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Obama’s ‘Hit Man’ Emanuel Splitting American Jews

by Bob in Breckenridge ( 23 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Democratic Party, Israel, Judaism, Palestinians, Politics at July 31st, 2009 - 1:34 pm

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has denied calling White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and senior Obama advisor David Axelrod “self-hating Jews.” The alleged use of that term is particularly timely as Jews mourn on Thursday the destruction of the First and Second Holy Temples; Judaism teaches that “causeless hatred” among Jews was the reason for the fall of the Second Temple.

Whether or not the Prime Minister used the term, increasing criticism by American Jews of U.S. President Barack Obama signals a split in the American Jewish community.

The trigger for the growing crisis between Israel and the U.S., and among American Jews, is the issue of “settlements,” which President Obama labeled as “illegitimate” in his speech in Cairo nearly two months ago. He later included Jewish communities in eastern Jerusalem as part of the “settlement” label.

President Obama revealed this week that his White House advisor Rahm Emanuel, whose father was an Israeli and part of the underground resistance movement under the British Mandate, tells him everything he needs to know about Israel.

Emanuel also is the man who choreographed the handshake between former President Bill Clinton, former Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin and Yasser Arafat on the White House lawn.

He has pushed the president into a head-on collision with the Netanyahu government, but there is a growing opinion that he has also left the president out on a limb. Emanuel’s strategy was to demonstrate that the pro-Israel lobby American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) no longer speaks for American Jewry.

Mondoweis Blogger Philip Weis, who continually attacks a Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria and eastern Jerusalem, wrote last month, “Obama’s game is to defeat the Israel lobby from within. He could not defeat the lobby from outside it…. But now he is cracking it like a nut, and counting on Jews to do the cracking.”

That strategy has turned into a wall of opposition, both in Israel, where the president’s popularity rating is near-zero, in the U.S. where Emanuel has simply ignored opposing views of major Jewish organizations, and in the normally anti-settlement American press.

Washington Post vs. Obama
The liberal and highly influential Washington Post has criticized President Obama on his policy towards Israel, and an editorial on Thursday went even further. Under the title “Tough on Israel – Why: President Obama’s battle against Jewish settlements could prove self-defeating,” the newspaper’s editors wrote:

“One of the more striking results of the Obama administration’s first six months is that only one country has worse relations with the United States than it did in January: Israel. The new administration has pushed a reset button with Russia and sent new ambassadors to Syria and Venezuela; it has offered olive branches to Cuba and Burma. But for nearly three months it has been locked in a public confrontation with Israel over Jewish housing construction in Jerusalem and the West Bank.”

The editorial criticized the president for his “absolutist demand” for a freeze on all building for Jews in Judea and Samaria and eastern Jerusalem. “Palestinian and Arab leaders who had accepted previous compromises immediately hardened their positions; they also balked at delivering the ‘confidence-building’ concessions to Israel that the administration seeks. Israeli public opinion, which normally leans against the settler movement, has rallied behind Mr. Netanyahu.”

The newspaper warned that any compromise by President Obama may leave him “diminished among both Israelis and Arabs.”

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23 Responses to “Obama’s ‘Hit Man’ Emanuel Splitting American Jews”
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  1. smokefire
    1 | July 31, 2009 2:07 pm

    Could not have happened to a nicer person. One hopes that the ice under Rahms feet, breaks and he sinks below the water.

  2. Bumr50
    2 | July 31, 2009 2:23 pm

    Only a Socialist lib like Obama could possibly think that installing his buddy to be his token Jew would placate the Jewish American population, and expect them to side with him as he tries to diminish the nation of Israel as if it were equal to “palestine,” whatever that is.

  3. 3 | July 31, 2009 2:25 pm

    When Obama met with the so-called “Jewish leaders” not too long ago (they should have appropriately been labeled the ‘very liberal, Obama loving, somewhat Jewish organization leaders) it was commented that the only reason a POTUS meets with Jews is not to learn from the Jews, but instead to get the Jews to do his bidding. This, unfortunately, has been a popular tactic for American Presidents.

    I hope this isn’t the case here, but from what I have heard about Rahm, I’m not optimistic.

    It seems that “settlements” are going to be a major issue in the upcoming years. Therefore, it pays to know the facts. We need to remember, and someone needs to inform Obama and Rahm of the following:

    Yoram Ettinger, a former liaison for Congressional affairs in Israel’s Washington embassy, lists in the latest of his periodic position papers some of the evidence showing that Judea and Samaria has Jewish, not Arab, roots.

    Area Always Known as “Judea and Samaria”

    Ettinger negates Obama’s claim – enunciated during his June 4, 2009 speech at Cairo University – that “the aspiration for a Jewish homeland is rooted in” the Holocaust. For one thing, Ettinger notes, many world-renowned travelers, historians and archeologists of earlier centuries refer to “Judea and Samaria,” while the term “West Bank” was coined only 60 years ago. Jordan gave the region this name when it occupied it after Israel’s War of Independence. No nation on earth other than Britain and Pakistan recognized Jordan’s claim to Judea and Samaria.

    Among the travelers, historians and archeologists who referred to Judea and Samaria are H. B. Tristram (The Land of Israel, 1865); Mark Twain (Innocents Abroad, 1867); R.A. MacAlister and Masterman (“Palestine Exploration Fund Quarterly”); A.P. Stanley (Sinai and Palestine, 1887); E. Robinson and E. Smith (Biblical Researches in Palestine, 1841); C.W. Van de Velde (Peise durch Syrien und Paletsinea, 1861); and Felix Bovet (Voyage en Taire Sainte, 1864). Even the Encyclopedia Britannica, as well as official British and Ottoman records until 1950, used the term Judea and Samaria, and not the West Bank.

    Land Was Named “Palestine” in Order to Erase Jewish Presence

    Ettinger goes even further back, and says that the name “Palestine” was given to the Holy Land for the sole purpose of erasing the previous name of the country – Judea – from human memory. The Romans, whose plan this was, similarly sought to extinguish Jewish presence in Jerusalem by renaming it Aelia Capitolina.

    Arabs Came in the Last 150 Years
    When speaking of “Palestinian national rights,” it must be similarly kept in mind, Ettinger notes, that most Arabs residing today in Israel – anywhere between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean -- have their origin in a massive 19th-20th century migration from Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and other Moslem countries.

    Town Names Betray Their True History

    Finally, Ettinger says that almost all Arab localities in Judea and Samaria have retained Biblical Jewish names, thus reaffirming their Jewish roots. Examples include the following:

    * Anata is Biblical (and contemporary) Anatot, the dwelling of the Prophet Jeremiah.
    * Batir is Biblical (and contemporary) Beitar, the headquarters of Bar Kochba, the leader of the Great Rebellion against the Roman Empire, which was suppressed in 135CE.
    * Beit-Hur is the biblical (and contemporary) Beit Horon, site of Judah the Maccabee’s victory over the Assyrians.
    * Beitin is biblical (and contemporary) Beit El, a site of the Holy Ark and Prophet Samuel’s court.
    * Bethlehem is mentioned 44 times in the Bible and is the birth place of King David.
    * Beit Jalla is biblical (and contemporary) Gilo, in southern Jerusalem, where Sennacherib set his camp, while besieging Jerusalem.
    * El-Jib is biblical (and contemporary) Gibeon, Joshua’s battleground known for his command to stop the sun and moon (Joshua 10:12).
    * Jaba’ is the biblical (and contemporary) Geva, site of King Saul’s son Jonathan’s victory over the Philistines.
    * Jenin is the biblical (and contemporary) Ein Ganim, a Levite town within the tribe of Issachar.
    * Mukhmas is biblical (and contemporary) Mikhmash, residence of Jonathan the Maccabee and site of King Saul’s fortress.
    * Seilun is biblical (and contemporary) Shilo, a site of Joshua’s tabernacle and the Holy Ark and Samuel’s youth.
    * Tequa is biblical (and contemporary) Tekoa, hometown of the Prophet Amos.

    Arabs Never Wanted Palestinian State

    In another of his posts, Ettinger has negated the US government position that a Palestinian state is the crux of the Arab-Israeli conflict and that its formation would resolve the situation. He cites proofs from recent history showing that Arab antipathy to Israel not only predates Palestinian concerns, but often sidesteps such interests.

    Israel’s war for its independence in 1948-9, for instance, was conducted by the Arab countries at the expense of Palestinian aspirations. Though Egypt conquered Gaza, and Jordan took Judea and Samaria, and Syria claimed the Golan, in none of these areas was a Palestinian government allowed.

    When Egypt conquered the Gaza Strip, it proceeded to prohibit Palestinian national activities and expel Palestinian leadership. Not only did Jordan not grant Palestinian independence to Judea and Samaria, it actually annexed these areas to its own country. When Syria occupied and annexed the Hama area in the Golan Heights, the Arab League outlawed a provisional Palestinian government there.

    In short, it can be concluded that Arab “rights” to a state in Judea and Samaria are historically weak and were long ignored by other Arab countries.

    From Israelnationalnews

  4. 4 | July 31, 2009 2:26 pm

    Obama is no friend of Israel

    But, let’s deal in reality here. What exactly is a Jewish “settlement” that Obama wants to destroy? Here are some picks of the heaven on Earth in Gaza that Sharon destroyed (for “peace” of course) in 2005.

    It has since been turned into the hell of hamasistan, run by Sharia Law where pre-pubescent little girls are sold to marry disgusting old men, and children are raised to be terrorists.

  5. smokefire
    5 | July 31, 2009 2:43 pm

    Story and some of the comments re: Senator Dodd’s cancer story. Safe to say there is not much “love” for Chris and his illness. This is just from one local paper. Checked several others and the results are the same.

    Dodd Diagnosed With Early-Stage Prostate Cancer

    Maybe he can get a VIP rate on his surgery.

    P.S. — Why not try out your beloved socialized medicine in the UK? Your little “Cottage” in Ireland must qualify you for fabulous treatment under the National Health Service ? The doc will see you in 2012. Surely better than Sloan Kettering on our dime !

    Sorry Senator, no surgery for you. Statiscally, at 65 y.o., you will die of something else before the prostate gets you. Therefore, your potential treatment is not allowed as part of our rationing process. And NO, you cannot pay for it or insure for it — private options are not allowed. Go comiserate with Senator Ted.

    He’ll do anything to get re-elected. Its sad to say but with his track record and his recent media blitz, this just may be a ploy to polish his permanently tarnished image. Sorry bucko, its too late.

    Maybe this corrupt liberal will see the folly of nationalized health care -- make him get on a months long waiting list for treatment. Oh wait, Senators will keep their private plan (that we pay 100 0for). I call this simple justice.

    Anything to make us feel sorry for the scum bag and take away from the attention of his sneaky deals. Don’t worry Chris… won’t be in office after the next election so you can take care of all your BS…..try learning how to fish, plant a tree, wash your own car, paint the house, like normal people,GOOD RIDDENCE

    Who cares?

    Who cares?

    Just what he needs for re-election. You can’t BUY this type of publicity people!!!!

    He better not get re-elected.

  6. m
    6 | July 31, 2009 2:49 pm

    Teen pregnant after ‘swimming in pool’

    With allan, all things are possible. /

  7. 7 | July 31, 2009 2:57 pm

    Frankly, I don’t understand the jews that vote liberal, particularly if they won’t vote conservative because they don’t like Christians.

    You can vote conservative and be with Christian Conservatives (for there are also MANY liberal christians, so that bigotry doesn’t even really apply) with which you share a common moral base…. or you can vote liberal and be with the folks that support everything that you’d find immoral (not to mention the direct support that the liberals give the islamic movement, which wants your death, and not to mention that Hitler’s nazi party was a socialist party)

    Why, then, would you vote liberal? Get your head our of your ass and start voting to protect your freedoms.

    To the jews that don’t vote conservative out of a disklike of christians….. get over the bigotry and fight for freedom, those you otherwise ally yourself with only seek your harm.

  8. smokefire
    8 | July 31, 2009 2:57 pm

    That racist cop, Crowley, how dare he help that disabled man down the stairs.


    Great Job Sarge, the real stand-up guy.

  9. 9 | July 31, 2009 3:07 pm

    re: #8 by smokefire

    I don’t understand it. Maybe I was missing something, but even Fox News was saying that the cop did something wrong when he responded to the Gates guy.

    From everything I’ve seen, Gates and Obama turned this into some racial thing, even sullying the neighbor who dialed 911 trying to watch out for her neighbor.

    A cop comes to a house where two people are trying to break in with a crowbar (A weapon). He tells them to stop and they go on a tirade (while holding the weapon) against the cop. They don’t show any ID when the cop asks and they refuse to cooperate with the policeman who is protecing the house from breaking after a neighbor called 911 saying that two men (to be edited by Gates and Obama to be two ‘black’ men, though the caller didn’t say that.) were trying to break into the home, trying to shove through the door with their shoulder at one point.

    When he continued to refuse to help the cop and did nothing but berate him and make racist statements (after all, when a black person says that ‘it’s just because I’m black..’ they’re saying “Because you’re a racist white man…”), he was arrested.

    Frankly…. Good. If I am trying to break into my own home after locking the keys inside and my neighbor is thoughtfull enough to, in the middle of the night, call 911 because she saw ‘someone’ breaking into my house, and I decide to berate the cop that comes to check on me….. I deserve to be arrested.

    What, precisely and exactly did the policeman do wrong?

  10. smokefire
    10 | July 31, 2009 3:14 pm

    re: #9 by LanceKates

    Lance he did his job. In this climate, doing your job is the exception, not the rule. But the point is, look at the pic. Obama is not even concerned with his “Good Friend”, while the so called racist cop, is the one assisting the professor down the stairs.

  11. Bob in Breckenridge
    11 | July 31, 2009 3:14 pm

    re: #6 by m

    Who’s allen?

  12. 12 | July 31, 2009 3:17 pm

    re: #7 by LanceKates

    Frankly, I don’t understand the jews that vote liberal, particularly if they won’t vote conservative because they don’t like Christians.

    They vote Democrat because they are morons, and liberalism is their religion. They are the world’s original “useful idiots”, and I’ve lost all patience for them. These same idol worshipers joined the “jewish police” during WW2, and allowed the Greeks into the Temple for the sake of “multiculturalism”.

    Read the Torah, and you will see many instances of Jews turning their back on G-d, the Jewish people. There was Korah against Moses, and the guy Aaron killed for taking prostitutes, and rebelling against G-d.

    Luckily, in the end they always get what is coming to them.

  13. 13 | July 31, 2009 3:21 pm

    re: #12 by WrathofG-d

    They are what happens when someone continues to compromise to the point that their solid rock of foundation has turned to shifting sand.

  14. Bob in Breckenridge
    14 | July 31, 2009 3:24 pm

    re: #10 by smokefire

    Sorry, I mean SMOKE- Yep, the same “racist” cop who gave CPR and mouth to mouth resuscitation to Boston Celtics star Reggie Lewis, who was black, after he collapsed and died on a basketball court in Cambridge.

    BTW, if you’re not listening to Mark Levin, he’s pissed and kicking ass about these libs in the media and in congress calling people attending these townhall meetings with their lib congresslosers “unruly right wing mobs” for having the gall to object to this healthcare scam.

    Listen to Mark here!

  15. 15 | July 31, 2009 3:25 pm

    re: #10 by smokefire

    I guess what’s confusing me is, what did he do that Fox News thought was ‘bad’ ?

    The statement was that ‘all involved’ did something wrong, the cop, gates and obama.

    But they didn’t mention what the cop did wrong, as though the ‘mature’ thing to do is assign blame to everyone and move on.

    That’s a HORRIBLE way to go, though it is the new trend. After all, if a bully beats up your kid, and your kid fights back, both are suspended.

  16. 16 | July 31, 2009 3:25 pm

    re: #13 by LanceKates

    They only wear their Judaism, like a shirt, or watch. When they are tired of it, or find it “dirty” they just take it off and put another on. For the most part don’t practice it. When they do however, they replace G-d with their own wants, and end up practicing Me-ism -- but call it Judaism.

    Don’t like Judaism’s statement about Adultery? Well, we will just ignore that. Don’t like G-d’s multiple statements that the land is for the Jews? Well, we will just ignore, and reform that. Don’t like that G-d says that the Israelites should remove all foreigners from the land He gave us? Well that is so unliberal, so we will actually go against that.

    Like these idiots who probably would swear up-and-down that they are good Jews, and Pro-Israel. Dangerous morons!

    Left-wing Israeli NGO battles settlements in US

    There is a reason G-d called them Commandments and not suggestions.

  17. 17 | July 31, 2009 3:33 pm

    re: #16 by WrathofG-d

    There are some jews, just as there are some blacks, hispanics, gays, etc….

    They wear it as a status so they can pretend to be an eternal victim while never having to face the consequences of their actions (or inactions)

    Frankly, it is nothing more than base bigotry on THEIR part.

  18. 18 | July 31, 2009 3:35 pm

    re: #16 by WrathofG-d

    btw, on the Commandments, not just Suggestions point…

    There is, with much of the Law (be it food laws, etc) a component that is often overlooked.

    They do more than just help you know what to do or what to avoid…. when practiced by a community, they also bring that community together as they have something in common. That eases burdens and helps provide a shared perspective.

    The 10 Commandments aren’t just there to be a rule by which you are measured by the Almighty, but also a way of life so as to continue to share the common bond between us all.

  19. m
    19 | July 31, 2009 3:43 pm

    re: #11 by Bob in Breckenridge

    Reflex. It may as well be allen. They try to claim allah is the arabic term for god, but it’s a certain “god” that not everyone believes in. Allan works better for me, lol.

    “there is no ilah, but allah” Ilah being god, al-lah supposedly “the god”.

    3:62 There is no ILAH [GOD] except ALLAH.
    9:31 ‘The Jews and Christians were commanded in the Tawrat [Torah] and the Injeel [Gospel] to worship none but One ILAH [GOD] LA ILAHA ILLA HUWA [none has the right to be worshipped but He].
    20:8 ALLAH! There is no ILAH [GOD] save Him.
    20:14 Verily, I am ALLAH. No ILAH [GOD] may be worshiped but I.
    20:97 Your ILAH [GOD] is ALLAH: there is no ILAH [GOD] but He.

    Allan is the name I use in my head when I’m reading about him because I’d rather not stroke his ego by calling him “the god”, lol! I usually write allah though, because nobody else gets it.

    Sorry about that!

    (and yeah, I do think there is an “allah” i just think he either is, or is working for the devil evil. definitely not a force for good)

  20. m
    20 | July 31, 2009 3:54 pm

    re: #8 by smokefire

    That sure does say it all.

  21. 21 | July 31, 2009 4:34 pm

    re: #16 by WrathofG-d

    Rahm Emanual is out for himself. He is a Chicago Hack. he really doesn’t care about his heritage. He is about him.

  22. smokefire
    22 | July 31, 2009 5:12 pm

    re: #14 by Bob in Breckenridge

    Ahhh, yeah Bob, also he was raised in a mixed racial neighborhood, and one of his best friends just happens to be a black firefighter, on the Cambridge F.D.
    Yeah this is one real racist.

  23. vagabond trader
    23 | August 1, 2009 6:24 am

    Emanuel is a court Jew.This describes Rahmbo and his ilk to the T. btw, his physician brother is just as bad, if not worse.

    Dr Emanuel.Shame shame shame on you both.

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