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Tinoire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-02-03 11:09 PM
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40. I don't want to disillusion you but Kerry's stance on I/P
isn't that progressive. I've been following, fighting this conflict for 5 years and I assure you of this. Kerry regularly receives a lot of money from AIPAC and is as cozy with them as most Dems. If you need quotes, here are a few:

Liberal apologists for Dean point out that the other major Democratic candidates for the 2004 presidential nomination Senators John Kerry, Joseph Lieberman and John Edwards and Congressman Dick Gephardt take similar positions on Israel and Palestine as does the former Vermont governor. Given that all four of them voted this past October to give President Bush the authority to unilaterally invade Iraq and are therefore even worse, so goes this argument, Dean should be supported despite his backing of Sharons occupation policies.

Many in the peace and human rights community may conclude, however, that any endorsement of Deans candidacy must be withheld as a means of pressuring him to back away from his support for the rightist Israeli government. Failing that, we may see large numbers of peace and human rights activists give up on the Democrats altogether and throw their support to the Green Party. ((Tinoire's note: No, no, no! There's still Kucinich even if he's not pro-Palestinian enough for some but at least he's even-handed!))

(April 15) - Last week, a day after the prime minister left Washington, a very successful demonstration of organized Jewish power in the US drew to a close.

AIPAC, the strongest political lobby in a town with hundreds of similar lobbies managed to bring numerous cabinet secretaries, senators, congressmen and administration officials to its policy conference. Many of these public figures vowed they would not abandon Israel in this difficult time, nor would they allow its capital to be divided, that they would oppose any cuts in assistance, and would never force Israel to capitulate to terror.

In a stirring speech, replete with quotations from the Bible, Vice President Al Gore reiterated statements to this effect. So did Newt Gingrich, Speaker of the House, and House Minority Leader Congressman Richard Gephardt, as well as Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts who plans to run against Al Gore for the Democratic candidacy for president.

Last week at the American Israel Policy Affairs Committee (AIPAC) national conference in Washington, D.C., Democratic and Republican leaders addressed the conference. All agreed that Arafat was wrong. However, if you read Associated Press articles or watched CNN broadcasts about AIPAC, then you only heard House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemn Arafat and the complacent American press that helps him wage war against the innocent. The press did not mention a word about the speeches from Vice President Al Gore, Sen. John Kerry (D Mass.) and House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt (D-Mo.), all of whom agreed with Netanyahu and Gingrich.

Earlier this month, both Democratic and Republican senators co-sponsored a bill to remember the 30th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. Names on the original proposal include Patrick Moynihan (D-N.Y.), Alfonse DAmato (R.-N.Y.) and Jesse Helms (R.-N.C.).

How can our leaders on both sides of the aisle be wrong? When Democrats like Gore, Kerry and Gephardt agree with the likes of Gingrich, DAmato and Helms, it becomes clear who is right and who is mistaken.
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