Hilarious Hillary

December 12th, 2011 at 3:18 pm | 20 Comments |

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Hillary Clinton recently expressed concern about the future of Israeli democracy because the Knesset is considering curtailing foreign governments’ funding for Israeli NGOs, and because some rabbis in Israel say they want men and women to seat separately on buses.

Does Hillary realize how hypocritical she is? In the United States, NGOs that receive money from foreign governments are considered foreign agents. And why is separate sitting between men and women on “haredi” buses a threat to democracy in Israel but not in New York (a common practice in Clinton’s home state)?

Less than six months ago (in July 2011), the FBI arrested Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai, a US citizen accused by the US Department of Justice of not informing the US government that he was in the pay of Pakistan while lobbying for the Kashmir cause and donating funds to Congressmen. Fai, who is director of the Washington-based NGO Kashmiri American Council (KAC), allegedly received millions of dollars for the KAC over the last two decades. Fai is accused of a decades-long scheme with one purpose – to hide Pakistan’s involvement behind his efforts to influence the US government’s position on Kashmir. His handlers in Pakistan allegedly funneled millions through the Kashmir Center to contribute to US elected officials, fund high-profile conferences, and pay for other efforts that promoted the Kashmiri cause to decision-makers in Washington. If found guilty, Fai could face up to five years in prison.

US law states that any American citizen or organization that receives money from foreign governments must register as a foreign agent. The foreign agent must report all its income and spending, and the Attorney General can demand, at any time, the list of the agent’s donors. Many Israeli NGOs receive money from foreign governments in order to influence the policy of Israel’s government. In the United States, such NGOs would have to register as foreign agents, and their books would be scrutinized by the Government. Why is the United States, a super-power no longer threatened by communism, entitled to take self-protecting measures from political NGOs funded by foreign governments, but not Israel, a tiny country that faces existential threats?

Clinton is making a fool of herself because she is buying into the propaganda of the English version of Ha’aretz. This radical newspaper read by 1% of the Israeli population (it prints 70,000 copies a day for a population of 7 million) is the Bible of foreign journalists and diplomats –the very people who write about Israel and who report to their capitals. Clinton is not the only victim of the “Ha’aretz effect.” A few months ago, President Sarkozy said that a state cannot be Jewish just like a table cannot be Catholic. He was repeating almost word by word what Amos Oz regularly writes in Ha’aretz.

Ha’aretz has been writing that it is undemocratic to curtail foreign governments’ funding for Israeli NGOs bent on influencing the policies of Israel’s government; that only in autocracies and in third world countries do the executive and legislative branches have a say on the appointment of Supreme Court Justices; and that fining journalists for lying intentionally is contrary to the freedom of speech. Ha’aretz knows that it is writing nonsense, but its ideological agenda comes before the truth. Hillary Clinton obviously knows that in her country Supreme Court Judges are appointed by the President and that organizations that receive funding from foreign governments have to register as foreign agents. Is Clinton simply being hypocritical, or is she orchestrating a campaign against the Netanyahu Government, just like her husband did when he was President?

The second possibility does make sense, since Tzipi Livni was quick to come to Hillary Clinton’s defense. Livni justified Clinton’s statements despite the fact that Clinton went as far as to compare Israel to Iran –or maybe because of it: after all, Livni is about to lose her job as Kadima’s Chair to the Iranian-born Shaul Mofaz. The problem with reciting the content of Ha’aretz and of The New York Times is that it makes you look smart in front Ha’aretz and New York Times readers (the kind of people who attend the Saban Forum), but it also makes you look like a fool in front of the rest of the world.

The fact that Livni expressed support for Clinton’s obnoxious and cretinous comments goes to show that Clinton and Livni deserve each other. But it also goes to show that both Israel and America deserve better.

Originally Published at For the Sake of Zion.

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20 Comments so far ↓

  • sweatyb

    Any reason you didn’t link to the text of Hillary’s remarks? Oh, right, because it’s all hearsay based on a private conversation behind closed doors. We don’t actually know what she said or who she was talking to.

    • paul_gs

      You have a problem with hearsay?

      • Baron Siegfried

        Yes. I want raw intel, as the intel presented by the media (or allegedly presented, nay, hinted at) has been subjected to ‘massaging’, which is a euphemism for ‘handjob’. The fact that a link was not supplied makes me doubt the provenance or veracity of what is presented in this column.

        I have no great love for Israel (some of us still remember the USS Liberty and Pollard the spy), as I think they learned the lessons the Nazis taught them all too well, and have become what which they most hate (though that seems to be the inevitable karmic outcome of hate, mind you; you become that which you most detest). Nor do I have much regard for the Palestinians, who have demonstrated their intransigence repeatedly over the years. All I can do is sympathize with Mercutio, who cried “A plague on both your houses!”.

        Billions of years from now, when the sun is red and swollen and all that remains of life on earth are viruses, in the middle east the viruses will still all hate one another.

        THOUGH . . . I did some research and have come to the conclusion that the major point of conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians is neither religious or cultural, it’s that they both have bigger noses than each other.

  • Nanotek

    “and because some rabbis in Israel say they want men and women to seat separately on buses.”

    do you have a link to support that claim?

  • CautiousProgressive

    Question for FF: it’s illegal to lobby for a foreign power (at least without informing the US). But corporations are allowed to lobby essentially without limit, and necessarily some of their controlling owners are foreign nationals.

    My question: is there anything keeping foreign powers (and their proxies) from funding lobbying through the medium of multi-national corporations?

    • Baron Siegfried

      But . . . but . . . but . . . multinational and foreign corporations are people too! And do we restrict the rights of foreigners in the US? No. So foreign corporations and governments (carrying that to its logical conclusion) have the same free speech rights (as well as rights of bribery and corruption) as any American corporation. I can hardly wait for someone to argue that before the Supreme Court.

      After all, money has no provenance, so our system should allow equal opportunity corruption without regard to national origins, nicht wahr? After all, standing on principle also stands in the way of a well padded bank account, and we can’t be having any of THAT!

  • Rabiner

    I like how he mentions the buses but not the campaigns in many parts of Israel to eliminate the female face/body from all marketing campaigns. Don’t see that in New York now do you?

    Israel is moving closer and closer to South Africa circa 1980 than the democracy it claims to be.

  • Frumplestiltskin

    “US law states that any American citizen or organization that receives money from foreign governments must register as a foreign agent.”

    This is nonsense. This is with regards to lobbyists. Does Navon really imagine that every Citgo gas station attendant has to register with the government because Citgo is owned by Venezuela?

    And Navon ignores the massive difference between curtailing and registering.

    All in all this piece was total rubbish. Par for the course with this writer.

    • Baron Siegfried

      Citgo, as I recall, is a Delaware corporation. Delaware is a suburb of Virginia, not Carracas.

      • Frumplestiltskin

        from wiki: CITGO Petroleum Corporation (or CITGO) is a United States-incorporated, Venezuela-owned refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of Venezuela.

        Incorporated means nothing, the question is who owns it.

  • valkayec

    Can this old female start shouting, “Uninformed, sexist pig!” yet?

  • SFTor1

    How many times are we going to have to stomach this bloody nonsense that the Obama Administration is anti-Israel? This Administration, and this country, is still firmly, and some would say excessively, pro-Israel.

  • jakester

    Who’s writing this, Sean Hannity?

  • Ray_Harwick

    Breaking: Gingrich promises he will take oath of office in Israeli kibbitz built on top of ancient Palastinian cemetary covered in the blood of feral inhabitants who have lived in the area for 3,000 years. Film at 11:00.

  • more5600

    Quite honestly, isn’t Israel as it exists today merely an “invented” country.

    • LFC

      Isn’t every country “invented” since borders have usually been determined by force and/or treaty? There’s nothing about political boundaries. They are man-made constructs.

  • jdd_stl1

    First, I’ll admit that I am still missing a lot of background on the relationship
    between US and Israel. But it always strikes me when it is taken as obvious
    that as far as Israel goes, Democrats BAD, Republicans GOOD.

    To me it seems like the Republicans are the appeasers. They’ll go along anything
    Israel wants or needs done.

    The Democrats seem like the tough-love friends. They want to get the Israelis
    and the Palestinians to sit down and work this out. But, of course, if push does
    come to shove we’ll be right behind the Israelis.

    So, if that is generally accurate, who is the better friend?

  • Houndentenor

    There are public buses in New York state that require men and women to ride separately? I lived there for 17 years and never heard of such a thing.

    These are some pretty odd claims, none of which are documented. Please provide links next time.