Republicans is a new group of hostile to Israel Republicans who are now in the Obama camp. The group consists of former Iowa Congressman Jim Leach, former Rhode Island “Republican” Senator Lincoln Chafee, and former White House intelligence advisor Rita E. Hauser.
I think the liberal Jews supporting Obama need to ask themselves why people who are hostile to Israel are drawn to Obama like flies on dog excrement. Then again, these liberal Jews who deep down are ashamed of their Judaism,probably agree with these types of people, and believe with all their heart that creating another rogue terrorist state out of Israel’s guts is the best thing to do.
Lincoln Chafee has a long history of being one of the least supportive Senators of the American-Israel relationship, and having lost the most recent election, is now teaching students international affairs at Brown University.He also has a history of expressing views that are certainly not warm towards our embattled ally.
Rita Hauser is a fierce critic of Israel; an activist who tours the country promoting anti-Israel views. Again, from the New York Sun:
A professor coming to Columbia University this fall to head up a Middle East studies institute has said that killing armed Israelis is legitimate Palestinian “resistance” to occupation.
The money Columbia is using to pay the professor comes in part from Rita Hauser, a high-profile New York philanthropist whose former law firm was a registered agent of the Palestinian Authority. Also contributing was a foundation with close ties to Saudi Arabia.
The professor being referred to here is Obama’s friend Rashid Kalidi.
Hauser is the Chairwoman of the Advisory Board of the International Crisis Group. This is the Soros-funded group which was praised by Soros at a ceremony during which they gave him a Founders Award for their work on the Palestinian question. The International Crisis Group seems to be a congenial environment for anti-Israel foreign policy experts. These include experts who are close to Barack Obama: Robert Malley, Samantha Power, Zbigniew Brzezinski. Now we can add Rita Hauser.
Some key facts about Jim Leach. He supported sending Jimmy Carter as a negotiator between the Palestinians and Israel:
The week’s most creative idea comes from Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) and Rep. Jim Leach (R-Iowa). The lawmakers last week proposed that the Bush administration send an emergency negotiating team to the region consisting of three ex-presidents: Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
“It’s the dumbest idea to come down the pike since Jimmy Carter called the late Syrian President Hafez Assad his best friend in the Middle East,” said a long-time pro-Israel lobbyist.
During the war between Hezb’allah and Israel, he had this to say:
“at immediate issue is the war in Lebanon, but there is no chance for peace in the Middle East until the Palestinian issue is settled.
The key to reaching stability is three-pronged: 1) the introduction of a multi-lateral force in Southern Lebanon; 2) the return of Israeli hostages, perhaps involving an exchange for certain Hamas officials recently detained by Israel; 3) most importantly, the establishment of Palestinian borders acceptable to both sides.