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Reminding Obama of His Pledge: “America Has Your Back”

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It has become apparent, even beyond partisan aisles, that President Obama’s reported words and silences seem to be in the worst interest of Israel, and in turn, America. In light of his ever-expanding pro-Palestinian/Hamas sentiments, the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) has penned this release.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                

Contact: Shari Hillman 

[email protected]  202-638-6688

RJC to Pres. Obama: 

Remember Your Commitment to Israel 

“If somebody was sending rockets into my house where my two daughters sleep at night, I’m going to do everything in my power to stop that. And I would expect Israelis to do the same thing.” 

Barack Obama, Remarks in Sderot, New York Times, July 23, 2008

Washington, D.C. (July 29, 2014) — The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) released the following statement today:

Last week it was revealed that Hamas planned a major terrorist attack for the Rosh Hashana holiday this September, in which hundreds of terrorists would exit Hamas tunnels very near Israeli kibbutzim and towns to kidnap and kill thousands of Israelis. Clearly the tunnels represent an immediate, serious threat to Israeli civilians. For that reason, Israel is determined to eliminate the tunnels before ending its operations in Gaza.

We were deeply disappointed by President Obama’s call on Sunday for an “immediate, unconditional, humanitarian” ceasefire, which followed on the heels of Secretary of State Kerry’s ceasefire proposal. That proposal ignored Israeli security needs while giving legitimacy to Hamas. It seems the administration is focused on pressing Israel to halt hostilities without recognizing Israel’s imperative need to end the threat of the terrorist tunnels. This comes in distinct contradiction to President Obama’s previous statements about Israel’s security.

President Obama has spoken frequently in support of Israel’s right of self-defense, and did so even before taking office. In 2008, on a visit to Sderot in southern Israel, then-candidate Obama said: 

The first job of any nation state is to protect its citizens. And so I can assure you that if — I don’t even care if I was a politician. If somebody was sending rockets into my house where my two daughters sleep at night, I’m going to do everything in my power to stop that. And I would expect Israelis to do the same thing.

…I will work from the moment that I return to America, to tell the story of Sderot and to make sure that the good people who live here are enjoying a future of peace and security and hope.

…What I think that Israel has to do is to make sure that that peace is not purchased at — by putting Israel’s security at risk. And it’s the job of the United States I think, to make sure that that peace is centered and promotes Israel’s long-term security. 

Source: New York Times, July 23, 2008 

Israel is at war with an implacable enemy, one that has victimized its own people and kept them in poverty in order to build terrorist tunnels and stockpile weapons in hopes of killing thousands of Israeli civilians. Israel is determined to destroy Hamas’ capability to carry out its heinous agenda. Any ceasefire that forces Israel to stop short of that goal is indeed purchasing only a temporary ceasefire at the cost of Israel’s long-term security.

This statement appears on the RJC web site here.

The RJC is the national grassroots organization of Jewish Republicans. 

Learn more at our web site, www.RJCHQ.org.  



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    • Anonymous

      Who has killed the most people in this war? Israel or Hamas? Hmmmm…let me think, here. Hmmmm…let’s see…

      • JanSuzanne

        Dear Mitch…How many Israelis would have been killed with the over 2,000 rockets fired over Israel if it hadn’t been for the DEFENSE system of the Iron Dome? While Israel used the monies given to them over the past years for a DEFENSE SYSTEM and bomb shelters for all its citizens (Jews and Arabs) Hamas used their given monies for ATTACK systems, like highly sophisticated cement tunnels and longer range rockets and not to improve the lives of their people. They are evil because they are more than willing to use children in their PR war spread by MSM driven by what lines their pocketbooks with selling news to uninformed (at best) or anti-Semitic bigots (at worse) people like yourself…Where is your ‘Moral Quilt’ for all the other thousands being killed over religious or civil wars around the world? I’ll presume you have a kind heart and are just uninformed. You could do yourself and others a big favor and learn that the enemy is evil and Israel is at the front line DEFENDING freedom from evil and submission.

      • MODERNMINUTEMAN

        @MITCH51 YOU GODDAMNED MORON! THE ONE WHO KILLS THE MOST PEOPLE IS NOT ALWAYS THE ONE WHO STARTED IT AND MORONS LIKE YOU KNOW THAT! DON’T BLAME ISRAEL BECAUSE THEY ARE BETTER AT FIGHTING THAN DEGENERATE MUSLIMS!

      • HOT OR COLD?

        If you are not a Muslim then Obama does NOT have your back.
        Wake up you idiotic American morons.

        • Einstein

          Obama was installed by the zionists to destroy America, Obama is a zionist puppet. Wake up you fucking idiot.

        • JanSuzanne

          To Einstein….With a name like ‘Einstein’ you are surprisingly either stupid or just an antisemite… All facts and conspiracy theories indicate that Obama is an Islamic puppet installed by deep pockets of the Jarrett family and the Muslim Brotherhood…

    • omatron

      Where the hell is American security against terrorist acts, such as 911, committed by the evil Zionist terrorists false.flag ops and their treasonous dual citizen puppets, Israel first, traitors in the US government. We all are fed up with this zionazi murderous self rightous indignation and hypocrisy.

    • MODERNMINUTEMAN

      YOU NEED TO CHANGE YOUR NAME TO IMBECILE! BOTTLE ROCKETS? CAN YOU SAY IRON DOME JERK?

    • MODERNMINUTEMAN

      Great article! God bless Israel our best ally and God bless those who stand with them!

    • redroksaz

      Gaza Children Are Hostages Of Terror:

      In a to-the-point interview with CNN, Mosab Hassan Yousef, son of one of the founders of Hamas, said that the terror organization is not only the reason for the current war, but is holding the people of Gaza, and in particular its children, hostage to a violent Islamic ideology.

      Yousef, who years ago converted to Christianity and left Hamas, is considered a traitor.

      For Yousef, and any other descent human being, the choice is simple. “Hamas does not care about the lives of Palestinians, it does not care about the lives of Israelis or Americans. They don’t care about their own lives. They consider dying for the sake of their ideology a way of worship. How can you continue in that society?”

      But then, it’s not always a simple decision. Yousef recalled that in order to leave Hamas, he had to lose everything. And many never come to see the truth, having been indoctrinated from such a young age.

      “In the mosques, Hamas told us that without shedding innocent blood for the sake of their ideology, we wouldn’t be able to build an Islamic state. They were preparing us from as young as five-years-old,” he said. “And today, when I look at the children of Gaza, and I know what they are fed, I know that they have no choice.”

    • James Trusty

      This article is a heap of pasture fertilizer. Israel has dug her own grave a little deeper through her atrocities in Gaza…Unless Israel’s Jews and the Palestinians learn to live together in one nation of equality for all, both are doomed…..

    • chessy

      When someone steals my land and makes me a second class person I will fight to correct the situation just as the Palestinians.

      • JanSuzanne

        Chessy….you need a history lesson before you make the statement that the Palestinians that talk today are the original occupiers of the land called Palestine. The facts are that there are both Palestinian Jews and Palestinian Arabs. The Jews are fighting to live in peace with the Arabs, side by side, or within defensible borders. But, this is not acceptable to the corrupt leadership of the Palestinian Arabs…so I agree with you…”if someone steals my land”…and wants to kill me for being Jewish…” will fight.”

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