A Perfect 50 Out Of 50 *Open Thread*


bdsflyer1Getting a perfect score is no small thing no matter who you are or what the topic is. But when the topic is BDS (aka Bibi/Israel) Derangement Syndrome), and the “50” involved are the Governors of every State in this Union, that is no small thing indeed.

In an unusual-these-days vote, and in an environment in which some universities and even a few major Christian denominations are embracing BDS, Governors across this land denounced the BDS movement. From United With Israel:


“The goals of the BDS movement are antithetical to our values and the values of our respective states, our support for Israel as a vital US ally, important economic partner and champion of freedom,” the letter states.

BDS seeks “to isolate Israel—a pluralistic nation with deep cultural, familial, security, educational, scientific and commercial bonds with our state and with the United States as a whole—rather than recognize the profound mutual benefits of our engagement with it. They malign a trusted ally that, while forced to defend itself against repeated and ongoing attempts to annihilate it, has consistently extended its hand in peace to its Palestinian neighbors and to states across the Middle East and around the world…

“At this critical time, in the face of the virulent movement to promote anti-Israel boycotts both in this country and around the globe, we strongly condemn the BDS movement as incompatible with the values of our states and our country,” the statement concludes.

The American Jewish Committee (AJC) praised the governors for signing the declaration.

“Our nation’s 50 governors, as well as the District of Columbia mayor, recognize the pernicious goals of the BDS movement, which singles out Israel from among all the nations of the world for relentless and undue criticism, and whose efforts undermine the prospects for advancing Israeli-Palestinian peace,” stated David Harris, CEO of AJC.

“Governors across our country know very well the enormous value of the US-Israel partnership in every sphere imaginable, and many have been central to nurturing their own state’s beneficial ties to Israel,” Harris added. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

This is no small thing and was timely too as President Trump had a trip to Israel planned this week. It gives me some hope that the tide is turning on this whole BDS Movement, an anti-Semitic, anti-Israel movement pushed by Palestinian groups.

trump-netanyahu-1And speaking of Trump’s trip to Israel, it has been mixed in some regards. On the on hand, Trump has embraced Israel as an unwavering ally of the United States, a friend of our nation’s. Trump did what no other sitting US President has ever done. He made a stop to pray at the Western Wall.

But it is mixed since when Trump went to the Wall, he did so without the Prime Minister, Bibi Netanyahu. And when he went first to Saudi Arabia, a country he declared an ally of the USA, TWO Israeli journalists were banned from the plane by Saudi Arabia. True story. From the Daily Wire:

On  Sunday, President Trump spoke In Saudi Arabia, lauding the Saudi kingdom for its aid in fighting the scourge of radical Islamic terrorism and its supposed tolerant vision for the future, saying, “Saudi Arabia’s Vision for 2030 is an important and encouraging statement of tolerance, respect, empowering women, and economic development.”

Trump may have been welcome in Saudi Arabia, he but kingdom’s long-standing hatred for Jews was reiterated when three Israeli journalists, two of whom are U.S. citizens and had been approved to join the press charter plane accompanying Trump, were banned from entering Saudi Arabia.

Orly Azoulay, a reporter for the newspaper Yedioth Ahronot, and Gil Tamary of Channel 10 were told last Wednesday that Saudi Arabia had refused to grant them visas to the kingdom, Dan Raviv, an American-born reporter in Washington for Israel’s i24News, was refused a Saudi visa, even though he had visited the kingdom before as a member of CBS News. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Oy vey, that is not good. And it is hard to fathom how that could have happened all things considered, never mind that it was allowed to stand. Especially that one of them was American born.

Honestly, it is confusing, especially given statements like the following by President Trump to Israel on Monday. From United With Israel:

“On my first trip overseas as president, I have come to this sacred and ancient land to reaffirm the unbreakable bond between the United States and the State of Israel,” Trump stated at a welcoming ceremony hosted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin.

“I am deeply grateful for your invitation and am very, very honored to be with you,” Trump said. “We love Israel, we respect Israel and I send your people the warmest greetings from your friend and ally, all of the people in the United States of America.”

“It is wonderful to be here in Israel,” he continued. “In this land so rich in history, Israel has built one of the world’s great civilizations, a strong, resilient, determined and prosperous nation.”

“It is also a nation forged in the commitment that we will never allow the horrors and atrocities of the last century to be repeated,” he added, on obvious reference to the Holocaust. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Go figure. I guess, like with so many things with Trump, we’ll just have to hide and watch to see what is ultimately going to happen. But as a Jewish friend said, Trump is already doing way more for Israel than Obama ever did, so there is that. And it is absolutely true. I am thankful indeed for that. I just hope Trump doesn’t give away th store in his attempt to broker peace between the (terrorist-supporting) Palestine and Israel.

But at least, for now, our President has proclaimed for and wide that Israel is our great friend and ally, with whom we share an “unbreakable bond…” That ain’t nothing, and is light years better than where we have been the past eight years. So for that, and for now, I am thankful.

How about you? What are your thoughts on Trump’s current trip? Feel free to share those as well as anything else on your minds. This is an Open Thread.


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16 Responses to “A Perfect 50 Out Of 50 *Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    50 out of 50 is a surprise to me. A very good surprise.

    Trump is the first POTUS to make Israel a stop on his first overseas trip. For that I am very happy with him.

    Why Bibi Netanyahu wasn’t with him at the Western Wall is being subjected to the usual rumors, leaks and whatever. Most think Trump’s giant ego didn’t want to share the limelight. Others think Netanyahu felt the image would have more of an impact if it was of the American President alone. I don’t know.

    I am just glad that he went and that he is showing solidarity with Israel. Sadly his big mouth keeps getting in the way of the good things he does.

    Not that there are any good things he does if you listen to the Dems, the lefty media and the emotionally stunted #NeverTrump people.

    I just go with what he does since what he says so often makes little sense. I suspect it’s because he is actually so ignorant of how the whole position he’s found himself in works.

    He’s still got his learner’s permit and he doesn’t seem to be a fast learned when it comes to keeping his mouth and his twitter fingers shut.

    • piper Says:

      Tired of all the negativity regarding Trump and his behavior which is telling as I never liked him or even voted for him. But enough of this old sandwich. Obama was never criticized for his ‘learner’s permit’ behavior during his tenure in the Illinois senate, US. senate or his 2 term presidency. Could it be due to his ‘fakeness, ethnic heritage even though he was raised in the white community with some time in overseas culture or being a democrat.’ Time for both him, his missus and Hiliary to take a lesson from George Bush – go quietly away. All of their pompous rhetoric is just stoking the flames of dissent and terror which they will be able to escape from in their gated fortresses while us serfs will have to live in the aftermath of destruction.

      Apologies for my downer paragraph.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        No apology needed Piper – I feel the same way. The constant negativity is draining.

        I am so annoyed that I am defending the old putz when I am NOT a fan and never have been. But his detractors are nuttier than I ever thought he was.

        If only he would just shut up and stop tweeting all the time, they would destroy themselves.

        Although I may be wrong about that because I saw a post over at “The Right Scoop” yesterday about Melania not taking Trump’s hand with LOL attached. What the hell is with that?

        The left is insane in their hate of Trump but so are many of the #NeverTrumpers.

        • piper Says:

          OMG – the never trumpers in their gleeful ‘outrage’ discussing that the marriage is in trouble because Melania swatted his hand away.

          Craziness from both sides of the aisle.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      50 out of 50 AND the Mayor of DC on something that is actually pro-Israel. How abt them apples? 🙂

      If nothing else, Trump is demonstrating more support for Israel than Obama did in his 8 yrs combined (IMO). So there is that. Even with the often-head-shaking comments, he has already done far better in that regard. Though it would be great if there was more consistency in his statements,

      Piper, you need NEVER apologize for your comments, not ever. You are so, so right that Obama was not criticized for the MANY things he did wrong during his political tenure, from IL on. Even his very wins were incredibly suspect, beginning with getting everyone thrown off the ballot the first time around to getting sealed records unsealed for both the Rep. and Dem. US Senatorial candidates so he essentially ran unopposed.

      So yeah, I hear you!

      And Marge, you are so right abt the #NeverTrumpers along with the others. I saw that same article abt Melania. I did not see if there was a video or anything, but still, come on, people. There could be any number of reasons for that, including a concern that it would be improper.

      Really tired of the constant manufactured outrage, GOTCHA! questions, and focusing on all the wrong things…

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  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    The Crisis in American Journalism Benefits No One


    I agree with some of what Zito wrote but I think she’s far too easy on her peer group. If they are as well educated as she says they are and as smart then even if insulated in their liberal bubble they should be able to see some truth. Instead they write and say things they know are not true. And the repeat and print from anonymous sources that they know are not reliable. I refuse to give them a pass.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      You ain’t only kidding. If they were really that smart, and so proud of their Ivy-League education, then why aren’t they actually doing their JOBS and reporting news, not making it up? Or as you noted, not rely on questionable sources who cannot be verified? At the very least, these “brainiacs” should be capable of basic Journalism, and they are FAR from doing that…

      • piper Says:

        There’s book learned and common sense. The so called journalists still fail to see why their ‘it’s her turn to win’ candidate flunked the election. They, the erudite elites, actually tried to influence the voters much like the ways they are accusing the Russians of voter tampering.

        Also, they seemed to have forgotten the obamites little fingers in the arab spring fiasco and voting in the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Well said, piper! Yes, you are so right. And so true how many scandals and poor decisions rest on Obama’s shoulders. Just because they refused to COVER them the way they should does not mean they didn’t happen. Those of us with eyes wide open saw very clearly the foibles and failures of the Obama Administration. Many of us will be paying for them for years to come.

          None more so than the family of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and ICE Agent Jaime Zapata, as well as the families of those slain in an orchestrated terror attack in Benghazi…

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  5. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    We have been having massive thunderstorms here which have been impacting things a bit. And we have already had to have our main Comcast cable box replaced today. Hence why I have not been around as much as I would have liked…

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