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Wall Street Journal March 19, 2017
Rep. Keith Ellison ’s selection as deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee is the latest ratification of our party’s turn away from Israel. Mr. Ellison, who complained in 2010 that “United States foreign policy in the Middle East is governed by what is good or bad through a country of seven million people,” narrowly lost a bid for DNC chairman, then was chosen by acclamation as deputy.

The Democrats used to be the pro-Israel party. President Truman recognized the Jewish state within minutes of its independence in 1948. In 1972 the convention that nominated George McGovern ratified the first major-party platform to support moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. The Republicans didn’t follow until 1996.

A lot has changed for the Democrats in 45 years. President Obama created an atmosphere of outright hostility between the U.S. and Israel. He made a nuclear deal with Iran and refused to veto the United Nations Security Council resolution in December that condemned settlements in the disputed West Bank.
Hillary Clinton might have been an improvement, but her commitment to Israel has long been questioned. As secretary of state, she referred to Israeli settlements as “illegitimate.” In 2015 she had to reassure donors to her presidential campaign that she still supported Israel. Even during Bill Clinton ’s administration, pro-Israel Democrats worried that Mrs. Clinton would influence her husband in the wrong direction.

Then there’s Sen. Bernie Sanders, who as a presidential candidate in April 2016 accused Israel of being “indiscriminate” in “attacks against civilian areas” when defending itself against rockets fired by terrorists from Gaza. Mr. Sanders received 43% of Democratic primary votes.

How did this happen? There was once an inexorable link between support for Israel and for the civil-rights movement. Both were responses to invidious discrimination—anti-Semitism and racism. Starting in the mid-1960s, however, an anti-Israel minority emerged in the form of the New Left.

These groups—such as the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Students for a Democratic Society, and the Black Panthers—saw Israelis as oppressors and Palestinians as engaged in a “just struggle for liberation” as Panthers founder Huey P. Newton put it.

In the 1970s elements of the left became steadily more hostile to Israel. A turning point came in 1975, when the U.N. passed a resolution equating Zionism with racism. That provided an intellectual and political opening for those who wanted to drive a wedge between supporters of Israel and of civil rights.

An organization called Basic—Black Americans to Support Israel Committee—was formed to condemn the resolution. “We seek to defend democracy in the Mideast, and therefore we support Israel,” the civil-rights leader Bayard Rustin declared. Unfortunately, that was the last time the organized Jewish and black communities worked together.

In 1979 President Carter fired U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young, the first African-American to hold that position, for violating U.S. policy by meeting with a representative of the Palestine Liberation Organization. Mr. Young’s dismissal led several black leaders to break with their Jewish allies on Israel.

In 1984 Jesse Jackson, who’d publicly embraced PLO head Yasser Arafat five years earlier, ran for the Democratic presidential nomination. A Washington Post story about his difficult relationship with Jews quoted him as using the slur “Hymie” and calling New York City “Hymietown.” Mr. Jackson won 3.3 million votes in the primaries. He ran again in 1988 and more than doubled the total, to 6.9 million—another sign of the party’s slow shift.

There are still pro-Israel Democrats, but they are beleaguered and equivocal. New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, now the minority leader, described himself in 2010 as the Senate’s protector of Israel: “My name . . . comes from a Hebrew word. It comes from the word shomer, which mean guardian.” But how effectively has he played that role?
In 2015 Mr. Schumer was one of four Senate Democrats to vote against Mr. Obama’s Iran deal. But killing it would have taken 13 Democrats, and Politico reported Mr. Schumer phoned Democratic colleagues to “assure them he would not be whipping opposition to the deal.” Mr. Schumer—whose Brooklyn apartment building has been protested by leftist opponents of President Trump —was also an early backer of Mr. Ellison for the party chairmanship.

One reason Democrats have continued the move away from Israel is that Jewish voters haven’t exacted a price for it. Exit polls in 2016 found they supported Mrs. Clinton over Mr. Trump, 71% to 23%, in line with their historic levels of Democratic support.

There’s still an opportunity here for the GOP. Especially if Mr. Trump delivers on his promise to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, the Jewish vote could start trending Republican. Unless Democrats reaffirm their support for Israel, many lifelong party members—ourselves included—may decide that the time has come to find new political affiliations.

The Author

Mr. Stein, who held elective office in New York between 1969 and 1994, is now a business consultant. Mr. Schoen served as a political adviser and pollster for President Clinton, 1994-2000.


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Redacted from an article by Michael Barone

Capital Research Center Monthly
February 2017 Issue
Washington, DC

Which of America’s two political parties is the party of the rich? Many people would say it’s the Republicans. The caricature, common in the 1930s, is that the GOP is the party of the plutocrat in the Monopoly game, complete with top hat and tails. A Pew Research poll found 62 percent of Americans believe the Republicans favor the rich. But the data tell a different story.

First, the story is mixed where votes are concerned. Exit polls in recent presidential and congressional elections have shown that both parties receive substantial support from voters who make over $100,000 annually. And the stereotype falls apart when political contributions are examined: Democrats, in fact, seem to come out ahead of Republicans in raising money from the richest precincts of the nation.

To shed more light on this question, the Capital Research Center (CRC) has conducted a new analysis of political contributions from the most affluent parts of the country during the 2013–14 campaign cycle (the most recent cycle with complete data).

What This Study Measures

The data on political giving are so vast and can be dissected in so many ways that no one study can ever be exhaustive. This particular study emphasizes, not who or what are the most powerful political donors in our system (think of the eternal arguments about the relative powers and influence of unions, corporations, and PACs) but rather, which party’s candidates receive the most contributions from America’s wealthy elites who live in the poshest locales.

In this study of rich donors, CRC has focused on donations by individuals (not by groups) that are given to individual candidates of the two major political parties, not to party committees or to other political actors like super PACs or unions.

It’s reasonable to focus on the individuals who donate and receive these funds, given how many politicians and pundits imply that wealthy Americans regularly “buy” elections for the political party that’s supposedly biased toward the rich.

But even if the parameters of this study were far broader, there’s little reason to believe the outcomes would significantly change. For example, federal spending by Super PACs in this same cycle skewed $196.8 million “for Democrats/against Republicans,” versus $139.9 million “for Republicans/against Democrats,” according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Political Giving by “the 1 Percent”

As journalists and scholars have shown in recent years, affluent Americans are concentrated in certain neighborhoods to a considerable extent—indeed, to a greater extent than in the past.

Bill Bishop in his 2008 book The Big Sort illustrated how people with similar levels of education, income and wealth, and cultural attitudes have increasingly clustered in places filled with others of similar characteristics. The social scientist Charles Murray in his 2012 book Coming Apart showed how those at the very top of these scales are clustered in zip codes that he christened, “SuperZips.”

CRC’s study asks to which party do such people—who are much more likely than the ordinary voter to be able to afford sizable discretionary spending—contribute their money?

The overall answer is that more money from the top 300 SuperZips in 2013–14 went to Democrats than Republicans, by a significant but not overwhelming margin, if you set aside those contributions over $1 million made by wealthy individuals to their own campaigns. (Which were usually lost, by the way)

Out-of-State Giving

Some observers may argue that partisan contributions are not a fair measure of the party preferences of persons living in elite neighborhoods, because many affluent contributors may simply be donating for pragmatic reasons to state and local officials of the dominant party, which in many metro areas, and the Big Four in particular, is overwhelmingly likely to be Democratic. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, for example, has said he made many of his local donations just to help his business, not because he agreed with the pols who received the money.

This conclusion also proved false. These numbers reinforce the fact that America’s elite across the nation have powerful sympathies toward the Democratic Party. And the more elite their neighborhood is in America’s most powerful cities, the more strongly they lean Democrat.

Top 300 zip codes nationwide (representing the top 1.4 percent of socio-economic status):
Democrats $71 million
Republicans $47 million


These data are powerful evidence that affluent Americans in the most elite locales contribute significantly more money to Democrats than Republicans.

The data also show that Democrats raise a notable chunk of their campaign money in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, DC Democratic candidates and party officials attending affluent contributors’ fundraisers evidently have to spend a lot of time in airliners or private jets flying coast to coast across the country, while Republican candidates and party officials have to make significantly more fundraising stops, staggered across the giant landmass of America between the two coasts.

Half a century ago, many liberal commentators argued that Democrats, as the party whose policies allegedly represented the interests of lower-income Americans, had an unfair disadvantage in raising money for campaigns, because they couldn’t compete with Republicans for access to the checkbooks of the wealthy. The data presented here make clear that that argument, regardless of whether it was valid then, has no validity today.

A change in rhetoric is therefore indicate  i.e. the retirement of the nationwide claim that” the Republicans are the party of the rich.”  Not so. If either party is the party of the rich, it is the Democrats.

About the author:

Michael Barone is Senior Political Analyst for the Washington Examiner, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and longtime co-author of The Almanac of American Politics. Some of Michael Barone’s frequent topics: Politics | White House | Campaigns | Obamacare | Demographics | Entitlements | Big Government | Polls | 2014 Elections

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I See Great Danger Ahead

By Moshe Feiglin – 1 Adar 5777 – February 27, 2017

The Jewish Press.

Editor’s Note: The following is an edited transcript of a recent interview with Moshe Feiglin on Radio Kol B’ramah.

Question: We are hearing very significant encouragement coming from the Likud for the prime minister to build more in Judea and Samaria. Is it possible that we are witnessing a momentum of political change from Netanyahu’s point of view?

Feiglin: Based on my acquaintance with the history of the Israeli Right in general and of Netanyahu in particular, I see very great danger. I see exactly the opposite.

I see a reality that is very, very reminiscent of Sharon and Gush Katif. In other words, I see an Israeli prime minister from the Likud once again under investigations, under great pressure in Israel.

I see a very strong president in the United States with an Israeli prime minister who is manipulating him back to the reality we had with Obama.

Netanyahu caused the embassy not to be moved to Jerusalem and announced even before Trump was inaugurated that he was in favor of the two-state solution. And his defense minister says we won’t build outside of the settlement blocs. (With leaders like these who does Israel need for enemies) jsk
An additional problem that didn’t exist at the time of Sharon is the involvement of the Russians, who are right up on Israel’s northern border, and the warming relations between the U.S. and Russia.

Maybe that explains the prime minister’s position. Perhaps he understands that the Arab world is very dominant and the Europeans are watching every one of our steps — not with a fond eye — and therefore the prime minister is navigating, as he says, between all these drops. Maybe we can rely on him?
Someone who has been scalded with boiling water is wary even of cold water. We’ve been scalded several times by leaders of the Likud, starting with Begin and the Sinai, and continuing with Sharon and the Disengagement. Netanyahu himself has already agreed in the past to retreat from the whole of the Golan and to give it to Assad, up to 10 meters from the Kinneret.

Netanyahu himself has already given away 93-94% of the city of Hebron. Netanyahu and his entire government also destroyed a whole settlement just a couple of weeks ago — let’s not forget that

And with all that, the prime minister is saying, “I will protect the settlements.” No settlement has been evacuated, at least not for diplomatic reasons. Construction, at least in the settlement blocs, continues, and that’s under eight very hostile years from the American government, to say nothing of Europe.

I want to remind you that in all the examples I brought before, there was no problem of a hostile government and no problem of American pressure. The international situation of Israel today is much more comfortable. It is specifically in a reality like this that Israeli prime ministers become like Sharon.

Sharon didn’t evacuate any settlements before he expelled all of Gush Katif. And he said before that that what applied to Netzarim in Gush Katif also applied to Tel Aviv.

Ladies and gentlemen, the time has come for the Israeli Right to stop blindly following leaders who talk out of both sides of their mouths.

They tell the Right what it wants to hear, but in their actions and hints to the Americans, the international community, and our Arab neighbors, they do the very opposite.

Question: Yesterday I heard very senior Likud ministers being very clear on the need for construction in Judea and Samaria and thwarting the possibility of a Palestinian State. And yet, the one who stands at the head of the Likud expresses an entirely different line. How does this happen? What makes a leader — who has the entire party under him — act in clear opposition to the views of his party and voter base?

I’m very happy you asked that question because we need to understand this issue at its source. This isn’t a personal issue. We should not think Begin was weak, and Sharon was I-don’t-know-what, and Netanyahu robs his voters. This is a systemic issue. Every single one of those who come out against Netanyahu and say, “We have to settle!” will act exactly like him if he, God forbid, replaces Netanyahu. It doesn’t matter who.

Once and for all, we need to understand the mechanism that causes us to always elect the right wing but get the left wing. The mechanism is very simple. The Right, the entire Right – the religious and the non-religious — has never presented a clear strategy, a clear vision, a clear objective, against the two-state idea of Oslo. Never.

When Shimon Peres asked the head of the opposition, Benjamin Netanyahu, “What is your alternative?” Netanyahu didn’t answer. And he hasn’t answered up to today, and no one has answered.

The only party that is finally answering what we want, not what they don’t do, is the Zehut Party under my leadership.

Question: There’s also the Jewish Home that says that we need to annex, or sovereignty…

I absolutely disagree with you. The Jewish Home does not say anything. It scatters all sorts of impressions as if it has a statement about some sort of ethereal annexation, which will never happen. It has no organized program or clear objective that says what we want to see at the end of the movie. Nothing. Not a thing.

The Left says exactly what it wants, and therefore the moment it has the opportunity… when Rabin rose to power, he immediately implemented his policies. The Right does not say anything and therefore adopts the same two-state solution.

Q. And you will propose a change, and turn to the voters in the coming elections?

I won’t just propose. I’ve already proposed — in a lengthy, well-formulated, platform of hundreds of pages which will be presented at our convention on February 28 at Hanger 11 in Tel Aviv. Everyone who comes Tuesday night will be able to know exactly what we are proposing.

Moshe Feiglin is the former Deputy Speaker of the Knesset. He heads the Zehut Party. He is the founder of Manhigut Yehudit and Zo Artzeinu and the author of two books: “Where There Are No Men” and “War of Dreams.” Feiglin served in the IDF as an officer in Combat Engineering and is a veteran of the Lebanon War. He lives in Ginot Shomron with his family.

(He is also the serious rival that Netanyahu deliberately drove out of the Likud Party  because he was presenting all the hard cold facts that Feiglin presented in the interview above.) jsk

The Day Netanyahu Regained Control of the Likud Party

January 1, 2015


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The $23 million total doesn’t include nearly 2.9 million stock options valued at $56.8 million that the filing said Ms. Mayer held as of March 8. A spokeswoman said those options all have vested.

(No wonder Bernie Sanders is pissed. This “1 percenter boss “worked” 4 years, was a dismal failure and walked away with 80 Million dollars in compensation! Huh!  What about Bernie’s poor slobs begging for $15 per hour?) jsk

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Wall Street Journal
March 14, 2017

Yahoo Inc. detailed a golden parachute of $23 million for Chief Executive Marissa Mayer as part of her planned departure from what’s left of the company after it sells its core assets to Verizon Communications Inc.

In securities filings Monday, Yahoo also outlined the leadership of that remaining business, placing board director Thomas McInerney at the helm of what will effectively be a holding company for Yahoo’s sizable stakes in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Yahoo Japan .

Ms. Mayer will continue as Yahoo’s CEO until the deal’s closing, at which point she will be replaced by Mr. McInerney and step down from the company’s board of directors.

Ms. Mayer’s future with the core operations that will become part of Verizon, which include its digital advertising technology and portfolio of websites like Yahoo News, hasn’t been announced.

She has said she is “planning to stay.” Yahoo previously had said she wouldn’t remain at the holding company, which after the deal closes will change its name to Altaba Inc., derived from a combination of the words “alternate” and “Alibaba.”

Ms. Mayer’s payout includes nearly $3.02 million in cash and about $20 million from restricted stock units she was previously awarded. The $23 million total doesn’t include nearly 2.9 million stock options valued at $56.8 million that the filing said Ms. Mayer held as of March 8. A spokeswoman said those options all have vested.

The sale to Verizon marked a stunning fall for Ms. Mayer, whose efforts to turn around Yahoo since she took over the once-powerful internet giant in 2012 have been closely watched. She failed to deliver pledged cost savings and stem declines in advertising revenue, and Yahoo’s influence in the internet industry continued to wane

Ms. Mayer’s tenure suffered another blow after the Verizon deal was announced in July, with the disclosures that Yahoo had suffered two massive security breaches, one in 2014 that hit more than 500 million accounts and another from 2013 that affected more than 1 billion accounts.

Yahoo said this month that Ms. Mayer wouldn’t receive her 2016 cash bonus or 2017 equity awards after a board investigation found that she and other senior executives failed to “properly comprehend or investigate” the 2014 breach.

Verizon said last month that it would proceed with the Yahoo acquisition, but the two companies agreed to knock $350 million off the deal price, which had been $4.83 billion.

In Monday’s filings, Yahoo said that Verizon early in talks over the impact of the breaches had suggested cutting the price by as much as $925 million. The companies expect the deal to close in the second quarter of this year.

Deepa Seetharaman and Theo Francis contributed to this article.
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By Leo Hohmann
Whistleblower Magazine
February 2017

Americans are shocked by ongoing news reports chronicling growing chaos in Europe, where massive Muslim migration is wreaking havoc on the continent including horrendous acts of mass terrorism, an epidemic of rape and sexual assault against European women, and large, jihadist-rich enclaves where even police are hesitant to enter. Yet, few realize that America is heading down the same suicidal path.

As veteran investigative journalist Leo Hohmann documents in Stealth Invasion: Muslim Conquest through Immigration and Resettlement Jihad, an international network of mostly Muslim Brotherhood-linked activists has been building its ranks within the United States for more than three decades, aided by a U.S. immigration system seemingly obsessed with welcoming as many unassimilable migrants with anti-Western values as possible.

As a result, largely secret plans for major population changes in hundreds of U.S. cities and towns are already being implemented. As Stealth Invasion reveals, the Muslim Brotherhood has a well-defined strategy for conquering America, not necessarily with violent jihadist attacks although we should expect those to increase but through more subtle means collectively called “civilization jihad.”

According to the Brotherhood’s own documents seized by the FBI, “civilization jihad” involves infiltrating and conquering Western democracies from within. Very simply, civilization jihad calls for changing a nation by changing its people and its values gradually, over time.

Meanwhile, the world is undergoing a historic shift of populations out of the Middle East and Africa, and into Europe, Canada and the United States. Stealth Invasion connects the dots between the problems of growing violence and unrest that have plagued Europe and what is now unfolding across America and blows the lid off a corrupt, fraudulent program that has been secretly dumping Third World refugees, many of them radical, on American cities for three decades.

Readers will meet the people and groups behind this shadowy resettlement network, which starts at the United Nations and includes the White House, the U.S. State Department, some surprising church groups, and corporate honchos involved in everything from investment banking and meatpacking, to Florida vacations and yogurt manufacturing.

In Stealth Invasion, Leo Hohmann reveals how Congress has turned a blind eye to the program since President Jimmy Carter signed into law the Refugee Act of 1980, allowing the United Nations not American officials to select the refugees sent to our cities. As a result, those selected are increasingly coming from hotbeds of Sunni radicalism like Syria, Iraq, and Somalia while a growing population of persecuted Christians are left behind.

The government uses a network of private agencies, most with churchy names tied to Lutherans, Catholics, Episcopalians, Jews and even evangelicals, to do the resettlement work, but the public is shut out of the process from beginning to end. No public hearings, no public notices in the local newspaper asking for their input.

Americans have been kept largely in the dark about the radical plans to permanently transform their nation. Until now.

In Stealth Invasion, Leo Hohmann shows that the breakdown is no coincidence and it hasn’t manifested overnight. It’s been brewing since the 1980s, but is now reaching the point where it is about to metastasize and overtake us all unless it is stopped now.


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How could the Republicans allow this man to rule over one of the nations 12 Federal Reserve Banks and thus render years of decisions that follow the destructive philosophy of the Democratic Left!

Atlanta Fed Considering Raphael Bostic as Next President

Wall Street Journal

March 7, 2017

Raphael Bostic scheduled to be appointed as president of the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank. It could be announced in the coming weeks, according to a person familiar with the discussions.

If he is appointed to the post,  Raphael Bostic, a professor of public policy at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, would become the first African-American president of one of the Fed’s 12 regional banks.

A spokeswoman for the Atlanta Fed said the process of selecting a new president “is still ongoing.” A spokeswoman for the Fed’s Board of Governors in Washington declined to comment. Mr. Bostic declined to comment.

Mr. Bostic’s appointment could be announced in the coming weeks, said one person familiar with the discussions. Dennis Lockhart resigned as the Atlanta Fed’s president at the end of February.

The Fed has been under growing pressure from lawmakers and activists to improve the diversity of its leadership. Of the central bank’s 16 governors and bank presidents, 15 are white, 12 are men and 10 have a Ph.D. in economics. None are black or Hispanic.

Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari is the son of Indian immigrants. Three African-Americans have served on the Fed’s Board of Governors in its 104-year history.

Last fall, a group of African-American lawmakers wrote to Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen urging the central bank to consider candidates of diverse backgrounds for the Atlanta Fed post.

Mr. Bostic, 50 years old, served from 2009 to 2012 as assistant secretary for policy development and research at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, a position that required Senate confirmation.

He has been at USC since 2001 and is chair of the department on governance, management and the policy process at the Sol Price School of Public Policy. He was director of USC’s Master of Real Estate Development degree program and the founding director of the Casden Real Estate Economics Forecast.

Mr. Bostic worked as a staff economist and senior economist in the monetary and financial studies section of the Fed’s board in Washington from 1995 to 2001, where his work on the Community Reinvestment Act earned a special achievement award.

He earned his Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University and completed his undergraduate studies at Harvard University. In 2012, he was chosen by his classmates to serve as chief marshal for commencement exercises.

At HUD, Mr. Bostic was responsible for helping to implement the Obama administration’s housing-rescue programs and to address the dislocation and overhaul of U.S. mortgage markets.

His academic research has focused on wealth, lending and homeownership, particularly in low- and moderate-income families and minority communities. His research has examined ways in which government regulatory policy has and hasn’t achieved desired goals to improve access to credit and savings for lower-income households.

The 12 regional Fed banks are quasi-private, quasi-government institutions overseen by boards of directors drawn from the private sector. The presidents are selected by the directors who aren’t from the financial sector, and the choice is subject to approval by the Fed board in Washington.

The Atlanta Fed district comprises Alabama, Florida, Georgia and parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee, an area that has sizable minority populations.

The Fed’s 2015 annual report said the Atlanta Fed top position paid $346,600.

Mr. Bostic has served on the boards of mortgage-finance company Freddie Mac since 2015 and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy since 2013. He has been a trustee of Enterprise Community Partners, an affordable-housing nonprofit, since 2012.

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Is Ball Permanently Dropped?

By Dr. Aaron Lerner

8 March, 2016

Press Release from The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

“The American desire for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians has remained unchanged for 50 years.

While we don’t believe the existence of settlements is an impediment to peace, the construction of new settlements or the expansion of existing settlements beyond their current borders may not be helpful in achieving that goal.

As the President has expressed many times, he hopes to achieve peace throughout the Middle East region.

The Trump administration has not taken an official position on settlement activity and looks forward to continuing discussions, including with Prime Minister Netanyahu when he visits with President Trump later this month.”

The above was a prepared statement.

Every word was carefully chosen.

Here is the critical phrase:   “the expansion of existing settlements beyond their current borders.”

Whose “current borders”?

The “current borders” “of existing settlements”

This wasn’t arbitrary language.

It refers back to the Bush era exchange of letters that provided for construction within the building lines of all Jewish communities located in Judea and Samaria (aka the West Bank).  This regardless of if the community was part of a “bloc” or an isolated community.

What was the Israeli reaction to the White House announcement?

We didn’t just drop the ball.  We threw it down. (please use the word, “Netanyahu” rather than “we”) jsk

Instead of welcoming this position, we said we were clueless what the Trump Administration wants.

And to make matters worse — we essentially proclaimed that Mr. Trump has a veto on every square inch of construction.

And if we handed Washington veto rights we also put the United States in the complicated position in the world that they are to “blame” for any and every square inch of construction.

Yes.  We consult with our friends.  And Mr. Trump is a friend.  But there’s a world of difference between “consulting” and taking marching orders.

That arrangement doesn’t serve anyone’s interests.

Dr. Aaron Lerner

IMRA – Independent Media Review and Analysis (IMRA)

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in Australia Feb. 25, 2017.

By Alex Traiman/ (Jewish News Service)

For the second time in a month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has informed the leader of a major Western power that Israel will retain full security control over all of the disputed territories in any future arrangement with Palestinians.

Netanyahu told Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in a closed-door meeting that Israel would never give up its military presence in Judea and Samaria (commonly known as the West Bank), Israel Radio reported. The statement matches comments Netanyahu made in mid-February during his press conference with President Donald Trump.

While laying out his prerequisites for any peace deal, Netanyahu said at the White House that Israel “must retain the overriding security control over the entire area west of the Jordan River…because otherwise we’ll get another radical Islamic terrorist state in the Palestinian areas exploding the peace, exploding the Middle East.”

Dr. Khalil Shikaki, director of the Ramallah-based Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR), believes Netanyahu’s approach would make full Palestinian sovereignty impossible.

“I can’t possibly see that the same person would think this is a two-state solution. Where is the second state? There is only one state. There is a state and a protectorate, but there is not a two-state solution,” Shikaki told

“But I am sure the prime minister knows fully that this is either a good bargaining position to take at the beginning of negotiations, or that he is obviously not interested in a two-state solution outcome,” he said.

Following the White House summit, rather than focusing on Netanyahu’s comments about retaining Israeli military over all of the disputed territories, most mainstream media chose to focus headlines on Trump’s ambiguous answer when asked if he is “ready to give up the notion” of two states. Trump had answered, “So I’m looking at two states and one state, and I like the one that both parties like.”

Morton Klein, president of the Zionist Organization for America (ZOA), said Trump’s comments brought an abrupt end to 16 years of carefully worded support—by both Republican President George W. Bush and Democratic President Barack Obama—for a two-state solution.

“It’s because of Donald Trump’s enormously important bully pulpit that he has single-handedly changed the conversation,” Klein told “The issue now is whether we can get to peace, as opposed to whether we can get to a Palestinian state.”

Is a two-state solution practical?
A recent poll by Shikaki’s PSR, together with the Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research at Tel Aviv University, showed that 50 percent of Israeli Jews and 44 percent of Palestinians living in the West Bank support a two-state solution.

Yet the same study showed that more than 80 percent of Israeli Jews and 72 percent of Palestinians do not believe a Palestinian state will be established in the next five years.

Shikaki explained that, “ The idea of a one-state solution is something that more and more Palestinians are turning to. There is a very strong tendency among Palestinians and Israelis to conclude that the two-state solution is no longer practical. And as a result, they start looking for alternatives. But none of these alternatives seem to garner as much support as there still is for a two-state solution.”

ZOA’s Klein argued that it is easy for Palestinians to support a two-state solution because “Israel is already a state. So when they say they support a two-state solution, what that means is that they support a Palestinian state.”

He contended that the inability of Palestinians to recognize Israeli sovereignty, and their unwillingness for any Jews to live in a future Palestinian state, underscore the dangers of making concessions on Israel’s borders

Klein asserted that Palestinians “say they support a Palestinian state, but ask them whether they support Israel as a Jewish state. Ask them whether they support not allowing any so-called Palestinian refugees moving into Israel. Ask them if they support 800,000 Jews living within the confines of a Palestinian state, and you’ll get different answers.”

Shikaki noted that one past proposal that Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have floated for resolving the issue of Israeli settlements is “to ask [Jews in the disputed territories] to live under Palestinian sovereignty if they wish to stay.” He said, however, that the Israeli public has never favored such a plan.

“We no longer have a majority of Palestinians, as we once did, who endorsed the idea of settlers staying under Palestinian sovereignty, but we never had a Jewish majority for that anyway,” said Shikaki.

Yet removing hundreds of thousands of Jews from Judea and Samaria may garner even less public support. In his press conference with Trump, Netanyahu said that “Jews are called Jews because they come from Judea. This is our ancestral homeland. Jews are not foreign colonialists in Judea.”

A one-state solution

By mentioning for the first time the possibility of U.S. support for a one-state solution, Trump has, in Shikaki’s view, “contributed to making the two-state solution less viable, and thereby increasing the demand for the one-state solution.”

“Trump’s mere statement, therefore, has played essentially the same role [in the peace process] as the failure of negotiations, settlement construction, etc. All these things have in the past convinced the majority of Palestinians and Israelis that the viability of the two-state solution is questioned,” Shikaki said.

Israelis may have arrived at the same conclusion, but from a different angle.

While on a recent trip to meet with Israeli policymakers, Klein said he observed that “almost no people are talking about supporting the establishment of a Palestinian state and criticizing Jews that live in Judea and Samaria.”

“My sense,” Klein added, “is that people now understand that a Palestinian state would be a Hamas-Fatah terrorist state and that the reason there is no peace has nothing to do with the Jews in Judea and Samaria.

They now seem to understand that it is because the Palestinian Authority refuses to sit down and negotiate, and because they continue to promote hatred and violence in every element of their culture, and they pay salaries to families who produce killers.”

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From: The American Thinker

February 24, 2017

By Rabbi Dov Fischer

They are my great protectors — leftist Jews, professional Democrat Jews, Jews in Hollywood and on Broadway, Jews in the liberal mainstream media.  For a year and more, they have been in the forefront protecting me from the “anti-Semitism” of candidate — now President — Donald Trump, from Steve Bannon and Breitbart, from the Republican Party.  There they are, yelling “anti-Semitism!” and worrying about me.  And oh how they care for Israel!

They are phony baloney.  They are as false as the Fake News they spread about the President of the United States.  I know.  I am a Jew all day every day.  I wear a yarmulka at home, at work, indoors, outdoors.  I walk an hour to and from synagogue on my Sabbath, replete with yarmulka, engaging society around me.

My clerical colleagues and friends among the Catholic Diocese where I live, among the Protestant pastors and ministers whom I count dearly, among the non-Jews in all walks of my life, all know I am a Jew.

I am not the kind of Jew whose kitchen observes Judaism, while I eat lobster and pork outside.  And I am sick and tired of seeing and hearing these professional leftists — liberals and radical left activists who often are employed and paid well for their left-driven agenda activism — manipulating the happenstance of their Jewish birth to justify hurling vile and baseless accusations of “anti-Semitism” against those in the Trump Administration who actually are philo-Semitic.

If these leftists are so concerned about anti-Semitism, why is it that so many among them never once sought to protect me or Israel from Barack Obama or John Kerry?  When Obama and Kerry combined to imperil Israel by entering into a horrific deal with Iran, they were quiet.

When Obama insulted the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, treating him like a beggar from Jerusalem, forcing Bibi to wait outside while the Obamas dined, they did not complain.

As Keith Ellison, whose anti-Semitic record of back-biting against Israel and Jews has been exposed, rises within Democrat ranks they do not object.

They do not condemn the anti-Semitism of an Al Sharpton, nor challenge why an Obama began his second Presidential campaign by meeting with Sharpton’s organization.  Where were they when Kerry and Obama ambushed Israel at the very end of Obama’s term, refusing to veto an anti-Semitic United Nations Security Council resolution that declared an outright lie: that Jews have no connection to East Jerusalem?

They are not playing with a full deck.  This President of the United States, Donald Trump, is the most philo-Semitic President of my lifetime, perhaps in American history.  That is why he carried the vote of the Orthodox Jewish community of America in overwhelming numbers.

We Orthodox Jews know what anti-Semitism really is, what it sounds and feels like, at work and at play.  We are not cardiac Jews who speak of having a “Jewish heart,” as though Mother Teresa or Father Damian had any less compassion, nor do we manifest our Jewishness solely by using Yiddish words like “chutzpah” and giggling over embarrassments like Lena Dunham and Sarah Silverman.

Rather, we live Torah tradition and adhere to Torah commandments, and we synthesize our American and Judaic cultures effortlessly.

Donald Trump — unlike a great many of his liberal Democrat critics among the Jewish “leaders” in the United States and the liberal Democrat Jews in Hollywood, on Broadway, and in journalism — actually has Jewish grandchildren.

By contrast, many of their Jewish lines have been self-severed. His daughter is an Orthodox Jew.  His son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is an Orthodox Jew.  Jared and Ivanka do not hide their Judaism; they revel in it proudly, though quietly.

Unlike Hillary Clinton’s Jewish son-in-law, they did not have a Protestant pastor co-conducting their marriage.  Donald Trump did not distance from them; rather, he remains connected with them.

Donald Trump has associated with Orthodox Jews all his life.  He has named an extraordinary attorney, David Friedman, to be America’s Ambassador to Israel.  The Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of the Trump Organization, Jason Dov Greenblatt, is an Orthodox Jew. In January 2017, President Trump appointed him to be United States Special Representative for International Negotiations.

Donald Trump has been a lifelong supporter of Israel.  His father, Fred Trump, donated land for the construction of an Orthodox synagogue — and then donated the money to build it.

When Prime Minster Netanyahu announced, partly in response to the anti-Semitic UN Security Council Resolution that the Obama-Kerry ambush allowed, that Israel now will build more than 6,000 new homes in Jewish communities Judea and Samaria, the Trump Administration broke with fifty years of American policy and did not speak a single word of condemnation.

Days later, President Trump, standing alongside Netanyahu, abandoned the failed and unworkable mantra of the “Two-State Solution,” a formula that never has been realized in fifty years of negotiations because it is fundamentally flawed, and the President instead said America will support any solution — “One State, Two State” — no particular prescribed formula other than what the parties to the situation themselves directly agree to pursue.

Is President Trump perfect?  Hardly.  Does he sometimes cause even his strongest supporters to close their eyes, take a deep breath, count to ten, then count to a thousand, all while taking more deep breaths?  Absolutely.  That is President Trump.

But that same man is a great supporter of Israel with a lifelong record of great philo-Semitism.  And how dare any one, particularly a quasi-Jew on some liberal organization’s payroll, call this man soft on anti-Semitism!

So who are these defenders of mine, these “defenders of the Jews,” who regularly and falsely accuse the man of a vile hatred that is outside his very persona?

The newspaper and television “news” programs and reports somehow find them.  They craft Fake News by quoting the Jews they want.

There is a Steven Goldstein, the director of something called the “Anne Frank Center.”  As an American Orthodox Rabbi of more than 35 years, a former Vice President of the Zionist Organization of America, a member of the Rabbinical Council of America’s executive committee during most of the past decade, and a host of other Jewish organizational affiliations and leadership posts,

I can say unequivocally that this fellow who ranted against President Trump on the same day that the President forcefully condemned anti-Semitism merely is one more professional liberal.

Even as the President said that,  “The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community and community centers are horrible and are painful and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil,” this Goldstein was attacking Trump.

The “Anne Frank Center” that Goldstein heads arrogates the name of a tragic Holocaust victim to advance a leftist agenda.  It is akin to someone forming a “Martin Luther King Center” to sell discount tickets to baseball games and ski resorts.

Goldstein himself comes there straight from a stint as director of a gay rights activist group in New Jersey.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913 amid the horrific era of the Leo Frank lynching in 1915 Georgia, now has been taken over by Democratic Party activists.  With the retirement of its venerable leader, Abraham Foxman, the ADL now is run by Jonathan Greenblatt, who arrived straight from serving in the Obama White House as Special Assistant to President Obama and Director of his Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation.



The Union for Reform Judaism, another regular critic of President Trump, now is run by a hierarchy of liberal reform rabbis marked by their almost-universal fealty to the Democrat Party.


And there is no shortage of liberal Jews at the Huffington Post, Slate, Vox, CNN, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and other mainstream media who are quick to condemn every imaginable manifestation of Trump “anti-Semitism” that their minds can conjure.  If Trump were to say,  “I don’t like juice,” they would be yelling: “Trump said he doesn’t like Jews!”

When a Trump campaign banner attacked Hillary Clinton and used a depiction that included a six-pointed star, a sheriff’s badge, these sorts saw a “Star of David.”  “Anti-Semite!” some yelled.

When a sensitive White House statement memorializing the Holocaust, written for the President by a Jewish aide who himself had lost family during the Shoah, failed to use exactly the right wording, some yelled “Anti-Semite!”

In seeing anti-Semitism emanating from every corner, they even saw a friendly welcoming wave by radio talk show host Laura Ingraham to the crowd at the Republican National Convention as being a Hitler salute.  And yet, after Keith Ellison was exposed for mocking Jews and Israel to a small Muslim group in Minnesota, these “defenders” remained silent.

It is enough already.  I do not need the Jewish professional liberal Democrats to protect me from President Trump.  I need him to protect me from them.

Rabbi Dov Fischer, an attorney and adjunct professor of law, is rabbi of Young Israel of Orange County, California and holds prominent leadership roles in several national rabbinic and other Jewish organizations. He has been Chief Articles Editor of UCLA Law Review, clerked for the Honorable Danny J. Boggs in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and served for most of the past decade on the National Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America.  His writings appear at

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III Update on Dem choice Tom Perez  (Does not sound much better than Ellison!)

“Perez does not deserve congratulations—unless that was tongue in cheek. He deserves derision. According to Pamela Geller, Perez was the lapdog for hardcore Muslim supremacists when he was Obama’s Assistant Attorney General, a gutless tool doing the bidding of the terror-tied groups.

Perez is also responsible for the dismissal of the New Black Panthers voter intimidation case. He launched an investigation of Sheriff Joe Arpaio for adopting an English-only policies inside his jails. And before taking over as Assistant AG, Perez was president of Casa de Maryland, a radical open borders group that encourages illegal aliens not to speak with the police and urges local governments to create sanctuary cities.

He fought to mandate that Mexican IDs be recognized as valid photo ID in the US, even though the documents are so rife with fraud that 22 of Mexico’s 32 states and districts refuse to recognize them.”
To me…these are the reasons Trump was elected. Let them continue to double down on their extreme liberal policies/talk and we’ll control the Whitehouse and Congress another 4 years!

Pam Geller


Redacted from an article by Jason Maoz, Senior Editor

The Jewish Press, Jan. 27, 2017

Steven Plaut, a prolific writer whose take-no-prisoners prose style and relish for puncturing left-wing pretensions became very familiar to Jewish Press readers over a nearly 15-year period beginning in 2002, died in Israel last week after a long battle with cancer. He was 65.

A professor at the Graduate School of Business of the University of Haifa, Plaut brought a sharply analytical mind to any subject about which he wrote. In addition to The Jewish Press, Plaut’s articles appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Newsday, Jerusalem Post, Haaretz, Maariv, Fortune, Middle East Quarterly, National Review, Commentary, and numerous online outlets.

Plaut was raised in a non-Orthodox Zionist home in Philadelphia (he became increasingly observant after making aliyah in 1981). Bill Cosby’s mother was Plaut’s babysitter and Plaut’s father sold Bill his first suit of clothes.

Plaut was married to Dr. Pnina Ohana Plaut, a granddaughter of Rabbi Nissim Ohana, chief rabbi of Egypt and later of Haifa.

In a 2003 interview with The Jewish Press, Plaut said he’d taken “a fairly low profile in the Israeli media,” writing primarily on economics, until the 1993 Oslo Accords.
“Oslo broke the camel’s back,” he said. “From that moment on, I have devoted myself to doing everything in my power, mainly through op-ed writing and Internet agitating to…rescue Israel from the mega-stupidity of its own leaders.”

Presciently – this was more than two years before the Gaza disengagement-Plaut dismissed then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon as “tired” and “timid.”

“They say that a people deserves the leaders it gets, but in the case of Israel such an assertion would border on being an anti-Semitic libel,” Plaut told The Jewish Press.

“Israel has produced a long stream of incompetent demagogues and cowardly lemming-like leaders, divorced from reality and pursuing national self-obliteration.

Ariel Sharon is marginally better than [his recent predecessors]. But this is not the Sharon of 1973 or 1982. It is a tired, timid, and exhausted Sharon, unwilling to take the heat for pursuing a serious Israeli defense.

Like his predecessors, he seems to think that Palestinian terrorism must be allowed to continue until the Palestinians feel they have reached catharsis and just get tired of murdering Jews.”

Plaut described Sharon’s reprisal campaigns in the face of the raging terrorism of the Second Intifada as “half-hearted.” He called those reprisals “the ‘Arik Sharon Hokey-Pokey’ [in which] you put your ground troops in, you take your ground troops out, and then you move ’em all about. Then you pull them out again until the next atrocity.”

Asked why Benjamin Netanyahu had been so forcefully repudiated by the Israeli electorate in 1999, after just three years in office, Plaut was quick to respond:  “Because he tried be Shimon Peres II.”

Netanyahu was elected in 1996 for the sole purpose of ending Oslo. Upon his election, however, he turned about 180 degrees and pursued Oslo with all the same delusional vigor as Peres and Rabin before him.

True, he scowled when hobnobbing with Arafat, in contrast to Peres’s idiotic grins, but in fact he was simply pursuing Oslo – albeit Oslo Lite. He abandoned Hebron to the terrorists…. He continued the face-to-face meetings with Arafat even as Arafat was mass murdering Jews.

He signed the Wye appeasements, making him the ‘Wye’s Man of Chelm.’ “Netanyahu lost to Ehud Barak in 1999 for the same reason that New Coke failed — why have a pale imitation of an Oslo appeaser when you can elect the real thing?”

The question of why Israeli leaders had been so shortsighted in pursuing the Oslo peace process elicited a characteristically blunt answer from Plaut:

“A facetious answer would be that Rabin and Peres had an ingenious master plan. You see, they figured out that much of anti-Semitism is based on the common stereotype of Jews being smarter than other people, and they figured that they could end anti-Semitism once and for all by proving how false this stereotype is.”

As to how he found the time to write so prolifically, he was only half-joking when he replied, “I wake up each morning and force myself to read Haaretz, the Israeli far left newspaper. Then I face a choice. I can either walk around all day enraged and curse people and scream at my kids and provoke my wife, or I can release it all in an op-ed piece or commentary and then smile at the world and pet the cat and sniff the flowers.

In other words, it is a form of psychotherapy for me and keeps me out of a straitjacket.”

(Others of us don’t have to read Haaretz. There is plenty of other stupidity to go all around and it has not changed. The desire of the Jew, the Israeli, to commit suicide in order to please his enemies and impress the Goyim with that stupidity plus the Jew’s refusal to argue in his own self-interest, continues unabated.) jsk

II  And the self-destruction  continues to this very day as described in the redacted article from by Alan Bergstein below:

A careful reading of  the Progressive, Far-Left, Democrat leaning, English language, barely Jewish tinged newspaper, The Forward, describes the  straight-out Democrat Party’s fears about their possible new DNC chair, Keith Islamist Ellison.

Congressman Ellison, who earned his Democrat laurels and House seat by being a stalwart leader of both CAIR (The Federally Un-indicted Council on American-Islamic Relations  and Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam in Milwaukee, seems to be some lengths ahead of the other candidates who don’t carry as much baggage as he does in this race to head The Party.

But he does throw some fears into the hearts of The Party’s big Jewish $$$$ donors who, with barely a partial gene of political intelligence still understand that he is first and foremost, a dyed-in-the-wool Jew hater.

And that gives them some shivers since they all must have at least heard vague rumors of family members slaughtered in the near forgotten Holocaust of the deep past.

Jewish Democrats such as Little Debbie Schultz, Chuckie-Boy Schumer and teacher-union Oberfuhrer Randi Weingarten and apologetic sorta Jew, Bernie Sanders, are shivering in their boots that their attempts to, excuse the expression, whitewash Ellison’s lurid and open for all to see, Jew hating history will bring more attention to him and therefore, somehow tarnish the already disgraced image of the Party.

We’d be all made aware that Ellison joined with 44% of his brother and sister House Democrats in voting to support the UN Security Council’s Resolution 2334 which vilified Israel for building homes within its borders.

And just recently he stated that this nation’s foreign policy was dictated by Israel, a nation with only 7 million people.

He had been booked last year to be the keynote speaker at the Muslim American Society which is a Muslim Brotherhood based organization. This terrorist linked group also sponsored a previous visit of his to Saudi Arabia.

Donations to his campaign have come from notable Islamists both here and abroad. In general, Ellison is the poster boy for domestic Radical Islam and therefore is right up The Party’s alley.

So look to all the Jewish Democrat leaders to shamefully gush over his appointment to lead The Party in their increasing hostility to Israel and domestic Jewry. Perhaps if he’s elected, the Democrats could open up each of their meetings with the cry of “Allahu Akhbar.”

Alan Bergstein

( PS Fortunately, since Bergstein’s comments were written, the Democratic Party, no thanks to its Jewish component, elected former Labor Secretary Tom Perez who was favored by people loyal to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton)

Article compiled by Jerome S. Kaufman, Editor

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Dispersion of (Israel’s) Enemies and Conquest of the Land

Sixth Reading (Shishi)

20  (When you will sin with the Golden Calf, the Shechinah will not accompany you personally, rather) I send an angel before you to guard you on the way and to bring you to the place that  I have prepared to give you

21  Beware of him and listen to him, for My Name is associated with him. Do not rebel against him for he will not forgive your transgression (since he never sins himself)

22  But, listen to His voice and do all that I say, I will be the enemy of your enemies and if I will oppress your oppressors.

23  For My angel will go before you, and bring you to the Amorites, the  Chitites, the Perizites, the Cana’anites,  the Chivites, and the Jebusites, and I will destroy them.

24  Do not bow down to their gods  Do not worship them and do not follow their practices. Rather you should demolish (their Gods) and completely shatter their stones (upon which they stand on so they can bow down to them).

25  You shalt worship God, your God, and He will bless your food and your drink. I will banish illness from among you.

Seventh reading (shivii)

26  (If you obey My WiII) then there will not be a woman who miscarries or a barren woman in your land. I will cause the days of your lives to be full..

27  I will send My terror ahead of you and I will throw all the people among whom you will come, into confusion. I will make all your enemies turn their backs and flee from you.

28  l will send the hornet swarms before you (that strike them in the eyes and inject venom into them) and they will drive out the Hivites,  Canaanites, and the Hittites from before you.

29  I will not drive them away from you in one year, lest the land become depopulated and the beast of the field become too many for you (to contend with).

30 Little by little I will drive them away from you until you increase and can occupy the land.

31 I will set your border from the Reed Sea to the Philistine (Mediterranean) Sea, and from the desert to the River Euphrates, for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hands, and you will drive them away from you.

32 Do not make a covenant with them or with their gods

33 Do not let them live in your land since they may cause you to sin against Me, in that you will worship their gods, which will be a trap for you.

(PS   Hashem did not have a “bold” on his computer but I did) jsk

(Please open the link below showing the river Euphrates as the given eastern border of the Jewish nation. The land encompassed a large portion of present day Syria, extended well into Iraq and Jordan did not even exist – well before the British carved it out of the Balfour Declaration and artificially created an entire nation to satisfy their colonial ambitions.

Moses made no such claim on all this land. He did reluctantly give the land East of the Jordan River to the tribes of Gad, Reuben and 1/2 of Mannasseh. Gad and Reuben had begged for the land seeing it extremely well suited for the grazing of their  large herds and flocks of livestock.

Present day Israel does not claim even that land but would be content just to keep only that land given to them by Hashem between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea – a very small percentage of Hashem’s original dedication.  The “Palestinian” Arabs would have to make do with the 21 Arab countries with thousands of miles of oil rich land they already have! By the way, they would simply be going back to Arab lands they lived in for centuries before they themselves came to Israel after the British conquered it in WWI and the Jews “made the desert bloom” shortly after that) jsk

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Now I know why I always had a great feeling about Nikki Haley and did not believe all the obstructionist garbage the Democrats were putting out while her nomination was being considered. Chalk up another victory for that awful President Trump who is setting the world on its ear! The politically correct, the “Establishment” politicians and lobbyists,  the effete intellectual snobs, have just been put on their butts, I hope, for evermore.

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Trump left with scores of Pentagon vacancies to fill after Obama team flees (and the one’s left leaking classified information to harm US)

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By Rowan Scarborough – The Washington Times – February 8, 2017

The Pentagon has been stripped of almost all of its political appointees from the Obama administration, but an uncertain Senate future awaits the candidates whom President Trump will nominate to remake the armed forces in his image.

Of Mr. Obama’s 163 political appointees at election time, who included Senate-confirmed service secretaries, undersecretaries and assistant secretaries, only 16 remain at the Defense Department, according to a Pentagon statement to The Washington Times.

The exodus might be considered normal in the transfer of power: Political appointees are required to turn in their resignations in December. But Washington’s bitter political climate is far different today from the last transfer of power in 2009.

Senate Democrats are resisting Mr. Trump and his agenda via the confirmation process. There is a chance that some of the Defense Department’s 53 appointed positions requiring Senate confirmation will be vacant for a long time.

The vacancies give Mr. Trump an opportunity to select men and women who will provide the leadership, policies and catalyst for his two main priorities: rebuilding the military and defeating the Islamic State terrorist group.

Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney said the Trump team has been wise in giving a cold shoulder to the “NeverTrump” advocates in the Republican Party. “Loyalty to the president, especially one who was as courageous as President Trump on his position against radical Islam, is important,” Mr. McInerney said.

The 163 political appointees account for a smidgen of the Pentagon’s 25,000 employees, yet can, in the case of President Obama, drive the ship. They developed polices that led to openly gay troops, women in direct land combat, a new war in Iraq and climate change as a national security threat.

Senate Democrats did fast-track confirmation of Defense Secretary James N. Mattis, a retired four-star Marine Corps general widely respected on both sides of the aisle.

“President Trump and Secretary Mattis need their team to be in place,” said Jim Dolbow, a former Republican Senate defense aide. “I would advise Democrats to be more like the late Sen. Henry “Scoop” Jackson, who put his country first instead of resorting to politics of personal destruction and delaying tactics.”

Both parties have histories of blocking nominees on tangential issues, such as a dispute with the White House or a government department. The “hold” is a perfect example of the power that one lone senator can exert.

In his third week, Mr. Trump, thanks to Democrat obstruction,  has only one Senate-confirmed Pentagon official in place: Mr. Mattis. In 2008, the Pentagon put out the figure of 250 political appointees, a larger number than the one provided to The Times this week. A spokesman said there is no set number and some jobs go vacant.
Mr. Obama kept more than 150 of President George W. Bush’s political appointees in 2009, including Mr. Bush’s defense secretary, Robert M. Gates, who wanted them all to stay.

Mr. Trump has picked what appears to be establishment types, not conservative revolutionaries, for Navy secretary (venture capitalist and former Army officer Philip Bilden) and for Air Force secretary (former Rep. Heather Wilson of New Mexico, an Air Force Academy graduate).

Mr. Mattis’ ruling roundtable will be the Defense Department’s five undersecretaries for acquisition, budget, intelligence, personnel and policy.
Below them are key appointments for assistant secretaries for policies on Asia, Europe and the Middle East, as well as for the top civilian for special operations forces.

“People are policy,” said Elaine Donnelly, who directs the Center for Military Readiness. “President Trump and Defense Secretary James Mattis will not be able to strengthen our military and improve readiness unless they replace Obama-era holdovers with people who will end political correctness in the military.”

Mrs. Donnelly believes Mr. Obama shifted the Pentagon emphasis to his social agenda and political correctness at the expense of readiness. Listing senior posts, she said, “All of these positions should be filled by qualified people who share Secretary Mattis’ stated paramount goal: mission readiness and lethality in battle.”

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