by Joan Swirsky
At the beginning of January 2016, an organization called NORPAC––a lobby whose mission is to support candidates and sitting members of Congress “who demonstrate a genuine commitment to the strength, security, and survival of Israel”––invited its members to “an exclusive and intimate” cocktail reception for Hillary Clinton for people willing to pay $2,700 per individual or $5,400 per couple.
The invitation included a synopsis of Hillary’s credibility vis-à-vis Israel, stating that she had “been a supporter of the US-Israel relationship for many years…and, as Secretary of State, she had stood up against Israel’s enemies….”
Then, NORPAC promptly betrayed its pretense of impartiality by stating: “Please join us in support of Secretary Hillary Clinton for President and share your concerns about the US-Israel relationship with her at this pro-Israel event.”
Of course, all of this hype was pure fiction, but fully embraced by the leftwing Jews who have essentially abandoned genuine Judaism for the Social Justice causes embraced by the Democrat party, causes that make them feel like “good” people––everything from the redistribution of wealth (aka Communism) to saving the environment (from the colossal hoax known as climate change) to equality for women (except when it comes to speaking out against the vile abuses of Sharia law, the mass rapes by Muslims in Europe, and the rapacious behavior of one Bill Clinton) to the Holy Grail of leftism, abortion, which amounts to the de facto approval of the over fifty-eight-million infants murdered by this gruesome procedure since it became the law of the land in 1973.
But the subject here is not the magical thinking of leftists or the suicidal ideation of liberal Jews. Rather, it is to correct the decades-long fantasy that Hillary Clinton is even remotely supportive of Jews, Israel, Zionism, in fact anything to do with Jewish life.
WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE…
So let us forthwith dispense with the fiction that Hillary Clinton is a friend of Israel, of Zionism, of Jews. In fact, she loathes all three, and her ignominious track record of nearly 40 years in public life proves this beyond a shadow of a doubt.
In an article in Newsmax.com in December, 2002, writer Carl Limbacher reported that as far back as 1979, when Bill Clinton was the governor of Arkansas, “it was quite common” for both Bill and Hillary to refer to each other as “a Jew mother f-cker” or a “Jew bastard.” This was reported by Arkansas state trooper Larry Patterson, who guarded the couple for six years. Patterson also said that he “won’t go into their generous use of the N word,” but only seven years ago, Bill told Sen. Ted Kennedy of Barack Obama, “A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee.”
When Hillary was First Lady of Arkansas, there were few if any Jews in her orbit…simply a demographic phenomenon. So where did her Jew hatred come from? Her reported-to-be Republican parents? Her upbringing in generally-leftist Chicago? Her education at elite Wellesley College? Her religion, most often described as Methodist––you know, that lovely Protestant denomination that is relentless in pursuing the Boycott-Divest-Sanction campaign against Israel ? In Wellesley, she was introduced to the writings of America-hating Saul Alinsky, the author of Rules for Radicals, a man she maintained close ties to, wrote her thesis about, and, to this day, echoes his “America is bad” beliefs.
It’s useless to speculate about where Hillary’s leftism or antipathy to Jews came from, sort of like wondering about the genesis of a particular malignancy. Yet, speculating can sometimes shed light. Perhaps Hillary’s Jew hatred came from the experience she had when, at age 27, the Yale Law School graduate served on the committee to impeach President Richard M. Nixon, and a Jew, Jerome Zeifman, Chief Counsel on the Watergate Committee, fired her for lying and being unethical, according to writer Carole Fader.
In Zeifman’s 2006 book, “Hillary’s Pursuit of Power,” Fader reports, he wrote that, “Hillary Clinton is ethically unfit to be either a senator or president — and if she were to become president, the last vestiges of the traditional moral authority of the party of Roosevelt, Truman and Johnson will be destroyed.”
In an earlier book, “Without Honor: The Impeachment of President Nixon and the Crimes of Camelot,” Zeifman wrote: “During my 14-year tenure with the House Judiciary Committee, I had supervisory authority over several hundred staff members. With the exception of Ms. Rodham, [special counsel John] Doar, and [senior associate special counsel and future Clinton White House counsel Bernard] Nussbaum, I recommend all of them for future positions of public and private trust.”
Talk about an early-warning system!
AN IRRISISTABLE ATTRACTION TO JEW HATERS
According to Jeff Dunetz, blogger of The Lid, when Hillary graduated to become the First Lady of America, she continued her anti-Israel, anti-Zionism, anti-Jew fetish.
Dunetz reports that “even before her marriage to Bill, Hillary Clinton was opposing Israel and promoting the forces of terrorism.” On page 49 of his book, American Evita, Christopher Anderson wrote that “at a time when elements of the American Left embraced the Palestinian cause and condemned Israel, Hillary was telling friends that she was `sympathetic’ to the terrorist organization and admired its flamboyant leader, Yasser Arafat. When Arafat made his famous appearance before the U.N. General Assembly in November 1974 wearing his revolutionary uniform and a holster on his hip, Bill `was outraged like everybody else,’ said a Yale Law School classmate, but Hillary tried to convince Bill that Arafat was a `freedom fighter’ trying to free his people from their Israeli `oppressors.’”
In November 1999, Dunetz elaborates, Hillary made a trip to the Middle East and met with Yasser Arafat’s wife Suha, who proceeded to accuse Israel of “daily and intensive use of poisonous gas” that caused higher cancer rates in women and children, and of contaminating the drinking water or Palestinians with “chemical materials and toxic gases.” And what did Hillary do in the face of this barrage of Jew-hating lies? She “sat by silently” and then gave Suha a hug and a kiss, in essence endorsing her blasphemy.
When Hillary was the Sec. of State, Dunetz continues, both she and Bill “made mega- dollars from their extensive involvement with Dubai, a leader in the movement to boycott Israel, and a major commerce and shipping point for the `business-side’ of terrorism.” So deep are Bill and Hill into Dubai that “The Clinton Foundation has established Dubai Study departments in universities in the US and London. They worked hard at granting legitimacy to this Jew-hating, terrorist supporting nation.” And there is more. Dunetz reports that when Hillary ran for president in 2007, San Francisco Examiner columnist P.J. Corkery wrote that she “made $10 million a year from Yucaipa, a Dubai firm. Ron Berkle, the owner of Yucaipa companies, was a major fund-raiser for Bill and Hillary.”
The Clintons also had and have a connection to the world’s biggest exporter of terrorism, Saudi Arabia, and the Saudi Royal Family donated $10,000,000 to the Clinton Library. Hmmm…they must be interested in literacy.
A BRIEF HIATUS
The above represents a drop in the ocean of Hillary’s longtime predilection to all things Arab and aversion to all things Jewish, with the glaring exception of her run for the U.S. Senate, during which time she was a quick study in learning how to pander for the formidable Jewish vote. And sure enough, Jewish Democrats ignored her paltry track record of public service, overlooked her former blasphemies of Jews and Israel, and continued their fetishistic embrace of all things leftist-cum-socialist, mixed with a dollop of gender politics, and generously laced with perpetual victimhood.
It’s relevant to note that Hillary’s tenure in the Senate yielded few benefits to New Yorkers and few accomplishments, and it didn’t take her long after leaving the Senate and becoming Secretary of State to dismiss a previous deal that had been made with Israel and to call for the end of the construction of new homes in what Israel’s enemies call settlements on the West Bank but which are actually the legally-sanctioned territories in Israel called Judea and Samaria.
By this action, Hillary, in essence, told Israelis that they could no longer live in their neighborhoods, and for good measure she threw in Jerusalem as well. Then she and Barack Obama proceeded to keep up a steady drumbeat of vilification, public admonishment, duplicitous dealings, and relentless demands on Israel, with nary the mildest demand on the Jewish state’s fanatically bellicose neighbors.
So obsessed with Israel is Hillary in the basest of ways, she even spoke publicly in 2011 at the leftist Brookings Institute about Israel’s accommodation to the Orthodox community in terms of females singing in the Israeli Defense Forces, comparing the action to the way Iran treats its women. Right. In her mind, there is no difference between simply walking out of a singing performance and stoning the offending woman to death.
The next year, at a forum on US-Israel Relations, she scorched Israel for its supposed insensitivity, lack of empathy, and lack of generosity toward those poor victimized Palestinians, turning a malevolent blind eye to the serial violations by Palestinian of all their agreements with Israel.
But now that she’s running for president, Hillary the Panderer is back, pretending that she’s a friend of Israel, hoping that the Jewish public she considers quite stupid will forget that as Secretary of State she created and executed the most anti-Israel policy of the most anti-Israel president in Israel’s mere 68 years of existence.
“Old habits die hard,” writes Tiffany Gabbay for TruthRevolt.org. Only last month, Hillary hosted a panel that included Salam al-Marayati, president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), “who openly supported Hezbollah in its 1983 bombing of a Marine barracks in Beirut and who blamed the 9/11 attacks on Israel.”
Hillary’s ties to al-Marayati go way back; Gabbay provides a detailed report developed by Patrick Pool of PJ Media. “Waves of controversy have not stopped Hillary Clinton from continuing to promote Marayati, including appointing him to positions during her tenure as Obama’s secretary of State.” To this day, MPAC continues to vilify Israel and even published “on its website in 2010 that Israel was harvesting the organs of Palestinians.” But he’s still Hillary’s pal! Mmmm… I wonder how much he’s contributed to The Clinton Foundation, which as I type is being investigated by 150 federal agents!
Gabbay also provides a list of these dubious figures tied to the Obama administration. I wonder how many of them have also provided hefty sums to the foundation. With the Clintons, isn’t it always about the money?
An editorial in The Jewish Voice this month cites recent history to describe Hillary’s unique unfitness to be fair and balanced as a president when it comes to Israel. “Her vicious attacks on Netanyahu and the Jewish State are legend during her four years of leaning unashamedly to the side of Palestinian causes,” the opinion piece states, and continues to list some of her egregious anti-Israel behavior:
- Her grant of 147 million bucks to the Hamas controlled Gaza which was utilized to repair the terror tunnels and artillery emplacements after they attacked Israel.
- Her 45-minute-long verbal phone assault on Netanyahu for his refusal to kowtow to Abbas’ demands.
- Her unending calls for “a two state solution,” adding kindling to the fires of hate that the Palestinians keep burning in order to scorch the state of Israel.
- Her comments in her book, “Hard Choices,” where she repeatedly mentions, the “illegal occupation” of Palestinians by Israel.
That is not to omit what writer/editor Jerome S. Kaufman reported in Israel Commentary about Hillary’s recent speech at the American-Israel-Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) forum. “She told the outrageous lie that she led the policy of imposing `crippling’ sanctions on Iran to force it to the negotiating table and she supported the agreement that has put a lid on its nuclear program!” Then she said: “We will never allow Israel’s enemies to think a wedge can be driven between us.”
“Huh!” Kaufman writes. “Evidently she does not think that Ali Khameni, the current Supreme Leader of Iran, thinks that, after Obama signed a lethal agreement with Israel’s mortal enemy giving them $150 billion in spending money plus a virtually unencumbered route to develop nuclear weapons and the unlimited launching of missile tests designed to carry them out, there is a `wedge between Israel and the US.’”
Calling Hillary’s presentation “a con job for Jewish audiences,” Kaufman pleads to her: “Please stop parading as Israel’s friend. That is a complete lie.”
And then there are Hillary’s closer-than-close ties to advisor, family friend, and former advisor to Pres. Bill Clinton, Sidney Blumenthal–he of her private unsecured e-mail server fame––one of those apologist “court Jews” who make the rest of us cringe in embarrassment and revulsion. Writer Lori Lowenthal Marcus describes in The Jewish Press what happened on May 31, 2010, when the Israeli Navy confronted six ships sailing from Turkey, “seeking to blow up the internationally-recognized legal naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.”
“Starting the very morning of the incident,” she writes,” Sidney Blumenthal began emailing Hillary Clinton, haranguing her to treat this grave tragedy as a whip with which to lash Israel. Blumenthal also sent screeds written by his unhinged son Max, who insisted that the entire incident was orchestrated in advance by a bloodthirsty Israel as a means to blow up the peace process. By the next morning, Blumenthal had written a seven-point memo to Clinton suggesting ways the United States should respond to the flotilla incident, among them, “someone in authority needs to read Israel the riot act”…”
AmericanThinker.com writer Thomas Lifson fleshes out this ugly story. Hillary’s “reliance on Sidney Blumenthal as an advisor, despite the fact that she was forbidden by the Obama administration to employ him as a State Department aide, is now revealed to contain a reliance on the even viler son of a vile man. Just as telling is the way he plied her with his son Max’s articles. Max Blumenthal is a radical left wing writer and the author of Goliath, a vicious anti-Zionist polemic that attacks Israel’s right to exist and urges its isolation and ultimate dissolution.”
“Hillary is imbibing poison from Blumenthal,” says Lifson, “and went out of her way to do so. She should be shunned by all who care about the survival of Israel.”
A HATRED SO DEEP
Ari Lieberman titles his article in FrontPageMagazine.com “Hillary’s Emails: Hating Israel.” In it, he spares no passion in describing the candidate’s flaws (“unrepentant liar,” “unethical,” “serial hypocrite,” “likely a felon,” et al), and then prefaces a further critique with this damning caveat: “If you hate Israel and wish to see nothing but misfortune for the Jewish State, stop reading because Hillary is your candidate. If you care about Israel and its relationship with the United States, read on.”
Lieberman details the nefarious plots and plans suggested to a very interested Hillary by her close aides Thomas Pickering, never a friend of Israel, and Anne Marie Slaughter, Hillary’s director of policy planning. But he reserves his most scathing commentary for Hillary’s closest advisor.
“Another miscreant and perhaps the most troubling on the list of shady anti-Israel characters advising Clinton is Sidney Blumenthal, father and defender of the notorious anti-Semite, Max Blumenthal. Max has never met a Hamas or Hezbollah terrorist he didn’t like and subscribes to every single anti-Israel calumny and conspiracy theory winding its way through the blogosphere. So extreme are his views that even the German Communist party washed its hands of him. Sidney Blumenthal is a passionate defender of his son’s unscholarly, anti-Semitic dung and has passed much of it along via email to a very receptive Hillary. Among the articles forwarded was a lengthy conspiracy piece written by Max for the Hezbollah-affiliated Al-Akhbar. Rather than rejecting it outright, Clinton responded, “interesting reading.”
Lieberman then discusses Hillary’s closest female adviser, Huma Abedin, noting that her history and involvement with the “fascist Muslim Brotherhood are undeniable” …Abedin and her Saudi-connected parents have held high-level positions with various Muslim affiliated organizations that have openly adopted extremely hostile views toward the Jewish State.
According to columnist Caroline Glick, “Hillary would continue Obama’s anti-Israel policies. Saying that her tenure as Secretary of State “was a disaster of epic proportions,” Glick adds that during those four years, “Clinton was a full partner in Obama’s hostile policies toward Israel.”
So it is no surprise that among the other anti-Israel people Hillary has hired to help her win the presidency is former Congressman Earl Hilliard, who, writes Carol Brown in AmericanThinker.com, “was a reliable anti-Israel voice in Congress”––voting against increased military support for Israel and accusing Jews of buying the election that defeated him.
Three-hundred and thirty million people in the U.S.A., and these are the best Hillary could do!
Who does Al Qaeda want in the White House? is the title of an article by Lisa Daftari, who writes that, “The Wall Street Journal has obtained a translated report of the text which suggests that…former Sec. of State Clinton `will be an extension of the policy of Obama and the Democrats in the region.’” Precisely!
It’s astounding to me, who reads daily newspaper reports of people being arrested and incarcerated for relatively innocuous crimes, that Hillary has not yet been frog-marched into a courtroom, on her way to Leavenworth. Clearly, someone doesn’t want that to happen because of the guilt-by-association that would land that someone in a cell in the same institution. And the media’s reassurances that FBI Director James Comey “is nonpartisan” ring hollow when you consider that on more than one occasion, he has found no criminal wrongdoing in several of the Clintons’ fishy cases.
Tiffany Gabbay comments that Hillary’s associations, which I’ve described above, “are nothing new to the Obama administration, nor to the Clintons. In fact, it is one of the primary reasons why voters concerned about terrorism and national security, or who care for the preservation of Israel, are best advised to refrain from voting for Clinton come November.”
No sane American, no sane Jew, can give that premise a serious argument.