Obama Inc. Spokesman Refuses to Condemn Anti-Semitic “Jewish Lobby” Smear

I guess when you’re shipping F-16s to a country run by a group committed to the mass murder of Jews and Christians, suddenly a “Jewish Lobby” remark is no longer even worth bothering with.

Q    First, just a quick follow-up on the question about Senator Hagel.  One of the reasons he’s been criticized lately is he was quoted saying that, “The Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here” — when he was a senator.  “I’m a United States senator.  I’m not an Israeli senator.”  He currently serves in a role for the administration, so I just want to give you an opportunity to address this.  Does he deny having said that and does the administration —

MR. CARNEY:  Again, I think you ought to address that question to Senator Hagel.  I’m not — we’re not in a process — and we’ve been through this before with Ambassador Rice where there’s an effort to go after somebody.  And we haven’t nominated anyone.  We have made no personnel announcements, and I’m not going to engage in that.

What I can tell you is that Senator Hagel fought and bled for his country.  He served his country well.  He was an excellent senator.  And I say that as somebody who covered him as much as somebody who is speaking for the White House.  Beyond that, I just don’t — I’m not going to engage in this kind of process.

The second paragraph discredits the first paragraph, after saying that he won’t address that, Carney goes and launches the usual Kerry full-throated defense of Hagel.

Abe Foxman of the ADL had this to say.

Chuck Hagel would not be the first, second, or third choice for the American Jewish community’s friends of Israel. His record relating to Israel and the U.S.-Israel relationship is, at best, disturbing, and at worst, very troubling. The sentiments he’s expressed about the Jewish lobby border on anti-Semitism in the genre of professors John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt and former president Jimmy Carter.

Let’s not forget the current one either.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    You know one is a full throttle anti-Zionist/anti-Semite – six of one…half a dozen of another – when one marches in lockstep with those seeking Israel's destruction; the one and only Jewish homeland, for thousands of yrs.

    And there is no defending oneself when one backs Islamic jihadists, regardless of ones convenient denials. The POTUS is Allah bent on installing those who will do his bidding re Israel, but unless he can conduct all the People's business by Executive fiat there is still some room for back lash against him – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/11/06/obamas-second

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel -www.adinkutnicki.com/about/

    • Anderson

      America has no obligation to Israel, we aren't put here to fight your wars or garentuee your security. Stop thinking the world revolves around you.

      • bkopicz

        Stop the BS. America has never fought a war for Israel nor has anyone requested such actions so keep the BS crap to a minimum Anderson.

        • Anderson

          Yeah, the NeoCons who duped America into going to war in Iraq had American interest at heart. (Rolls eyes) The same NeoCons and AIPAC wanting more American blood and treasure to fight another proxy war for Israel in Iran… Let Netanyahu take his cartoonish drawings and propaganda elsewhere. We aren't buying it anymore. You want war,with Iran, have at it, But leave America out of it.

          • JacksonPearson

            "We aren't buying it anymore"
            Who are the "we" you're talking about? Are you speaking for America, or just yourself?

          • Anderson

            I'm speaking of all INFORMED Americans. You can throw those critical thinking skills out the window and believe everything the TV tells you, Ignorance is bliss after all.

          • JacksonPearson

            "Ignorance is bliss after all."
            Suuuuure it is. FYI, peers voting thumbs up+, or thumbs down-, are a good judge of a person's ignorance. So how are you doing?

          • Anderson

            Not sure if I should laugh at you or flame you…. Thumbs up or down on a forum is an indication of ignorance…. That is too funny! uh, okay man, if you say so.

          • JacksonPearson

            I do say so. You're doing a good job of flaming yourself….carry on!

          • bkopicz

            I’m surprised you haven’t gotten around to blaming the Jews for the financial crisis.

          • Anderson

            Yeah, I suppose I could give you the last names of those that run the Fed, Goldman Sachs etc, but that would be anti-Semitic wouldn't it?

          • bkopicz

            You posted "I don't see Anti-Semitism going mainstream or becoming a societal norm"
            Well, why doesn't that surprise me.

      • Mary Sue


        Are you a low-information voter?

        • Anderson

          I'm informed enough to know that it isn't anti-Semitic for an AMERICAN politician to put the interest of America over that of some foreign nation in the Mideast, how about you?

  • RedWhiteAndJew

    I am shocked…SHOCKED! that Abe Foxman had the kishkas to include Jimmah in his list of anti-Semites. Has the ADL ceased to be the hallelujah chorus (yid division) for the dhimmicrap party? Jimmah is virtually beatified by the dims. Naming him is a broadside.

  • Rob

    Why is it that when someone makes a comment about Israel or their lobby its anti Jew? Maybe Jews as a whole should look at Israel's actions more openly . Hagel is right that he was a us senator not one from Israel. Jews tend to think everyone is their enemy. Criticism can be a healthy thing.

    • RedWhiteAndJew

      I can't tell if you are being disingenuous or sincere, but your question is your answer.

      You ask what is wrong with criticizing the Israel lobby. Hagel is criticized for complaining about the Jewish lobby. One need not be Jewish in order to support Israel. Indeed, a great deal of America's support for Israel comes from protestant quarters.

      Crypto-anti-Semites like to play semantics, and claim that being anti-Israel or anti-Zionist is not antisemitic. Yet here we are, talking about one of those very anti-Israel critics, calling supporters of Israel, the "Jewish lobby."

      Jews tend to think everyone is their enemy.

      That is a bigoted statement.

      Criticism can be a healthy thing.

      So can introspection. Try it.

    • bkopicz

      It's only paranoia if they're trying to destroy you. Antisemitism has become social acceptable and in fact main stream, just look at the majority of postings at the Huffington Post. For no other country is the very right to exist consider a legitimate question. Israel has face criticisms from the UN, EU and other bloviated organizations well beyond anything she has done. You want to talk about a influential lobby undermining America, directly influencing education and our politicians look at the Arab lobby.

      • bkopicz

        Left out key word

        Its only paranoia if they're NOT trying to destroy you

      • Anderson

        You're being paranoid Bkopicz. I don't see Anti-Semitism going mainstream or becoming a societal norm. Criticism of Israel does not mean that people hate Jews for the simple reason that they're Jewish. If I criticize France, that doesn't mean that I'm anti-French. Israel needs to make peace with her neighbors, remove the interlopers that are squatting beyond the 67 borders and declare your country on those borders/67. As for the Huffpost, well, they're liberals and liberals always seem to side with the underdog, they see the Palistinans as being that underdog and it makes them feel warm and fuzzy inside to side with the weaker of the two forces. Look, declare your borders, stop mooching off of America and most criticism of Israel will subside.

        • bkopicz

          Let me refer you to R.S. Wistrich recent book (From Ambivalence to Betray page 1) since his experience so accurately reflect my own as it relates to growing up after WWII: " To the extent that antisemitism still existed it was treated somewhat condescendingly as an obsolescent relic of the European far Right and its imitators on other continents. In recent decades, however, it has become apparent that antisemitism has assumed multiple new forms and adopted a new "ant-Zionist" discourse, which owes much of its inspiration to the Left".
          The left that vilify evangelicals but support Palestinians who execute Gays, treat women like property including female mutilation, and Arab culture steep in racial bigotry and legal slave system that official did not end until 1960. In supporting the Palestinians the left has betrayed much of what they say they hold dear.

          So spare me your two bit psycho analysis, I am sure you can one day apply all you have learnt from watching Frasier to good use. As far as the French thing goes your on your own.

    • JacksonPearson

      "Criticism can be a healthy thing."
      The right kind of criticism is healthy, antisemitism isn't.

  • http://twitter.com/NewYorkRobert @NewYorkRobert

    I'm sorry but where exactly was the "shmear"??

    • Mary Sue

      Calling something the JEWISH Lobby is a bigoted smear, when one presumptively referring to Israel. It's a form of stealth (well not-so-stealth) anti-semitism.

  • Ghostwriter

    Senator Hagel sounds like a nitwit to me.

  • http://twitter.com/USnavy1967 @USnavy1967

    Hagel is a Republican, working for a Communist and his administration, that by its self is disturbing. The anti-semitic issue is one that the communist regime is not worried about, he hates the Jews, although they voted for him, so hagels views are right in step with Obama's. He is a arrogant as his new boss is arrogant. The both will be happy together, continuing the communist ideals.

    • Anderson

      Communism? Who came up with such and evil ideology that has caused the deaths of countless millions? A little research into Karl Marx and Bolshvism would give you the answer. I would suggest the book, The Gulag arcapelgo. Hint, it would be the same ilk that attacked the USS LIBERTY in 1967…hence your user handle.

      • bkopicz

        Karl Marx was baptized and raised as a Christian his parents converted prior his birth (Heir Anderson may be referring to his Jewish ancestry) . Karl Marx was very clear in his extreme antisemitic beliefs which are expounded on numerous times in his writing. My parent were sent to the Gulag because of their Jewishness and as someone who read the Gulag arcapelgo -and your point is what? What are you referring to?

  • JCLove

    Israel can do no wrong. God chose them!

    • bkopicz

      And JCLove can do no right

  • Jeff Blankfort

    In the Israeli media it is referred to as the "Jewish Lobby" and has been for some time because that's exactly what it is since there are Jews in Israel and the US that don't believe what it does benefits Israel and is largely self-serving. I find it a little curious that, although AD Miller's book has been in print for several years, no one bothered to "correct" Hagel before now.

    While there are many Christian Zionists who support Israel they are not and have never been the heavy hitters on Capitol Hill who do intimidate members of Congress to sign every letter that comes their way from AIPAC because there are benefits to signing and no benefits to refusing, except perhaps, to one's conscience. But very few politicians are known to have one.

    It is likely that Obama will nominate someone else, but his not being able to nominate Hagel, an honored and twice wounded Vietnam vet because he puts US interests before those of Israel as every American should, is likely to create further resentments against Israel and its supporters among those Americans who share his sense of patriotism.