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Netanyahu’s Speech to Congress on Iran to Bring ‘Substance, Not Politics’

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Dore Gold told CNN on Monday that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is intent on getting his message across about the danger facing Israel from Iran.

Basically, it’s the nuclear threat – not the Israeli elections or partisan issues or friction with America – that Netanyahu has come to the United States to talk about, media rumors and extraneous “other” comments notwithstanding.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power told participants at the packed AIPAC convention Monday the U.S. “will not let Iran have a nuclear weapon, period.”

But it’s really not that simple, as Gold pointed out to CNN. To date, no nation has had any real control over Iranian activities, as has been patently obvious to the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency, as reflected in its annual reports, regardless of international inspections and agreements and understandings signed or not signed.

Israel, perhaps more than any other nation, is exquisitely aware of this, since it is Israel’s existence Iran has threatened to snuff out.

“When the prime minister speaks to Congress tomorrow, his speech will have substance no one has heard before,” Gold said, “and he will put it on the table. The political systems in both countries will discuss it. In democracies, that is not odd.”

As for the current difficulties between the United States and Israel, Gold appeared unruffled.

“Differences with allies is not new,” he said. “It happens between the U.S. and Britain… and now with Israel and the U.S.”

Despite the tensions caused by the prime minister’s decision to go ahead with his speech to Congress on Tuesday, said Gold, “We have to do it.

“Look for substance. Don’t look for politics. The substance is there.”

Rabbi Boteach Shoots Back at Critics and Calls Susan Rice a ‘Bully’ [video]

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach delivered a masterful response on CNN Sunday night to critics of his organization’s New York Times full-page advertisement that described National Security Adviser Susan Rice as “blind to genocide.”

The advertisement was a response to Rice’s statement that Netanyahu’s speech to Congress tomorrow is “destructive” for the relationship between the United States and Israel.

Major American Jewish organizations and the White House harshly criticized the advertisement with adjectives ranging from “outrageous” to “perverse.”

The advertisement hit a raw nerve, and Rabbi Boteach explained to CNN’s Poppy Harlow that the goal of the publicity was “to raise consciousness in Americans to the indiscriminate slaughter of innocents around the world.”

He clearly illustrated that the Iranian threat to destroy Israel is only one of several threats or realities of genocide that the United States has not tried to stop. The problem is not the details of a deal with Iran. The problem is the fact that the Obama administration is even talking with Iran.

Harlow asked him to explain his goal by placing in the advertisement a picture of Rice next to skulls, with the headline “blind to genocide,” which smacked right in the middle of America’s conscience.

He answered:

We all have a blind spot when it comes to genocide, which is why we had Cambodia and Rwanda…. We have seen too many slaughters. This administration needs to step up and do something.

Iran is threatening the annihilation of the Jewish People. It is perverse that these negotiations are taking place without a demand that Iran first totally renounce their genocidal intentions against Jews.”

Rabbi Boteach justified his association of Rice with being blind to genocide based on a statement attributed to her by Samantha Power, her predecessor and now the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

He said that Power stated in 1994 that Rice, who was an adviser to Bill Clinton, had declared that genocide in Rwanda could not labeled as such because it would harm Democrats in mid-term elections.

“The reason those pictures [of skulls] are there – those are skulls…from a church…in Rwanda. I was in that church. 800,000 people were hacked to death, and the United States did nothing.

We have to begin to intervene in genocide.

Rabbi Boteach added, “God gave us this military power…. That is our responsibility.”

As for the criticism of Jewish organizations, the ones who are armchair Zionists and carry the traditional torch of die-hard Diaspora Jews who want Israel to make them feel comfortable where they are, Rabbi Boteach said:

We don’t have our principles and convictions determined by popularity or by praise. We believe in the infinite human value and dignity of human life. We believe the United States has to intervene when it comes to genocide.

We believe Susan Rice should not be condemning the leader of a tiny little Middle East country, which is facing a nuclear threat from the foremost sponsor of terrorism around the world. She should not be saying on national TV that he has no right to speak out and [that] if he does he will harm the relationship with the United States.

That is a form of bullying… It is unfair. This country believes in the freedom of speech.

The interview with Rabbi Boteach on CNN can be seen here.

House Speaker Boehner Says Netanyahu Speech Won’t Harm US-Israel Relations

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Speaker of the House John Boehner hit back on Thursday at U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice, who characterized next week’s address to Congress by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu as “destructive.”

Boehner challenged her remarks, saying that in fact, the situation was quite the opposite.

“The president’s national security adviser says it’s destructive for the prime minister of Israel to address the United States Congress,” Boehner told reporters on Thursday.

“I couldn’t disagree more. The American people and both parties in Congress have always stood with Israel and nothing, and no one, could get in the way,” Boehner said.

The invitation by the Speaker came directly, without a first pass by the White House or the State Department, which presidential staff members have censured as a breach of protocol.

The prime minister maintains that Iran’s skyrocketing nuclear development and the pending agreement being arranged by the United States and world leaders with Tehran presents Israel with a clear existential threat. As such, Netanyahu said he cannot afford to pass up an opportunity to directly discuss the danger to Israel with America’s lawmakers.

Rice said Tuesday the prime minister’s acceptance of the Speaker’s invitation to address the joint session of Congress on March 3 is “destructive of the fabric of the relationship” between Israel and the United States.

“What has happened over the last several weeks, by virtue of the invitation that was issued by the Speaker and the acceptance of it by Prime Minister Netanyahu on two weeks in advance of his election, is that on both sides, there has now been injected a degree of partisanship,” Rice said.

Boehner disagreed, saying, “What is destructive in my view is making a bad deal that paves the way for a nuclear Iran. That’s destructive.”

The Speaker insisted that it is important for the American people to hear what Israel’s prime minister has to say about the grave threats Israel faces.

“I’m glad that most of my colleagues, Democrats and Republicans, will be there” to hear it, Boehner said.

Both Rice and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samatha Power, are expected to address the AIPAC annual convention which begins on Sunday, and where Netanyahu is also scheduled to appear.

Obama White House Sends Susan Rice, Samantha Power to AIPAC

Friday, February 27th, 2015

The Obama White House is sending National Security Adviser Susan Rice and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power to address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy convention, it was announced Thursday.

The announcement followed by just two days an attempt by Rice to delegitimize the upcoming address by Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at next week’s special joint session of Congress.

Rice told a news briefing on Tuesday that the prime minister’s acceptance of the Speaker’s invitation to address Congress on March 3 is “destructive of the fabric of the relationship” between Israel and the United States.

“What has happened over the last several weeks, by virtue of the invitation that was issued by the Speaker and the acceptance of it by Prime Minister Netanyahu on two weeks in advance of his election, is that on both sides, there has now been injected a degree of partisanship,” Rice said.

House Speaker John Boehner, who extended the invitation personally a number of months ago, disagreed and in a briefing on Thursday with news media said bluntly, “What is destructive in my view is making a bad deal that paves the way for a nuclear Iran. That’s destructive.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu will also appear at the annual gathering, which begins Sunday, along with other top-line leaders.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest commented as he released the announcement that the choice of administration representatives to the convention was “consistent with the kind of administration participation we’ve seen in previous AIPAC conferences.

“If it is perceived by some as an effort to demonstrate bipartisan support for the relations of the United States and Israel, that would be great. That’s the kind of investment that has characterized this administration’s management of this relationship.

“Unfortunately,” he said in what appeared to be another clear attempt to add more fuel to the flames, “that’s not how everyone has invested in this relationship the past couple of weeks.”

More than 16,000 activists are expected to attend the event – the largest number in the history of the organization – along with two thirds of the members of the House of Representatives and more than half of the Senate, at some point during the proceedings.

Among those scheduled to speak are House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Democratic House Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

Vote to Force Israel to Cede to Palestinian Arabs Defeated in UNSC

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

A Resolution brought to the United Nations Security Council to force Israel to end the so-called “Occupation” of “Palestine” failed to meet the minimum threshold of 9 votes.

Because only eight countries voted in favor of the Resolution, the United States did not have to exercise its veto.

Two countries on the Security Council voted against the Resolution: Australia and the United States. Eight countries voted in favor of the Resolution: France, Russia, China, Luxembourg, Jordan, Chad Argentina and Chile, and five abstained: the United Kingdom, Nigeria, Korea, Lithuania and Rwanda.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power explained in her speech to the UNSC that the United States was not voting in favor of the “status quo,” but instead voted against a movement to impose a solution rather than achieve one through negotiations.

Power said the U.S. continues to maintain that the only way to bring peace to the area is to achieve a Two State Solution.

 

Kerry, Livni and Abbas Take a Seventh-Inning Stretch

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Here is an on-the-spot play-by-play report on Wednesday’s action in the Peace Talks Charades.

Tzipi Livin screws up her face and throws a spit ball at the Palestinian Authority, which swings and misses.

John Kerry calls Abbas and reaches first base.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman steps up to the mound and pitches a curve ball by announcing he will vote against any proposal to release Arab murderers who carry Israeli citizenship.

Martin Indyk takes a walk to Jerusalem and scores a triple play with Livni and Saeb Erekat.

Commentator Samantha Power puts in her two cents, which is about all it is worth, and opines that unilateral actions by the Palestinian Authority “will be a profound threat to Israel and devastating to the peace process.”

Duh.

Housing Minister Uri Ariel, playing right field, urges Netanyahu to find another game and cancel the Oslo Accords, forgetting that they sank long ago in Foggy Bottom except when the State Dept. fishes them out for stale news.

Tourism Minister Uzi Landau, the government’s biggest windbag, carries his bat, points to the bleachers, and says that Israel can punish the Palestinian Authority by annexing Judea and Samaria and slapping sanctions on Ramallah.

His home swing misses by a mile, and he takes a shower.

The Arab League, playing shortstop, forces everyone to take a rain check for a week, when it will meet to grunt and groan and come up with a face-saving pitch for Abbas.

Samantha Power Still Can’t Get Foot Out of Mouth

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

And then she went and did something stupider.

This is as much fun to watch as a guy slipping on the stuff he didn’t pick up after his doggie. Last Sunday night, our Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power made the mistake of tweeting the tried and true official claptrap about peace and understanding and how we should all restrain ourselves and do our little bit so that violence will stop. It’s stupid, it’s entirely without any foundation in the reality of our current universe, but it’s her leftist mantra and she has no other, so she tweeted it.

Big mistake. Because the tweet came as her takeaway from her own speech as the guest of honor at a UCLA memorial dinner for slain Jewish journalist Daniel Pearl, and she made it sound, God help her, like the beheaded Pearl should have curbed his violent tendencies, because, hey, look how he ended up.

There’s stupid and there’s stupid, and this one broke the record for stupid, held, I believe, by Sarah Palin for seeing Russia from her house, and Alexander Hague’s attempt at a shortcut to the U.S. presidency with his “I’m in charge.”

Power tweeted: “Daniel Pearl’s story is reminder that individual accountability & reconciliation are required to break cycles of violence. @DanielPearlFNDN”

She was attacked by angry mobs of keyboard wielding Americans, anyone with an ax to grind against the administration, basically. The stark contrast between her kindergarten teacher morality and the satanic viciousness of Pearl’s murderers evoked holy rage in anyone to the right of Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. And then she went and did something stupider.

Any media adviser fresh out of high school would have told Power to shut up, keep her head down and in a couple of weeks only mean spirited, conservative pundits would remember this fiasco. But, apparently, she was fresh out of those.

So she tweeted a correction. Ouch:

Correction: @DanielPearlFNDN’s work is a reminder that individual accountability + reconciliation are required to break cycles of violence.

What she did is suggest that she didn’t mean the murdered journalist Daniel Pearl, but rather the foundation named after him, they should help in breaking the cycle of violence.

In other words, she took a lawyer instead of a publicist to deal with the problem. It didn’t go over well.

schlute: So @AmbassadorPower is still saying Daniel Pearl shouldn’t have been such a Jewy Jew? Is she seriously that tone deaf?

T. Becket Adams: I still have no idea what this means.

Harold: Thats like…so philosophical, man.

Mike Newman: Some people who try to be philosophical, just sound like idiots.

Hating Breitbart: When will the cycle of Muslims cutting people’s heads off end? When Jews & Christians stop being born?

It just went on and on like that, because the woman threw a new, upgraded slab of raw meat in front of the crowd, so the crowd rolled out the barbecues out of the garage again.

So now she went all out with a second correction:

Samantha Power ‏@AmbassadorPower

As I said last night, the men who murdered Daniel Pearl did so because “he was an American, and most of all, because he was a Jew.”

Needless to say, it didn’t help much. The responses are still coming in, but, so far, these guys were not buying it:

Moose Airborne: @AmbassadorPower Maybe it should have been your head?

Robot J. McCarthy: @AmbassadorPower You are a worthless Communist!!!

Incidentally, according to JTA, during her Sunday night at the 12th annual Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture, Power asserted that the United States opposes boycotts of Israeli institutions and products “as disruptive of the peace process.” Not illegal, mind you, not a vicious, possibly criminal campaign against a close ally – just unhelpful to the peace process.

What are you saying, Ambassador, that were it effective in pushing the peace process forward you’re all in favor of the boycotts?

Someone at the white house, do the administration a big favor, when she’s not looking, grab Ambassador Power’s iPhone and delete her Tweeter account. Before she issues another correction.

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