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US Senator John Kerry in rare Gaza visit (says its not political, visits school Isreal blew up 1st)
AFP ^ | 02/19/09

Posted on 02/19/2009 1:45:35 PM PST by presidio9

US Senator John Kerry made a rare visit to the war-ravaged Gaza Strip on Thursday, but stressed this did not reflect a change of policy towards the territory's Islamist rulers listed by Washington as a terror group.

The visit "does not indicate any shift whatsoever with respect to Hamas," said Kerry, who heads the Senate's powerful foreign relations committee.

His first stop in the impoverished Palestinian enclave was the American school left in ruins by the deadly 22-day Israeli offensive that ended on January 18.

Talking to a Palestinian lawyer amid the dust and rubble, Kerry defended Israel for responding to almost daily rocket attacks by Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups.

"Your political leadership needs to understand that any nation that has rockets coming into it over many years, threatening its citizens, is going to respond," Kerry told Shar Habeel al-Zaim.

Kerry briefly toured Izzbet Abed Rabbo, a northern Gaza community ravaged by the Israeli offensive and held talks with UN officials in Gaza City.

His visit coincided with a similar trip by Democratic US representatives Brian Baird and Keith Ellison, who expressed dismay at the plight of the overpopulated coastal strip.

"The amount of physical destruction and the depth of human suffering here is staggering," Baird said in a statement issued jointly with Ellison.

The visits were the first by US officials in more than three years.

None of the congressmen met with Hamas, which seized control of Gaza in June 2007 and which Washington blacklists as a terrorist organisation.

"There is nothing in a visit that changes anything," said Kerry, who is also scheduled to visit Syria as part of a regional tour.

"What has to change is behaviour. What has to change obviously is Hamas's consistent resort to instruments of terror,"

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; Israel; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: gaza; hamas; islamiclawmaker; johnfkerry; keithellison; kerry; lurch; proterrorist

1 posted on 02/19/2009 1:45:35 PM PST by presidio9
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To: presidio9

“not political”—And we are to believe this lying scum who won’t release his records even though he pressured Prez Bush to release his. Uh, no, I wouldn’t believe anything skerry said.


2 posted on 02/19/2009 1:47:35 PM PST by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: presidio9

Yo Israel,
Bad timing.
Better luck next time.
Perhaps you can get John Freakin Kerry’s schedule and do a better job next time.


3 posted on 02/19/2009 1:49:21 PM PST by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: presidio9
Photobucket `nuff said.
4 posted on 02/19/2009 1:51:21 PM PST by He who knoweth not his name
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To: presidio9
Faux reported that Kerrie is carrying a letter to “O” and it's not from Israel
5 posted on 02/19/2009 1:52:38 PM PST by Eagle50AE (Pray for our Armed Forces.)
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To: presidio9
"Keith Ellison, who expressed dismay at the plight of the overpopulated coastal strip."

Couldn't let that little nugget slip by without a comment. Overpopulated, Mr bin Ellison? Mhhhmmm. I wonder where he wants to put the population overflow. Israel, perhaps - you betcha!

Then again, when almost 75% of the Jewish American electorate vote this crap into office, why should I care?

6 posted on 02/19/2009 1:55:19 PM PST by Big_Monkey
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To: presidio9

none of their beliefs are political, only those who disagree are being political


7 posted on 02/19/2009 1:59:19 PM PST by GeronL (Hey, won't you be my Face Book friend??)
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To: Big_Monkey

Maybe Keith Ellison can recommend abortions for the pregnant Hamas women to reduce overpopulation. And Obama has determined that the US can fund it overseas now. I call that a “win-win”.


8 posted on 02/19/2009 2:00:16 PM PST by Sir Clancelot
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To: presidio9

Is this the UN school that Palestinians were launching attacks from?


9 posted on 02/19/2009 2:04:42 PM PST by a fool in paradise (Mr. President, Why am I being punished with a bailout?)
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; Lent; GregB; ..
Middle East and terrorism, occasional political and Jewish issues Ping List. High Volume

If you'd like to be on or off, please FR mail me.

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One Christmas, just over there, in Cambodia.....

10 posted on 02/19/2009 2:06:10 PM PST by SJackson (a tax cut is non-targeted…no guarantee…they’re free to invest anywhere that they want, J Kerry)
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To: presidio9

Is he scoping out business sites in Gaza for another Forbes cousin like he did in Vietnam?


11 posted on 02/19/2009 2:07:51 PM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: presidio9

12 posted on 02/19/2009 2:20:08 PM PST by Proud_USA_Republican (Trust unto God and He shall direct your path)
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To: presidio9
Hope all the Jewish voters who supported these DemRATS are taking note. At least the ones who still do in fact, love and value Israel.

What are they thinking now. . .or do they still need more handwriting on the wall. . .

13 posted on 02/19/2009 2:30:05 PM PST by cricket (January 20, 2009 - <I>the day the music died</I>)
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To: Big_Monkey
Was Ellison including those who religion encourages multiple wives and hoardes of children?

Hard to imagine Ellison on this trip. . .gag/gag/gag and with Kerry; just factor the nauseas level.

Hope our European neighbors are thrilled with the Obama policies unfolding. . .(though I think 'not'. . .)

14 posted on 02/19/2009 2:33:40 PM PST by cricket (January 20, 2009 - <I>the day the music died</I>)
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To: presidio9

He was quoted as saying this visit will be seared into his memory.


15 posted on 02/19/2009 2:53:14 PM PST by Spok
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To: cricket

Jewish lib dimbulbs continue to wet themselves at the thought of Evangelical Pubbies.


16 posted on 02/19/2009 2:56:35 PM PST by SolidWood (Palin: "In Alaska we eat therefore we hunt.")
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To: JoanneSD

who is running washington? Pelosi and a gang of 8 is aborad, durbin has a load with him doing greece, Duncan Hunter is in iraq, Kerry is in Gaza sure he took a group with him and the 0 is Canada I thought times were tuff, and we should all cut back... except if you are in congress..


17 posted on 02/19/2009 3:10:54 PM PST by JoanneSD (illegals represented without taxation.. Americans taxed without representation)
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To: Big_Monkey

I suppose the 100 year history voting pattern of Irish Americans would mean that you hate Ireland?


18 posted on 02/19/2009 3:27:21 PM PST by rmlew
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To: rmlew
"I suppose the 100 year history voting pattern of Irish Americans would mean that you hate Ireland?"

I'm not sure where you infered that I hated anything but Obama from my post.

That not withstanding, for the hundred year (your numbers, not mine) that Irish Americans voted for for Democrats, the Democrats didn't pursue a foreign policy that was dangerous to Ireland. The same cannot be said today about Obama's foreign policy direction and the peril it will place Israel.

Your analogy is weak.

19 posted on 02/19/2009 3:35:21 PM PST by Big_Monkey
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To: SolidWood; All
Jewish lib dimbulbs continue to wet themselves at the thought of Evangelical Pubbies.

This should give them a warm feeling;somewhere:

from American Thinker (americanthinkerblog.com)and Sammy Benoit who is the Editor of Yidwithlid:

Obama Reportedly Picks Israel Hater to Lead National Intelligence Council Sammy Benoit/Here is another tidbit that may surprise the 78% of American Jews who voted for Barack Obama. According to a report in Cable Foreign Policy, Chas W. Freeman Jr. former US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia is about to be named as Chairman of the National Intelligence Council.

Sources tell The Cable that Chas W. Freeman, Jr., the former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, will become chairman of the National Intelligence Council, the intelligence community's primary big-think shop and the lead body in producing national intelligence estimates.

For those who are not familiar with the former Ambassador, he is a terrorist apologist and a master of bashing Israel. Freeman is a believer of the false premise that all Muslim terrorism stems from Israel's battle with the Palestinians: [. . .]

20 posted on 02/19/2009 4:27:28 PM PST by cricket (January 20, 2009 - <I>the day the music died</I>)
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To: Eagle50AE

The letter was received by the U.N., addressed to John Effen Kerry, and was delivered to him. The letter is from Hamas. So far, no one’s talking about the contents of the letter or how the U.N. came to be in possession of it.


21 posted on 02/19/2009 4:34:14 PM PST by lonevoice (Ich bin ein plumber)
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To: presidio9

Another POS that is fit only to be indicted and tried for treason.


22 posted on 02/19/2009 4:51:48 PM PST by Munz (Infiltrate Interrogate Eradicate NEXT!)
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To: presidio9
Just checkin' out the Islamo-babage...


23 posted on 02/19/2009 4:54:35 PM PST by TaoOfSteve
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To: Big_Monkey

Probably. However, most American Jews did not care about Israel when they voted. They voted based on the economy and their sniveling substitution of liberalism for Judaism.


24 posted on 02/19/2009 4:56:34 PM PST by rmlew
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To: Sir Clancelot
Maybe Keith Ellison can recommend abortions for the pregnant Hamas women to reduce overpopulation. And Obama has determined that the US can fund it overseas now. I call that a “win-win”.

That is a dark, hideous, completely philosophically consistent suggestion.

I am always in favor of those who promote "survival of the fittest" as the explanation for life on Earth to live by their own credo, and kill off the weaker members of their tribe (or at least stop feeding off the successful for the benefit of the inferior).

Somehow, they always discover Christian charity when it comes time to apply Darwinism to their particular power base.

25 posted on 02/19/2009 5:01:39 PM PST by TaoOfSteve
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To: SJackson

Who’s the woman to the right of Kerry in the picture? (post #10)

I sure hope she is not American. I cannot tolerate liberal American women who espouse pro-choice feminism in the US of A, yet when they go over to to the radical Islamic world, they race for the towels like they’re running to the going out of business sale at Linens and Things. I just want them to be consistent, if you’re a feminist here, be one there.


26 posted on 02/19/2009 5:13:56 PM PST by Sir Clancelot
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To: presidio9

He does a lot of sitting on those slugs of rice.


27 posted on 02/19/2009 9:09:37 PM PST by onedoug
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