Being judged by the friends you keep - a note on the Clintons

You cannot love America, Jews and Israel and have the close advisers and friends the Clintons have gathered around them.

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Many of us have grown up under the admonition of our parents, you are judged by the friends you keep.  Regarding Israel, never has this adage rung more succinctly than regarding President Obama’s relationships with his former pastor, Rev. Wright; Valerie Jarrett; Van Jones; and a host of others within his administration disinclined toward the Jewish state.  Unfortunately,  multitudes of Jews who voted for the current president, not once but twice and now rue the day on which they did so, may be about to make the same mistake.

Huma Abedin: Having locked up her nomination to head the Democratic ticket in early June, a cry rang out in the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s Duggal Greenhouse where thousands cheered her name. “Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome our next president of the United States, Hillary Clinton!”  The claim was made by none other than, Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s closest assistant, adviser, and professional confidante for over two decades.

In a comprehensive article published in Vogue entitled,  Huma Abedin On Her Job, Family, and the Campaign of a Lifetime, Nathan Heller describes a devout Muslim woman, dedicated to her work, a hard hitting woman totally enmeshed in the service of her longterm boss, Hillary Clinton.  According to him, ‘Clinton and Abedin seem to travel the world as a single entity.’ Senator Chuck Schumer is quoted saying, Hillary is a good listener but she “really listened to what Huma would say. If she didn’t say anything, Hillary would ask her what she thought.” Hillary herself described Abedin as, “among the most capable and confident people in public service….”With Huma, her grace, her intellect, and her humility have been unmatched as I’ve watched her go from an aide to an adviser to one of the people at the top of my campaign.”  

During Bill Clinton’s administration, Abedin applied for a coveted White House internship; fortunately for her that never materialized but she was instead stationed in the office of the First Lady.  Her rise to power and dedication to Clinton is no less miraculous. From intern to deputy Secretary of State and today widely assumed chief of staff or Secretary of State should Clinton win the presidency.

Surprisingly, or perhaps not so, are certain glaring omissions and aspects of Abedin’s life this author gleaned, such as: 
    •    For 12 years Abedin was the assistant editor of the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, a pro Muslim Brotherhood publication founded by her father, Syed. 
    •    Her mother, Saleha has an especially strong Islamist resume.  She leads a group called the International Islamic Committee for Women and Child, a subsidiary of a Muslim Brotherhood-led group that is banned in Israel for its links to Hamas.

It doesn’t stop there.  The Clarion Project published a comprehensive, annotated article entitled, ‘Extremism Found in Journal  During Huma Abedin's Tenure.’  It should be an eye opener to friends of Israel as to the real loyalties Clinton’s closest adviser.

Sidney and Max Blumenthal: If Huma is Hillary’s right hand person, then Sidney; the father of virulent anti-Semite Max is right up there with her.  He was a senior adviser during Bill Clinton’s presidency and served again as senior adviser for Hillary’s failed 2008 run for the White House. For those who doubt her trust in his opinions, his paid salary of $10,000 a month from her should dispel any diffidence. 

In an email sent to Clinton’s private account on March 21, 2010, Blumenthal urges Clinton to praise JStreet in order to discredit Netanyahu, U.S. neoconservatives, and AIPAC, which Blumenthal refers to as an “organ of the Israeli right.”  He goes on to say: 

“I would argue something you should do is that, while praising AIPAC, remind it in as subtle but also as directly as you can that it does not have a monopoly over American Jewish opinion.” 

Does today’s Presidential candidate repudiate his advice?  Clinton responds and  writes in an email  sent earlier that day, asking Blumenthal if she should also mention “private” analysis by Israeli scholar and rabid leftist Uri Avnery, who is a fierce critic of Israel’s current policies and right-wing government. Failing a prompt response she demands a memo from him on how to best paint JStreet while demeaning the Netanyahu government before AIPAC.  This is not a matter of conjecture.  Follow this recently unclassified U.S. Department of State link, it’s an eye popping, indisputable window into Hillary’s true feelings on Israel.

But the 'coup de grace' as to the inner workings and thoughts of the elder Blumenthal and his influence on the former Secretary of State is his relationship and non-repudiation of his baneful, Jew hating son Max.

Max Blumenthal: In October 2013 Sidney hosted a book party promoting an anti-Semitic book entitled, Goliath written by Max which claims equivalence between Israel and Nazi Germany. In 2013 the Simon Wiesenthal Center released the top 10 list of anti-Semitic/ Israel slurs in which Max Blumenthal prominently; if that’s the correct term, scored ninth place.  The book is replete with chapters entitled

    •    “Summer Camp of Destruction”
    •    “Date With the Devil”
    •    “The Concentration Camp”
    •    “There is No Dream”
    •    “How to Kill Goyim and Influence People”

Even Dr. Eric Alterman, an extreme critic of Israel in his own right, wrote a critique of ‘Goliath’ in the far left wing magazine, The Nation where he states:  Blumenthal’s “book could have been a selection of a hypothetical Hamas Book of the Month Club.”

What does this have to do with Hillary?…. Everything. Embarrassing emails have revealed Sidney forwarded 19 articles of his son’s most anti-Semitic articles concerning Israel.  Her response: 

    •    8/17/2010 – “Pls congratulate Max for another impressive piece. He’s so good.”
    •    11/18/2010- “A very smart piece as usual.”
    •    4/7/2011 – “Will Max’s piece be published anywhere else? It is powerful and touching.”
    •    12/23/2011 – “Max strikes again!”
    •    1/21/2012 – “Interesting reading.”
    •    9/13/2012 “Your Max is a mitzvah!”
    •    12/7/2012 – “Good stuff. Where is he now?”

Soros: “European anti-Semitism is the result of the policies of Israel and the United States.” He has also said that “America is the gravest threat to world freedom."
Written In a footnoted piece, “Hillary's Email Trail of Troubling Anti-Israel Conversations"  for Observer News and Politics, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach quotes many more emails the current nominee would rather supporters of Israel not see.

George Soros:  Whereas Huma Abedin is potentially Hillary’s Secretary of State or Chief of Staff if elected; Sidney Blumenthal, a stalwart adviser and his son Max will likewise play a prominent roles in a her administration; none can wield the economic power and support given to her by another close “friend,” billionaire Israel-bashing George Soros.

Newly released WikiLeaks emails disclose that Clinton was advised by campaign manager John Podesta, to do fundraisers simply to make Soros “happy.” According to the private documents, which have now been published online, Soros and his network are engaging in subversive tactics in an effort to “hold Israel accountable” for its supposed violations of international law.  By secretly dispersing his money to influence politicians and the media, Soros hopes to drive a wedge between America and Israel without anyone noticing.  And let’s face it, the $25 million he has thus far donated to the Clinton campaign can buy a lot of influence.

According to the leaked emails, Soros, as far back as 2011 made his policy wishes known to Clinton via Michael Vachon, an adviser and spokesman for Soros, who frequently emailed John Podesta to schedule phone calls and meetings and relay his boss’ policy positions.  Some of which are succinctly revealed in a speech he gave in front of the Jewish Funders Network where he said “European anti-Semitism is the result of the policies of Israel and the United States.” He has said that “America is the gravest threat to world freedom” and generally stands against many Western interests.

To those that view the Democrat party as a religion and not just a party the aforementioned is water off the back of a duck. But for Christians and Jews that support Israel and Jewish concerns the facts outlined in this essay are irrefutable.  Reference to Tim Kaine’s support of JStreet and a host of other characters that hold sway with her.

It is an incontrovertible and tested truth, being judged by the friends you keep,

Hillary Clinton is no friend of Israel.