Romney Fires Back After DNC Platform Excludes Jerusalem as Israeli Capital

September 4, 2012 3:36 pm 38 comments

Mitt Romney at the Western Wall. Photo: Screenshot.

Unlike the party’s 2008 platform, the Democrats 2012 platform does not specifically mention Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and now Mitt Romney is firing back.

“It is unfortunate that the entire Democratic Party has embraced President Obama’s shameful refusal to acknowledge that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital,” Romney said in an e-mail to reporters.

In 2008, the Democratic platform stated: “Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel.  The parties have agreed that Jerusalem is a matter for final status negotiations.  It should remain an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths.”

Earlier this year, White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest stated “the capital [of Israel] is something that should be determined in final status negotiations between the parties.  I’d remind you that that’s the position that’s been held by previous administrations, both Democratic and Republican.”

The Jerusalem Embassy Act, which calls for Jerusalem to be recognized as the capital of Israel, was passed by Congress in 1995 but has never been implemented. Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and now Barack Obama have viewed it as a congressional infringement on the executive branch’s constitutional authority over foreign policy.

“Four years of President Obama’s repeated attempts to create distance between the United States and our cherished ally have led the Democratic Party to remove from their platform an unequivocal acknowledgment of a simple reality,” Romney’s statement read on Tuesday.  “As president, I will restore our relationship with Israel and stand shoulder to shoulder with our close ally.”

38 Comments

  • I cannot believe a person who speaks like a gangster is a Rabbi, no Rosenberg you must be some type of street gang hood for no man of faith would ever speak the gutter language you do and the world would be a better place without the hatemongers like Bernhard Rosenberg.I read Rutgers and Yeshiva both terminated your teaching services, smart moves on both these great Universities.

  • •last night I WAS THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT OUR TOWNSHIP 9/11 PROGRAM. I was one of the chaplains at 9/11 and now have asthma. . I am angry and will be on several media outlets todays. The right wing Muslims should BURN IN HELL. HOW DARE THE U.S. apologize as our ambassador to LIBYA LIES DEAD. . THE NEW Nazis ARE THESE Islamic EXTREMISTS. Rabbi DR. Bernhard ROSENBERG

  • RABBI ROSENBERG September 10, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Pirkei Avos 2:3: “Be careful in your relations with the government, for they draw no man close to themselves except for their own interests. They appear as friends when it is to their advantage, but they do not stand by a man in his time of stress.”

    I often receive comments that I must be obsessed by the HOLOCAUST, OR I SHOULD STOP PREACHING SO MUCH ABOUT THE Holocaust. After ALL many of my colleagues have deep feelings about the Holocaust and have lost family members. To them I SAY you are correct about both. I am obsessed because at Simchas I HAVE NO ONE FROM PAST GENERATIONS EXCEPT A FEW COUSINS. I am blessed that G-d fulfilled my promise to my parents , of blessed memory, that I WOULD have a station wagon full of kids. My wife, kids, and grandchildren are my treasure in life as I am positive the same holds true for you. With the death of my first cousin, the Holocaust has changed for me. I do not talk about the horrors but only ask that the memory of those lost be preserved and that we remember what our parents accomplished who came out of the Holocaust. Now I PUT MY EFFORTS into helping to support Eretz Yisroel. Without the State of Israel, we Jews are are in great trouble. Another Holocaust will occur if ISRAEL IS Nuked. Never forget ISRAEL ONLY HAS TO LOOSE ONE WAR AND Israel will be only a memory. I do not trust politicians on either side. They will say and do anything to get your vote and then renege. I DO NOT BELIEVE WHAT PRESIDENTIAL ADVISORS OR Generals HAVE TO SAY. I believe the men and women in Israel who will fight for their survival. Most of the world cares little for the Jews. Have we not leaned from history. IT is time to get out of Europe. This is my message before the High Holidays. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG NJ 08817

  • In March 2011 both Obama and Hillary said that Assad of Syria, was a ‘reformer’. Now 30,000 dead and 200,000 refugees and Al Qaeda of 9/11 is our ally there and in Libya, while we support Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Obama is forgiving $1billion and will give them $5billions more as he has given $2 billions to Fatah and Hamas and all in violation of Title 18 of US Code against giving ‘material support to terrorists’. Muslim Brotherhood supported Hitler and helped form Hamas. Fatah says their new state (Israel) will be ‘Jew Free’, no different than the Nazis. Now Obama wants Jerusalem divided and given to those Arabs who were alligned with Hitler, cowardly deny the Holocaust, and who danced in the streets after ’9/11′, while Obama is allowing Iran to gets its nukes to use against Israel and U.S..
    “Save Israel and America, or Save Obama and lose”. We are in great danger and another 4 yrs. like the last means we won’t make it. In 2009, Obama in Cairo equated the Holocaust with ‘Muslim Humiliation’, while cowardly ignoring 5 Arab wars and 2 Intifidas to ‘kill all Jews’.
    Jews have a ‘Covenant with G-d’ for 5000 yrs. and everylasting. Jerusalem, has been Jewish for 3000 yrs. Any division of the “Holyland” to accomodate Arab/Muslim oil politics,is a victory for the Nazis. Shalom International has done 558 rallies/events since Oct. 2007 and over 1800 media interviews. Please see:www.defendjerusalem.net. ‘Land for Peace’,was tried with Hitler and WWII and 60 millions dead and the Holocaust of nearly 7 million Jews. History is repeating itself with 1938 stupidity again by those more interested in being Democrat than being Jewish. It didn’t work for the German Jews and won’t work now except to place both Israel and America in great danger to give Obama another 4 yrs that will finish us all off.

  • LEST WE FORGET:

    “If I forget thee, Oh Jerusalem, may my right hand forget her cunning”

    • I am a Christian and know that I am called by God to love His Chosen People. What happened with the DNC platform and at the convention was a disgrace, and dishonors our Most High God. May God bless and protect Israel and its people always!

  • Fredric M. London

    I would like to say I am surprised, but I am not. Generally, the platform of the party of an incumbent president is written to his specifications. Obama hates Israel. He has shown this in actions over and over again in his term. It is the ONLY middle eastern country he has not visited. Its premier is the only one he embarrassed and attempted to humiliate. He has invited terrorists to speak at his convention. Whatever else about both candidates, Obama, if he gets a second term, and will no longer have to worry about facing the voters, will give his passion full reign. And his passion is to abandon Israel and give as much support as possible to terrorism. I am a Democrat. In good conscience, I could not vote for this Jew hating president.

    • Thank you for your concise remarks. Agree & couldn’t have said it better. The waffling over Jerusalem is mightily embarrassing to us as a nation, however, I’m quite sure Israel understands it’s not us, the citizens, who are turning their backs on Jerusalem, it is a handful of elected officials who are going to be thrown out of office in two short months.

    • Christopher Seneviratne

      I am surprisewd that the USA has not realized that she has a muslim President.The Lord God of Israel will deal with him in an appropriate way.

      • I think most of us in the USA
        realize Obama’s Muslim. Obama
        chooses to leave out G-d and Jerusalem

        But I think he must be considered what Muslims refer to as an “infidel.” He is so power hungry that he’s willing support gay marriage and abortion. I think the Muslims see through him, as well.

        This is a very arrogant man. G-d will bring him
        down very, very low.

    • Robert S. Lavender

      God Bless You

  • Believer That We Should Always Support Israel

    It really doesn’t matter who states or acknowledges what. Who cares who said what about Israel. There has been a lot said. What REALLY matters is who actually does something for Israel, as a form of support. We need to see actions and stop hearing words. I am almost at the point that I may not vote at all. It all appears to be foolishness, fueled by hate, resentment, ignorance and a true lack of spiritual guidance from GOD !!

    • in refusing to vote, you essentially give obama another vote, i sometimes wonder if my vote makes a difference, but i”m still going to cast it for my choice. we have4 to make a choice if we are to survive as a free country

    • As a Believer I too shall always support Israel as well hope the many thousands supporting a U.S. President who does not, will indeed walk away briskly from their support. A man who not only hates Israel, our God and all that the chosen nation stands for should be cast aside as if he matters as much as his belief for Israel. You cannot love God and hate Israel. You cannot claim to be “a Christian” and hate Israel. You can, however, be a hater of God, hater of Israel and hater of all that is good and somehow end up being the president of a nation which was founded on Judeo-Christian values! Go figure…and while you’re thinking about it – find an escape route from following this man. PLEASE everyone be sure to vote to ensure we have new (or shall I say…)real leadership.

    • To Believer:

      I know how you feel. I’m from New York
      which is sure to go blue no matter
      who I vote for.

      But I am voting because the popular
      vote often reflects something very,
      very different than the electoral vote.
      This probably doesn’t make any difference
      to Obama because if he wins (G-d forbid)
      this will be his last term.

      The popular vote will be reflected in all
      the media. Perhaps it will have an
      effect on their liberal bias. (I doubt it.)

      In any event, I want my voice to be heard. I will
      cast my vote as is dictated by my religious beliefs and let the chips fall where they may.

    • Ilbert Phillips

      If you do not vote, they you are in fact voting for someone, in this case a non-vote is a vote for Obama.

  • Friday, October 27, 1995

    Jweek.com

    Israeli and Jewish leaders laud embassy bill, but Clinton upset
    by MATTHEW DORF, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
    Follow j. on and

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-N.Y.) called this week’s votes in Congress to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem the righting of “an absurdity which has endured for nearly half a century.”

    Tuesday’s Senate and House votes follow a decade-long battle spearheaded by Moynihan to recognize a united Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The legislation, on the eve of official festivities here to celebrate Jerusalem 3000, was welcomed by Israel and most American Jewish groups but condemned by the Palestinians and President Clinton, who said its passage would jeopardize the peace process.

    Israel, which has claimed Jerusalem as its capital since 1950, annexed the eastern portion of the city after the 1967 Six Day War. The Palestinians seek eastern Jerusalem as the capital of a hoped-for future state.

    With overwhelming bipartisan support, the Senate passed a vote 93-5 requiring the State Department to move the embassy by May 31, 1999. Hours later, the House of Representatives passed the measure, by a 374-37 vote, with five abstentions. The votes mark the first time the United States has moved to recognize with the force of law a united Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

    California Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, both Democrats, voted in favor of the bill. All Northern California House of Representatives members voted in favor of it, except Ron Dellums (D-Berkeley) and George Miller (D-Martinez).

    The bill declares that Jerusalem “is the capital of the state of Israel” and “should remain an undivided city in which the rights of every ethnic and religious group are protected.” The Senate and House votes preceded visits by Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert to Washington Wednesday to celebrate the 3000th anniversary of King David’s declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of the Jews.

    Anticipating charges that the bill would interfere with the peace process, Moynihan said, “It is inconceivable that Israel would agree to any proposal in which Jerusalem did not remain the capital of Israel.”

    Aiming to win the support of the administration and lawmakers who were concerned that the move could disrupt the peace process at an especially critical time, sponsors of the measure agreed to allow the president to postpone the move by renewable six-month intervals.

    But despite the compromise, Clinton lashed out at Congress only minutes after the vote, accusing lawmakers of putting the peace process in jeopardy. The president’s vehement reaction surprised supporters of the legislation, who had expected a more favorable response from the White House.

    Clinton, however, will not veto the legislation. Instead he will let the bill become law without his signature, according to his spokesman, Mike McCurry.

    “A step such as this could hinder the peace process. I will not let this happen and will use the legislation’s waiver authority to avoid damage to the peace process,” Clinton said in a statement.

    But Clinton could not exercise that decision until 1998, well into what would be his second term if he were re-elected. Clinton would have vetoed the legislation under different circumstances, McCurry said.

    The measure directs the State Department to set aside $25 million in 1996 and $75 million in 1997 for the construction and other costs of moving the embassy. Within 30 days of the measure becoming law, Secretary of State Warren Christopher must submit a report to Congress that includes a timetable for construction and a cost estimate.

    Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres welcomed the move. “We appreciate very much the act that was taken by the American Congress,” he said. “If there is one issue that Israel is united around it is united Jerusalem, as the capital of Israel.”

    Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin concurred. “Jerusalem is our eternal capital. It will always be that way,” he said.

    The Palestinian Authority did not condemn the law, as had been expected. But Faisal Husseini, the Palestine Liberation Organization’s top official in Jerusalem, blasted the move, saying that it could harm Israeli-Arab peace efforts.

    Palestinian and Israel negotiators are scheduled to complete talks on the final status of Jerusalem in 1999.

    Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan.), Dole, who spearheaded the latest senate bill, said, “This legislation is not about the peace process, it is about recognizing Israel’s capital.

    In fact, workers have already begun to clear a site in Talpiot in western Jerusalem, which the United States has presumably purchased for a future embassy.

    Many American Jewish groups supported the goal of the legislation but withheld endorsement of the original bill that required groundbreaking to begin in 1996, fearing that it would impact the peace process and insert partisanship into the status of Jerusalem.

    After the vote, however, most Jewish organizations expressed support for the bill. AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobby, which aggressively lobbied members to support the measure, hailed its passage, as did Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

    The American Jewish Committee, however, did not support the legislation, concerned that it would harm the peace talks. And the Zionist Organization of America criticized Congress for dropping provisions requiring construction to start next year.

    Copyright Notice (c) 1995, San Francisco Jewish Community Publications Inc., dba Jewish Bulletin of Northern California. All rights reserved. This material may not be reproduced in any form without permission.

  • More than twenty years ago, Lucy Dawidowicz, one of the most respected and prominent historians of the twentieth century and author of the aptly named “What is the Use of Jewish History? ” lamented the lopsided and continued illogical and self destructive political support of a large majority of American Jews for the Democratic Party. She, of course, was not the first. The old joke that Jews earn like Episcopalians but vote like Puerto Ricans is no longer funny. It is indicative of a malaise that has become a compulsion with the behavior of the Jewish electorate in 2008 in disregarding the blatant anti-Semitic views and rants of the Reverend Wright, apologetics over radical Islam, the institutionalization of quotas (passing as “Diversity” and “Affirmative Action”), and the radical Left politics of close Obama associates.

    She wrote this on explaining Jewish political behavior in the U.S.….”The answer, it seems to me, has to do with the powerful residual hold of the universalist mind set, a hold so encompassing that it has led to the alienation of the Jews as a political group from their rightful place in the American consensus…..No doubt most Jews who voted Democratic (in the 1984 election) believed they were voting for the age-old liberal agenda, for the extension of civil rights to those still deprived of them. But the current agenda of those who call themselves liberals is less a matter of rights and more a matter of social and economic redistribution…..Quotas threaten America with the fate of the Hapsburg Empire….Whether the democratic United States could survive institutional quotas we do not know, but it certain that, politically Jews, could not.” (pp. 264;267).

    The result so far of record high Jewish support for 2008 Democratic standard bearer Barack Hussein Obama (the subject of considerable pride and boasting by ultra-Liberal Jews and reform rabbis) is markedly worse racial tension, the most dismal economic situation in the country since the depression, abandonment of Israel to its fate (probably a good thing for Israelis to know once again they must dependent wholly upon themselves), worse relations with our most important European NATO allies and most likely a steep rise in anti-Semitism on the part of those who see the highly visible Jewish advisors who surround Obama (just as the Far Left saw the Jewish “neo-com advisors” to President Bush as responsible for the Iraq war).

    The ultimate degeneration of the American Jewish Liberal establishment is the unanimous support from their pulpits by non-Orthodox rabbis supporting the public union members who took over the State Capitol Building in Madison, Wisconsin in February-March 2011. While preaching the same tired old homilies about social justice for the poor and compassion for the elderly as if this were 1933, they gave their blessing to turning over our democratic institutions to those militant union members with their clenched fists who would make the United States into a Banana Republic and use death threats, fleeing legislators seeking sanctuary in another state, intimidation and outright violence followed by judicial maneuvering to prevent the will of the people from being executed by elections and parliamentary procedures.

    It bears repeating the final paragraph in Lucy Davidowicz’s book What is the Use of Jewish History?…..”If Jews need to know their own interests as well as the interests of others, they also need to know the art of politics as well as the books of the Torah. They need, in short, to live in this world, not in the world of the politically utopian or the religiously messianic.”

    • Very well articulated article and thoughts.

      May I add an additional reason for the large vote for Obama in 2008: Jews in general were very concerned about America being perceived as a racist state; in fact, most Americans were. So they all voted for Obama to prove that they were not ot racists. Now they need to vote against him to prove that they are not idiots.

      Lastly, for all intents and purposes, when AIPAC first really became an active force in 1982 after the Reagan Administration voted to sell AWACs to Saudi Arabia, more than 78% of American Jews considered themselves Democrats. When Clinton was first elected, that percentage was 68%. Recently, according to polls conducted by both Pew Research and by Workman’s Circle Jewish identification with the Democratic Party is down to 56%. Notwithstanding these statistics, the number of Jews that identify themselves as Republicans is not outstanding; as I recall it was about 26% in both. The overwhelming percentage of Jewish identification that remained identified itself as “Independents”.

      Perhaps we are learning to both engage and to also distance ourselves if not engaged so that we can ote effectively. Time will tell.

  • Michele, the road to wisdom is often slow to travel, good for you for taking the first step. Traditionally, Jewish thought and Torah practice teaches that “Good Intentions are good, but actions are more important”. Jews were pimped in the 2008 election to vote for Obama, a man with no experience doing anything with others except passing out leaflets and being the money-bag man in Chicago politics; we didn’t look close enough at what he had to say (see “Audacity of Hope”, page 261, where Obama in essence writes that if he’s conflicted, he will always stand with the Muslims, and “Quotes from Chairman Obama”, “On October 26, 2008, then Senator Barack Obama gave a radio interview on WBEZ Chicago”…affirming Obama’s black liberation theology and anti-Israel philosophy [August 2, 2012;jerrysobel@israeliadvocate.net]). Obama has been again stating that he is a good friend of Israel as h e had signed bills into law for about $3 billion per year andhad signed a bill into law giving Israel the cost of another Iron Dome anti-missile defense system, a system I might add, that Israel had a major part in its design and function; the problem is that Iron Dome, all other weapon systems provided to Israel by America, and even the appropriations signed into law were done by bills initiated in both legislative chambers without Obama’s support and only signed into law by Obama because all of these bills had super-majority consensus (that means that if vetoed, the President would have then been embarrassed by the fact that Congress over-rode his veto and Obama would then be branded for what he is–anti-Israel. Martin Luther King said “one who is anti-Israel is anti-Semitic [meaning anti-Jewish]“. There are many other reasons that Obama should not be re-elected besides Israel because Obama is bad for America. But consider Romney, the “quintessential boy scout”, whose entire being has a code that is programmed into Romney at an early age that makes Romney pro-Israel irregardless of what he may say or not say; on the issue of Israel and its existence, this choice is clear.

    • MBenFaivol,

      I appreciate your strong sense of pride in a successful and strong Israel but I must point out that your example of “where Obama in essence writes that if he’s conflicted, he will always stand with the Muslims” in order that you can make the argument that the president will blatantly side with Muslims (as opposed to Jews I assume) on all issues is, in fact, at best, taken out of context, and at worst, based on the example you use, completely false.

      The chapter that page 261 falls in is about race and specifically, the issue of race in American society. The president is talking about his conversations with American immigrants and how many of them are trying to do everything they can to make an honest living and to support their families the best way they know how. He discusses how the immigrant experience in America is one of embodying “the American dream” and that they are “full-fledged citizens deserving of respect.”

      He then goes on to write about the immigrant experience of Arab and Pakistani Americans in a post-9/11 world. Here is the passage on page 261 word for word:

      “Of course, not all my conversations in immigrant communities follow this easy pattern. In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans, for example, have a more urgent quality, for the stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from neighbors have shaken their sense of security and belonging. They have been reminded that the history of immigration in this country has a dark underbelly; they need specific assurances that their citizenship really means something, that America has learned the right lessons from the Japanese internments during World War II, and that I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”

      We can argue the merits of whether the democrats and republicans should or should not recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel (a position I support) but let’s at least keep things within the right context. A quote ripped from a book taken out of context does not strengthen your argument; it only weakens it.

      I hope a real debate on the president’s record on Israel based on facts can occur. A decision as monumental as voting for the next President of the United States depends on it.

      L’shalom.

      • Actually, Raymond, I have taken the exact quoted paragraph on page 261 and broken Obama’s quote into respondible portions; although I believe my commentary is unnecessary for anyone thinking about what they are reading while reading it, my responses will be with capital letters so that the real points and implications are not missed nor is its context..

        In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans, for example had a more urgent quality, for the stories of detention and hard FBI questioning have shaken their sense of security and belonging. INDEED, OBAMA MALES IT SOUND LIKE ALL ARABS AND PAKISTANIS ARE DETAINED AND QURESTIONED WHEN IN FACT IT WAS VERY FEW PERSONS BY ABSOLUTE NUMBERS, LET ALONE BY COMPARISON WITH THE ENTIRE SAMPLE. TIDAY, A PEW RESEARCH POLL FOUND THAT 75% OF ALL MUSLIMS IN AMERICA OPPOSE ISLAMIC EXTREMISTS, BUT 25% IDENTIFY WITH ISLAMIC EXTREMIST PHILOSOPHY. SO IN YOURS AND OBAMA’S THINKING, IT WOULD BE WRONG TO QUESTION ANY OF THOSE 25%. AND IS YOURS—BECAUSE IT IS OBAMA’S—THINKING THAT THE WORD ISLAMIC EXTREMISTS SHOULD BE STRICKEN FROM GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE VOCABULARY AS HATE SPEECH AND AS NOT BEING POLITICALLY CORRECT? IT IS THIS THINKING THAT HAS KED SEC’Y NAPOLITANO, DEPT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO GRANT “TOP SECRET CLEARANCES” AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL TO MUSLIMS WITH AN EXISTING TRACK RECORD OF ISLAMIC ENTREMIST ACTIONS AND SPEECH. SEE YOUTUBE WITH THE WORDS “NAPOLITANO GOHMERT” AND “NAPOLITANO MYRICK” AMONG OTHER REFERENCES. WHERE DO YOU THINK AMERICA SHOULD SEARCH FOR THE MUSLIM TERRORIST THAT SUPPORTED THE 9/11 ATTACKS AND HAVE CONTEMPLATED OR HAVE ATTEMPTED TO UNDERTAKE SIMILAR ACTS OF TERRORIOSM AGAINST AMERICA???

        They have been reminded that the history of immigration in this country has a dark underbelly; they need reassurances that their citizenship really means something, that America has learned the right lessons from the Japanese internment during World War II…AGAIN, THIS IS YET ANOTHER OBAMA OVERSIMPLIFICATION AND SPIN BY THE MAN THAT HAS MADE THE PIED PIPER OF HAMLIN JEALOUS WITH OBAMA’S GIFT AT ‘SPIN’. OBAMA’S REFERENCE IS OF A VALID DARK EVENT IN AMERICAN HISTORY, BUT OBAMA HAS NOW PAINTED AGAIN THECONCEPT THAT ANY DETENTION AND ANY FBI QUESTIONING IS SOMEHOW WRONG; ITS NOT. ANDT HISE WHO CONTEMPLATE OR COMMIT CRIMES AGAINST AMERICA SHOULD BE DISABUSED IOF THE OBAMA SPIN THAT ASSERTS THAT THEY ARE BEING DETAINED AND QUESTIONED BY THE FBI FOR SOMEHING OITHER THAN A LEGITIMATE REASON. IT’S NOT A BLANKET PROPOSITION ON AMERICA’S PART, BUT THE ‘OBAMA SPIN’, ATTITUDE, AND PHILOSOPHY IS CONSISTENT THAT AMERICA ISALWAYS ABUSIVE.

        and that I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction. INDEED, OBAMA AGAIN ASSERTS THAT AMERICA IS AN OPPRESSIVE SOCIETY FOR DETAINING AND QUESTIONING PROSPECTIVE MUSLIM INDIUVIDUALS WHO ARE SUSPECTED OF ATTEMPTING TO HARM OR HAVE HARMED AMERICA, INTERESTING TO NOTE HERE IS THAT OBAMA HASN’T SINGLED OUT AFRO-AMERICANS AS A GENERAL PROPOSITION, EVEN THOSE THAT HAVE COMMITTED CRIMES EXCEPT THOSE WITH ARAB OR PAKISTANI DESCENDANCY. BUT OBAMA’S INSISTANCE THAT THIS IS WHERE HE STANDS IS INDICATIVETHAT HE WILL STAND WITH THOSE IOF THERELIGION OF HIS FATHER, A RELIGION THAT STATES THAT THE FATHER’S RELIGION (IN OBAMA’S CASE, A MUSLIM FATHER) DETERMINES THE RELIGION OF HISCHILDREN (IN OBAMA’S CASE, OBAMA). RECALL THAT RONAKLD REAGAN, JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY (BOTH CATHOLICS) AND BILL AND HILARY CLINTON ALL MET WITH THE CARTHOLIC POPE, BUT NONE OF THEM BOWED OR GENUFLEXED TO THE POPE, BUT OBAMA MET WITH THE KING OF SAUDI ARABIA, ABDULLAH II, AND OBAMA NEALT ONTO HIS KNEES AND KISSED THE KING’S FEET (SEE YOUTUBE ON “OBAMA ADMITS HE’S A MUSLIM”).

        As to a debate on Obama and Israel that you wish to occur would leave Obama deficient and wanting. Consider, just as one of many important examples, how wishy-washy Obama has been on Iran. It will be America–the Big Satin according to the Ayatollah Romallah Komaini on February 11, 1979 on the Tarmac of the Tehran Airport when he took control of Iran–that is the primary enemy of Israel, and Israel–the Ayatollah’s declared Little Satin at that time–that refuses to disappear quietly; Israel is the ‘fly in Iran’s ointment’, its opposition to its messianic apocalyptic cult’s self described destiny.

        Want another example? How about when Yasser Arafat died and his wife stole Arafat’s $5.2 billion. She then negotiated a settlement with Abbas, the PA, Fatah and they got $5 billion and she got $200 million. So when Cong Elana Ros-Leitner (FL) stopped the transfer of any future funds to the PA because the PA again broke its agreement on the Oslo Accords, Obama threatened Ros-Leitner and the greater Jewish community that of the finds were stopped to the PA, Obama would vote for PA recognition at the UN (he will anyway if re-elected). But the PA is still hollering it is going broke; what happened to the $5 billion??? and why isn’t Obama holding the PA accountable for it???

        Today in the Jerusalem Post it has been disclosed that the PA is handsomely paying Palestinian Prisoners and their families sitting in Israeli jails with a bonus paid upon release–that’s another payment with American money, that’s my taxes and your taxes and Michele’s taxes. Its what you want, right??

        And as to the rest of the Palestinian Authority’s budget, the PA is spending funds on teaching its children to be incited terrorists; on this there are so many sources even you can find them. Want to argue more, ’cause I’m game. Just let me know.

  • בס”ד
    I See A Clear Message Being Sent From The Top Down Of The Democratic Party’s Leadership “We’re NOT Jew Friendly!”
    The Republican Party However, Has A Demonstrable Record Of Being Pro-Israel.

    I’ve Seen This Slogan A Lot Lately:
    “Vote For Romney… It’s A MITTzvah!”

  • Please note that Romney does not state that he will move the embassy to Jerusalem nor does he state that Jerusalem will be the undivided capitol of Israel. Beware the non-commital statement attmepting to seem committed.

  • Hello ! My name is Michele and to be honest I am undecided for whom to vote. However I can asure you now that I am definately voting Romney since Obama has failed again and again to say the right things about Israel and as a citizen of the United States we need to support Israel always and forever.
    So thank you Governor Romney

    • Barbara J F Charest

      Michelle, I am a Massachusetts resident that lived here when Governor Romney was Governor. I can assure you, you will not regret your decision. He really helped this state and I know will help our Country. God Bless You Michelle, for being open minded and making in my opinion an intelligent choice. Barbara

    • You are a wise woman.

    • very wise choice, the dems are taking any thing and everything that has to do with God out of their platform. They (not all) will one day reap their rewards. God Bless American and pray for a Romney win. I don’t believe he is Christian, but he has the better outlook for the hope of America. (USA)

      • Interestingly, the issue is now settling on the differences between the two Party’s platforms and a single phrase: “GODISNOWHERE”. If its from the Democratic Party Platform, its read God Is No Where”, and if its from the Republican Party Platform, its read “God Is Now Here”

      • Anonymous, I agree with all that you said. And our prayer shall be God shall manifest Himself and he will hear the True voice and his heart will change.

  • Jerusalem is and always will be the capital of isrealand who ever thinks or try too make a change ahall be cursed. Why is the world so hateful and delegerent in the aspects of what GOD has given unto Isreal. Long live ISREAL with JERUSALEM as its capital.Amen

  • Good for you, Governor Romney. You’re a true ally of Israel!

    • Barbara J F Charest

      Governor Romney and Prime Minister Netanyahu have been friends since the early 1970′s. That, in and of itself, speaks volumes to me. Israel is our greatest friend and ally.

    • As well he and all of us should be. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

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    In his new play Mr. Goldberg Goes to Tel Aviv, playwright Oren Safdie tackles an issue that he has a major concern with: the relationship between Israelis and left-leaning Diaspora Jews with their “I know better” critical views. At the heart of the one-act play is Tony, a Jewish and gay Palestinian sympathizer who expresses strong anti-Israel sentiments when the play begins and at one point even sides with a Palestinian terrorist who holds his captive. Tony, who is also an [...]

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  • Music US & Canada Hassidic Parody of Taylor Swift Song Apes Long Jewish Holidays (VIDEO)

    Hassidic Parody of Taylor Swift Song Apes Long Jewish Holidays (VIDEO)

    A Jewish comedy troupe released a parody video on Wednesday of Taylor Swift’s hit song Shake It Off in which they joke about taking extensive time off from work for Jewish holidays. “And the goyim gonna stay, stay, stay, stay, stay. And the Jews are gonna pray, pray pray, pray, pray. I’m just gonna take, take, take, take, take. I’m taking off,” goes the chorus for I’m Taking Off. Menachem Weinstein, the video’s lead singer, is the creative director at [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Literature On 75th Anniversary, Looking at the Jewish Influence on Gone With the Wind

    On 75th Anniversary, Looking at the Jewish Influence on Gone With the Wind

    JNS.org – The 75th anniversary of the premiere of “Gone with the Wind” on Dec. 15 presents an opportunity to examine the Jewish influence on one of the most popular films of all time. That influence starts with the American Civil War epic’s famed producer, David O. Selznick. Adjusted for inflation, “Gone with the Wind” remains the highest-grossing movie ever made. It earned the 1939 Academy Award for Best Picture, the same honor another Selznick film, “Rebecca,” garnered in 1940. Selznick [...]

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  • Featured Music US & Canada EXCLUSIVE: Matisyahu Provides Most Extensive Analysis Yet of His Religious, Musical Evolution (INTERVIEW)

    EXCLUSIVE: Matisyahu Provides Most Extensive Analysis Yet of His Religious, Musical Evolution (INTERVIEW)

    Matisyahu got candid in an exclusive interview with The Algemeiner on Monday about his religious and musical journey – after shedding his Chassidic skin, yarmulke, long beard and all – from the start of his career in 2005 when he became a reggae superstar with hits King Without a Crown and Jerusalem. The singer-songwriter embarks on his Festival of Light tour this month, an annual Hanukkah event that stops in Montreal, New York, and other cities before ending in San Juan, [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Personalities ‘Sheriff of Mars’ Unveils Endearing Life of Jewish Music Star Hidden in the Fields of France

    ‘Sheriff of Mars’ Unveils Endearing Life of Jewish Music Star Hidden in the Fields of France

    JNS.org – It was an era of steel strings, guitar heroes, and storytellers—high on heroin, rebellious. Outlaw country music, the hallmark of Nashville’s powerful and angry music scene of the 1970s, was the brew of greats such as Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Townes Van Zandt. But there is another, little-known music hero of that era: Daniel Antopolsky. A Jewish lad from Augusta, Ga.—the son of immigrants who settled in the south and ran a hardware store on Main Street—the [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Iranian Actress Replaces Israel’s Gal Gadot for ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake

    Iranian Actress Replaces Israel’s Gal Gadot for ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake

    Iranian actress Nazanin Boniadi replaced Israeli star Gal Gadot as the female lead in the new Ben-Hur remake, Hollywood.com reported on Tuesday. The Homeland actress will play Esther, a slave that Ben-Hur sets free and falls in love with. Gadot quit the movie when it became clear that filming conflicted with her schedule for the Man of Steel sequel. The Israeli actress plays Wonder Woman in the superhero film Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Actor Jack Huston takes on the [...]

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  • Book Reviews Personalities Biography Sheds New Light on David Ben-Gurion’s Place in Jewish History

    Biography Sheds New Light on David Ben-Gurion’s Place in Jewish History

    JNS.org – There is one sentence in “Ben-Gurion: Father of Modern Israel” that made me sit up in surprise. I thought that I knew the basic facts about how Israel came into being, but while describing what it was like in the days and hours before the state was declared, author Anita Shapira provides one important anecdote I was not aware of. On the 12th of May, the Zionist Executive met to decide what to do. Moshe Sharrett had just returned [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ Actress Compares Met Opera to ‘Schindler’s List’

    ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ Actress Compares Met Opera to ‘Schindler’s List’

    An actress starring in the controversial Met Opera The Death of Klinghoffer defended the show on Tuesday by comparing it to the 1993 Holocaust film Schindler’s List, New York Post reported. “To me, this was like [the movie] Schindler’s List. We make art so people won’t forget,’’ said the actress, who plays a captured passenger in the show and asked not to be identified. The Met Opera focuses on the infamous murder of Lower East Side Jewish resident Leon Klinghoffer, 69. The wheelchair-bound father of [...]

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