Video: Keith Ellison explains his vote against Iron Dome

posted at 3:31 pm on August 3, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

You may recall that on Friday, in what would have been a Christmas Miracle were it not several months early, Congress actually got something done. It was the passage of a bill approving $225M in funding for Israel’s Iron Dome defensive missile system. It was quite the bipartisan effort in retrospect, garnering an overwhelming 395 votes in the House with only eight in opposition. One of those eight was Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison, and as The Corner reports, he went out on the weekend gab circuit to explain why he didn’t support the measure.

“Because a cease-fire is what we should prioritize now,” he said when asked to explain his vote on Meet the Press. “A cease-fire protects civilians on both sides — it doesn’t just say, ‘We’re only concerned about people on one side.’”

He pointed to the devastation he witnessed during his trips to Gaza.

Let’s go to the brief video, and then we’ll carry on below that.

I’m going to take a shot in the dark here and say that Ellison saw some “logic” in saying that voting against Iron Dome funding was a way of supporting a cease fire. Mind you, this is only a guess, but I suppose he meant that if large numbers of Israeli civilians began dying because the rockets raining down on them started getting through, Netanyahu?would be more interested in a cease fire? Was that it?

I thought we might gain some clue to his thinking on this by reading his recent editorial in the Washington Post where he called for a cease fire… under certain conditions. But in that piece, he claims that he supports the cessation of rockets firing from Gaza into Israel, with no mention of making it easier for them to make it through to their targets. We may never have an explanation for this seeming disconnect.

In a rather comic side-bar to this story, the UN has criticized Israel for (wait for it) … not sharing its Iron Dome technology with Hamas. I’d normally write something snarky here, but words fail me.

On a related topic, there have clearly been some serious technological advancements made. While there is no “good news” in reporting on the actual battle taking place, the performance of Iron Dome is certainly impressive. I’m not sure what the success rate is when compared to the earlier editions of the Patriot missile battery, or if the speed and maximum range have changed significantly, but it’s definitely good at the job it does. There’s a short description of the Patriot here and Iron Dome here.


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Because he’s an islamist POS.

V7_Sport on August 3, 2014 at 3:34 PM

“A cease-fire protects civilians on both sides — it doesn’t just say, ‘We’re only concerned about people on one side.’”

Have you spoken to your buddies in Hamas about that, Keithy, baby?

Resist We Much on August 3, 2014 at 3:36 PM

In a rather comic side-bar to this story, the UN has criticized Israel for (wait for it) … not sharing its Iron Dome technology with Hamas.

And we give the UN welfare too? ///

CW on August 3, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Hamas planned a big invasion and bombing and kidnapping terror attack via dozens of tunnels:

According to captured Hamas documents, on Rosh Hashanah of this year (starting September 24), up to 200 Hamas gunmen were to pour out of each of the dozens upon dozens of terror tunnels, many of which we now know exit inside or very near to Israeli civilian communities.

While the Hamas plan is in scope grand beyond achievability, there is no doubt that an attack of that scale would have resulted in many Israeli casualties, and possibly a number of abductions.

Many of the tunnels uncovered over the past week were found to contain holding rooms where presumably Hamas intended to hide kidnapped Israelis.

A number of the Hamas fighters captured by Israel in recent days have confirmed that the plan was real, and said they had been promised by their leadership that the mass coordinated assault would begin the ultimate defeat of the Zionist enemy.

http://nextbigfuture.com/2014/08/hamas-planned-big-invasion-and-bombing.html

anotherJoe on August 3, 2014 at 3:39 PM

The Muslim caucus has spoken, to hell with America…

Fat Hubie on August 3, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Wait, the Muslim supports the decimation of Israel’s defense system?

Whodathunkit?

BKeyser on August 3, 2014 at 3:39 PM

America and Europe/GB need to wake the f8ck up.

CW on August 3, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Ellison, like Gutierrez, has no business being in the US Congress. Too many Representatives and Senators are more concerned about their own particular ethnic group than they are about taxpaying citizens and what is best for the country as a whole.

They take an oath, not that it means anything any more. Obama violates his on a daily basis.

Meredith on August 3, 2014 at 3:42 PM

He hates Israel and he hates jews simple as that.

jaywemm on August 3, 2014 at 3:44 PM

My Congressman!
Beloved by 80% of voters in the Blue City!

Anybody out there wanna buy my house?

Bruno Strozek on August 3, 2014 at 3:44 PM

so to summarize…because hes a f*ing idiot.

dmacleo on August 3, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Ellison is just another RACIST, ANTI-AMERICAN,ANTI-CHRISTIAN, ISLAMIST LIBERAL POS in Congress…….

Realdemocrat1 on August 3, 2014 at 3:53 PM

find a good black person to run against this guy and beat him

wholefoodsrepublican on August 3, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Just another Leftist/Muslim/Communist piece of trash.Thes people are sworn to uphold the Constitution and laws to protect Americans but the bust their ass on a daily basis to tear it down.Go ahead Elison light that fuse! It is going to be one ugly explosion real soon!

jeffinsjvca on August 3, 2014 at 3:54 PM

It wouldn’t surprise me to walk into his capitol office and see a picture of Heinrick Himmler. Like virtually all Muslims he hates Jews. How does Minnesota keep sending this tool to DC? Why do the Jews continue to vote Democrat?

chicken thief on August 3, 2014 at 3:55 PM

He is a muslim and he hates Jews and wants them all dead.

VorDaj on August 3, 2014 at 3:55 PM

America and Europe/GB need to wake the f8ck up.

CW on August 3, 2014 at 3:41 PM

It’s probably too late for Europe and the UK to wake the fvck up.

Yesterday, in front of the White House, police removed Israel supporters ‘for their safety’ after they were threatened by Hamas supporters. A few years ago, in Britain, people lined up to welcome home Iraqi soldiers. Muslims started screaming at them for supporting ‘baby killers.’ Then, the Muslims started to attack the people. Who got arrested? You got it. The peaceful supporters.

If this latest Israel-Palestinian fight, along with what is happening with ISIS, Boko Haram, the Taliban, and Islamic extremists across the world, has taught me anything it is this: There will be a world war in the future for the very survival of civilisation. I may not live to see it, but I have no doubt that it will happen. In the event it doesn’t, it will only mean that freedom-loving peoples have surrendered to the barbaric, nihilistic, misogynistic, racist, homophobic, bigoted, child-abusing, xenophobic, tribalistic, antisemitic, Christophobic, maniacal, thin-skinned, homicidal, suicidal, totalitarian, 7th century death cult.

Resist We Much on August 3, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Islamist douchebag wants Israel’s defense hampered?

I’m shocked.

Midas on August 3, 2014 at 3:59 PM

There is NO “disconnect” with Keith X. Ellison, or whatever name he uses now.

He’s a Muslim Bro-hood sympathizer and a Jew-hating supporting of islamic terror. Sending scum like him to Congress ought to get a district expelled from the Union.

Adjoran on August 3, 2014 at 3:59 PM

I clicked on the video and it went here.

StubbornGreenBurros on August 3, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Resist We Much, I am so happy you comment here, you are a much needed voice. Thank you.

birdwatcher on August 3, 2014 at 4:01 PM

RWM — great site — keep up the good work — have a great day –
That is all…….

nchammer on August 3, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Islamist douchebag wants Israel’s defense hampered?

I’m shocked.

Midas on August 3, 2014 at 3:59 PM

yep. me too……………………

VegasRick on August 3, 2014 at 4:03 PM

I clicked on the video and it went here.

StubbornGreenBurros on August 3, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Bro don’t do that! You’re getting abdul ellison all excited.

VegasRick on August 3, 2014 at 4:05 PM

I clicked on the video and it went here.

StubbornGreenBurros on August 3, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Lol on the “screaming sheep” video. I don’t know if this one ups you, but this takes some kind of (Ethiopian) cake: http://www.weather.com/video/goat-goes-piggy-back-49300

anotherJoe on August 3, 2014 at 4:06 PM

That’s my rep – I’m so proud *hangs head in shame*

gophergirl on August 3, 2014 at 4:07 PM

He’s a muzzie.
‘Nuf said.

Why he’s not in Gitmo is beyond me.
Oh wait, diversity, tolerance and all that cr@p.

Bubba Redneck on August 3, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Ellison only wants a one-sided cease fire.

On another note, I received a Facebook friend request from the Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby! Realizing it was almost certainly a fake, I reported it and sent the link to the page to DOD.

clnurnberg on August 3, 2014 at 4:10 PM

find a good black person to run against this guy and beat him

wholefoodsrepublican on August 3, 2014 at 3:54 PM

It’s going to be difficult even with that. If voter ID had passed he would have been in big trouble.

Someone with deep pockets and someone who is very purple has the best chance.

A republican of any type – no way in hell

gophergirl on August 3, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Not surprised he voted against it. Am surprised the other Muslim member in congress, Andre Carson, voted for it.

sadsushi on August 3, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Has Ned been by to tell us that the Jews should just give up and die already?

VegasRick on August 3, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Reality check

Has Ned been by to tell us that the Jews should just give up and die already?

VegasRick on August 3, 2014 at 4:14 PM

He’s busy having his tiny brain handed to him, on a platinum platter, in the Rubio thread.

Schadenfreude on August 3, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Imagine what the world would be like if just for one day people were forced to tell the truth. It would be the end of the Democrats.

HiJack on August 3, 2014 at 4:20 PM

There are plenty of anti-semite fools on the Republican side that voted agains the Iron dome as well.

Voting against the measure in the House were Democrats Keith Ellison of Minnesota, Zoe Lofgren of California, Beto O’Rourke of Texas and Jim Moran of Virginia, and Republicans Justin Amash of Michigan, Walter Jones of North Carolina, Thomas Massie of Kentucky and Mark Sanford of South Carolina.

Read more here: http://www.modbee.com/2014/08/02/3468852/congress-backs-israels-iron-dome.html#storylink=cpy

jp on August 3, 2014 at 4:22 PM

HiJack on August 3, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Sounds like a far far better place

clnurnberg on August 3, 2014 at 4:22 PM

‘Keith Ellison, CAIR’s Congressional Candidate’

http://archive.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=2650

Pork-Chop on August 3, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Because, like Barack, he’s a muslim. Oh, and he’s black, too!

SouthernGent on August 3, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Why should I trust anyone that practices Islam?

jmtham156 on August 3, 2014 at 4:29 PM

UN is accusing both us and Israel of war crimes for not sharing this technology with HAMAS.
Not surprised to see Mark Sanford vote against this. New wife is probably anti-Israel

clnurnberg on August 3, 2014 at 4:30 PM

birdwatcher & nchammer:

TYVVM!

Resist We Much on August 3, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Two bit Muzzie jackass.

Jaibones on August 3, 2014 at 4:36 PM

He is just upset Muslims are getting their asses kicked badly.

sorrowen on August 3, 2014 at 4:36 PM

The muslims will always side with muslims. Unless there are only muslims left then they will kill each other.

jukin3 on August 3, 2014 at 4:37 PM

To the muslim ellison the only good Jew is a dead Jew unless of course you still need their votes to win an election….

crosshugger on August 3, 2014 at 4:37 PM

What’s to explain? He’s an Islamist, driven by it’s psychotic, violent agenda.

whatcat on August 3, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Ellison would rather provide Hamas with suicide vests.

rmkdbq on August 3, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Not complicated. Ellison a Jew hater.

Franklin100 on August 3, 2014 at 4:41 PM

My Congressman!

Anybody out there wanna buy my house?

Bruno Strozek on August 3, 2014 at 3:44 PM

My condolences.

And, No.

oldleprechaun on August 3, 2014 at 4:42 PM

First thought after listening:

We are men of action. Lies do not become us.

unclesmrgol on August 3, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Why does Hotair continually to prop up the obvious instead of a decent story? We all know this guy is a Muzzie, therefore wants all infidels dead. Wow, what a scoop! yawn……….

UpTheCreek on August 3, 2014 at 4:46 PM

garnering an overwhelming 395 votes in the House with only eight in opposition.

Just curious-who were the other 7 besides Ellison?

FYI Power Line has been exposing Ellison ever since he first ran for office.

Del Dolemonte on August 3, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Wait, the Muslim supports the decimation of Israel’s defense system?

Whodathunkit?

BKeyser on August 3, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Probably just that simple. Of course, no member of the media is about to ask embarrassing questions about a Muslim’s support of attacks against Israel.

There Goes the Neighborhood on August 3, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Why is the UN complaining about Israel not sharing? You would think they would go after the US since we appear to be the provider. Or at least the financier.

Cindy Munford on August 3, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Cindy Munford on August 3, 2014 at 5:00 PM

They say we are war criminals too, for that reason.

clnurnberg on August 3, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Israel agreed to numerous cease fires and instituted them unilaterally. However, Hamas violated everyone. So, all Ellison wanted was to see more dead Jews for his constituents.

Blake on August 3, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Detroitistan

BobMbx on August 3, 2014 at 5:19 PM

All pro Israel rallies should be a combined proIsrael/prosecond amendment rally. Two can play the intimidation game.

Doc Holliday on August 3, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Translated: “Death to the Jews”

Kerry: “Amen”

faraway on August 3, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Muslim plant.

nobama1267 on August 3, 2014 at 5:24 PM

I do wonder if Keith realizes just how far up the most wanted list he would be if unpleasantries ever broke out…

Doc Holliday on August 3, 2014 at 5:32 PM

clnurnberg on August 3, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Well okay then. As far as I am concerned we couldn’t be in better company than Israel.

Cindy Munford on August 3, 2014 at 5:53 PM

I hate to repeat myself, but Israel has been trying to sell the technology. Why doesn’t Hamas just buy it?

DemetriusPhalerum on August 3, 2014 at 6:31 PM

We need separation of mosk and state.

Akzed on August 3, 2014 at 6:38 PM

DemetriusPhalerum on August 3, 2014 at 6:31 PM

The UN clearly recognizes that HAMAS has better things to do with our tax dollars, so like electricity and cement, Israel must pay for protecting terrorists.

clnurnberg on August 3, 2014 at 6:40 PM

I get that. My point is that no one is denying Iron Dome to Hamas. So what gives? The Useless Nabobs use the term share. Are you saying that means give, as in providing the software, hardware, and MISSILES that make it work?

DemetriusPhalerum on August 3, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Keith Ellison explains his vote against Iron Dome

Let’s keep it simple, shall we?

Because Ellison is yet another islamist sympathising, Jew hating bigot. Period.

locomotivebreath1901 on August 3, 2014 at 7:05 PM

He is a mUSLIM POS.

All the explanation needed.

ConstantineXI on August 3, 2014 at 7:36 PM

He is an Islamist and a racist. That is all you need to know about him.

Nahanni on August 3, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Hamas should share their tunnel technology.

Bertram Cabot Jr. on August 3, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Hot Air is supposed to be a conservative site. I assume it is supposed to be supportive of Israel. Can someone please tell me why a featured writer on this site cannot even do some basic research before he posts?

Keith Ellison is a Muslim. He has a long and fruitful association with the Nation of Islam. And Keith Ellison is an anti-Semitic, radical scumbag.

Joseph K on August 3, 2014 at 7:47 PM

His explanation, summarized:

“Blah blah blah I’m a complete !@#$ing idiot at the very least who can barely eat a slice of watermelon without choking on a seed, and most likely I want Israel GONE.”

LawfulGood on August 3, 2014 at 7:58 PM

This j@ck@$$ thinks we need to help drive our ally to it’s knees to force them to the negotiating table in a position of weakness. With ‘friends’ like this, who needs enemies?

easyt65 on August 3, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Just because so much is quickly forgotten in today’s ADD world, a reminder that the USA was instrumental both in Israel leaving Gaza and in her allowing Hamas to run for office – one of the world’s stupidest ideas.*

It is probable that the rockets and other dangers Israel now faces, would be far less serious had the western powers-that-try-to-be used some common sense about Palestinian elections. Those that forced Israel to concede, have an obligation to do something to ameliorate the mess that has resulted. It would be inappropriate for the US not to fund Iron Dome. That said and watching the way things are going, I expect a whole lot of inappropriate to come up in the near future.

* I do have to commend Navi Pillay

In a rather comic side-bar to this story

for simultaneously breaking laws of logic and physics, with her complaint about Hamas not having Iron Dome.

Brad Brzezinski on August 3, 2014 at 8:52 PM

He doesn’t want anything getting in the way of the rocks and trees crying out that there is a Jew behind them, so Muslims may find them, and kill them. that would be very un-Qur’anic of them now, wouldn’t it?

He has squllions of Somali immigrants in his district. He’s not trying to pander to the vote, he just wants to live.

Stupidest voters ever, progressives. Look at France, fools. Stop ruining my country by voting for people whose faith is antithetical to liberty. I despise that lying racist traitor.

winoceros on August 3, 2014 at 10:09 PM

And he can spew this drivel without even having the slightest worry about reelection. Says as much about Minnesota (Americans) as it does about Ellison.

Jackalope on August 3, 2014 at 10:35 PM

That’s right, Jackalope just commented!

Jackalope on August 3, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Sorry. Beer.

Jackalope on August 3, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Yeah, because cease fires work so well with Hamas…what, about 90 minutes?

right2bright on August 4, 2014 at 12:49 AM

A black liberal Muslim voting against Israel? Wow. I didn’t see that coming. Not.

SoulGlo on August 4, 2014 at 3:39 AM

Keith Ellison- another bright shining example of Minnesota leadership. Of course a Muslim is going to rail against the Jews and seek the destruction of the Jewish state. If you think Ellison cares about dead children you are very much mistaken. He is just like the rest of the filthy terrorists unwillihg for any solution that does not include the destruction of Israel and the martyrdom of Jews worldwide.

Happy Nomad on August 4, 2014 at 7:37 AM

Shorter Keith Ellison: “What, you think I’d ever vote to protect some JOOOOOOS?”

Physics Geek on August 4, 2014 at 7:44 AM

Take a good, long look at the picture..and realize you are staring into the face of more than just an imbecile but also the face of an ENEMY of Israel!

This dangerously ignorant person believes that the United States must betay our ally, to allow them to be rendered incapable of defending themselves from further attacks, and must be driven to their knees, facing no other option but to crawl to the negotiating table in a position of weakness with Hamas, a terrorist organization whose charter calls for Israel’s complete destruction and who vows to continue fighting until they accomplish this goal!

Ellison is literally too stupid to represent anyone except himself. I can not totally blame Ellison, however, because he simply demonstrates the Liberal philosophy of ‘Peace through Weakness’ in which he has obviously been endoctrinated! Ellison actually believes that if Israel, who has had over 3,000 rockets fired at it from Gaza since 8 July, stops DEFENDING itself, stops trying to take out the rocket launchers that have fired those 3,000+ rockets, stop finding and estroying the dozens of complex tunnels running underground into Israel Hamas uses to kidnap/kill Israelis, if Israel just meekly comes to the negotiating table and begs Hamas to stop the fighting, to accept that Jews have a right to live, and – if it feels like it – remove the section in their charte that calls for the elimination of Israel that Hamas would eagerly do so! Ellis, like almost ALL Liberals, do not understand that such behavior.action is seen as complete weakness in the Middle East and is an invitation to violence and death.

And ANYONE who believes the US should take part in helping drive an ally down to their knees to the point where they are willing to give concessions to terrorists who want to kill them should be immediately shunned . ignored.

easyt65 on August 4, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Because he’s an islamist POS.

V7_Sport on August 3, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Pretty much.

Though I have to wonder why we would be spending that kind of money on a defensive system for someone else – even an ally. Do we get something out of this? Or is this one more example of our foreign defense welfare program?

GWB on August 4, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Lead from behind – truth is lies, war is peace, oppresion is freedom…

Liberal pap Hamas needs a cease fire so it can raid Israel and kidnap innocent civilians to blackmail the Jews.

Destroy Gaza and send the scum back to Egypt and Jordan whos citizens they were before 1967.

Kuffar on August 4, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Obama a few days ago:

“In the United States, Eid also reminds us of the many achievements and contributions of Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy”

But their religion doesn’t permit them to be good muslims and at the same time to be loyal to the constitution and values of the United States. Ellsion has chosen siding with his personal against representing Amercicans. He should not be allowed to serve in Congress.

neocon stormtrooper on August 4, 2014 at 11:10 AM

I would tend to believe that if idiots like Ellison got their way about Iron Dome with larger Israeli civilian casualties, they would SERIOUSLY not like the results. Bibi strikes me as the kind of dude who would justifiably level Gaza, if there were large Israeli casualty lists.

PJ Emeritus on August 4, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Yeah, that kind of thinking is why we can’t control our own borders and why soldiers get killed out in the field. The “priority” is somewhere else, meanwhile our soldiers and border agents get shot at and killed, and have to call home to get “permission” to defend themselves.

eclark1849 on August 4, 2014 at 11:44 AM

There are two ways of looking at Keith Ellison’s vote. He’s a Muslim, so he stands with the Muslims in their Jew-hating ways. OR, he’s just another cynical politician who has to say what he needs to, to keep his (Muslim) constituency happy. I’d say it’s probably a little bit of both.

RebeccaH on August 4, 2014 at 12:14 PM

The balkinization/tribalization of America.

jnelchef on August 4, 2014 at 12:51 PM

So would your vote against Iron dome, which protects Israeli citizens, be racist or anti-semetic, Keith?

kjatexas on August 4, 2014 at 1:19 PM

How are mental midgets like Ellison, Maxine Waters, Johnson (‘capsize Guam’), Shiela Jackson Lee (from TX, no less), et al, etc. elected AND re-elected to Congress time after time?

As for Ellison he has a powerful financial backer: “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”
Consider this, after King Putt leaves office he’ll have a VERY large sack of money to distribute to Gimmedats who will continue to integrate HIS plan for Hope and Change for the Fundamental Remaking of America.

Unless someone can wrest control of that sack of money, it will be decades before we EVER recover from this disaster.

Missilengr on August 4, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Minnesota voters need to send him packing in November. Like Franken, he is not respected in Congress.

Amazingoly on August 4, 2014 at 3:41 PM

As Tip O’neil said politics is local. The man knows his constituency.

tuptian on August 4, 2014 at 4:47 PM