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  • Obama: ‘I’m Basically a Liberal Jew’

    01/26/2018 3:43:54 PM PST · by detective · 79 replies
    Former President Barack Obama told a Jewish congregation in Manhattan Thursday that he is “basically a liberal Jew” as he defended his administration’s record on Israel and his decision to criticize Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria. Ha’aretz reports: The event at Temple Emanuel in Manhattan marked the first time that Obama spoke publicly about Israel since leaving office.
  • Why Obama’s former speechwriter calls him the most Jewish president ever [barf]

    09/24/2017 5:44:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Jewish Telegraphic Agency ^ | September 19, 2017 6:27pm | Gabe Friedman
    He was just 24, but speechwriter David Litt had already become President Barack Obama’s go-to guy for anything considered “kishke-related.” In Litt’s parlance, that meant he wrote the president’s speeches aiming to connect with Jewish Americans on a gut level — things like holiday and anniversary commemorations, but not, say, Israel or foreign policy. That explains Litt’s presence one Friday night in the White House library in April 2012. A jet-lagged Obama had just returned from a trip to Asia and the last thing on his schedule was to record a video greeting for Passover. “All right,” Obama said grumpily...
  • Obama May Get Rejected From Golf Club Over Israel Policies

    01/10/2017 8:01:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 46 replies
    New York Post ^ | anuary 10, 2017 | Daniel Halper
    President Obama’s clashes with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may cost him a membership at an exclusive golf club, sources said. Obama is looking to join the elite Woodmont Country Club in Maryland once he becomes a private citizen. But members of the mostly Jewish club are at each other’s throats over whether to accept the golf-loving president, with many saying he deserves to be snubbed for not blocking an anti-Israel vote at the United Nations, according to the sources.
  • OBAMA’S BARBARIC UN RESOLUTION-Report: he’s cooking up another one

    12/27/2016 5:12:09 AM PST · by SJackson · 52 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | December 27, 2016 | P. David Hornik
    . UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which was passed on Friday and focuses on Israeli settlement activity, is even worse than its critics—who include Democratic lawmakers and the staunchly left-wing Central Conference of American (Reform) Rabbis (here and here)—have made it out to be. The resolution—whose passage was made possible by the U.S. abstention ordered by President Obama from Hawaii—is not just shameful, unfair, unbalanced, or destructive. It’s barbaric. Only in one clause—which is in the preamble, which has less force than the body of the text—does the resolution explicitly call on Palestinians to do anything. The preamble calls on...
  • Netanyahu snubs May over UN settlements vote, Israeli media says

    12/26/2016 6:00:47 PM PST · by FreeReign · 45 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Monday 26 December 2016 10.23 EST | Peter Beaumont in Jerusalem
    Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has apparently snubbed Theresa May over the UK’s support of a highly critical UN resolution condemning Israeli settlement building. The move is the latest in a series of diplomatic retaliations by Israel against the countries that supported a UN security council resolution describing Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories as a “flagrant violation” of international law and an obstacle to peace.
  • [F/B post, no title] Caroline Glick Savages Obama, Kerry, UN, Leftists

    12/25/2016 11:43:37 PM PST · by Mr. M.J.B. · 56 replies
    Facebook Blog Post ^ | 12/25/2016 | Caroline Glick
    As Ambassador Bolton said in the clip below from Fox News, Obama killed the peace process by pushing this anti-Semitic, evil resolution. He killed the peace process and all prospects for peace by destroying the foundation of the process. That foundation was "land for peace." Land for peace formed the basis of UN Security Council resolution 242 from the end of the 1967 Six Day War. It stipulated that in exchange for Arab recognition of Israel and peace with the Jewish state, Israel would cede some of the land that it took control over during the course of that war....
  • Israeli Officials: Obama Showed His ‘True Face’ By Allowing Anti-Settlement UN Resolution

    12/24/2016 5:50:23 PM PST · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12-23-2016 | Breitbart Jerusalem
    The Times of Israel reports: The United States’ failure to veto a Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements was the “last sting of President Obama” that exposed his “true face,” unnamed Israeli officials said Saturday evening. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, meanwhile, thanked President-elect Donald Trump for his promise for support at the international body after he takes office. The US’s abstention in Friday’s vote “is the last sting of President Obama. It exposes the true face of the [Obama] administration,” the officials said Saturday evening. “Now it’s easier to understand what we dealt with the past eight years.”
  • Bolton: Obama Rejected Israel Resolution to 'Box Trump In'

    12/24/2016 12:55:54 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 97 replies
    NewsMax ^ | December 24, 2016 | By Sandy Fitzgerald
    The United States could have killed a key United Nations resolution that condemned Israel for its West Bank settlements by voting against it rather than abstaining, former U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said Friday night, but he thinks President Barack Obama took the action to "box the incoming Trump administration in." "This was a stab in the back against the Israelis," Bolton told Fox News' "Hannity" show Friday night. "It was entirely predictable. I would say this for people in the pro-Israel community in the United States who defended Obama's Middle East policy over these last eight years: You should have...
  • US abstains in key Israel vote, clearing way for condemnation of settlements

    12/23/2016 12:13:28 PM PST · by Kaslin · 205 replies
    Fox ^ | December 23, 2016
    A "shameful" abstention by the U.S. in a United Nations Security Council vote Friday allowed passage of a resolution condemning Israeli settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank. The resolution was put forward by New Zealand, Malaysia, Venezuela and Senegal after Egypt withdrew it Thursday under pressure from Israel and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. It was adopted with 14 votes in favor, to a round of applause, after U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power abstained. It is the first resolution the Security Council has adopted on Israel and the Palestinians in nearly eight years. Reaction from U.S. Republicans and Jewish leaders around...
  • Live now on C-SPAN - UNSC voting on anti-Israel resolution (expected to pass)

    12/23/2016 11:08:51 AM PST · by Dave346 · 102 replies
    UNSC voting on anti-Israel settlement resolution. Israel claims Obama "cooked up" the resolution with the Palestinians!
  • Krauthammer’s Take: Trump Opposing U.N. Israel Resolution ‘Extremely Effective and Extremely Daring’

    12/22/2016 7:41:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The National Review ^ | December 22, 2016 | Staff
    The U.N. was expected to vote today on a resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlement building, and reports indicate that Obama was ready to allow the resolution to pass until Egypt put off the vote. President-elect Donald Trump put pressure on Egypt not to go forward with the resolution, and it seems to have had an effect. Charles Krauthammer said that the resolution could have done serious damage to Israel, making Trump’s involvement daring and effective: More than a slap on the wrist, I think it would have done permanent damage to Israel, which is why even Obama himself...
  • Obama Administration Secretly Worked with Palestinians Crafting Shameful UN Resolution

    12/23/2016 8:53:12 AM PST · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 70 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12-23-2016 | Aaron Klein
    TEL AVIV — The Obama administration secretly worked with the Palestinian Authority to craft a “shameful” United Nations resolution behind Israel’s back, an Israeli official told reporters on Friday. “President Obama and Secretary Kerry are behind this shameful move against Israel at the UN. The US administration secretly cooked up with the Palestinians an extreme anti Israeli resolution behind Israel’s back which would be a tailwind for terror and boycotts and effectively make the Western Wall occupied Palestinian territory... ...This is an abandonment of Israel which breaks decades of US policy of protecting Israel at the UN and undermines the...
  • WH: Obama Has Done More For Israel Than Any Previous U.S. President

    12/23/2016 5:55:19 PM PST · by ColdOne · 67 replies ^ | 12/23/16 | Kerry Picket
    The White House defended President Barack Obama over the U.S.’s abstention from a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements on the West Bank, saying Obama has done “more for Israel” than any other American president. Members of the White House National Security Council defended the abstention vote on a press call Friday insisting that the United States could not veto the resolution, which they claimed “erodes a foundation for a two state solution.” The White House said the abstention was consistent with past administrations and while the current administration believes construction of settlements on the West Bank would drum...
  • Why Obama broke with Israel at UN

    12/23/2016 4:45:47 PM PST · by Innovative · 51 replies
    The Hill ^ | Dec. 23, 2016 | Jordan Fabian
    The White House’s decision to break with decades of U.S. policy and allow the U.N. Security Council to condemn Israeli settlements is the culmination of years of bad blood between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  The decision won Obama criticism from across the political spectrum, and almost certainly wouldn't have been made if Hillary Clinton had won the presidential election. It opened him up to condemnation from President-elect Donald Trump and the right, and could lead to a battle over U.S. funding for the U.N. in Congress.  But Obama's team decided it was worth it.
  • Obama Leaves Israel with a Security Nightmare

    11/07/2016 11:21:22 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 9 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 7 Nov 2016 | P. David Hornik
    Most Israelis will be relieved when Barack Obama leaves the White House. Although few are brimming with confidence about either of the candidates to replace him, Israelis will not miss much about Obama: the eight years of constant friction with a four-times-elected Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu; severe and obsessive public criticism for such actions as building homes for Jews in supposedly proscribed parts of Jerusalem, and the like. There is also concern that the lame-duck Obama will take a pernicious parting shot at Israel from the United Nations. As John Hannah notes in a Foreign Policy article on restoring...
  • Thomas Pickering’s Shameful Record-worked against the Israeli government and helped Iran

    11/07/2016 6:53:04 AM PST · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | November 7, 2016 | Joseph Klein
    h1 class="title" id="page-title">Thomas Pickering’s Shameful Record How a prominent former U.S. diplomat worked against the Israeli government and helped Iran. Thomas Pickering, a prominent retired U.S. diplomat and former ambassador to Israel and the United Nations, has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president.  Pickering had co-chaired the Benghazi Accountability Review Board, the State-Department-sponsored panel established by then Secretary of State Clinton to investigate the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.  Pickering’s board failed to even interview Clinton, while protecting her and other senior State Department officials, such as Under Secretary of State Patrick F. Kennedy, from any personal...
  • Why Israel fears Obama’s last days

    10/13/2016 7:51:44 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 20 replies
    NY Post ^ | 10/12/16 | Editorial Board
    Israel faces a unique window of danger from Nov. 9 to Jan. 20: What might President Obama do in his final days in office to slam the Jewish state? Start with Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent flat refusal to promise a US veto on any upcoming anti-Israel resolution in the UN Security Council. On Saturday, Haaretz reports, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Kerry he’s counting on Washington to stick to its policy of nixing anti-Israel resolutions. Kerry’s reply: The administration has yet to make a decision on the matter. For Kerry to leave any doubt that America would shield...
  • Obama ‘Manufacturing Crisis’ to Apply Pressure on Jewish State Ahead of Lame-Duck-Period

    10/10/2016 11:53:20 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 10-10-16 | Barney Breen-Portnoy
    With its eyes on the potential launch of an Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative after next month’s presidential election, the Obama administration is “manufacturing a crisis” over settlement construction, to exert diplomatic pressure on the Jewish state, The Weekly Standard reported on Sunday, citing sources in Congress and the American Jewish community. Last week, the administration raised many eyebrows with its unusually strident criticism of Israel’s settlement policies following the approval of dozens of new homes in the West Bank. One congressional source told The Weekly Standard that the administration had been “waiting for an opening” to hit hard against Israel, and...

    10/06/2016 2:57:10 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 45 replies ^ | October 6, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    Get your tea ready again. Israel may build (possibly) 98 housing units in Shilo. The housing will be used for evacuees who have been victimized by Israel's left-wing Supreme Court. Obama doesn't keep track of where housing gets built in Illinois, but he's boiling with anger over those mere 98 housing units. A senior U.S. official said that the White House boiled with anger "We had public assurances from the Israeli government that contradict this new announcement – so when you talk about how friends treat each other – this is also a source of concern. There is a lot...
  • Obama and Israel cut Congress out of the aid game

    09/14/2016 4:03:38 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 14 | Josh Rogin
    As part of a 10-year U.S.-Israel security aid agreement, the Israeli government has signed a letter promising to give back any additional money that Congress appropriates, effectively preventing Congress from giving Israel any more money than President Obama wants it to have. The White House will sign today a new 10-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Israel that would increase U.S.-Israel security aid from $3.1 billion a year to $3.3 billion, starting in 2018. The deal would also include, for the first time, $500 million of annual missile defense funding, bringing the annual total to $3.8 billion. But Congress, in...