Romney’s Foreign Policy Advisers Are ‘Culled From The Pro-Israel Community’

Oct 16th 2011

Romney’s Foreign Policy Advisers Are ‘Culled From The Pro-Israel Community’

15“Every major Jewish Republican fundraiser has been with Mitt”

Council for the National interest

Romney’s financial backers are a who’s who of the Republican Jewish establishment, and his foreign policy advisers are culled from some of the pro-Israel community’s best and brightest.

Romney has cultivated Jewish Republicans since he launched his unsuccessful bid in 2007…

“Every major Jewish Republican fundraiser has been with Mitt” since then…

…Romney published a list of his foreign policy advisers, including many who have been active in or are close to the pro-Israel community, such as Norm Coleman, the former U.S. senator from Minnesota who is now active with the Republican Jewish Coalition.

And then there was Dan Senor, the co-author of a book on Israeli technological innovation who often works with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee; and Dov Zakheim, a former top Pentagon official in various Republican administrations who also is active with the American Jewish Committee.

[Pandering to the pro-Israel community has been standard for US politicians since at least the time of Woodrow Wilson.]

JTA, by Ron Kampeas: “Romney’s Jewish backers enjoying front-runner status, even as challenges continue from his right”

Mitt Romney is the whack-a-mole front-runner: He consistently leads the Republican pack, but only by beating back one conservative challenger after another.

Jewish Lobby – Already Buying Romney Foriegn Policy
First it was Michele Bachmann, then Rick Perry, and now a surging Herman Cain.

His contradictory status — as a front-runner caught in a constant rearguard action against challengers to his right — both energizes and frustrates one of his most loyal constituencies, Republican Jews.

Romney’s financial backers are a who’s who of the Republican Jewish establishment, and his foreign policy advisers are culled from some of the pro-Israel community’s best and brightest.

Romney has cultivated Jewish Republicans since he launched his unsuccessful bid in 2007 for the ’08 nod, said Fred Zeidman, a longtime backer.

“Every major Jewish Republican fundraiser has been with Mitt” since then, said Zeidman, a Houston lawyer who was a major backer of George W. Bush.

Has Romney Bagged a Triple Play?
Romney’s relationship with leading Jewish givers, in turn, has brought more top-ranking GOP Jews into the fold, both as donors and advisers, Zeidman said.

“He’s been able to pick and choose,” he said. “People have been signing up.”

Yet the former Massachusetts governor continues to be dogged by his status as the moderate front-runner whom the conservative grass-roots longs to replace. Now he is being shadowed in the polls by Cain, a former pizza parlor executive.

An invitation last month to a Romney fundraiser by NORPAC, one of the pre-eminent pro-Israel political action committees, underscored Romney’s precarious status.

“Governor Romney is well known to our community and is one of two front-runners for the Republican Nomination,” the invitation said.

“While things are certainly subject to change in an election, Governor Romney is currently the betting site favorite to win the Republican nomination.”

Most galling for Jewish Republicans are the potshots that proxies for his rivals are taking at Romney’s Mormon faith. The latest salvo came over the weekend at the Value Voters Summit in Washington when Robert Jeffress, a pastor at a Dallas megachurch who supports Perry, the Texas governor, called Mormonism a cult.

“I can’t believe as a Jew that anyone is going to be involved in someone’s religion,” Mel Sembler, a shopping center magnate and leading Republican donor who is backing Romney, told JTA. “What’s that got to do with running the biggest enterprise in the world?”

Sembler, a former ambassador to Australia and Italy who has served as the national finance chairman for the Republican National Committee, suggested that Romney was not out of the woods.

“Everything has an impact; some people don’t like the way he combs his hair,” Sembler said. “I would hope people would not be focused on what his religion is but what his capabilities are.”

Zeidman has been the White House liaison to the Jewish community, a post falling under the jurisdiction of the Office of Public Liaison. Zeidman’s father is Houston Republican Fred Zeidman, and one of Bush’s closest donors.
Zeidman said that Romney’s strategy would remain as it has been: acting like a front-runner and focusing most of the fight on President Obama instead of his GOP rivals.

“If you’re the front-runner and [Obama] is the only person between you and the presidency, focus on him and let the others look at your tuchas,” is how Zeidman described the strategy.

Especially frustrating for Romney’s backers is that the Value Voters Summit kerfuffle overshadowed Romney’s first major foreign policy speech, on Friday at The Citadel military academy in South Carolina.

Israel policy was a significant part of the speech. Romney said he would increase defense assistance to Israel, raise the U.S. military profile near Iran and recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

He cast Obama’s policies as contributing to Israel’s isolation.

“I will bolster and repair our alliances,” Romney said. “Our friends should never fear that we will not stand by them in an hour of need. I will reaffirm as a vital national interest Israel’s existence as a Jewish state.”

The Obama and Netanyahu governments have smoothed relations in recent months, and Israeli officials credit the administration with tightening defense ties and backing Israel at the United Nations. Obama also refers to Israel as a Jewish state.

Netanyahu Humiliates Obama and America – Again

Sembler, who took Romney to Israel in 2007, said the former governor “gets it.” He recalled the overflight of the country, requisite for VIP guests, and a view of the security fence.

“I remember us flying around with the two generals,” Sembler recalled. “The generals kept apologizing for the fence.

Governor Romney said, ‘Are the people on the other side of the fence shooting, because I see bullet marks.’ The generals said yes, so Governor Romney said, ‘Don’t apologize.’ ”

Romney in his speech suggested that Israel might become further isolated if Obama remains in office.

“Will Iran be a fully activated nuclear weapons state, threatening its neighbors, dominating the world’s oil supply with a stranglehold on the Strait of Hormuz?” he asked. “In the hands of the ayatollahs, a nuclear Iran is nothing less than an existential threat to Israel. Iran’s suicidal fanatics could blackmail the world.

“By 2015, will Israel be even more isolated by a hostile international community? Will those who seek Israel’s destruction feel emboldened by American ambivalence? Will Israel have been forced to fight yet another war to protect its citizens and its right to exist?”

Dov Zakheim resigned as Pentagon Comptroller and Chief Financial Officer at the beginning of March when it was revealed that he is unable to account for the disappearance of a trillion dollars ($1,000,000,000,000). It is unlikely that this will receive much coverage in the mainstream media.
Romney said that as president he would “enhance our deterrent against the Iranian regime by ordering the regular presence of aircraft carrier task forces, one in the eastern Mediterranean and one in the Persian Gulf region.

I will begin discussions with Israel to increase the level of our military assistance and coordination. And I will again reiterate that Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon is unacceptable.”

He also said he would centralize U.S. Middle East policy to ensure “that the Arab Spring does not fade into a long winter.”

The speech came a day after Romney published a list of his foreign policy advisers, including many who have been active in or are close to the pro-Israel community, such as Norm Coleman, the former U.S. senator from Minnesota who is now active with the Republican Jewish Coalition.

And then there was Dan Senor, the co-author of a book on Israeli technological innovation who often works with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee; and Dov Zakheim, a former top Pentagon official in various Republican administrations who also is active with the American Jewish Committee.

Zakheim said that Romney was approaching his foreign policy the same way he approached governance of Massachusetts, where he earned plaudits from Democrats for taxing corporations despite his closeness to business.

“He seems to be the kind of guy who wants a range of opinions,” Zakheim said. “He chose a lot of folks from all over the spectrum.”

Indeed, Zakheim and another adviser, Meghan O’Sullivan, have feet in the realist camp of GOP foreign policy, while Senor and Coleman are closer to neoconservatives.

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Allison Weir – The CNI President
CNI seeks to encourage and promote a U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East that is consistent with American values, protects our national interests, and contributes to a just solution of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

It is CNI’s goal to restore a political environment in America in which voters and their elected officials are free from the undue influence and pressure of foreign countries and their partisans.

The Council for the National Interest Foundation (CNIF) is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides information and analysis on the Middle East, its relationship

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2011/10/16/romneys-foreign-policy-advisors-are-culled-from-the-pro-israel-community/

JC
October 16, 2011 – 12:47 pm
“I can’t believe as a Jew that anyone is going to be involved in someone’s religion,” Mel Sembler, a shopping center magnate and leading Republican donor who is backing Romney, told JTA. “What’s that got to do with running the biggest enterprise in the world?”

“bigget enterprise in the world?” It should now be obvious to all you USAn’s – you are not citizens. You are employees.

Reply
Youssef – Beirut
October 16, 2011 – 8:29 pm
Employees or slaves?

Isn’t this how we call it when it the employees who pay the salaries of the “bosses”?
Just a thought…

You’re being exploited, abused, and looking at it from the outside, you (the majority of USAn’s) seem to enjoy it. Otherwise you would have revolted long time ago says my logic.

Y.

Reply spktruth200
October 16, 2011 – 12:52 pm
FACT: It was not $l trillion the Rabbi couldnt account for…it was $3.9 trillion thats a fact. Anyone who doesnt understand that the zionist banksters own this country, then go to youtube and listern for yourselves and they speak openly about owning The White House (who is in it at the time), The Congres and the Senate. Why do you think the occupy wallstreet groups across this nation are speaking out. In my Group one of they young put “An End to Funding Israel”, it was immediately attacked by the zionists and the young republican ron paulers who tried to take over the meeting. Jews will vote for Obama, Zionists will vote for the repuke…closely aligned with the Evangelical nutbags here and the zionistas in Israel.

Reply omop
October 16, 2011 – 2:27 pm
The more one becomes aware of whom Mr. Romney’s choices as his chief advisors on foreign policies are the more one is convinced of Mr. Romney’s as an appeaser rather than an American statesman. Winston Churchill is quoted as having said, “An appeaser is one, who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.”

Reply rgalton
October 16, 2011 – 2:51 pm
Dov Zakheim is not just a traitor, he was a senior planner of 9/11. Romney has made it perfectly clear that he works for the Tribe, not the interests of the United States.

Tragically almost all of the other candidates are equally bought and paid for. Herman Cain and Michelle Bachmann are no better. Ron Paul is the only hope.

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Bob Loblaw Jr
October 17, 2011 – 10:27 am
Look deeper.

Reply MMcmillan
October 16, 2011 – 3:22 pm
This is just incredible. They are literally destroying our country.
There is no free lunch. Even though we might be the richest economy in the world, at some point these trillions we are wasting have to be paid. There is no way we can afford this. This is going to severely downgrade our economy at the least or bring about depression at some point.
Meanwhile, China is growing and expanding its trading dominance throughout the middle east and Africa while we are being shut out and effectively boycotted. Their politicians are busy visiting these countries signing major business contracts while our congress members are busy listening to Glenn Beck in Israel.

Reply Vox
October 16, 2011 – 4:46 pm
Now That’s a bombshell. Who’da thunk it?

Reply Vox
October 16, 2011 – 4:47 pm
Actually it would have made for more of an article if they had not been.

Not like anyone here would be surprised to learn this.

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rgalton
October 16, 2011 – 6:00 pm
Complete Jewish control of Romney – not a surprise at all. The brazen involvement of a senior 9/11 planner – that does surprise me a little, but perhaps I’m naive about just how hubristic they have become.

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Jim W. Dean
October 16, 2011 – 6:49 pm
Same old American humiliation here…with all the candidates tripping over themselves competing over who can be the best sell out to Israel. Wake me up when one says he is going to clean out Israeli espionage with a scorched earth policy in his first 12 months as president.

Reply Debbie Menon
October 17, 2011 – 10:20 am
Well, the so-called “neocons,” Israeli firsters calling themselves “foreign policy advisers” are circling every Presidential Candidate like vultures. Each of them should be picked out, stripped and exposed to the public for who they really are.

Reply bahmi
October 17, 2011 – 12:32 pm
Come now, are we talking Jewish control or Zionist control of Romney? Not all Jews are Zionists, not all Zionists are Jews.
Zakheim was the head financial honcho at Pentagon when Rummy announced on 9/10 that 2.3 trillion bucks just disappeared into thin air…..apparently, Dov Zakheim has been forgiven, in fact, he’s been given a raise for the amnesia. Imagine getting paid to forget.
How does an elected politician go to Washington and then start and continue sucking up to the Zionists right of the bat? The pol gets the obligatory trip to Israel courtesy of AIPAC, gets his little attitude correction, and then becomes a good little doobie the rest of his term. Amazingly, he finds that his bankroll has huffed, puffed, and gotten larger! Miracle of miracles!! This crap happens all the time and WE get to pay for the privilege of getting the Tel Aviv cornhole.

Reply Pacific Islander
October 17, 2011 – 9:58 am
Not a lover of Obama, but this conservative will vote for whichever candidate is less in the pocket of the Jews.

Hard to believe people still don’t see what’s been going on full-throttle since the collapse of the USSR. Those with ears, hear! Those with eyes, see!

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bahmi
October 17, 2011 – 12:35 pm
Please tell us how you, of all people, will know, truly know, which candidate is LESS in the pocket of the Jews. You have trouble differentiating scrambled from over easy.

THE IRON CURTAIN AROUND AMERICA- BOOK WRITTEN IN THE 50s EXPLAINS HOW IT WAS EVER THUS- JUST AMERICANS ARE ONLY NOW WAKING UP TO THE FACT!……..MILITARY INTELLIGENCE OFFICER- HE WAS IN THE RIGHT PLACE TO KNOW!

ROOSEVELT AND HIS 73……NEVER MENTIONED- NOT EVEN IN PASSING- YET THIS WAS VERY-VERY IMPORTANT WHEN ONE LOOKS BACK TO WW2 AND IT’S CAUSES!

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