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Hillary Clinton’s VP Pick, Tim Kaine Has Anti-Israel Track Record

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

{Originally posted to the author’s website The Lid}

One of the reasons given for Hillary Clinton’s selection of Tim Kaine as her vice presidential selection was that Kaine “is everything that Donald Trump and Mike Pence is not.” And she is correct while Trump and Pence are seen as supporters of Israel who fight against radical Islamic terrorism, Kaine like Ms. Clinton does not take pro-Israel positions, and has shown support for organizations connected to the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood.

To supporters of the Jewish state among the most damaging things about Tim Kaine is that he is the darling of the anti-Israel organization J-Street. Founded in 2008 by George Soros and Hillary Clinton’s campaign director John Podesta, J-Street goes by the motto “pro-Israel, pro-peace,” has been but has been described by liberal attorney Alan Dershowitz as being neither pro-Israel nor pro- peace. One of the group’s founders Daniel Levy has been quoted as saying the creation of Israel in 1948 was wrong (there’s more if you are not convinced).

J-Street endorsed Kaine’s 2012 run for Senate but money speaks louder than words. According to Open Secrets, an organization which tracks campaign donations to all candidates of any party, J-Street at $133,382 was the second largest donor to Tim Kaine’s campaign committee between 2011-2014.

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Open Secrets also reports that J-Street was the number one donor ($178K) to Tim Kaine campaigns over the course of his entire political career.

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In turn Kaine has shown himself to be a supporter of J-Street. In 2016 he spoke at the group’s national convention for the second time, saying in part, “There is no organization no NGO in the United States now that so stands for the values of diplomacy as J-Street”

Allow me to provide examples of the “diplomacy” Kaine supports. During the 2008 Israeli action against Hamas, when the IDF was protecting the country after it suffered tens of thousands of rockets from Gaza, J Street called Israel’s “escalation in Gaza counterproductive.” It also made a moral equivalency argument between the policies of Israel and Hamas, stating that they found difficulty in distinguishing “between who is right and who is wrong.” The group has also advocated that the US negotiate with Hamas, rewarding the group for its terrorism. And tried to get the U.S. Congress to endorse the discredited anti-Israel Goldstone Report. This is the group Tim Kaine endorses and takes money from.

Tim Kaine was one of the first Democrats to announce he was boycotting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to a joint session of Congress. Adopting the Obama administration’s excuse Kaine said, the Netanyahu speech would give an “appearance of US favoritism in a foreign election. There is no reason to schedule this speech before Israeli voters go to the polls on March 17 and choose their own leadership,” Kaine was one of only 8 Democratic Party senators who boycotted the speech (vs. the 36 who attended).

Interestingly Kaine had no comment when it was revealed that the Obama administration sent their political strategist Jeremy Bird, and used State Department dollars to hire an anti-Netanyahu group “One Voice,” to sway the Israeli election.

Kaine was an effusive supporter of the awful P5+1 Iran deal which does little to stop Iran’s nuclear ambitions but gives president Obama the foreign policy legacy he wanted. As reported by Buzzfeed:

“Sen. Tim Kaine, a Democrat from Virginia, says the only alternative Republicans have to the nuclear deal negotiated with Iran is to go to war with the country, which he says is Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton’s plan. ‘So, you say it’s a terrible deal, tell me what the alternative is,’ Kaine told radio host John Fredericks on his radio program last week. ‘What is the alternative plan that makes Iran give up 98% of their enriched uranium, two-thirds of their centrifuges, allow inspections for the first time and dismantle a heavy-water reactor’”

What Mr. Kaine forgot to mention is that Iran is doing their own inspections. In December the IAEA issued a key report in which according the deal they were supposed report about their inspections and announce all of the evidence about Iran’s previous nuclear activity. Instead the report relied on unverified information from the terrorist regime. The text of the report repeats the same phrase over and over “The information available to the Agency…” A nice way of saying we had to take what we got from Iran. A follow-up Iranian statement confirmed that the Iranians collected their own samples.

Kaine also forgot to mention in his praise that most of the unused Iranian centrifuges were simply put in storage by Iran until they can be used again. And a secret side deal kept from the public, discovered and released this past week by the Associated Press, allows Iran to double their enrichment capacity after ten years Iran by integrating more advanced centrifuges into their allowed number.

Not only did Tim Kaine support the Iran deal, but he voted to support a filibuster of any senate vote to disapprove the deal per the Corker bill. In other words, he didn’t want himself or his Democratic Party colleagues to be saddled with an official vote recording their approval of this deal resulting in Americans and Israelis in danger of a nuclear Iran.

Kaine also seems to be weak on terrorism. As Governor he appointed Muslim American Society (MAS) President Esam Omeish to the state’s immigration commission. In 2008 court filings, MAS was outed as part of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Videotape from 2000 also surfaced where Omeish pledged to help Palestinians who understand “the jihad way is the way to liberate your land”

After Omeish Islamist ties became public and he was forced to resign, an anti-terror Muslim organization called The American Islamic Forum For Democracy (AIFD) scolded Kaine’s lack of vetting:

“The AIFDs position is that this embarrassment could have been avoided altogether had Governor Kaine’s office applied basic vetting criteria before appointing Dr. Omeish to such an important position. The AIFD stands in opposition to the appointment and in support of the resignation on the ideological grounds that Dr. Omeish has repeatedly represented an Islamist agenda (political Islam) in his activism. The ideology of Islamism runs against the interests of a strong national immigration policy and American security.”

In 2011 Kaine spoke at an event at which the founder of the U.S. version of the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood, Jamal Barzinji was given a Lifetime Achievement award, by the Muslim Brotherhood.

Hillary Clinton is correct in claiming that Tim Kaine is different than Donald Trump and Mike Pence. One of the biggest differences between Kaine and the Republicans is that like Hillary Clinton, Tim Kaine is not a true supporter of Israel and either by design or total lack of awareness, associates with terrorist supporting, Jew-hating Muslim Brotherhood groups.

Jeff Dunetz

Trump ‘Soon to Pick’ Pence to Run as VP on GOP Ticket

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump has chosen Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate — but Trump has deferred making the official announcement, planned for a Friday news conference — “out of respect for this horrible, horrible attack that happened in Nice…. It would be totally inappropriate to have a new conference on this in light of the terror attack in France.”

Trump condemned the attack with a statement approximately eight minutes after news of the attack broke on worldwide news networks.

Instead he said he would reschedule the official announcement, he told commentator Billy O’Reilly on the “Spin Zone” program on Fox News on Thursday evening.

Pence, 57, is a “born-again” Conservative Christian who signed into law a ban on abortions when the fetus has a disability, a major Republican move — but he grew up as a Democrat and to this day loves the late “Camelot” U.S. President John F. Kennedy.

He is known as a strong supporter of the State of Israel, which he says is a result of his Christian faith. This year he signed a bill divesting Indiana from local businesses that participate in the anti-Israel Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Pence met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli leaders during a trade mission to the Jewish State in 2014.

The first-term governor spent 12 years (six terms) as a member of Congress and earlier in the campaign was a supporter of Texas Congressman Ted Cruz.

House Speaker Paul Ryan refers to him as a “personal friend.”

During his time in Washington DC, Pence served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and also on one dealing with technology. In 2008 he was elected chairman of the Republican Conference, the Number 3 spot in the party.

Pence has long experience in foreign affairs and has been a major critic of the JCPOA nuclear deal signed last year with Iran by the five world powers led by the United States, saying it was a threat to Israel.

Pence has also maintained a vigorous relationship with the pro-Israel AIPAC lobby organization. During his tenure as a member of Congress pushed for military defense aid for Israel.

Hana Levi Julian

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

3 Fast Fact about Ryan’s Plans for Medicare

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Andrew Biggs highlights some basic facts about VP candidate Paul Ryan’s plans for Medicare:

1. No one over the age of 55 would be affected in any way.

2. Traditional Medicare fee-for-service would remain available for all. “Premium support”—that is, government funding of private insurance plans chosen by individuals—is an option for those who choose it. No senior would be forced out of the traditional Medicare program against his will.

3. Overall funding for Medicare under the Ryan-Wyden plan is scheduled to grow at the same rate as under President Obama’s proposals. Is this “gutting Medicare” and “ending Medicare as we know it”? In reality, it’s the market giving seniors cheaper, higher quality choices they can take if they wish, with the traditional program remaining an option.

Jewish Press Staff

Is Mr. Softee Kosher?

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Mr. Softee truck and customer, East Broadway, NYC, Circa 2005. We caught the following online discussion from August through October, 2004 of the question of Mr. Softee’s adherence to kashrut laws, on Chowhound.com:

Ari Cohen: OK, does anyone know if these trucks which populate New York city during the summer months are kosher?

Beerhound: To my knowledge, most of the trucks are not certified themselves, but carry packaged items that bear certification (as opposed to the soft-serve stuff). But I do recall at least one truck, called “Mr. Glida,” that frequented the orthodox neighborhoods in Brooklyn that was certified chalav yisroel kosher. I don’t know if it’s still making the rounds.

amy t.: Mr. Softee soft-serve Ice Cream is kosher under the Kof-K. Go wild, Jews!!!

Beerhound: Do they provide certification for the trucks, or just the branded mix or whatever they put in the machines?

amy t.: I passed a Mr. Softee truck and there it was… a big fat juicy Kof-K painted onto the truck.

Moshe Horowitz: Not so in Teaneck, N.J. home of the Chof K. Not so in Highland Park, N,J., Brooklyn…

James Conway: I am the VP of Mister Softee Inc. To my knowledge no trucks are individually certified. However all the food products ( ice cream, cones, sprinkles, toppings etc ) we serve are kosher. Our franchisees are required by the franchise contract to only sell the products we specify. There may be instances of dealers using non-approved product but we do our best to enforce the franchise and the vast majority of dealers comply.

Moshe Horowitz: Not here to rain or your parade but, by stating a product that is kosher when it is in its raw (powder) state is okay, but to state that Mr. Softee’s soft-serve products are under Chof K is outrightly inappropriate and untrue. The truck driver is not bound to use only the mixes that Mr. Softee sells as he can get them cheaper elsewhere. Let The Buyer Beware!!! You would be surprised what my friend when he inspected Dunkin’ Donut shops. Non-Dunkin Donut mixes were found a long with non-approved shortenings.

Jewish Press Staff

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