“I’m a one-issue guy, and my issue is Israel.”
Haim Saban billionaire donor to the Democratic Party
Pelosi assuring Haim Saban of America’s undying loyalty
Last month Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House, assured a pro-Israel Jewish audience that the arrival of Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar (and maybe also Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) as critics of Israel would not affect the U.S. relationship with Israel.
Phil Weiss called his Jan. 26 piece on Mondoweiss Pay no attention to Tlaib and Omar, says Pelosi– but she does. It should have been named Nancy Pelosi PEP—Progressive Except for Palestine
◦Pelosi like too many bought and paid for Dems went on to salute “the only democracy in the Middle East.” It is to weep, the power of money in the Democratic Party
Remove all doubt in your mind. It’s just a question of not paying attention to a few people who may want to go their own way, but as far as our Congress is concerned we try very hard to unify, to have bipartisanship in all of this… If you hear of one person or another– it’s not about anything other than perhaps their individual vote.
But Pelosi also acknowledged the pressure from the left, when she called for a two state solution, and there were jeers from the right wing crowd.
The principles we would hope to see there are a two state solution– [jeers]. I know there’s controversy but the extreme left on this is asking for a one-state solution– so understand we have to strike the balance….
That was surely an allusion to the progressive Democratic base that supports democracy over occupation; and to Omar and Tlaib’s support for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) targeting Israel for its treatment of Palestinians.
Pelosi appeared on the same Florida stage that Trump’s biggest donors, Sheldon and Miriam Adelson, also appeared on, and she assured Haim Saban, a megadonor to the Democratic Party, who had asked about the new House and the progressive Democratic base, that the Capitol could crumble to the ground and still the Democrats would be for Israel.
Pelosi then ran down the number of Jewish members of congress who can be counted on as knee jerk supporters of Israel—come what may. This is what she actually admitted. This is how out of touch with the “Catholic values” she always espouses. I guess Occupation 101 is high up there. “This is not an issue, this is a value, this is an ethic, this is part of who we are…”
So we have people very well placed who share our values in terms of the heart, Israel in heart and Israeliness in spirit. Shared values. Remove all doubt in your mind. It’s just a question of not paying attention to a few people who may want to go their own way but as far as our Congress is concerned we try very hard to unify, to have bipartisanship in all of this.
She offered her standard line on Israel being the greatest thing that happened in the 20th century.
I believe that the establishment of the state of Israel was the greatest political accomplishment of the Twentieth Century… Here was this beacon of hope, of values….
What a load of hooey.
It turned out it was too much for one blogger:
What kind of real democracy results in 2% of the population determining US foreign policy in the Middle East to rubber-stamp israel’s rogue whims, no matter the expense to the US treasure, blood and reputation?
This is exactly why these aging, ancient relics, Pelosi, Schumer, Biden et.al. are owned by AIPAC/ JINSA/ WINEP/ ADL/ PNAC/ AEI, not to mention wall street, corporations, etc. They are not progressive and had better stop being tone – deaf. The political currents have shifted.
Pelosi and Schumer and the israel first crowd better buckle up. The reality is that it’s time for progressive politicians to put Palestinian rights on the agenda, stop being bullied by AIPAC/ JINSA/ WINEP/ ADL/ PNAC/ AEI, Haim Saban, Adelson, etc. and get with the program, or else they are going to lose the support of the constituents they need to get elected- if not today, then tomorrow.
In this day and age when billions are thrown around in conversation let’s put it to vote and see how many Americans want to continue supporting the world’s biggest welfare client, israel, to the tune of 11 million plus a day when our own is going without?