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This message from Wendell Sconiers, Vice President of -Operations for McDonald’s USA

Sent: Thursday, September 29, 2016 10:12 AM

This email message was sent to all U.S. owner/operators, McOpCo ops managers, McOpCo area supervisors, McOpCo deployment leads, field communications and NABIT deployment teams. All McDonald restaurants

Attention – Please lower your flags

By proclamation of the President of the United States, as a mark of respect for the memory of Shimon Peres, former President and Prime Minister of Israel, all U.S. flags are to be flown at half-staff until sunset on Friday, September 30 (tomorrow).

II Response to Mr. Sconiers:

What a beautiful gesture by the Mc Donald Corp lowering their flags to honor the passing of Israel’s President, Shimon Peres!

Peres was a lifetime advocate for peace all over the world and never tired of making that effort to the very moment of his death.

Hopefully one day all his efforts will ultimately obtain success.

And, thank you so much to McDonald’s for opening kosher restaurants in Israel and becoming such an important part of the Israeli economy both by example and now honoring the death of Israel’s President.

May you continue your  great corporate success world-wide,

Jerome S. Kaufman, Publisher/Editor Israel Commentary

Past President Michigan Zionist Org. of America and National Secretary Zionist Organization of America

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VIDEO : Debate Bombshell! Moderator Lester Holt Caught Using an Illegal Earpiece. Who was feeding him information, questions?
The Federal Election Commission specifically said NO EARPIECE for the debate moderator. Period. There was not “exception” to that rule. No earpiece. Period.…
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And,  why should we be surprised? Holt works for anti-Trump. Liberal, MSNBC. Maybe Trump will insist on no pro-Clinton Moderators at next debate? I hope so. The system is rigged as he has said right along.

Results/Commentary: The long anticipated Trump/Clinton Debate Sept. 26, 2016

Moderator Lester Holt, well known Left wing commentator, began with two outrageous Left wing lies that, as planned, put Donald Trump on the defensive immediately. Holt stated that:

“There have been 6 straight years of job growth and new census numbers reveal that incomes have increased at a record rate after years of stagnation.”

Fact check with the US Bureau Statistics revealed the following statistics of which the American work force is unfortunately well aware.

Employment Situation Summary
September 2, 2016

The number of unemployed persons was essentially unchanged at 7.8 million in August, and the unemployment rate was 4.9 percent for the third month in a row. Both measures have shown little movement over the year.

The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was essentially unchanged at 2.0 million in August. These individuals accounted for 26.1 percent of the unemployed.

The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes referred to as involuntary part-time workers) was little changed at 6.1 million in August. These individuals, who would have preferred full-time employment, were working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time

As to Holt’s statement that “incomes have increased at a record rate after years of stagnation” – another gargantuan lie as stated below. Somehow a miserly 1.1% increase in Gross Domestic Product obtains a record rate in incomes!

United States GDP Growth Rate  1947-2016

Real gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 1.1 percent in the second quarter of 2016, according to the “second” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. GDP Growth Rate in the United States averaged 3.22 percent from 1947 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 16.90 percent in the first quarter of 1950 and a record low of -10 percent in the first quarter of 1958. GDP Growth Rate in the United States is reported by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

With this totally false launching pad, Holt then introduced Hillary Clinton for her opening statement and what did she say? Who is she?  She made that quite obvious to anyone with  open ears.

1. Build a working force for everyone – not just those at the top.

2. Invest in you and your future. No specifics here but government subsidy obvious MO.

3. Create more infra-structure. How often did Clinton’s mentor, Obama use this ploy, obtain billions from the Congress and no building of infra-structure occurred. But, somehow, there sure was a lot more money spent on “entitlements” and social welfare programs.

4. Advance manufacturing and innovation – whatever that means?

5. Clean renewable energy. Oh, Oh! There it is — more sunlight and windmills to satisfy the Environmental Protection Lot. Never mind it does not work. The Democrat administration already wasted billions of dollars on start up sunshine and windmill companies that just don’t do the job. The cost is gargantuan and the energy yield comes no where near that of coal and oil. Even worse, the supposed environment improvements are dubious with the rest of the world doing exactly what they please.

6. Additional aid to small business. My daughter and her husband happen to be in a small business under Hillary’s mentor Barack Obama. And thanks to his Obamacare and Minimum Wage increase and hundreds more mindless regulations that increase exponentially legal fees, accounting fees and the basic cost of doing business to the point that they are about to give up.

7. Then of course guaranteed equal pay for women, which sounds like a fair idea. In all these promises and declarations I hear nothing about pay for service, pay for achievement, pay for success, pay for excellence and demonstrable service to the United States of America

8. More funds to families trying to balance their work schedule and taking care of their home and kids. Let’s have paid family leave

And how are we going to pay for all  this. That’s easy – just tax the rich and have them pay  their “fair share”

Clinton neglects to mention the current “fair share”

Top 1% pay nearly 50% of federal income taxes – CNBC.com

Top 20% of Earners Pay 84% of Income Tax – WSJ

So, who is this Hillary Clinton? She is just another demagogue, another liar, another social reformer, another Social engineer, another “Liberal” or “Progressive” — Whatever the current politically correct term for LIAR is. And, most important this system has never worked. As Margaret Thatcher so elegantly stated, ” The trouble with socialism is you run out of other people’s money.”

Furthermore, Clinton has an underlying objective. She desperately wants to bring over the Bernie Sanders people that did not vote for her initially because she did not promise quite as many or as much give-aways. She has to remedy that.

Is that really who you want in the White House? Barack Obama has not already maneuvered enough “Progressive” programs that have killed our economy, astronomically raised our national debt to 19 Trillion dollars where we will soon have a problem paying our debt service, weakened our armed forces to the point that Russia, China. Iran, Northern Korea are laughing at us, taunting us and taking over previously American  protected waters and territory.

Do you really want that or do you really have to take a chance on Donald Trump whether or not he was the best liar or had the slickest manner at the debate?

Jerome S. Kaufman

II Further commentary on Lester Holt and the Debate

Breitbart News

By Joel B. Pollak Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News.

NBC News’ Lester Holt had his “Candy Crowley” moment at the first debate of the 2016 presidential election on Monday night, bowing to pressure from the Hillary Clinton campaign and the liberal media by “fact-checking” Republican nominee Donald Trump on the question of his support for the Iraq War.

Again and again, Holt asked Trump tough questions that were straight from the Clinton campaign’s talking points, and which were obvious set-ups for Clinton to attack:
Here are the five worst examples.

Tax returns. Holt never asked Clinton about her e-mail scandal, about Benghazi, or about the Clinton Foundation and its dubious dealings. But he did ask Trump about his tax returns, arguing — not asking — that there might be questionable information in them that the American public deserved to hear.

Birther conspiracy theory. Holt never asked Clinton about her past record of racist statements, including her “super-predator” remarks as First Lady, or her explicit appeal to “white Americans” in her 2008 primary campaign against Obama. Yet he asked Trump about the Birther conspiracy theory and cast it as racist.
Stop-and-frisk. After an exchange between the candidates over the policy of “stop-and-frisk,” Holt interjected to bolster Clinton’s point by stating, erroneously, that stop-and-frisk had ended in New York because it had been declared unconstitutional by a court. Trump countered, correctly, that the new mayor had canceled the policy before the litigation was over.

“A presidential look.” Towards the end of the debate, Holt asked Trump about what he meant by saying Hillary Clinton did not have “a presidential look.” He did so after noting that Clinton had become “the first woman” to be nominated for president by a major political party, thus setting Trump up as a sexist. As Trump answered, Holt interrupted him, then gave Clinton a chance to respond with her talking points about Trump’s past comments on women.

Iraq War. The question of whether Trump supported the Iraq War or not has been widely debated. What is beyond doubt is that Hillary Clinton voted for it. Holt only represented one side of the debate about Trump, and never asked Clinton about her own vote.

In addition, the audience repeatedly interjected — almost always in Clinton’s favor — and Holt did not stop them, though it was against the rules. He only stopped the audience when there were cheers for Trump calling for Clinton’s emails.

Bow again, Lester Holt. You did your job.
Compiled by Jerome S. Kaufman
Publisher/Editor Israel Commentary
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Redacted from article by Paul Sperry appearing  in the Washington Post

September 4, 2016

How the FBI went easy on Hillary Clinton     ( You may remember Bill Clinton, by happenstance, walked over to US Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch’s private US government plane for a chat at the Phoenix airport while Hillary Clinton’s  emails were  the subject of multiple investigations and lawsuits. Hillary Clinton’s aides had already given depositions in one legal challenge  just before the head of the FBI, James Comey,  was to appear before the Congressional Investigation Comm.

Shortly afterward,  Comey appeared before the Congressional Committee and proceeded to lie through his teeth, exonerating Hillary Clinton from criminal prosecution while ruining his whole career of respectability in desperate fear of Clinton retaliation.) jsk

The FBI interviewed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, one of the final steps in the ongoing criminal investigation into alleged mishandling of classified information. Clinton was interviewed for more than three hours. Top aides Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills were interviewed earlier this year. Former Clinton staffer Brian Pagliano, who was hired to set up the private server in Clinton’s home, was given immunity by the FBI and has been cooperating. During a separate deposition conducted by Judicial Watch, Pagliano plead the Fifth more than 125 times. More than 2000 pieces of classified information, including top secret information, have been found on Clinton’s server.

Yet despite signs that Clinton’s former chief of staff Cheryl Mills obstructed efforts by investigators to obtain Clinton’s emails, the FBI invited Mills to attend Clinton’s interview at FBI headquarters as one of her lawyers.

“It’s absolutely outrageous,” Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said.

“The FBI saw massive document destruction and clear intent to withhold material evidence,” he added, “and they just ignored that obstruction, and even let her sit in on the interview.”

The smoking gun is on Page 16 of the FBI’s 47-page report. It details how Mills ultimately made the determinations about which emails should be preserved before she and Clinton decided to delete the rest as “personal.” Clinton conducted both government and personal business using a personal email account — clintonemail.com — tied to an unsecured server set up in the basement of her New York home.

The FBI makes clear the procedure Mills used to sort out the emails was suspicious.

For starters, Mills was the one who ordered the server host to move the emails from the server to a laptop where she could screen them. She told investigators she could “not recall” if emails with non-gov addresses were included in the transfer. It’s unlikely they were, because an aide who helped her search told the FBI she only screened for emails sent to or from Clinton with .gov and .mil — not .com — addresses.

That means messages involving government business between Clinton and her then-deputy chief of staff Huma Abedin — the only aide who had an email account on the clintonemail.com system— were not likely captured. Nor were messages sent between Clinton and Mills and other aides using personal email addresses.

Correspondence between Clinton and Abedin (who regularly emailed her boss from huma@clintonemail.com and HAbedin@hillaryclinton.com) is crucial, Fitton says, because Abedin acted as the go-between on requests for access to Clinton from shady foreign Clinton Foundation donors. He says the mushrooming “pay-for-play” scandal is the real reason the former secretary of state set up a private email system in the first place.

“The whole thing was designed to keep Clinton Foundation emails away from investigators,” he said.

And Mills may have been a key player in the game of hide-and-seek.

Indeed, the FBI said Mills “shredded” any copies of emails she “deemed not to be work-related” before they were turned over to State in response to requests for information from Judicial Watch, the media, Congress and the FBI. The laptop hard drive was later wiped clean using a computer program called BleachBit.

The FBI said it was “unable to obtain a complete list of keywords or named officials searched,” because Mills asserted that such information was “privileged.” In fact, when agents pressed her, Mills stormed out of the room and ended the interview. Curiously, the FBI honored her claim of privilege and did not pursue the matter.
Clinton claims she didn’t know emails marked ‘C’ were confidential

As participants in the activities under investigation, Mills and Samuelson should have been key FBI targets, yet both appeared at Clinton’s FBI interview with her phalanx of lawyers, allowing them insights into the investigation.

Paul E. Sperry is an American author, political commentator, and investigative journalist. He was a media fellow at the Hoover Institution. Sperry has previously been the Washington Bureau Chief at Investor’s Business Daily and WorldNetDaily.

(Information above compiled from multiple sources readily available on the Internet)  Jerome S. Kaufman

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The Torah Portion:  Parshat  Ki Teitzei,  D’Varim (Deuteronomy) 21:14

By brilliant Rabbi Berl Wein

AGING

One of the more sobering and poignant prayers in this season of reflection, is the one that states: “Do not throw us away in our time of old age; as our physical strength wanes, do not forsake us.” That stark prayer pretty much dispels the notion of the “golden years.” Humans are created and born into toil and challenges and these do not diminish – in fact they usually are exacerbated in one’s advancing years. It is not only the realization that we are not as physically dexterous and perceptively alert as we once were but it is also the fact that times have changed dramatically.

The newest technology only serves to confuse us – I even long for a good old telephone that does nothing but make and receive phone calls. Jewish tradition and the Talmud teach us that our father Yaakov prayed to God that he age gradually and gracefully. Apparently, until that time, the end-of-life was abrupt and usually sudden.

Aging gradually and gracefully is an enormous blessing. It allows for contemplation, planning, wise assessments and an ability to impart advice and wisdom, experience and overview to the coming generations. Therefore, the prayer that I mentioned above, asking not to be “thrown” into old age suddenly and violently takes on additional meaning and substance. Sudden shocks, whether physical, mental, emotional or societal are all dangerous occurrences that create an imbalance in our lives and behavior. A gradual transition is negotiated much more easily and positively.

Statistical data informs us that the lifespan of humans has appreciably increased over the past century. In certain respects, it has almost doubled. Therefore there are numerous adjustments to be made regarding the accepted time of retirement, for example, from one’s work and profession. What to do with the added time and years that we are now granted is one of the problems that baffle much of our society.

We all had pursuits that we wished to engage in in previous years but were unable to do so because of the pressures of our work and careers. However, most people find it difficult to pursue those interests later in life with any degree of accomplishment or enthusiasm.

The Talmud suggests that the study of Torah can play a vital role in one’s later years. However, in most cases that pursuit and outlet is pretty much reserved for those who had engaged in Torah study on a fairly regular basis even during their earlier years. One should never despair of becoming a competent Torah scholar at any stage of life. However, it is never an easy task and as the years advance the task becomes ever more difficult.

There are many methods, organizations and ideas present today to help one overcome these difficulties and readjust one’s attitude towards a more positive view of regular Torah study. I have found that such study provides refuge, albeit even if it is only temporary and fleeting, from the problems of aging. It transports one from the world of the here and now, with all of its pain, frustration, worry and challenge to another world of intellectual stimulation and spiritual serenity. If one can achieve that world then one is truly blessed.

The great holy man of the Talmud, Choni Hameakel, emerged from a sleep of seventy years. He found a different world than the one he experienced when he first laid down to sleep. He found that his entire society, his friends and acquaintances, the mores and behavior of others had all changed or disappeared completely. In the new world that he now surveyed he saw no place for himself. He asked that if his familiar world could not somehow be restored so that he would be able to function in a positive manner, then the Lord should take him immediately to his eternal rest.

There is something tragic in outliving one’s generation. Creating a correct society that can successfully absorb an aging population is an imperative. As the aging and aged society continues to increase numerically greater efforts must be devoted to the welfare of those individuals and of that general society as well. We are witness to the strides made in this direction over the past half-century.

Maybe Choni would have had an easier time adjusting to his new situation in our time rather than in his time. Though, I suspect that the deep loneliness that he expressed is probably incapable of being assuaged by any human endeavors. In any event, may we all age gracefully and positively in good health and spirits.

Berel Wein (born March 25, 1934) is an American-born Orthodox rabbi, lecturer and writer. He authored several books concerning Jewish history and popularized the subject through more than 1,000 audio tapes, newspaper articles and international lectures. Throughout his career, he has retained personal and ideological ties to both Modern Orthodox and Haredi Judaism. He and his wife made aliyah to Israel in 1997.

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The Jew may have left the shtetl but the shtetl mentality followed him along right to his own homeland. Israel should be putting itself in a position of independence from the US whenever possible while, of course, maintaining their status as staunch allies. It so happens the US, in many ways, needs Israel just as much, unless the  US plans to depend upon the Saudis, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Russia as their allies in the Middle East. Are you kidding me?

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U.S. and Israel Reach Agreement on 10-Year Military Aid Package 

By Carol Morello and Ruth Eglash

The U.S. and Israel signed a 10-year military aid agreement on Wednesday, expected to give Israel as much as $3.8 billion a year over 10 years, the State Department said Tuesday. Israel agreed to phase out a special arrangement in place since the 1980s that has allowed Israel to spend 26% of U.S. aid on defense research, development and procurement in Israel. The new agreement will run from 2019 through 2028 and replaces a memo of understanding that will end in 2018. (Washington Post)

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Redacted by Jerome S. Kaufman from an insightful, in-depth article that should be read in its entirety.

By LAZAR BERMAN / AUG. 16, 2016

COMMENTARY, SEPTEMBER 2016

… Bibi-bashing is neither new nor limited to Israel.  (Deliberately ignored are basic irrefutable facts)

… Since Netanyahu regained the premiership in 2009, Israel has faced a multitude of challenges—from Turkey’s hostile turn, to Iran’s nuclear program, to Hamas’s cross-border tunnels, to rocket attacks on civilians, to a rash of terrorist knifings and automobile attacks. Any one of them would try the sharpest strategic thinkers.

What’s more, Egypt and Syria both collapsed into turmoil during his time in office. The civil war in Syria turned Israel’s quietest border into an ungoverned zone filled by rival jihadist groups. The fall of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt meant that a Muslim Brotherhood government temporarily bordered the Gaza Strip and could give aid to its Palestinian faction, Hamas. And while Egypt’s current leader, Abdel-Fattah Al-Sissi has since fought Hamas aggressively, the Sinai Peninsula has become an ungoverned home to terrorists who pledge allegiance to ISIS.

Then there’s the United States. With the election of Barack Obama, America’s approach to the Middle East changed in drastic ways. Determined to build bridges to the Muslim world, Obama saw Israeli settlements as the central obstacle to peace with the Palestinians. Thus, he instituted a policy of maintaining “daylight” between Washington and Jerusalem in hopes of wearing down Israel’s supposed obstinacy on settlements. To make matters worse, Obama and his advisers evinced a strong animus against Netanyahu that only escalated as time progressed.

After the Mavi Marmara incident, the flotilla problem was expected to grow, but Israel used diplomacy, espionage, and other tools to nullify the threat.
Washington scaled back its influence at the same moment that Sunni–Shia, tribal, and ethnic battles began gutting Arab states. Iran capitalized on the resulting power vacuum to expand its reach in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and beyond. As for Iran’s nuclear program, Obama and the Islamic Republic entered into the P5+1 Joint Plan of Action. What’s become known simply as “the Iran deal” has both enriched and rehabilitated the regime while leaving its nuclear program largely intact and free from serious scrutiny.
How has Netanyahu handled this dizzying constellation of threats? Although far from perfect, he has shown himself to be a careful thinker, a leader whose reading of complex situations has allowed him to outmaneuver adversaries and protect Israel’s interests. The growing threat from Hamas and the dangers of a rising Iran have not abated. But in reviewing Netanyahu’s actions as prime minister, we emerge with a list of improbable foreign-policy accomplishments of which most world leaders would be proud.

The Border with Syria

Problems generated by the Syrian civil war have exploded outward in every direction. To name a few: Refugees have spilled over into Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey, and Europe. Terrorist groups inside Syria, especially ISIS, pose a strategic threat to Iraq, Jordan, and Egypt. Additionally, ISIS continues to carry out major terrorist attacks in the heart of Europe.

Yet Israel, on Syria’s western border, remains effectively out of the fray.

Although Syria was long an enemy of Israel, its collapse posed a major strategic challenge for Israeli leaders. Before Syria spiraled out of control, Israel had hoped for (and repeatedly tried to attain) a peace agreement with Damascus. With the Syrian state in chaos, this was no longer even a remote possibility. And with ISIS taking the lead in the fight against Assad, it was clear that Israel couldn’t support either side. In any event, Israel had to deal with more immediate threats emerging from the meltdown. Some of the terrorist groups fighting Assad—including the Al-Nusra Front and the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade—had gained a foothold along Israel’s Golan Heights border with Syria.

There were (and are) still more complicating factors. Mortar fire from the conflict occasionally strays into Israel. Druze residents of the Israeli Golan Heights maintain close ties to family members and other co-religionists on the Syrian side and have vowed to take action if jihadist groups threaten Syrian Druze. And Hezbollah and Iran have tried to take advantage of the chaos to open a new front against Israel in the Golan.

Through it all, Israel has stayed safe. Netanyahu has been quietly shaping the situation to protect his country’s interests. Israel has reached a stable—and officially unconfirmed—understanding with rebel groups on its border. These groups, including some jihadist factions, know they don’t have to protect their western flank from Israel. In return, they refrain from attacking Israel and keep others from doing so as well. In coordination with IDF forces on the border, rebel groups hand over wounded fighters and civilians to be treated in Israeli hospitals. Israel has also transferred aid to these groups, but it is unclear if this goes beyond food and medicine. There is likely intelligence sharing as well.

Israel is also involved in protecting threatened Druze communities in Syria. “The State of Israel is acting on behalf of the Syrian Druze. These matters are being carried out quietly, and without publicity,” said Israeli Druze lawmaker Ayoub Kara in 2015. It’s not known whether this assistance includes a military component.

When Russian forces entered the fight in September 2015 in support of Assad, new difficulties arose. While Turkey made an enemy out of Putin by downing a Russian plane that had strayed toward its airspace, Israel refrained from firing on the two occasions Russian jets flew over Israel. Top-level Israeli military and political leaders coordinate with their Russian counterparts to make sure Israel and Russia don’t fire on each other.

Notably, however, Netanyahu has failed to convince the Russians to keep advanced missiles out of Hezbollah hands. Hezbollah and Iran are doing all they can to strengthen their posture against Israel while Syria bleeds. The advanced Russian weapons given to Hezbollah include anti-tank missiles, ground-to-ground rockets, and radar systems. Though Israel has not been able to stop Russian shipments to Iran and Syria, it has been bombing weapons convoys heading into Lebanon without inviting reprisals from Hezbollah, Syria, or Iran.

Israel’s air force also interfered with Hezbollah’s plan to threaten Israel from the Golan Heights. On January 18, 2015, Israeli jets struck a convoy moving through the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, killing six Hezbollah men and an Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps general. One of the Hezbollah dead was the son of senior member Imad Mughniyeh. The convoy was reportedly part of a joint Iran/Hezbollah effort to develop a new unit that would kidnap Israelis, fire rockets, and attack soldiers. But Hezbollah made do with one attack on an IDF vehicle, killing an officer and a soldier. While Hezbollah continued to talk tough, that was the extent of its response.

Turkey

In May 2010, Israel committed what seemed to be a catastrophic blunder. As part of a campaign to weaken Israel’s blockade on Gaza, a Turkish NGO organized a flotilla in hopes of either reaching the coastal strip or forcing Israel into an embarrassing mistake. IDF naval commandoes succeeded in stopping the flotilla. But a group of activists on one ship, the Mavi Marmara, set upon the soldiers with stockpiled knives and pipes. In the ensuing struggle, nine Turkish activists were killed and ten Israeli commandoes wounded. World reaction came down hard. British Prime Minister David Cameron’s condemnation was emblematic: “Let me be clear: the Israeli attack on the Gaza flotilla was completely unacceptable.”

Relations with Turkey, already tense, deteriorated. Turkey expelled Israel’s ambassador and recalled its own. It threatened to deploy its navy to accompany future flotillas and to prevent Israeli “exploitation” of natural gas in the Mediterranean. Both sides flexed their muscles, with Israeli jets allegedly approaching Turkish naval forces and Turkish ships sailing provocatively close to Israeli waters.

Yet after the Mavi Marmara incident, the flotilla problem, expected to get worse, dissipated. Under Netanyahu, Israel used diplomacy, espionage, and appeals to international law to nullify the threat. When the NGO organized another flotilla in 2011, it never got out of port. Israel managed to create deep and broad international opposition to the campaign. Parties ranging from the UN and the Middle East Quartet to France and Canada came out against the planned voyage. Even Turkey’s foreign minister said that organizers should reconsider their plans. The Obama administration reportedly tried to convince Turkey to stop the flotilla in exchange for a Middle East peace conference hosted by Ankara.

 

Netanyahu has since developed a strategic partnership with Turkey’s rivals, Greece and Cyprus. The relationship has led to massive Israeli and Cypriot natural-gas discoveries. A proposed “East Med Pipeline” would link Israel, Cyprus, Greece, and Italy, and the Bulgarian government has also thrown in its support. Not insignificantly, the project would bypass Turkey, foiling its ambitions to become the natural-gas hub for Europe. The rebalance has also produced fruitful military partnerships. In 2013, Israel’s air force joined its American, Greek, and Italian counterparts in Israel’s largest-ever multinational air-war training maneuvers. Cancelled joint maneuvers between Israel and Turkey were quickly replaced by exercises between the American, Israeli, and Hellenic navies. Cyprus joined in search-and rescue-exercises in 2014.

Netanyahu, however, always kept the restoration of ties with Turkey as a strategic goal. In 2013, Obama arranged a telephone call between Netanyahu and Erdogan. The Israeli PM apologized “for any errors that could have led to loss of life” in the Mavi Marmara raid. The two leaders came to terms on compensation. Erdogan walked back comments criticizing Israel and agreed not to prosecute Israeli officials for their part in the incident. And Netanyahu won on his major strategic concern: The Gaza blockade would remain firmly in place.

Ultimately a bumbling Turkey, not Israel, would become isolated. In 2016, Turkish officials looking for a new source of natural gas in the wake of tensions with Russia sat down to talks with the Israelis. On June 29, Israel approved the reconciliation agreement. Israel agreed to pay $20 million to the families of those killed on the Mavi Marmara. The renewed ties have weathered their first challenge, as Erdogan passed on an opportunity to implicate Israel in the recent failed coup in Turkey.

Not surprisingly, Netanyahu received bitter criticism about the deal. “Netanyahu cares for Gaza and not for our soldiers,” said Zahava Shaul, whose son Oron was killed in Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, his body still held by Hamas. “Netanyahu has not kept his promises.” He had a particularly rough time with politicians on his right. Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said that the deal would have “bad consequences.” Education Minister Naftali Bennett said the deal harms Israel’s resilience and national honor.

Netanyahu, knowing such attacks would come, maintained that it was in Israel’s strategic interest to resume ties with a powerful Muslim state from a position of strength. He took the long view and never wavered.

Sunni Neighbors

Despite the conflagrations in the region, Israel’s ties with Sunni Arab states have generally grown stronger with Netanyahu in office. Shared concerns over Iran’s nuclear program and growing strength have paved the way for quiet but effective cooperation.

In Saudi Arabia, Iran’s most potent Arab foe, Israel sees a counterweight. Jerusalem has therefore offered greater leeway to the Saudis on various defense and strategic matters. In 2011, Israel gave the green light to Germany for the sale of Leopard 2 tanks to Riyadh. And when Egypt wanted to hand over the strategic Red Sea islands of Tiran and the Sanafir Islands to Saudi Arabia, Israel registered no objection, noting that it had received written assurances from Riyadh that its freedom of passage would be guaranteed. In July, a retired Saudi general and ex-government adviser visited Israel publicly and met with Knesset members and senior Foreign Ministry officials.

Since the Israeli victory in the Second Intifada, Palestinians outside of Gaza have not been able to threaten the State of Israel in any serious way.
Israel’s relations with Sissi’s Egypt have similarly grown warmer, after the brief but dangerous rule of Mohammed Morsi. Israel’s Deputy Chief of Staff Yair Golan has in fact called recent intelligence cooperation between the two countries “unprecedented.” In 2011 and 2013, Netanyahu assented to an increase in Egyptian troops in the Sinai to combat jihadist forces. When Egyptian jets violated Israeli airspace in 2015, defense officials dismissed it as “minor.” For the first time ever, Egypt voted for Israel at the UN, supporting its membership in a committee on outer space. Cairo returned its envoy to Israel in February 2016, filling a vacancy that had lingered since 2012 when an Israeli airstrike killed top Hamas commander Ahmed Jabari at the outset of Operation Pillar of Defense. In July 2016, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry came to Israel for a rare and cordial public visit and even watched the Euro soccer final with Netanyahu.
Israel’s security and economic relationship with its eastern neighbor, Jordan, has continued on relatively sure footing. In December 2015, the two countries unveiled an $800 million plan to build a canal to save the Dead Sea. A month earlier, Israel’s Interior Ministry initiated a program to bring 1,500 Jordanian citizens to work in hotels in Eilat. Israel’s gas finds have also led to economic cooperation. In April 2015, Netanyahu approved a 15-year, $500 million natural-gas deal with Jordan, though lawmakers in Amman are working to get the deal cancelled.

 

Israeli and Jordanian pilots trained together over Alaska during a military exercise in the summer of 2015. Israel also gave Jordanian military 16 Cobra helicopters to help in its fight against the Islamic State. And the two countries maintain close intelligence ties, especially regarding terrorist groups in Syria.

 

It’s worth noting that in late 2015, Israel announced plans to open a diplomatic office in a renewable-energy agency in the United Arab Emirates, Israel’s first diplomatic presence in the Persian Gulf region since 2000.

 

Africa

In July 2016, Netanyahu returned from a resoundingly successful tour of Africa. The trip highlighted growing relationships that had previously passed below the media radar. Netanyahu walked away from the trip with real accomplishments. Ethiopia and Kenya publicly supported restoring Israel’s observer status at the African Union, which had ended in 2002. Muslim-majority Guinea renewed ties with Israel that had been suspended since 1967. Finally, Tanzania said it planned to open an embassy in Israel.

 

In strengthening these ties, Netanyahu sees an opportunity to gain allies and shatter the Palestinians’ automatic majority in international fora. “It might take a decade, but we will change the automatic majority against Israel. That’s something that has never been possible in the past,” he said. A lofty goal, perhaps even too ambitious, but it shows his interest in original solutions in dealing with the Palestinians.

 

Palestinians

A long-term peace deal with the Palestinians is simply not in the offing. Until Palestinian leadership has more to gain from recognizing Israel’s right to exist than it does from claiming victimhood, a lasting peaceful solution is a dream. Thus the problem remains unsolved, with all that entails: rockets, terrorism, lawfare, and international condemnation.

On the other hand, since the Israeli victory in the Second Intifada, Palestinians outside of Gaza have not been able to threaten the State of Israel in any serious way. Periodic outbreaks of violence (some recently in the West Bank) inevitably lead commentators to warn that the third intifada has arrived, but these episodes fail to gain widespread support. Nor do the attacks change anything for the Palestinians. As ghastly as all the attacks are, they are strategically ineffective.

The Palestinian Authority’s major effort against Israel has taken place in international bodies, and while this causes headaches, it has failed to change anything on the ground. Initiatives hailed as game changers have raised expectations without much to show for it. The Palestinian plan to gain full recognition as a UN member state, for example, ran into opposition from Western leaders, and stalled. PA President Mahmoud Abbas succeeded in gaining recognition only as a non-member observer state. The “diplomatic tsunami” Israel was supposed to face never materialized.

The PA continues to try to get a UN Security Council resolution demanding that Israel withdraw from the West Bank, but the United States has proven reliable in threatening a veto. In December 2014, when a vote came up, two of the 15 UNSC members voted no and another five abstained—preempting a U.S. veto entirely. Abbas’s UN speech in September 2015, in which he promised to drop a “bombshell,” contained nothing of the sort. As usual, he warned that the Palestinians would withdraw from agreements with Israel and declared that Palestine was a state under occupation. In April of that year, the PA made good on its threat to join the International Criminal Court, but even Palestinians understood there would be no action against Israel. “I don’t want to disappoint our people, but the ICC procedures are slow and long and might face lots of obstacles and challenges and might take years,” said PA Foreign Minister Riad Malki. In the meantime, Abbas’s approval plummeted; it reached 16 percent in 2015.

Palestinians have lost faith in their national movement. Young Palestinians who attack Israelis “are battling … the growing Palestinian realization that their national movement has no answers, no narrative or political vision that offers a way forward to better days,” writes the Times of Israel’s Haviv Rettig Gur. “These young killers are striving, in their kamikaze fervor, to rekindle the idea among Palestinians that straightforward victory remains possible, if only because the alternative—the possibility that Israel cannot be dislodged, that the nostalgic vision of an undivided, unfettered Palestine cannot be reclaimed—is simply too monstrous to accept.”

But in Gaza, the menace of Hamas continues to grow even in the face of Israeli operations meant to damage the group and restore deterrence. The organization’s willingness to fight Israel every few years shows that Israel has not been able to deter it for long. What’s more, Hamas comes back improved in every round. It has developed the Nuhba Force, several thousand strong, to carry out raids through tunnel networks into Israeli territory. In 2014, Hamas forces killed 66 soldiers during Operation Protective Edge. It even managed to shut down international traffic into Ben Gurion Airport for a day. The range of Hamas’s rockets is expanding, and now it’s able to threaten Tel Aviv and Jerusalem almost at will.

 

Iran

Hamas isn’t the only threat that Netanyahu has failed to stymie. Despite years of effort, he was powerless to prevent the P5+1 powers from concluding an Iranian nuclear deal in 2015. Netanyahu was the most vocal world leader opposing the deal, and he was willing to let the already cold relationship with Obama get worse as he pressed his case. He made a series of high-profile speeches condemning the deal, including a controversial March 2015 address to a joint meeting in Congress, against the wishes of the White House and most of the Democratic Party. It was all to no avail.

There were some bright spots in the campaign against Iran. Somebody—many think the Israelis—orchestrated a series of assassinations against Iranian nuclear scientists. The Stuxnet computer virus, allegedly jointly developed by Israel and the United States, wreaked havoc on Iranian computers at the Natanz uranium facility in 2009 and 2010.

Yet, the dangerous deal is now a reality. Since it was reached, Iran has enjoyed the release of billions of dollars in frozen assets, encouraged by the United States. America is even buying millions of dollars’ worth of heavy water from Iran. The country’s nuclear program remains a threat.

With two major exceptions, Hamas and Iran, Israel has been on a successful foreign-policy streak under Netanyahu. How has it managed to navigate flotillas, wars on its borders, tensions with powerful former allies, and terrorist threats? For one, its leadership has shown patience—something not traditionally seen as an Israeli strength.  Netanyahu has also managed to analyze complex situations and determine the country’s interests. Israel wisely chose not to pick a side between Assad and the rebels. The willingness to risk working with rebel groups on its borders and provide humanitarian aid served the country well.

Israelis are frustrated by the lack of clear military victories in Gaza. But Netanyahu has not sought to invent a solution that doesn’t exist.
At the same time, Israeli policy has been firm. Netanyahu was willing to strike deep inside Syria and Lebanon to keep weapons out of Hezbollah’s hands. Rebel groups on the Golan know that if they begin attacking Israel, they will face a painful response.

In dealing with Hamas, he has also shown some of the other traits mentioned above—patience, for example. The Palestinian Authority isn’t coming back any time soon, and Hamas is an entity Israel knows how to pressure. Remove Hamas and you would get the chaos of rival Islamist groups. Whether this approach is wise remains debatable. Israelis are frustrated by the lack of clear victories in Gaza. And allowing the problem to fester has made the threat worse. But, still, Netanyahu has not sought to invent a solution that doesn’t exist. Israel has maintained its blockade and even strengthened it with Egyptian support.

On Iran, Netanyahu unquestionably failed to achieve his desired outcome. Again, perhaps he was too cautious about taking action to disable Iran’s nuclear program. In any event, Obama was determined to reach a deal. So why did Netanyahu come to Washington and criticize Obama’s unstoppable policy before the U.S. Congress? As critics have noted, the speech risked alienating Democrats and damaged whatever trust remained between him and Obama. But from Netanyahu’s perspective, the vocal effort against the nuclear deal cost him little that wasn’t already lost. He angered congressional Democrats who weren’t well-disposed to him in the first place, and Obama had already decided that Netanyahu was part of the problem.

Netanyahu’s campaign against the Iran deal did reap some benefits. He showed Israelis he was willing to stand up to Obama, whom they came to see as insensitive to their concerns. Millions of Americans saw him on TV eloquently making his case in front of hundreds of applauding congressmen. And he gained credibility among Sunni Arab partners who were equally concerned about Iran’s nuclear program.

Like any leader, Netanyahu makes some decisions for domestic political gain and some for reasons that are hard to discern at all. But critics fail to appreciate the complexity of the challenges facing Israel, and how it is forced to quickly adapt to changes that render existing assumptions meaningless.

Under Netanyahu, Israel has managed to stay out of wars that sucked others in, improve its diplomatic position while isolating rivals, remain flexible on policies but firm on red lines, and keep its residents safe. In the Middle East, and increasingly beyond, these are no small accomplishments

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By Lt. Col (retired)  Allen West

August 31, 2016

The jury is in: the Obama administration will go down as the biggest criminal presidential administration in U.S. history. Laundering $400 million cash into Swiss francs and Euros, palletizing, and shipping off to Iran. Illegally wiring billions to Iran — and these two incidents are just in the last three weeks or so. But there is clear proof, to go along with Hillary Clinton’s pay for play scheme at the State Department — which also occurred under the Obama purview.

As reported by the Daily Caller, “The Obama administration has quietly funneled millions (and potentially billions) of dollars to leftist organizations and politicians that promote liberal policies and win political elections at the entry-level of government, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The funneling mechanism for these funds is the Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Working Group (RMBS), a collaborative effort by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Justice (including many United States Attorneys Offices), the New York State Attorney General’s Office, and many others.
The RMBS was created in 2012 following the mortgage-backed securities scandal that ultimately led to the Great Recession. The group is focused on finding “evidence of false or misleading statements, deception, or other misconduct by market participants (such as loan originators, sponsors, underwriters, trustees, and others) in the creation, packaging, and sale of mortgage-backed securities.”

Over the past four years, The RMBS, along with the Department of Justice, has reached “multibillion-dollar settlements with essentially every major bank in America,” the Journal reports. Goldman Sachs received a $5.06 billion settlement from the Department of Justice regarding conspicuous packaging, marketing, and sales of mortgage-backed securities the company sold consumers from 2005 to 2007.

Bank of America received the single largest civil settlement ever in American history to the tune of $16.65 billion dollars to “resolve federal and state claims against Bank of America and its former and current subsidiaries.”

All in all, these banks (and many others) were required to pay some $11 billion in consumer relief–a program that requires banks to pay back funds to consumers who lost assets due to mismanagement. What one finds after inspecting the trail of consumer relief funds is interesting, and anything but relief to the consumer.
Bank of America was able to reduce the penalty imposed by the government by simply “giving millions of dollars to liberal groups approved by the Obama administration,” according to the Washington Examiner. Allegedly, the Justice Department created a provision wherein every dollar a bank gives to nonprofits, it can claim at least two dollars off its settlement.”

In plain language, the Obama administration shook down private sector banks in order to funnel cash into the coffers of left wing groups it approved.

“For example, Bank of America skirted $194 million off its $16.65 billion dollar settlement by giving nonprofits just $84 million in donations, the Examiner reports. Among those groups receiving the funding were Hispanic civil rights council, the National Urban League, and the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America.

Other liberal organizations to receive the consumer relief funds (intended to go directly to the victims of fraud or mismanagement) include: the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, La Raza, and many others, the Journal reports. One of the many problems with this practice is that many of these groups are heavily involved in voter drives, community building and organizing, and “lobbying on liberal policy priorities at every level of government,” according to the Journal.”

First of all, let’s be honest, the whole financial crisis and mortgage industry meltdown resulted from the insidious 1978 progressive socialist policy called the Community Reinvestment Act, courtesy of Jimmy Carter. And it was left wing community organizing groups that pressured banks into giving loans that were truly going to fail.

The federal government started the whole crisis that ended up in subprime mortgages and the practice of mortgage-backed securities was indeed a nefarious means for banks to profit off something they knew to be a failure.

However, it was the government incursion into the mortgage industry — basically nationalizing the industry on the backs of the American taxpayer – via the rise of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac along with the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act ending the separation between commercial and investment banking that fueled the 2008 collapse. But this practice by the Obama administration is reflective of good ol’ Al Capone Chicago-style politics — after all Obama did state back in 2008 after his election that “Chicago is coming to D.C.”

Now, boys and girls, put on your thinking caps and ask yourself, what if this were a GOP presidential administration that was “shaking down” banks and funneling dollars to conservative organizations — Tea Party, Numbers USA, Think Tanks, or you name it. Yes, you know the left and the liberal progressive media would be going apoplectic – in other words, stark raving mad.

This story, if about Republicans, would be plastered all over the liberal progressive media, front page, top story for days, months — you know, Abu Gharaib style. But let’s see how much coverage this story gets on ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, PBS, or any liberal print media. And if they do, it will be buried, and maybe you’ll hear a one-minute sound bite on broadcast news.

Bottom line, criminal activity is acceptable for the left – that’s just how they roll. Their declared lack of standards, decency and character preclude them from being held accountable — you know, what difference at this point does it make?

So get this, the left created a policy in 1978, the Community Reinvestment Act. They forced banks to abide by the policy under punishment of fines or legal action. The banks did what the government said and sought to make a profit — you know, that free market concept.

The government created agencies and strengthened them in order to implement their original policy. The practice of crony capitalism resulted in an impending collapse. But government blamed it all on the banks, who were threatened into following their policy. The government demonized the banks and imposed fines on them. Then the government shakes down the banks to fund their ideological agenda in order to have their fines reduced. Remember ACORN and its role in getting Obama elected? Doggone, what a great racket huh? No wonder D.C. is considered a cesspool, and in all of this, the folks who were misled got no relief.

And you know what’s funny? The government is back at it again — many of those original policies that got us into the mortgage crisis are being reinstated.

There you have it, and it cannot be debated, the Obama administration will go down as the largest criminal organization in our history. And I didn’t even mention the IRS intimidation scandal. I didn’t have time to address the VA scandal where many of our veterans have died. I didn’t want to bore y’all with the details of providing taxpayer funds in the form of grants to sanctuary cities. And you know what, Obama is from Chicago, and so is Hillary Clinton…you want more of this? Money laundering, lies, deceit, mishandling of classified information, sexual escapades and intrigue, financial indiscretions….

Sometimes we get the government we deserve — a criminal organization.

Allen Bernard West  is an American political commentator, former member of the United States House of Representatives, and retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel. A member of theRepublican Party, he represented Florida’s 22nd congressional district in the House from 2011 to 2013. West was born in Georgia and joined the United States Army in 1983. He was deployed to Kuwait in 1991 and Iraq in 2003.

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By Karl Rove

The Wall Street Journal

September 1, 2016
The emergence of nearly 15,000 more deleted emails and evidence of shady dealings by her family’s foundation have put Hillary Clinton back on the defensive. That’s a bad place to be as the presidential campaign kicks into high gear on Labor Day.

Team Clinton is offering excuses and misdirection, hoping the press tires of the controversies and that Donald Trump creates more of his own. But the unconvincing explanations being offered create more problems than they solve, raise more questions than they answer, and bring Mrs. Clinton’s credibility to a nearly total collapse.

First are the denials that anything is amiss. On Aug. 21, CNN’s Dana Bash asked Mrs. Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, if giving special treatment to Clinton Foundation donors was “the kind of back-scratching that has Americans just turned off.” Mr. Mook demurred: “There was no quid pro quo or anything like that.” But there was.

Questioned the same day by CBS’s John Dickerson about the private email account, Mr. Mook claimed that “Secretary Clinton wasn’t the first person to do this.” But she was. No other secretary of state had a private server, refused to use the department’s secure system, and then destroyed thousands of emails.

Mr. Mook also suggested on CBS that the rules governing such things were “very murky.” But they weren’t. The rules were clear: No State Department official should use personal email for official business, let alone set up a private server.

Mr. Mook’s comment goes to Mrs. Clinton’s intent. If she had felt that the rules were murky, she should have asked the State Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser to clarify, but apparently she didn’t. However, if her goal was to avoid disclosing her emails, then the last people she would have asked to weigh in would be the department’s impartial lawyers.

This is important now that the FBI plans to release the summary of its interrogation of Mrs. Clinton. Americans may soon find out whether she sought legal advice—and from whom—before carrying out her email scheme.

On CNN, Mr. Mook dismissed the continuing controversy as “another example of a right-wing group just trying to keep this, the questions coming and keep this issue alive.” But distinctly not-conservative outlets in the mainstream press have provided extensive coverage.

For instance, the AP reported last week that of the 154 nongovernmental persons who had meetings or phone calls scheduled with Secretary Clinton in the first half of her tenure, at least 85 were Clinton Foundation donors. Clintonistas complained that the AP’s report ignored her meetings with government officials. But that she met with plenty of diplomats and bureaucrats is irrelevant; that most of her meetings with people outside of government involved donors to her family foundation is prima facie evidence of special treatment.

Team Clinton also suggested that the ends justify the means. Mr. Mook told CBS that “the Clinton Foundation does incredible charitable work.” Longtime Clinton factotum James Carville argued on MSNBC that the foundation saves lives, denouncing attacks on it in religious terms: “Somebody is going to hell over this.”

It is a desperate argument to keep a slush fund running. Other charities—say, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation—could easily assume the Clinton Foundation’s humanitarian activities and do them better, without the stench of corruption.

Mr. Mook made his most ludicrous claim by telling CBS that on ethics rules Mrs. Clinton and the foundation “have actually gone above and beyond.” A tall tale indeed.

II More Pathetic Clinton excuses from:

Clinton Body Count ‏@JayS2629  Tampa, FL

Clinton says could not recall all briefings due to concussion

FBI: Hillary Clinton Lost Cell Phones with Classified @BreitbartNews

Watch Clinton Cash ‏@JaredWyand

WTF: Hillary Clinton wasn’t sure whether plans for future drone strikes should be classified…

“Oh no, I accidentally deleted and then used BleachBit to completely erase those emails the FBI wants”

“I don’t recall receiving classified emails”

“I don’t recall receiving training on what classified means”

More Clinton abominations:

WASHINGTON POST In violation of an ethics agreement Hillary had signed with the Obama Administration, the Clintons failed to disclose the names of 1,100 donors to the Clinton Foundation from foreign countries l 5) VOX

At least 181 major donors to the a Clinton Foundation had business before Hillary’s State Department and lobbied Hillary’s StateDepartment

Several of Hillary  Clinton’s top donors were major felons, who are now serving long prison terms  for fraud.

Do you really want her in the White House?

 

II The FBI’s Clinton File —Vanishing digital devices, memory lapses and withheld emails.

 
The Federal Bureau of Investigation waited until the Friday afternoon before Labor Day weekend to release its investigation summary and interview notes with Hillary Clinton about her private email server, and no wonder. The new information makes a hash of what’s left of the former Secretary of State’s credibility.

Mrs. Clinton is running for President as an experienced statesman, but her handling of classified material was even more reckless about state secrets and disdainful of public records laws than even we had thought. Start with her convenient memory lapses.

For example, Mrs. Clinton told the FBI that she “did not know” that the “(C)” marks on classified material meant classified and “speculated it was referencing paragraphs marked in alphabetical order.” Yet in her famous—and last—press conference about the emails in March 2015 she said, “I’m certainly well aware of the classification requirements and did not send classified material.” To the public she claims to be a sharp professional who knows the score; to the FBI she presents herself as a clueless grandee who left the details to her minions.
Mrs. Clinton even told FBI agents she “never had a concern” with how discussions of potential drone strikes were handled and classified and “could not recall a specific process for nominating a target for a drone strike.” In all, she told the FBI 27 times that she “could not recall” or “did not remember specifically” key details and events.

Mrs. Clinton also said in March 2015 that she used private email so she could use only one digital device, and her legal team turned two Blackberries over to the FBI. But the FBI identified 13 other mobile devices and five iPads that had potentially processed classified material. The Clintons were “unable to locate any of these devices” and only three of the iPads, says the FBI.
This also turned out to be convenient because it means the FBI couldn’t determine if those devices were hacked. The FBI summary explains that the loss of the 13 at-large devices and the “inability to recover all server equipment and the lack of complete server log data” during her tenure “limited the FBI’s forensic analysis of the server systems.”

Mrs. Clinton knew the risks of being hacked by foreign spies. Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security Eric Boswell sent a 2011 memo directly to Mrs. Clinton that warned of a surge in hackers breaking into State personal email accounts. An all-points bulletin to State personnel sent under Mrs. Clinton’s name recommended against conducting State business over personal email “due to information security concerns.” She told the FBI she “did not recall” this episode, but she “understood the email system used by her husband’s personal staff had an excellent track record with respect to security and had never been breached.”

Yet the FBI reveals that the account of a Bill Clinton personal aide on the server was hacked in 2013 and the intruder “browsed e-mail folders and files.” The FBI also discovered she sent or received “hundreds of e-mails” marked classified or confidential outside of U.S. territory, where the danger of hacking is highest.

Mrs. Clinton also kept up a clandestine correspondence with her political Svengali and Clinton Foundation retainer Sidney Blumenthal, whose AOL account was hacked by the Romanian known as Guccifer in 2013. Though President Obama had barred Mr. Blumenthal from government, Mr. Blumenthal sent Mrs. Clinton at least 179 memos, some of which she then forwarded through the bureaucracy after having his name excised. Twenty-four of these dispatches were so sensitive that State later classified them.

In other words, Mrs. Clinton kept a man banned by her boss on the family foundation payroll, then used Mr. Blumenthal as an off-the-official-books counselor whose memos she spread around State after disguising their provenance. She conned Mr. Obama too.

The FBI documents also suggest Mrs. Clinton’s server was a deliberate effort to evade accountability. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell told Mrs. Clinton in 2009 that her communications were “official record[s] and subject to the law.” State Executive Secretary Stephen Mull also informed Cheryl Mills that a State-issued Blackberry “would be subject to FOIA requests.”

Mrs. Clinton went ahead anyway. She was almost surely trying to protect from public exposure the intimate ties between State and the Clinton Foundation—the commingling of her political operation with her official business. The FBI uncovered “approximately 17,448 unique work-related and personal emails” that were never produced, and whose revelations in recent weeks are proving so damaging to her public image.

What a record. The FBI documents should be seen as a preview of how Mrs. Clinton would govern as President, with the same get-away-with-anything entitlement that always follows the Clintons. She’s lucky she’s running for President because anyone else would have been indicted.

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II Informative, clarifying comment from former US Senator Rudy Boshowitz (R-MN 1978-1991)

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By Valerie Richardson

The Washington Times August 22, 2016

The Black Lives Matter movement blindsided its Jewish supporters with the recent unveiling of its social and political policy agenda, a far-left manifesto that strays well beyond police brutality and accuses Israel of “genocide” and “apartheid.”

“The U.S. justifies and advances the global war on terror via its alliance with Israel and is complicit in the genocide taking place against the Palestinian people,” said the platform’s “Invest-Divest” policy brief. Through foreign aid to Israel, which the platform describes as an “apartheid state,” Americans are made “complicit in the abuses committed by the Israeli government,” the brief says.

The strong anti-Israel language stunned liberal Jews, many of whom have expressed support for the Black Lives Matter movement’s protests against shootings by police of unarmed black men.

“It is a real tragedy that Black Lives Matter — which has done so much good in raising awareness of police abuses — has now moved away from its central mission and has declared war against the nation state of the Jewish people,” said Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan M. Dershowitz in a Friday column in The Boston Globe.

He called on the Movement for Black Lives coalition to rescind the anti-Israel component of the platform, issued Aug. 1 and backed by 67 groups, including Color of Change, which is funded by top Democratic Party donors George Soros and the Center for American Progress.

The liberal Ford Foundation announced last month that it would partner with Borealis Philanthropy, Movement Strategy Center and Benedict Consulting on a six-year commitment to fund “the organizations and networks that compose the Movement for Black Lives.” (Perfect examples of your naive charitable contributions going awry)

Although Mr. Dershowitz said that many Black Lives Matter supporters “may have no idea what the platform says,” he described the platform as “the closest thing to a formal declaration of principles by Black Lives Matter.” “The genocide paragraph may well have been injected by radicals who are not representative of the mainstream. But now that it has officially been published, all decent supporters of Black Lives Matter — and there are many — must demand its removal,” Mr. Dershowitz said.

An editorial Monday on MassLive in Massachusetts blasted the anti-Israel plank under the headline, “Attacking Israel dilutes Black Lives Matters’ cause.”

Progressives, meanwhile, have cheered the inclusion of the anti-Israel language, praising the document for linking the Palestinian and Black Lives movements.

“The affirmed solidarity of the Black Lives movement with the Palestinian experience imbues the Palestinian struggle for human and national rights with renewed energy,” Zeina Azzam, executive director of the Jerusalem Fund and Palestine Center in Washington, D.C., said in a column. “As Martin Luther King, Jr. famously said, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’”

(It so happens Martin Luther King Jr. was a great friend of the Jews, realized they were his staunch allies. participated in all his rallies and in fact, shed Jewish blood with two Jewish boys and one Black killed brutally by the Ku Klux Klan …)

(The Mississippi civil rights workers’ murders were an incident of racial violence involving the abduction and murder of three civil rights workers in Neshoba County, Mississippi on the night of June 21–22, 1964. The victims, James Earl Chaney of Meridian, Mississippi, and Andrew Goodman and Michael “Mickey” Schwerner of New York City, were associated with the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) and its member organization, the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). They had been working with the “Freedom Summer” campaign—attempting to register African Americans in the southern states to vote—contesting over 70 years of laws and practices comprising a systematic policy of disenfranchisement of potential black voters by several southern states beginning in 1890.) Wikipedia 

 
One of the platform’s authors, Ben Ndugga-Kabuye of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, said that black activists feel connected to the Palestinian conflict.

“The way we look at it is, we take strong stances,” Mr. Ndugga-Kabuye told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. “The demand we’re making is we’re against the U.S. continuing funding and military aid to the government of Israel. These are all things that are going to be in debate.”

Pro-Palestinian messages are commonplace at Black Lives Matter protests, which routinely attract a hodgepodge of activists ranging from the Communist Party USA to fracking foes to opponents of food made with genetically modified organisms.

What the ambitious policy agenda shows is that Black Lives Matter itself is a creation of the progressive movement, not an organic response to outrage sparked by recent police shootings of unarmed black men, said Republican strategist Michael McKenna.

In addition to condemning Israel, the platform includes demands for race-based reparations, breaking up large banks, voting rights for illegal immigrants, fossil fuel divestment, an end to private education and charter schools, a “universal basic income” and free college for blacks.

Said Mr. McKenna sarcastically: “I’m shocked that Black Lives Matters turns out to be a political movement holding down the left flank of the Democratic Party. I mean, what are the chances that an organization bankrolled by the usual suspects would turn out to be shills for the policy prescriptions of … the usual suspects?”

The billionaire, self hating Jew, Nazi sympathizer, Mr. George Soros donated in one year more than $33 million through his Open Society Foundations to groups affiliated with Black Lives Matter.

“[Black Lives Matter] is what it is — a political movement designed (immediately) to improve turnout for [former] Secretary [of State Hillary] Clinton, argue mostly unarguable points, create fear and uncertainty in society, and just generally advocate for ridiculous and noxious policy positions,” Mr. Kenna said in an email.

The Movement for Black Lives platform also creates more tension within the Democratic Party coalition with Jewish voters, many of whom have been frustrated by President Obama’s hard line on Israel and outreach to hostile nations such as Iran.

Roz Rothstein, CEO of the pro-Israel organization StandWithUs, warned that the “hyperbolic, inaccurate and dishonest language” threatened to drive a wedge between the black and Jewish communities, which have traditionally worked together to advance civil rights.

“The Black Lives Matter movement has done much to highlight these issues in recent years and to reinvigorate a much needed discussion on race relations,” StandWithUs said in a statement. “That is why we are so deeply disappointed that the recently released Movement for Black Lives platform demonizes and dehumanizes Israelis with false accusations of ‘genocide’ and ‘apartheid.’”

The Movement for Black Lives policy is “slanderous, deeply offensive to the vast majority of the Jewish community, and damaging to longstanding relationships between Jewish and Black communities,” said the statement.

In its introduction, the platform says that “we recognize we have a shared struggle with all oppressed people; collective liberation will be a product of all of our work.”

“We are intentional about amplifying the particular experience of state and gendered violence that Black queer, transgender nonconforming, women and intersex people face,” the platform says. “There can be no liberation for all Black people if we do not center and fight for those who have been marginalized.”
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II  Comment from former US Senator Rudy Boshowitz  (R-MN 1978-1991)

Subject: BLACK LIVES MATTER TO ISRAEL, NOT SO MUCH TO ITS RACIST CRITICS

Those members of Black Lives Matter who disparage Israel should understand that history records only two occasions when Blacks have been taken from the African Continent for love and a better life. Sadly the object every other time was slavery and exploitation. The two occasions of love each involved the Falashas (as they were then known), the Black Jews of Ethiopia.

Two major airlifts occurred. The first was Operation Moses (1985) and the second was Operation Solomon (1991). Both were part of the in-gathering of the world’s Jewish people to the State of Israel.

Both Operations were achieved through the joint efforts of the State of Israel and the United States. GHW Bush, while Vice President, was the negotiator of Moses and I, acting as the Emissary of then President GHW Bush, was the American negotiator of Solomon.

Coming from the highlands of northern Ethiopia, these Black Jews had scant information or understanding and basically no knowledge of modern life. As expected, the young adapted quickly in Israel and the elderly with more difficulty. But clearly all now live a better life and participate actively in the affairs of their new home.

Only twice in history have Black people been taken off the African Continent for love and a better life. Both instances were Israel in-gathering the Jewish people to the State of Israel.

For Israel Black lives really do matter.

Rudy Boschwitz
U.S. Senator (R-MN, 1978-1991)
U.S. Ambassador to the UN Human Rights
Commission (Geneva, Switzerland – 2005)
President G.H.W. Bush’s Emissary to Ethiopia (1991)

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Clintons’ ‘Generous’ Donations in 2015 — $1,042,000 to Themselves.

By Brian Anderson

Bill and Hillary released their tax returns to both pressure Donald Trump and show the world what generous benefactors they are. After making a butt-load of money for doing nothing in 2015, the Clintons want you to see that they donated $1,042,000 to charity. Upon closer inspection all of that money ended up going to them. I’m not quite sure they understand how charity works.

The Clintons made $10.6 million last year.
Keeping with that theme, of the $1,042,00 they gave to charity, $1 million went to the Clinton Foundation. The Clinton ’s charitable organization hasn’t proven that they actually do anything to help people, but it sure is under fire for being corrupt. As far as anyone can tell, the Clinton Foundation is a way for rich people to buy favors from the Clintons, especially Hillary.

Giving a million bucks to the Clinton Foundation is as bullshit as it gets in terms of making a charitable donation, but hey, they did give another $42,000 to a real charity, right? Not so fast. That 42k went to Desert Classic Charities, which is golf tournament.

A golf tournament may not seem like the greatest charity to give to, but it gets much worse optics wise. From the Desert Classic Charities website:

Desert Classic Charities, the local nonprofit entity that organizes the CareerBuilder Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation, will host their annual Charity Check distribution event today…(my emphasis)

Are you effing kidding me? They just gave all of that money to themselves.

This is a tax fraud scheme. They gave 10% of their income to “charity,” wrote that off their taxes, and then these Clinton-owned charities will launder the money back to them. And guess what? The rest of us paid for that shit.

In addition to writing off $1,042,000 in charitable donations, the Clintons found another $1,358,000 in tax deductions. Again, they don’t actually do anything. What the hell are they writing off? Almost all of their money comes from speaking fees. How do you get almost a million and a half worth of write-offs from talking to people?

Do you really think that Hillary is on the level when she says she is going to make millionaires pay their fair share? No way in hell is she going to mess with the tax system that she and her husband benefit from so lucratively.

Besides ripping off the American people, this shows how little the Clinton ’s actually care about their fellow man. There are so many worthy charities they could have donated to. They could have helped out veterans, they could have given to medical research, or they could have aided people with mental illness. Instead, they decided they themselves were most in need of help and gave to the Clintons .

And what about all of that stuff that Hillary is running for president on and claims to care about deeply? Reproductive rights? Black lives? Gun control? Immigrants? She didn’t a give a liberal dime to any of those things.

This is pathetic. They didn’t buy Girl Scout cookies, boost the local high school football team, or even donate semen-stained clothing to the Goodwill. I gave more to actual charity last year than these two elitists and I don’t make a hundredth of what they do.

II  Painfully re-calling the last time the Clintons occupied the White House

If you’re under 50 read this and if you’re not, share it with someone who is. If you’re over 50, you lived  through it, so share it with those under 50. Amazing to me how much I had forgotten!

When Bill Clinton was president, he allowed Hillary to assume authority over a health care reform. Even after threats and intimidation, she couldn’t even get a vote in a democratic controlled congress. This fiasco cost the American taxpayers about $13 million in cost for studies, promotion, and other efforts.

Then President Clinton gave Hillary authority over selecting a female attorney general. Her first two selections were Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood – both were forced to withdraw their names from consideration. Next she chose Janet Reno – husband Bill described her selection as “my worst mistake.”
Some may not remember that Reno made the decision to gas David Koresh and the Branch Davidian religious sect in Waco, Texas resulting in dozens of deaths of women and children

Husband Bill allowed Hillary to make recommendations for the head of the Civil Rights Commission. Lani Guanier was her selection. When a little probing led to the discovery of Ms. Guanier’s radical views, her name had to be withdrawn from consideration. Apparently a slow learner, husband Bill allowed Hillary to make some more recommendations.

She chose former law partners Web Hubbel for the Justice Department, Vince Foster for the White House staff, and William Kennedy for the Treasury Department. Her selections went well: Hubbel went to prison, Foster (presumably) committed suicide, and Kennedy was forced to resign.

Many younger votes will have no knowledge of “Travelgate.” Hillary wanted to award unfettered travel contracts to Clinton friend Harry Thompson – and the White House Travel Office refused to comply. She managed to have them reported to the FBI and fired. This ruined their reputations, cost them their jobs, and caused a thirty-six month investigation. Only one employee, Billy Dale was charged with a crime, and that of the enormous crime of mixing personal and White House funds. A jury acquitted him of any crime in less than two hours.

Still not convinced of her ineptness, Hillary was allowed to recommend a close Clinton friend, Craig Livingstone, for the position of Director of White House
security. When Livingstone was investigated for the improper access of about 900 FBI files of Clinton enemies (“Filegate”) and the wide spread use of
drugs by White House staff, suddenly Hillary and the president denied even knowing Livingstone, and of course, denied knowledge of drug use in the
White House.

Following this debacle, under pressure from the Clintons, the FBI closed its White House Liaison Office after more than thirty years of service to seven presidents.

Next, when women started coming forward with allegations of sexual harassment and rape by Bill Clinton, Hillary was put in charge of the “bimbo eruption” and scandal defense. Some of her more notable decisions in the debacle were:

She urged her husband not to settle the Paula Jones lawsuit. After the Starr investigation they settled with Ms. Jones. She refused to release the
Whitewater documents, which led to the appointment of Ken Starr as Special Prosecutor.  After $80 million dollars of taxpayer money was spent, Starr’s investigation led to Monica Lewinsky, which led to Bill lying about and later admitting his affairs.

Hillary’s devious game plan resulted in Bill losing his license to practice law for ‘lying under oath’ to a grand jury and then his subsequent impeachment by the House of Representatives. Hillary avoided indictment for perjury and obstruction of justice during the Starr investigation by repeating, “I do not recall,” “I have no recollection,” and “I don’t know” a total of 56 times while under oath. (Sound familiar?).

After leaving the White House, Hillary was forced to return an estimated $200,000 in White House furniture, china, and artwork that she had stolen.

What a swell party – ready for another four or eight years of this type of low-life mess?

Now we are exposed to the destruction of possibly incriminating emails while Hillary was Secretary of State and the “pay to play” schemes of the Clinton Foundation – we have no idea what shoe will fall next. But to her loyal fans – “what difference does it make?”
Electing Hillary Clinton president would be like granting Satan absolution and giving him the keys to heaven.

Please pass this on. Our way of life may depend on it

ENJOY YOUR FREEDOM TODAY BECAUSE YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE IT  TOMORROW!

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Rabbi Wein’s Weekly Blog

THE OLYMPICS

The Olympic Games that took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, are allegedly supposed to be all about sports, fair play and world camaraderie. However, underlying all of the hoopla, spin and fanfare, is the knowledge deep within all of us, that the games are all about money – lots of money for the athletes, promoters, cities involved and the pompous officials who rule the sporting games. (Gulp!)

This may appear to be too cynical an assessment of such a grand event, one which captivates millions of people around the globe. But the sordid history of the Olympic Games and of its organizers over the past century, pretty much vindicates this harsh assessment of their motives and goals.

Like its counterpart in soccer/football, the World Cup, the Olympics is also awash in scandal, corruption, pay-offs, illegal trafficking and other non-sportsmanlike but hugely lucrative activities. The Olympics is an enormous business generating hundreds of millions if not even billions of dollars. Because of this financial factor, there can be no doubt that human venality and corruption will also be present at many stages regarding rulings on the myriad details that go in to the actual production of the games.

The athletes receive gold, silver and bronze medals, which are really only of symbolic value. However, they certainly have the ability to convert their fame into fortune and most of them have commercial agents anxious and willing to help them do so. The days of pure amateur athletics are long past and the Olympics itself allows for competition by athletes who are professional and earn money on a grand scale.

The Olympics are not only tainted by money, something which is perhaps inescapable with the human condition being what it is, it also suffers from political and moral pressures. Hitler staged the 1936 Olympics in Berlin and the team from the United States excluded Jews from actual participation in certain competitions in the fear of offending Hitler. The fact that an Afro-American, Jesse Owens, won a number of track and field medals in was doubly ironic and infuriated the Fuhrer.

Israel is always subject to problems at the Olympics. Naturally we all remember the Olympic Games held in Munich Germany a few decades ago, where Israeli athletes were murdered by Arab terrorists, aided by lax German security. This time around, the Israeli delegation was subject to verbal abuse and demonstrations from other athletes and from some spectators in the crowds.

Israel has won a few medals and is entitled to fair treatment. As usual however, it is the only country singled out for negative events and comments. It seems that the rest of the world is perfect, peaceful, law-abiding, never repressive while Israel is the sole culprit of world society. Somehow we have become accustomed to our status so that it hardly even makes the news here in Israel, let alone anywhere else in the world. But again, if the organizers of the Olympics had a shred of decency left within them, it would certainly be incumbent upon them to take steps to prevent such ugly and discriminatory behavior from occurring.

Poor Russia. After decades of systematic illegal doping of its athletes in order to achieve sports domination, the Olympic committee finally took action by banning Soviet athletes from participation in this year’s Olympics unless they undergo rigorous testing. Thus Russia will not be a major medal winner this time around.

Putin loudly bewailed the fact that Russia was singled out for punishment. He also stoutly denied that such a program of doping ever took place in the past and presently. However his claims fell on deaf ears, with many of the Russian athletes themselves admitting that his systematic doping program exists in their training. Putin is interested in restoring the Cold War superpower status of Russia. His blunt foreign policy, his aggressions in Ukraine and Syria and his support of Iran all are symptoms of this dangerous goal that he hopes to achieve.

To him the Olympics are just another tool and front of his overall campaign for Russia’s place in the sun. I imagine that it is impossible to free the Olympics from political and diplomatic pressures just as it is unlikely that monetary corruption will be completely eliminated from the production of the games. But one can hope for better times and for a more honest competition.

The ancient Olympic Games in Greece never ranked high in the eyes of our religious leaders. Perhaps they were well aware of the dark side that seems to always accompany this competition.

Shabbat shalom

Berel Wein

II  Reliving the 1972 Munich Olympic Massacre of Israeli athletes, from a survivor of the Munich Olympics and the  Holocaust, age 80.

(Has Hashem shone his countenance upon this man? Have the winds always been at his back?)

By Hillel Kutler

Jewish Telegraph Agency (JTA), 08/21/16
OMER, Israel (JTA) – Shaul Ladany, a two-time Olympian, acknowledged that he was “very happy” that the International Olympic Committee finally held an official memorial for the 11 Israelis who were killed in a terrorist raid at the 1972 Munich games.

But Ladany, an Israeli racewalker who still holds a world record, didn’t need the Aug. 3 ceremony at the Rio games to remember the tragedy. He was there, forced to flee the dorms where the Palestinian terrorists held his teammates hostage.

“I remember everything that happened in Munich. I don’t need special memorial services to remind me,” said Ladany, who watched clips of the ceremony on the TV news. “What the [Rio] event did, though, was to mark the IOC’s recognizing that this was part of the Olympic movement and that the Israelis and others must be remembered.”

He added: “Anyone with a head on his shoulders, and especially Israelis who were there, wanted this [commemoration] very much.”

The ceremony, held two days before the Olympics opened in Rio, culminated a 44-year struggle by victims’ families to attain official recognition of their loved ones.

“I think a big reason for that [breakthrough] is that the president of the Olympic movement is German, and he understands his obligation,” Ladany said of Thomas Bach, adding that he hopes such commemorations are held at every Olympics.

Even before Munich, Ladany was no stranger to survival, having made it through the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp during World War II as an 8-year-old.

Yet at 80 he’s still going strong, competing in long walk races and swimming events.

In September, he will participate for the 55th year in a 2 1/2-mile swim in the Sea of Galilee – a number he thinks has been exceeded by only three people. And in November, Ladany plans to compete in a 20-mile walking marathon in the Jezreel Valley.

“I’ll be the oldest one there, of course,” said Ladany, a professor emeritus in industrial engineering at nearby Ben-Gurion University of the Negev who isn’t shy about speaking.

This summer he participated in two four-day, 84-mile walk races in the Netherlands. He competed for the 23rd time in the one held in Nijmegen, which Ladany calls “the greatest walking carnival in the world.”

In 2012, he interrupted a speaking tour in Canada to return to Israel long enough to make the Galilee swim, then flew back to resume his talks.

“Only a crazy, sports-minded person would do it,” said Ladany, sitting in his living room across from his wife Shoshana, 82, in an interview at his home in this Beersheba suburb.

Ladany, adjusting his enormous eyeglass frames, jokes that training for each Galilee swim consists of his previous year’s participation.

“I’ll tell you something about long-distance competition: Everyone – runners, cyclists, race walkers – don’t enjoy making the effort,” he said. “They enjoy the finishing. That’s the happiness: that you were able to make it.”

Ladany’s been at racewalking for more than a half-century, ever since he participated in a four-day recreational event as a Hebrew University of Jerusalem student and realized that many runners lagged behind his walking.

His feet would convey Ladany to the still-standing world record in the 50-mile race walk (7:23:50), set four decades ago in New Jersey, and to five Maccabiah gold medals in four distances: 3-, 10-, 20- and 50-kilometers. In addition to the 1972 games, he was an Olympian in 1968 in Mexico City at age 32.

During the Munich games, he was staying along with most of the Israeli delegation in the Olympic Village, at Connollystrasse 31. When members of the Palestinian terrorist group Black September broke into his teammates’ rooms on the September morning, he was able to dash to safety.

Correcting the historical record that claims he jumped to safety from a second-floor balcony, Ladany told JTA that he was on the first floor and stepped on the terrace and continued away to safety. He said two other Israelis fled serpentine-style to avoid being shot.

He has a theory for why the terrorists who invaded apartments 1 and 3 bypassed his duplex in apartment 2: His five suite mates included competitive sharpshooters Henry Hershkowitz and Zelig Stroch. All survived.

Ladany sees his Munich teammates at the annual commemoration in Tel Aviv of the murders. He recently had his watch repaired by Hershkowitz, a watchmaker.

Some three decades before his second Olympics, Ladany and his parents fled their native Belgrade, Yugoslavia, to Hungary following the Nazi invasion in 1941. They were deported to Bergen-Belsen, then freed in a December 1944 prisoner exchange and sent to Switzerland before returning to Belgrade.

In 1948, the family immigrated to Israel along with Ladany’s orphaned first cousin, Martha Flattow, who was raised as his sister and now lives in Rishon Lezion. The Ladanys’ daughter and three grandchildren reside in Reut, near Modiin.

“Maybe the events of my life shaped my character. I don’t know,” Ladany said.

He says that among the most profound utterances he has ever heard was the day his father dropped him off at the Israeli army induction center in 1954. Ladany recalls his dad telling him: “The honor has accrued to you to serve the Jewish state.” Ladany would repeat the phrase when his daughter was drafted.

On this morning, even though he has just 20 minutes before a department-wide event at his university, Ladany indulges a visitor’s approach to wall-length display cases packed with trophies and medallions. The octogenarian flicks on a backlight, the better for his accomplishments to be appreciated.

Athletic hardware isn’t all he stockpiles; Ladany is an inveterate collector. In fact, he notes matter-of-factly, he maintains 200 different collections, from what he calls the “esoteric and nonvaluable” (restaurant napkins and business cards) to the highly significant (Maccabiah posters, historical Jewish National Fund collection boxes, documents about Bergen-Belsen). He is one of the world’s leading collectors of items related to modern Zionism’s founder, Theodor Herzl: 1,000 pieces, including 400 postcards.

On the inside of the home’s front door hangs a 1932 poster from the inaugural Maccabiah – “I believe I’m the most knowledgeable person in the world about the first Maccabiah,” he states unabashedly – and, above it, a poster consisting of images of each delegate to the First Zionist Congress in 1897.

The pivotal gathering may have taken place in Basel, Switzerland, but Ladany owns an invitation that designated Munich as the original location. The congress was relocated, he explains, due to a rabbinical dispute.

Now Ladany finally makes it to his garage, dips into his car’s seat and tears down Eucalyptus Street. His leg may no longer be in contact with the ground, but it’s weighing hard on the gas pedal.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

“IF THE ESTABLISHMENT WINS, AMERICA LOSES”

By Don Fredrick, ©2015, blogging at The Complete Obama Timeline

 

Donald Trump’s campaign slogan is “Make America great again!”
(Dec. 11, 2015) — The better question may be, “What is Donald Trump?” The answer: A giant middle finger from average Americans to the political and media establishment.

 

(This is absolutely brilliant. A surprising article from the New Yorker Magazine. This magazine has always been a left wing apologizer so this article is even more amazing. Please read. Our nation is at stake)

Some Trump supporters are like the 60s white girls who dated black guys just to annoy their parents. But most Trump supporters have simply had it with the Demo-socialists and the “Republicans in Name Only.” They know there isn’t a dime’s worth of difference between Hillary Rodham and Jeb Bush, and only a few cents worth between Rodham and the other GOP candidates.

Ben Carson is not an “establishment” candidate, but the Clinton machine would pulverize Carson; and the somewhat rebellious Ted Cruz will (justifiably so) be tied up with natural born citizen lawsuits (as might Marco Rubio). The Trump supporters figure they may as well have some fun tossing Molotov cocktails at Wall Street and Georgetown while they watch the nation collapse. Besides – lightning might strike, Trump might get elected, and he might actually fix a few things. Stranger things have happened (the nation elected an[islamo-]Marxist in 2008 and Bruce Jenner now wears designer dresses.)

Millions of conservatives are justifiably furious. They gave the Republicans control of the House in 2010 and control of the Senate in 2014, and have seen them govern no differently than Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. Yet those same voters are supposed to trust the GOP in 2016? Why?

Trump did not come from out of nowhere. His candidacy was created by the last six years of Republican failures.

Even Ronald Reagan was unable to eliminate the Department of Education. (Of course, getting shot at tends to make a person less of a risk-taker.) No reasonable person can believe that any of the nation’s major problems will be solved by Rodham, Bush, and the other dishers of donkey fazoo now eagerly eating corn in Iowa and pancakes in New Hampshire .

Many Americans, and especially Trump supporters, have had it with:
· Anyone named Bush
· Anyone named Clinton
· Anyone who’s held political office
· Political correctness
· Illegal immigration
· Massive unemployment
· Phony “official” unemployment and inflation figures
· Welfare waste and fraud
· People faking disabilities to go on the dole
· VA waiting lists
· TSA airport groping
· ObamaCare
· The Federal Reserve’s money-printing schemes
· Wall Street crooks like Jon Corzine
· Michelle Obama’s vacations
· Michelle Obama’s food police
· Barack Obama’s golf
· Barack Obama’s arrogant and condescending lectures
· Barack Obama’s criticism/hatred of America
· Valerie Jarrett
· ” Holiday trees”
· Hollywood hypocrites
· Global warming nonsense
· Cop killers
· Gun confiscation threats
· Stagnant wages
· Boys in girls’ bathrooms
· Whiny, spoiled college students who can’t even place the Civil War in the correct century… and that’s just the short list.

(Great list! If you have any to add, please let us know.)

Trump supporters believe that no Democrat wants to address these issues, and that few Republicans have the courage to address these issues. They certainly know that none of the establishment candidates are better than barely listening to them, and Trump is their way of saying, “Screw you, Hillary Rodham Rove Bush!” The more the talking head political pundits insult the Trump supporters, the more supporters he gains. (The only pundits who seem to understand what is going on are Democrats Doug Schoen and Pat Caddell and Republican John LeBoutillier. All the others argue that the voters will eventually “come to their senses” and support an establishment candidate.)

But America does not need a tune-up at the same old garage. It needs a new engine installed by experts – and neither Rodham nor Bush are mechanics with the skills or experience to install it. Hillary Rodham is not a mechanic; she merely manages a garage her philandering husband abandoned. Jeb Bush is not a mechanic; he merely inherited a garage. Granted, Trump is also not a mechanic, but he knows where to find the best ones to work in his garage. He won’t hire his brother-in-law or someone to whom he owes a favor; he will hire someone who lives and breathes cars.

“How dare they revolt!” the “elites” are bellowing. Well, the citizens are daring to revolt, and the RINOs had better get used to it. “But Trump will hand the election to Clinton !” That is what the Karl Rove-types want people to believe, just as the leftist media eagerly shoved “Maverick” McCain down GOP throats in 2008 – knowing he would lose to Obama.

But even if Trump loses and Rodham wins, she would not be dramatically different than Bush or most of his fellow candidates. They would be nothing more than caretakers, not working to restore America ‘s greatness but merely presiding over the collapse of a massively in-debt nation. A nation can perhaps survive open borders; a nation can perhaps survive a generous welfare system. But no nation can survive both – and there is little evidence that the establishment candidates of either party understand that. The United States cannot forever continue on the path it is on. At some point it will be destroyed by its debt.

Yes, Trump speaks like a bull wander[ing] through a china shop, but the truth is that the borders do need to be sealed; we cannot afford to feed, house, and clothe 200,000 Syrian immigrants for decades (even if we get inordinately lucky and none of them are ISIS infiltrators or Syed Farook wannabes); the world is at war with radical Islamists; all the world’s glaciers are not melting; and Rosie O’Donnell is a fat pig.

Is Trump the perfect candidate? Of course not. Neither was Ronald Reagan. But unless we close our borders and restrict immigration, all the other issues are irrelevant. One terrorist blowing up a bridge or a tunnel could kill thousands. One jihadist poisoning a city’s water supply could kill tens of thousands. One electromagnetic pulse attack from a single Iranian nuclear device could kill tens of millions.

Faced with those possibilities, most Americans probably don’t care that Trump relied on eminent domain to grab up a final quarter acre of property for a hotel, or that he boils the blood of the Muslim Brotherhood thugs running the Council on American-Islamic Relations. While Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s greatest fear is someone giving a Muslim a dirty look, most Americans are more worried about being gunned down at a shopping mall by a crazed [islamic] lunatic who treats his prayer mat better than his three wives and who thinks 72 virgins are waiting for him in paradise.

The establishment is frightened to death that Trump will win, but not because they believe he will harm the nation. They are afraid he will upset their taxpayer-subsidized apple carts. While Obama threatens to veto legislation that spends too little, they worry that Trump will veto legislation that spends too much.

You can be certain that if an establishment candidate wins in November 2016 … [their] cabinet positions will be filled with the same people we’ve seen before. The washed-up has-beens of the Clinton and Bush administrations will be back in charge. The hacks from Goldman Sachs will continue to call the shots. Whether it is Bush’s Karl Rove or Clinton ‘s John Podesta, who makes the decisions in the White House will matter little.

If the establishment wins, America loses.

The author is the political correspondent for Bloomberg and wrote extensively about Obama even before he was nominated.

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August 1, 2016

 
The two major political conventions of 2016, now completed, raised many questions relating to the proper response to Islamic extremism and terrorism, spoken about extensively at the RNC, but almost ignored at the DNC. Furthermore, there were harsh charges of anti-Semitism thrown back and forth, as well as lingering questions about which party would be better for the U.S.-Israel relationship.

 

Admittedly, there have been many doubters about Donald J. Trump, a political novice who achieved great success in the world of business, but from the biblical heartland of Israel, the answer is clear. Take note of the following facts, broken down into ten succinct reasons why American friends of Israel should vote for the GOP candidate to be the next President:

b. Donald Trump has pledged to move the American Embassy to Israel’s capital, Jerusalem.

2. Trump has expressed support for Israel’s right to grant building permits for its citizens in Jerusalem, its capital city.

3. Trump has expressed support for Israel’s right to grant building permits for its citizens in its historical, biblical heartland, Judea and Samaria (the so-called West Bank).

4. Trump has been a consistent and strong opponent of the dangerous Iran nuclear deal, which the Obama administration signed and which Hillary Clinton strongly supported, along with most of the Democrats in Congress.

5. According to a recent Pew Research Center poll, “There continue to be stark partisan differences in Middle East sympathies. Conservative Republicans maintain strong support for Israel with fully 75% saying they sympathize with Israel compared with just 2% who sympathize with the Palestinians. By contrast, liberal Democrats are much more divided: 33% sympathize more with Israel, 22% with the Palestinians.”

6. A Trump administration is likely to consist of consistently and unquestionably strong, passionate friends of Israel, such as former Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and Dr. Ben Carson. All of them share the strong pro-Israel  positions ‎cited above.

7. Trump’s running mate, Gov. (and former U.S. Congressman) Mike Pence, has been a strong and consistent supporter of Israel. He, too, shares the strong pro-Israel po‎sitions cited above.

8. The Influence of Family: Trump’s daughter Ivanka, with whom the candidate is very close, is a convert to Judaism, her husband is Jewish, and Trump has three Jewish grandchildren who attend a strongly pro-Israel Orthodox synagogue with their parents.

9. Hillary Clinton, during her term as Secretary of State, was harshly critical of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, most notably in her infamously stern 45 minute telephone reprimand, the details of which her State Department quickly publicized after Israel announced that building permits were granted for 900 apartment units in Jerusalem, Israel’s capital.

10. A President Hillary Clinton is likely to be surrounded by strongly anti-Israel politicians from her Democratic Party, the platform of which explicitly supports the establishment of “Palestinian statehood” in the biblical heartland of Israel. On the other hand, the GOP platform pointedly does not mention the possibly of a Palestinian state – which would be based on the dangerous land for peace formula that failed so miserably in Gaza, bringing rampant Palestinian Islamic terrorism on Israel’s civilian population.

Last, but not least, unlike Hillary, who has consistently minimized the danger, Donald Trump truly comprehends the existential threat of Islamic terrorism to the free world and has made it abundantly clear, not just that he will ruthlessly destroy ISIS, but that he will turn to the experience and common sense of America’s ally, Israel, as a trusted adviser in that struggle.

The danger to Israel of a Clinton victory is clear, while the prospect of a Trump administration bodes well for the flourishing of the U.S.-Israel relationship. All American friends of Israel, as well as American-Israelis should spread this message to all doubters. I am absolutely certain that Trump is, far and away, the better candidate for Israel.

David Rubin is former mayor of Shiloh, Israel. He is founder and president of Shiloh Israel Children’s Fund, and the author of four books, including The Islamic Tsunami and his latest, Sparks From Zion.

 

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I Letter to the Editor – Wall Street Journal & Detroit News

Sent: 8/8/2016

Dear Sirs,

Regarding your RIO Olympics 2016 coverage,

Thank you for your coverage of the Olympics and the bright displays of the champions.

There is another, dark side of the Olympics that has rarely seen coverage and that is the anti-Israel and disguised Jew hatred displayed by some Arab entities.

The first was the opening day when Lebanese delegation refused to let the Israelis ride the bus with them to the Maracana stadium, where the opening ceremony was to take place. The Lebanese delegation leader actually blocked the bus entrance from the Israeli delegation who needed another, special bus to get to the events.

The Palestinian Arab swimmer selected to compete in the Rio Olympics lied when she told the world that she was unable to train properly since there were no Olympic-size pools in the Palestinian territories and the Israeli “occupation” had cut off her access to such facilities.
In fact, the Palestinian territories boast several Olympic-size pools. There’s one in Gaza, built with some of the leftover cement from building its terror tunnels. Another exists in the West Bank town of Nablus. And there’s even an Olympic-size pool in the very town that the athlete, Mary al-Atrash, hails from.
The Israeli government office issued a statement saying that al-Atrash had refused to apply for a permit to train in Israeli pools but wished her the best of luck anyway.

Then Saudi athlete Joud Fahmy resigned from a competition and forfeited a match claiming that she was injured – actually, because she didn’t want to compete against Israeli Gili Cohen in the next round if she won.

It is unfortunate that the Olympic officials allow these incidents by the Arab entities without disciplinary action or vital policy changes.

Regards,
Ed Kohl

II There is a long history of Arab terrorism at the Olympic games with deliberate flagrant insults to participating Israeli and American Jewish athletes.

By Jerome S. Kaufman

The 1972 Munich Games interrupted by the Palestinian Terror Group Black September

The Munich massacre was an attack during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany, at which eleven Israeli Olympic team members were taken hostage and eventually killed along with a German police officer by the Palestinian terrorist group, Black September.

Fortunately, with the re-birth of the State of Israel, Jewish lives are not quite as expendable, despite the tacit cooperation of most of the world in Israeli and Jewish deaths.

Two days after the Munich massacre at the 1972 Summer Olympics, Israel retaliated by bombing ten PLO bases in Syria and Lebanon. Prime Minister Golda Meir created Committee X, a small group of government officials tasked with formulating an Israeli response, with herself and Defense Minister Moshe Dayan at the head. She also appointed General Aharon Yariv as her Advisor on Counterterrorism.  He, along with Mossad Director Zvi Zamir, took the principal role in directing the ensuing operation.

The committee came to the conclusion that to deter future violent incidents against Israel, they needed to assassinate those who had supported or carried out the Munich massacre — and in dramatic fashion. Pressured by Israeli public opinion and top intelligence officials, Meir reluctantly authorized the beginning of the broad assassination campaign. When the three surviving perpetrators of the massacre were released just months later by West Germany in compliance with the demands of the hijackers of a Lufthansa aircraft, any remaining ambivalence she felt was removed.

The committee’s first task for Israeli intelligence was to draw up an assassination list of all those involved in Munich. This was accomplished with the aid of PLO operatives working for Mossad, and with information provided by friendly European intelligence agencies. While the contents of the entire list are unknown, reports put the final number of targets at 20–35, a mix of Black September and PLO elements. Once this was complete, Mossad was charged with locating the individuals and assassinating them.

Assassination Operations 1972–1988

The first assassination occurred on October 16, 1972, when Palestinian Wael Zwaiter was killed in Rome. Mossad agents had been waiting for him to return from dinner, and shot him twelve times.

The second target of Mossad was Mahmoud Hamshari, the PLO representative in France. Israel believed that he was the leader of Black September in France.  A detonation signal down the telephone line, causing the bomb to explode. Hamshari was mortally wounded in the explosion and died in a hospital several weeks later.

This assassination was the first in a series of Mossad assassinations that took place in France.  Another assassination took place in London, where a Palestinian activist was pushed under a bus during rush hour.

On the night of January 24, 1973, Hussein Al Bashir (Jordanian), the Fatah representative in Cyprus, turned off the lights in his Olympic Hotel room in Nicosia. Moments later, a bomb planted under his bed was remotely detonated, killing him and destroying the room. Israel believed him to be the head of Black September in Cyprus, though another reason for his assassination may have been for his close ties with the KGB.

On April 6, 1973, Basil al-Kubaissi, a law professor at the American University of Beirut suspected by Israel of providing arms logistics for Black September as well as being involved in other Palestinian plots, was gunned down in Paris while returning home from dinner. As in previous assassinations, he was shot around 12 times by two Mossad agents.

Beirut, Lebanon, April 9 1973

Israeli commandos raided guarded apartment buildings and killed Muhammad Youssef al-Najjar (Operations leader in Black September), Kamal Adwan (a Chief of Operations in the PLO) and Kamal Nasser (PLO Executive Committee member and spokesman). During the operation, two Lebanese police officers, an Italian citizen, and Najjar’s wife were also killed. One Israeli commando was wounded.

Sayeret Tzanhanim paratroopers raided a six-story building that served as the headquarters of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. The paratroopers met strong resistance and lost two soldiers, but managed to destroy the building. Shayetet 13 naval commandos and Sayeret Tzanhanim paratroopers also raided PLO arms-manufacturing facilities and fuel dumps. Some 12–100 PLO and PFLP members were killed during the attacks.

Three more attacks quickly followed the Lebanon operation. Zaiad Muchasi, the replacement for Hussein Al Bashir in Cyprus, was killed by a bomb in his Athens hotel room on April 11. Two minor Black September members, Abdel Hamid Shibi and Abdel Hadi Nakaa, were injured in their car in Rome.

Mossad agents also began to follow Mohammad Boudia, the Algerian-born director of operations for Black September in France, who was known for his disguises and womanizing. On June 28, 1973, Boudia was killed in Paris by a pressure-activated bomb packed with heavy nuts and bolts placed under his car seat.

On December 15, 1979, two Palestinians, Ali Salem Ahmed and Ibrahim Abdul Aziz, were killed in Cyprus. According to police, both men were shot with silenced weapons at point-blank range.

On June 17, 1982, two senior PLO members in Italy were killed in separate attacks. Nazeyh Mayer, a leading figure in the PLO’s Rome office, was shot dead outside his home. Kamal Husain, deputy director of the PLO office in Rome, was killed by a shrapnel bomb placed under the back seat of his car as he drove home, less than seven hours after he had visited the home of Mayer and helped the police in their investigation.

On July 23, 1982, Fadl Dani, deputy director of the PLO office in Paris, was killed by a bomb that had been placed in his car. On August 21, 1983, PLO official Mamoun Meraish was killed in his car in Athens by two Mossad operatives who shot him from a motorcycle.

On June 10, 1986, Khaled Ahmed Nazal, Secretary-General of the PLO’s DFLP faction, was gunned down outside a hotel in Athens, Greece. Nazal was shot four times in the head. On October 21, 1986, Munzer Abu Ghazala, a senior PLO official and member of the Palestinian National Council, was killed by a bomb as he drove through a suburb of Athens.

On February 14, 1988, a car bomb exploded in Limassol, Cyprus, killing Palestinians Abu Al Hassan Qasim and Hamdi Adwan, and wounding Marwan Kanafami.

The Mossad continued to search successfully for other Arabs associated with the Munich Massacre and thus presented a completely new message to the Jew killers of the world:

Jewish life is no longer cheap. The massacre of Jews by Muhammed in the 7th Century as he invented Islam will no longer be tolerated,  nor the Crusades of the Catholic Church, nor the Spanish Inquisition  nor the  massacres initiated by Martin Luther with his new Protestantism, nor the declared hatred of Jews by John Calvin , nor the Pogroms of Russia and Poland nor the Holocaust of Nazi Germany  and now the malignant Jew Hatred propagated by today’s Islam, reluctantly and ineffectively addressed  by the nations of Europe.

Times have changed with the re-birth of the nation of Israel.  A  very expensive price will now be exacted for the loss of Jewish life. It is no longer cheap to kill Jews.

Compiled by Jerome S. Kaufman

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Who is this Jill Stein, Green Party nominee for President of the US? Totally mis-informed and dangerous.

By Jerome S. Kaufman

I just had the misfortune of watching Jill Stein, Presidential nominee of the Green Party being interviewed on Fox News  Sunday morning, August 7, 2016.

Jill Stein has to be one of the most mis-informed people that I have ever heard – at least  if her knowledge of Israel is any criterion.

She, in no uncertain terms, proceeded to link Israel with Saudi Arabia. In the same breath. One of the astounded Fox panel of interviewers asked her if she also included Cuba in the mix with Israel and Saudi Arabia.  She was all for it!

The gist of her discussion was that Israel was an apartheid state with a persecuted Arab minority with limited, if any, civil rights. She obviously does not know this is a complete lie and just the lode stone of Arab propaganda against Israel which evidently,  she has been feeding on for years.

This is also the sick sustenance of  too many others in the now far Left Democrat Party plus the five new members of the Democrat Platform committee that self-hating Jew, Bernie Sanders, has had strategically appointed to the committee.

Stein obviously does not know that Israel is the only democracy in the entire Middle East.

She does not know that, according to Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel’s population, at the end of 2012, stands at nearly 8 million, of whom 5.9 million are Jews and 1.4 million are Arabs.

She does not know that these Arab are full citizens of Israel  with  absolutely the same legal and civil rights as the Jews of Israel.

She does not know that the Israel political system is the only representative democracy in the Middle East. It is very similar to that of the US. There is a legislative body called the Knesset which has 120 members comparable to our Congress with 435 members.

Of these 120 Knesset members, 17 are now Arabs with 1-2 Druse and constitute over 10% of the membership. They function along side their Israeli Jewish counterparts to make the laws of the land.

She also does not know that the Arabs of Israel have the highest standard of living of any Arabs in the entire Middle East.

She also does not know that they are free to leave Israel anytime they choose and take all their possessions with them.

She does not know that these Arabs prefer to live in Israel and prefer the Israeli government than to be ruled by the PLO of Mahmoud Abbas or the terrorist regime of Hamas that now rule Gaza.

She also does not know that Israel has the most liberal position on the rights of Gays, Lesbians, whatever minority you can name and conducts a nation-wide day to celebrate these minorities.

She does not know that, of course  women in Israel have the same rights as men; that a woman, Golda Meir, has been Prime Minister of the country and that at this moment, of the 120 Knesset members, 26 are women.

Stein kept harping on the $8 million dollars per day that the US “gives” Israel. Whether this number is correct or not I do not know but whether it is or not, it makes no difference.

She does not comprehend that this is the best foreign money the US is spending and no American lives have ever been needed to protect Israel.

Knowledgeable US military people consider Israel the staunchest and the only consistent ally we have in the Middle East. They call Israel the US aircraft carrier in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Furthermore the greater amount of money sent to Israel comes back immediately to the US for the purchase of arms and defensive weaponry that creates thousands of jobs for the American work force, they might otherwise not have.

She also does not know that the US and Israel armed forces constantly have joint military exercises together preparing themselves for any Russian or Iranian or Islamic Nation (ISIS) attempted invasion or advancement.

She also does not know that Haifa is one of the US Navy’s favorite ports of call and US navy personal look forward to their time ashore there.

She surely has not noticed that Jerusalem is the base reporting city for virtually all the journalists reporting on the Middle East – whether they favor Israel or not. It is obviously only in Israel that these foreign correspondents feel safe  and report whatever they choose. Nobody censors the anti-Israel lies that many of these far Left, Arab intimidated journalists report.

She also does not know that Israel helps immeasurably in the improvement of US military equipment by trying it first hand in the many Arab terror attacks against Israel daily.

She also does not know that Israel is the best US source of military intelligence and surveillance of our mutual enemies and is in constant contact with the CIA, the FBI, the Dept. of Homeland Security and all the key departments of the American administration.

So, in fact,  Stein does not know a damn thing about Israel and I suspect, not much more about anything else. She is a discredit to the Green Party or anything else she pretends to represent and she makes Donald Trump and even Hillary Clinton look like stars  in comparison.

Finally, she has absolutely no understanding of the United States vital role in the world.

It is the US that has kept the peace that we have had since the end of the Cold War. Unfortunately, Barack Obama has deliberately destroyed our military strength weakening us terribly in the eyes of our former friends and enemies.

Russia has already gobbled up Crimea, huge tracts of the Ukraine while the Baltic states of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania, let alone Poland and the rest of Russia’s immediate neighbors are quaking in their boots legitimately concerned that they will be next on Putin’s menu.

So, what does Stein announce she will do to stop this destruction of our crucial allies? She proudly announces that she plans to cut military spending 50%!

I am sure that Russia is delighted to hear that, along with China taking over the entire South China Sea directly threatening our allies South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Viet Nam and the Philippines. This 50% diminishment must also be very welcome news to North Korea, the Arab State (ISIS) that Obama/Clinton have created along with nuclear powered and suddenly wealthy Iran.

It is absolutely certain then that Stein does not know a damn thing about this awful existential threat.

G-d forbid she should ever have any meaningful control over this nation.

II Jill Stein is Not the Savior the Left (or anyone else) Is Looking For.

Excerpted from an article by Jordan Weissmann

http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2016/07/27/

jill_stein_is_not_the_savior_the_left_is_looking_for.html

Weissmann is Slate’s senior business and economics correspondent.

JULY 27 2016

Now that Hillary Clinton has officially won the Democratic presidential nomination, chances are we’re going to hear a lot more about Jill Stein.

The Green Party candidate, currently polling in the low single digits nationally, has been gunning for the support of disaffected Bernie Sanders fans, urging them to “keep the revolution going” by getting behind her own long-shot White House bid.

Tuesday, she was on hand at the Democratic convention to meet aggrieved Sanders delegates, some of whom formed a small crowd around her to chant, “Bernie or Jill.”

Thanks to progressive grassroots rage, she may well peel off a few percentage points of the vote come the fall, when she’s expected to be on the ballot in about 47 states.

Which is a pity. Because even by the standards of protest candidates, Stein—whose press team did not respond to an interview request—is an absolutely awful torchbearer for the far left.

She’s a Harvard-trained physician who panders to pseudoscience. She mangles pet policy issues. And her cynical retelling of the past eight years has nothing to do with the reality of recorded history.

Let’s begin with Stein’s platform. Some of the ideas, like a $15 minimum wage and free college tuition, are mainstream these days, thanks to the work of progressive activists and Sanders himself.

Others, like moving to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030 (while ditching nuclear), are deeply unrealistic, if admirable in spirit. And more than a few sound like they were hatched in an old Bay Area commune. Cut defense spending in half and close more than 700 foreign military bases!

Tucked into this long, starry-eyed list of progressive causes are a few lines that remind you of the far left’s fraught relationship with biological science. There’s a call not just to label genetically modified foods but to “put a moratorium on GMOs and pesticides until they are proven safe.”

Never mind that scientists have studied GMOs extensively and found no signs of danger to human health—Stein would like medical researchers to prove a negative.

She would also “Ban neonicotinoids and other pesticides that threaten the survival of bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.” This is a nod to the discredited theory that some pesticides are driving the collapse of honeybee populations (which, by the way, are not actually collapsing).

Again, this is somewhat standard stuff on the far left these days, but coming from a physician, it’s discouraging. It is also in keeping with the last official Green Party platform, from 2014, which supports the “teaching, funding, and practice” of “alternative therapies” such as naturopathy and homeopathy, i.e. funneling money into quack medicine. (Stein first ran for president as a green in 2012).

Worse, though, was Stein’s response during a Reddit AMA when she was asked about her party’s stance on vaccines. Her answer was a 380-word evasion in which she allowed that childhood immunizations had “made a huge contribution to the public health” while simultaneously suggesting that Americans have good reason to be wary of the drug approval process and that there’s “a lot of snake-oil in this system.”

For comparison, consider Bernie Sanders’ answer on the same life or death issue, as reported by as reported by the Daily Beast:

“I think obviously vaccinations work. Vaccination has worked for many, many years.” He went on to note, “I am sensitive to the fact that there are some families who disagree but the difficulty is if I have a kid who is suffering from an illness who is subjected to a kid who walks into a room without vaccines that could kill that child and that’s wrong.”

That’s a straightforward answer about vaccines. Risking the health of other people’s children to satisfy your own minority concerns about medical science is wrong.

This entire discussion suggests Stein has no idea what she’s talking about.

Exactly the same evaluation applies to Stein’s pie in the sky give away economic plans, which are based on a shockingly poor understanding of recent economic history. …

(The list of her hair-brained schemes goes on and on)

(G-d forbid this inane dangerous individual ends up with any authority over the destiny of this great country.) jsk

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