327 House members tell Obama to make U-turn on US-Israeli relations

posted at 10:00 am on March 28, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama talks a lot about the “spirit of bipartisanship.”  Now he’s had a chance to see it for himself, thanks to a series of diplomatic fumbles between the White House and Israel, usually one of America’s closest allies.  More than three-quarters of the US House of Representatives signed a letter expressing dismay over the direction of the alliance, warning that the “highly publicized tensions” aren’t helping America’s interests:

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will continue discussions with his senior ministers in the coming days, looking for a way out of the crisis with the US. He received some badly needed support on Friday from 327 congressmen, who signed a letter expressing concern that “the highly publicized tensions” in US-Israeli ties will “not advance the interests” of either state. …

Meanwhile, in Washington, [327] congressmen – three-quarters of the House of Representatives – signed a bipartisan letter to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressing solid support for Israel and the expectation that differences between Jerusalem and Washington will be smoothed over quickly and in private.

“We are writing to reaffirm our commitment to the unbreakable bond that exists between our country and the State of Israel and to express to you our deep concern over recent tension,” the letter read. “A strong Israel is an asset to the national security of the United States and brings stability to the Middle East.

“We are concerned that the highly publicized tensions in the relationship will not advance the interests the US and Israel share. Above all, we must remain focused on the threat posed by the Iranian nuclear weapons program to Middle East peace and stability.”

The letter stated that the US’s unswerving commitment to Israel’s security has been essential in forging previous Israeli-Arab peace agreements, “both because it convinced those who sought Israel’s destruction to abandon any such hope and because it gave successive Israeli governments the confidence to take calculated risks for peace.”

The letter’s lead signatories were Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Steny Hoyer (D-MD).  The letter had only circulated for three days last week before garnering 327 signatures, probably the most bipartisan effort seen on Capitol Hill in this session of Congress.  It provides a measure of just how far out of the mainstream the Obama administration has gotten on relations with Israel.

Moreover, they’re entirely correct.  Thanks to what amounts to a reversal of 20 years of American policy on settlements in Jerusalem, Obama has given the Palestinians a reason to refuse to come to the table that Israel simply can’t address.  Obama has made peace a lot less likely than it was fifteen months ago by throwing his tantrum in such a public manner.   Weakening Israel won’t bring peace — it will bring more attacks on Israel as Palestinians begin to believe that the US won’t back its ally any longer.

Jennifer Rubin believes Obama’s fumble was by design, or at least by instinctual hostility towards Israel.  With advisers like Samantha Power at the White House, that hostility was known long before Obama got elected.  Accidental, latent, or overt, Obama’s hostility towards a key democracy in the most strategic part of the world has raised eyebrows of both Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill — perhaps belatedly, but not too late to put some serious pressure for this administration to grow the hell up.


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Meanwhile, all my Jewish friends are still blaming Bush and ridiculing that dumb redneck Palin.

CarolynM on March 28, 2010 at 11:23 AM

Seriously?

darwin on March 28, 2010 at 11:29 AM

So about 150 deemonrats signed the letter. I’d be very interested to see that list (same goes for repubs- Ron Paul?). Is this heartfelt, or the beginning of the rats seeking to put some distance between them and Øbama before November?

2ipa on March 28, 2010 at 11:31 AM

One would think these Congress critters realize that The One is going to do whatever the hell he wants anyway.

I just wonder what percent actually believe we live in a Republic any more and what percent are just posturing?

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 28, 2010 at 11:31 AM

For some reason the left hates Israel and loves Muslims. I’ve never been able to figure out why. Jewish voters support Democrats. It’s most obvious in the left’s silence, which is deafening, about how Muslim women are treated. Have to wear a head covering or veil, walk behind the man, you hear of honor killings of women who disgrace family by being raped, infidelity etc. It is apparent by his treatment of a staunch ally in a region where we have very few friends. Is this action of hostility due to Obama’s Muslim connections? Is his refusal to help protesters in the streets of Tehran and his non-action in regards to Iran’s nuclear bomb threat because he is more of an ally to them? Why? Why is he spending us to third world status? Why does he want Immigration Reform? (12 million Democrat voters?) Why does he want to tie our hands behind our back and not develop oil, natural gas etc? He hides it all behind Social Justice. Social Justice my a$$.

Herb on March 28, 2010 at 11:33 AM

I just wonder what percent actually believe we live in a Republic any more and what percent are just posturing?

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 28, 2010 at 11:31 AM

Your question will be answered this November. Until then all we can do is work our butts off in spreading the Gospel.

Oldnuke on March 28, 2010 at 11:33 AM

Hello?! The Osurper’s goal is divide, destroy, and debase this great country. He’s doing it, and laughing all the way to the history books. What scum we have running the ship of state.

Congress is impotent. What’s next, a bake sale for bunker busters for Israel?

Western_Civ on March 28, 2010 at 11:33 AM

Meanwhile, all my Jewish friends are still blaming Bush and ridiculing that dumb redneck Palin.

CarolynM on March 28, 2010 at 11:23 AM

I have had a different experience. Most of my Jewish friends are coming around to the realities of Obama but still hold fast to their concern about the Chrisitian right and attach Sarah Palin to that movement, hence their dislike of her.

sherry on March 28, 2010 at 11:34 AM

diplomatic fumbles

Ed Morrissey

Is that what we’re calling Obama’s treachery these days, Ed?

I need to refresh my knowledge of the ‘ euphemism code’.

fossten on March 28, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Obama is the best community organizer agitator this nation has ever had. We should expect no more from this level of experience (and ideology).

Rovin on March 28, 2010 at 10:12 AM

And get your disrespectful shoes off the Presidential desk, you adolescent. Grow up indeed, ObaMao.

onlineanalyst on March 28, 2010 at 11:35 AM

For some reason the left hates Israel and loves Muslims.

Herb on March 28, 2010 at 11:33 AM

The left sides not necessarily with Muslims, but with anti-American and radical Muslims. The left has sided with our enemies for over a hundred years. They’ve sided with the USSR, Hitler, North Korea, China, Hugo Chavez, Daniel Ortega, Castro … and any tyrant, thug or country that hates US.

Remember … to the left, the enemy of their enemy (The US) is their friend.

darwin on March 28, 2010 at 11:41 AM

Obama’s administration has become Titanic.

1. It’s really big

2. Obama has ignored the icebergs ahead

3. It’s sinking fast

Benaiah on March 28, 2010 at 11:42 AM

I tried to find a list of who didn’t sign the letter. Has anyone found such a list? I’m guessing the CBC members didn’t sign.

PatMac on March 28, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Mr. President is a petulant narcissist. He won’t listen and he certainly won’t apologize for insulting the Israeli PM.

scalleywag on March 28, 2010 at 11:42 AM

I have had a different experience. Most of my Jewish friends are coming around to the realities of Obama but still hold fast to their concern about the Chrisitian right and attach Sarah Palin to that movement, hence their dislike of her.

sherry on March 28, 2010 at 11:34 AM

So they’re anti-Christian bigots?

darwin on March 28, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Hmmm a president who had a Muslim father and grew up in a Muslim country hates Israel? Never could have seen that one coming.

angryed on March 28, 2010 at 10:25 AM

Not to mention spending 20+ years “worshipping” at the knee of his rabidly anti-Semitic pastor, friend, and spiritual mentor Jeremiah Wright.

Oh, if only there had been some clue to Barry’s true feelings before a majority of American Jews helped vote him into the White House.

How do you like him now, suckers?

AZCoyote on March 28, 2010 at 11:43 AM

The list of signatories include liberal Democrats who are to the right of Obama on the issue of Israel. Obama is marginalizing himself while uniting pro-Israel Democrats in the same way he is uniting pro-Medicare Advantage seniors,anti-socialism Democrats and independents, and of course Republicans.

Normally, I would tell such a tone deaf politician, “Bring it on.” But Obama is as dangerous and arrogant as he is inept and self-absorbed. His personal feelings and petty grievances trump statesmanship, which is to be expected when an unqualified, untested presidential candidate whose appeal was entirely personal gets elected.

Terrie on March 28, 2010 at 11:46 AM

So they’re anti-Christian bigots?

darwin on March 28, 2010 at 11:42 AM

No, just concerned about the extreme right.

sherry on March 28, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Barry grow up? Ain’t gonna happen.

GarandFan on March 28, 2010 at 11:47 AM

But, but… he’s all articulate and shiit.

hillbillyjim on March 28, 2010 at 11:47 AM

[T]hree-quarters of the House of Representatives – signed a bipartisan letter to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton….

Did they get the addressee right?

Barnestormer on March 28, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Just think of all of the Hollywood elite Jews. They constantly prance around Obama Hussein Arafat.

mobydutch on March 28, 2010 at 11:49 AM

Why would any dictator listen to the muppets ?

Sandybourne on March 28, 2010 at 11:49 AM

My wife and I were raised as reformed & politically liberal Jews. We are now politically conservative and as Jews, much more observant. And we support Israel infinitely. Our wake-up call was, of course, 9/11, and also the violently hypocritical outrage protests over the Danish cartoons of that pedophile 7th century Muslim warlord.

Obama is like Pharoah to us. He is the presence of evil, mendacity, malevolence; he is vainglorious, egotistical, power-mad. He is a self-proclaimed (false) messiah of the left. For those of you interested in a reasonable explanation about the strange phenomenon of majorities of American Jews voting liberal, I highly recommend Norman Podharetz’s book “Why Are Jews Liberal?”. And if you’d like to have a refreshing politically conservative, Jewish-based, journalistic experience, of course, check out Commentary magazine. On the political front, get in touch with the Republican Jewish Coalition…

moonbatattack on March 28, 2010 at 11:49 AM

the policy against settlements in completely unchanged. We have always been against them, under both Republican and Democrat administrations.

Sigh. Just remembering the good old days of 2008 when this sort of thing was considered undermining of the President on foreign policy.

Hal_10000 on March 28, 2010 at 10:43 AM

You’re wrong. Perhaps you are confusing Jerusalem with the West Bank. The US has recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

ProfessorMiao on March 28, 2010 at 11:51 AM

Anyone see a complete list of signatories to this thing?

Western_Civ on March 28, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Meanwhile, all my Jewish friends are still blaming Bush and ridiculing that dumb redneck Palin.

CarolynM on March 28, 2010 at 11:23 AM

Don’t they read or watch the news? Is it some kind of group mentality thing? Whatever is making them tick here?

jeanie on March 28, 2010 at 11:53 AM

The Christian right is a much greater friend to Israel then secular American Jewry.

1921 C DRUM on March 28, 2010 at 11:55 AM

Jews are over-represented in the ranks of Nobel laureates. As well, in the fields of medicine, physics, music, and pure scientific research. Not to mention, they have endured centuries of persecution culminating in the holocaust and the subsequent UN mandated creation of the State of Israel…On the other hand, muslims cling to Islam, a religion of hate and jihad. They are conspicuously absent from fields of human endeavor other than producing bomb throwing terrorists…Barack Obama, alone among American Presidents, has chosen to support terrorists over jews…What a joke!

Nozzle on March 28, 2010 at 11:55 AM

The Won just snuck off to Kabul.

1921 C DRUM on March 28, 2010 at 11:56 AM

The Dems in Congress will continue to do what Obama tells them. They have bound themselves to him and he is their god. He is in no more danger from strongly worded letters than Iran is.

Extrafishy on March 28, 2010 at 11:56 AM

The Won just snuck off to Kabul.

1921 C DRUM on March 28, 2010 at 11:56 AM

I hope he stays there.

kingsjester on March 28, 2010 at 11:57 AM

For those of you interested in a reasonable explanation about the strange phenomenon of majorities of American Jews voting liberal – moonbatattack

Dennis Prager had a good series of articles about that subject a few years ago.

Benaiah on March 28, 2010 at 11:58 AM

I wish Western-Civ was not so right but it is clear, so clear many Dems see this too
“The Osurper’s goal is divide, destroy, and debase this great country. ”

obama started on this the day after he took office

RWGinger on March 28, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Øbama has created a spirit of bipartisanship – in opposition to his policies.

Kafir on March 28, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Obama is so clearly and blatantly anti-Israel, it is not even funny!

pilamaye on March 28, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Barry doesn’t need to worry about what he does with Israel. No matter what happens, jewish americans will still vote democrat by what? 70-30, 80-20 margin? Same thing with african americans…no matter how badly BO screws up, the dems still get 90% of the vote, easily.

Don’t put yourself into a ideological corner people! It’s bad, really bad.

madne0 on March 28, 2010 at 12:03 PM

Meanwhile, all my Jewish friends are still blaming Bush and ridiculing that dumb redneck Palin.

CarolynM on March 28, 2010 at 11:23 AM
Seriously?

darwin on March 28, 2010 at 11:29 AM

I have had a different experience. Most of my Jewish friends are coming around to the realities of Obama but still hold fast to their concern about the Chrisitian right and attach Sarah Palin to that movement, hence their dislike of her.

sherry on March 28, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Don’t they read or watch the news? Is it some kind of group mentality thing? Whatever is making them tick here?

jeanie on March 28, 2010 at 11:53 AM

I think that American Jews feel that issues such as abortion rights and other social issues far outweigh issues of national security and Israel.

CarolynM on March 28, 2010 at 12:04 PM

sherry on March 28, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Christians are extremists?

chemman on March 28, 2010 at 12:10 PM

Anyone see a complete list of signatories to this thing?

Western_Civ on March 28, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Here you go.

Barnestormer on March 28, 2010 at 12:11 PM

Christians are extremists?

chemman on March 28, 2010 at 12:10 PM

As a blanket statement, no. Not sure how you extrapolated that. Within any organized group, there are extremists.

sherry on March 28, 2010 at 12:14 PM

No, just concerned about the extreme right.

sherry on March 28, 2010 at 11:46 AM

I never have been able to figure out exactly what the “extreme right” is. Do they know? or is “extreme” just a generic term for anyone on the right these days.

darwin on March 28, 2010 at 12:18 PM

sherry on March 28, 2010 at 12:14 PM

Here is what led to my questions.

So they’re anti-Christian bigots?

darwin on March 28, 2010 at 11:42 AM

No, just concerned about the extreme right.

sherry on March 28, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Nothing extrapolated, you called them the extreme right.

Tell me what is extreme about believing in the sanctity of life, self-government, fiscal responsibility, honor, integrity and I can go on.

chemman on March 28, 2010 at 12:20 PM

I still shake my head with dismay wondering how Americans could be dumb enough to elect this fool as our president. As others have noted, a decisive victory over the left in the November elections is necessary to stem the tide toward national destruction.

docdave on March 28, 2010 at 12:20 PM

It provides a measure of just how far out of the mainstream the Obama administration has gotten on relations with Israel.

Yet another idiotic stance against an important ally from Obama while he kisses the butts of Hugo,Ahmadenjad,and Putin.These events were telegraphed long ago with just a simple look at his Foreign policy team:

This is a little background on his Advisor’s Rice and Powers.


Samantha Power

In the case of Power, it was Senator Obama who made the initial contact with her after reading her book on genocide. Power is now actively working for the campaign. She cannot be casually dismissed as one of Obama’s many advisors, with no particular assigned role.


POWERS ON ISRAEL:

“alienat[e] a domestic constituency of tremendous political and financial import; it may more crucially mean sacrificing…billions of dollars, not in servicing Israel’s military, but actually investing in the state of Palestine.”
Pretty much Powers wants us to cut off support(especially military)to Israel and invest in Palistine,basically she wants us to support the jihadist side of this conflict.
It gets better:


Power made her most problematic statement in 2002, in an interview she gave at Berkeley. The interviewer asked her this question:

without addressing the Palestine-Israel problem, let’s say you were an advisor to the President of the United States, how would you respond to current events there? Would you advise him to put a structure in place to monitor that situation, at least if one party or another [starts] looking like they might be moving toward genocide?


Power gave an astonishing answer:

What we don’t need is some kind of early warning mechanism there, what we need is a willingness to put something on the line in helping the situation. Putting something on the line might mean alienating a domestic constituency of tremendous political and financial import; it may more crucially mean sacrificing — or investing, I think, more than sacrificing — billions of dollars, not in servicing Israel’s military, but actually investing in the new state of Palestine, in investing the billions of dollars it would probably take, also, to support what will have to be a mammoth protection force, not of the old Rwanda kind, but a meaningful military presence. Because it seems to me at this stage (and this is true of actual genocides as well, and not just major human rights abuses, which were seen there), you have to go in as if you’re serious, you have to put something on the line.


Once again,cut off support to Israel and give support to Palistine that includes American Troops being dropped in to protect poor little Palistine from the EEEEEvvviiiiillll

JEWS.
Susan Rice:


This is all you need to know about her to come to the conclusion of how dangerously stupid she is:

According to multiple sources, including former Clinton official Mansoor Ijaz and Richard Miniter, author of the bestseller Losing Bin Laden, it was she who was a major opponent of accepting Sudan’s offer to turn over the world’s most wanted mass murderer(Bin Laden). At the time, Rice was the Clinton Administration’s Secretary of State for African Affairs and a former assistant National Security Advisor under Sandy Berger.

According the both Ijaz and Miniter, Rice’s personal beliefs on the Sudan’s credibility led to her convincing Berger to reject their offer to turn over Bin Laden, overruling the advice of Tim Carney, then ambassador to Sudan. Her partner in this colossal error in judgment? Bush hater Richard Clarke. Sadly, a little more than a year later, Bin Laden’s murderers blew up the African embassies, killing U. S. soldiers and citizens.


She is one of the few people still vouching for Joe Wilson’s credibility long after everyone else realized that not even vultures could find any shred of credibility on the Wilson carcass.

…This guy here personifies the idiocy of “smart power”..

Zbigniew Brzezinski


Here is one small example of the idiocy this “liberal genius”brings to the table:


“I encouraged the Chinese to support Pol Pot…. Pol Pot was an abomination. We could never support him, but China could.” [Blum, 1995; Z Magazine, 1997]

Q: Despite this risk, you were an advocate of this covert action. But perhaps you yourself
desired this Soviet entry into war and looked to provoke it?


Brzezinski:
It isn’t quite that. We didn’t push the Russians to intervene, but we
knowingly increased the probability that they would.


Q:
When the Soviets justified their intervention by asserting that they intended to fight
against a secret involvement of the United States in Afghanistan, people didn’t believe
them. However, there was a basis of truth. You don’t regret anything today?


Brzezinski:
Regret what? That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of
drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it? The day that the
Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter: We now have the
opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam war. Indeed, for almost 10 years, Moscow
had to carry on a war unsupportable by the government, a conflict that brought about the
demoralization and finally the breakup of the Soviet empire

.
Q: And neither do you regret having supported the Islamic fundamentalists, having given
arms and advice to future terrorists?

Brzezinski: What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the
collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central
Europe and the end of the cold war?

Q: Some stirred-up Moslems? But it has been said and repeated: Islamic fundamentalism
represents a world menace today.


Brzezinski:
Nonsense!

. . .
Real genius here,”yea I helped start and supported radical jihadist and to think they would be a problem later is just
“NONSENSE”.


Here is some of the other colossal mistakes this liberal genius and his buddy Carter were a part of:


Profile: Zbigniew Brzezinski

http://www.historycommons.org/entity.jsp?entity=zbigniew_brzezinski

Certainly no friend of Israel.

Baxter Greene on March 28, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Hi Ed,
Happy to see you’ve finally put your thoughts on this in the mix. I have been waiting to hear from you on this most upsetting issue. I have written extensively on the subject, both as a pundit and as a Jew.
http://www.thecjpoliticalreport.com/Barack_Obamas_intifada.html.
There is little if any question in my mind where the man Obama’s sympathies lie. His longstanding associations with the radical left were there for all to see…and ignore in Election 2008. (See: A YEAR IN MY PAJAMAS WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA, The Politics of Strange Bedfellows.
Now as reported today, there is a schism in his own foreign policy team. Specifically Dennis Ross finds himself standing virtually alone in his pro-Israel stance against Obama’s foreign policy staff, a team of both inept and irrational thinkers. Since, in my opinion, Obama’s hostility towards Israel is personal, it doesn’t seem to be much of a contest as to who will win the inside debate. I worry that Dennis Ross will either leave the administration in frustration or be forced out, when he must stay and fight for the obvious.

But truly concerning is that Obama has made Israel the fall guy for his fear to act forcefully in the matter of Iran. Obama has overlooked an interesting opportunity that a smarter leader would have seen as a huge opening to bring the Israelis and Arab-Palestinians together since, for once, they share a common strategic goal, which is to put a stop to Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Instead the president has decided to work to divide and conquer, not just the Jews at home, but the Israeli Jews as well with themselves and the Arab-Palestinians.

On a humorous note, Obama is said to be hosting a Seder to celebrate Passover. What will he say when he comes to the conclusion of the prayer service when Jews worldwide utter their most profound homily: Next Year in Jerusalem? “Next Year in Divided Jerusalem? Oy vey!

Halli Casser-Jayne
http://www.thecjpoliticalreport.com

The CJ Political Report on March 28, 2010 at 12:30 PM

I never have been able to figure out exactly what the “extreme right” is. Do they know? or is “extreme” just a generic term for anyone on the right these days.

darwin on March 28, 2010 at 12:18 PM

Darwin, I asked the same question because I wanted specifics and no, they don’t see it as a generic term (at least my friends don’t). They see extreme as abortion clinic bombings, Westbrooke church demonstrations, etc. Many are ambivalent on gay marriage but get agitated when they hear voices screaming that it is a sin.

Most are pro-choice with the definition that it would not be their choice but are not concerned with the choice of others.

It’s an interesting conversation because it always falls back to putting social conservative issues on the back burner for now and ensuring that fiscal responsibility is restored soon. And on this, I agree with them wholeheartedly.

sherry on March 28, 2010 at 12:31 PM

Meanwhile, in Washington, [327] congressmen – three-quarters of the House of Representatives – signed a bipartisan letter to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressing solid support for Israel and the expectation that differences between Jerusalem and Washington will be smoothed over quickly and in private.

Who were the 108 other Representatives that want Israel to twist in the wind?

Dr Evil on March 28, 2010 at 12:33 PM

So they’re anti-Christian bigots?

darwin on March 28, 2010 at 11:42 AM

No, just concerned about the extreme right.

sherry on March 28, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Are they concerned about the “extreme” right, or the mainstream Americans that the LSM portray as “extreme?” If your Jewish friends don’t wake up to the fact that right leaning Christians are the most ardent supporters of Israel, they’re volunteering for their own eventual extinction.

TugboatPhil on March 28, 2010 at 12:34 PM


Current Party Divisions of the House

253
Democrats
177
Republicans
0
Independents
5
Vacancies

Dr Evil on March 28, 2010 at 12:35 PM

No, just concerned about the extreme right.
sherry on March 28, 2010 at 11:46 AM

In other words, they read Frank Rich’s column.

I challenge Sherry to distinguish between the “right” and the “extreme right.” She can’t, because “extreme right” just a rhetorical trope used by the media to smear people who aren’t liberals.

In fact, you almost never see the phrase “the right” (which was part of the title of William F. Buckley’s long-running column). Today, you usually see “extreme right” or “far right” used because the liberals want you to believe if you’re not exactly like them, you’re extreme.

Emperor Norton on March 28, 2010 at 12:35 PM

Most are pro-choice with the definition that it would not be their choice but are not concerned with the choice of others.

This is the most intellectually dishonest stance a person can hold. If you think it’s “wrong” you acknowledge the humanity of the unborn and the fact that abortion kills that unborn child. How does it follow that you should support the “right” of another person to kill another unborn child? Either a human being is being killed or he isn’t. There’s no middle ground.

Honestly, if someone wants to throw away Israel in order to support the child slaughter he himself believes to be wrong, he deserve whatever he gets with Obama.

Vera on March 28, 2010 at 12:38 PM

Were there any Republicans not on board? Because if that’s the case, that means 150 Democrats were showing support for Israel no doubt because of their Jewish Support in their districts….so who are the 108, and are they a voting block inside the House?

Dr Evil on March 28, 2010 at 12:38 PM

tried to find a list of who didn’t sign the letter. Has anyone found such a list? I’m guessing the CBC members didn’t sign.

PatMac on March 28, 2010 at 11:42 AM

They circulated it before everyone broke for Easter. There may have been people who just weren’t around to sign it. They wanted to get it to Obama as quickly as possible.

Wethal on March 28, 2010 at 12:40 PM

They should turn the text of the letter into a House resolution.

Emperor Norton on March 28, 2010 at 12:41 PM

Obama will probably now “double down” and on his way back from Afghanistan he will go to visit the terrorist PA leadership in Ramallah and not go to Jerusalem

georgealbert on March 28, 2010 at 12:41 PM

If your Jewish friends don’t wake up to the fact that right leaning Christians are the most ardent supporters of Israel, they’re volunteering for their own eventual extinction.

TugboatPhil on March 28, 2010 at 12:34 PM

I actually heard a Jewish acquaintance recently say that Israel needs to be taught a lesson or two. She is very pro-Obama. There was no need to carry on that conversation.

sherry on March 28, 2010 at 12:42 PM

Darwin, I asked the same question because I wanted specifics and no, they don’t see it as a generic term (at least my friends don’t). They see extreme as abortion clinic bombings, Westbrooke church demonstrations, etc. Many are ambivalent on gay marriage but get agitated when they hear voices screaming that it is a sin.

Most are pro-choice with the definition that it would not be their choice but are not concerned with the choice of others.

It’s an interesting conversation because it always falls back to putting social conservative issues on the back burner for now and ensuring that fiscal responsibility is restored soon. And on this, I agree with them wholeheartedly.

sherry on March 28, 2010 at 12:31 PM

I understand where they’re coming from but you may want to remind them there hasn’t been a bombing in almost 40 years, and with the exception of the guy getting shot, there’s more daily violence from the left then there has ever been from the right.

In fact, virtually every instance of violence has come from the left, including presidential assassins.

Just sayin’

Oh, did you mean Westboro Baptist and that Phelps guy? If I’m not mistaken … he’s a democrat.

I suppose my point is they’ve taken some isolated events and expanded them to fit a larger group of people. They also need to understand that the Christian right has been under attack from the left for decades … and when under attack, people fight back.

Most people believe the fed should stay out of social issues altogether and leave them up to states to decide … or ignore.

darwin on March 28, 2010 at 12:42 PM

American Jews have sacrificed their faith for an invitation to The Liberals’ cocktail party.

kingsjester on March 28, 2010 at 12:45 PM

cmsinaz on March 28, 2010 at 10:15 AM

When they pull out of Afghanistan, that will be the tipping point.

Vatican Watcher on March 28, 2010 at 12:48 PM

The Likudniks insulted the US and have a long track record of doing so. You Write as if Obama is the first President to take exception to that but the truth is he isn’t. Reagan, Bush, and many other Republican leaders also had similar issues.

Bibi is an ass and referred to Obama’s closest staff as ‘self hating Jews’ a long time before all this kicked off. He is also dependent on Shas to hold his government together and he seems to forget that it isn’t Shas who removed Saddam or Shas who bankrolls the IDF or Shas who will defend Israel against Iran.

American interests are being harmed by what Bibi and Shas have done. It’s a pity that so many here put the interests of Israel’s religious socialist fringe before their own country’s interests. That’s the real treachery.

lexhamfox on March 28, 2010 at 1:08 PM

327 House members tell Obama to make U-turn on US-Israeli relations

They may be able to change his rhetoric by a few tens of degrees; they may be able to even change his policies by a few degrees, but they can’t change his heart, which was shaped by such as being in Jeremy Wright’s “Church” for 20 years, with Obama not sleeping though all twenty years.

MB4 on March 28, 2010 at 1:19 PM

Sherry,,,,,,,I would love to know where this right wing stuff comes from? What part of the gospels did Jesus say that would be considered right wing? What other part of the New Testament would you consider right wing? I suppose you would call Jesus right wing when you explore what he would consider sin and what isn’t. I probably won’t get an answer but I’ve been looking and I can’t find any right wing bible verses.

garydt on March 28, 2010 at 1:22 PM

Meanwhile, all my Jewish friends are still blaming Bush and ridiculing that dumb redneck Palin.

CarolynM on March 28, 2010 at 11:23 AM

Why would one surround themself with ignorant people?

thomasaur on March 28, 2010 at 1:26 PM

I still shake my head with dismay wondering how Americans could be dumb enough to elect this fool as our president.

docdave on March 28, 2010 at 12:20 PM

1. 1/3 of Republicans of voting age stayed home from the polls “to teach the Republicans a lesson”.

2. O’bama set a new election record-he got 70% of the high school dropout vote. No Presidential candidate had ever done that before.

Del Dolemonte on March 28, 2010 at 1:32 PM

Well when Israel ceases to exist thanks to a nuclear Iran, I guess that will be historic as well.

angryed on March 28, 2010 at 10:27 AM

Israel will prevail, as the Scriptures have promised. It will be difficult, and terrible, but they will prevail.

Pazman on March 28, 2010 at 1:32 PM

That’s odd… I could have sworn he promised not to meddle in other nations’ business. It’s not like Obama to lie, is it?

/sarcasm off

jeffn21 on March 28, 2010 at 1:36 PM

Don’t worry, barry!! The ones that are democrats can be gotten to later….just give them an airport or a few minutes w/ pelosi on her knees in the back room and they’ll cave!!

WhatsRight on March 28, 2010 at 10:28 AM

..oh, this is so deliciously bad it’s good! Although the thought of Pelosi servicing potential allies is supremely troubling.

VoyskaPVO on March 28, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Keep voting for him and them, stupid Jews who did/do.

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2010 at 1:48 PM

As for Sarah Palin’s regard for Israel, remember that she wore a crossed US/Israeli flag pin during her speech at the Nashville Tea Party convention in February. There was also the time in February 2008 when a free-lance Alaskan reporter interviewed Palin at the Governor’s office. Note the little flag of Israel Palin has on display near the window of her office.

Emperor Norton on March 28, 2010 at 2:07 PM

Meanwhile, all my Jewish friends are still blaming Bush and ridiculing that dumb redneck Palin.

CarolynM on March 28, 2010 at 11:23 AM

Hopefully you have the clarity of mind to inform your lefty Jewish friends that they are a) stupid leftists, and b) profoundly, demonstrably wrong.

The 327 number is symbolic, to me. With 3/4 of the House reps willing to publicly tell O’Bozo not only that he’s wrong on Israel, but that they want him to stop effing it up and get it right, it hews closely with what the right has said all along about him: he’s a creature of the left edge of the left wing of the Democrap party, and completely outside of the mainstream of U.S. political philosophy.

Jaibones on March 28, 2010 at 2:08 PM

I see Ron Paul didn’t sign the letter.

I thought I couldn’t hate that fraud more, now he proved me wrong.

Rebar on March 28, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Presidentin’ is hard!
Poor scooter.

carbon_footprint on March 28, 2010 at 2:11 PM

While they’re at it, can they get Obama to stop screwing up the US-UK relationship? As reported in the Headlines today, a committee of UK MPs has reported that the special relationship is over.

Jay Mac on March 28, 2010 at 2:15 PM

a few minutes w/ pelosi on her knees in the back room and they’ll cave!!

WhatsRight on March 28, 2010 at 10:28 AM

Dude, be serious. No man in his right mind would let his schwanz get near LockJaw Pelosi.

Jaibones on March 28, 2010 at 2:16 PM

The Christian right is a much greater friend to Israel then secular American Jewry.

1921 C DRUM on March 28, 2010 at 11:55 AM

Unfortunately liberal Jews don’t see it that way. Watch this clip from the Sopranos. Right to the end.

Why that line was put in there I don’t know. It had nothing to do with the plot. But it is testimony that those who wrote that line, Hollywood writers, feel that the Christian Right is really anti-Semitic and masquerading. Liberal Jews are very suspicious of Christians and the Right no matter how innocuous they may be. They believe that all right-wing people are closet Nazis waiting to come out and start up the trains again.

This is why the Jews will always side with the Left. They feel safe with the Left.

keep the change on March 28, 2010 at 2:22 PM

Sorry to say this but with a lot of Jewish Americans.Liberalism trumps there Jewish faith.Just like Some Americans who call them self Christian.Liberalism trumps there faith.

thmcbb on March 28, 2010 at 2:23 PM

I think that American Jews feel that issues such as abortion rights and other social issues far outweigh issues of national security and Israel.

CarolynM on March 28, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Really? All of them? What is your thinking — and your global statement — based on? Whatever it is, it’s wrong. It’s better not to paint with such a broad brush.

Blackacre on March 28, 2010 at 2:26 PM

The truth is probably that he organized cock fights, rather than communities.

sherry

Larry Sinclair totally agrees with you!

honsy on March 28, 2010 at 2:30 PM

From Audacity of Hope: “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.

Army Brat on March 28, 2010 at 2:32 PM

I think that American Jews feel that issues such as abortion rights and other social issues far outweigh issues of national security and Israel.

CarolynM on March 28, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Really? All of them? What is your thinking — and your global statement — based on? Whatever it is, it’s wrong. It’s better not to paint with such a broad brush.

Blackacre

That’s true as far as secular Jews – by and large. The religious Jews are far more conservative in their political affiliations.

honsy on March 28, 2010 at 2:32 PM

This sick puppy in chief’s marxist beginnings and muslim childhood in indonesia certainly explain a lot about his snubbing of Israel.
Anyone (and most people here) that did any research at all into this community organizer presidential candidate in ’07-’08, isn’t surprised at these developments.
The truly dangerous situation now is that a malignant narcissist was just handed the HC deform victory right from the jaws of defeat, and will be more inclined to see himself as a larger than life omnipotent force, destined for more “change” that maybe only he can believe in.
Look for both avoidable and unavoidable crises before November, and be ready for disruptions in the norm designed by the left for counter intuitive and anti-american purposes.
He’s quickly losing the people while at the same time gaining in self esteem. This not a good thing for any of us.

ontherocks on March 28, 2010 at 2:33 PM

While they’re at it, can they get Obama to stop screwing up the US-UK relationship? As reported in the Headlines today, a committee of UK MPs has reported that the special relationship is over.

Jay Mac on March 28, 2010 at 2:15 PM

Lol…. You should read the final report of the committee. It has nothing to do with Obama. The reasons are rooted in the actions of the previous Administration. Obama is barely mentioned.

lexhamfox on March 28, 2010 at 2:34 PM

Did the O give them all the same middle finger he gave the American people?

jimmy2shoes on March 28, 2010 at 2:35 PM

This is why the Jews will always side with the Left. They feel safe with the Left.

keep the change

. . . until O’Bambi sics his thugs to foment an American Kristalnacht – but by then it will be too late.

honsy on March 28, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Mike Pence was on Medved earlier last week and mentioned that Triple J was involved with this letter.
I’ll be delighted if he was-because then there’ll be one thing to his credit…to go with the hundreds(thousands?) of things against it.
*siiigh*

annoyinglittletwerp on March 28, 2010 at 2:37 PM

The United States would “seriously consider abstaining” should the United Nations Security Council pass a resolution condemning Israel’s housing construction in East Jerusalem, the BBC reported on Sunday.

That message was passed during a meeting between a senior U.S. official and Qatari Foreign Minister Hamad Bin Jasim Al Thani, a diplomatic source told the BBC.

Sheikh Hamad reportedly asked a senior official from the Obama administration whether the U.S. would promise not veto a Security Council resolution condemning Israel’s settlement activity in East Jerusalem.

The U.S. official reportedly told Hamas in response that the current U.S. position was that it would “seriously consider abstention”, according to the BBC.

Ha’aretz.

Wethal on March 28, 2010 at 2:41 PM

Really? All of them?…

Blackacre on March 28, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Not every single one of them. I haven’t had the time to interview every single American Jew, what with my work schedule and all. But thanks for keeping me on my toes. I’ll pass the advice on to Jonah Goldberg too.

CarolynM on March 28, 2010 at 2:50 PM

A lot of (most?) of American Jews put their liberalism first and their Jewishness second.

Which will be the death of them…again. Liberal, Secular Jews are not that smart.

PakviRoti on March 28, 2010 at 2:52 PM

I probably won’t get an answer but I’ve been looking and I can’t find any right wing bible verses.

garydt on March 28, 2010 at 1:22 PM

No, Gary, I’ll answer you. I couldn’t quote the bible because I haven’t read it since Sunday school many years ago.

sherry on March 28, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Did Pelosi have the guts to sign this letter?

sherry on March 28, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Nanzi Pelozi did not. She only signs documents when she doesn’t know what’s in them.

Or maybe she hates Jews.

Western_Civ on March 28, 2010 at 3:17 PM

The list from way upthread:

Anyone see a complete list of signatories to this thing?

Western_Civ on March 28, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Here you go.

Barnestormer on March 28, 2010 at 12:11 PM

And no, no Ron Paul and yes, JJJr. Here’s a shocker- no Keith Ellison (Muslim-MN)

2ipa on March 28, 2010 at 3:18 PM

Not every single one of them. …

CarolynM on March 28, 2010 at 2:50 PM

That’s all it takes to falsify a global statement. Ask Karl Popper.

Blackacre on March 28, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Well, I’m glad that Triple J signed it.
When I call his office tomorrow I’ll make sure to mention it…right before I rip the soul unlucky enough to take my call a new one.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 28, 2010 at 3:26 PM

No Keith Ellison?
I’m stunned-really.
//sarc.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 28, 2010 at 3:27 PM

Most people believe the fed should stay out of social issues altogether and leave them up to states to decide … or ignore.

darwin on March 28, 2010 at 12:42 PM

If the fact that killing unborn babies is at the epicenter of whether the most destructive piece of legislation (aside from Roe v Wade) that was ever passed in this nation went over your head – then I hope to God that there aren’t many more conservatives like you at home.

If the recent obamacare-Stupak debacle/travesty wasn’t a screaming, 10,000 decibal, million-mega-watt-neon sign from God saying “This is the kind of destruction you have created by yourselves after 37 years and 48 MILLION dead babies”, then deaf, dumb and blind don’t begin to desribe you.

The direct link between the decline and enslavement of America via evil representatives that WE actually VOTED into power to corruptly steal our country and the fact that in the U.S., one baby every 30 seconds is murdered in abortion because WE allow and even enshsrine it through these SAME evil representatives gives the obvious answer to anyone who cares to stop and listen, and is willing to take up “cultural” conservatism without fear of being called a red-neck neanderthal because the same people who call you that are the demons who are literally helping to shred unborn children’s limbs and will now be the ones sitting on the death panels, just for you.

When we as a nation are free from the bloodbath that we have wrought for the unborn, we will be a nation strong enough to be free of the tyranny that we deservedly wrought for ourselves.

“Leave killing to the individual states or ignore it” is a lukewarm response that the Lord in Scripture says would make him “vomit you out of His mouth.”

tigerlily on March 28, 2010 at 3:43 PM

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