GOP candidates court Jewish Republicans
December 7th, 2011
06:26 PM ET

GOP candidates court Jewish Republicans

(CNN) – All but one of the Republican presidential candidates made their case to Jewish voters Wednesday, voicing their support for Israel and criticizing Iran while uniformly hitting President Barack Obama's strategy of appeasement on the world stage.

Speaking before the Republican Jewish Coalition in Washington, D.C., the candidates stressed the importance of the United States standing with Israel, something they charged Obama has failed to do in his first years in office.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has said he will zero out all foreign aid from the United States if elected president, appeared to fully reverse course on the issue during his remarks.

"Strategic defensive aid in all forms will increase to Israel," Perry said, after calling Israel America's strongest ally in the Middle East.

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  1. JF

    The RICH and WELL OFF people are playing some games, but GOD got a game coming thats not going to be
    very funny.

    December 9, 2011 at 8:20 pm |
  2. Iqbal Khan


    December 9, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
  3. Iqbal Khan


    December 8, 2011 at 11:44 pm |
  4. Iqbal Khan


    December 8, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
  5. Iqbal Khan


    December 8, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
  6. Iqbal Khan

    Google What Bejamin Franklin has said!

    December 8, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
    • Thinker23

      WHY "google"? Open the officially published book written by Ben Franklin and SHOW us the name of the book, the page and the stTements printed on this page you would like us to know...

      December 9, 2011 at 5:45 am |
  7. Glenn Curtis

    see records that show the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is Severely / dangerously / Illegally, Understaffed at the full knowledge of the governor Rick Perry.... why is this being tolerated?

    What is being done to correct Fort Worth PD and Tarrant County Sheriffs Office and their Fraudulent over charges of State and Federal monies... he also knows about...

    December 8, 2011 at 9:51 am |
  8. Reality

    What any responsible presidential candidate should say about Israel:

    – Its formation was approved by the UN in 1948. It should honor the original UN agreement and live within the described borders. Considering the hate generated by passages in the koran and OT, erecting dividing walls between Muslims and Jews should continue. UN forces should control these walls.

    And Jerusalem should be made into an international city under the control and protection of the UN.

    December 7, 2011 at 11:59 pm |
    • Reality

      . Unfortunately the Annapolis Peace Conference was not successful. And unfortunately the recent events in Gaza has put this situation back to “squ-are one”. And this significant stupidity is driven by the mythical foundations of both religions!!!

      December 8, 2011 at 12:01 am |
    • Thinker23

      Israel was one out of only TWO states who's formation was "approved by the UN. The other was the Arab state in Palestine that was rejected by the Arabs. No other state on this planet was "approved" by the UN meaning (at least, according to YOUR logic) that EVERY STATE ON THE PLANET , except Israel, should CEASE TO EXIST.

      I never call my opponents idiots. I prefer to let them arrive to this conclusion on their own.

      December 8, 2011 at 4:55 am |
    • Reality

      See http://www.un.org/mandatereview/intro.html

      "I. Executive Summary

      In September 2005 at the World Summit, global leaders resolved to "strengthen and update the programme of work of the United Nations so that it responds to the contemporary requirements of Member States". To that end, they instructed the General Assembly and other relevant organs to "review all mandates older than five years originating from resolutions of the General Assembly and other organs", and requested me to facilitate this with analysis and recommendations. The present report responds to that request, and aims to provide Member States with an analytical framework for their review of the Organization’s current mandates.

      Legislative mandates express the will of Member States and are the means through which they grant authority and responsibility to the Secretary-General to implement their requests. For the purposes of this report, a mandate has been defined as a request or a direction for action by the United Nations Secretariat or other implementing ent-ities in the system, which originates in a resolution of the General Assembly or one of the other organs.

      In response to requests from several Member States, the Secretariat has compiled an electronic inventory of mandates originating from the resolutions of the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, and the Security Council.[1] This inventory, which is presented as a searchable online registry, will give Member States access to information on the Organization’s active and potentially active mandates that are older than five years, and the resolutions from which they derive, in a convenient way.[2]"

      The mandate-generation cycle through which mandates are adopted, funded and implemented, and then considered for continuation, change or elimination, should be re-examined. In order to conduct a proper and fully comprehensive review, Member States must be able to serve as better custodians of their mandates. The current system has not sufficiently allowed an intergovernmental organ, once it has adopted a resolution, to analyse the effectiveness of its mandates and how they contribute to the overall priorities of the Organization as a basis for subsequent decision-making. This critical gap has contributed to, or exacerbated, the following problems, which are common to issue areas, departments and ent-ities throughout the Organization:

      December 8, 2011 at 7:18 am |
    • Reality

      This is a list of United Nations Security Council Resolutions to include mandates 1301 to 1400 adopted between 31 May 2000 and 28 March 2002.



      31 May 2000

      12-1-2 (against: Namibia; abstentions: Jamaica, Mali)

      Extends mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara


      8 June 2000


      Extends Oil-for-Food Programme in Iraq


      14 June 2000


      Extends mandate of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus


      16 June 2000


      Demands end to hostilities in the Second Congo War among Congolese, Rwandan and Ugandan forces


      21 June 2000

      14-0-1 (abstention: Russia)

      Extends mandate of the Stabilisation Force and United Nations Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina


      5 July 2000

      14-0-1 (abstention: Mali)

      Imposes sanctions on rough diamonds from Sierra Leone


      13 July 2000


      Extends mandate of the United Nations Mission of Observers in Prevlaka


      17 July 2000


      Training on HIV/AIDS related issues in peacekeeping missions


      25 July 2000


      Extends mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara


      27 July 2000


      Extends mandate of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon


      28 July 2000


      Extends mandate of the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia


      31 July 2000


      Establishes the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea


      4 August 2000


      Extends mandate of the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone


      11 August 2000


      Children and armed conflict


      14 August 2000


      Negotiations concerning the establishment of the Special Court for Sierra Leone


      23 August 2000


      Extends mandate of the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo


      5 September 2000


      Extends mandate of the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone


      7 September 2000


      Declaration on effective role in the maintenance of international peace and security, particularly in Africa


      8 September 2000


      Calls upon Indonesia to ensure security of refugees and United Nations staff in East Timor


      15 September 2000


      Authorises deployment of troops and military observers as part of the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea


      20 September 2000


      Extends mandate of the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone


      7 October 2000

      14-0-1 (abstention: United States)

      Events in Jerusalem and the Israeli-occupied territories


      13 October 2000


      Extends mandate of the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo


      30 October 2000


      Extends mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara


      31 October 2000


      Women and peace and security


      31 October 2000

      Adopted without a vote

      Admission of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia to the United Nations


      13 November 2000


      Implementation of the report of the Panel on United Nations Peace Operations


      27 November 2000


      Extends mandate of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force


      30 November 2000


      Enlarges appeals chambers at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda


      5 December 2000


      Extends Oil-for-Food Programme in Iraq


      13 December 2000


      Extends mandate of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus


      14 December 2000


      Extends mandate of the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo


      19 December 2000

      13-0-2 (abstentions: China, Malaysia)

      Mechanism on monitoring sanctions against the Taliban in Afghanistan

      December 8, 2011 at 7:37 am |
    • Thinker23

      It seems that my post caused some serious verbal diarrhea to you, Reality... Do you feel better now, after verifying that Israel iand the still non-existing Palestinian Arab state are the ONLY states who's CREATION was approved by the United Nations?

      December 8, 2011 at 7:48 am |
    • Reality

      The point is that the UN continues to seek peace in various global regions using resolutions/mandates to establish the peace. Unfortunately, the UN failed to back up their resolve to keep peace in the Israel-Palestine region. It is time they do hopefully as per my original suggestions. The new Libya is a recent success story of UN and NATO in mandate cooperation.

      "Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the UN resolution "reflects that we have accomplished our mandate to protect the civilian population of Libya".

      December 8, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
    • Ironicus

      It would appear that penis-envy is not limited to physical organs but also in the lengths of one's posts.
      Right, Reality?

      December 8, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
    • Same Yazah

      I agree with Jerusalem being international. But building wall will get you no were we need bridges. These people can get along it starts with them knowing the prey to the same God.There killing one another over the explicit name of god Yahweh=Allah=Jehovah they should just call ou [explicit deleted] none of which are the real name, which is D-I forgot I’m only telling Ishtar. Now join hand you cream puffs and rejoice in your tyrant

      December 8, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
    • .........

      hit report abuse on all reality bull sh it really end the problem

      December 9, 2011 at 7:57 am |
    • Paul cohen

      sorry you misread the Quran, and fight over it as christians fight over the bible

      December 11, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  9. Sam YazaH

    Try going some were else besides Middle America, I’m in Jerusalem right now I have been trying to get a shipment of insulin and other medical necessity’s past the blockade for 2 days now my cargo been checked out 7 times buy Israel officials there is no contraband for funs sake man it’s easy to get humanitarian relief into the Congo then it is to the Palestinian ‘ghetto’

    December 7, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
    • Thinker23

      If the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank did not like the current arrangement they would NEGOTIATE A BETTER ONE long ago. They had plenty of opportunities. As long as the vast majority of the Palestinians and their democratically elected leaders are willing the war against Israel to continue it means that they're happy with the results and that Israel is under NO OBLIGATION to deliver ANYTHING to Gaza... and NO, Congo is NOT AT WAR with either Israel or the US. If it was the situation would be different.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:00 am |
    • Same Yazah

      What better arrangement would that be, all Israel wants from them is to die or leave. All Palestine wants Israel to do is stop invading. That is the peace talks in a nut shell. Do you actually think Palestine wants that wall. And yes I know were not at war with the Congo,.. I was making a comparison between the difficulties of giving humanitarian aid.

      December 8, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
    • Ironicus

      That's a nutshell but not an accurate one.

      December 8, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
    • Thinker23

      A "better arrangement" would give the Palestinian Arabs PEACE, a sovereign independent state of their own and all kinds of aid and assistance imaginable. It WOULD NOT, however, give them what they demanded since 1948, the destruction of the Jewish state. Further, if "all Israel wants from them is to die or leave" then HOW COME the number of Arabs in Palestine INCREASED SIX TIMES since 1948?

      December 8, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  10. The Arab

    Looks to me like Israeli's matter more then Americans. What money does.....

    December 7, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      You dum dum

      December 7, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
    • Thinker23

      You may consider that the amount of petrodollars in Arabs' disposal exceeds by far the wildest dreams of all Jewish moguls combined, my friend. Are the Arabs THAT DUMB, in your opinion, that they can not even create their own lobby considering the almost unlimited amount of money they have? If I was an Arab I would be insulted...

      December 8, 2011 at 5:03 am |
  11. Sam YazaH

    they stil wont let me cite it though, You win this round communist news network, but you can’t keep the devil down

    December 7, 2011 at 9:46 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      You really big dum dum

      December 7, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
  12. Sam YazaH

    The fact remains no one can count the death toll because there are no bodies Israel takes all dead for the investigation many families never even get to bury their child the body (and parts) is in Israeli custody. But that does not make their genocide any less real.

    December 7, 2011 at 9:43 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      You really big clueless dum dum

      December 7, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
    • Thinker23

      I'm not sure what is your definition of"genocide" or even "real genocide" but the number of Arabs living in Israel as full fledged citizens INCREASED TWELVE TIMES SINCE 1948. The number of Arabs in all of Palestine increased SIX TIMES. The number of Jews in the Arab countries DECREASED by 99% during the same period of time.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:07 am |
  13. Sam YazaH

    Actually I’m over exaggerating the numbers, the real number is undeterminable as in no proper count can be given. The number is giving for only Gaza and that is 1,300 since 2000. But I figure I can balloon the death toll like Israel does with the holocaust.

    December 7, 2011 at 9:42 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      You Lying dum dum

      December 7, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
  14. Sam YazaH

    I have to apologize ungodly my post won’t seem to show up

    December 7, 2011 at 9:39 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline


      December 7, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
  15. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    I will vote for Perry. Better than Obama.

    December 7, 2011 at 9:29 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      Me too. Since he won't be the candidate, it won't really matter.

      December 7, 2011 at 9:38 pm |
  16. Sam YazaH

    um... 130,000 reasons to condemn Israel. Because that is the number of Palestinian children from 3-12 years of age found dead with Israeli military rounds since 2007. Justify that. I’m not counting artillery or aerial bombardment. Just bullets fired from guns. nor I’m I counting any innocent over 12 years of age

    December 7, 2011 at 8:25 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      Citation please. Where did you get that figure?

      December 7, 2011 at 9:07 pm |
    • Thinker23

      If the vast majority of the Palestinians and their democratically elected leaders did not like the current arrangement they would NEGOTIATE a better deal long ago. As long as the Palestinians are willing the war to continue it will remain THE BEST justification for Israel to defend itself.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:10 am |
  17. Ungodly Discipline

    Wow this story is exciting.

    December 7, 2011 at 8:15 pm |
  18. Snow

    But according to his root religion, jews are bad.. They killed his savior, isn't it? How is he true to his religion now? Or is he just another politician trying to woo the mindless ignorant people (sheep).

    December 7, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
    • Sand

      we stand with Israel!

      December 7, 2011 at 7:35 pm |
    • George

      No, actually the Romans put Jesus to death. But he gloriously arose on the 3rd day.

      December 7, 2011 at 9:58 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      Jesus died and then smelled bad and then became dust like everybody else.

      December 7, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
    • Snow

      Zombie alert.. How do you know the devil did not rise the dead and is now using the puppet body to control mindless masses like you?

      December 7, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
    • Thinker23

      Which religion you're talking about, genius? Perry is a Christian. According to the Christian New Testament, the Jew named Jesus Christ was arrested, tried, convicted and executed BY THE ROMANS. Not by Jews.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:13 am |
  19. Ungodly Discipline

    But they would NEVER vote for a Jew!

    December 7, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
    • Scrapin

      They would if he/she appeared to be a dazzling intellect (IQ over 90) and made it clear they would act like a ho for rightwingnut bribes and agenda. That's all they want anyway. They are so pathetic.

      December 7, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
    • Paul cohen

      man i get off on the love that christmas brings out, Jesus woud trip out

      December 11, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  20. News Flash

    Oh....I sure wish they would put Rick Perry up on this board once in a while. Why do we have to keep looking at this idiot ?

    December 7, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
    • Thinker23

      No one is forcing YOU to look at him... You should be able to figure it by now, genius.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:14 am |
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