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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.

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.

William Saletan is attempting to rewrite history. His latest column attempts to paint over President Obama’s history by saying that President Trump “rewards America’s enemies and punishes its friends.” No president rewarded its enemies more or punished America’s allies more than President Obama. Let’s remember the multiple times that President Obama attempted to punish Israel. Think of how, during the Arab Spring, he threw Egypt under the diplomatic bus. Think of the time early in his administration when he got rid of Winston Churchill’s bust from the Oval Office.

In terms of rewarding friends, President Trump is great at it. He’s the candidate that promised to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He’s the president that moved the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. To the Jewish people, there’s no quicker way to endear yourself to them than by doing that. There’s no greater ally to the United States than Israel. Especially considering where it’s located and its history, Israel hasn’t survive without help from the United States. Watch the effusive praise Israeli PM Netanyahu lavished on President Trump during their recent meeting:

On the premise that President Trump “rewards America’s enemies and punishes its friends,” Saletan wrote “On Monday, in a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump took credit for recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. ‘Many presidents’ had talked about doing that, said Trump, but ‘I was able to do it.’ He seemed unaware that this supposed feat was a concession to Netanyahu, which previous presidents had held back as a bargaining chip.”

Actually, President Trump did it for a reason that DC elites can’t grasp. President Trump did it because he’s into keeping promises. Here’s something else that Saletan doesn’t comprehend:

That’s how Trump sees the meeting with Kim. It’s not about confronting North Korea. It’s a chance to upstage previous presidents.

Bulletin to Saletan: yes, it’s about confronting Kim. In fact, it’s all about confronting Kim Jung-Un. Next, Saletan said:

Trump ridiculed the idea that “Obama could have done that.” Obama “would not have done it,” he jeered. “Neither would Bush, and neither would Clinton. And they had their shot, and all they did was nothing.”

I don’t see this as being a controversial statement. The history is clear. Clinton, Bush and Obama kicked the can down the road. Now that NoKo is on the verge of getting deliverable nuclear weapons, President Trump has determined that there isn’t any more road left to kick that can down. He’s decided, totally unlike Susan Rice, that North Korea can’t get a nuclear weapon.

Not only didn’t Saletan prove his statement correct. It’s that there’s abundant proof that he’s just plain wrong.

This afternoon, President Trump officially announced “that America formally recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city.” Predictably, opponents raised concerns that this might derail the (mostly imaginary) peace talks.

For more than 20 years, the ‘international community’, another fictional creation, has insisted that recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capitol would prevent a peace agreement. That’s another farce. The Palestinian Authority, aka the public version of Hamas, is the biggest impediment to Middle East peace. They’ve had the opportunity to establish a Jewish state multiple times. Each time, they’ve rejected the terms because they wouldn’t admit that Israel has a right to exist.

In his speech, President Trump said “I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today I am delivering. When I came into office I promised to look at the world’s challenges with open eyes and very fresh thinking. We have declined to acknowledge any Israeli capital, at all. But today we finally acknowledge the obvious, that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do. It is something that has to be done.”

This is long overdue. Here’s Prime Minister Netanyahu’s response to President Trump’s speech:

Lost in all of the criticism of John Kerry’s long-winded speech yesterday is ‘praise’ he received from Alan Dershowitz. In an interview on Fox News’ Kelly File, Prof. Dershowitz said “this speech should win an Academy Award for best fictional presentation.”

The interview started with Sandra Smith asking Prof. Dershowitz “Do you think there was collusion here”? Prof. Dershowitz immediately replied “I think it’s obvious. First of all, if the United States did not have a role in having this go through, it would show that we had abdicated responsibility. Of course, we had a role.” President Obama and Secretary Kerry played their parts as useful idiots perfectly in letting UNSCR 2334 pass.

To put Prof. Dershowitz’s quip in perfect context, Prof. Dershowitz said “It is so undemocratic for a lame duck president, when Congress is not in session, to take out his anger and pique at another country by tying the hands of the incoming president. It’s going to make peace much, much more difficult to achieve. And this speech today, the idea that Secretary Kerry would talk about Israel not wanting to make peace, not mentioning that it offered a 2-state solution in 1937, 1948, 1967, 2000, 2005, 2008. Every time, the Palestinians have rejected it. You wouldn’t know thanks to John Kerry’s rewriting of history. This speech should win an Academy Award for best fictional presentation.”
Watch the entire interview. It’s must-see TV if you support Israel and you want a detailed, fact-filled, presentation on the subject:

Prof. Dershowitz has been on fire on this subject since President Obama, Secretary Kerry and Ambassador Power stabbed Israel in the front.

Earlier this week, Prof. Dershowitz said “What he did was so nasty, he pulled a bait and switch. He told the American public this is all about the settlements deep in the West Bank. And yet, he allowed he representative to the U.N. to abstain, which is really a vote for, a resolution that says the Jews can’t pray at the Western Wall, Jews can’t live in the Jewish Quarter [of Jerusalem] where they have lived for thousands of years. And he’s going to say, ‘Whoops! I didn’t mean that!’ Well read the resolution! You’re a lawyer, you went to Harvard Law School.”

Later in that interview, Prof. Dershowitz said “He will go down in history — President Obama — as one of the worst foreign policy presidents ever.” Hillary Clinton started the negotiations with the Iranians, which makes her one of the worst Secretaries of State in US history. Secretary Kerry, though, IMO, is worse because Hillary did this to curry favor with the left. Kerry made this decision because he’s that stupid.

Let’s remember that then-Sen. Kerry criticized President Reagan for putting Pershing II missiles into western Europe, saying that this would start an arms race that the US couldn’t win. A short 5 years later, the Soviet Union collapsed. Let’s remember that, as a presidential candidate, then-Sen. Kerry downplayed Qaddafi turning over his WMDs, saying that was inevitable. It became inevitable because Libya was afraid of getting invaded after the US finished off Iraq.

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John Kerry’s history on foreign policy throughout the years has been nothing short of a disaster. This morning, John Kerry ended his foreign policy career with a disastrous, rambling, lengthy speech at Foggy Bottom.

Let’s skip the formalities and stipulate that the Obama administration hates Benjamin Netanyahu. That’s why President Obama sent his campaign team to Israel to defeat PM Netanyahu.

It didn’t take long for PM Netanyahu’s office to respond to Kerry’s speech, saying “For more than an hour, Kerry obsessed over the issue of settlements and hardly touched on the root of the conflict – Palestinian resistance to a Jewish state within any borders.” Secretary Kerry’s inability or unwillingness to admit that the Palestinians have never negotiated in good faith with Israelis is the heart of the problem. It’s why Secretary Kerry’s diplomacy is such a failure.

Later, PM Netanyahu added “Israelis do not need to be lectured about the importance of peace by foreign leaders.” Saying that relations between this US administration and Israel are chilly is understatement. Saying that Secretary Kerry is more incompetent than Mrs. Clinton is mind-boggling. This snippet of Secretary Kerry’s speech is both naïve and frightening:

Alan Dershowitz’s op-ed obliterates Secretary Kerry’s speech. This paragraph alone obliterates Kerry’s BS:

Before June 4, 1967, Jews were forbidden from praying at the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site. They were forbidden to attend classes at the Hebrew University at Mt. Scopus, which had been opened in 1925 and was supported by Albert Einstein. Jews could not seek medical care at the Hadassah Hospital on Mt. Scopus, which had treated Jews and Arabs alike since 1918. Jews could not live in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem, where their forbearers had built homes and synagogues for thousands of years. These Judenrein prohibitions were enacted by Jordan, which had captured by military force these Jewish areas during Israel’s War of Independence, in 1948, and had illegally occupied the entire West Bank, which the United Nations had set aside for an Arab state. When the Jordanian government occupied these historic Jewish sites, they destroyed all the remnants of Judaism, including synagogues, schools, and cemeteries, whose headstones they used for urinals. Between 1948 and 1967 the UN did not offer a single resolution condemning this Jordanian occupation and cultural devastation.

This exposes the Obama administration’s deep-seated hatred of the Netanyahu government. The Obama administration knew that this resolution would tip the international scales into the Palestinians’ favor. Here’s Prof. Dershowitz’s explanation of that:

But that has now changed with the adoption of the Security Council Resolution. The UN has now determined that, subject to any further negotiations and agreements, the Jewish areas of Jerusalem recaptured from Jordan in 1967 are not part of Israel. Instead, according to the resolution, they are territories being illegally occupied by Israel, and any building in these areas — including places for prayer at the Western Wall, access roads to Mt. Scopus, and synagogues in the historic Jewish Quarter — “constitutes a flagrant violation under international law.” If that indeed is the status quo, absent “changes . . . agreed by the parties through negotiations,” then what incentives do the Palestinians have to enter negotiations?

President Obama’s hostility towards Israel has never been more openly displayed than during this past week. Without question, he’s been the most hostile, anti-Israel president in US history.

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