Remember, Mr. President, Israel Is Our Friend

 

This past week, Senators Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell, circulated a letter imploring President Obama to support Israel’s right to self-defense, and urging him to consider adding the IHH to the list of foreign terrorist organizations.  The letter, of which you can read excerpts below, was signed by 87 Senators.

We write to affirm our support for our strategic partnership with Israel, and encourage you to continue to do so before international organizations such as the United Nations.  The United States has traditionally stood with Israel because it is in our national security interest and must continue to do so.Israel is our strongest ally in the Middle East and a vibrant democracy.  Israel is also a partner to the United States on military and intelligence issues in this critical region.  That is why it is our national interest to support Israel at a moment when Israel faces multiple threats from Hamas in Gaza, Hezbollah in Lebanon, and the current regime in Iran.  Israel’s opponents have developed clever diplomatic and tactical ploys to challenge its international standing, whether the effort to isolate Israel at the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty review conference or the recent effort to breach the naval blockade around Gaza.

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We are deeply concerned about the IHH’s role in this incident and have additional questions about Turkey and any connections to Hamas.   The IHH is a member of a group of Muslim charities, the Union of Good, which was designated by the US Treasury Department as a terrorist organization.  The Union of Good was created by, and strongly supports Hamas, which has been designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the US State Department.  We recommend that your administration consider whether the IHH should be put on the list of foreign terrorist organizations, after an examination by the intelligence community, the State Department, and the Treasury Department.

And in case you were wondering which 13 Senators didn’t sign the letter, here’s a list (h/t Free Speech Zone):

1.   Akaka, Daniel K., D, HI  2.   Bingaman, Jeff, D, NM  3.   Bunning, Jim, R, KY  4.   Byrd, Robert C., D, WV 5.   Dodd, Christopher J., D, CT  6.   Gregg, Judd, R, NH  7.   Harkin, Tom, D, IA  8.   Kerry, John F., D, MA  9.   Leahy, Patrick J., D, VT  10. Merkley, Jeff, D, OR  11. Sanders, Bernard, I ,VT  12. Udall, Tom, D, NM  13. Webb, Jim, D, VA

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    @Caryn

    One thing about that list of the 13 is that it is potentially misleading. The Free Speech Zone (what a misnomer!) folks got the list by subtracting the 87 from the list of 100 Senators. Since Robert Byrd was admitted to hospital seriously ill, I’m not inclined to hold his non-vote against him. Not sure of the status of the rest of the bunch. Some names on that list surprize me, so I’d like to know more about whether they truly declined to support the letter or were unavailable, traveling, or otherwise unable to sign on. The 87 in support is pretty impressive, nonetheless.

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    @MatthewGilley

    Hopefully this letter is a small gesture toward the old notion that politics stop at the water’s edge. I don’t trust this administration to react as adults, however, when the issue is Israel. There is a disturbing visceral distaste for Israel throughout this administration and I have absolutely no confidence that will change at any point before 2012.

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    @MatthewGilley
    Matthew,

    Could you provide for me any quote from President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, or Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that demonstrates a “visceral distaste” for Israel? Because it seems as though, if visceral distaste for Israel really existed “throughout this administration” you’d be able to do so. · Jun 27 at 11:43pm

    We can start with this from The Sunday Times, March 26, 2010:

    “For a head of government to visit the White House and not pose for photographers is rare. For a key ally to be left to his own devices while the President withdraws to have dinner in private was, until this week, unheard of. Yet that is how Binyamin Netanyahu was treated by President Obama on Tuesday night, according to Israeli reports on a trip viewed in Jerusalem as a humiliation.

    “After failing to extract a written promise of concessions on settlements, Mr Obama walked out of his meeting with Mr Netanyahu but invited him to stay at the White House, consult with advisers and “let me know if there is anything new”, a US congressman, who spoke to the Prime Minister, said.”

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    @cdor

    I gots me some rights hear, Mr Freedy, sir. Here itis:

    “I got me one of them Israel visors, and I didn’t like it . The sun still got in my eyes.” Joe Biden, April 13th, 2009 while walking down a street in Jerusalem searching for an Israeli construction sight.

    “The last time I ate one of those Israeli viscers, it was distastefully prepared. I couldn’t stomach the whole thing.” Hillary Clinton at a State dinner honoring PLA leader Mahmoud Abas. “The next time we have one of these, we should really go to that great restaurant in Gaza. I understand they have tons of wonderful food there.” She was overheard saying quietly to the widow of Yasser Arafat, who had flown in from Paris for the evening.

    “Honey, what’s for dinner, Obama shouted out to Michelle, his wife, after entering the residential area of the White House” Laughing,he continued, “I left that Jewboy Netanyahu, standin’ with his hands in his pockets and his jaw wide open. Ha, I hope he’s good and hungry, cause he ain’t even gettin’ a bowl of grits from me. After all, I have a visceral distaste for Israel.”

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    @cdor

    …by the way, Mr. Freedy, you probably didn’t here these cause you aren’t invited to these special personal events, like me.

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    @MelFoil

    I think during those twenty years in Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity United Church, sitting in the pew on Sunday, our President was nodding in approval. So, Obama’s got another two years plus to pretend he wasn’t nodding. After that, he can drag Rev. Wright out from under the bus.

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    Matthew Gilley: Hopefully this letter is a small gesture toward the old notion that politics stop at the water’s edge. I don’t trust this administration to react as adults, however, when the issue is Israel. There is a disturbing visceral distaste for Israel throughout this administration and I have absolutely no confidence that will change at any point before 2012. · Jun 27 at 5:19pm

    Matthew,

    Could you provide for me any quote from President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, or Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that demonstrates a “visceral distaste” for Israel? Because it seems as though, if visceral distaste for Israel really existed “throughout this administration” you’d be able to do so.

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    @HeartlandPatriot

    That dog is viscous! When attacked it defends itself!

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    @MorituriTe

    What does it mean when senators think they need to tell these things to the President of the United States?

    As for the “visceral distaste” issue, I had an interesting exchange over Facebook with a friend of mine, a very liberal American Jew. I posted a link a few months ago to a news story about Obama’s treatment of Netanyahu, and my friend replied something to the effect that he, too, was concerned about all those people who were trying to undermine Obama’s relationship with Israel.

    I don’t even know where to start. Is this a picture-perfect liberal tic or what? It’s a sort of affirmative-action conspiracy theory, portraying Obama as a hapless victim, manipulated by an evil cabal into acting against his natural and deep love for the Jewish state. It denies him the dignity of knowing his own mind, of acting firmly on the basis of his beliefs, and of standing by principle, no matter how misguided.

    Barack Obama, longtime friend of Rashid Khalidi, Jeremiah Wright’s congregant, knows exactly what he thinks: Israel is an evil, apartheid state, the source of the all the Mideast’s problems. Show some respect.

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