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Posted on 06/01/2012 5:22:07 AM PDT by SJackson
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Pat Leahy’s Anti-Israel Extremism
Posted By Ben Shapiro On June 1, 2012 @ 12:40 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 5 Comments
Last Thursday, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) targeted an amendment by Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) that would force the State Department to determine how many actual Palestinian refugees not their children, relatives, friends, or distant relations are being served by US tax dollars. Leahy was upset because he knew, as most supporters of the Palestinian cause do, that the number of Palestinians who fled or were expelled from Israel during the 1948 war of annihilation launched by the Arabs against Israel is far smaller than the number of Palestinians now claiming redress.
Frankly, Mr. Chairman, as a member of this committee, I always look at what is in the United States interest first and foremost, he said on the Senate floor. And this would hurt the United States interests. It may give a momentary advantage to one side or the other after we spend all that money, but it hurts the United States interests. His inflection was clear he was implying that those who support the Kirk Amendment are more interested in Israels interests than in those of the United States.
That implication is that anyone who supports Israel is not an American patriot. And that is a charge that has been aimed over and over at Israel supporters by the far left of late, from Media Matters MJ Rosenberg, who uses the white supremacist term Israel firster to smear those who support Israel, to Think Progress bloggers, who have used the same language.
In the wake of news reports about the Center for American Progress and other left wing groups using arguably anti-Semitic language in criticizing pro-Israel policies, said a GOP aide, the senators comments certainly created a lot of pause.
Leahy insisted that he wasnt anti-Israel, just anti-the Kirk Amendment. But that doesnt ring true. Leahy has a long and dark history of anti-Israel, anti-American sentiment in the Senate.
In the 1980s, Leahy repeatedly leaked classified information to the press that undermined American national security including information about a Reagan administration plan to topple Muammar Qaddafi in Libya. In January 1987, Leahy had to step down from the Intelligence Committee after it broke that he was leaking information about Iran-Contra to the press. Leahy supported the communist Sandanistas Nicaragua; he opposes missile defense; he opposed the Gulf War in 1991 to throw Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait, and opposed military action in Afghanistan after 9/11. Leahy has hung out with Fidel Castro.
In 2011, Leahy pushed a bill trying to cut American funding to elite Israel Defense Force units operating in Judea and Samaria and Gaza even though only Israels policing of those areas prevents terrorism from reaching Israels cities. He was supremely anti-Israel during Israels Operation Cast Lead in 2008, in which Israel dismantled Hezbollah operations in Southern Lebanon. Leahy, by contrast, has never called for one dollar of cuts to the Palestinians, despite their aid and support for terrorism.
Why is Leahy so anti-Israel? Part of it is certainly personal feeling. But a large part of it is that Leahys far-left constituency in Vermont is anti-Israel. Leahys hatred for the Jewish State and his newest argument that those who support Israel are anti-American springs directly from the growing anti-Semitic wing of the Democratic Party, which seems more and more tolerant of anti-Jewish, anti-Israel feeling in its ranks.
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Officially, there is one socialist senator from VT. In reality, there are two.
And see who pulls Leahy’s strings and whose contributions we help everytime we buy their products!!:
Never cared much for him.
Last Thursday, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) targeted an amendment by Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) that would force the State Department to determine how many actual Palestinian refugees -- not their children, relatives, friends, or distant relations -- are being served by US tax dollars. Leahy was upset because he knew, as most supporters of the Palestinian cause do, that the number of Palestinians who fled or were expelled from Israel during the 1948 war of annihilation launched by the Arabs against Israel is far smaller than the number of Palestinians now claiming redress.
I could think of a dozen things you could put instead of “Anti-Israel” it would still be an accurate title. What a POS Leaky Leahy is. Watergate baby.