Video: Bush says the U.S. will come to Israel’s aid

posted at 5:56 pm on May 23, 2006 by Allahpundit

Iran threw down the gauntlet a few weeks ago, and this afternoon the president picked it up and threw it right back. There are two segments: the first deals with Iran, the second addresses Palestine. Regarding the latter, you might want to read this first.

Update: CNN reports.

Update: Hamas is spitting in Palestinians’ faces. Literally.

Update: The White House has posted a transcript of the press conference.

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Say what you will about Bush. He is a man of principle. And he does lead. We may not always like where he is leading us on every single issue (U.S. / Mexico borders come to mind) but he certainly does have guts.

He isn’t a good public speaker, but compare that to Clinton. I am sure Clinton could have given us a speech on this matter that would have been a real tear-jerker. But I don’t think he would have been guided by anything more principled than what he thought the latest new-poll said.

I remember somewhere that Clinton a few years ago said something to the effect that if ever Israel was threatened with annihilation, he would personally pick up a rifle and fight to defend her.


Mr. Clinton, with all due respect, I don’t think so. No freakin’ way.

EFG on May 23, 2006 at 6:12 PM

We SHOULD have a “beef” with the Palestinian people. After all, it was those idiots that voted the Hamas crazies into office. There should be a penalty for being terminally stupid, and holding money back and letting them starve would be one.
Hell, some might actually have to go to work and stop burning flags in the streets and making bombs.

It’s nuts to support both sides of an argument anyway. All our money to Palestinians ends up in Parisian bank accounts. (see: Yassir Arafat’s bank account)

clyde on May 23, 2006 at 6:17 PM

I don’t think I’d want Bill Clinton in my fox hole.

skwired on May 23, 2006 at 6:18 PM

Nice to see Bush and the House playing bad cop/worse cop with the crazies for a change, instead of dhimming out.

Even better to see that we intend to withhold jizya payments to the U.N.

I remember a Bugs Bunny short where he gets slapped in the face with a glove. He then proceeds to return the slap, but not before putting a brick inside the glove, first. Ah, that wascawwy Pwesident…

Kid from Brooklyn on May 23, 2006 at 6:20 PM

Could you ever see Clinton saying that? Good job Prez……even if I hate your stance on that porous thing we call a border.

darwin on May 23, 2006 at 7:04 PM

“Our beef is not with the Palestinian people, our beef is with the government…” — that these same Palestinian people elected democratically by a large majority!!!

That position is just as illogical as expecting the Palestinians to live in peace alonside Israel.

Stopping the jizya to the Palestinians is the only way to get their attention – hit ’em in the wallet.

speed647 on May 23, 2006 at 7:12 PM

Clinton would have bit his lip and said he “feels the Israeli’s pain” and that would have been the end of it.

Yep, even though the border thing steams me, he is doing what he said he would do. Not an easy task for any politician these days.

NTWR on May 23, 2006 at 7:13 PM

I wish he’d be a litle more willing to listen to the massive amounts of evidence of just how much we need enforcement first, banana bills (thanks, McCain) last or preferably never… but at least he does have it a lot more straight on this issue than any of the dhimmicrats.


RobertHuntingdon on May 23, 2006 at 7:42 PM

Palestine? A more collectively stupid people has never existed on this planet! You can literally SEE the border between Israel and Palestine: one is a sea of greenery and the other a never-ending wasteland.

Palestine deserves what it has created by electing despots like Yassir Arafat, supporting and in fact sowing homicide bombers, and now for electing a terrorist regime.

And regarding Iran, that country and its maniacal president chose its destiny long ago when it took and mistreated American hostages. Although the most inept President in history, Jimmy ‘peanut farmer’ Carter ignored the hostages’ plight until Ronald Reagan became a political threat, they were despite his sickening liberalism rescued.

And now comes Iran’s payback. President Bush may be a weakling and utter failure on the immigration front, but I wouldn’t want to be in Iran when the bombs begin to fall.

ForYourEdification on May 23, 2006 at 7:45 PM

Nice that he is so dedicated to Israel’s sovereignty. Now if he could afford a little sympathy for America’s as well and get off that amnesty crap for 12+ million foreign nationals residing within our borders.Sorry folks. The Republican Party is going to be the minority party after next elections and they have only themselves to blame. They took many of us for granted and stabbed us in the back. paybacks is going to be a pain for them.

Chief1942 on May 23, 2006 at 8:29 PM

But you know what really pisses the left off about this? When Bush says that we will come to Israel’s defense, what he really means is… we will come to Israel’s defense. Back in the day of Slick Willie, the game was trying to figure our just what exactly he REALLY meant when he took a stand… which we know now was ridiculous, because even he didn’t know where he stood until the next poll came out. Nah, Bush is just kinda boring. He tells you where he stands… and means it.

Sugar Land on May 23, 2006 at 9:50 PM

Great stand Dubya. Now how ‘bout the same for this….?
What is to stop the United States from being in the exact same position as Israel in a decade or two? Our borders are not protected, another country and its people are trying to lay claim to our land. They are making maps, using government money and vehicles, have presidential support on an irrational outlook “aztlan” . They break laws to get here not just to work, but to live, and they don’t go back. They even have a NAME for it, Reconquista. What are we missing here? HELLO !!!
This will be our problem in our future, its just a matter of time. OR we stop it by stopping the invasion. Stop the Illegal’s in our own backyard.

shooter on May 23, 2006 at 10:05 PM

Stand up to our enemys push hard, and lean on them hard, step on them hard. If we give the leaders of Iran an inch they will take a yard. Let the Iranians know that we will prevail in the end. Let the Iranians know they will be the ones begging on their knees for their very survival not us. The leaders of Iran are nothing more than petty criminals, we can out think, out fox, and out maneuver them any day of the week. They are only trying to buy time untill after the “08” general elections are over. Let them know with strong and firm language that we will stand behind, and alongside Israel, and fight for her very servival, to the end.

birdman on May 23, 2006 at 10:37 PM

I’ll be damned. Dubya located his stones. Direct your courage towards the border, son. Your credibility has suffered a mortal blow, IMO.

ecamorg on May 23, 2006 at 10:46 PM

ecamorg: Your right if only GW would have shown the same courage on the Mexican border as he has shown in the war on terror he and this country would be in a much stronger position right now. GW would have taken over the debate and controlled the debate over the ilegalls.

birdman on May 23, 2006 at 10:55 PM

As much as I’ve been disappointed in many of W’s decisions and policies (non-amnesty amnesty, Homeland Security cronyism, NSA 4th ammendment violations, never vetoed a spending bill, etc)… once in a while he really does make me proud.

Mark Jaquith on May 24, 2006 at 12:07 AM

Mark Jaquith: I agree.

birdman on May 24, 2006 at 1:18 AM

Compare that to Dean’s statement that we must be more “even-handed with the Palestinians”. It pains me, as a Republican Jew and a Zionist (read Neocon), that 75% of the Jewish people voted against Bush. He has been the best US President for Israel, ever! I don’t know what it would take for Jews in the US to wake up.

gash on May 24, 2006 at 8:35 AM

Come on gang! Does anyone really believe these middle-east nutjobs give a fat ham-on-rye what Bush says! He’s a feline (can you say that) and “they” know it!

Besides, he’s got 2 years left and if anyone really believes he’s been “Walking the Walk” anywhere in the world in the past 4 or more years, you could be running a dysfunctional mob family in NNJ!

When they have the weapons, they will attack Isreal. It will not be a missile, too easy to trace! It will be a suitcase bomb and they will all blame the US for setting it off and making it look like it was “they” who did it! And the MSM will say Awwwwwwwww

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on May 24, 2006 at 9:05 AM


Respectfully, I’ve just been reading Col. David Hunt’s excellent book about terrorism and what we can all do about it. In that book he says that the release of the hostages was due to Reagan paying for their release, basically. I always thought it was because the iranians feared him (there was probably something to that).

But if you look at history since 1979, this country has done very little to actually fight this creeping relentless terrorist threat. We’re in denial, bigtime; on the whole. But some of us do realize the scope of the threat we face, and we’re doing much better now. But we need to take the gloves off and get serious and use the enormous and very real power we wield as the last remaining superpower.

And Chief1942,

Again respectfully, I totally agree with your position on the borders. I want the border secured right now, and the laws we already have on the books enforced. Right. Friggin’. Now.

However! Punishing the GOP at this juncture in history is, in my opinion, culturally suicidal. Our terrorist enemies are just salivating at the prospect of a dhimmicratic return to power in the US. Then they’ll be just like the easily cowed eurabian government leaders, and they can move more rapidly toward the global caliphate.

The dems won’t save us if they get back in power. Quite to the contrary. They’ll hold our heads back so the islamists can get a cleaner shot at our throats.

I understand the anger and share in it myself. But we have to fight this war on all fronts. And a big step is not allowing even weaker leadership to return to power.


techno_barbarian on May 24, 2006 at 10:06 AM

And here’s a link to Col. Hunt’s excellent book:

Check it out.

techno_barbarian on May 24, 2006 at 10:10 AM

This will give Iran some sort of pause
If he knows that a fight with Israel (which he thinks can be nuked out of existance) will lead to a fight with America (which can nuke Iran out of existance) then even that madman will re-think if he can go through with it

Defector01 on May 24, 2006 at 12:02 PM

Somebody…….ANYBODY!……Go get a TIME magazine from the 1970’s & open it.

The PLO *IS* a terrorist group……*ALL* “palestinians” are TERRORISTS!!


VonHelton on May 24, 2006 at 1:59 PM

Thank you Mr. President for playing the Israel sound byte card. It is encouraging to hrear, perhaps I’ve become jaded.

I remembered how you strongly warned Israel not to retaliate when attacked by terror. Only when those terrorists hit the good ol USA did you suddenly see things differently. Israel is after all a strategic asset in the mideast where the bloody oil lies.

While the words of support are appreciated, it is difficult to trust Pres. Bush’s agenda. It doesn’t add up…fighting a war on terror in foreign lands with insufficient force to end the conflict for good, whilst allowing armies of illegal immigrants to enter the heartland, and promising amnesty for them and the law breaking corporations that attract them. Against the fury of resentment of native Americans Pres. Bush shoves millions of illegal imigrants and job losess upon Americans.

Pledging support for Israel, whilst forbidding her to respond to terror attacks. Fighting a war on terror while allowing foreign, hostile countries to manage port security, and outsourcing sensitive military contracts. Don’t forget stabbing American workers in the back by giving jobs to foreigners in the name of globalization.

What does pledging support for Israel mean? Is that support for the left wing anti-zionist Jews, or for the zionists?

Just as Bush’s promise to send the military to the Mexican border rang hollow, I am not sure of his veracity regarding Israel.

Dahvid on May 24, 2006 at 5:41 PM