April 9, 2010, - 5:08 am

Party Like It’s 1939: Obama Bans Israeli Nuke Scientists From US, Bans Sale of Radiation Detectors to Israel! Why Netanyahu Canceled @ Obama’s Nuke Summit (EXCLUSIVE Exact Translation of Ma’ariv Article)

By Debbie Schlussel

Barack Obama is now trying to force his absurd policy of reducing America’s nuclear strength to Israel.  He wants to emasculate our only consistent ally in the Middle East’s only true stick against an Iranian nuclear attack.  And he’s signaling it in pronounced ways.

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Jews, Er . . . Israeli Nuclear Scientists & Radiation Detector Buyers, Not Wanted Here

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu canceled his planned participation at Barack Obama’s nuclear summit.  And although most sources report that it’s because Israel would be subject to Arab Muslim scrutiny and attacks on its nuclear program (with Egypt and Turkey likely trying to force Israel to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty), there are other important reasons why Netanyahu canceled.   His cancellation is also clearly in response to a ridiculous new policy by the Obama State Department to reject visa requests from all of Israeli nuclear scientists who work on Israel’s nuclear reactor in Dimona , Israel (see my exclusive, exact English language translation, below).  They are seeking to study at U.S. universities.  And in addition to rejecting their visa requests, the U.S. is now imposing severe restrictions and even embargoes on Israel with regard to the purchase of nuclear-related products . . . even radiation detectors! (Exclusive, exact English language translation, below).

An article in Ma’ariv, yesterday (see my exclusive exact English language translation, below),  reported  on these disturbing Obama developments against Israel. Below is my exclusive, word for word English language translation [with some shortening where idioms are used, etc.] of the article which appears on the site only in Hebrew.  (Another site claims to have a translation, but it is not a translation, and instead a gobbledygook of a poor Google attempt to translate). As you read it, keep in mind to whom the Obama administration DID grant visas:  donors to HAMAS and open supporters of Islamic terrorism and jihad against Americans.  Also keep in mind that Obama carried out the Bush plan to give our nuclear secrets to the United Arab Emirates and now wants to do the same for Palestinian-dominated Jordan, as I’ve noted on this site.  So, Israel–in Obama’s warped view–should reduce its nuke strength, while we fatten up that of UAE (the key nuclear component shipping point for Iran) and Jordan?  Ludicrous.

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Obama: Radiation Detectors Not for Sale to Jews, er . . . “Israelis”

Also ludicrous, taking away business and jobs from US nuclear-related product manufacturers, by forcing Israel to buy items, such as radiation detectors from France. Just what we need in a horrible economy, right? And why is it that we continue to expand by the thousands the numbers of student visas for Arab Muslim students–including those who study nukes–to the U.S., and yet we are rejecting the exact same visas for Israelis?

Workers @ the Dimona Reactor: We Are Not Wanted/Welcome in the US

Nuclear Research Center Complains that the US Makes Advanced Study [of Nukes] Difficult; They Argue that also [Israeli Nuclear] Procurement has Problems [Thanks to US], & Israel is Now Forced to Buy French [Nuclear] Components

By Uri Binder [Translated from Hebrew by Debbie Schlussel]

Americans are hardening their attitude regarding the Nuclear Research Center in Dimona. Workers at the atomic reactor argue that contrary to Iran’s nuclear program [regarding which] the Americans compromise and aren’t tough/decisive/resolute, President Obama’s people chose to act in a humiliating manner toward the State friendly to them [Israel].

Dimona Nuclear Research Center officials noted yesterday that Obama’s government places restrictions and has hardened his attitudes toward them, as never before in the relationship between the two countries [the U.S. and Israel.

For decades, [Israeli] researchers traveled to U.S. universities for advanced professional training/study to enrich their knowledge in physics, chemistry, nuclear engineering. In order get to their studies at those universities, research personnel at the Nuclear Research Center were required to submit requests for entry visas to the United States, as is customary for all Israeli citizens.

The difference [now] is, that the most recent [of the Israeli nuclear researchers applying for entry visas for study in the U.S.] received few of them [visas] because of the embarrassing/shameful refusal to grant them visas, when their only sins are that that they are employees of the [Dimona] Nuclear Research Center. According to security sources, the [Israeli nuclear] researchers have clean records–that they’ve never gotten into trouble with the law in Israel or the U.S.–and therefore, this new, present relationship is a difficult blow/injurious to them and their families.

“Why are all the top security silent?”

But the relationship [with the U.S.] hasn’t only changed with respect to the [nuclear] employees, themselves. According to sources familiar with the details, [Israeli] attempts to procure [nuclear] components from the Americans have also encountered difficulties when some of them imposed a de facto embargo [on selling to Israel]. The [Dimona] nuclear reactor was not pleased, to say the least, with the hardened stance, which wasn’t the case during the tenure of President Bush. On some items, which they [the Israelis] seek to buy from the U.S., the Americans want an exact breakdown of the precise purpose of their intended use.

“I do not understand, why are all the top security silent when our great friend is working against us in such a blatant way?” an angry Nuclear Research Center pensioner/retiree said yesterday, “Whereas compassion/tolerance is heard for the makers of nuclear terrorism [Iran], even though the whole world sees the circus that the Iranian regime makes [because of] the United States [non-action].

Professor Ze’ev Alfasi, head of the Nuclear Engineering Department at Ben Gurion [University] in the Negev [South], who is familiar with what’s happening, describes the deterioration of the American relationship regarding the nuclear reactor. “Some of the people did not receive visas to the United States because they are employees of Nuclear Research Center,” explained Professor Alfasi, “The United States does not sell anything nuclear to the [Dimona] Nuclear Research Center, which includes everything. Radiation detectors, for example, the Nuclear Research Center campus in Dimona buys from France, because the Americans won’t sell to the people of the [Dimona] Nuclear Research Center.”

Prof. Alfasi added that “Americans want to know about every item of equipment and what it is used for. They sell to universities, but they are refusing to sell the same item of equipment to the [Dimona] Nuclear Research Center. I do not know if they will sell to Iran what they refuse to sell us.” The Nuclear Research Center declined to respond.

Yup, you heard this horrible news here, first. The Obama Administration is forcing U.S. vendors to refuse to sell even radiation detectors to Israel.

Hmmm . . . maybe Prince should write a new version of his famous song in honor of Obama: “Party Like It’s 1939.”

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64 Responses

this has got to stop…..has this country gone mad !?
the silence is deafening…….and whats up with Ram Emmanuel ?….why’s he staying quiet ?

harvK on April 9, 2010 at 5:28 am

    Rahm Emmanual is a “house Jew”–a useful idiot.

    Malka on April 9, 2010 at 5:24 pm

      Even if our President and the useless Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton (I remember what Dick Morris said when Bill told Hillary his version of the truth about Monica. She wasn’t too upset about his unethical behavior to a young and naïve girl. She was outraged that she was Jewish. I don’t remember exactly what he said but it made me laugh.) Seem to not want to help Israel at all and actually want to tie their hands behind their backs and pull their pants down and leave them very vulnerable. I think they secretly want Israel to attack first because it will fuel their anti-Israel rhetoric so they can officially condemn them.

      Why do the Jews support the Democrats most times, yet the Democrats generally don’t reciprocate or support and assist Israel and the citizens who live there? I might have been young but I do remember Dhimmy Carter was an anti-Israel guy as well. I know my Jewish friends support the Democrats, contribute to their campaigns but they do and they don’t see the anti-Israel campaigns that they wage against their friends.

      I see the Democratic Party as users. They use the minorities to keep them in power, they tell them that we care and the Republicans don’t. But they cannot show me exactly where that “care and support” they actually got from them yet they still continue to vote for them. They do the same thing with blacks.

      Our current Government has the biggest group to incompetents running it and their policies are not only destroying our Country but now Israel as well. The President and Secretary of State Clinton seem to resign their rhetoric that no matter what Iran will get nukes and that throwing a piece of paper at them and tell them their will be sanctions put in place is a very comical situation for the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, he knows he has the edge. He has the support of much stronger Country’s, then us, in Russia and China. The United Nations won’t do anything because they are just another useless agency. Just knowing that at anytime China can demand payment of our debt would clearly collapse our Country and Iran knows this.

      I pray that God will protect the state of Israel and I’m embarrassed regarding the actions or inaction’s that our leaders are projecting a weakness of the US to the rest of the World because of Obama’s Muslim beliefs and Clinton’s dislike for the Jewish people.

      Eileen on April 10, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Obama wanted to set up another confrontation with Israel next week to force it to open its nuclear arsenal to inspection by hostile states. This petty thing with the visas – this is how this Administration takes revenge on Israel for refusing to comply with his demands to give up Jerusalem. Prime Minister Netanyahu did the right thing to change his mind and stay home. No one in Israel trusts Obama after the US broke several promises to Israel. One thing is clear: he does not much like the Jewish State and relations between the US and Israel will be “on ice” for as long as he is President.

NormanF on April 9, 2010 at 6:17 am

As I have stated here before:

He sat in that Church for 20 years …

Their (Jews who voted for Obama) chickens are coming
home to roost …

I_AM_ME on April 9, 2010 at 6:44 am

Just no thought process going on. Israel has the right to defend itself.

Davidlj on April 9, 2010 at 6:47 am

Please do remind me again how Obama was able to win 78% of the Jewish vote. I understand that a lot of Jews tend to have more liberal leanings but the magnitude of self hating Jews out there is incredible.

American Sabrah on April 9, 2010 at 8:08 am

    And U.S. Jews continue to worship at the altar of the “Historic” “Post Racial President”. Rush is right, again. Liberalism is a form of mental illness. It flies in the face of the real world.

    Joe on April 9, 2010 at 11:25 am

      Sorry, Joe! Need to give credit where credit is due: It was talk-radio host Michael Savage who coined the expression: “Liberalism is a mental disorder.” I believe the Ms Schlussel has been a guest on the Savage show in the past.

      man_in_tx on April 10, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    You are correct. I’m one of the 12% and it was feeling pretty lonely out here for a while ( i left a synagogue and some “friends” behind).

    Cat K on April 9, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    You know what? I’m ready to throw in the towel. I just read a poll in which 68 percent of American Jews, support this Jew Hating regimes treatment of Isreal.

    Aside from the incredible restraint that Isrealites have shown in responding to thousands of terrorist attacks, at the bequest of the U.S., from my years of military experience, I know just HOW much Isreal has done for us, that will remain classified for years, and being our only true ally in the Middle East, I can’t fathom how Isrealite hating Jews can support our Muslim-loving, anti-semetic, criminal of a president. I don’t want to hear another whining Jew talk about the atrocities of Aushwitz (spell?), and the other atrocities Jews suffered under Hitler and a Nazi regime.
    Obama would consider the anhilation of Jews by Muslims, just a load off of his shoulders.
    And this marxist bastard has the support of an overwhelming number of American Jews? Forget their support for Obama, It’s the total destruction of everything dear and near to Americans, Jewish or not. I truly believe he doesn’t have a rat’s ass in hell’s chance of being re-elected, and he knows it. So he’ll inflict as much pain as possible.
    On a last note, it’s totally ironic that the strongest supporters of Isreal, are Christians, not Jews. It just boggles my mind.

    Jim on April 10, 2010 at 7:43 pm

This is terrible news.. to piggy back off I_am_me..He sat in that Church for 20 years …

We should start a pro Israel rally in Michigan.. We have to do something…

sharon on April 9, 2010 at 8:23 am

It is not the American people who are doing this it is the most pathetic President this country has ever had that is responsible.

I will never understand why the Jews support this man, hillary and the rest of the idiot liberals. The chickens are indeed coming home to roost…

mdreb on April 9, 2010 at 8:31 am

I was also quite bothered by the picture on the cover of the Drudge report where the president seems to be pointing his finger in the chest of Netanyahu. Very demeaning to me.

sharon on April 9, 2010 at 8:41 am

    I had the same reaction to that photo. Obama has an extremely over-exaggerated opinion of himself. Interesting, too, how he bows to Muslims and pokes his finger at a Jew.

    Malka on April 9, 2010 at 5:29 pm

Debbie, just heard Rima Nimon report on Fox TV from Israel on PM Netanyahu not coming to Obama’s nuclear party next week. She distorted some facts. She said that only Israel has a nuclear program in the Middle East. In fact, not only does Iran have a nuclear program but so do Syria and Egypt. You may recall that Israel attacked a Syrian nuke installation a few years back.

People ought to complain to Fox about how Rima Nimon distorted the facts about nuke programs in the ME.

Eliyahu on April 9, 2010 at 8:52 am

Ram Emmanuel? Oh! You mean Torquemada!

ZooKeeper on April 9, 2010 at 8:55 am

Praying for our friends in Israel, and for the USA.

c on April 9, 2010 at 9:39 am

I hate this black terrorist working jihad from the upper levels of this still great nation. pssst the jihad is in the white house.

Destroy the Filthy O'ministration on April 9, 2010 at 9:50 am

What I don’t get is the surprise that this is all happening, it’s not as if the bells of pending doom weren’t clamoring away at full blast before this anti-Semitic pig was voted in, did no one think there would be a payback for idolizing this evil SOB, as for the worthlessness of David Axelrod and Rohm Emmanuel, both of whom are nothing other than modern day versions of Chaim Weizmann, will see the end of the Jewish state in favor of their leftist ideology. We are standing in the middle of the desert, Moses is up on the mountain and this idolatrous garbage is pursuing their left wing golden calf ideology over the Jews right to survive.

Malcolm on April 9, 2010 at 10:32 am

Jimmy Carter must be greatly relieved to be able to pass along the torch of worst U.S. president to Barack Obama.

Rick on April 9, 2010 at 10:39 am

Wow. Just unbelievable. And, just what is the “official response” from Jewish organizations? Will they endorse Obama yet again? Praise him for his “marvelous” foreign policy adventures?

Btw, as I recall, it’s not just about nuclear issues that the Obama administration has become increasingly hostile. It also involves conventional weapons — the “no” to helicopter parts to Israel; the “no” to bunker buster bombs; the “no” to stopping surrounding Arab countries from obtaining a technologically superior edge in weaponry (thanks to the continuing US sales to Arabs of state-of-the-art weaponry). Now, it’s Obama’s desire to render Israel defenseless in the face of a nuclear-armed Iran?

So, how, precisely is Obama “good for Israel?” He is a menace and a danger to the State of Israel.

J.S. on April 9, 2010 at 11:00 am

[ I understand that a lot of Jews tend to have more liberal leanings but the magnitude of self hating Jews out there is incredible.

American Sabrah on April 9, 2010 at 8:08 am]

It’s not self-hatred, it’s American patriotism. Believe it or not, American Jews love America more than Israel, as they should.

Norman Blitzer on April 9, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Oh, it’s the troll known as Norman! Norman proves that liberalism is a mental disorder as are self-hatred and anti-Semitism. Obambi will hopefully be a one term president.

    Julian on April 9, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Simply appalling and indefensible from the perspective of even a non-Zionist like myself. I don’t understand the obsession that these people have with bashing Israel. It is an obsessive pathology that makes no sense. Of all the nations in the world, why Israel? Why don’t the Rachel Corries go get themselves killed in Sudan, for instance? And why do the treatment of the Palestinians in Israel get more attention than, say, the Bahai in Iran?

Before this, I was honestly able to say that Obama’s stand towards Israel simply continued the progression that George H. W. Bush and Dennis Ross began, and that Bill Clinton and George W. Bush (all of whom hired Dennis Ross) continued. But now I am forced to say it: Obama is worse.

Obama reflects the opinion of the international community to pressure Israel and make it into a pariah until Israel consents to creating Hamastan, which would leave Israel completely unable to defend itself. (I am not a Zionist, but I do acknowledge the right of any nation to defend itself.) When Hamastan is formed, it will no longer be relatively light stuff like crude rockets. Hamastan – excuse me, Palestine – will be able to import heavy military equipment from Syria, Iran, Saudi Arabia … you name it. And will the international community even be able to defend Israel? How? Doing so would launch the globe into World War III and threaten a large portion of the oil supply. It would also be siding with the white Israelis against the nonwhite Palestinians, something that the U.N. simply cannot have because of its commitment to anti-colonialism, anti-imperialism, anti-Eurocentrism, or whatever. The international community would rather allow Israel to be destroyed than admit the fundamental error of multiculturalism. (Please recall that the U.N. blamed the genocide in Sudan on the political and economic influence of western oil companies and on GLOBAL WARMING.)

As bad as Clinton and the Bushes were for Israel, Obama is worse. Much worse. And keep in mind: Obama could have been defeated. But both Fox News and Hillary Clinton told their people “hands off!” during the presidential race. So we can presume that Obama is doing the agenda of whoever it was that wanted to put him in office.

Gerald on April 9, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Gerald writes, “I don’t understand the obsession that these people have with bashing Israel. It is an obsessive pathology that makes no sense. Of all the nations in the world, why Israel?”

Robin Shepherd provides as good an analysis of this question as I’ve seen in “A State Beyond the Pale – Europe’s Problem With Israel”. He’s a scholar of international affairs that was, um, “persuaded” to leave his post at the UK’s Chatham House for having the temerity to write an article supportive of Israel. Chapter 8′s “Contagion: Is America next?” shows how this poison is indeed spreading to the US. The book is not widely avaialable, but well worth it.

Raymond in DC on April 9, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Gerald writes, “I don’t understand the obsession that these people have with bashing Israel. It is an obsessive pathology that makes no sense. Of all the nations in the world, why Israel?”

Robin Shepherd provides as good an analysis of this question as I’ve seen in “A State Beyond the Pale – Europe’s Problem With Israel”. He’s a scholar of international affairs that was, um, “persuaded” to leave his post at the UK’s Chatham House for having the temerity to write an article supportive of Israel. Chapter 8′s “Contagion: Is America next?” shows how this poison is indeed spreading to the US. The book is not widely available, but well worth it.

Raymond in DC on April 9, 2010 at 12:54 pm

THERE WILL always be dummies like Norman Blitzer who arrive at the above conclusion.

At least Hitler was open about his hatred. Obama’s hatred is more sophisticated. He works behind the scenes, blocking US produced military replacement parts or items, etc. But I’m sure there are contract violations when these sort of stoppages occur. Sue, in an American court.

Or, Israel needs to learn from the Scandinavian nations here.

When SAS, airline of the Scandinavians, ran into repeated problems with Bombardier Aerospace in Canada’s newly delivered Q400s, they grounded their whole fleet! That WAS bold! The reason? To protect their brand! That sent a chill up here to those in the Canadian aviation industry, I’ll tell ya’.

Israel has ALL American equipment. In smarter times, Israel bought French, and British as well. Now look at your predicament!

Can’t fly your gunships? You can’t protect your country. Far, more important than brand protection. There’s lots of competition out there. Start by grounding, and putting your helicopters up for sale. One squadron, at a time. There’ll be purchasers. Buy some Russian Black Sharks.

And when people ask Israel why they’re doing this?

Obama is an INTERVENTIONIST who putting our country at risk. Not so overtly, you know, quietly.

The Canadien on April 9, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    VERY WELL SAID AND I THINK YOU HAVE A GREAT IDEA

    JOE on April 9, 2010 at 4:27 pm

The leftist hatred of Israel has become government policy, No surprise given H. Clinton’s dislike of Jews and Obama’s belief that he is a transitional quasi-religious figure. Rev. Wright’s church says it all.

pat on April 9, 2010 at 2:04 pm

I’m just in shock. I’m old enough to have parents who lived during WWII in Italy and lost 2 great uncles in Auschwitz. This neo-liberal and institutional anti-Semitism coupled with islamo-pandering and fear (islamic terrorism works very well on spineless liberal cowards)is more dangerous and more disturbing on so many levels.

David F. on April 9, 2010 at 2:20 pm

It’s not self-hatred, it’s American patriotism. Believe it or not, American Jews love America more than Israel, as they should.

Norman Blitzer on April 9, 2010 at 11:33 am

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So bullying, anti-semitism, and interference in Israel’s internal affairs is patriotic! Another leftist intellectual.

FrenchKiss on April 9, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    And just HOW is supporting the weakening of Israel and endangering the only true democracy in the Middle East being a “patriotic American”??????????????

    Malka on April 9, 2010 at 5:39 pm

@Norman Blitzer,

“It’s not self-hatred, it’s American patriotism. Believe it or not, American Jews love America more than Israel, as they should.”

Peaase, please,
enlighten all of us, and tell us whenever any of the Jewish Liberals
(may they have a complete and lasting mental recovery)
were American patriots, or is this only a fleeting excuse to argue against Israel when people like Obama or Carter are elected?!

How can you face and tolerate your own hypocrisy and double standards without going insane?

exdemexlib on April 9, 2010 at 3:00 pm

The Ultra Leftists are NOT American Patriots. The uber-Left is supportive of Arab extremists and extremist Muslims — their “end game” is “world domination under Islam” (as they themselves routinely state and which The Left supports.)

J.S. on April 9, 2010 at 3:40 pm

So what’s next? Is Odopey going to also include smoke detectors in this ban? You know they contain a trace amount of nuclear material, as do many other products. These range from medical devices, medical research (especially in cancer research), gun sights, ammunition, electron tubes and portable imaging devices.

Jarhead on April 9, 2010 at 3:54 pm

As a Christian I see that our Muslim president has a special hatred for Judeo Christian values. We need to stand together.

Sarah on April 9, 2010 at 4:45 pm

The Canadian writes, “Israel has ALL American equipment. In smarter times, Israel bought French, and British as well. Now look at your predicament!”

The French and British have proven no more reliable. Recall that the French embargoed all weapons systems after the Six Day War – including fighters and boats already paid for! Israel eventually got their money back on the Mirages (they wanted the planes), and had to sneak the boats out of Cherbourg on Christmas Day, 1969. Those boats, by the way, proved dominant (after substantial Israeli upgrades) in the first missile boat engagement ever during the October War of ’73. And note that *today* the British – who provide little to Israel – are restricting parts for Israeli naval vessels.

Israel needs to be more self-reliant where critical systems are concerned. And the US today can’t be relied on, what with restrictions on Apaches, bunker busters, aerial refueling tankers and even cargo planes. There’s growing cooperation today between Israel and India, partly because they’re in similar situations. Both democracies, both targeted by Islamists, both diss’ed by the current US administration.

Raymond in DC on April 9, 2010 at 5:20 pm

Just kidding, of course,…but here is something interesting to entertain: Perhaps Israel should ban the export of its technology to the US. Better yet, let all of the innovations created by or invented by Jews be yanked out of the hands of our exalted president and his worshippers–included any medical treatments, medicine, cell phones, etc., on which he is dependent (especially nuclear medicine). And what do you want to bet he has seen a Jewish doctor or two? Maybe they could be “busy” the next time he wants an appointment.

Malka on April 9, 2010 at 5:49 pm

Obviously, these Jews cannot enter the United States because they’re not nearly as good as Tariq Ramadan.

Barry Popik on April 9, 2010 at 6:04 pm

Should the anti semitic far leftist pressure from the US muslim president and his constituency against Israel gain broader support and momemtum ,the Arabic Gulf states have much more to fear than Israel itself. Gone are the days that the Jews should meekly march to the gas chambers and their extinction. The State of Israel has positioned itself to be able to unleash its wrath on its enemies with uncompromising lethal proportion. And our enemies know we can and WE WILL do so. Because we cant afford to lose…..even once….Never Again…

harvK on April 9, 2010 at 7:02 pm

An excellent and outstanding post. I hope the day will come when your scoops portray things that are more positive, but of course you have to report what is actually going on. It is good that you are reporting this.

I think that Obama was invigorated by his success on health care; no serious opposition, and unless the Republican composition of Congress changes both quantitatively and qualitatively next fall, he will have a fait accompli with health care.

He seems to be trying to build on that success, noticing the lack of real opposition to his policies on the Jerusalem housing. A few Republican comments for the record, but no real action, and no opposition from the organized Jewish leadership. Obama evidently things he can carry through a complete change in our Israel policy (not that it was so great before, but certainly not this bad) with little or no real opposition.

Hopefully when you post these things there will be enough conservatives who can overcome their egos and petty rivalries and publicize what you are saying so that the situation can be improved. These are the key issues of the day.

Little Al on April 9, 2010 at 7:30 pm

What do Rahm Emmanual and 30 pieces of silver have in common?

Patrick on April 9, 2010 at 9:34 pm

Sarah:

Obama is no Muslim. I say that the fellow is either atheist, or that he is totally, completely disinterested in religion except to use it for political purposes.

And please end the “Judeo-Christian values” thing. Judaism and Christianity are two separate religions with two different and competing worldviews. Also, nowhere does the New Testament speak of “values.” The idea that it does was just political maneuvering by conservatives that allowed self-appointed religious leaders to maximize their political influence (and earning potential) by getting as many people as they could under one umbrella. You can’t talk about “faith”, “belief” or “creeds” because conservative religious people have too many differences: Catholics, Mormons, Jews and Christians all have very different religious beliefs that are irreconcilable and opposed to one another. So shifting it to “values”, whether “family values” or “Judeo-Christian values” allows you to paper over and ignore real differences between the religions for the purposes of working together in the political sphere. Basically, it takes religion and makes it secular and faithless just like the religious left did. It is nothing but “the social gospel” or “liberation theology” for conservatives, because it doesn’t matter who you pray to or what holy book you read so long as you oppose abortion, gay rights and government programs. It’s a scam, and 90% of the time it results in good religious people being duped into diverting time, energy, emotions and money from practicing their faiths into nonsense that has nothing to do with their faith.

Thanks to the religious right, the Moral Majority, the Family Research Council, Focus on the Family etc. you have tons of evangelical Christians who believe that having the “right values and political beliefs” will get you into heaven. So many prominent preachers are heterodox on important matters of the faith, but are accepted as good evangelical leaders just because of their conservative politics. It is a sham and a scam that needs to end.

Gerald on April 9, 2010 at 10:48 pm

Patrick:

Nothing. Quit making Emanuel out to be this traitor simply because he is in the Obama administration. Plenty of Jews served in both Bush administrations while they sold Israel out over and over again. And then there have been the leaders of Israel itself that have sold that country out, including the left by definition but also conservatives like Ariel Sharon and Binyamin Netanyahu. Singling Emanuel out just because he works for Obama as opposed to Tzipi Livni, Shimon Peres or Ehud Barak is hypocritical and unseemly, and allows people to question your motives, just as the “Tea Party” folks who didn’t object when George Bush and the GOP spent years expanding government and spending money hand over fist get their motives questioned. Seriously, Bush enacts NCLB, campaign finance reform, prescription drugs, and a raft of expensive corporate welfare measures that only benefited his cronies, and spent 8 years kowtowing to China, Russia, and the Islamic oil sheiks and how did the Tea Party folks respond? By re-electing the guy and practically unconditionally defending him. Bush was even endorsing a cap-and-trade scheme for global warming by the time he left office. But Obama gets into office and the same stuff is unconstitutional?

So long as you guys keep holding the other side to higher standards than you maintain for yourselves, you are never going to convince anyone that you are sincere about your beliefs.

Gerald on April 9, 2010 at 10:58 pm

Debbie, you’re an idiot, like everyone else in Israel! And you look like a whore, like everyone else in Israel!

Zahir on April 10, 2010 at 1:44 am

    Re: Zahir at 1:44 am:

    Wow! Did you think of this all by yourself?

    This website is for adults only.

    JeffE on April 10, 2010 at 11:30 pm

Lets face it folks and call it like it is, Obama is a double agent for the middle eastern community. He is their manchurian candidate fulfilling his agenda for his muslim brethren. By the time four years is up this country will become 1931 Germany, the Supreme Court will be usurped by liberals and you can count the days till marshal law is declared and noone will be free.

ARISHEM on April 10, 2010 at 8:00 am

Israeli friends tell me that this story is untrue. The Israeli government disavowed it several hours since it was first published on Joshua blog. I double checked with Lynn Gefsky of the Jewish Center for Public Affairs lgefsky@thejcpa.org She also denies the story.
I ask my fellow Jews to attend a Tea Party in your area, you will be amazed to discover how many Jews are there. Look into, or start a chapter of the Republican Jewish Coalition. YOU ARE NOT ALONE

B: RJC is a horrible organization that promotes and sympathizes with Jew-haters and Islamic terrorism haters. They are no different than Obama, except they are Jews and Republicans.

http://www.debbieschlussel.com/3789/beware-of-the-rino-jinos-the-republican-jewish-coalition-panders-to-islamists-israels-americas-enemies/

DS

BEREL on April 10, 2010 at 10:37 am

to slightly change the topic, Obama’s demand that Israel not let Jews go live in the part of Jerusalem that was Jordanian-occupied for 19 years between 1948 and 1967 and not build homes for Jews in that formerly occupied sector is anti-Jewish racism. It’s an apartheid policy that Obama is trying to impose on Israeli Jews.
Ultimately, Obama’s demand endangers the civil rights of Jews elsewhere in the world.

And bear in mind that Jews have been the absolute majority of the Jerusalem population since 1853 at least, more than 150 years ago. So Obama wants to divide a city that has had an absolute Jewish majority for more than 150 years in favor of Arab Muslims, who have been a minority in Jerusalem for at least 200 years [since they were outnumbered by Jews and Christians together].

Ask yourself if Obama would demand that any Muslim majority city be divided on behalf of a non-Muslim minority. How about dividing Cairo or Alexandria to give the Coptic Christian Egyptians a chance to control their own destinies? How about dividing the Sudan so that the Arabic-speaking Muslims in the north cannot slaughter the black southern Sudanese with impunity because the southerners will have their own state?? Since he became president Obama has shown no concern over the suffering of Black people in the southern Sudan. Arab suffering, real or imagined, comes first.

Eliyahu on April 10, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Excellent post, Debbie.

G-d willing, we will be able to defeat this evil plot against both Israel and the Jewish people.

JeffE on April 10, 2010 at 11:33 pm

I am an American Jew (Jewish American). I have always answered the charge of “dual loyalty” by responding that this is not an issue as long as the US and Israel have the same values and oppose the same enemies.

It appears that the US government no longer has the same values as Israel and that it actively seeks to cultivate strategic relationships with Israel’s enemies.

I do take comfort in knowing that many non-Jewish Americans still support Israel’s right to self defense, while wondering about the cranial contortions of 78% of the American Jewish community that justified voting for Obama.

That being said, I have concerns that extend beyond current US – Israeli relations. The GM / Chrysler takeover has demonstrated the current administration’s willingness to confiscate private property from some (bond and dealership owners) to give to favored parties (the UAW and preferred dealership owners).

The “Health Care” bill not only included the first step towards single payer health care by inducing the bankruptcy of private insurance companies and the subsequent seizing of their billions of $ of assets, but also the government takeover of the student loan industry. This means the government can now preferentially control which students will receive funding, the schools the students can attend and the fields of study they can pursue.

These actions, along with the campaign promises of a “National Civilian Security Service as powerful as the military” and “student volunteer groups led by community organizers”, lead me to believe that we are in the midst of being transformed from a constitutional republic to a form of national socialism.

Remember how many times the word “transformed” was used during the campaign? He meant it and he’s started it.

Concerned on April 11, 2010 at 1:10 am

Hello,
My name is Dekel and I’m from Israel, 31 yr’ old and Unfortunately I had to experience the battles over and over again since the day I was recruited to the “Golani” ground trooper at age of 18 and I fought against Hissballa,hamas,PLO and some other “party animals” from that day to the present day. (We have to serve 3 years 18-21 and then in the reserves until about 60).
I am proud to serve my country and my people, but me and my brothers are tired. It is hard to live day after day in an unclear future Surrounded by enemies with the sea to our back; Lepers to the world while the same countries that Unjustly Accusing us, are involved with war crimes Up to their necks. Most of the worlds turn its back on us while the other taking a part in this orgy of hated words and acts against us. You can Imagine how we felt when our only ally starts to help our enemies with supporting word after turning their cold back to us.
It’s starting to feel like a new Masada is coming.
I just wanted to thank you people for your support and kind word in are darkest hour, you are like a candle in a pitch dark world.
Thank you and sorry for my bad English.

dekel on April 11, 2010 at 9:33 am

Dekel, our hearts are with you, be strong.

Lars on April 11, 2010 at 6:47 pm

I second and fully empathize with Dekel. As an Israeli, I also served my 3+ years in the army during the first gulf war when scuds were raining on our heads, also fought hizballah, saw the escalation of the intifada, and experienced the effects of terrorism first-hand.
What I wish somebody will once and for all please tell me is why..why that “blanket” hatred exists against Israelis and Jews? I’ve felt anti-semitism personally against me in my youth, being beaten up because, in my naivete, asked a skinhead in Canada that what he wrote in his school folder that “6 million Jews were not enough” offended me. Why that almost pathological extreme examination and condemnation by the world communities every time Israel tries to defend herself? Why?
The logical, humane path is to move on and away from the violence and intolerance shown by others towards Jews and Israelis, and not to fall to their levels of violence and closed-mindedness. Yet at some point, I have to ask myself how much more can we, as a people take, being pushed daily by everyone – enemies and allies alike – and not say enough and stand up for ourselves. This doesn’t mean through force and military action, but by standing up to the bullies of this world.
I don’t think that any other nation, or people in this world are experiencing what Israelis (and Jews) are going through.

I am a post-secondary professor, and I know that through dialogue and education, perceptions can be made to change. I’ve taught students from every country in the Middle-East, whom – many of them, as soon as they found out I was Israeli, would “freeze” in my classes, for a better word. Hatred is a palpable emotion, and can be seen and felt. Yet by the end of the term, many of them would sit with me and talk to me not as a “Jew” or an “occupier” or “Zionist” but as a human being.
Often times, that hatred they had was not because they actually had first-hand experience with Jews or Israelis, but because they were indoctrinated from birth to hate us. Simple as that. I believe education and truth are the key to understanding.

Thank you to all of those who support Israel. She’s not a perfect country by any means, and being a young state, is still going through growing pains. But to us who call her home, she’s the only one we have.

Grey on April 11, 2010 at 9:57 pm

Just as a book cannot be judged by it’s cover, diplomacy must work behind closed doors to have any chance of success. What is said in public “could be” uttered to misconstruded by zealots on both sides while the real solutions to problems 2500 years in the making are discussed, compromises reached and new directions undertaken, all towards the same end…peace. Talk is cheap, actions are what matters. Don’t believe everything some misguided or misled hot heads or the freightened masses screaming for change but fear anything but the status quo spout and shout, utter and mutter. President Obama will NEVER let Isreal down. Whatever you hear, have no fear. Consider what George W has done to America’s credibility in the Arab world. Distrust was everywhere. Our President started from day one to bind the wounds W left us, payoff the massive debts he accrued, prevent a world wide financial collapse and fix our health care landslide, all of which he’s done in just one year. George had 8 and look where we are. Give President Obama a chance to find the right road to peace and security for us, for them, for everyone, everywhere. Have faith. He promised change, this is what it looks like. Isreal is safe. Nothing is going to happen to it. It will be there, America’s greatest friend in the arab world. Relax, take a breath, say a prayer for his success and this too shall “passover”.

kennyb on April 11, 2010 at 10:17 pm

to kennyb

….maybe yes maybe no…Israel is strong and independant…by herself..to you young soldiers, know in your heart you are deeply admired and appreciated and that..all Jews all over the world will come together and be at your side , this time, if pushed to the edge……kennyb.. you have trust in Bama…keep your eyes wide open …dont be scared to speak up and act though when the time comes…..

harvK on April 12, 2010 at 12:41 am

The ObaMAD Legend

Here’s a suggested book title for anyone who will someday write about the hopefully short-lived, Obamaniac dictatorship:

“Double-Crossers, Cross-Dressers & Cross-Bashers”

(For more Obamania, Yahoo “Obama Avoids Bible Verses,” “Obama Supports Public Depravity” and “David Letterman’s Hate, Etc.”)

Allison on April 29, 2010 at 2:29 am

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