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Russia Gives Congress a Break on Syria, But Israel Advocates Won’t Back Down

Lawmakers lobbied to take a stand against "an immoral crime of the first order."

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Bridget Johnson

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September 9, 2013 - 8:17 pm
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“Our hearts and prayers go out to all the innocent victims of Syria’s brutal civil war, which has already claimed the lives of over 100,000 people. We recognize that the use of chemical weapons is a dangerous escalation and an awful precedent that takes us to a new low. The United States and the international community must hold President Assad and all responsible for this heinous crime fully accountable,” J Street said on Aug. 29.

“As President Obama and world leaders contemplate the appropriate course of action, we are cognizant that there are no easy or clear-cut solutions. Any action taken should aim to minimize the loss of civilian life, deter the further use of chemical weapons and avoid regional spillover.”

Since then, the group has refused to wade into the debate any further or pick a side for any lobbying effort.

The Anti-Defamation League last week came out “strongly” in support of Obama’s strike plan, calling the use of chemical weapons “an immoral crime of the first order.”

“As Jews, we are particularly sickened by the images of unarmed and defenseless men, women and children who were indiscriminately targeted for death by toxic chemical weapons made and stockpiled by the Syrian government,” ADL director Abe Foxman said. “…The world failed to act during the Holocaust and stood by through the genocides in Cambodia and Rwanda. It is a moral imperative that the international community act now to prevent further atrocities in Syria.”

Rabbi Marvin Hier and Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center last week urged lawmakers to take lessons from the Holocaust and back the strikes.

When a World Jewish Congress representative in Switzerland told U.S. and British officials in 1942 about a Nazi plan to kill Jews using gas, “both governments were skeptical about the information and tragically wasted precious months doing nothing about it,” the rabbis wrote in a letter to lawmakers.

“By 1945, six million Jews were murdered… since then, every American President, British Prime Minister and other political leaders around the world have pledged again and again that they will never allow history to repeat itself.”

The rabbis highlighted the British parliament vote against intervening in Syria, and urged Congress not to go down the same route.

“On behalf of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, we urge you to vote for the limited strike, because to do otherwise would only embolden the perpetrators and encourage them to gas more victims, while at the same time signaling the world that America’s assurances and promises mean nothing at all,” they added. “This may not be the perfect solution, but it will send a dramatic signal to the Assad regime and all others, that you will have to pay a very high price if you continue to perpetrate such crimes against humanity.”

The American Jewish Committee sent all lawmakers a letter last week also urging “support for the decision by President Obama to take limited military action against the Syrian regime in response to the overwhelming evidence of the regime’s use of chemical weapons targeted at Syrian civilians.”

The AJC leaders cautioned that “acquiescence in the face of the crimes evidently committed by the Assad regime would doubtless have wide-ranging consequences for U.S. interests and influence in the Middle East and around the world; invite further tests of American resolve and capacity to respond to declared threats; heighten instability in a volatile region; and amount to an abandonment of international responsibility to protect civilians from the use of weapons of mass destruction.”

Obama meets separately with Senate Democrats and Republicans on Tuesday afternoon, according to the White House. He then delivers a statement on Syria in the East Room at 9:01:30 p.m. Eastern time, according to his schedule.

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Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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AIPAC is a leftist organization and does not speak for the majority of Jews in the United States. Over the Rosh Hashanah holiday last week I had the opportunity to speak with my community and NOBODY, not even the Rabbi, supported any action in Syria. Even my mothers friends back east do not support any action in Syria. I don't know who these AIPAC people represent, but the surely do not speak for the JEWISH people.
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AIPAC is responding to political pressure from Washington not Israel. Here in Israel we do not want to see an American strike at Syria. Such a strike would be feeble and accomplish nothing but empowering Iran and facilitate the spread of chemical/biological weapons into the hands of Al Qaida.
The best thing the free nations of the world can do is support Putin's plan for internationally monitored destruction of these weapons. Then , as for the other looming problem, a nuclear Iran, support for regime change by empowering the Iranian rebels Obama previously abandoned is the answer. Give them money, guns and diplomatic support. They want to free their own country and they deserve support.
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Support the side that's killing Christians? Who elected this closet Muslim?
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Russia is an ally of Syria.
Does anyone 'out there' really believe that Russia would fulfill a promise
to force Assad to surrender all of his chemical weapons?
It's a fine gesture on the part of the Russians and it would be great if
it works, but we just do not trust Putin or Assad.
Furthermore, once the chemical weapons have been set aside, then........
guess what? Assad is free to continue slaughtering his people, and the
rebels in their Muslim madness will go on eating the hearts of soldiers and
threatening and murdering Christians. Nothing will have changed.
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Putin makes himself look like a savior and at the same time kicks obama's arse. Just a thought: would the regime bomb N. Korea, China, Russia, etc, if they used chemical weapons on their citizens ??
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and all the Jews who want to see something done re: Assad, they get that the rebels appear to be even worse, right? Or do they actually believe that the enemy of their enemy is their friend?
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Commander Zero is dancing a jig on this one. He is off the hook and has a new "friend" to blame when this all goes wrong - or at least comes to naught. He was about to loose a major vote in Congress, with unpredictable results for him personally, to say nothing of the possible results for America. Now, not to worry boys, Vlad will carry both our water and all the blame.
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As someone who lives in Israel, the last thing I want Obama to d ois attack Syria. I live one minute from the Lebanese border "as the missile flies" and I have no wish to try to figure out how to put on a gas mask. And there are plenty of people who live where the warning time is ZERO.

I don't understand AIPAC. Maybe Obama put the squeeze on Israel to push them.
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American Jews as a group are probably more loyal to Obama than to Israel.
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not all of us in USA and most of ISRAEL does not support a war with Syria that puts ISRAEL under fire from IRAN immediately- this admin always ignores threats from Ayatollah in past and is doing so again- Obama can have his cake and eat it too- gets Iran to nuke Israel- his mission will be accomplished- Obama will look a hero for saving the "poor children" killed by Assad, empower more ISLAMISTS to take another country and he can blame someone else as usual for killing the Jewish state.
I write to AI{CA weekly to say I would never give a cent to them - and ask WHY they continually choose the WRONG side in every pol debate in this nation. J Street are not "Jews" in any sense, neither religious or proISrael but a Soros funded anti Israel agency org.
Amertican need to see the bigger picture- will support Syrian rebels b/c we Kingdom of SA and Qatar need us (and ironically Israel) to fight their war against Shitte Islam . We do it for OIL and MONEY- funny how loudly D's roared when they accused GWB of that?? I really enjoyed seeing Kerry with backdrop of bloodied hands
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oops write to AIPAC weekly
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I think the acticle misrperesents the organizations. AIPAC is an explicitly pro-Israel lobby, but the issue for the other organizations has more to do with gas attacks on civilians than anything else.
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Putin/Assad have played Obama for a fool, ably assisted by John Kerry in his role as rodeo clown. Obama's oft repeated goal was the removal of Assad, not the removal of Assad's chemical weapons. Assad's military is more than capable of exterminating the opposition without resort to more exotic weapons. By agreeing to Putin's proposal, so quickly accepted by Assad's spokesperson, Obama is essentially throwing the 'rebels' under the bus, an activity he is renowned for.
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By Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs

Recent findings point increasingly toward the conclusion that the chemical weapons attack in Syria was indeed a self-inflicted attack by the Syrian opposition in order to provoke a U.S. and Western military intervention against the Ba’athist government of President Bashar Assad.

The claim that the agent used was a “military sarin” is problematic because military sarin accumulates (like a gaseous crystal) around the victims’ hair and loose threads in clothes. Since these molecules are detached and released anew by any movement, they would have thus killed or injured the first responders who touched the victims’ bodies without protective clothes, gloves and masks. However, opposition videos show the first responders moving corpses around without any ill effects. This strongly indicates that the agent in question was the slow acting “kitchen sarin”. Indeed, other descriptions of injuries treated by MSF – suffocation, foaming, vomiting and diarrhea – agree with the effects of diluted, late-action drops of liquified sarin. The overall descriptions of the injuries and fatalities treated by MSF closely resemble the injuries treated by the Tokyo emergency authorities back on March 20, 1995. The Tokyo subway attack was committed with liquified “kitchen sarin”.
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Both the ADL and AIPAC are compromised by liberal leftist money. I agree with a statement someone here made, "Foxman is a putz" to put it mildly. This organization (ADL) does not do anything for Jews or Israel, is an echo chamber for the latest Obama propaganda, and it inspires the nations to hate the Jewish people. I am a proud right-wing Jew and I abhor the phony Jewish organizations which speak in our name. The time is coming for a rebirth of Rabbi Kahane and the Jewish Idea. Visit jtf.org!
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AMEN B'H'
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Well, the Simon Wiesenthal Center is not left-wing. It is interesting, though, that they are advocating a policy to protect Moslem and Christian civilians in Syria, although the policy will endanger Jews, Moslems, and Christians in Israel, including yours truly.

They certainly aren't bigoted; they are sticking to the anti-WMD principle.

I do understand where they are coming from, but I hope they fail.
31 weeks ago
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AIPAC is a leftist organization and does not speak for the majority of Jews in the United States. Over the Rosh Hashanah holiday last week I had the opportunity to speak with my community and NOBODY, not even the Rabbi, supported any action in Syria. Even my mothers friends back east do not support any action in Syria. I don't know who these AIPAC people represent, but the surely do not speak for the JEWISH people.
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