Just How Cozy Is Pelosi With Jewish/Israeli Lobby AIPAC?
Now that Pelosi is slated to become Speaker of the House, let’s take a closer look at just how much she supports the zionist cause and vice versa.
Political observers say itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s no surprise that the congresswoman from San Francisco considers herself close to the Jews.
The daughter of Thomas DÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Alesandro Jr., a former mayor of Baltimore, Pelosi grew up in a Democratic family with Jewish neighbors and friends.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“She likes to say that, growing up in Baltimore, she went to a bar or bat mitzvah every Saturday,Ã¢â‚¬Â Amy Friedkin, a former president of AIPAC and a friend of PelosiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s for 25 years, wrote in an e-mail message to JTA.
Friedkin noted that thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s even a soccer field in the Haifa area of Israel named after the lawmakerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s family.
Really??? Wow. Impressive.
How many Catholic Americans do you think have israeli land dedicated to their families?
Well, now you know one.
While the Republicans had campaigned partly on the premise that support for Israel among Democrats has waned, exit polls from TuesdayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s voting show that Democrats won an overwhelming majority of the Jewish vote.
With Pelosi as speaker, Jewish activists and officials are confident that the U.S. Congress will remain strongly pro-Israel.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve heard her say numerous times that the single greatest achievement of the 20th centuryÃ¢â‚¬Â was the founding of the modern state of Israel, Friedkin wrote.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“She has been a great friend of the U.S.-Israel relationship during her entire time in Congress and is deeply committed to strengthening that relationship.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Sam Lauter, a pro-Israel activist in San Francisco, has known Pelosi for nearly 40 years. He was 5 years old when the Pelosis moved into his San Francisco neighborhood, he recalls. The two families lived on the same street.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“SheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s one of the classiest,Ã¢â‚¬Â most Ã¢â‚¬Å“straightforward people you could ever meet,Ã¢â‚¬Â Lauter said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“SheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s incredibly loyal.Ã¢â‚¬Â
I’m sure she is – the question is TO WHOM?
Lauter said the Pelosis used to attend the first night of the Passover seder at his parentsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ house.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“As far as the Jewish community is concerned, she feels our issues in her soul,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said.
To illustrate his point, Lauter told a Pelosi story that has become almost legendary in the Jewish community.
At an AIPAC members luncheon in San Francisco right after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, Pelosi was speaking when an alarm sounded.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Everybody started getting nervous, scrambling toward the door,Ã¢â‚¬Â Lauter recalled.
One person, though, was reading the words of Hatikvah, the Israeli national anthem, above the din.
It was Pelosi.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It actually calmed the crowd,Ã¢â‚¬Â Lauter said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“You could see people actually smiling, saying Ã¢â‚¬ËœWow.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ Ã¢â‚¬Â
This Ã¢â‚¬Å“wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t something done purposefully to show everyone that Nancy Pelosi supports the Jewish community,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said. It Ã¢â‚¬Å“actually came from inside her.Ã¢â‚¬Â
You would think that being an American congresswoman in America, that if any anthem ‘came from inside’ this woman’s heart, it would be an AMERICAN one.
But, according to AIPAC and clan, putting America first would be anti-semitic.
Rabbi Doug Kahn, director of the Jewish Community Relations Council in San Francisco [is] confident that Pelosi, as speaker, will be effective in persuading people with a broad range of views on the Middle East, the importance of maintaining bipartisan support for Israel.
hen it comes to Israel, Ã¢â‚¬Å“she truly gets it,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Matt Dorf, a consultant to the Democratic National Committee. he gets Ã¢â‚¬Å“IsraelÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s value and asset to U.S. securityÃ¢â‚¬Â and its Ã¢â‚¬Å“importance as the only democracy in the Middle East.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Jewish organizational officials also commend PelosiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s record on Jewish communal issues.
William Daroff, vice president for public policy for the United Jewish Communities, the federation systemÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s umbrella group and a Republican himself, said the lawmaker has helped ensure federal funding of Jewish family service agencies and Jewish hospitals and has supported government programs and policies that Jewish organizations value, such as Medicare and Medicaid.
He also noted that Reva Price, PelosiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s liaison to the Jewish community for a year and a half, came from the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the umbrella group of local community relations councils.
Bringing on board such an insider was Ã¢â‚¬Å“really a masterful stroke,Ã¢â‚¬ÂDaroff said.
Price, he added, has done a wonderful job of playing Ã¢â‚¬Å“traffic copÃ¢â‚¬Â with Jewish organizations and in making sure that PelosiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s agenda is in tune with that of the Jewish community.
SheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been “a real champion of making sure the Jewish community is well served,Ã¢â‚¬ÂDaroff said of the lawmaker. “IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m sure sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll continue to be a champion.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Forgive me if what I’m about to say sounds a tad insensitive to the Jewish cause, but WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF US?!!
WHO WILL BE OUR CHAMPION IN FIGHTING FOR OUR RIGHTS TO SPEND OUR TAX MONEY AS IT BEST SERVES OUR INTERESTS???
DO TELL ME, please.
However, I should give credit where credit is due.
Pelosi isn’t completely controlled by zionists. Occasionally, a sliver of inner conscience peers through the thick zionist exterior to catch a glimmer of daylight.
Some Republicans, in fact, questioned PelosiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s support for Israel this summer.
The congresswoman ended up removing her name as a co-sponsor from a House resolution supporting the Jewish state during its war with Hezbollah because it did not address the protection of civilians.
So, there is some hope, albeit very little.
God knows, I didn’t hear her cry foul yesterday when 17 women and children were murdered in their sleep by israeli shells.
Maybe they weren’t ‘civilian’ enough for her.