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On Romney’s Pro-Palestinian Allies

This says more about us than it does about him

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Governor Mitt Romney(FP)

When I think back on the 2008 presidential election, I often quickly return to the hysteria that surrounded then-Candidate Barack Obama’s political, religious, and social ties to the likes of Bill Ayers, Rashid Khalidi, and Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Ayers was said to be a terrorist, Khalidi was, at best, a Palestinian activist, and Wright, well…

As Candidate Obama fought two vetted and well-known political institutions in Senators Hillary Clinton and John McCain, he managed to distance himself enough (and in Wright’s case, transform a scandal into a meaningful American moment) to capture the Democratic nomination and then the presidency itself. These alliances still provide fodder for those who seek to sow conspiracy at every turn. As recently as last month, the website Breitbart offered $100,000 for a video footage of a dinner honoring Khalidi, at which Obama spoke. But if President Obama’s path to reelection is trammeled by anything, it’s certainly not Reverend Wright.

Enter the news today about Governor Romney’s Arab-Americans for Romney group which, like any other affinity group, showcases the diversity of the country that Romney aspires to govern and the variety of his support. The trouble, if you can call it that, centers around some of the names on the list of supporters:

The list, which includes some prominent sitting and former members of Congress like Darrell Issa and Sen. John E. Sununu (the son of Gov. John Sununu), as well as anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist’s wife Samah. Also on the roster is George Salem, an advisor to global lobbying firm DLA Piper who has recently been involved in bitter infighting in Washington’s pro-Palestinian community, pushing for a more confrontational stance toward Israel.

Salem sits on the board of the American Task Force on Palestine, a group in Washington that is aligned with Salam Fayyad, the technocratic Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority. Salem was at the heart of a dispute last year inside the organization, in which, according to an ally’s account, he pressed for the group to support the Palestinian pursuit of statehood before the United Nations, a move Israel feared and that the United States openly opposed.

Salem didn’t respond to a request for comment, but Fayyad’s allies in the American Task Force on Palestine’s leadership were surprised to see his name on Romney’s list. “Honestly, it seems like [Romney] didn’t do his homework,” said one source on the side of the current ATFP leadership.

Pro-Israel Democrats have registered their disappointment, not because they really believe that the troubling names listed on the affinity group list signal that Governor Romney is going to enact policies that harm Israel if elected, but rather because they think that if the tables were turned and President Obama had these supporters in his ranks, there would be outrage on high.

“I’m not saying all these individuals are anti-Israel, but if this were the other way around, that’s exactly how they’d be portrayed,” said Democratic strategist Aaron Keyak, a veteran of the partisan Israel wars, of the list. “There would be a breaking [Republican Jewish Committee] release and a big bold headline on Drudge, Free Beacon, Weekly Standard, and Fox News: ‘Obama’s Anti-Israel Kitchen Cabinet. Instead — silence.”

I think they make a somewhat fair point, but I’m confident some of you will correct me. Thoughts?


Romney’s Pro-Palestinian Wing Riles Israel Supporters
[BuzzFeed]
Full Text: Obama, A More Perfect Union [HuffPo]
Romney Campaign Announces “Arab-Americans for Romney”
[Arab American Institute]

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Poupic says:

Your desperation is very funny! Wright’s: “God damn America!” This from Obama declared “Spiritual mentor!” Wright had another one live on TV: “Them Jews don’t let me see Obama!” That is when Obama fearing too much exposition of his close relation with Wright would end his run for the Presidency. He cut off a twenty year tight relationship with his spiritual mentor. Then he made his ready made speech on race in Philadelphia. This was a perfect straw man, The Republicans and the Clinton’s were like deer’s in the headlights. They all said nothing for fear of being called racists. Romney could easily research those horrors slamming Obama just like Obama slams him with the 47% impugning Romney’s caring for people. In fact Obama’s “good feeling for Islam” hasn’t stopped. Recently Hani Nour from Jamaaa Islamyia a US declared terror group visited the White House! Who pulled strings in the White HOuse to let him even enter the USA? I survived the Shoa so I am very sensitive to anti- Semitism. I heard Obama at the convention in 2004 and hoped that one day I could vote for him. By 2008 I had left the Democratic party because it is infested with the anti- Semitic virus and knew by then that Obama is a flaming anti- Semite. How do I know? A non anti- Semite would not cheer Wright for a minute. Obama’s words: Wright is my spiritual mentor, he married me, baptized my daughters and gave me the title of my book!” 20 years of cheering anti- Semite and hater of the USA, Wright! This ex- Democrat for 3 decades will vote to replace Obama. What will you do? And you, so called Jews?

Pushing for UN membership isn’t really that confrontational is it, except insofar as it caught Netanyahu and his team of incompetents flat-footed? Palestine won’t enjoy any greater support than they do now, on account of being a nominal member-state. Lip service to the idea of Palestine must qualify as a sub-genre of Arab poetry at this point. Their endless saga of self-inflicted martyrdom coupled with Netanyahu’s moronic intransigence will continue just as before. The bitterest irony of all for them, to my mind, is that their Siamese bond with Israel, however fraught with resentment, has probably indemnified against the region’s convulsions. Look at every country around them; can you imagine if Israel weren’t there. Palestine would become completely fissile. It would fly apart faster than Lebanon, with every power in the region trying to gain the upper hand in controlling its government.

Obama does have supporters like these. And there is NO outrage because the media is in his pocket. Particularly guys like Chandler

Beatrix17 says:

No one doubts Romney’s
support for Israel. That some pro-Palestinians support him may help
with his quest for peace. This is a man used to taking failed
enterprises and often turning them around. A businessman used to
negotiation. Here are two peoples, Israelis and Palestinians, known
for haggling, and no one can get them to haggle out a peace
agreement. Unbelievable

I think you extract the wrong lessons here, Adam. Instead of highlighting the hypocrisy — that the media on the right complains about Obama’s anti-Israel friends, the issue should be that the “objective” media (or certainly the media on the left) should investigate. I don’t blame Drudge, Free Beacon, Weekly Standard and Fox News for writing what they write. In fact, I commend them for calling out the issues, and leaving it to me to parse the truth. Other media should do the same. Frankly, I’m very curious as to why these individuals support Romney. If anything, perhaps it says a lot about their view of him as a leader, DESPITE his views on Israel?

Beatrix17 says:

The difference between Obama and Romney is that while some pro-Palestinian people support Romney, Obama supports the people who support the Palestinians.

Still more of your ignorant comments. Never ends, does it?!

How dare you, you ignorant bigot?! Yes, I am a Jew and a truer one than you!

Romney supports Romney and nothing and no one will get in his way. Israel needs the likes of him like a hole in the head.

Poupic says:

Great! Dare me! Who between us knows more about Jewish history, lore, Shoa? Jews in trouble used to know that if they fled to another country the Jews would already have collection help, housing. This is how are nation still exist after two millennia hunted by the church followed by the Nazi attempt to exterminate us all. Part of my family did not make it out of the Shoa exactly because Roosevelt closed the doors to Jews. What did American Jews do? They vote for this anti- Semite anyway! Today, the exact same picture is painted anti- Semite is adored by the children and grand children of the so called Jews who voted for anti- Semite Roosevelt. US Jews mostly have lost the core of what it is that makes one a Jew. My parents did not make it. I was not yet seven when my parents were taken away. I still have nightmares about those events. Go ahead, dare me! A nuclear Shoa is building up in Iran and Obama refuses to set up red lines. Of course it is not his ass that is a primary target, only the Jews again. Go ahead, dare me! I did not know that Carter was an anti- Semite at the time so I voted for him. Twice! I will never forgive myself for this crime against the Jewish nation. By chance, I found out in time who Obama really is in 2008 and did not vote at all for the first time in my life unable to vote for Palin. Today to replace anti- Semite Obama I would even vote for Palin. Go ahead, dare me!

Beatrix17 says:

Tablet
advertises on conservative sites trying to get Republicans or even
right leaning Independents to read your magazine, but the truth is
you can’t handle it.

For
instance, little (in spirit) Byna comes on and insults people for
supporting Romney. No intelligent discussion or argument—she just
comes on like a blot of ink spewing out venomous names.

I’m
descended from the prophets, and I prophesy that if Obama wins 4 more
years, the Democratic party is going to have more trouble recovering
from him than the Republicans did from Nixon.

this says are we this credulous that we think the Foreign Policy of the United States ofAmerica completely depends on who is the President for 4 years? Why do you think Romney is already edging his bet? He knows full well that campaign promises only engage those who believe them and that, in the US, one needs not only the Congress, but above all the State Department and the CIA to have any influence on the foreign policy. Moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem? Did you think Romney was the 1st one to promise it? Oh boy! Is your memory that short? Obama promised it 4 years ago, as did every single candidate since Harry Truman. None has followed through because the State Department and the CIA oppose it.

CygnusA81 says:

O.M.G. Now I’m going to for 0bama now because you outed that Manchurian candidate Romney.

Let’s go to the video shall we.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21YF7ggCG6g

You guys are completely disgraceful. Keep it up though. I can’t wait to celebrate like Cartmen when your false messiah loses on Nov. 6th

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owzhYNcd4OM

pintelegoy says:

Oh, wow, this really throws a wrench in my one-issue Jewish voter reasoning which I hold so dear. I thought Romney was for sure the righteous gentile for moi (sorry, for ‘the tribe’). I think I’ll just write in Bibi Netanyahu instead…he’s at least as American as Obama!

Beatrix17 says:

Netanyahu has tried as hard as any other Israeli leader to sit down with Abbas,
but Abbas is afraid of him. Is Netanyahu to blame because he isn’t
warm, fuzzy and reassuring? The man is a leader. With leadership
like Abbas, the Palestinians are headed for Hamas or oblivion.

Beatrix17 says:

Video is from 2008 and shows young Palestinians from Gaza supporting Obama. They believed in hope and change, too. This is really dated.

Beatrix17 says:

Geez, Bryna, even Chandler
knows who Obama supports. You haven’t noticed that, yet? Obama went
Jewish when he decided to run for reelection and discovered his lefty
supporters had no money, but some Jews did. Unlike most non-Jews, many
left wing Jews support Israel, and so Obama changed his tune. Now
Obama loves Israel, he just hates their leader. Don’t worry
though—he loves and listens to Erdogan. Oh, and Morsi, Al Hadi,
Abbas, etc.

Beatrix17 says:

Of course we know Romney
isn’t going to move the embassy to Jerusalem. That’s just a
statement that candidates make to show their support for Israel. Why
on earth would you think we believed that? Are you the deer lady?

Beatrix17 says:

Bryna goes through Tablet
and gives a minus to anyone whom she knows supports Romney. That
will show us!

PhillipNagle says:

The left wing Jews who have taken the Jewish vote for granted must really be getting desperate. It si clear to more and more Jews that Obama is anti Israel and in a second term when he will no longer need Jewish support he will turn completely against Israel.

Alejandro dron says:

‘Clashes’
http://www.thedailyzohar.com
Witnessed by Zohar

Somehow the accusation that Obama is anti-Israel does not ring true.He has made sure that the military connection between Israel and the US is stronger than ever (confirmed by Israelis military leaders). A former Mossad chief just called Obama’s approach to Iran “brave.” Yet the fact that Romney has Palestinian supporters doesn;t seem to bother you. I wonder what Obama’s sin really is…. That he wants to see peace in the region? That he doesn’t get along with Netanyahu (who is notoriously difficult)? That he is “different”?

Beatrix17 says:

Obama is arming Israel so
she feels safe and won’t attack Iran before the election. The Mossad
chief was Meir Dagan fired by Netanyahu for the very public
assassination Dagan arranged in Dubai. (Even I watched the video).
Of course Romney has Palestinian supporters. Who wants a President
who doesn’t have universal appeal? Arabs and Jews who want peace
support Romney. Obama had his chance and has gotten nowhere—for
the first time in years, under Obama, Jews and Arabs haven’t even sat
down to talk

CygnusA81 says:

I knew that the video was from 08. I was just pointing out the fact that the Palis thought at the time that if O won, Obama would outright steamroll Israel. So this whole blog post from Tablet is more like a troll post than actual news. But I guess when it comes to Republicans or conservatives for that matter, Tablet is more or less unhinged, so its not surprising to see this type of post to ‘scare’ any Jews from voting for Romney.

Obama is no friend of the Jewish State, but he wasn’t stupid enough to be outright hostile. But on that note, I would not trust a second term Obama when stated to Medvedev last year that he would have more ‘flexibility’ after he is re-elected. I’m not interested in finding out what Obama’s flexibility is when it comes to domestic or foreign policy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYGsadcBiFA&feature=related

Beatrix17 says:

I agree with you and I gave your post a plus. Pointing out the change from then and now is actually significant. Obama could have done so much.

Nixon resigns 1974. Ford becomes POTUS. Carter elected 1976. Reagan in 1980. If your prophesy is true, how much trouble is it really?

PhillipNagle says:

We can start with a 20 year membership in the Jeremiah Wright church. If you don’t think that Rev. Wright was anti Israel than you are certainly an Obama Kool Aid drinker. Then there were early actions of Obama where he went to Egypt to appologize for the past actions of the US and avoided stopping by Israel then when he finally met Netanyahu he deliberately snubbed him. Then there was Obama’s speach on Mideast peace where he attempted to dictate new and odious terms to Israel. He even un dermined peace talks by objecting to construction in Jerusalem, something until that time the so called Palestinians never did. Of course when he wants Jewish money for his reelection he gets much frienlier to Israel.

Beatrix17 says:

When Nixon left, it looked
as though the Republicans would never hold national office again.
(Ford was filling in to satisfy the law). What saved the Republicans was that Carter was so bad, and Reagan was so good,
that people almost forgot Nixon and political life went on with
hardly a stutter.

What you’re saying,
really, is that falling down the stairs isn’t so bad because you can
just pick yourself up and you’re good as new. Usually, that’s true,
but sometimes falls can kill you and so why take the chance if you
can avoid it

Being descended from the prophets is not being a prophet. Being descended from the prophets and thinking you are a prophet is dangerous. Look at some of the prophets that have come since the books were closed: Muhammed, Joseph Smith, L. Ron Hubbard. Not good company. So, my advice is to get out of the prophesy.

As far as this statement” “What saved the Republicans was that Carter was so bad, and Reagan was so good . . .” you are missing quite a bit. Carter wasn’t so bad, and Reagan wasn’t so good. Let’s not forget Camp David or Iran-Contra (selling arms to Iran, even with Israeli help, certainly seems like a bad idea then and now).

Why do so many right-leaning American Jews continue to ignore the comments of some of Israeli’s military leadership that assert that intelligence and military cooperation (b/n Israel and the US) is at an all time high? Sure, Bibi wants his reelection bid, so he’ll bang the war drums and criticize Obama, but even many of his top military brass (not to mention the public opinion polls, which show over 60% of Israelis polled opposed to bombing Iran) disagree with him. Moreover, Bibi himself has changed his tune in recent weeks, praising the Obama administration for Iran-relevant policy. Nonetheless, the Right wing screams on about the “Manchurian Candidate” and other baseless nonsense. You can make all the claims you want about Rev. Wright’s pernicious influence, but Obama’s record suggests there is none. Oh, his speech in Cairo? Sure, he attempted to reach out to the Arab world; that’s what diplomats do. Sometimes that approach fails. Would you rather diplomacy NOT be tried? Then you’re myopic and driven by fear, and I’d rather not torpedo Israel and the US because you’re too many of our mishpacha are afraid of their shadow. Eternal vigilance is NOT paranoia.

Since staunchly left-leaning Jews complain that Tablet is a conservative publication, I’d wager that Tablet represents the enlightened middle path, which makes their advertising on conservative websites a good idea.

Beatrix17 says:

Wait until I’m wrong
before you criticize my prophesy.

Carter is the reason I
left the Democratic party and Reagan is my favorite President. I’m
tried of hearing ignorant criticisms of Iran Contra which was a
basically a congressional battle between the President and congress.
Reagan’s concerns were valid at the time, but we’ve survived that
time, mainly because of Reagan’s abilities.

What are all these vapid
personal attacks?. (I hope they’re not both women). Pat insists I
can’t be a prophet, Byrna insists that I must be an idiot. Byrna
doesn’t know politics well enough to fight back intellectually. Pat
is afraid I might be right in my prophecy. I use a past incident as
an example and Pat starts fighting politics from 30 years ago. Geez.

Beatrix17 says:

Wait until I’m wrong
before you criticize my prophesy.

Carter is the reason I
left the Democratic party and Reagan is my favorite President. I’m
tried of hearing ignorant criticisms of Iran Contra which was a
basically a congressional battle between the President and congress.
Reagan’s concerns were valid at the time, but we’ve survived that
time, mainly because of Reagan’s abilities.

What are all these vapid
personal attacks?. (I hope they’re not both women). Pat insists I
can’t be a prophet, Byrna insists that I must be an idiot. Byrna
doesn’t know politics well enough to fight back intellectually. Pat
is afraid I might be right in my prophecy. I use a past incident as
an example and Pat starts fighting politics from 30 years ago. Geez.

Beatrix17 says:

Unless the Israeli Prime
Minister is an idiot, he or she will always praise the American
President

Given much of what Bibi has said (before the recent compliments), I take it your comment means you believe the current Israeli Prime Minister is an idiot?

Beatrix17 says:

No.

Then you should retract your earlier comment. Logic dictates as much.

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