“The arrogance of man will be brought low and human pride humbled; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.” Isa. 2:17
J STREET IS NOT ISRAEL’S FRIEND: J Street leaders, supporters and political backers are already demanding that the future of US aid to Israel will be conditional on the Jewish state halting settlement expansion. They want the issue to be a plank for the 2020 presidential elections. “Our aid is not intended to be a blank check,” Jeremy Ben-Ami, the group’s president, said on Sunday evening, 27 October 2019, at the opening of the J Street annual conference. Ben-Ami called on candidates to reverse Trump administration policies that he claims have favored Israel over the Palestinians. He announced that the organization’s student wing, J Street U, has already launched a campaign to press the Democratic Party to include in its platform a call on Israel to end its “so-called” occupation of Judea & Samaria. Two former Obama administration National Security Council officials, Ben Rhodes and Tommy Vietor interviewed several Democratic candidates throughout the two-day conference held in Washington, D.C. including Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana; former Housing secretary Julian Castro; Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont; and Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado. (JNN)
PRESIDENTIAL CONTENDERS AT J STREET CONFERENCE VOW THAT ISRAEL WILL AGAIN BE PRESSURED TO REWARD ITS ENEMIES WITH A STATE: Five Democratic presidential candidates came in person this week to deliver a “peace message” before J Street, a left-leaning group that claims to be more in tune with American Jews. They pledged on Mon. 28 Oct. 2019, at the annual J Street conference, to sharply depart from Donald Trump’s unbreakable fidelity to Israel and to pressure [bully] Israel into a peace deal that would pilot the establishment of a Palestinian state. In short, these folks are gearing up to be the new team to trek around Peace Mountain – a thus-far fruitless, predictable venture undertaken dozens of times without arriving at the coveted destination. Tragically, thousands have perished along the way. Senator Bernie Sanders, who rarely talks about his Jewish faith, rose from his seat on stage to give his campaign-style address. He accused both Trump and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu of fomenting division and then said, “We demand that the Israeli government sit down with the Palestinian people and negotiate an agreement that works for all parties.” Sigh…. Sanders went on to say his message to Israel would be, “if you want military aid, you are going to have to fundamentally change your relationship” with the Palestinians. He called for some of the $3.8 billion in annual military assistance to be turned into humanitarian aid for the Gaza Strip in a “radical intercession” for the territory that has been under a blockade since it elected the Islamist terrorist group Hamas in 2007.
Meanwhile, Democratic frontrunners Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren, both appearing before J Street in video messages rather than in person, said they would oppose any action that closes the door on a Palestinian state. “If Israel’s government continues with steps to formally annex the West Bank, (Judea & Samaria) the US should make clear that none of our aid should be used to support annexation,” said Warren. She added that she would reverse two key measures of Trump – by resuming aid to the UN refugee agency for Palestinians and allowing the Palestine Liberation Organization to unshutter its Washington office. Biden, who had troubled relations with Netanyahu while vice president, said: “The two-state solution is the best, if not the only, way to secure a peaceful future for a Jewish, democratic state of Israel.” In truth, many of us here in Israel could perish from the tediousness of such political clichés. They merely serve to reestablish that members of the team of Democrats wanting to sign up for the next trek around Peace Mountain are sadly ignorant of those who have made the journey before them, as well as the cultural and historical quagmires they will encounter in the Middle East. Please Americans, plan now to get out and vote in 2020 lest teams like this get into power by default. (JNN) Albert Einstein: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”
WHAT IS J STREET – WHO ARE ITS FINANCIAL BACKERS? If you are not aware of J Street and who supports this anti-Israel propaganda machine it is wise to familiarize yourself before the thick of the US Presidential elections gets underway in 2020. You will likely see the name J Street many times before and during next year’s political campaign so it’s important to know what it stands for and who backs it. J Street was established in 2008 as the first-ever federal political action committee (PAC) which describes itself as “the political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans,” promoting American leadership to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. J Street is in fact, a virulently anti-Israel and anti-Zionist propaganda machine, founded by Jeremy Ben-Ami with money from virulently anti-Israel billionaire George Soros. George Soros gives billions to left-wing causes. He has manipulated US presidential election outcomes with his resources, including giving $23.58 million to various 527 groups dedicated to defeating then-President George W. Bush in 2004, while financially jump-starting former president Barack Obama’s political career. Soros is also lavish in his financial support for the pro-abortion organization, Planned Parenthood.
J Street’s founding Executive Director Jeremy Ben-Ami is a former domestic policy adviser in the Clinton Administration. Ben-Ami refuses to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. He was accused of being a serial liar when despite his repeated denials, anti-Israeli George Soros was exposed as one of his major contributors. Meanwhile, co-founder Daniel Levy has described Israel’s creation as “an act that went wrong.” Pro-Israel sources have commented that the tone set by J Street’s leadership is to “manipulate history and reality with dangerous rhetoric.” J Street’s approach has been described as being “arrogant and paternalistic” with its leaders having the chutzpah to claim that they know better than Israelis what is good for Israel. J Street collaborators have been sharply criticized for being out of touch with, or indifferent to, the existential threats Israel faces, ignorant of history and unwilling to grapple with the complexities of Israel’s situation – while comparing Israeli Jews to drug-addicted children who require “tough love” for their welfare. (JNN)
ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL BACKERS OF J STREET: In addition to billionaire George Soros, among J Street’s list of major contributors is Richard Abdoo, a leader of the Arab Council; Wagih Abu-Rish of the Arab American Institute; Magdi Badawy, a Stop the Occupation activist; Nidal Ayyat from Dharam, Saudi Arabia; Farhan Bhatti, PR director for the Islamic Center. Also Genevieve Lynch, board member of the National Iranian American Council (ousted as a lobbying group for the mullahs), who is on J Street’s finance committee and who has contributed thousands of dollars to it. There’s also Nancy Dutton, an attorney who once represented the Saudi Embassy in Washington. And then there is Mehmet Celebi, the former president of the Turkish American Cultural Association, who co-produced the viciously anti-American Valley of the Wolves: a 2006 film that depicts a Jewish American doctor harvesting organs from prisoners in Iraq. It is estimated that 50% of J Street’s budget comes from outside the US, from sources who are known for their anti-Israel stances. Among other facts to note concerning J Street is that ahead of a crucial congressional vote to either ratify or block the Iran deal, J Street in July 2015 took out a full-page advertisement in the New York Times supporting calls to Congress to refrain from “sabotaging” the Iranian nuclear agreement. Sadly the dangerous J Street organization, which claims to be pro-Israel, is making many converts in synagogues and on college campuses across America. (JNN) Please intercede that J Street leaders, their destructive propaganda against the Jewish state, and their anti-Israel financial backers will be exposed and their influence defused.
JEWISH ORGANIZATION LEADERS THANK TRUMP FOR AL-BAGHDADI’S DEATH: ISIS founder and leader Bakr al-Baghdadi “blew himself up” when cornered by US forces who conducted a nocturnal raid on his compound in northern Syria, President Donald Trump announced on Sunday, 27 Oct. 2019. US forces suffered no injuries during the military operation. Baghdadi’s death marks the end of a years-long hunt to find the man who declared an Islamic caliphate in Iraq and Syria and who sanctioned and participated in the brutal torture, beheadings, rapes, and deaths of countless innocent men women and children during his hellish period of influence. It can only be said that many people in many nations are celebrating his removal from planet Earth. In the aftermath of al-Baghdadi’s death, Arthur Stark, Chairman, and Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations commented on the elimination of the terrorist leader. “We congratulate President Donald Trump and the US armed forces for the elimination of the leading ISIS terrorist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was responsible for the deaths of so many innocent people from the US, the region, and around the world. We are grateful for the return of all those involved. The raid was brilliantly planned and executed,” they said in a statement. (JNN)
ISIS SPOKESMAN, POSSIBLE AL-BAGHDADI SUCCESSOR, KILLED IN SEPARATE US RAID: Hours following an American raid that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a separate US airstrike eliminated the terror group’s spokesman Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, who was considered al-Baghdadi’s possible successor. Mazlum Abdi, head of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces that fought ISIS wrote on Twitter that al-Muhajir had been killed on Sunday, 27 Oct. 2019 in an operation coordinated between his forces and the US. (JNN)
BELGIUM WELCOMES IN FIRST FEMALE PRIME MINISTER WHO IS ALSO JEWISH: Sophie Wilmes on Sunday, 27 Oct. 2019 became the first woman and the first Jewish person to become the prime minister of Belgium, replacing Charles Michel in the country’s leading position. Wilmes’ mother who is Jewish lost several relatives in the Holocaust. One source from the Jewish community, a member of Wilmes’ party who spoke to media sources on condition of anonymity, said that Judaism has recently become “a more important factor” in Wilmes’ life. Michael Freilich, a Belgian lawmaker for the N-VA described Wilmes’ appointment as “a historic event that makes me feel proud”. (JNN)
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Blessings from Jerusalem,
Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff