejection of an official foreign dignitary. Livni was ousted by Netanyahu when, as his chief peace negotiator, she pursued unauthorized meetings with the PA delegation.

Rousseff, who became president in January 2011 and began a second term in 2015, has called her impeachment a “coup,” and made a last-ditch appeal to the Supreme Court to stop it — but was rejected.

This is also the end of the 13-year rule of Brazil’s Workers’ Party.

JNi.Media

Rivlin at Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony: We Will Continue to Survive and Battle Anti-Semitism

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

By Jonathan Benedek/TPS

Jerusalem (TPS) – President Reuven Rivlin said that the Holocaust is central to Israel’s identity and vowed to combat the “chronic disease” of anti-Semitism on Wednesday night during the official ceremony marking Holocaust Remembrance Day at Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum.

“The Holocaust, whether we like it or not, has become a factor in shaping the standards of our understanding of ourselves, of understanding our relationship with other nations, and our role in the world,” Rivlin said. “The Holocaust places the Jewish people before basic principles, as a people and as a nation gazing inward at ourselves and outward toward all of humanity.”

Rivlin stressed, however, that the founding of the State of Israel was no redress for the Holocaust.

“The State of Israel is not, under any circumstances, compensation for the Holocaust,” he said. “However, the Holocaust put into perspective the necessity and crucial need of the Jewish people to return to its historical roots, as a nation that takes its fate in its hands.”

Rivlin emphasized that Israel not only allows the Jewish people to take control of its own destiny, but also allows it to defend itself as a collective against the continuing phenomenon of anti-Semitism.

“Anti-Semitism and the persecution of the Jews are not a fad, or something that can be taken lightly,” Rivlin noted. “It is a difficult, chronic disease that penetrates deep into the heart and history of nations.”

“The State of Israel will deal with this anti-Semitism by ensuring, first and foremost, a national home and a Jewish army that protects the nation of survival,” added Rivlin. “We are a nation that has survived and will continue to survive thanks to our resilience and strong spirit.”

Rivlin also addressed the Holocaust survivors attending the ceremony, asking for their help in extracting the meaning of the tragedy and lessons to be learned.

“These are the years in which we should take the opportunity to try to clarify along with you how you want to shape the memory of the Holocaust and its lessons for future generations,” he said. “The number which was tattooed onto your flesh is etched into the hearts of this nation for generations and has become the living will of the Jewish people.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

SFSU President Wong Supports Incitement Against Jews

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

San Francisco State University President, Leslie Wong, very much admires the General Union of Palestine Students (GUPS).

He even said that “GUPS is the very purpose of this great university.”

The problem that president Wong has is that GUPS, while according to him representing the very purpose of SFSU, also incites violence against Jewish supporters of Israel, which is the great majority of the Jewish people.

Why would the president of a significant American university support a student organization that quite literally calls for the murder of Jews?

Let that question sink in for a second.

By going out of his way to compliment GUPS – an organization friendly with terrorists like plane-hijacker, Leila Khaled – Wong signals to Jewish people that inciting violent hatred toward us is acceptable to himself, and to SFSU, as a matter of “social justice.”

The Context

Rates of violent anti-Semitism are dramatically rising around the United States and throughout Europe.

Jews are killed by jihadis in places like Paris or Marseilles or Malmo, while within Israel Junior-Jihadis are chasing after old ladies with knives and hand-axes.

Meanwhile, throughout the Muslim Middle East, imams and ayatollahs regularly teach their congregants that Jews are the children of orangutans and swine and screech to the heavens for our genocide.

They love to tell one another that butchering Jews is beautious within the heart of Allah.

Iran inches closer to an operable nuclear weapon that it has promised to use against Israel in order to bring about genocide and the progressive-left could hardly care less. In fact, the western-left generally blames anti-Semitic violence on the victims of that violence. Of course, such a scenario would also result in the deaths of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of Arabs, but Tehran does not seem to particularly care and neither does its western supporters.

In Europe and the United States, the Red-Green Alliance between progressives and advocates for political Islam is flourishing. And the movement to Boycott, Divest from, and Sanction Israel (BDS) – supported by Wong if he supports GUPS – is seeking to undermine the viability of the tiny Jewish state by seeking to turn universities, corporations, governments, and NGOs against it and, therefore, against the Jewish people, more generally, in an effort to eventually bring down both the country and the well-being of the Jewish people.

Israel and the Rise of the ‘Crybullies’

Of course, it is in the universities that the crybullies (snowflakes) demand their “safe spaces” while refusing to allow Jewish students any such courtesy. They complain about “microaggressions” and “micro-rapes” – like commenting on a cute sweater – even while inciting deep hatred toward Jews in the most raw terms possible.

Anti-Semitic anti-Zionists incite hatred toward Jewish supporters of Israel, and Israeli Jews, via “the Palestinian narrative.” The narrative depends upon defamation, unjust insinuations, and highly biased historical conclusions that leave the great Muslim majority in the Middle East, which represents perhaps the most successful and vicious political project in human history, as innocent victims among among the minority population that they have victimized.

This results in violence against Jews supported by western academic institutions as driven by their most hateful and racist students.

Enter the General Union Palestine Students (GUPS) and their patron saint, San Francisco State University President Leslie Wong.

As Dusty over at Pro-Israel Bay Bloggers reminds us:

The president of the organization, Mohammad Hammad posted a photo on his tumblr account, declaring “I seriously can not get over how much I love this blade. It is the sharpest thing I own and cuts through everything like butter and just holding it makes me want to stab an Israeli soldier.

San Francisco State University General Union of Palestinian students neither condemned Hammad’s words, nor distanced themselves from them.

Why does SFSU continue to tolerate the intolerable?

Indeed. That is an exceedingly good question, although, as we have just learned via the video above, it is not that the SFSU tolerates the intolerable so much as it positively encourages the intolerable.

GUPS is a student organization that is calling directly for the murder of Jews and it is supported by the president of the university.

Michael Lumish

‘Draft Bloomberg’ Movement Gaining Momentum … On Wall Street

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

(JNi.media) ormer NY mayor Michael Bloomberg has been receiving phone calls from his Wall Street pals over the summer, according to the NY Times, asking him to run for president.

Bill Ackman, who’s been probed by the FBI for Herbalife stock manipulation (he allegedly tried to ruin the company’s name so he could short its stock), declared at a Bloomberg Markets conference, “He’s all the best of Trump without the worst of Trump,” and, “I would do everything in my power to get this guy elected,” plus a joke about how much the whole thing should cost: “It’s just one quarter’s dividend.”

In September, political consultant Ian Bremmer tweeted: “Word from those that know: Mike Bloomberg now seriously considering Independent run.” To which Bloomberg replied: “Not going to happen.”

“The more uncertain the electoral outlook grows, the more likely it is that people, particularly with money, are going to be talking about Mr Bloomberg running for the White House,” Gary Silverman wrote in the Financial Times. “It happened during the 2008 campaign season when the US was poised to replace a two-term president, George W. Bush, and it is happening again today as the race to succeed Barack Obama gains pace.”

According to Andrew Ross Sorkin, writing for the Times, fat cat Democrats are concerned that Hillary Clinton, egged on by her competitor, Socialist Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, is moving too far to the left on business, regulations and taxes. At the same time, fat cat Republicans are afraid their man, Jeb Bush, is not going anywhere, overshadowed as he is by Donald Trump.

Things have gotten so bad for the moneyed elite, that Rupert Murdoch, not a big fan of the former mayor, tweeted: “With Trump becoming very serious candidate, it’s time for next billionaire candidate, Mike Bloomberg to step into ring. Greatest mayor.”

In other words, the only possible contender who is both acceptable to Wall Street and can beat Trump is Michael Bloomberg.

Ross Sorkin cites one important source who doesn’t believes Bloomberg, 73, the “short, Jewish, divorced billionaire” can be president—Michael Bloomberg himself, who has told friends he can’t run as a Republican—he’s a sworn anti-gun and global warming believer, not the stuff the party of Lincoln is supporting these days. But he also doesn’t think he can run as a Democrat, on account of his being a billionaire—his wealth as of 2015 is estimated at $39 billion (Trump only has $4 billion). And he can’t run as an Independent because, in America, Independent candidates don’t win presidencies. That’s not what the experts are saying, it’s what Michael Bloomberg told New York Magazine in 2013: “I am 100 percent convinced that you cannot in this country win an election unless you are the nominee of one of the two major parties.”

John Fund noted in the National Review that all the hype surrounding the emerging “draft Bloomberg” efforts by the folks who really do “occupy Wall Street” has had “positive side effects. Without spending more than pocket change for polls and research, Bloomberg got magazine cover stories, TV news profiles, and an endless stream of media coverage.”

Bloomberg was the first recipient of the $1 million Genesis Prize, a.k.a. the “Jewish Nobel Prize.” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented him with the award at a ceremony in Jerusalem in May, 2013. The award, established by a charity founded by Russian Jewish billionaires, honors “exceptional people whose values and achievements will inspire the next generations of Jews.”

Pro-gun advocates who are also pro-Israel would have to choose between their two loves: Bloomberg is a great supporter of Israel and also has been the most outspoken leader of the movement to curb illegal gun use in America. If you thought President Obama was conspiring to take away your unregistered guns — with Bloomberg you can be sure. Bloomberg has been using his money to support two organizations: Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which merged two years ago. He has been lobbying mayors and police chiefs across America.

“We started this movement as just 15 mayors committed to protecting our cities – and we’ve since been joined by more than 1,000 mayors and more than 1.5 million Americans from big cities, small towns, and all different walks of life,” Michael Bloomberg said in a statement back in 2013. “Gun violence is, unfortunately, an issue that affects every community, and coming together with Moms Demand Action today will strengthen our efforts to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals and save lives.”

On the other hand, in the summer of 2014, just hours after the US Federal Aviation Administration prohibited domestic airlines from flying to Tel Aviv because of the Gaza war, Bloomberg hitched a flight to Ben Gurion and touted the security of visitors to the Jewish State. The FAA lifted its ban after Bloomberg published an article titled “Why I Flew to Israel.”

“Hamas would like nothing more than to close down Ben-Gurion, isolating Israel from the international community and seriously damaging its economy,” went Bloomberg’s piece. “By prohibiting US carriers from flying into Ben-Gurion, the FAA handed Hamas a significant victory — one that the group will undoubtedly attempt to repeat. The FAA has, regrettably, succeeded only in emboldening Hamas.”

The mayor added: “In times of crisis, acting out of an abundance of caution can be prudent. But closing down access to major infrastructure networks in the face of terrorist threats can be self-defeating.”

Which led, naturally to Bloomberg’s touting of one of his signature achievements, the recovery of the battered city he received from his predecessor, Rudy Giuliani. “This was something I learned as mayor of New York City. After terrorists tried to detonate a car bomb in Times Square, I went to a restaurant there the following evening for dinner — and invited the world to join me. When terrorist plots to attack the city’s subway emerged, as they would from time to time, I made sure to be seen riding it to work, as usual — and encouraged New Yorkers to keep doing so as well. And we responded to the devastating aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks by opening the streets of Lower Manhattan as quickly as we possibly could.”

All things considered, and given enough coaxing, nay, pleading, from his fellow billionaires, that last paragraph could be the foundation of a great presidential stump speech.

JNi.Media

Compare Obama’s Rosh HaShanah and Eid-ul-Fitr Messages [Video]

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

President Barack Obama laced his annual Rosh HaShanah greetings with political overtones, in stark contrast to his message to Muslims last July on their Eid-ul-Fitr holiday marking the end of Ramadan.

President Obama reminded Jews that the “Book of Life is open.” Assuming a posture as a Jew, he added:

As millions of Jews ask God to inscribe their names in that Book we recognize how much lies beyond our control.

It was a pointed reminder to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that besides God, there also is President Obama who pulls the strings when it comes to world affairs, such as the nuclear agreement with Iran.

The President then preached peace, which he said is “hard, but right now the book is open.  Not just for God but for us.”

That is a theme that was totally absent from his speech to Muslims in July, when he noted:

The end of Ramadan is a time to reflect spiritually, build communally, and aid those in need. While Eid marks the end of Ramadan, it marks a new beginning for each individual – a reason to celebrate and express gratitude on this holiday.

President Obama then devoted nearly half of his greeting to talk about how millions of Muslims go to mosques for prayers and then have “festive gatherings, gift exchanges, and feasts among friends, neighbors and families.”

He emphasized how “the diversity of traditions paint the vibrant images we see from around the world capturing the spirit and excitement of Eid – colorful dresses or white garments decorating the masses of people standing in lines for prayer, lanterns and ornaments lighting up bazaars and neighborhoods, intricate henna designs painted on hands of young girls and women, and an abundance of delectable foods and aromatic cuisines.”

Then he boasted that Eid-ul-Fitr now is a an official holiday in New York City public schools, and he praised Muslims for helping to raise money “for  the churches burned in the wake of the shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina” by a white racist.

The greeting to Muslims was absent of any reference to radical Muslim violence, peace in the Middle East, or the nuclear threat from Iran. It was a typical patronizing greeting made by every leader to partisan groups.

Now let’s go back to 2009 for President Obama’s first Rosh HaShanah greetings:

I want to extend my warmest wishes for this New Year. L’Shanah Tovah Tikatevu – may you have a good year, and may you be inscribed for blessing in the Book of Life….

At the dawn of this New Year, let us rededicate ourselves to that work. Let us reject the impulse to harden ourselves to others’ suffering, and instead make a habit of empathy – of recognizing ourselves in each other and extending our compassion to those in need.

Let us resist prejudice, intolerance, and indifference in whatever forms they may take — let us stand up strongly to the scourge of anti-Semitism, which is still prevalent in far too many corners of our world….

And let us work to achieve lasting peace and security for the state of Israel, so that the Jewish state is fully accepted by its neighbors, and its children can live their dreams free from fear.

All of that was absent from this year’s greeting, which also did not mention anti-Semitism and certainly not anti-Zionism, lest he prompt reminders that Iran’s idea of peace is a world without Israel.

President Obama was elected on a motto of “change.”

He has fulfilled his promise.

He indeed has changed.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Trump Calls Obama an ‘Amateur’ and Vows to Re-Negotiate Deal

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Donald Trump said Wednesday that President Barack Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran was his “amateur hour” and that the deal will be re-negotiated if the real-estate mogul is elected to the White House.

Trump wrote in an op-ed in USA Today:

It is hard to believe a president of the United States would actually put his name on an agreement with the terrorist state Iran that is so bad, so poorly constructed and so terribly negotiated that it increases uncertainty and reduces security for America and our allies, including Israel.
It was amateur hour for those charged with striking this deal with Iran, demonstrating to the world, yet again, the total incompetence of our president and politicians. It appears we wanted a deal at any cost rather than following the advice of Ronald Reagan and walking away because ‘no deal is better than a bad deal.’

Trump assumed he will be the next president of the United States and said that he “will renegotiate with Iran — right after I enable the immediate release of our American prisoners and ask Congress to impose new sanctions that stop Iran from having the ability to sponsor terrorism around the world.”

He will be one of the most boisterous and photographed leaders at an anti-deal rally Wednesday at the Capitol.

The Republican candidate’s continuing popularity, in the face of all predictions that he is a passing fad, is scaring the hell out of challengers, who no longer can ignore him and have been forced into criticizing him, giving him even more publicity and attention.

Jeb Bush said Trump cannot be trusted to deal with Iran, and he posted a video of Trump praising then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Bush’s going on the attack of past declarations is one of the weakest possible strategies. The GOP candidates are going to have to do a lot of soul-searching and come up with the something better in order to stop the Trump train.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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