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US Presidential Candidates’ Positions on Israel – Palestine, War, and Civil Liberties

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CNI summarizes the policy positions of President Obama and the top Republican nominees.

by Pamela Olson

Click on the links below or scroll down to see the candidates’ statements on Israel-Palestine, the wars, and Civil Liberties.

Israel/Palestine War against Iran Civil Liberties
Mitt Romney Pro-Israel, against Palestinian UN bid Increase the military by 100,00 troops, threaten Iran with military action Pro-Patriot Act & related measures
Newt Gingrich Pro-Israel, calls Palestinians an invented people Prefers imposing regime change through non-military methods, but force is an option Would strengthen Patriot Act
Rick Santorum Pro-Israel, the West Bank is legitimate Israeli territory Advocates air strikes against Iranian nuclear facilities Civil laws must comport with God’s law, pro-Patriot Act & related measures
Ron Paul Non-interventionist, end US aid to Israel Generally anti-war, against pre-emptive strike on Iran Opposed to the Patriot Act & related measures
Barak Obama Pro-Israel, opposes settlements, supports two-state solution along 1967 borders, but has done little to advance these positions All options are open Supported reauthorizing Patriot Act, has maintained or increased executive power

Mitt Romney
Israel/Palestine

Mitt Romney at the Mossad (Israeli intelligence agency) conference in 2007
“In his first 100 days, Mitt Romney will reaffirm as a vital U.S. national interest the existence of Israel as a Jewish state. To ensure Israel’s security, Mitt Romney will work closely with Israel to maintain its strategic military edge… With regard to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Mitt Romney will… reduce assistance to the Palestinians if they continue to pursue United Nations recognition or form a unity government that includes Hamas.”[17]

“Over the past three years, President Obama has… chastened Israel. He’s insulted its Prime Minister. And he’s been timid and weak in the face of the existential threat of a nuclear Iran.”[18]

War against Iran

One of Romney’s campaign ads claims that “violent, radical Islamist fundamentalism” is “this century’s nightmare.” Romney pledged to “increase the military by 100,000 troops.”[19]

“As the world’s greatest power, the United States will strive to set the international policy agenda, create a predictable economic and security environment that enables other countries to develop policies that are in conformity with our own… While America should work with others to advance our interests and values, America will always reserve the right to act alone to protect our vital interests.”[20]

“Mitt Romney believes that it is unacceptable for Iran to possess a nuclear weapon… In his first 100 days, [he will] make clear that the military option is on the table by ordering the regular presence of an aircraft carrier task force in both the Eastern Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf region simultaneously. He will also begin talks with Israel to increase military coordination and assistance and enhance intelligence sharing.”[21]

Civil Liberties

“Governor Mitt Romney raised the prospect of wiretapping mosques and conducting surveillance of foreign students in Massachusetts, as he issued a broad call yesterday for the federal government to devote far more money and attention to domestic intelligence gathering.”[22]

Romney supported the Patriot Act, federal wiretapping, and other post-9/11 measures that violate Constitutional rights and freedoms.

Newt Gingrich at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s 2012 Presidential Candidates Forum
Newt Gingrich
Israel/Palestine

“I think that we’ve had an invented Palestinian people, who are in fact Arabs… And they had a chance to go many places. And for a variety of political reasons [they] have sustained this war against Israel now since the 1940s.”[1]

“As President, on my first day in office, I will issue an executive order directing the US Embassy in Israel to be moved to Jerusalem as provided for in the legislation I introduced in Congress in 1995… The United States should explicitly reject the concept of a right of return for Palestinian refugees.”[2]

On January 6, 2012, Gingrich’s super PAC received a $5 million contribution from Sheldon Adelson, a billionaire with close ties to the far right in Israel. Adelson publicly approved of Gingrich’s statement that Palestinians are an ‘invented people.’[3]

War against Iran

Bombing Iranian nuclear sites, as some suggest, is “a fantasy,” he said, because many are underground. Instead, the United States must seek “regime change” in Tehran.[4]

“Unless they unilaterally disarm their entire system, we are going to replace [the Iranian] regime. We’re ideally going to do it non-militarily, but we are not going to tolerate an Iranian nuclear weapon.”[5]

“We need a strategy, as Rick Santorum was saying, of being honest about radical Islam and designing a strategy to defeat it wherever it happens to exist.”[6]

“The United States is ‘about where we were in 1946’ up against the Soviet Union, he said recently,” suggesting a possible decades-long Cold War with the Muslim world.[7]

“We are engaged in a long war against radical Islamism… a powerful and organized ideology within Islamic thought that is totally incompatible with the modern world.”[8]

Civil Liberties

On the PATRIOT Act: “I think looking at it carefully and extending it and building an honest understanding that all of us will be in danger for the rest of our lives… I’d look at strengthening it, because I think the dangers are literally that great.”[9]

Rick Santorum at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s 2012 Pres. Candidates Forum
Rick Santorum
Israel/Palestine

“All the people that live in the West Bank are Israelis. They are not Palestinians. There is no Palestinian. This is Israeli land.”

–Rick Santorum, November 21, 2011[10]

The West Bank “is legitimately Israeli country,” so Israelis “have a right to build things based upon their ownership of that land.”[11]

War against Iran

“We will degrade those facilities through air strikes, and make it very public that we are doing that.”

–Rick Santorum on Meet the Press, January 1, 2012[12]

“On occasion scientists working on the nuclear program in Iran turn up dead. I think that’s a wonderful thing, candidly.”

–Rick Santorum at an October 2011 campaign stop in Greenville, SC[13]

“[T]he fight against Islamic fascism is the great test of our generation. Leaders are obliged to articulate this threat and to propose what is necessary to defeat it.”[14]

“We need to change our information operations abroad to promote our core values of freedom, equality, and democracy—just as we did with the Soviet Empire in the 1980s.”[15]

Civil Liberties

“Our civil laws have to comport with a higher law. God’s law… And not any God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”[16]

Santorum supported the Patriot Act, federal wiretapping, and other post-9/11 measures that violate Constitutional rights and freedoms.

Ron Paul
Israel/Palestine

“The position that we should hold [in Israel/Palestine] is that we should be on neither side… Even though Israel did the invading of Gaza, we, the United States, will be blamed for it. And there’s some truth to this, because Israel depends on us… and they really got a green light from our administration… It just means that we have just antagonized the Muslim Arab world even more so than ever before, and unfortunately we’ll suffer the consequences of this.”[32]

“Our policies of intervention and manipulation in Iran and Iraq and other places have led to unintended consequences and have not made Israel safer. Many in the Jewish community share my opinion, and it’s vital for both nations that we continue to have an open dialogue.”[33]

“I would treat [Israel/Palestine] like the rest of the world. I’d want to be friends. I wouldn’t want to interfere. I wouldn’t send money. I would let people sort out their problems.”[34]

War against Iran

“We’re involved in wars in Afghanistan, we’re escalating the war there. We’re pretending the war is over in Iraq, which it is not, and it’s draining us. It’s draining us emotionally, certainly it’s draining us financially, and as this whole area blows up, where are we even going to get the funds to keep this militarism going? And yet nobody in Washington’s really considering… cutting back on the world empire.”[35]

Ron Paul told Iowa voters in December that he would not launch a preemptive strike on Iran because “they don’t threaten our national security.”[36]

Regarding war against Iran, Paul said in a GOP debate in November, “I’m afraid what’s going on right now is similar to the war propaganda that went on against Iraq.”[37]

Civil Liberties

“Everything we have done in response to the 9-11 attacks, from the Patriot Act to the war in Iraq, has reduced freedom in America.”[38]

If elected, Ron Paul pledges to “guarantee our intelligence community’s efforts are directed toward legitimate threats and not spying on innocent Americans through unconstitutional power grabs like the Patriot Act” and “prevent the TSA from forcing Americans to either be groped or ogled just to travel on an airplane and ultimately abolish the unconstitutional agency.”[39]

“I think the Patriot Act is unpatriotic because it undermines our liberty… our early founders were very clear. They said, don’t be willing to sacrifice liberty for security… You can still provide security without sacrificing our Bill of Rights.”[40]

Barak Obama appearing at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC
Barak Obama appearing at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC):

Barack ObamaIsrael/Palestine: On June 3, 2008, Barak Obama secured enough delegates to become the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party for the 2008 presidential election. The very next day, he gave a speech at AIPAC, the main institution of the Israel lobby, calling Israel’s security ‘sacrosanct’ and ‘non-negotiable.’

[23]He appointed Rahm Emanuel, whose father is Israeli and who supported the Iraq War and volunteered with the Israeli army during the Gulf War, as his White House chief of staff.

[24]The Obama administration has called settlement expansion “unhelpful” and publicly supports the formation of a Palestinian state. But the Obama administration has done nothing serious to pressure the Israelis to comply, and so far the Israeli government has flouted the wishes of the Obama administration with impunity.Yet Obama secretly sold Israel bunker-busting bombs, which the Israeli government had requested under the Bush administration, and cast the only UN veto of his administration against a Security Council resolution condemning settlement expansion. Obama has also taken US financial assistance to Israel to record levels. He opposed the Goldstone Report, stood with Israel when it killed nine civilians aboard the Mavi Marmara, and derailed Palestinian attempts to unilaterally declare statehood at the UN. (He threatened to veto any move by the Palestinians to gain recognition at the UN and engaged in quiet but intense diplomacy to discourage other countries from recognizing Palestine as a state.)

[25]“This support in the international community is coupled with unprecedented military and security cooperation with Israel under President Obama. The administration sent Israel the largest-ever security-assistance funding in 2010 ($2.775 billion) and raised that to $3 billion for 2011 – spending over 50 percent of the Pentagon’s Foreign Military Finance Program’s budget on Israel – and has provided about $200 million annually to US-Israel joint missile defense programs. The Obama administration has also granted Israeli forces access to advanced US military hardware (such as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter), emergency stockpiles and free or discounted equipment. Under President Obama, US forces conducted the largest ever US-Israel military exercise, Juniper Cobra – sending a clear message to Israel’s enemies about President Obama’s commitment to Israel’s security.”

[26]“I was in uniform for decades – I can hardly remember a better period of support, American support and cooperation and similar strategic understanding of events around us than what we have right now.”–Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak, August 2011

[27]“We have not had a better friend than President Obama… Cooperation has never been better upon issues which are of the most sensitive and most [important] to our collective security and well-being.”–Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, September 2011

[28]War against IranBen Rhodes, White House deputy national security advisor, responded to the GOP debaters’ critique of President Obama’s handling of Iran. “This president has never hesitated with action,” Rhodes told CBS News, adding that problems aren’t solved through “rhetoric alone” and all options are open.

[29]Civil LibertiesObama supported reauthorizing the Patriot Act and supports warrantless wiretapping. His administration has been at least as secretive as Bush’s despite promises of transparency and accountability.

[30]The Obama administration has retained and increased the powers acquired by the US government since 9/11, including assassination of US citizens, indefinite detention, warrantless searches, using secret evidence in trials, committing actions defined as war crimes by international law, and extraordinary rendition.

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[1] Alexander Marquardt, “Newt Gingrich ‘Ignorant,’ ‘Racist’ Say Palestinians,” ABC News, December 10, 2011. http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/12/newt-gingrich-ignorant-racist-say-palestinians

[2] Newt Gingrich, “New Stands with Israel,” Campaign Website of Newt Gingrich, December 7, 2011. http://www.newt.org/news/video-newt-stands-israel

[3] Revital Blumenfeld, “Sheldon Adelson to Birthright group: Gingrich is right to call Palestinians ‘invented people’,” Haaretz, December 26, 2011. http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/sheldon-adelson-to-birthright-group-gingrich-is-right-to-call-palestinians-invented-people-1.403671

[4] Trip Gabriel, “Gingrich’s Foreign Policy Words Summon the Cold War, but Enemy Is Iran,” New York Times, December 14, 2011. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/15/us/politics/gingrichs-foreign-policy-words-summon-the-cold-war-but-enemy-is-iran.html

[5] Michael Crowley, “Newt Gingrich Contemplates War with Iran,” TIME, December 13, 2011. http://swampland.time.com/2011/12/13/newt-gingrich-contemplates-war-with-iran

[6] Juan Cole, “Gingrich Urges War with Iran and Skyrocketing Oil Prices,” Informed Comment, November 23, 2011. http://www.juancole.com/2011/11/gingrich-urges-war-with-iran-and-skyrocketing-oil-prices.html

[7] Trip Gabriel, “Gingrich’s Foreign Policy Words Summon the Cold War, but Enemy Is Iran,” New York Times, December 14, 2011. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/15/us/politics/gingrichs-foreign-policy-words-summon-the-cold-war-but-enemy-is-iran.html

[8] Newt Gingrich, “Tell the Truth about National Security,” Campaign Website of Newt Gingrich, 2012. http://www.newt.org/solutions/tell-truth-about-national-security

[9] “Sparks fly over the Patriot Act,” Fox News, November 22, 2011. http://nation.foxnews.com/newt-gingrich/2011/11/22/gingrich-and-paul-debate-patriot-act

[10] Glenn Kessler, “The Fact Checker: Rick Santorum’s claim that ‘no Palestinian’ lives in the West Bank,” Washington Post, January 5, 2012. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/rick-santorums-claim-that-no-palestinian-lives-on-the-west-bank/2012/01/04/gIQAcxsIbP_blog.html

[11] Robert Mackey, “Santorum Insists West Bank Is ‘Part of Israel’,” The Lede Blog, New York Times, January 5, 2012. http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/05/santorum-insists-west-bank-is-part-of-israel

[12] Michael Ono, “Santorum Says He Would Bomb Iran’s Nuclear Plants,” ABC News, January 1, 2012. http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/01/santorum-says-he-would-bomb-irans-nuclear-plants

[13] Michael Brendan Dougherty, “Rick Santorum: Dead Foreign Scientists Are A ‘Wonderful Thing’ (Video),” Business Insider, October 27, 2011. http://www.businessinsider.com/rick-santorum-dead-north-korean-scientists-are-a-wonderful-thing-2011-10

[14] Rick Santorum, “In Rebuttal: Islamic fascists vs. Islam itself,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 7, 2006. http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06250/719619-109.stm

[15] Rick Santorum, “10 Steps to Promote our Interests around the World,” Campaign Website of Rick Santorum, 2012. http://www.ricksantorum.com/10-steps-promote-our-interests-around-world

[16] Dein Obeidallah, “Santorum wants to impose ‘Judeo-Christian Sharia’,” CNN, January 5, 2012. http://articles.cnn.com/2012-01-05/opinion/opinion_obeidallah-santorum-sharia_1_rick-santorum-santorum-two-santorum-one

[17] Mitt Romney, “Fact Sheet: Mitt Romney’s Strategy to Ensure an American Century,” Campaign Website of Mitt Romney, October 7, 2011. http://mittromney.com/blogs/mitts-view/2011/10/fact-sheet-mitt-romneys-strategy-ensure-american-century

[18] Jim Lobe, “Republican Frontrunner Mitt Romney Touts Neoconservative Foreign Policy,” Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, December 2011. http://www.wrmea.com/component/content/article/374-2011-december/10915-election-watch-republican-frontrunner-mitt-romney-touts-neoconservative-foreign-policy.html

[19] Theresa Cook, “Romney’s ‘Jihad’ thread ad,” ABC News, October 12, 2007. http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2007/10/romneys-jihad-a

[20] Mitt Romney, “Fact Sheet: Mitt Romney’s Strategy to Ensure an American Century,” Campaign Website of Mitt Romney, October 7, 2011. http://mittromney.com/blogs/mitts-view/2011/10/fact-sheet-mitt-romneys-strategy-ensure-american-century

[21] Mitt Romney, “Fact Sheet: Mitt Romney’s Strategy to Ensure an American Century,” Campaign Website of Mitt Romney, October 7, 2011. http://mittromney.com/blogs/mitts-view/2011/10/fact-sheet-mitt-romneys-strategy-ensure-american-century

[22] Scott Helman, “Wiretap Mosques, Romney suggests,” Boston Globe, September 15, 2005. http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2005/09/15/wiretap_mosques_romney_suggests

[23] “Transcript: Obama’s Speech at AIPAC,” NPR, June 4, 2008. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=91150432

[24] Michael Scherer, “Rahm Emanuel’s Father Problem,” TIME, November 13, 2008. http://swampland.time.com/2008/11/13/rahm-emanuels-father-problem

[25] Steve Sheffey, “Obama, by his actions, has earned the pro-Israel vote,” Chicago Sun-Times, January 14, 2012. http://www.suntimes.com/news/otherviews/9975366-452/obama-by-his-actions-has-earned-the-pro-israel-vote.html

[26] Robert Wexler, “Defending Obama’s pro-Israel credentials,” Jerusalem Post, September 22, 2011. http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Op-EdContributors/Article.aspx?id=238954

[27] Robert Wexler, “Defending Obama’s pro-Israel credentials,” Jerusalem Post, September 22, 2011. http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Op-EdContributors/Article.aspx?id=238954

[28] Robert Wexler, “Defending Obama’s pro-Israel credentials,” Jerusalem Post, September 22, 2011. http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Op-EdContributors/Article.aspx?id=238954

[29] Brian Montopoli, “Romney, Gingrich at GOP debate: We’d go to war to keep Iran from getting nuclear weapons,” CBS News, November 12, 2011. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57323686-503544/romney-gingrich-at-gop-debate-wed-go-to-war-to-keep-iran-from-getting-nuclear-weapons

[30] Editorial, “We Can’t Tell You,” New York Times, April 3, 2010. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/04/opinion/04sun1.html

[31] Jonathan Turley, “10 reasons the U.S. is no longer the land of the free,” Washington Post, January 13, 2012. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/is-the-united-states-still-the-land-of-the-free/2012/01/04/gIQAvcD1wP_story.html(Here’s the same article reprinted elsewhere in case you have trouble accessing it: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/01/14-6)

[32] Ron Paul on Gaza, Youtube, January 3, 2009. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08gTWqWrI4M

[33] Chemi Shalev, “Ron Paul tells Haaretz: I am not an anti-Semite,” Haaretz, December 28, 2011. http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/west-of-eden/ron-paul-tells-haaretz-i-am-not-an-anti-semite-1.404208

[34] Michael Gillespie, “In Iowa, Rep. Ron Paul Upstages Six Republican Presidential Hopefuls,” Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, September/October 2007. http://www.wrmea.com/component/content/article/313-2007-september-october/9461-waging-peace-in-iowa-rep-ron-paul-upstages-six-republican-presidential-hopefuls.html

[35] Ron Paul on Gaza, Youtube, January 3, 2009. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08gTWqWrI4M

[36] Jason M. Volack, “Ron Paul: Iran Does Not Threaten Our National Security,” ABC News, December 30, 2011. http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/12/ron-paul-iran-does-not-threaten-our-national-security

[37] Brian Montopoli, “Romney, Gingrich at GOP debate: We’d go to war to keep Iran from getting nuclear weapons,” CBS News, November 12, 2011. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57323686-503544/romney-gingrich-at-gop-debate-wed-go-to-war-to-keep-iran-from-getting-nuclear-weapons

[38] Ron Paul, “The 9-11 Commission Charade,” LewRockwell.com, August 24, 2004. http://www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul200.html

[39] Ron Paul, “National Defense,” Campaign website of Ron Paul, 2012. http://www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/national-defense

[40] “Sparks fly over the Patriot Act,” Fox News, November 22, 2011.http://nation.foxnews.com/newt-gingrich/2011/11/22/gingrich-and-paul-debate-patriot-act

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Peter Macdonald · UNH
Look at what is happening right here in the USA. Lets talk about the wrongs here.

News Media Policy.
My introduction and my efforts to run for any political position in NH is controlled by news media policy to protect the public from someone like me that a special class in this civilized society of NH tells the public that I am a danger. It is the peoples Constitutional right to decide the uncensored truth from what the individual candidate has to say. To have a news media that blocks the citizens of NH from being informed voters freely and with out editorial control is the basic foundation of what our forefathers built the USA on. I am a 100% disabled US Marine with four service connected disabilities. I may not be the best choice to be on the Oyster River School board but that should be a majority of the voters that de…cide. The News Media can claim my letters are libelous but they are read world wide on the web every day because they are factual and the truth. I volunteered several times a week in schools around NH for twenty years until NH declared me a terrorist and took my freedom for six months under the Patriot Act. The bogus charges were dropped but I could no longer volunteer to help our children. The news media and NH government block the public from my opinion letters to protect public officials with good reputations that have committed criminal acts.
As a volunteer helping a Madbury NH family, we took a case of criminal wrongs to the NH Supreme Court. Judge Peter Fauver criminally violated the Constitution to enable the Madbury NH selectmen to take from local residents for the selectmen’s own personal gain using the trusted power of government. The NH SC refused to hear the case. Governor Lynch made me pay money to speak with him of these government wrongs. I have the receipt but the governor refuses to speak with this voter. The Constitutional crimes and cover-ups by NH trusted government officials from the NH Supreme Court down are sanctioned by the news media to protect that special class of citizens. I ran for NH State Senate last election but the voters were censored to protect the public from a danger being elected. The truth is a powerful weapon as long as Hitler like media control is not implemented to rain power to dominate the uninformed voter.
I have attempted suicide as recently as the other day while in a flashback of my USMC tour. PTSD combined with TBI along with my broken back injury from during a Vietnam Offensive and my loss of hearing from another offensive go untreated as our government stopped my VA medical care to stop my free speech. This is the exact reason the news media was given Constitutional protection as our forefathers saw the need for Freedom of the Press. Using any individual’s health to control is a criminal act that a civilized society cannot tolerate.
This is a letter that may not help me get elected but it is the truth and well-informed voters must be made aware of the complete truth.
I ask for your vote this coming election to teach our children the true meaning of what the USA stands for.
Peter Macdonald Sgt USMC Semper Fi.
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Elizabeth Allen · Top Commenter · Wilmington, Delaware
Its not just NH, its everywhere. I ran for office twice and the local media demonized me to no end. The lies, distortions were enough to make one sick. A friend of mine ran for congress a few years ago. She was given a list of questions and Answers from the Jewish Community Center. Prior to tha meeting she was beating the repuke by 10%. At the forum they asked her, “Do you support Israel”. She said, “I am a researcher before I support any foreign government I would have to do research to determine whether or not they needed US aid”. That was the end of her. The next day the zionists started robo calls up and down the state, “so and so will not stand with Israel”. She won the democratic primary but lost to the zionist owned republican. Now how is it possible that zionists and Jews make up 2% of the voting public, yet they control ALL our elections whether city, county, state or federal?

Patricia Blair · Top Commenter · Wichita State University
Of this group of candidates, it is obvious that Ron Paul is head above the others in support of the Constitution and American Civil Rights. Plus Ron Paul offers the best insight on Israel, Palestine, Iraq, Iran, foreign policy mistakes.

Rick MarinoI suggest several books for those interested in learning how we as American voters have been misled regarding the USA’s involvement with Israel for over 60 years. George Ball was previously the undersecretary to Kennedy and wrote a book “The Passionate Attachment” published in 1992. The book details many of Israel’s actions over the past 50 years and the truth underlying the lies purposefully fed us. For example, Israel knew the USS Liberty was an American vessel before they attacked it so to blind the USA in their effort to violate a cease fire and overruun Golan. Israel’s official response was they thought the vessel was an Egyptian warship. Details in Ball’s book explains otherwise. Eisenhower learned of Israel’s plan to take over the Suez Canal and though could not get Congressional support for fear of reprisal by Israel’s l…obbying groups toward Congressmen, George Ball notes Eisenhower stood toe to toe with Israel on his own. Eisenhower has been the ONLY president up to Bush with the “mojo” to do so. Ball’s book shows the maps of land allotments since the UNSCOP’s “Palestine Mandate” in 1947. For example, there were 1,350,000 Arabs and 650,000 Jewish inhabitants in 1947. Though the Arabs occupied 94% of the land and represented two-thirds of the population at the time, Arabs (Palestinians) were only premitted 44% of the land in the 1947 UN partition plan. Details in book include horrible acts by Israeli commandos such as the Deir Yassin massacre and jeeps backing up in the middle of the night with loud speakers and barrel bombs to roll down the main street and force Palestinians to flee to neighboring lands in the middle of the night. Ball revisits one of the most damaging traitors in US history Jonathan Pollard and how Israel was implicated in his actions.

Unless we as Americans are permitted to know the truth we can never employ our individual convictions of right and wrong to know who to support and when. What we are often left with are predominantly half-wit comments by most our TV hosts and political spins by politicians who, by a long stretch, are hardly recognizable as OUR politicians any longer. Reading this book will help all those who do so gain a deeper understanding of how our government causes us immeasurable harm when we spend money for foreign aid that filters back to lobbying groups that bribe and intimidate elected officials. A book “Blowback” by Chalmers Johnson further details the potential harm to the USA by inappropriately supporting other countries or intruding where we shouldn’t be doing so. Noam Chomsky’s “911” further questions our actions since 911 and how wrongfully our government has steered our nation. I also suggest the book published by John Mearsheimer “The Israel Lobby” who includes strong arguments on how the Israel’s lobbyists have actually caused more harm for Israel than expected and explains why’s there’s such an upswell within Israel’s population rank who are rethinking a strategy that has only perpetuated a continued sense of insecurity for the Jews and the Arab’s continued feeling of injustice and dispossession. Booyah!

Our democracy depends on more informed voters making the right decisions for us and no longer for the privileged few amongst us. I support Ron Paul’s notion we can’t afford to maintain our role as a policeman around the world. I support Ron Paul comments we need to put an end to gift giving to other countries since we are going further in debt and/or risking more inflation to do so. I suspect those who don’t agree haven’t read Noam Chomsky or Chalmers Johnson as yet but hope they will keep their mind open in the meantime. Confuscious say, “Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.” For all of us to keep learning don’t rely on Fox News, Glen Beck or Bill O’Reilly to do so…ain’t going to happen. You’ll get stupider instead.See More

Elizabeth Allen · Top Commenter · Wilmington, Delaware
Israel just shook down the American Government for another $3.2 billion in loan guarantees on top of the $3.l billion we gave them earlier in the year. Don’t tell me this country is not being blackmailed by these zionist bastards. Last week, the zionists called for Obama assasnation…no jail time for the zionist, an apology all that was necessary…that’s $6.3 billion! What the hell is going on here…we need that money for our new jobs, stop foreclosures, develop our infrastructure. Israel is robbing this nation blind…Bernacke, Wolfowitz and the worldwide international ponzi scheme of zionist bankers got all our frickin money plus loan guarantees. OccupyAipac….in DC March 3…jesus H. Christ…if you really care about this country…get to DC on that date…let the zionists see we are sick and tired and wont take their neo con war mongering threats anymore.

ricohands
January 25, 2012 – 4:18 pm
Where did it all go SO wrong one can only ask.

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FireBreather
January 27, 2012 – 4:14 am
btw what does ? ……….. “”” “In his first 100 days, Mitt Romney will reaffirm as a vital U.S. national interest the existence of Israel as a Jewish state. “””

does that mean you want that place to offload your shit ?

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January 25, 2012 – 5:41 pm
From Mondoweiss: More than 100 organizations are moving ahead to “Occupy AIPAC” at the beginning of March in Washington. It will be some party near the convention center– a lot of coalition-building and consciousness-raising. “We are the 99 percent, from Cairo to NY, from Jerusalem to DC.”

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robertjohnson
January 25, 2012 – 6:20 pm
I hope somebody soon opens the eyes to the evil that Zionism is bring and has brought to the world!

Log in to Reply truthman
January 25, 2012 – 8:34 pm
Let us ALL protect and defend the US Constitution, as we are ALL sworn to do as US Citizens or members of the military. And that INCLUDES against ALL enemies Foreign AND DOMESTIC. We have domestic enemies and have had for almost 100 years. They are growing closer to their goal of complete domination and usurpation of the US Constitution. My hopes and prayers are directed to ALL of the readers of this site: that YOU WILL UPHOLD YOUR OATHS AND DO DUE DILIGENCE TO DEFEND THE US CONSTITUTION AS YOU HAVE SWORN TO DO.

You didn’t SWEAR to defend your government, your leaders, or the military or anything else. You SWORE to defend the US CONSTITUTION. And THAT, is what protects YOUR freedoms AND mine.

Please stand by that oath, and things will be OK.

Peace

Log in to Reply AntiZ
January 26, 2012 – 12:44 am
Seeing as 300 million people are too spineless to do anything about this Zionist takeover of their country , to apathetic to do anything about the Patriot Act and Indefinite Detention , I sincerely hope they can at least tick Ron Paul’s box come election time(it’s the LEAST they can do) ! As for the Militia warnings on youtube , all they have done is embolden the Zionists . They have repeatedly warned of an imminent reprisal if their calls for freedom and justice are ignored , well , the Razor wire gates are about to be slammed shut on their asses and not a squeak from them . The kids in the OWS they swore to protect are still being shot at with Tear Gas canisters , still dragged along the pavement and thrown into the Paddy Wagons and not a word . When the Humvees pull into their street and drag a family out , the neighbors will scurry inside and pear out the windows . The USS Enterprise is about to be detonated with 1700 souls on board in another 911 , it’s about an 80% certainty and yet I bet , not one other email to the Coast Guard (except mine) demanding they board the ship and look for explosives under and within . Obama is supposed to be sitting in a Court House in Georgia on the 26th , it would be a perfect time to sink it as he will be rushed away as Commander and Chief to rally the troops for an attack on Iran . America is the greatest threat to World Peace and in fact the Planet , no other threat in the history of the Universe , including errant meteors has brought the Planet this close to the brink of destruction . 4 major king pins are causing all this threat , Netanyahu , Barak , Lieberman and Obama and they walk around without a care knowing not a person in America has the balls to do anything .

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Tomer
January 26, 2012 – 5:37 am
The voting in Iowa, NH and SC show that Ron Paul have no chance of ever winning the nomination or the election coming november.
It is a Hollywood show and just like in the movies, the handsome guy get the gal every time.
Our uneducated and ignorant citizens proved it again, that they are unable to see behind the screen
hiding the filth of those politicians.
Each nation gets the leader it deserves

Log in to Reply FireBreather
January 27, 2012 – 12:58 am

” so much for the land of the free & the home of the brave! ” ………. lol

Log in to Reply Tom Valentine
January 26, 2012 – 10:48 am
How many of you listen to, or watch Mike Rivero? Radio Free America lives.

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