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GOP Rising: Gingrich, Cantor dominate at AIPAC 2009 (Video)

Republicans out in force

I have of course been rigorously following events at the 2009 AIPAC conference, having viewed almost all the video thus far one thing is clear. Some of the speakers have stood head & shoulders above the general crowd with stirring words, and even more sound ideas.

Whip it good..

The minority whip, Eric Cantor gave a heartfelt speech referencing his Jewish roots and lessons learned with stark warnings to American supporters of Israel and Jewish Americans in general, he eloquently chastised American Jewry for being asleep regarding the mounting threats from Iran, the mounting anti semitism in American media, and the virulent anti Israel & anti American sentiments boiling over on American university campuses.

The theme was ‘when is it too late to act’, and the message was clear. American Jewry enamored with itself and others are waiting too long, averting their eyes to painful realities. It is a theme most reminiscent of the late 1930s.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_ZP7cu_19w

New America? – Gingrich steals the show..

Without question thus far, the most inspired speech and the one which really drew my attention was from Newt. It is no secret that with his new America foundation & concepts Gingrich is big on solutions, a rarity today. It is one thing to speak with emotion or clarity, another even to be able to parse through realities and highlight issues and threats succinctly, but to actually propose well thought out plans and solutions that is a rarity indeed.

Gingrich had the crowd on their feet over & over again and with good reason. Lookout, when a room packed with liberals applauds vigorously for themes & concepts flowing from a top notch conservative thinker it means there is something very valid in the message. Newt liberally tossed in a few plugs for his own projects which felt a bit canned, but his grasp of history, his ability to outline the challenges and solutions so succinctly, his no nonsense approach stewed in reality was refreshing and inspiring. He was without question a star at AIPAC 2009.

Here are some short highlights, the full speech roughly 20 minutes long is worth viewing at AIPAC.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZ6K7zOwpAE

Thus far, Obama’s own administration, and the Democrats speaking have been long on platitude, short on meat and potatoes. Biden & Kerry spent a lot of time calling for concessions from Israel and offering few solutions. One wonders when exactly American Jewry will indeed wake up as Cantor implores, if ever..

Cruising down J-Street: Obama Attacks Likud, Biden Attacks AIPAC!? (UPDATED Biden threatened AID cut)

‘Biden won’t take a back seat to no one’.. Except maybe to Iran
(Updated damagingly below)

In a strange supportive mixed-message play at American Jews & Media in the US Biden re-inforced his strong support of Israel, stating that Israeli decisions should be made in Jerusalem, that’s certainly sound and appreciated. Oddly, he then went on to trash AIPAC which is not..

[...] The Vice Presidential nominee vowed that the United States will “always standby Israel, without telling Israelis what they can and cannot do.”

Biden dismissed the prominent role played by the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC, saying the group “doesn’t speak for the entire Jewish community,” and it “doesn’t speak for the state of Israel, no matter what it insists on any occasion.”

The Delaware senator also attacked critics who have questioned his support of Israel saying, “I will take a back seat to no one, and again, no one, in AIPAC or any other organization, in terms of questioning my support of the State of Israel.” [...]

Obama Biden Call Shotgun in J-Street front seat?

The new hard left ‘Progressive Lobby Group’ J-Street seems to have deep ties to the Democrat ticket. Despite being nearly totally unknown, clearly not in Israel’s best interest policy wise, and not having anywhere near the support of Jewish Americans compared to AIPAC, if any. But J-Street does have something quite clutch – Obama & Biden fans it seems. It’s no wonder why, when you look at the ticket’s foreign policy spiel..

[...] Biden also questioned the wisdom of a pre-emptive U.S.-led attack on Iran, at a time when the U.S. is “bogged-down in Iraq,” adding that he has been “stunned by the incompetence” of the Bush administration in its handling of the war in Iraq.

Biden also defended his opposition to the The Kyl-Lieberman Iran amendment which called for labeling Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization and passed by a vote of 76 – 22, saying that he didn’t want to help the government find a “pretext for war with Iran”, especially in light of what he described as the Bush administration’s inept handling of the war in Iraq. [...]

One clearly begins to understand, that there will never be pre-text for striking Iran according to Biden, as taking any sort of action whatsoever even if benign might be interpreted as yet another step towards such a strike, heaven’s forbid this is anathema to this ticket and that’s fine. American policy should be decided in America. But even the threat of a strike – The single piece of real leverage America has is clearly not in the cards.

Easy come, easy go Israel policy?

It brings in to question how strongly Biden or Obama would really support allied Israel if IT felt it needed to strike in the end, support Israel would need badly. Clearly these two take a backseat in their own words to no one, American Jews or AIPAC included, and certainly not Israel legitimately, which is a foreign sovereign country. But somehow I get the feeling allies will not be riding along in the backseat with these guys, more like in the trunk.

Obama himself has already made his views on The Likud quite clear. Apparently as long as we here in ‘Jerusalem’ choose to drive on J-Street, choose appeasement, or surrender, and the Meretz Peace platform ‘to endanger the state’ supported by 1% of our own population, we should be just fine in the buddy department under the New Democrats. Phew!

But what happens if that’s not what we decide?

In that case it is very comforting knowing that this ticket disparages AIPAC, the closest American organizational friend Israel has in America, its number one ally in the world. Why did Obama pander to AIPAC in the first place if it’s not important? Who was he trying to impress, clearly not Joe Biden. It is also comforting that Obama disparages the Likud, the largest political party representing the largest slice of the Israeli electorate for the last decade in Israel, where Israelis themselves get to ‘decide’.

AIPAC responds:

[...] Joe Biden is a strong supporter of the US-Israel relationship,” said AIPAC spokesman Josh Block in response to Biden’s statements. “He’s been a staunch supporter of US aid to Israel, a leader in the fight against Palestinian terrorism and is a vocal advocate of the special relationship between the two democracies,” he continued. “We look forward to continuing to work with him in the Senate or the White House,” should he win.

“Barack Obama and Joe Biden have both enjoyed close and effective cooperation with AIPAC over many years, grounded in their respect for its important mission to support Israel’s security and a strong US-Israel relationship,” Obama spokeswoman Wendy Morigi said in a statement released later Wednesday. “That is a mission they share, and they look forward to continuing to work closely with AIPAC on their common goals.” [...]

Biden’s Big Mouth & Obama’s Big Talk

These guys & their 300 policy advisers are baffled as to why they can’t secure more of the Jewish vote stateside, is it any wonder? What with them attacking the Likud, AIPAC and preaching the virtues of J-Street? The bigger question might be how they have secured any of the American Jewish vote at all! Both these men are Pro-Israel, but the more they talk the more one wonders which Israel it is they are supporting in this election, the one that is an American ally and depends on the good people of the USA, or the one that will win them the most votes?

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UPDATE (HT SD) – Biden should probably ease off, in light of this damaging exchange with Israel’s Peace negotiating Prime Minister Begin..

The quotes came out a few days ago but were unsubstantiated, my right word has done some fantastic digging to bring up the relevant facts.

The exchange is between Likud Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel, and a younger Senator Joe Biden in 1982 around the time of Operation Peace for the Galilee (Lebanon War I) in which Biden to get his way threatens TO CUT OFF AID TO ISRAEL and is chided in return by Begin for his fair weather friendship..

New York Times, June 24, 1982:

Reporting on his meetings with the members of Congress, Mr. Begin said one of the senators had threatened to cut off aid if Israel continued creating settlements in the West Bank. The senator is reported to have been Joseph R. Biden Jr., Democrat of Delaware,

Mr. Begin cited the incident to give voice to a feeling that is held in his entourage – that Israel has rendered military service to the United States in battle-testing American arms.

“Sir, do not threaten us with cutting aid,” Mr. Begin said, in recounting his reply. “First of all, you should know that this is not a one-way street. You help us, and we are very grateful for your help, but this is a two-way street. We do a lot for you.”

Indeed, Mr Biden a pro Israel senator may want to ease up on the AIPAC bashing and aid cutting, lest someone like me get the wrong idea and think an Obama/Biden ticket might be a disaster for Israel..

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UPDATE MORE LINKS
the memeo is on the story now, Rosner who seems to have left the comforts of Haaretz and spread his wings a bit ties into the J-Street theme, while the Huffington Post keeps desperately trying to get the Jews for Jesus meme going and smear Palin, too bad we’ve already been there and done that, with Obama turning out the loser.

Joe Knows Israel: Lieberman joins Palin for AIPAC Thumbs Up

NBC’s First Read has the story (hatip hotair)

From NBC/NJ’s Matthew E. Berger
MINNEAPOLIS — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin today met with the board of directors of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, NBC/NJ has confirmed.

The meeting took place inside Palin’s hotel, sources said. A campaign official would not say who asked for the meeting, but said it was geared towards putting the American Jewish community at ease over her understanding of US-Middle East relations.

“That’s obviously going to be an issue,” the aide said. “It’s not like being the senator from New York, obviously. But these aren’t issues that are off her radar.” Palin, joined by Sen. Joe Lieberman, expressed her “heartfelt support for Israel” and spoke of the threats it faces from Iran and others, the campaign official said.

We had a good productive discussion on the importance of the U.S.-Israel relationship, and we were pleased that Gov. Palin expressed her deep, personal, and lifelong commitment to the safety and well-being of Israel,” AIPAC spokesman Josh Block said. “Like Sen. McCain, the vice presidential nominee understands and believes in the special friendship between the two democracies and would work to expand and deepen the strategic partnership in a McCain/Palin Administration.”

If Joe’s ok with it, I’m, ok with it.. But seriously (actually that’s true), it looks like glowing words from all parties and that’s a hearty thumbs up from our American friends at AIPAC, good news as now both campaigns are committed to maintaining a strong relationship.

Biden was out in Florida stumping to Jewish voters today shoring up Obama support in the swing vote.  As an Israeli these two have a long way to go to convince me they’d be a better fit with Israel overall in the US foreign policy department. Things like cuts to US Missile Defense (I live in a missile war zone, so I know how tasty missile defense is) and Iran leave something to be desired in the Democratic ticket. Joe Lieberman will be appearing tonight at the GOP convention to make a bi-partisan case for John McCain’s Presidency, no wonder Biden was in Florida today.. Fox says Joe may be a favorite for a McCain cabinet position, unlikely in an Obama administration I’d say.. Another glowing endorsement of Obama on foreign policy, Israel, and Bi-Partisanship.

Update: Obama took the day off today according to FNC, to receive his 1st comprehensive intelligence briefing from FBI headquarters, a special privilege for both nominees vaulting their security class up and getting them up to speed if needed.