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A welcome Schumer, Clinton, Pelosi, Cuomo, Congressional Black Caucus Defeat: Israel loses Engel election
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weary flake
2020-07-02 20:17:54 UTC
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The Fall of Eliot Engel: Israel-Firster Defeated in Congressional Primary

Sometimes listening to the morning news on television is a bit
like entering into an alternate universe. Last Wednesday, the day
after primary elections in New York State, CBS News reported that
New York Congressman Eliot Engel was “facing a challenge” from
Democratic Party challenger Jamaal Bowman. NBC News reported that
Engel was “trailing.” The reality, according to the New York
Times tally of the results that morning was that Bowman had
beaten Engel by a margin to 60.9% versus 35.6% with more than 82%
of votes counted. Even though it posted the numbers, the Times
felt compelled to describe the apparently impending lopsided loss
as if it were something less than that, as a “stiff challenge”
for Engel.

The media deference to Engel derives from the fact that he is a
protected species, possibly the leading Israel-firster in
Congress. In 2003, Engel supported the invasion of Iraq and in
the following year he organized a group of fellow congressmen to
demand cuts in the U.S. contribution to the United Nations office
that assists Palestinian refugees. He attended the infamous
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu address to Congress in
2015 that many other Democratic lawmakers boycotted due to the
insult to President Obama and afterwards called Netanyahu’s
speech “compelling.”

Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer, Andrew Cuomo and Nancy Pelosi all
had endorsed Engel, who has been in Congress for going on 32
years and currently heads the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Clinton explained that Engel “…is deeply committed to working
with our allies to maintain American leadership on the global
stage.” She was, of course, referring to Israel.

Engel was also endorsed by the Congressional Black Caucus even
though Bowman is black, a demonstration of how politics in
Washington works. Engel will in any event likely be replaced to
chair the Foreign Affairs committee by a similar Jewish
Israel-firster Brad Sherman of California, but his imminent
defeat has already sent a shockwave through the centers of
pro-Israel power in the United States.

Bowman, a progressive so-called Justice Democrat, is on record as
favoring cuts in aid for Israel based on its human rights record.
He has attacked Engel for being on the dole financially from
defense contractors and also for being an active promoter of a
military attack on Iran, even though the Iranians pose no threat
to the United States. He has, in fact, made Israel something of
an issue in his campaign, pointing out that Engel had been one of
the few Democratic members of the House of Representatives to
vote against President Barack Obama’s Joint Comprehensive Plan of
Action (JCPOA) in 2015. The JCPOA was the major foreign policy
achievement of the Obama Administration and it set up a framework
to prevent Iran from taking steps to produce a nuclear weapon. It
was strongly opposed by Israel and its American lobby even though
the agreement enhanced U.S. national security.

In 2016, after the Obama administration abstained on a United
Nations resolution condemning Israeli settlement expansion in the
occupied West Bank, Engel responded with a House resolution
condemning the U.N. Engel often in his career has boasted about
his close relationship with Israel. Speaking at the 2018 national
convention of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee
(AIPAC), the U.S.’s principal Israeli lobby, he boasted how
“There’s a bunch of legislation coming out of the Foreign Affairs
Committee. I want to tell you that I sit down with AIPAC on every
piece of legislation that comes out. I think it’s very, very
important. In the past 30 years I have attended 31 consecutive
AIPAC conferences in March, I haven’t missed one.” Some might
suggest that serving in one country’s legislature and working for
the interests of another country amounts to treason.

The other good news coming out of New York was that Alexandria
Ocasio-Cortez won her district with 72.6% of the vote. AOC,
controversial to be sure but no friend of the Israel Lobby, was
running against Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, a CNBC reporter. As is
often the case, there is considerable back story to the two races
and that back story is Jewish money, lots of it, intended to
re-elect Engel and get rid of Ocasio-Cortez. Engel received more
that $1.5 million from one group alone, the so-called Democratic
Majority for Israel and also obtained large sums bundled by the
AIPAC-tied group Pro-Israel America as well as from other Jewish
groups. AOC was opposed by the not surprisingly well-funded
Caruso-Cabrera, whose money largely came from pro-Israel and
Jewish affiliated organizations

And more bad news appears to be coming from the Hudson Valley
district currently held by yet another Israel-first congresswoman
Representative Nita Lowey, who is retiring. Mondaire Jones, a gay
Harvard-educated lawyer, has the lead based on early returns.
Jones calls himself a progressive and he is unlikely to emerge as
a cheerleader for Israel if he is elected.

Representing parts of Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan in New York
City, Carolyn Maloney, who chairs the Oversight and Reform
Committee, is meanwhile maintaining a small lead over Democratic
challenger Suraj Patel. Maloney describes herself on her website
as a strong supporter of Israel and Jewish issues. In fact, she
goes far beyond that, actively sponsoring and otherwise promoting
legislation favorable to Israel and the Jewish community, most
recently being the sponsor of the waste of taxpayer money in
promoting the holocaust myth through H.R.943, the Never Again
Education Act. Maloney is hanging on to a slim lead against
Patel, though numerous postal and absentee votes have not yet
been counted and the outcome could go either way. Nevertheless,
it is undoubtedly a shock to the Israel Lobby that a completely
reliable Maloney might be in danger of losing her seat.

To be sure, Congress continues to be Israeli occupied territory,
as Pat Buchanan once put it. Last week 116 out of 198 Republican
congressmen signed a letter to President Donald Trump asserting
their support for Israel’s annexation of much of the West Bank,
due to start shortly. The letter stated that the annexation was
justified “based on the critical premise that Israel should never
be forced to compromise its security,” indicating very clearly
that actual U.S. national interests had nothing to do with it.

What is surprising about the Republican letter is that it was not
unanimous, and the loss of Engel, replacement of Lowey and
possible defeat of Maloney could be indications of a real shift
among voters regarding what has been an assiduously cultivated
overwhelmingly positive view of the Jewish State. Recent opinion
polls suggest that a majority of Americans do not support either
Israeli expansion or its form of apartheid.

Israel is feeling somewhat vulnerable. Its Lobby stalwarts in the
media and in politics are working hard to disengage the current
anti-racism turmoil in the U.S. from any mention of Israel, which
trained American police in their “anti-terror” tactics. The
Jewish state also practices a far more virulent and brutal racism
than anything prevailing in America, something that is becoming
increasingly clear to the public. It is early days to be hopeful,
but the New York primary election results, coming as they do from
a state where Jewish groups wield enormous power, just might be
an indication that some things are about to change.
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2020-07-02 23:31:32 UTC
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The Fall of Eliot Engel: Israel-Firster Defeated in Congressional Primary
Philip Giraldi is a former counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
Post by weary flake
To be sure, Congress continues to be Israeli occupied territory,
as Pat Buchanan once put it.
https://www.google.com/search?q=Menorah+Washington+lawn+ellipsis&tbm=isch&ved
Post by weary flake
What is surprising about the Republican letter is that it was not
unanimous, and the loss of Engel, replacement of Lowey and
possible defeat of Maloney could be indications of a real shift
among voters regarding what has been an assiduously cultivated
overwhelmingly positive view of the Jewish State.
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