Archive for the ‘Israel’ Category

Let’s be clear about something about this upcoming election. This is an entirely different cycle than 2018. In 2018, Democrats focused their attention on Republicans (Sen. McCain really) failed to fix health care after Democrats screwed it up in the first place. This year, Democrats have to defend Medicare-for-All and free health care for illegal aliens. That’s only part of the Democrats’ problems.

Another major problem for Democrats is defending Ilhan Omar’s and Rashida Tlaib’s outright hatred for Israel. In 2018, Republicans could talk about how crazy Democrats were. In this cycle, AOC’s, Omar’s, Tlaib’s and Pelosi’s insanity is on full display. Add to that the foolishness of Jerry Nadler, Adam Schiff, the Impeachment Caucus and the Democrats’ presidential candidates.

They’re all out there for the nation to see. The Democrats’ presidential candidates have done as much damage to the Democrat brand as AOC, Omar and Tlaib have done. That’s a stunning thing to say. Think about the things that the Democrats’ presidential candidates have pushed:

  1. Decriminalizing illegal immigration.
  2. Giving illegal aliens free health care.
  3. Medicare for All
  4. Eliminating border walls. (Robert Francis O’Rourke)
  5. Mandatory gun confiscation (Joe Biden)
  6. Wealth Tax (Elizabeth Warren)
  7. Green New Deal (all candidates)

There are other policy initiatives that Democrats advocate that are beyond insanity but this list gives you a lengthy list of terrible ideas from this year’s Democrats.

Let’s emphasize something I’ve repeatedly said on the pages of LFR. Bill Clinton’s Democrat Party is dead. Barack Obama’s Democrat Party is on life support and fading fast. These days, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Scoop Jackson, Hubert Humphrey and JFK wouldn’t be welcome in today’s Democrat Party. They’re far too patriotic for today’s Democrats.

Too many of today’s Democrats think it’s racist to enforce laws that President Obama or President Clinton signed. That’s a stunning thought. If you think that providing free health care to illegal aliens is mainstream, that’s proof you’ve spent too much time in DC. If you think that decriminalizing illegal immigration is mainstream, it’s time for you to get out of DC. If you think that attempting to push Israel out of existence is mainstream, it’s time to cancel your membership to CAIR and to start talking with people who don’t support terrorism.

I’m tired of hearing Democrat freshmen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar whining about not being allowed to travel to Israel. That’s a lie on multiple platforms. The first platform it’s wrong on is the notion that Tlaib and Omar were there in their capacity as U.S. congresscritters. They weren’t there in that capacity. They were there as BDS activists. They were there as Islamic terrorist-sympathizer activists, too.

Next, they weren’t denied entry into Israel. According to Tlaib’s and Omar’s itineraries submitted to the Israeli Interior Ministry, their destination was Palestine, not Israel. How could they be denied entry into Israel when they said that their destination wasn’t Israel? On the other hand, if these freshmen Democrats truly were visiting Israel, why did they list Palestine as their destination?

Might it be that these freshmen Democrats listed Palestine as their destination because they favor a one-state solution? Tonight, Geraldo Rivera argued that it wasn’t fact that Tlaib favored a one-state solution. This argues otherwise:

Since the primary win, Tlaib has staked out far different positions in media interviews, explicitly endorsing a one-state solution and opposing aid, a change celebrated by far-left Palestinian activists, who sharply criticized her for seeking out and receiving the J Street endorsement.

That isn’t the position of a congresscritter. That’s the position of a pro-Palestinian activist.

Third, traveling to another nation that has a law on the books that prohibits people from traveling to Israel to whip up support for the BDS movement is illegal. Period. Israel has a law on the books that prohibits travelers from promoting the BDS movement. The UN Charter explicitly states that all nations have the right to defend themselves. Simply put, that’s a no-brainer. Of course they do.

Fourth, the BDS Movement isn’t just meant to be a pesky little detail. It’s intent was to destroy Israel:

The boycott was primarily conducted by Arab states until 2001. In August and September of that year, a forum of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) was held in Durban, South Africa, at the same time as the UN World Conference against Racism. The forum was marked by repeated expressions of naked anti-Semitism by NGO activists and condemned as such by United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson who chaired the Conference.

The Forum’s final declaration described Israel as a “racist, apartheid state” that was guilty of “racist crimes including war crimes, acts of genocide and ethnic cleansing.” The declaration established an action plan – the “Durban Strategy” – promoting “a policy of complete and total isolation of Israel as an apartheid state…the imposition of mandatory and comprehensive sanctions and embargoes, the full cessation of all links (diplomatic, economic, social, aid, military cooperation and training) between all states and Israel” (para. 424).

Fifth, the official US policy towards Israel and the BDS Movement was recently expressed quite emphatically:

The U.S. House of Representatives pushed back against U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar’s views Tuesday by passing a resolution calling Israel a “key ally” and criticizing a prominent movement to boycott the Jewish state. The pro-Israel resolution passed, 398-17, with 16 of the “no” votes coming from Democrats. Among the Democrats who voted against the resolution were Omar (Minn.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) and Rashida Tlaib (Mich.).

Rep. Omar submitted a pro-BDS resolution. It never got a vote. Finally, Rep. Omar said this during Monday’s press conference:

“We give Israel more than $3 million in aid every year. This is predicated on they’re being an important ally in the region and the ‘only democracy’ in the Middle East. But denying a visit to duly elected members of Congress is not consistent with being an ally, and denying millions of people freedom of movement or expression or self-determination is not consistent with being a democracy.”

Actually, defending a nation’s borders while maintaining its nation’s security is entirely within a nation’s rights. To expect a nation to leave itself vulnerable in the most hostile neighborhood in the world is utter foolishness. I’d love hearing the Democrats’ explanation why they think that Reps. Omar and Tlaib have the right to impose their will on the sovereign nation of Israel, especially when they’re acting in a bad faith manner.

Apparently, Speaker Pelosi thinks that she’s suddenly a foreign policy expert. In actuality, she’s nothing except a loudmouth with weird foreign policy principles. During Ms. Pelosi’s interview with the AP, Pelosi said “We have a deep relationship and long-standing relationship with Israel that can withstand Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu. We cannot let their weaknesses stand in the way of our ongoing relationship.” That’s beyond stunning.

Pelosi just took a shot at Israel’s duly elected Prime Minister. That’s foolishness on steroids. She did this while insisting that Israel had violated some norm when they rejected the visa applications of Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar. Ms. Pelosi didn’t mind that Rep. Tlaib and Rep. Omar listed “Palestine” as their destination. This was an intentional snub on these freshmen Democrats’ behalf since they were travelling to a conference in Israel.

That’s the ultimate anti-Semitic snub, especially in light of the fact that Rep. Tlaib has stated her support for a one state solution in terms of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute:

Before her victory in last week’s Michigan Democratic primary, Tlaib’s campaign represented her as supporting a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and endorsing continuing U.S. aid to Israel. Since the primary win, Tlaib has staked out far different positions in media interviews, explicitly endorsing a one-state solution and opposing aid, a change celebrated by far-left Palestinian activists, who sharply criticized her for seeking out and receiving the J Street endorsement.

Ms. Pelosi, please explain how Bibi Netanyahu’s decision to not let a pair of terrorist-sympathizers into his country is a sign of weakness. Further, Ms. Pelosi, are you in the habit of unconditionally supporting candidates that promise one thing but then change once they’ve won the primary? That’s exactly what Rashida Tlaib did:

On Tlaib’s candidate page on the J Street PAC website, on which supporters can donate to her directly, the description states that Tlaib “believes that the U.S. should be directly involved with negotiations to reach a two-state solution. Additionally, she supports all current aid to Israel and the Palestinian Authority, particularly to fund initiatives that ‘foster peace, as well as economic and humanitarian services.’ Tlaib does not support the expansion of settlements and believes that they make it difficult to reach a sustainable two-state solution.”

Unlike Pelosi’s Democrats, Israel takes national security threats seriously. That’s why they took the extraordinary step of rejecting Tlaib’s and Omar’s visa applications.

I’d love hearing Ms. Pelosi explain why Rep. Tlaib and Rep. Omar listed Palestine as their destination when they were flying into Israel. Pelosi’s been around long enough to know that that’s a major snub of Israel.

She said the U.S. commitment to Israel isn’t dependent on either leader, a sign there may not be lasting fallout from this week’s incident, particularly in terms of foreign aid, which must be approved by Congress.

Within Pelosi’s Democrat conference, support for Israel is weakening virtually by the day. When Eliot Abrams, Chuck Schumer and Dianne Feinstein retire, Democrat support for Israel will crater. Anyone that thinks that AOC + 3 will support Israel is kidding themselves. That being said, Ms. Pelosi is delusional if she honestly thinks this:

“We have a strong relationship with Israel as well as a deep love and respect for the people of Israel. And, again, this is not going to undermine that, try as President Trump will to do that.”

According to Ms. Pelosi, President Trump is trying to undermine the US-Israeli relationship. That’s stunning. All that he’s done for Israel is recognize the Golan Heights as Israeli territory and move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Other than those things, President Trump has been virtually disinterested in Israel. NOT!

Ms. Pelosi isn’t an honest person. She’s supporting a pair of terrorist-sympathizing Democrats while undermining the Israeli Prime Minister for purely partisan political gain. What a disgusting human being Pelosi is.

It’s now apparent that Rashida Tlaib wasn’t serious about going to Israel. The first indicator should’ve been the fact that MIFTAH was funding their trip. MIFTAH stands for “Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy.” They are described as “an avid supporter of BDS, and among whose members are those who have expressed support for terrorism against Israel.”

The next indicator that their trip wasn’t serious was that their destination was Palestine, not Israel. Another indicator was that they didn’t request meetings with the Israeli government. Today is a different story. After complaining that she wouldn’t get to visit her sity, Israel granted Tlaib permission to visit her relatives living in the West Bank. Today, Rep. Tlaib announced via Twitter that “she will not travel to the West Bank to visit family, despite getting permission hours before from Israel’s interior minister.”

Tlaib’s statement reads like this:

Silencing me & treating me like a criminal is not what she wants for me. It would kill a piece of me. I have decided that visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything I believe in–fighting against racism, oppression & injustice.

When I won, it gave the Palestinian people hope that someone will finally speak the truth about the inhumane conditions. I can’t allow the State of Israel to take away that light by humiliating me & use my love for my sity to bow down to their oppressive & racist policies.

My sity wanted to pick figs w/ me. I broke down reading this & worry every single day after I won for my family’s safety. My cousin was texting me which photo of
@IlhanMN & I they should put on a welcoming poster when I heard the news. I couldn’t tell her.

Democrats should be ashamed of themselves for criticizing Israel and President Trump. Speaker Pelosi tweeted this statement:


Now that Rep. Tlaib has been exposed as wanting to go to Israel for the purposes of protesting Israel, promoting the BDS movement and visiting her sity, it’s time for these Democrats to apologize for criticizing Israel. Rep. Tlaib’s visit to Israel was a sham. She wanted to promote BDS (Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions) from Israeli soil. That would’ve been a huge PR victory for Hamas.

It’s becoming increasingly apparent that the AOC + 3 Squad are hostile towards Israel. As Justice Democrats primary and eliminate older generations of Democrats, that hostility towards Israel will grow.

Democrats have criticized Israel for rejecting Rep. Ilhan Omar’s and Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s planned visit to Israel. That criticism falls into the category of faux outrage. Part of the key to understanding why the Democrats’ outrage is artificial is because of information on the Omar-Tlaib itinerary. Another key to understanding the Democrats’ faux outrage is because of what isn’t in that itinerary. Here’s that information:

Congresswomen Tlaib and Omar are leading activists in promoting the legislation of boycotts against Israel in the American Congress. Only a few days ago, we received their itinerary for their visit in Israel, which revealed that they planned a visit whose sole objective is to strengthen the boycott against us and deny Israel’s legitimacy. For instance: they listed the destination of their trip as Palestine and not Israel, and unlike all Democratic and Republican members of Congress who have visited Israel, they did not request to meet any Israeli officials, either from the government or the opposition.

If this was a serious trip whose purpose was to gather information on what’s happening in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, why would Omar and Tlaib only plan on visiting Palestine? If this was a fact-finding mission, why didn’t Reps. Omar and Tlaib request meetings with Netanyahu’s ministers?

Here’s the truth that Reps. Omar and Tlaib don’t want you know. This was a PR stunt from the beginning. Think of this timeline. First, Omar and Tlaib co-sponsor a bill that endorses the BDS movement. Shortly after that, Omar and Tlaib announce that they’re planning a visit to Israel during Congress’s August recess. Finally, Omar and Tlaib announce that they’re heading to a conference where anti-Semitism likely will run high.

Of course, Rep. Omar and Rep. Tlaib are playing the victim card flawlessly:

If Democrats send Rep. Omar back to DC as expected, it’ll count as proof that the center of the Democratic Party is anti-Semitic. As for leadership Democrats, their statements are rather rich. Speaker Pelosi said this:

Isn’t that rich? Democrats are silent when Antifa mobs stifle speakers with whom they disagree (think Ben Shapiro, Andy Ngo, Dennis Prager or Guy Benson.) but they’re outraged when Israel rejects 2 American politicians who support Israel’s destruction through boycotts and sanctions. That doesn’t pass the ‘shoe is on the other foot’ test.

I’d love to say that I’m surprised but I’m not. Rep. Omar is just a nasty individual.

UPDATE: Israel has granted Rep. Rashida Tlaib permission to visit her family in the West Bank:

Israel’s interior minister said Friday he has received and granted a request by Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib to enter the Israeli-occupied West Bank on humanitarian grounds. The decision marked the latest sharp reversal over what had been a planned visit by Tlaib and fellow Democrat, Rep. Ilhan Omar, to Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has blocked anti-Semitic Democrats Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from visiting Israel.

President Trump tweeted his support for rejecting the Democrats’ grandstanding gambit:


Tlaib and Omar are some of the worst anti-Semites in Congress. Further, as Kevin McCarthy pointed out last week, Omar and Tlaib had the opportunity to visit Israel last week as part of a bipartisan CODEL. Their decision not to participate in that visit is open to speculation but I can’t picture these Democrats’ reasons are legitimate.

Under Israeli law, entry into the country can be denied if the applicants support boycotts against Israel. Omar and Tlaib support the BDS (Boycott, Divestment & Sanction) Movement. That’s the opening Netanyahu needed so he took advantage of the opportunity.

I won’t have any sympathy for Omar and Tlaib. If their intentions were legitimate, that’s one thing. It’s impossible to believe that these Democrats’ intentions were legitimate so it’s time to end Omar’s and Tlaib’s charade.

To: Swing Voters
From: Gary Gross, uppity peasant, aka Trump supporter
Subject: Why voting for President Trump is imperative

This past week +, the Agenda Media, aka the MSM, aka the Media Wing of the Democratic Party, spilled tons of ink on the subject of President Trump’s criticism of 4 women known as the Squad, aka AOC + 3. Let’s stipulate immediately that some of the things that President Trump said shouldn’t have been said. Period. Before we move on to more important matters, however, let’s also stipulate that each of the members of the Squad said disgusting things this week.

AOC insisted that Border Patrol agents forced illegal aliens to drink water from toilets. There’s no proof of that. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib co-sponsored a resolution calling for a policy known as BDS. BDS stands for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions. In this instance, Rep. Omar and Rep. Tlaib advocate for boycotting products made in Israel. They also advocate for placing crippling sanctions on Israel.

Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East. Further, Israel is the strongest ally of the United States. Is this policy, presented by Democrats, the direction we want to take the US at this point? I’d argue that it’s never the direction we should go in.

President Trump has said things he shouldn’t have said but that’s virtually irrelevant. Here’s why:

  1. President Trump’s economic policies have produced the most prolific economy in the last century.
  2. Minority unemployment is the lowest in history
  3. Women unemployment is the lowest it’s been since WWII.
  4. President Trump is the only person who is serious about protecting the US-Mexico Border.
  5. President Trump’s regulatory policies have started rebuilding communities that the previous administrations forgot.
  6. President Trump’s corporate tax cuts have rebuilt the manufacturing sector, creating 467,000 jobs during Trump’s first 2 years in office compared with creating a paltry 73,000 manufacturing jobs in President Obama’s final 2 years in office.
  7. Thanks to President Trump’s leadership, fewer minority families will get split apart, thanks to the First Step Act, which was passed in 2018.

Knowing these things and knowing that Democrat presidential candidates want to incentivize chaos at the border by decriminalizing illegal aliens, isn’t the choice exceptionally clear that the only real choice is a vote to re-elect President Trump? Further, isn’t it painfully obvious that the Democrats’ policies of a) ending employer-provided health care, b) preferential treatment of illegal aliens and c) job-killing tax increases would cripple the US economy just at the time when the economy is working for everyone from blue collar workers to small businesses to corporations?

Put differently, why would we think about voting for a Democrat in 2020? A vote for a Democrat might restore a little civility, though I doubt it. (Just ask Andy Ngo if he thinks Democrats are pro-civility. Here’s the video of Antifa Democrats attacking Andy Ngo:

American voters face a stark choice. They can vote for a president who’s accomplished more in his first 2+ years than most presidents got done in 2 terms in office. The other option is voting for the people who voted for policies that created a stagnant economy, pathetic wage growth and that crippled small town America.

True patriots should reject that second option in a heartbeat. That option isn’t a legitimate option. That’s an act of foolishness.

Do I wish President Trump’s tweets were more civil? Definitely. If given the choice, though, I’ll pick the blunt guy who’s gotten an amazing amount of things done while dealing with a fake scandal over the smooth-talking do-nothing Democrats. That isn’t a choice. That’s just common sense.

It’s difficult to characterize Rep. Ilhan Omar’s thought process as coherent. This week, Omar introduced another anti-Semitic resolution. It isn’t surprising that Rep. Omar’s resolution is filled with faulty ‘thinking’, if you can call it thinking.

The resolution seeks to justify the anti-Semitic BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) Movement. The resolution highlights the boycotts against Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union and Apartheid South Africa. What this has to do with Israel is anyone’s guess. It isn’t known whether that’s part of Rep. Omar’s thinking or whether she’s just that filled with anti-Semitism. I suspect the latter. In this video, Rep. Omar compares the BDS Movement to the Boston Tea Party:

This is what a warped mind looks like. Frankly, it’s a frightening thing to see. Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East. It’s surrounded by nations that wish it didn’t exist. What does that have to do with Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union or apartheid South Africa?

Frankly, if Democrats want to keep supporting Rep. Omar, that’s their decision. If that’s what Democrats decide, then Democrats should expect to lose their majority in the House in 2020.

Some insiders in the Democratic Party think that Rep. Omar is part of the ‘Shake things up’ wing of the party. Others think that she’s from the growing Anti-Semitism wing of the Democratic Party. Personally, I think she’s part of the growing ‘Spit-For-Brains, Can’t Think Straight if her life depended on it’ wing of the party. Rep. Omar is also part of the haters wing of the Democratic Party.

If this petition passes, expect the Democrats to pay a heavy political price for that decision in 2020. Finally, notice how halting Rep. Omar’s presentation is. I wonder why it sounds like her heart isn’t in it.

Freshman Democrat Ilhan Omar’s ego is definitely oversized. In her latest controversy, Rep. Omar, (DFL-MN), insisted that she’s President Trump’s “biggest nemesis” because “she’s a ‘nightmare’ for the White House that wants to use her ‘identity to marginalize our communities.'”

Actually, President Trump just has to highlight Rep. Omar’s statements, then let those statements speak for themselves. For instance, Rep. Omar’s statements on Hamas’s terrorist attacks against Israeli citizens are the rantings of a lunatic:


Nikki Haley wasn’t bashful:


Neither was Ari Fleischer:


Good for them. If Rep. Omar can’t even get basic facts straight, then she should be criticized. This doesn’t have anything to do with President Trump wanting to use her identity against “our communities.” It has everything to do with Rep. Omar apparently attempting to be Hamas’s spokesperson.

Last week, Rep. Omar tweeted out another tweet questioning politicians allegiance to the United States. Later last week, the House passed a watered-down resolution condemning hate. This week, Democrats tried pretending that Rep. Omar’s statement wasn’t anti-Semitic:

Speaker Pelosi must think that we’re totally gullible if she thinks we’ll believe that crap. Pelosi is also trying to get people to believe that Rep. Omar’s statement about allegiance to foreign governments was just a comment about special interest groups.

Rep. Omar sent a letter to a judge asking for leniency for men trying to become ISIS terrorists. If Rep. Omar is questioning the allegiance of Americans who also support Israel, it’s only fitting that we can question her allegiance to the US while she supports leniency for ISIS.