Monday, March 23, 2015

Fwd: Israel

'White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonoough earned raucous cheers from the left-wing activists gathered at J Street's fifth annual conference in Washington, D.C. on Monday when he attacked Israel's occupation of the West Bank. "An occupation that has lasted almost 50 years must end," he said..

Rabbi Jonathan Greenberg, reporting from the J Street conference, noted that the J Street crowd was considerably less enthusiastic about McDonough's boilerplate commitment to support Israeli security and help it maintain its qualitative military advantage over neighboring states...

Also addressing the J Street conference is former Secretary of State James A. Baker III'

'For some Jewish leaders, however, meeting with McDonough at the White House was a contentions event. During a May 21 meeting of members of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations with several Obama administration officials, a tense debate erupted between the group's executive vice president Malcolm Hoenlein and McDonough. Hoenlein tried to ask about differences between a policy of preventing Iran from achieving nuclear weapons, as opposed to stopping it from getting "nuclear capabilities." McDonough, according to participants, replied angrily, calling the issue a "made up controversy" and a "red herring."

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