Mark this as the year the Democratic Party turned decisively anti-Israel.
The party's ever-more-dominant liberal base has turned increasingly against the Jewish state — while Bernie Sanders is using his movement to push for Israel-bashing language in the platform.
And Israel's remaining Democratic friends are afraid to speak up.
A new Pew Research Poll discloses that, for the first time ever, more self-proclaimed liberal Democrats sympathize with the Palestinians than with Israel.
As recently as 2001, this group favored Israel by 48 percent to 10 percent. Today, 40 percent say they're pro-Palestinian to just 33 percent favoring Israel. In just the past two years, support for the Palestinians has nearly doubled.
But the trend's been building for years. The initial 2012 Democratic platform, recall, dropped long-standing language declaring Jerusalem Israel's capital.
When embarrassed party officials tried to reinstate that clause on the convention floor, they were met with raucous boos from the delegates. They gaveled the measure through as passed — even though it clearly hadn't.
Now Sanders — who has regularly denounced Israeli policies — has used three of his five picks for the 2016 platform committee to name outspokenly harsh critics of Israel.
Their proposed Middle East platform plank will surely be hostile to Israel. Will Hillary Clinton push back? Maybe not: She wants to avoid any public convention fights. Indeed, her own committee pick, Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.), says he sees room in the platform for more avowedly pro-Palestinian language on "their hope for justice."
But even if Hillary does choose to stand up for her own professed commitment to Israel, will the convention delegates follow?
New York's Sen. Chuck Schumer is an avowed friend of Israel — yet he's clearly unwilling to buck his party's tide. Otherwise, he'd have actually fought to stop President Obama's lunatic Iran deal, rather than declaring his opposition . . . and then going mute.
All this, even as the Pew poll shows support for Israel growing among every other ideological group — not just conservative Republicans, where pro-Israel sentiment is overwhelming, but also moderate/liberal GOPers and conservative/moderate Democrats.
It's beyond depressing to see liberal Democrats breaking ranks with the rest of America — and pressing to destroy a seven-decade bipartisan pro-Israel consensus.
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Donald Trump is our Republican candidate. We need to get to know him.
Specifications: Donald John Trump, was born June 14, 1946. He will be 70 years old on election day. From the Internet, he is 6'2" or 6'3' and weighs between 195 and 200 lbs. He has a full head of blond/brown hair (which is long and elaborately combed) and blue eyes. The Internet tells us he wears a size 12 shoe. Donald Trump was born the fourth of five children who were born over eleven years. The oldest, Mary Ann, was born in 1937 and is currently a Federal Judge. His older brother, Fred Jr, died in early adulthood as a result of complications from alcoholism. He has another older sister, Elizabeth and a younger brother, Robert. Donald Trump has been married three times. Trump's first wife, Ivana, was an immigrant from Czechoslovakia and a divorcee who has been married 4 times in her life. She is a life long avid skier and worked in design at the Trump Organization. Marla Maples, Trump's second wife is an actress and model Trump's third wife, Melania is an immigrant from Slovenia (born in Yugoslavia) and has been a super model. Two of Trump's children, Donald Jr and Ivanka, have gone to Penn. Son Eric, went to Georgetown. Donald Trump tells us that he is Presbyterian. Donald Trump does not appear to have had any interest in occults, mysticism or exotic mythologies. Donald Trump's oldest daughter, Ivanka, and her three children are Jewish. Trump's oldest daughter, Ivanka, is married to Jared Kushner who is, among other things, a newspaper publisher. The Kushner family is very successful in New York City area real estate.
Donald's grandmother, mother, first wife, and third wife are all immigrants.
Donald Trump was born and raised in Queens NY Though his family was very wealthy, Trump's boyhood home in the Jamaica Estates section of Queens was not a grand mansion. The Trump home was a larger version of the homes Fred Trump was building for his tenants. There are no indications that the Trump family lived among the wealthy elites on vacations or country clubs. Queens is the largest of New York's five boroughs and the most ethnically diverse. Trump attended a local private day school, the Kew Forrest School, in Queens until about 8th grade. His secondary schooling was at New York Military Academywhich is about 60 miles north of NYC in Cornwall on the Hudson. He was the class of 1964. Trump was never a "Preppie". Trump never embraced any aspect of the "Hippie" movement of the time. Trump was a very good high school athlete - football, soccer, and especially baseball. He had potential to become a professional baseball player. Even in high school - Trump liked women and women liked him Trump was generally popular in high school. Trump's boarding school room mate liked him. He attended Fordham University in NYC for two years and transferred to the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. At that time, the Wharton School offered a rare program for Real Estate Business. Though he was of age, Donald Trump did not serve in Vietnam. He was not drafted due to bone spurs in his heels (4F) and also student deferments. Ultimately, in the draft lottery, he drew a high number. By all we know, Donald Trump does not smoke, drink or use recreational drugs. He'll be the first President in more than 25 years who hasn't smoked
weed. Trump's children don't smoke or drink Trump makes it well known that he enjoys sexual interaction with women. His doctor publicly announced Donald to be in excellent health. I think that to really know Donald Trump, you must know his family background. The Trump family story is a very American story.
Trump family history - concise version. Donald Trump's grandparents immigrated to the U.S. from Alsace (Kallstadt, Germany) which throughout history has been alternately French and German. The Trumps are German, originally speaking the same German dialect as the Amish of Lancaster County, PA. His maternal grandparents lived in Scotland. Freiderich (Drumph) Trump made a small but respectable fortune in the late 19th Century in the mining boom towns of the American Northwest. He returned to Germany to marry his childhood neighbor, Elizabeth Christ. The newly married Trumps resettled in the Borough of Queens NY Freidrich was establishing a Real Estate business in Queens when he died suddenly at age 49 (1918). In 1920, at the age of 15, Fred Trump (Freiderich's son and Donald's father), started a business partnership with his widowed mother called Elizabeth Trump & Son. This business was built upon the real estate holdings that his father,Frederich, had amassed (worth about $500,000.00 in today's dollars). This is the original "seed money" of the current Trump Organization. Elizabeth & Fred remained close business partners her entire life (she died in 1966). In 1936 Fred Trump (age 31) married Mary Ann MacLeod (age 24) of Stoneaway Scotland. During the depression, Fred Trump built and successfully operated a supermarket (a new concept at the time) which was sold to King Kullen Co. and operates this day. Fred Trump made a lot of money building housing for the military during WWII. Fred Trump was investigated by the Justice Department for making "excessive profits" from government contracts. All (or nearly all) of the building of Elizabeth Trump & Son'snon government building was residential property in Queens. Fred Trump died in 1999 (age 94) - beloved and worth between $250 million and $300 million. His wife died a year later.
"The Donald's" career; Donald Trump is the greatest career achiever of the "baby boomer" generation. Donald Trump has reached the zenith in his careers as book author, TV entertainer, sports entertainer, Real Estate developer, and currently politician. Donald Trump has authored more than 18 books. At least one of them, The Art of the Deal was a top seller. Donald says that the Holy Bible is his favorite book.
The Art of the Deal is his 2nd favorite book. And The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale is his third favorite book. He likes golf. Donald Trump has developed more than 11 golf courses which bear his name. Donald Trump has twice been nominated for an Emmy Award Donald Trump has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Donald Trump has been inducted to the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame. Donald Trump has appeared in more than a dozen movies such as Home Alone 2, Zoolander, and Little Rascals Donald Trump has been a guest actor in more than 6 TV shows such as Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Days of Our Lives, Sex and the City, and others. Trump has been the Executive Producer of 7 TV shows. Trump has been the guest host of five TV shows such as Extra, Larry King Live, and Saturday Night Live and more. Donald Trump has been co producer of the longest running reality TV show. Donald Trump performed in several WWE wrestling shows. Donald performed in Wrestlemania 23 which set attendance records and revenue records up til that time. In his first candidacy for public office, Donald Trump received the most popular votes for the President of the United States out of a field of experienced and successful politicians. And in most cases, he achieved this with less money than any of his opponents. Keeping in mind that 90% of start up businesses fail, Trump's record of enterprise is nothing short of amazing. Donald Trump has enjoyed success in at least 11 very different enterprises: Professional football, Ice Skating rinks, Fragrance, Ice, Steaks, Wines, Model management, Airline, blenders, Men's wear, Bicycle races, world class beauty contests, and many others. In some of these, such as model management, his firm has risen to the top of that particular industry. There are 31 buildings that bear his name. The largest private real estate development in New York is Trump Riverside. Drive down the Henry Hudson Blvd. - you can't miss them. There are at least 12 skyscrapers named Trump Towers There are at least six Trump Plazas. There are at least 11 Trump Golf Course developments And much, much, more in real estate. Trump Entertainment casinos and resorts was recently sold to Carl Ichan. Donald Trump's personal managing of the Wollman Ice Skating Rink project in the early 1980's is the quintessential case study for MBA students in Wharton, Harvard, and other business schools. His performance there was phenomenal. Donald Trump's privately held businesses have employed more than 200,000 people. In the casino business in Atlantic City, Trump had to do business with known mobsters -- and he stayed "clean" and alive. Aside from his personal investments, Donald Trump has never been a Wall Street "player". The Political Trump: about 1967 - 1987 - Democrat (he was a supporter of Ronald Reagan) 1987 - 1999 - Republican 1999 - 2001 - Reform Party (he supported Ross Perot) 2001 - 2009 - Democrat 2009 - 2011 - Republican 2011 - 2012 - Independent 2012 - Present - Republican
Donald Trump was openly supportive of Mitt Romney's candidacy. Donald Trump does not seem to hold political party organizations in high regard. For the most part, his political involvement has been for practical reasons. Donald Trump does not appear to be held to political ideology. Some of my take aways: Trump has an extraordinarily energetic central nervous system much like Teddy Roosevelt but more targeted to industry and enterprise. Trump's presidency will be very energetic, transparent, and communicative. Trump will be a very hard working President. His interaction with his older brother (who everybody loved) tells me that he thinks that everybody is like him - or wants to be - or should be. His relationship with his older brother was a hard lesson in tolerance for him. Trump is the Babe Ruth of career achievements. He is dumb like a fox. When you think he just said something stupid -- he didn't. It's just that you were not his target audience. Trump knows the people -- the folk. His son, Donald Jr. is right. Trump is a "Blue Collar Billionaire". More than anything, his TV show, The Apprentice, was his passion. He wants all Americans to have confidence (like he does) to venture. Donald Trump is attracted to and marries smart, high achieving women. The highest levels of a Trump Administration is certain to have many women -- and they will be bright and assertive. Donald Trump's children are very important to him. And it shows. Now let me ask you one question. How much do we know about Barry Soetoro, AKA, Barack Hussein Obama?
Note when it was time to bring home the troops from IRAQ Freedom the US was unprepared to provide transportation Trump provided airplanes from His Tower Air Line charging only for fuel. he paid his flight crews
RABBI MEIR KAHANE
FORTY YEARS (excerpts)
[Written in 1982 and Rabbi Meir Kahane HY"D saw the handwriting on the wall and warned us what will be.] bg
"They refused My counsel, they despised My reproof; therefore shall they eat of the fruits of their own path, and be filled with their own devices. " (Proverbs 1)
The reality is that the same Israel which rejected G-d for the love of the gentile; which made concession after concession and which sacrifices Jewish lives and Jewish land, which chose Man over G-d is the worst possible desecration of the Name – faces the immutable future of isolation and rejection on the part of a gentile world that moves inexorable to force her into even more concessions until the final one – extinction. We seek the support of the broken reed called Man? Here it is; we lean upon it even as it breaks and drives its slivers deep into us.
"Now behold thou trustiest upon the staff of this broken reed, on Egypt, on which if a man lean it will go into his hand and pierce it, so Pharaoh King of Egypt unto all that trust in him" (Kings II. 18). [change Egypt for the U.S.]bg
More, the full meaning of the measure for measure is the fact that the lack of faith, the fleeing to the gentile, the clear message of fear and dependency upon him, must only INVITE pressure and strangulation. We open the doors to his crushing, chocking demands, precisely through our fear of him. That which we most fear – isolation and hostility – we bring directly upon ourselves. "How wondrous are Thy works, O L-rd!"
"We looked for peace but no good came, and for a time of healing and behold trouble!" (Jeremiah 8
Despite all concessions and retreats, the Jewish State will remain a pariah, rebuked, condemned, brutalized in the Council of Nations and Abominations. It will cling pitifully to one ally whose pressure grows regularly and who, seeing how Israel retreats in the face of it; will repeat it with ever greater frequency and pain. The ally has its interests that clash with those of the Jewish State. The sickly moans of protest by Jews that Israel is of vital interest to the ally will go unheeded by gentiles who thirst for Arab oil, hunger for Arab financial investment and business opportunities, languish for Arab military and strategic commitments to fight the Red Baron of Moscow. Prostrating Prime Ministers may flatter the gentile in a manner that transcends embarrassment and plead for a treaty of defense and partnership. Israeli actors cannot match the gentile ones and the Jew will receive compliments along with the painful strangulations, but the ally will be creating his bases and training jointly on the soil of the Arab and training jointly with Moslem soldiers. "The Arab and the Ally" is the sign of the partnership office in the Middle East. "Consider my enemies for they are many and they hate me with cruel hatred." (Psalms 25)
Israel will be, at best, a nuisance for America. It will become – more and more and America will say openly – an increasingly intolerable burden to be dropped. The price for Arab aid and alliance being the divestment of Israel, the gentile begins to do just that. Such is the result of the seeds of Jewish fear and divestment of G-d. This is the necessary fruit of faithlessness. G-d will never allow salvation through the desecration that is trust in the gentile. "Lo, it is a people that dwell alone." (Numbers 23)
The Jew, led by men of little faith become masters of political deception, refuses to see it. No matter, it is true, Israel has already collapsed before pressure from the gentile and swallowed Arab humiliation and mockery. There is more to come; much more. Every retreat before the gentile invites more pressure and the fingers will clench about Judea, Samaria,Gaza and the liberated land, including Jerusalem. Those who cry out today: "We must concede and compromise lest we lose the support of our gentile staff", will say the same tomorrow, and there is no end to it.
"I was a reproach among all my enemies, yes, unto my neighbors exceedingly and a dread to my acquaintance… They devised to take away my life." (Psalms 31).
The reality is that the leaders of Israel are frightened of the reality. Despite deception and deviousness they – because of lack of faith – have no policy and in their hearts is only the hope of muddling through and gaining time until they have finished their sojourn. Then: Après moi…
They and the people. In the unconscious of the nation is a fear, a terrible fear that perhaps time is not on their side, that ultimately the enemy will win. It is seen in the nervous and tension in the streets and public places. In the growing numbers of people who seek to emigrate. In the private conversations - in the mad, illogical race to live beyond their means, they repeat the call of their fathers: "Eat and drink, for tomorrow…"
A land filled with guilt and fear, a land increasingly sullen, angry, an unhappy land filled with unhappy complaining people. Where once certainty and optimism painted the faces with sun, today the clouds of worry and barely concealed fear darken the countenance. As not an area of national life succeeds and as the piper comes for payment, and as political, economic and social disaster loom, it is a country falling apart even as the leaders of fraud deny it to those who they fear will turn them out of office or take to the streets. And as the fear and guilt and addiction to self and "I" overpower us, hatred between Jew and Jew grows. Hatred between those who differ in politics; hatred between those who differ in country origin; hated between those who have and know not what they have, and all the others. But above all, hatred on the part of the empty-headed and empty-hearted who know the bankruptcy of their lives towards those who speak in the Name of the L-rd and who seek to create a people of the swine, They look upon the representative of Torah and seethingly think to devour him with all the crunching of the donkey. A land made for joy of holiness and the freedom that comes from compliance with the Law of G-d, becomes a sullen place, a prison for those who are chained by their own unfettered desires.
"But you gave the Nazarites wine to drink and commanded the prophets saying: Prophecy not." (Amos 2).