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Jewish community's denial about Obama must stop
Jewish World Review ^ | July 20, 2009 | Anne Bayefsky

Posted on 07/20/2009 5:09:13 AM PDT by reaganaut1

President Barack Obama last Monday met for the first time with leaders of selected Jewish organizations and leaks from the meeting now make one thing very clear. The only free country in the Middle East no longer has a friend in the leader of the free world. Obama is the most hostile sitting American president in the history of the state of Israel.

This was the very first meeting with Jewish community's leaders. Earlier requests for an audience with major Jewish organizations had reportedly been ignored. Six months after taking office the president finally got around to issuing an invitation to stop the bleeding. Increasing numbers of Jews even among the overwhelming number who voted for Obama have been voicing serious concern about his real agenda.

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The growing alarm in the Jewish community was also something the White House was bent on covering up. They refused to put the meeting on the President's public schedule until it was outed. The White House demanded strict confidentiality and issued a terse couple of lines that it occurred when it was all over.

WAKE UP! But there is no papering over the distressing reality that emerged. The president told his listeners that he preferred putting daylight between the United States and Israel. His reported justification: "there was no light between the US and Israeli positions for the last eight years, and no progress was made."

Evidently, unilateral disengagement from the Gaza Strip, 21 settlements and 9,000 residents counts for nothing. The Palestinian terrorist leadership and street have refused to accept a Jewish state for the past eight years (and the previous 53) because the United States did not add sufficiently to Israel's isolation.

(Excerpt) Read more at jewishworldreview.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Israel
KEYWORDS: americanjews; obama
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What was the Jewish community expecting? I hope that the Jews who do care about Israel -- like Marty Peretz of the New Republic -- wake up and oppose Obama in 2012.
1 posted on 07/20/2009 5:09:13 AM PDT by reaganaut1
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To: reaganaut1

At least 48 % of the electorate knew this last November.


2 posted on 07/20/2009 5:10:31 AM PDT by stevecmd
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To: stevecmd

JINO’s (Jewish in Name Only.) are always liberal first.

They are brothers to the CINO’s and cousins to the RINO’s.


3 posted on 07/20/2009 5:14:01 AM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: reaganaut1

http://navlog.org/chicken_pellet_jews.html


4 posted on 07/20/2009 5:15:26 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: reaganaut1

“...wake up and oppose Obama in 2012.”

How about they wake up and oppose Obama NOW? By 2012, it’ll be too late.


5 posted on 07/20/2009 5:17:09 AM PDT by Clioman
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To: reaganaut1
I hope that the Jews who do care about Israel -- like Marty Peretz of the New Republic -- wake up and oppose Obama in 2012.

Why 2012? Why not 2010? Why not 2009?

Heavy Democrat electoral losses (in both federal elections in 2010, and local elections in 2009) would gut Obama's agenda real fast.

For too long Jewish Americans have depended upon Republicans to protect Israel while spitting in their faces at election time. That period is now over. The Dems are in control of the federal government, in all its parts. And the Dem President doesn't give a damn about Israel.

So, to the Jewish electorate, it now comes down to this: what do you love more, socialism or Israel? Choose now.

And sticking your head in the sand means you choose against Israel.

6 posted on 07/20/2009 5:21:35 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money -- Thatcher)
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To: reaganaut1

What did they expect from a Muslim that bows to the King of SAUDI ARABIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


7 posted on 07/20/2009 5:29:17 AM PDT by Marty62
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To: Clioman

‘zackly. The rollback starts with you !


8 posted on 07/20/2009 5:29:25 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: PapaBear3625

JWR authors appear to have a quota of 1 column/month wringing their hands over 0’s betrayal and false support. Unfortunately, American Jews are liberal-leftist democrats first and foremost. Nothing will change that. I believe it was Commentary that did a detailed analysis of the allegiance of American Jews to the Democrat party. They concluded that while they may complain and threaten, American Jews are committed to the party above all else. They will NOT support conservative, Christians in any way, shape or form. From what I can see and hear from New England - this will not change just because of 0.


9 posted on 07/20/2009 5:33:39 AM PDT by NHResident
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To: NHResident

***Unfortunately, American Jews are liberal-leftist democrats first and foremost. Nothing will change that. I believe it was Commentary that did a detailed analysis of the allegiance of American Jews to the Democrat party. They concluded that while they may complain and threaten, American Jews are committed to the party above all else. **

The Democrat party isnt a political party, it is a political cult and the American Jew is a part of that cult. They drink the purple Kool-aid in spite of knowing it will kill them.


10 posted on 07/20/2009 5:39:33 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: NHResident

It appears that a majority of American Jewry fears Christians more than it supports Israel.


11 posted on 07/20/2009 5:42:44 AM PDT by randita
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To: reaganaut1
Malcolm Hoenlein discussed this meeting on the radio with Nachum Segal this past Friday. Unfortunately the archive of this program appears to have been lost. (I had been planning to post a link to it.)

I have the sense that Malcolm is on the right side of these issues but his diplomatic knee jerks and he doesn't want to say too much that might offend someone. But Nachum very definitely on the right side of things and usually not afraid to let people know. So it was interesting to hear him ask Malcolm all sorts of diplomatically difficult questions on Friday only to have Malcolm steer the conversation to a completely different topic than the one he had been asked about.

ML/NJ

12 posted on 07/20/2009 5:45:56 AM PDT by ml/nj
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13 posted on 07/20/2009 5:49:34 AM PDT by SJackson (the number-one job facing the middle class...a three-letter word: jobs. J-O-B-S. Jobs)
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To: Le Chien Rouge

JINO’s (Jewish in Name Only.) are always liberal first. They are brothers to the CINO’s and cousins to the RINO’s.
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Together with the minnow Republicans ( MINO: Men in Name Only) we now have a PINO! ( President in name only)!

:-)


14 posted on 07/20/2009 5:49:45 AM PDT by wintertime (People are not stupid! Good ideas win!)
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To: NHResident

What was the tone of JWR’s writings during the campaign? Do you remember?


15 posted on 07/20/2009 5:50:31 AM PDT by Outlaw Woman (The Light at the end of the Tunnel, is the Headlamp of an Oncoming Train)
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To: reaganaut1

Is this a shock? Only to left wingers wearing blinders.


16 posted on 07/20/2009 5:52:01 AM PDT by Bulldawg Fan (Victory is the last thing Murtha and his fellow Defeatists want.)
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To: reaganaut1

Do America’s Jews really give a fig about Israel, or are they so wedded to the Left that they’ll throw Israel under the bus to promote their love affair with BHO’s American Marxism?

The answer is pretty clearly the latter.


17 posted on 07/20/2009 5:57:08 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: reaganaut1
What was the Jewish community expecting?

If they were expecting anything other than seething, barely concealed hostility from someone publicly stating (as Zero did, pre-election) that "the morning Muslim call to prayer is one of the most beautiful sounds in all the world," then -- quite frankly -- I can't imagine how, or why.

18 posted on 07/20/2009 5:58:13 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (http://www.conservatives4palin.com/)
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To: reaganaut1

“Jewish community’s denial about Obama must stop.”

Has anyone ever told rabidly partisan Democrats what to do?


19 posted on 07/20/2009 5:58:24 AM PDT by ripley
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To: Le Chien Rouge
It obvious that Obama is owned by the Saudi’s and others in the Arab world. Follow the un tracked campaign funds and you see that. But evidently nobody cares about Campaign financing anymore.

We are living in a ‘’Brave New World of the USSA.

20 posted on 07/20/2009 6:03:09 AM PDT by ncfool (The GEORGE BUSH revolution has finally arrived in Iran! Where is Obama?)
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To: reaganaut1

Increasing numbers of Jews even among the overwhelming number who voted for Obama have been voicing serious concern about his real agenda.

HUH?
I knew Obam’s agenda from the day he started campaigning. What do they mean “real agenda” ? He has had the same agenda since he first started campaigning. Just another group of people that allowed stupity to cast their vote and are now becoming sorry for it.To late...


21 posted on 07/20/2009 6:23:31 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Coming to You From the Front Lines of Occupied America)
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To: NHResident

“Unfortunately, American Jews are liberal-leftist democrats first and foremost.”

The proof is in the pudding. Look at the founders of the ACLU.


22 posted on 07/20/2009 6:43:35 AM PDT by DH (The government writes no bill that does not line the pockets of special interests.)
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To: Venturer
The Democrat party isnt a political party, it is a political cult and the American Jew is a part of that cult. They drink the purple Kool-aid in spite of knowing it will kill them.

They have their new Golden Calf to worship.

23 posted on 07/20/2009 6:52:28 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money -- Thatcher)
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To: Outlaw Woman
What was the tone of JWR’s writings during the campaign? Do you remember?

I took a look at the JWR articles during October 08, and it was pretty much pro-McCain/anti-Obama

24 posted on 07/20/2009 7:02:29 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money -- Thatcher)
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To: PapaBear3625

O no kidding? That is somewhat surprising to me.


25 posted on 07/20/2009 7:11:53 AM PDT by Outlaw Woman (The Light at the end of the Tunnel, is the Headlamp of an Oncoming Train)
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To: Marty62
What did they expect from a Muslim that bows to the King of SAUDI ARABIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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26 posted on 07/20/2009 7:20:21 AM PDT by Canedawg (FUBO)
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To: NHResident
Unfortunately, American Jews are liberal-leftist democrats first and foremost.

Really? I am? I had no idea, but thanks for informing me that I am not only a "liberal-leftist democrat," but that I am one "first and foremost."

I had no idea that all those years of volunteering and contributing money to Republican candidates were wasted. But I shall no longer give my time, money and support to the Republicans! Thanks for making me aware of what I truly am and never knew!

27 posted on 07/20/2009 7:56:52 AM PDT by NYC GOP Chick
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To: Outlaw Woman

JWR is politically moderately-right, which in the Jewish community makes them the “radical right wing fringe” of Jewish publications.


28 posted on 07/20/2009 8:04:30 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money -- Thatcher)
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To: pabianice

“Chicken Pellet Jews” is a good one, but I prefer “Oven Jews” - those too dumb to wake up and smell the ovens.

How the deeply, make that ‘profoundly’ impaired by socialism can continue to support those determined to kill them is beyond my comprehension.

A short trip through the scum on the Internet, from Obama’s Rev. Wright, to the anti-Semetic rants of ‘Calypso Louie’ (A.K.A Louis Farrakan), leaves little doubt as to the depths of hatred of Jews in the AMerican Black ‘community’.

My advice to Jews is “Wrap your self in the Second Amendment”.


29 posted on 07/20/2009 8:18:24 AM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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To: NYC GOP Chick; NHResident

I think he meant the vast majority of Jews not every single one, at least that is the way that everyone except you interpreted it.


30 posted on 07/20/2009 8:36:03 AM PDT by ansel12 (Romney (guns)"instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people")
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To: ml/nj

Hoenlein was Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations for many years. Before the election he invited Palin to the anti-nutjob rally in NYC. Member organizations were furious and forced a disinvite.

Next thing Hoenlein is voted out as chairman and Lee Rosenberg, long time Obama supporter is Chairman.

Hoenlein has spoken up many times including at the meeting. Speaking up to the press gets you uninvited. Morton Klein of ZOA has spoken out to the press and they refused him an invite. He protested that treatment to no avail.

Obama is running a Soviet style machine controlling all access and press.

With this type of situation people have to get active not rely on leaders. Call/write to Congress and even Obama on all issues.


31 posted on 07/20/2009 8:50:49 AM PDT by dervish (I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself)
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To: ansel12

This Jew never drank the Kool Aid and doesn’t intend to start now. If my brethren won’t wake up, then as always, it’s up to those of us who have to do our best to survive the mess.


32 posted on 07/20/2009 8:52:16 AM PDT by Braak (The US Military, the real arms inspectors!)
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To: Outlaw Woman

if you look at the headlines of JWR + McCain + Obama, you get a pretty good idea of which side JWR was on. They are the good guys.

http://www.google.com/search?q=Jewish+world+review+mccain+obama&hl=en&rls=com.microsoft:en-us&start=10&sa=N


33 posted on 07/20/2009 8:56:04 AM PDT by dervish (I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself)
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To: ansel12

Then he should have said what he allegedly meant. Maybe everyone else didn’t really care enough to actually read it.


34 posted on 07/20/2009 8:59:11 AM PDT by NYC GOP Chick
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To: dervish
Hoenlein was Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations for many years. Before the election he invited Palin to the anti-nutjob rally in NYC. Member organizations were furious and forced a disinvite. Next thing Hoenlein is voted out as chairman and Lee Rosenberg, long time Obama supporter is Chairman.

You don't know what you are talking about. Hoenlein wasn't forced out of anything. His title has been "Executive Vice Chairman" for many years. He probably was influential in the Palin invite, but he also defended the rescission of that invitation, meekly I would admit, but he defended it.

ML/NJ

35 posted on 07/20/2009 9:04:16 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: ansel12
American Jews are liberal-leftist democrats first and foremost.

We all read it, and assumed that he was addressing the close to 80% of Jews that vote democrat in every election.

36 posted on 07/20/2009 9:06:53 AM PDT by ansel12 (Romney (guns)"instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people")
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To: dervish

Thank you for the link.

I should have noted it at the time I heard this, but the statistics were very dismal regarding the Jewish vote here in the US, while interestingly enough, the statistics on the vote of American Jews/other Americans with Dual citzenship in Israel were almost an exact ‘mirror’ image.


37 posted on 07/20/2009 9:08:06 AM PDT by Outlaw Woman (The Light at the end of the Tunnel, is the Headlamp of an Oncoming Train)
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38 posted on 07/20/2009 9:44:06 AM PDT by SJackson (the number-one job facing the middle class...a three-letter word: jobs. J-O-B-S. Jobs)
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To: ml/nj

First drop the nasty. I believe we are on the same side.

Second I did mix up the names. It is Alan Solow who is now Chair of The Presidents Conference not Lee Rosenberg. Rosenberg is head of AIPAC now and he too is a big Obama cheerleader.

But make no mistakes Hoenlein has been replaced in title and in influence. Solow the Obama supporter is now in charge. And Hoenlein championed Palin he was just outgunned. Do you also blame Boehner, Cantor, Sesssions and Pence every time Obama/Pelosi/Reid win?

If you do blame Hoenlein, you are part of the problem. US Jews do not have so many leaders on the correct side, please don’t make the list smaller than it is.

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The Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations is one of the most reactionary power centers in the American Jewish community. Nominally representative of all American Jews, it has been run for decades by its executive director Malcolm Hoenlein, a rightwing activist —Llikud and Republican — full-throated backer of the occupation, and particularly of the settlers. He did everything he could to tip the Jewish community to McCain.

But he failed. Obama received 78% of the Jewish vote and suddenly Malcolm’s position is rather shaky. Who does he represent? A percentage of the 22% who voted for McCain — and not a large percentage either. Most of the 22% voted for McCain because they are Republicans not because they believed the lies circulated by Hoenlein’s friends about Obama being “bad fo the Jews.”

For Malcom, push had to come to shove. And now it has. A close Obama friend from Chicago, Alan Solow, is taking over the Presidents Conference. Hoenlein now works for a guy whose loyalty is to Barack Obama. In fact, that is why Solow is being elected.

What happens to Hoenlein now? Who knows? But the recent address he gave to the people of Iran indicates that he could have a future urging the Muslim masses to rise up and support Greater Israel. Check it out, its delightful.

http://tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com/2008/12/21/obama_friend_takes_over_jewish/index.php

And Alan Solow, an early Obama supporter, was recently elected chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

http://www.forward.com/articles/105954/

http://daledamos.blogspot.com/2009/06/does-aipac-now-represent-obamas.html


39 posted on 07/20/2009 9:51:17 AM PDT by dervish (I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself)
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To: Outlaw Woman; PapaBear3625; reaganaut1
O no kidding? That is somewhat surprising to me.

Why is that? It's a conservative Jewish opinion site. I came across it back in 1998, because it was linked to the Drudge Report website.

40 posted on 07/20/2009 9:56:54 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Paleo Conservative

Why is that? Because of heated conversations with Jews. So yes it’s surprising to me that somewhere there were writings showing statistics that were actually favorable towards McCain.


41 posted on 07/20/2009 10:04:45 AM PDT by Outlaw Woman (The Light at the end of the Tunnel, is the Headlamp of an Oncoming Train)
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To: NYC GOP Chick

“Really? I am?”

Not all obviously, but socialist Jews out number non socialist Jews, especially in the US, and especially in media. Any idea why?


42 posted on 07/20/2009 10:11:15 AM PDT by monday
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To: dervish
First drop the nasty. I believe we are on the same side.

You're only on my side if you don't post misleading or inaccurate stuff here when responding to things that I write about. People who do this are dangerous because I am not always around to correct the misstatements of the ignorant to the ignorant.


But make no mistakes Hoenlein has been replaced in title and in influence.

And you just repeat yourself. Hoenlein has not been replaced in title. As for influence, I have to say I don't even know who your Alan Solow is. Maybe he just speaks to an audience that I am not part of. I usually hear Hoenlein every week on Nachum Segal's show. (Nachum who? If you have to ask, that's not good.) Hoenlein didn't need to invite Palin to that demonstration to pi$$ off the left. He took Rush Limbaugh to Israel back when Vince Foster was murdered, and Rush still talks about Malcolm from time to time. I've never heard Rush mention the supposedly influential Alan Solow.

ML/NJ

43 posted on 07/20/2009 10:39:02 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: reaganaut1

Toldja!


44 posted on 07/20/2009 10:44:13 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (AGWT is very robust with respect to data. All observations confirm it at the 100% confidence level.)
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To: reaganaut1

Liberal Jews simply follow an ideology instead of their OT wisdom and the fact that the biggest enemies of Israel are always liberal Democrats. BHO is no exception. Jews must get over their fear of Christians, or the Judeo-Christian worldview. They must rid themselves of the fear that white Christians in America are really closet Nazis. The facts are that liberal Dems are socialist pacifists which would not only get Israel killed but the USA too.


45 posted on 07/20/2009 10:51:29 AM PDT by phillyfanatic ( iT)
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To: ml/nj

“As for influence, I have to say I don’t even know who your Alan Solow is.”

At this poinrt you are engaging in willful ignorance much like Democrat voting Jews. The change in President’s Conference is all over J Post, Atlas wrote on it (”Atlas who? If you have to ask, that’s not good”)http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2009/07/so-low.html,

JTA, JWR, pro Israel Blogs like Israel Matzav, Daled Amos, Yid with a Lid

http://www.google.com/search?q=ALAN+SOLOW+&rls=com.microsoft:en-us&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&startIndex=&startPage=1

educate yourself and stop the childish namecalling.


46 posted on 07/20/2009 11:11:29 AM PDT by dervish (I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself)
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To: dervish
I'm not sure what name you think I called you. I merely pointed out an uninformed statement that you made to me.

As for knowing about J-street, and being educated about these things, let me know how many of the White House conference attendees you have had (not always pleasant) face-to-face political discussions with or have received personal letters from. My guess is that these numbers will be small than the numbers I have.

ML/NJ

47 posted on 07/20/2009 11:19:08 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: ml/nj

“let me know how many of the White House conference attendees you have had (not always pleasant) face-to-face political discussions with or have received personal letters from. My guess is that these numbers will be small than the numbers I have”

many. I can detail them to you in a pm. But is this really about who has bigger cajones? I am trying to convey some very important info here that affects both our interests - some of the organizations that we have considered Israel supporters in our communitry have been taken over. Take the info or leave it. I think it important to face reality.


Lee Rosenberg, who campaigned on behalf of Obama, was confirmed as president-elect of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee at its recent national conference. And Alan Solow, an early Obama supporter, was recently elected chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

For both groups — the Jewish community’s largest pro-Israel advocacy organizations — showcasing close friends of Obama in their leadership brings the all-important benefit of opening doors at the White House. The two supporters’ roles take even greater significance as the Jewish community braces for what many predict could be a rocky relationship between Washington and Jerusalem.
And just how big a supporter of Obama is Rosenberg? Pretty big:
“I found that it was not only that he [Obama] has concern for Israel’s safety and well-being, but that he is also really fundamentally interested in the relationship between the U.S. and Israel,” Rosenberg said.

During the campaign, Rosenberg, an AIPAC board member for more than 10 years, repeated the story of his relationship with Obama to Jewish voters across the country time and again.

On a Friday morning just days before the November presidential election, Rosenberg made his pitch at a Miami Chabad synagogue to a dozen skeptical Jewish voters. Undeterred, he patiently vouched for Obama’s pro-Israel credentials, assuring the small crowd that the little-known senator from Illinois was sincere in his support for Israel.

Rosenberg also appeared in a video clip that was produced by Chicago Jewish supporters of Obama and aimed to debunk the widespread smear campaign against the presidential candidate. “Listen to what he says. He means what he says. Don’t listen to others trying to interpret what he said,” Rosenberg urged Jewish voters in the clip.
And apparently, being a good friend of Obama didn’t hurt Rosenberg either:

Rosenberg will take over the AIPAC presidency next March, after current president David Victor ends his two-year term. “He was in line for being a big leader someday, but because of his ties with Obama, he got catapulted,” said a Jewish organizational official who closely follows the community’s intramural politics but would speak only if granted anonymity.

In a telephone interview with the Forward, Rosenberg, who rarely speaks to the press, said he believed that his friendship with Obama is only part of the story of his ascent. “I am confident that my leadership position at AIPAC is due to my close relationship with the president, but also thanks to many relationships I have been fortunate to build with other people in leadership, including many members of Congress,” he said.
All of this of course leads to the obvious question—when all is said and done, is this close relationship to Obama really a good thing?

Not all in the community see the friendship between community leaders and the president as advantageous. Morton Klein, national president of the Zionist Organization of America, expressed concern over the ability of Rosenberg and Solow to speak out against the president, who, in Klein’s view, is demonstrating a hostile approach toward Israel. “They will be reluctant to criticize Obama,” Klein said. “I’m concerned whether it is best at these times to have people close to the president in these positions.”

Such concerns, however, were not widespread among communal leaders. Most appear to see the elevation of Obama friends as a positive move.
It’s only natural to place a premium on ‘having connections,’ but this kind of closeness and lack of objectivity is worrisome.

These 2 men—Rosenberg and Solow—seem to be representative of a key group of influential Jews with ties to Obama:

Rosenberg and Solow are among a small group of leading Chicago Jews who supported Obama throughout the campaign. Others include billionaire defense contractor Lester Crown and hotel heir Penny Pritzker, who served as Obama’s national finance chair during the campaign.

Solow, speaking at an April 29 reception for Israel Independence Day, referred to the prominent role Chicago is now playing in national politics, calling his hometown “the most important city in the world.”

Rabbi Sam Gordon, who co-founded Rabbis for Obama, said the Windy City has always played a leading role on the national Jewish scene, but “people may be noticing us more now” because of the local community’s ties with the president.

Solow, an attorney and philanthropist, has supported Obama ever since his first race for the Illinois Senate. During the presidential campaign, he spoke glowingly of Obama as the “first Jewish president.”
Did I say ‘worrisome’?
And while Rosenberg does not state publicly where he stands on the two state solution, he does not appear to be opposed to the idea.

Although Rosenberg frequently speaks to Jewish audiences about Obama’s support for Israel (he was the AIPAC board member chosen to introduce then-candidate Obama at the lobby’s policy conference last year), as AIPAC president-elect he refrains from stating his own views on issues in contention. Such is the case on the debate over the question of an independent Palestinian state. Rosenberg recently lobbied forcefully on Capitol Hill for an AIPAC-backed congressional letter supporting a two-state solution.

This issue is expected to take center stage in U.S.-Israel relations, since the new government led by Netanyahu will not endorse a two-state solution as a solution to Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians, nor will it use the term “Palestinian state.” Netanyahu has, instead, stressed other forms of Palestinian self-governance. The Obama administration, meanwhile, has insisted repeatedly that an independent Palestinian state and security guarantees for Israel remain the keys to a resolution.

With people like this, who needs J Street?

http://daledamos.blogspot.com/2009/06/does-aipac-now-represent-obamas.html

[my comment - the only Jewish org that spoke out against the AIPAC letter endorsing a two state solution in contravention to then PM Netanyahu’s policy was Morton Klein of ZOA. And he was excluded from the recent Obama meeting]

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Obama’s Jewish Backers May Be in the Middle as U.S.-Israel Tensions Rise

By Nathan Guttman

Published May 13, 2009, issue of May 22, 2009.

As tension builds between the new Obama administration in Washington and the new Netanyahu government in Jerusalem, two of President Obama’s closest Jewish allies may find themselves increasingly in the middle.

Courtesy of Israeli Embassy, Washington DCAlan Solow: Conference chair.Lee Rosenberg, who campaigned on behalf of Obama, was confirmed as president-elect of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee at its recent national conference. And Alan Solow, an early Obama supporter, was recently elected chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

For both groups — the Jewish community’s largest pro-Israel advocacy organizations — showcasing close friends of Obama in their leadership brings the all-important benefit of opening doors at the White House. The two supporters’ roles take even greater significance as the Jewish community braces for what many predict could be a rocky relationship between Washington and Jerusalem.

“The ability to have good chemistry with the administration and the president is a significant asset at a time when we will undoubtedly face challenging moments and are in need for frank discussions,” said Steve Grossman, a Boston businessman who served as AIPAC’s president early in the presidency of his close friend Bill Clinton.

Rosenberg ascended to AIPAC’s top lay post this month under circumstances similar to Grossman’s: He, too, is a close friend of a new president and is viewed, at a time of political realignment, as a bridge to a largely unknown new administration.

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Rosenberg is a venture capitalist and media and entertainment entrepreneur who co-founded GRP Records, one of the country’s largest jazz labels. He numbers Chicago jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis among his business partners through LRSmedia, his primary entertainment business vehicle.

Rosenberg, known as “Rosy” to his friends, got to know Obama through his pro-Israel activism. Obama, then a congressional candidate, reached out to Rosenberg, and with time, their dialogue on Israel-related issues deepened into what people close to the men describe as a personal friendship.

“I found that it was not only that he has concern for Israel’s safety and well-being, but that he is also really fundamentally interested in the relationship between the U.S. and Israel,” Rosenberg said.

During the campaign, Rosenberg, an AIPAC board member for more than 10 years, repeated the story of his relationship with Obama to Jewish voters across the country time and again.

On a Friday morning just days before the November presidential election, Rosenberg made his pitch at a Miami Chabad synagogue to a dozen skeptical Jewish voters. Undeterred, he patiently vouched for Obama’s pro-Israel credentials, assuring the small crowd that the little-known senator from Illinois was sincere in his support for Israel.

Rosenberg also appeared in a video clip that was produced by Chicago Jewish supporters of Obama and aimed to debunk the widespread smear campaign against the presidential candidate. “Listen to what he says. He means what he says. Don’t listen to others trying to interpret what he said,” Rosenberg urged Jewish voters in the clip.

Rosenberg will take over the AIPAC presidency next March, after current president David Victor ends his two-year term. “He was in line for being a big leader someday, but because of his ties with Obama, he got catapulted,” said a Jewish organizational official who closely follows the community’s intramural politics but would speak only if granted anonymity.

In a telephone interview with the Forward, Rosenberg, who rarely speaks to the press, said he believed that his friendship with Obama is only part of the story of his ascent. “I am confident that my leadership position at AIPAC is due to my close relationship with the president, but also thanks to many relationships I have been fortunate to build with other people in leadership, including many members of Congress,” he said.

Records show that Rosenberg has contributed substantial sums to the campaigns of numerous Democrats and a few powerful Republicans, such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

Although Rosenberg frequently speaks to Jewish audiences about Obama’s support for Israel (he was the AIPAC board member chosen to introduce then-candidate Obama at the lobby’s policy conference last year), as AIPAC president-elect he refrains from stating his own views on issues in contention. Such is the case on the debate over the question of an independent Palestinian state. Rosenberg recently lobbied forcefully on Capitol Hill for an AIPAC-backed congressional letter supporting a two-state solution.

This issue is expected to take center stage in U.S.-Israel relations, since the new government led by Netanyahu will not endorse a two-state solution as a solution to Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians, nor will it use the term “Palestinian state.” Netanyahu has, instead, stressed other forms of Palestinian self-governance. The Obama administration, meanwhile, has insisted repeatedly that an independent Palestinian state and security guarantees for Israel remain the keys to a resolution.

Grossman, who led AIPAC from 1992 to 1997, said that Rosenberg’s role could be crucial in such a situation.

“An AIPAC president with an outstanding relationship with the president could definitely help relations,” Grossman said. “I think Lee Rosenberg is uniquely positioned at this moment to play this role.”

Not all in the community see the friendship between community leaders and the president as advantageous. Morton Klein, national president of the Zionist Organization of America, expressed concern over the ability of Rosenberg and Solow to speak out against the president, who, in Klein’s view, is demonstrating a hostile approach toward Israel. “They will be reluctant to criticize Obama,” Klein said. “I’m concerned whether it is best at these times to have people close to the president in these positions.”

Such concerns, however, were not widespread among communal leaders. Most appear to see the elevation of Obama friends as a positive move.

“Since the White House is the center of gravity, it is only reasonable that these two outstanding leaders will rise to take leadership roles,” said onetime Republican activist William Daroff, vice president for public policy and Washington director of United Jewish Communities.

Rosenberg and Solow are among a small group of leading Chicago Jews who supported Obama throughout the campaign. Others include billionaire defense contractor Lester Crown and hotel heir Penny Pritzker, who served as Obama’s national finance chair during the campaign.

Solow, speaking at an April 29 reception for Israel Independence Day, referred to the prominent role Chicago is now playing in national politics, calling his hometown “the most important city in the world.”

Rabbi Sam Gordon, who co-founded Rabbis for Obama, said the Windy City has always played a leading role on the national Jewish scene, but “people may be noticing us more now” because of the local community’s ties with the president.

Solow, an attorney and philanthropist, has supported Obama ever since his first race for the Illinois Senate. During the presidential campaign, he spoke glowingly of Obama as the “first Jewish president.”

Solow said in an interview that his friendship with Obama “played no role” in his selection to chair the Presidents Conference, but he added that he believes “it isn’t a bad thing to have a relationship with the president.”

The Presidents Conference, an umbrella group representing 50 national organizations on foreign policy issues, came under fire during the campaign, when Democrats accused the group’s executive vice chairman, Malcolm Hoenlein, of siding with Republican candidate John McCain. Hoenlein dismissed the claim. Solow, who describes himself as “left of center,” said he was never uncomfortable with the views and actions of the group.

“The conference works closely with any administration that is in power,” Solow said, adding that the group’s basic views did not change throughout the years. Solow also believes that the Jewish community’s consensus shifts naturally in a way that reflects changes in the political landscape. “The Jewish community is in sync with Obama” on issues relating to Israel and the Iranian threat, he said. On the Palestinian issue, Solow believes it is necessary to wait until all sides make their policy clear.

http://www.forward.com/articles/105954/


48 posted on 07/20/2009 12:24:59 PM PDT by dervish (I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself)
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I asked you a few simple questions. Now by words multiplied you attempt to confound the issue. Answer, my questions; or don't bother to reply.

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49 posted on 07/20/2009 12:35:03 PM PDT by ml/nj
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I asked you a few simple questions. Now by words multiplied you attempt to confound the issue. Answer, my questions; or don't bother to reply.

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