Tag: election

The enemy of them all

  Posted by Stan in Antisemitism, Christian Zionism, Israel-US relations, RSS Attention Christian Zionists – Very few of us are Israeli. Except for a sprinkling of locals, none of us has the right to vote in Israel’s national elections. Many…

Olmert, Livni agree to make political comeback together

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Olmert, Livni agree to make political comeback togetherOusted leaders of Kadima party make pact to face January elections together — if they choose to runBy Sam Ser October 18, 2012, 4:14 am 5 Share on emailEmailShare on printPrintSharePrime minister Ehud Olmert and foreign minister Tzipi Livni at a cabinet meeting in 2007. TopicsEhud Olmert and Tzipi Livni, together again. That is the pact the two reportedly forged in a 90-minute meeting on Wednesday, when the former Kadima party leaders agreed to join forces should they choose to run in the upcoming general elections.

Olmert, the former prime minister who was forced to step down under the cloud of corruption charges, would rejoin Livni, the foreign minister who replaced him at the helm of the party but left politics when she was ousted from the Kadima leadership earlier this year after failing to form a governing coalition in the last general elections.

Olmert has been weighing a return to politics, but his ability to run for office was cast in doubt on Tuesday when the State Attorney’s Office informed Olmert’s lawyers that it will appeal his acquittal in at least one, and possibly both, of the two substantive corruption cases in which he was acquitted by the Jerusalem District Court in July.

This Election just became about Obamacare

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In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision upholding the constitutionality of Obamacare, the principal choice now facing Americans on November 6 will be whether to keep Obamacare or to repeal it. The question is a binary one, and the answer — expressed almost entirely through their presidential vote — will go a long way toward determining the future course of this great nation.

Yes, the economy is extremely important; and, yes, Obamacare is hurting the economy. But the reason why this election is the most important since the Civil War is not because Mitt Romney would make a far better steward of the economy than President Obama (though he would). Rather, it’s because we are about to decide whether to put what will soon be one-fifth of our economy under the control of the federal government; whether to funnel previously unthinkable amounts of power and money to Washington; and whether this nation conceived in liberty will continue to prioritize liberty.

Bilderberg power masters meet in the US

Activists protest close to the Suvretta House five-star hotel in the chic Swiss ski station of St Moritz, where the Bilderberg Group is holding its annual meeting on June 9, 2011.

Every time a Bilderberg Meeting takes place, important things happen. The last time they met in the US was an election year, 2008 – and the world got Obama. This year they’re back in the US: will they decide who the next president will be? ­When in 2008 they gathered from June 5 to 8 in Chantilly, Virginia – just a stone’s throw from the Washington DC – Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were neck-in-neck in the battle for the Democratic Party’s presidential candidacy. On June 5 of that year, Barack and Hillary mysteriously “disappeared” for some hours “somewhere in the DC area.” Their agendas blocked out, they clearly sneaked off to “Meet the Bilderbergers.” The media kept mum about that, save for an Associated Press report on the campaign trail saying that, “reporters traveling with Obama sensed something might be happening between the pair (i.e. Obama and Hillary) when they arrived at Dulles International Airport after an event in Northern Virginia and Obama was not aboard the airplane. Asked at the time about the Illinois Senator’s whereabouts, Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs smiled and declined to comment.” (The AP dispatch “Obama and Clinton meet, discuss uniting Democrats” is, strangely, “no longer available” on their website).

Great News for Israel

Op-ed: It’s not politically correct to say it in Israel, but Obama election defeat good for us

The great fear to show happiness over Barack Obama’s defeat almost gave rise to national mourning around here when news of his midterm election loss arrived. On every Hebrew radio station, an American affairs expert made an effort to cool the excitement. Here and there, the president was being portrayed as a wounded, vengeful animal, and woe is us if we infuriate it now with a stupid smile.

Election Aftermath

Op-ed: Despite midterm election defeat, US president not expected to ease pressure on Israel

The truth is that while uncorking a champagne bottle on the occasion of the sweeping Republican victory would be an exaggerated move, we can certainly have a toast with some liquor. Obama abused Israel, he now sustained a serious political blow, and this is good for us.

Yet even if we would have seen a last-minute surprise, our situation would not have been fundamentally differently. Capitol Hill is sympathetic to Israel even when it’s controlled by the Democrats. It shows greater understanding to our security needs than our own Knesset.