Anti-Semitic Remarks Condemned by Senator.

HATCH CONDEMNS OBAMA ADMINISTRATION COMMENTS ON ISRAEL

Calls for immediate termination of officials responsible for reckless comments about important ally

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Sen. Orrin Hatch sent a letter to President Obama, condemning the comments made by senior administration officials regarding Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and calling for the dismissal of those responsible.

According to an article in The Atlantic titled “The Crisis in U.S.-Israel Relations Is Officially Here,” Obama administration officials described Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as “recalcitrant,” “myopic,” “reactionary,” “obtuse,” “blustering,” “pompous,” and “Aspergery.” The article also recounts a senior official referring to Prime Minister Netanyahu as a “chickens***” and a “coward.”

“These comments are flagrantly offensive and wholly inaccurate,” writes Sen. Hatch. “Throughout his life and tenure in office, Prime Minister Netanyahu has conducted himself with honor, dignity, and the highest distinction. He has proven himself both a capable defender of the State of Israel and a willing partner for peace, as well as a true and loyal friend of the United States.

“[T]hese comments are deeply harmful to our vitally important relationship with Israel and its duly elected leader,” Hatch wrote. “No less than immediate dismissal can demonstrate that such remarks do not in any way represent the policy or attitude of your administration or of the United States government.”

 

The full text of Sen. Hatch’s letter is below:

October 31, 2014

The Honorable Barack H. Obama
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President,

I write to you today out of concern arising from comments made by members of your Administration that appeared in Jeffrey Goldberg’s October 28, 2014 article in The Atlanticentitled, “The Crisis in U.S.-Israel Relations Is Officially Here.” The article quotes “Obama administration officials” describing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as “recalcitrant,” “myopic,” “reactionary,” “obtuse,” “blustering,” “pompous,” and “Aspergery.” The last term, employed as a pejorative, presumably refers to Asperger Syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder affecting an estimated 600,000 Americans. The article also recounts a senior official referring to Prime Minister Netanyahu as a “chickenshit” and a “coward.”

These comments are flagrantly offensive and wholly inaccurate. Throughout his life and tenure in office, Prime Minister Netanyahu has conducted himself with honor, dignity, and the highest distinction. He has proven himself both a capable defender of the State of Israel and a willing partner for peace, as well as a true and loyal friend of the United States.

Beyond their offensiveness and inaccuracy, these comments are deeply harmful to our vitally important relationship with Israel and its duly elected leader. As a nation, the United States has long shared a unique bond with Israel that each of your predecessors since President Truman has sought to preserve and strengthen. The American people expect you to follow in this important tradition of friendship with Israel—a critical legacy that has been endangered by these despicable remarks.

I applaud Secretary of State Kerry for condemning these remarks for what they are: unacceptable. On behalf of my fellow Americans, I ask that you order a complete and thorough investigation to determine the identity of these senior members of your administration and, once identified, terminate these officials’ service. No less than immediate dismissal can demonstrate that such remarks do not in any way represent the policy or attitude of your administration or of the United States government. At this time of enormous challenges in the Middle East, we cannot afford any attenuation in America’s relationship with our most reliable partner and friend in the region.

Thank you for your prompt consideration. I look forward to the speedy resolution of this matter.

Sincerely,

Orrin G. Hatch
United States Senator

Thoughts While Sitting in Sunday School.

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Isaiah is a prophet that is awful hard to read.

And trying to explain him is a quite foolhardy deed.

His language is like Shakespeare’s, it’s so elegant and grand –

But when I try to grasp it, it’s like holding onto sand.

But I cannot ignore him or skip over his grand text.

(Which certainly left Israel so puzzled, and then vexed.)

I find that if I savor just a verse or two, then quit

I do not get a headache or a bad conniption fit.

Strong drink for all the nations, our Isaiah stands supreme;

To atheists he’s poison and to Christians he is cream.

Is the U.N. Anti-Israel?

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Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) released the following statement after the United Nations Human Rights Council voted in a special session yesterday for a resolution that will launch an inquiry into alleged human rights violations by Israel.

“I am greatly disappointed but not surprised that once again the UN Human Rights Council has taken a biased and one-sided approach against Israel. The resolution that came out of the UN Human Rights Council yesterday has little grounding in the reality of a conflict between Israel, a country trying to protect its civilians, and Hamas, a terrorist group that purposefully places civilians on both sides in harm’s way. A resolution that fails to even mention the word Hamas, or the barrage of rockets that have targeted Israeli towns and cities, the rockets stored by Hamas in UNRWA schools or even the tunnels built by Hamas to carry out attacks against Israeli civilians highlights the Council’s continued blatant anti-Israel bias. I support and commend the Administration’s efforts against this irresponsible resolution.”

U.S. Senate Snubs the State of Israel.

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Sen. Paul Speaks in Support of Stand with Israel Act of 2014
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Rand Paul  took to the Senate floor to ask unanimous consent to call up and pass S. 2265, the Stand with Israel Act of 2014. This legislation halts all U.S. aid to the Palestinian government until it agrees to a ceasefire and recognizes the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state. Sen. Paul’s request to pass the bill was blocked.

“I am deeply disappointed and disturbed by the Senate’s inability to stand with me in defense of Israel today. My support will not waiver and I hope the United States Senate will prevail in cutting off American aid to those that refuse to recognize Israel as a Jewish state,” Sen. Paul said.