The Obama administration’s moratorium on offshore drilling is depriving governments of billions of dollars in royalties, lease bids, and taxes — and the lost revenue will grow significantly if no new drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico are sold this year.
In the wake of the April 20, 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig, the administration issued the moratorium on May 6. It suspended work on 33 wells in various stages of construction, halted new lease sales, and suspended permitting for leases already offered.
As a result, the U.S. Energy Information Administration projects a decline of 240,000 barrels a day in oil production in the Gulf this year. “That represents billions of dollars in potential revenue that could help close the federal deficit,” according to Rob Bluey, director of the Center for Media and Public Policy at the Heritage Foundation.
The moratorium was lifted on Oct. 12, but since then oil companies have complained of a “permitorium” — a deliberate slowing of the permitting process. This year could be the first since 1965 in which the federal government did not sell leases in the Gulf.
Oil companies pay the federal government an 18.75 percent royalty on the oil produced. In 2008, the offshore industry paid $8.3 billion in royalties, and another $9.4 billion for bids on new leases. Last year those bids brought in just $979 million.
In 2009, royalties, lease bids and rent payments totaled more than
$6 billion, according to the forecasting firm IHS Global Insight.
“Federal, state and local taxes related to the offshore oil and gas operations in the Gulf totaled $13 billion,” Bluey notes. “That $19 billion pot of money could go a long way toward deficit reduction.”
In addition, opening areas now closed to exploration and production, including the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the eastern Gulf of Mexico, would bring in an estimated $150 billion by 2025.
“At a time when voters are calling on the federal government to balance its budget, revenue from oil companies would be one way of helping out [and] the oil produced would reduce the price of gas at the pump,” Bluey concludes. “The Obama administration should immediately begin to issue new permits for the Gulf of Mexico and explore other untapped domestic resources.”
Americans Vote Israel—a grass roots network of American citizens living in Israel together with family and friends from the U.S.—uses its implied voting power to help our representatives in the Knesset and Congress enact resolutions and laws in service of Israel’s security goals.
Shortly, we will be going to Capitol Hill to encourage Members of Congress to support HR 1006, a recently introduced bill that calls for the U.S. Embassy to be moved to Jerusalem without a presidential waiver; recognition of Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel; and a requirement that official U.S. documents (e.g., passports) that list countries and their capital cities likewise identify Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Our visit also will address the continuing Arab violence against Jewish mourners on the Mt. of Olives and the desecration of graves. We will attempt to elicit official U.S. condemnations from the State Department and U.S. administration. And we will urge them to pressure the Palestinian Authority to condemn these deplorable acts, as well.
Regardless of our mission’s outcome in regard to condemnations, we hope to widely and clearly convey that all of the holy sites of Jerusalem are best served when protected under Israeli sovereignty.
Americans Vote Israel is introducing letters to our friends in the Knesset and the U.S. Congress pertaining to these matters in the name of concerned American Israelis and Jewish Americans. Won’t you consider including your name to help us make this effort that much more effective?
Director, Israel Office
Zionist Organization of America
Tel. from Israel: 052-538-0840
Tel. from US: 011-972-52-538-0840
Email us at savejerusalem@AmericansVoteIsrael.org or
To add your name(s) to our letters to the Knesset and Congress,
To offer to share personal testimony concerning the Mt. of Olives
To detail why we feel strongly about focusing on Jerusalem at this particular time.
My grandfather was born in Me’a Shearim in the early 1900s. HIS father, Jacob David Paletz, who was a friend and personal acquaintance to Theodor Ze’ev Herzl, died in 1933 and is buried on the Mount of Olives. I visited his gravesite in September 2010 for the first time.
As you know, in 1948 the Jews were driven out of Jerusalem by the Jordanians. Hundreds, if not thousands of graves on the Mount of Olives, including that of my great-grandfather, were desecrated. After the re-taking of Jerusalem by Israel in 1967, my great-grandfather’s gravestone was replaced and his gravesite restored.
The Mount of Olives and ALL JERUSALEM have ALWAYS belonged to the Jewish People of Israel. May it remain ever so!
Brookline, Massachusetts 02445
(my grandfather and grandmother, Joseph and Zissy Sura Friedman are buried there too, circa 1936.} jsk
Obama’s team has job, economy and liberty destroyers at every position
Video below article: Analysis of US economic crisis
By Mort Zuckerman, Chairman and editor in chief of US News & World Report and publisher of the New York Daily News
Chief destroyer, Obama aided and abetted by:
Ken Salazar, Kathleen Sebelius, Barney Frank, Carl Levin
By Richard W. Rahn
The Washington Times
April 25, 2011
Which two have done more to improve your life – Thomas Edison and Steve Jobs, or Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi? Some people, in their pursuit of profit, benefit their fellow humans by creating new or better goods and services, and then by employing others. We call such people entrepreneurs and productive workers. Others are parasites who suck the blood and energy away from the productive. Such people are most often found in government.
Perhaps the most vivid description of what happens to a society where the parasites become so numerous and powerful that they destroy their productive hosts is Ayn Rand’s classic novel “Atlas Shrugged.” The just-released movie version is an entertaining, tension-filled struggle between the productive and the parasites who ally themselves with the envious and evil. Go see it.
When wages are rising faster than inflation (i.e., real wages), and the number of adults, as a percentage of the population at work, is rising, times are good; but when real wages fall, misery results.
For the past several months, real wages have been falling, and despite the small improvement in the unemployment rate, the adult population/worker ratio continues to fall. Declines in prosperity most often are a result of bad policies rather than natural forces, with the rare exception of an event like the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.
Bad policies come about from the actions of specific people – individuals in Congress and government agencies – not the Congress or the administration as a whole. Washington is filled with people who are more destructive than constructive. It is useful to name some of the most destructive people in the hope that they will either reform or leave.
One of Washington’s most aggressive destroyers of jobs has been Rep. Barney Frank, the Massachusetts Democrat who is a former head of the House Financial Services Committee and principal author of the now-notorious Dodd-Frank Act. He was one of main protectors and enablers of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as they went on their ruinous, subprime mortgage buying binge.
Peter Wallison, former general counsel of the U.S. Treasury and member of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, has produced a lengthy report showing how the actions of Fannie and Freddie were the most important causes of the financial crisis. If Mr. Frank and his Senate counterpart, disgraced former Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, Connecticut Democrat, had acted responsibly, millions of Americans might not have lost their jobs and homes over the past few years.
Interior Secretary Kenneth L. Salazar, a former senator, has done more to destroy and curtail American oil, gas and coal production than any other single human. Soon after taking office, he prohibited oil and gas production in huge areas of the American West. He has held up the permitting of both offshore and onshore oil production well beyond what was necessary to ensure safety. He has ignored sound science and the rule of law. His actions, even according to Democrat senators and others, have cost hundreds of thousands of American jobs.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was caught in a half-trillion-dollar lie last month, when, before a House Committee, she was finally forced to admit that the administration had been double-counting Medicare savings as critics had been claiming. If Ms. Sebelius and others in the administration had told the truth, Obamacare would never have passed. The costs associated with this piece of legislation, not even considering the costs of all of the legal challenges, will result in millions of job losses and a loss of personal and economic freedom – unless the Supreme Court upholds the legal challenges.
President Obama claimed last week in his budget speech that hundreds of billions of dollars can be saved in the Medicare program by eliminating waste, fraud and abuse. If that is true, why has he tolerated Ms. Sebelius’ mismanagement?
Sen. Carl Levin, Michigan Democrat, has done much to drive foreign investment and jobs out of America. He has done this by leading a headline-grabbing, but economically illiterate, crusade against legal tax avoiders, tax evaders and low-tax jurisdictions.
His destructive “solution” has been to put costly and punitive restrictions on domestic and foreign financial institutions. These restrictions have caused some foreign financial institutions to cease investing in the United States and to refuse opening accounts for Americans. It has been explained to Mr. Levin that his previous and newly proposed legislation is driving upwards of $1 trillion of foreign investment out of the country, which will cause Treasury to lose, in the real world, many times the tax revenue Mr. Levin and his gang of know-nothings claim.
But Mr. Levin carries on, leaving America with far less foreign investment and the jobs it would create – all in a selfish attempt to curry favor with the witless media.
Finally, we have the job-destroyer-in-chief, Mr. Obama. Even though the empirical evidence shows that both job creation and liberty increase with reductions in the size of government and tax rates, the president has done just the opposite.
Last week, without offering an alternative budget plan of his own, the president had the unmitigated gall to attack House Budget Committee Chairman, Paul Ryan, who has a serious plan to deal with the budget crisis. However, Mr. Obama did call for a big tax increase on those who create jobs. If that happens, prepare for double-digit unemployment.
Richard W. Rahn is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and Chairman of the Institute for Global Economic Growth.
And watch as interviewer desperately tries to put words in Mort’s mouth. We must have been watching MSNBC or CNN or TBS or any number of the other of the Left wing press. I am sure they were sorry that asked him for his point of view. jsk
Please see Holocaust Documentary video at the end of this article
Yom HaShoah, also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day, occurs on the 27th of the Hebrew month of Nissan. This year, on the English calendar, it occurs Monday, May 2, 2011.
Shoah, which means catastrophe or utter destruction in Hebrew, refers to the atrocities that were committed against the Jewish people during World War II. This is a memorial day for those who died in the Shoah.
The Shoah (also known as the Holocaust, from a Greek word meaning “sacrifice by fire,”) was initiated by the members of the German National Socialist (Nazi) Party, which seized power in Germany in 1933, with Adolph Hitler as chancellor. The Nazis believed in a doctrine of racial superiority, centering around the idea that people of Northern European descent were somehow better than members of all other races – especially the Jews, who were “unworthy of life.”
After taking power, the German Nazis gradually restricted the rights of German Jewish citizens and encouraged their followers to commit acts of violence and destruction against Jews and their property. During World War II (1939-1945), the Nazis implemented their “Final Solution,” a plan to concentrate Jews in camps and annihilate all European Jews. Jews were first crammed together in ghettoes and slave-labor camps, where disease, brutality, and malnutrition ran rampant.
Eventually, they were sent to death camps, where millions were murdered in special facilities designed to kill a tremendous number of people over a brief period of time. In addition to the six million Jews who died – two-thirds of the European Jewish population – the “willing executioners” (Please read Hitler’s Willing Executioners by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen) of almost all of the other major countries of Europe (Poles, Austrians, Vichy French, Hungarians, Romanians, Estonians, Greeks, Latvians, Lithuanians, etc.) enthusiastically cooperated with the German Nazis killing millions of their own Jewish population that had live peacefully among them for centuries.
Also deliberately and systematically killed by the Nazi Germans and their “willing executioners” were Gypsies, Slavs, political and religious dissidents, the handicapped, gays and lesbians and hundreds of thousands of others.
Today, many Jewish communities commemorate Yom HaShoah by lighting yellow candles in order to keep the memories of the victims alive, declaring “Never Again” – which of course, remains to be seen – depending upon whether or not “Hitler’s Willing Executioners” are once again, ready to enlist.
Maniacs like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran proudly declares that he plans to eliminate Israel which now contains approximately 1/3 of the world’s remaining Jews. Who is going to stop him? Will the Western so-called civilized nations stop them? Will the UN stop them? Will the European Union stop them? Will the United States stop them? Will these august bodies give the Israelis full license to defend their own people in every way possible? Will the Israeli government have the courage to do exactly that? And most important, will the almighty
G-d see that this monstrous travesty against humanity does not indeed, happen again.
Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton host Islamic World Forum in DC
Video of Barack Obama declaring his Islamic faith at end of article
April 12th, 2011
Law Enforcement Examiner
In the Obama Administration’s continuing effort to embrace Muslims and their culture, the United States government will for the first time host an international Islamic forum held annually in the Middle East and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will headline the three-day event which begins today, according to a public-interest watchdog group that investigates and prosecutes government and political corruption.
Created to address issues critical to Arabs and Muslims, the U.S.-Islamic World Forum will come to Washington D.C. this week after eight years in Qatar. Clinton will be America’s friendly host for the duration of the event, which begins Tuesday, and she will deliver the keynote address at a gala dinner on the first day, said officials from Judicial Watch.
Last year Hillary Clinton was the first senior member of a U.S. administration to participate in the U.S.-Islamic World Forum, which was held last February in Doha. At the event she announced President Obama’s “new era of diplomatic engagement” with nations that have been “hostile to the United States” and promised to close the military prison at Guantanamo because it had “become a symbol of the wrong way to make America more secure.”
“I wonder how Secretary Clinton will announce that Gitmo won’t be closed as promised and that terrorists will be tried by the U.S. military justice system instead of the civilian courts? What sort of verbal gymnastics will she and Obama employ to ease the concerns of the Islamists?” former intelligence officer and New York police detective Mike Snopes rhetorically asked.
President Barack Obama recently participated via a video message that called for a “new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world.” The commander-in-chief outlined a “government-wide approach” to improve the daily lives of Muslims and a commitment from senior administration officials — such as Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano— to engage Muslim communities in the U.S., said Judicial Watch officials.
Obama pledged to seek new partnerships in Muslim communities around the world and touted his efforts to engage with “faith leaders” and “civil society groups” to improve the nation’s relationship with Muslims. The efforts are necessary, according to Obama, because the “United States and Muslims around the world have often slipped into a cycle of misunderstanding and mistrust that can lead to conflict rather than cooperation.”
“This is almost the same liberal-left message we heard during the Cold War. While President Ronald Reagan portrayed it as a battle between the U.S. and the Evil Empire, the Soviet Union, the political left — some of whom are still in public office — portrayed it as a misunderstanding,” said political strategist Mike Baker.
A similar message is expected to be delivered at this year’s conference, which is being promoted as a platform for dialogue at the highest level between U.S. and Muslim public officials. The focus in Washington will be on the rapid, turbulent change in the Middle East and implications for Muslims around the world. The goal is to foster unique, positive relationships between policy makers business, cultural and religious leaders from across the Muslim world and the United States.
According to Judicial Watch, bringing the Islamic forum to the U.S. is simply the latest of many Muslim outreach efforts for the administration. In the last year alone Napolitano discussed national security matters with a group of extremist Muslim organizations, the nation’s space agency (NASA) was ordered to focus on Muslim diplomacy and Clinton signed a special order to allow the reentry of two radical Islamic academics whose terrorist ties long banned them from the U.S.
The Obama Administration also sent an America-bashing mosque leader (Feisal Abdul Rauf) who blames U.S. foreign policy for the 9/11 attacks on a Middle Eastern outreach mission and ordered a government-funded meal program for home-bound seniors to offer halal cuisine prepared according to Islamic law.
The Justice Department also created a special Arab-American and Muslim Engagement Advisory Group to foster greater communication, collaboration and a new level of respect between law enforcement and Muslim and Arab-American communities, Judicial Watch pointed out.
Special thanks to Judicial Watch’s Jill Farrell, director of communications, for her valuable information.
Jim Kouri, CPP, formerly Fifth Vice-President, is currently a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, an editor for ConservativeBase.com, and he’s a columnist for Examiner.com.
WHISTLEBLOWER March, 2011 Entire issue devoted to warning us.
Who will pay attention?
Video at end of article: The Muslim Brotherhood – Frank Gaffney
KNOW THINE ENEMY: The Muslim Brotherhood’s secret plan to ‘destroy Western Civilization from within.'”
“Allah is our objective; the Prophet is our leader; the Quran is our law; Jihad is our way; dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.”
Does that sound like the motto of a nice, peaceful, non-violent, secular organization? President Obama and his national intelligence director James Clapper think so. But contrary to the perversely rosy assessment of America’s top leadership, the Muslim Brotherhood – the shadowy, transnational Islamist parent organization of al-Qaida and Hamas – is committed not only to filling the growing leadership vacuum in the Arab world, but also, through its many proxies within the U.S, to impose the Quran and Shariah law right here in America.
If that sounds too fantastic or improbable to take seriously, you will harbor no such doubts after reading the March issue of Whistleblower, with 18 authoritative articles written on just that subject.
Incredibly, the Muslim Brotherhood is attacking America using the exact same strategy and tactics employed so successfully by the left. That’s right. For decades, while America was furiously fighting communism overseas and struggling to neutralize the threat of nuclear war, the very same Marxist enemy was busily infiltrating America and eating away at its moral foundation like termites – subverting core institutions such as education, the news and entertainment media and even churches. As a direct result, America today increasingly resembles a European-style socialist welfare state – exactly what the Marxists had in mind all along.
Today, while America is focused on the threat of terrorist hijackers, underwear bombers and jihadist “martyrs,” it is simultaneously being infiltrated and subverted by jihadists wearing coats and ties, “peacefully” insinuating themselves into our major institutions for the ultimate purpose of imposing Shariah law here. Shariah, Islam’s “sacred” 7th century legal system, is best known for chopping off the limbs of shoplifters, publicly flogging people for drinking a beer, executing those who leave Islam, stoning women to death for adultery, and even – believe it or not – lashing and imprisoning women and girls who were victims of rape.
In “KNOW THINE ENEMY,” Whistleblower has brought together many of the world’s most knowledgeable and courageous experts on this expansionist, utopian, violent, Nazi-like threat to not only the troubled Arab world, but to the entire world, including Europe, the UK and America. “This issue of Whistleblower is a compelling wake-up call to a preoccupied and beleaguered American citizenry,” said David Kupelian, WND managing editor and Whistleblower editor.
“Shariah law is already making inroads in America, from our courts to our financial establishments. We are also seeing ‘honor killings’ in our suburbs, jihad recruitment in our colleges and our prisons, a proliferation of mosques and Islamic schools funded with Saudi money, and dozens of subversive and dangerous Muslim groups with nice-sounding names masquerading as ‘moderate, charitable and cultural’ organizations. But their goal is precisely the same as that of the terrorists’ – the ultimate submission of Americans to Islam.”
Highlights of “KNOW THINE ENEMY” include:
“The global Islamist revolt is here” by Joseph Farah, who pulls the veil off what we are witnessing throughout the Arab world
“The Muslim Brotherhood’s sneak attack on America” by David Kupelian, on expansionist Islam’s two-front war on America and why “moderate” Shariah supremacists are more dangerous than terrorists
Key U.S. Muslim Brotherhood front organizations, compiled by “Muslim Mafia” co-author Paul Sperry
“Muslim straightens out U.S. intel director on Brotherhood,” in which the courageous Muslim Dr. Zudhi Jasser refutes the clueless pronouncements of America’s top intelligence official regarding the Islamist threat
“The Muslim Brotherhood ‘Project’ for North America” by Brigitte Gabriel, on the secret 100-year plan to “establish an Islamic government on earth”
“Don’t fear the Brotherhood, says long-time member,” highlighting the argument that “the West and the Muslim Brotherhood are not enemies,” made by Abdel Moneim Abou el-Fotouh, part of the organization’s guidance council for 25 years
“Muslim groups accuse Congress of ‘McCarthyism'” by Bob Unruh, on attacks against New York Congressman Peter King for promising to hold hearings on the threat of militant Islam in the U.S.
“The Muslim Brotherhood is our enemy” by Frank J. Gaffney, Jr., in which the former Reagan defense official shows how the shadowy group plans to “destroy Western civilization from within”
“The goal: Rule the world – and destroy Israel” by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik of Palestinian Media Watch, who showcase a Brotherhood leader who warns Muslims that failure to perform jihad will lead them to “spiritual death”
“Barack and the Brotherhood” by Pamela Geller, who shows that Obama’s appointments, statements, lawsuits reveal a strong and troubling affinity for Islam
“Obama quietly builds ties with Muslim Brotherhood” by Aaron Klein, on the administration’s back-door talks with a movement vowing the end of the West and the future rule of Islam
“Soros’ fingerprints on Mideast chaos” by Aaron Klein, about the billionaire leftist funding groups opposing America’s allies
“Inside the mind of the Muslim Brotherhood” by Walid Shoebat, whose Arabic translation reveals the true goals of Islamic conspiracy
“‘Moderate civil-rights group’ or sinister terror front?” – an eye-opening look at why one FBI agent calls the Council on American-Islamic Relations “a turnstile for terrorists and their supporters”
“CAIR sues Oklahoma for banning Islamic law” by Drew Zahn, on how the controversial group got a judge to strike down an anti-Shariah measure approved by 70 percent of the state’s voters in November
“The Muslim Brotherhood at CPAC” by Diana West, on “conservative Republican Muslim” Suhail Khan, who asks: “What are our oppressors going to do with a people like us?”
“‘Terror Television’ in the USA” by Cliff Kincaid, on why Al-Jazeera is being called “the Muslim Brotherhood channel”
“Obama’s Muslim Brotherhood romance” by Jamie Glazov, on why leftists like Obama are mysteriously attracted to tyranny and terror
“Most people didn’t take Hitler seriously until it was too late,” said Kupelian. “In the same way, most underestimated the ability of the radical left to subvert America – after all, Reagan won the Cold War. Today, the Islamist threat, right here in America, is real and more advanced than most people comprehend. Terrorism is just the visible tip of the iceberg. ‘KNOW THINE ENEMY’ shows you to the rest of the iceberg.”
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Jewish Students Under Assault — Part I
Redacted from article by Jonathan Rosenblum
April 1, 2011
Video to follow: Muslim Student Confronts David Horowitz at University of California San Diego
Jewish college students find themselves increasingly under attack on campuses around the world. The seventh annual Israel Apartheid Week just took place on 55 campuses world-wide. Canada’s Immigration Minister Jason Kenney rightly described such events seeking to “promote Palestinian human rights” as “accompanied by anti-Semitic harassment, intimidation and bullying.” Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper lamented that the “anti-Israel mob” is frequently “allowed to prevail.” And opposition leader, Michael Ignatieff described the anti-Israel events as a “cocktail of ignorance and intolerance.” At Ottawa’s Carlton University, a non-Jewish supporter of Israel and his Israeli roommate were surrounded and then chased by an Arabic-speaking mob, one of whose members swung a machete that missed the head of the non-Jew by inches.
The demonization of Israel to which young Jews are exposed begins long before university studies; the campuses are merely the venue for the most intense exposure. British journalist Melanie Phillips described on Israel TV this week the “demonization, dehumanization, and delegitimization” of Israeli Jews that has become the daily fare of the mainstream British media, and which she documents in nauseating detail in her new book The World Turned Upside Down.
James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute, explained on Jordanian TV already in 1990, how a powerful Arab Lobby could conquer the campuses and media by allying the Palestinians with the American Left – ’60s radicals now tenured professors, African-American student groups, and, above all, Jewish progressives. Vast sums of Arab oil money have been used to advance the process. Over the last ten years, 600 million dollars in Arab money has flowed to American universities — most to the elite universities, where the next generation of American leaders are trained — to fund Middle East Studies programs, for which excoriation of Israel is always the soup du jour.
The recent resignation of the head of the prestigious London School of Economics over the receipt of very large donation from Libya, and the granting of a spurious PhD. to Muammar Gaddafi’s son Seif in return, is an example of the same Arab largesse with strings attached in England.
The Jewish progressives have certainly filled their assigned role. Thirty professors of Jewish studies recently signed a petition asking Orange County, Calif. prosecutors to drop charges against Arab students who conspired to prevent Israel’s ambassador to the United States Michael Oren from speaking at University of California at Irvine.
Charles Jacobs and Avi Goldwasser, co-founders of the David Project to combat the anti-Israel tenor of American universities, describe the success of Zogby’s project: Radical professors express the dominant narrative that Israel is a racist, genocidal nation. “Outside the classroom anti-Israel groups hold conferences, screen films and conduct theatrical demonstrations that portray Israel in the harshest terms. Israel’ advocates are prevented from speaking; pro-Israel events are disrupted; Jewish students are intimidated verbally or even physically, and are excluded from pro-Palestinian events.
Nor do academics even feel the need to hide their visceral distaste for Jews, not just Israelis. Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz just returned from Norway, where none of the country’s three leading universities would agree to sponsor a lecture by him on Israel and International Law, offered free of charge. The same universities have hosted speeches by prominent academic proponents of BDS (boycotts, divestment and sanctions) against Israel, such as Ilan Pappe. The framer of one Norwegian academic boycott petition began with an explicit reference to Jews’ – even secular Jews’ — “self-satisfied [and] self-centered tribal mentality.”
ON THE UNIVERSITY CAMPUSES, there will always be a hard-core group of students whose identity is strengthened by the sense of being a minority under siege, but for most the effect is just the opposite. Even those with the strongest Jewish identity become apologetic, if not absolutely cowed, when the subject of Israel arises.
Communications guru Frank Luntz recently described to the Jerusalem Post’s David Horowitz a focus group he did with 35 Harvard and MIT students, 20 non-Jewish and 15 Jewish. Within ten minutes, the non-Jewish students had started talking about “Israeli war crimes,” “the Israel Lobby,” “Jewish power.” And all the while the Jewish students just sat there as if struck dumb. It took a full 49 minutes, until the head of the Harvard Israel Action group tried to answer. After three hours, Luntz dismissed the non-Jewish students and berated some of the brightest Jewish students in America for having being unwilling or incapable of responding.
By way of partial explanation, Luntz suggested that the Jewish students have been raised by parents for whom tolerance and being non-judgmental are the supreme values – particularly the vast majority of Jewish students from left-wing background, As a consequence, they are uncomfortable standing up for Israel against Palestinian claims.
The failure to provide Jewish university students with more tools to defend themselves constitutes one of the great failures of organized Jewry in both the United States and Great Britain. But the explanation is not hard to find. In their ambivalence towards Israel, Jewish students merely reflect the ambivalence of the larger community, including many in leadership positions in organized Jewish life.
The American People Stand with Israel
But, unlikely, the present American administration
By Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
March 11, 2011
(Glenn Beck Video at end of this article)
At the end of 1989, Israel’s top Foreign Office bureaucrats argued that Israel was, ostensibly, losing ground in the USA, due to the end of the Cold War, a supposed New World Order and Prime Minister Shamir’s dismissal of “land-for-peace.” Therefore, they proposed that, in order to secure relations with the US, Israel should cede land to the Palestinians.
However, their assumptions were resoundingly refuted. Israel’s strategic posture was upgraded as a derivative of the New World Disorder and a series of mutual threats, such as Islamic terrorism, Iran, ballistic missiles, rogue Arab regimes, exacerbated Middle East volatility, violence and uncertainty. US-Israel strategic cooperation expanded significantly, in spite of deep disagreements over the Palestinian issue and in defiance of President Bush and Secretary of State Baker.
In 2011, despite the 1989 lessons and the 2011 seismic upheaval in Arab countries, Jerusalem again considers ceding land to the Palestinians, in order to sustain strategic cooperation with the USA, under the false assumptions that US-Israel relations evolve around the Palestinian issue, that Israel-in-retreat is respected by Americans, and that Israel’s strategic standing in the US is undergoing erosion.
Thus, Gallup’s annual (February 2011) poll on American attitudes toward foreign countries highlights Israel as a favorite American ally. Israel (68%) ranks among the seven most popular countries, which include Canada, Britain, Germany, Japan, India and France, ahead of South Korea and dramatically ahead of Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt (37%, 50% and 40% respectively). The Palestinian Authority (19%) is at the bottom of the list, along with Iran and North Korea.
Currently, Israel benefits from a public opinion tailwind, merely one percent behind its 1991 all time record popularity. Israel’s image as a credible, reliable, capable, stable, democratic, non-conditional ally of the USA is bolstered against the backdrop of the current turmoil in Arab lands, which clarify that the Palestinian issue is not the core cause of the Middle East turbulence, is not the crown jewel of Arab policy-making and is not favored by the American People and Congress.
Anyone claiming that Israel is losing ground in the USA, and that in order to rebound Israel must introduce more concessions to the Arabs, is either dramatically mistaken, outrageously misleading or seeking an alibi for vacillation in face of pressure by a relatively weak American president.
A positive image of the Jewish State, and a negative image of Arab countries, has dominated the state of mind of the American constituency, which is the key axis of the US political system, holding an effective stick over the head of American legislators and presidents.
According to the February 25, 2011 Rasmussen Report, one of the top three US pollsters, most constituents would stop foreign aid to Arab countries, but support foreign aid to the Jewish State. 61% do not expect the current Middle East upheaval to advance democracy or peace in Arab countries.
The most realistic expression of Israel’s robust standing in the US is reflected by the most authentic representatives of the American People: the Legislature. Congress is equal in power to the Executive, representing the attitudes of the American constituent on domestic, external and national security issues. Hence, 75% of the 435 House Representatives and 80% of the 100 Senators – Republicans and Democrats alike, tend to support the Jewish State through legislation and resolutions, sometimes in defiance of the White House.
The gap between the world view of President Obama and most constituents was exposed in November 2010, when Democrats suffered – due to Obama’s plummeting popularity – the most devastating political defeat since World War 2. That gap also reflects the attitude toward Israel, which constitutes a rare bi-partisan common denominator, earning a higher level of support (68%) than Obama (47%).
The American constituent does not consider the Jewish State a conventional foreign policy issue, but also a domestic issue, closely identified with the moral Judeo-Christian foundations of the USA. Moreover, unlike Obama, most constituents regard President Reagan as a role model of values and view the Jewish State as the “Ronald Reagan of the Middle East,” representing their basic values: respect toward religion and tradition, patriotism, security-oriented, anti-UN, anti-terrorism and suspicion toward Arab and Muslim regimes.
The solid foundation of shared US-Israel values, the recent volcanic eruptions in the Middle East and Israel’s strategic capabilities and reliability have transformed the US into a sustained bastion of support of the Jewish State, notwithstanding problematic attitudes by some presidents, criticism by the “elite” media and hostility toward Israel on some US campuses.
This is not the time for vacillation and painful concessions; this is the time to enhance US-Israel strategic relations and demonstrate pain-killing steadfastness.
Redacted from a letter sent by Edward Cousar
Executive Director, Black Republican PAC
(Video at end of article, Losing our Sons)
Dear Fellow American,
If you think there’s nothing in the world that will convince black Americans to vote Republican…then throw this letter away right now. You are part of the problem! But if you realize that the slow motion train wreck of the current White House occupant is giving us an unprecedented opportunity to reach out to black voters, then I humbly request your undivided attention for the next five minutes.
First, please let me introduce myself. My name is Edward Cousar and I’m the executive director of Black Republican PAC. And I’m dedicated to spreading the Republican message of low taxes, family values, better education, free enterprise, and economic opportunity throughout the black community. Many black Americans 1 know already share these values. Yet even though their values are already Republican values, they’ve never thought twice about voting for a Republican. And let’s face the hard facts. Electing the first black president in 2008 was a historic moment that many in the black community longed to see. As a result, the votes of black America supplied the crucial margin of victory for Barack Obama on Election Day. But now reality is hitting black America.
Throughout his campaign Obama promised to restore the economy when he had no idea how to do that, ran as a moderate when in truth he was a far-left radical, and claimed he would heal old racial wounds. He’s failed on every count. And now disappointment and disillusionment with “the One” are setting into the black community. In fact, Obama’s policies have been especially disastrous for black Americans — even more so than white Americans.
Just consider how the recession and Obama’s failed “stimulus” and economic program have hurt the black community. Overall, under Barack Obama’s term, the black unemployment rate is 5 points higher than the average for the country. And 16-to-24-year olds have been devastated by the recession — 48% of these young black Americans are unemployed compared to 20% of white Americans of the same age. Under Obama, America may be in a recession, but black America is in a DEPRESSION. There’s only so long that Obama’s silver tongue can gloss over the fundamental failing of his policies. And a black man or woman without a job is not going to vote for a president or his party that promises more of the same failed policies no matter what the color of his skin.
This is why we Republicans have an opportunity to reach out to black Americans and show them the superiority of our Republican ideas and policies. Obama is messing up so royally we have a chance to bring large chucks of black America inside our big tent. We were the party of black America before. Until Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, most blacks favored the Republican Party because it was the party that freed the slaves and then helped the black community after the Civil War. And even as late as 1960, Richard Nixon won 32% of the black vote.
Yet in the last 50 years no Republican candidate for president has gotten more than 15% of the black vote. As a result, the Democratic Party has had a lock on the black community on Election Day. But the floundering presidency of Obama and the misbegotten policies of the Democrats are causing the black community to realize that it has gotten a raw deal.
For starters, many blacks are increasingly disturbed at the radical positions of the Democrats — support of gay marriage, hostility to religion, backing of failed socialist economic policies even after they destroyed the black family and many once vibrant black urban communities. Black Americans are realizing that the Democratic Party is not their ticket to a better life. But just because the black community is disappointed in the Democratic Party doesn’t mean they will vote for Republicans.
Republicans need to extend a welcoming hand. The biggest problem that the Republican Party faces is that we have few credible voices working inside the black community to make our arguments. That’s why BLACK REPUBLICAN PAC is the best weapon to take on the Democratic Party machine in decades. BLACK REPUBLICAN PAC’s mission is to cultivate up and coming black Republican leaders and recruit black voters. Because if we can show just 25% of black voters that the Republican Party offers better solutions than the Democrats, we can break the back of the Democrat Party.
We have a proven strategy for bringing black Americans back to the party of Lincoln. As a lifelong Republican who also happens to be black, I know that I can communicate our Republicans ideals to the black community better than anyone else. Quite frankly, black Republicans can go places and say things in the black community where it is impossible for other Republicans to get a hearing.
That’s why BLACK REPUBLICAN PAC provides resources for these natural community leaders to make the case for Republican ideals from within the black community. Black Republicans will carry the Republican Party message of hope and economic empowerment through strong families, education, and ownership of homes and small businesses. And as a black-led organization. Black Republican PAC can get its foot in many doors that the Republican Party has a hard time even getting opened.
I would not write this letter if I didn’t have untold numbers of enthusiastic black leaders and candidates coming to me asking me to give them the tools they need to get the job done. They’re-ready to spread the Republican Party’s message of family, faith, education, and economic opportunity back to the black community… But they can only do it if they have the tools. So I need to ask you today — will you help me stop Obama’s far left agenda by peeling off just 25% of black voters from the Democrats’ coalition?
Your urgent donation of $35, $50, $75, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or more will help me equip black leaders and candidates today to go out and spread our Republican message tomorrow. Obama is stumbling. His economic policies are destroying the black community and sending unemployment skyrocketing. This is a golden opportunity for us to reach out to black voters and cripple Obama’s political base.
The iron grip of the Democratic Party on black voters will only be loosened when we Republicans go to the black community and unabashedly make our case.
Edward Cousar, Executive Director
Please send checks to: Black Republican PAC
PO Box 96613, Washington, DC 20090-6613