President Gingrich? Wonderful news for Israel - maybe...

By Stanley Walinets
January 26, 2012

How might the US Presidentials affect Israel? An item just copied to me from the current 'Forward', the Jewish daily paper:-
"Adelson Millions Ensure Gingrich Steers to Far Right on Israel" ( Read on, then rejoice - or despair........

"It is safe to say that without multi-billionaire Sheldon Adelson's help the chances of Newt Gingrich becoming the Republican nominee for president would be zero - and consequently the race itself, going into
Florida at the moment, would not be the competitive, drag-out fight it has become. Adelson, the hotel and casino magnate, has kept Gingrich alive, first through an infusion of $5 million into a super PAC, which
allowed the former speaker to defend himself against attacks by Mitt Romney and led to Gingrich's thumping victory in South Carolina. And now we know that Adelson's wife, Miriam, has committed another $5 million to
the cause of Newt.

One of Adelson's passions - and a reason for his desire to play such a big role in American politics - is undoubtedly Israel. And his positions are unambiguously right-wing and hawkish to the extreme. When it comes
to the Palestinians, there is no one to be trusted. The New Yorker quotes him as calling Salam Fayyad, the Palestinian prime minister widely respected in the West, as being one of the "terrorists" running the Palestinian Authoriy. Even AIPAC was not far enough to the right for him. After being a diehard supporter - funding a new building in Washington, D.C. - he split with the group in 2007 when it decided to support a congressional initiative, backed by the Israelis, to increase economic aid to the Palestinians. "I don't continue to support organizations that help friends committing suicide just because they want to jump," he said at the time by way of explanation. He had the same reaction when Ehud Olmert, whom Adelson had once befriended, came to the conclusion that he had to pursue negotiations with the Palestinian leadership.

In short, Adelson does not believe in the two-state solution. As he told The Jewish Week last year, "The two-state solution is a stepping stone for the destruction of Israel and the Jewish people."

What does it mean to have someone with these views have such an outsized influence on a candidate and the race he is in? Well, for Gingrich it seems this has translated into him tripping over himself to prove his
pro-Israel bona fides, to the point where he was willing to say, this past December in an interview with the Jewish Channel, that the Palestinians were an "invented" people who "had the chance to go many places". No Palestinians, no need to negotiate a state. And Adelson clearly showed his satisfaction with Gingrich's line. As he told a group of Birthright participants at a Hanukkah party a few weeks later, "Read the history of those who call themselves Palestinians, and you will hear why Gingrich said recently that the Palestinians are an invented people."

As Wayne Barrett recently reported in The Daily Beast, there has been a marked turn in Gingrich's positions on Israel since his political life began depending on Adelson. Not that long ago, in a 2005 Middle East Quarterly article, Gingrich urged the "Palestinian diaspora" to invest in "their ancestral lands," and even proposed that Congress "establish a program of economic aid for the Palestinians to match the aid the U.S. government provides Israel."

You will not hear anything like this from Gingrich again any time soon.

But the greater concern is that because of his influence on Gingrich, Adelson has turned the Republican contest into a competition of extreme rhetoric, in which there is no room for compromise or diplomacy, and the
only answer to any international problem is unmitigated toughness. No one wants to be outflanked by the right when it comes to foreign policy (no one, I should say, besides Ron Paul) and so Gingrich's apparent parroting of Adelson's hardline attitudes about Israel - and, I should add, Iran - means that the whole tone of the race is affected......"

Certainly makes you despair at the nature of our democracies, that the elections of our Governments are really decided by the millionaires who happen to back them. We the people elect our Governments.... ho ho ho...



Fri, 01/27/2012 - 09:59

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Just a counter to the anti-Israel billionaire who funds anything that is against Israel and goes by the name of George Soros.
Certainly makes you despair at the nature of our democracies, that the elections of our Governments are really decided by the millionaires who happen to back them. We the people elect our Governments.... ho ho ho...


Fri, 01/27/2012 - 10:56

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Stanley Walinets: Certainly makes you despair at the nature of our democracies, that the elections of our Governments are really decided by the millionaires who happen to back them. We the people elect our Governments.... ho ho ho...

strange …i thought that the election of the us government was decided by the votes in a nationwide election

why are you trying to give the impression that the us presidency is in the pocket of a rich jew?

Stanley Walinets

Fri, 01/27/2012 - 15:32

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Happygoldfish - I think you miss the point. The point I was making re our democratic system was that in this particular instance - the backing of Newt Gingrich - his possible success seems highly dependent on the support of a millionaire.

As Advs3r points out, the chances of ANY candidate these days winning our 'democratic' elections, are in fact largely a result of the financial backing that candidate can attract. The more millionaires you can attract who think you'll favour them if you're elected, the more likely you are to win.

That's so in the US and the UK, to name but two nations. Consider the numbers of Company Directors, bankers et al who financially back the Conservative Party, and the number of financiers who support the Labour Party? This seems especially true of the US system and its Republican candidates - and if the people who back you also happen to own broadcasting companies (think of Fox News & co), well, with friends like that you're unlikely to lose.

So I agree, for once, with Advs3r - except that George Soros backs many other parties and causes that are nothing to do with Israel.

But all this is a 'sub-issue' of my reason for this posting. I'm simply quoting this report as an indicator of the influence the American 'Jewish lobby' has in that powerful country - notwithstanding that even AIPAAC itself has been dismissed by Adelson as not anti-Palestinian enough...


Mon, 01/30/2012 - 17:51

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"The two-state solution is a stepping stone for the destruction of Israel and the Jewish people."

He was echoing Arafat by the way.

"after this agreement," he said, "you have to understand our main battle is Jerusalem – ... it is not their capital. It is our capital ... This agreement, I am not considering it more than the agreement which had been signed between our prophet Mohammed and Quraish. But Muhammad accepted it and we are accepting now this peace offer ... Peace for us means the destruction of Israel. We are preparing for an all out war." (from a lecture by Arafat in a Johannesburg mosque, 10 May 1994).

So how is Mr Adelson's comment somehow outrageous?

Walinets however your odious comment about "the Jewish Lobby" in America is outrageous and should be withdrawn - it is a standard anti-Semitic trope and has no place on this website, that you subscribe to such a view however might explain your other vindictive anti-Israel postings on this website.

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Tue, 01/31/2012 - 14:16

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Curious that Walinuts does not imply that a rich Saudi for example would back an antisemitic candidate in order to win the US election. Maybe there is no Saudi millionaire?

Obviously, Walinuts sees a millionaire plot only when the candidate is in favour of Israel, therefore he must be a Jewish millionaire... You know, those Jews own the media, the banks, the Freemasons, the Illuminati... Read that in the "Protocols"... And you know what, they made us believe that 9/11 was perpetrated by Muslims, but shhhh! In fact, it was you know who !

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Tue, 01/31/2012 - 14:24

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And btw, there is such an antisemitic candidate, Ron Paul. Despite all his money, he doesn't seem to run a good chance to be elected (again!).
I know Ron Paul is not really Walinuts kind of candidate, but then he could criticise him much worse than Gingrich. But, no: Walinuts has nothing wrong to say about Ron Paul. An antisemite does not trouble him in the least.
But a pro-Israeli president would be a catastrophic event for him and a proof of non-democracy, based on his Jewish lobby power delusions.

jose (not verified)

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 16:53

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At least Gingrich knows his Middle East History. He knows that the "Palestinian people" was invented in 1964.
And of course, he said that he would give the order to move the US Embassy to the capital city of Israel on his very first day.
That seems quite symbolic and nice for Israel.
I'm sure Ron Paul is not so supportive of Israel, Walinuts.


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