Obama’s new Chief of Staff has a virulently anti-Israel mentor

(Rouse was the Democrat hatchet-man against Gov. Palin in Alaska – Ed.)

President Barack Obama, holding a football, offers a fist-bump to Pete Rouse April 8, 2009 Source: White House

Moshe Phillips

Israel National News

When Rahm Emanuel resigned as President Obama’s first Chief of Staff on October 1, 2010 an almost unknown Washington insider named Pete Rouse was chosen to take Emanuel’s place. Little has been reported about Rouse. When the White House blog first mentioned him it explained “Rouse’s disinclination towards the limelight” in the first sentence (see http://m.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/10/01/goodbye-rahm). Perhaps Rouse has wanted his 30 year relationship with Jim Abourezk, the most anti-Israel senator in American history, to go unexamined.

Rouse had been Tom Daschle’s Chief of Staff and worked for him as far back as 1985. It has been reported that Daschle first met Rouse when they both worked as legislative assistants for Democratic Senator Jim Abourezk. The official White House website bio on Rouse leaves Abourezk completely out of his personal history (see www.whitehouse.gov/administration/staff/pete-rouse). Nothing of Rouse’s formative, pre-1979 history in politics is mentioned at all. Yet clearly Abourezk was a primary mentor of Rouse’s and a pivotal figure in his life.

There are deep ties between Obama, Rouse, Daschle, Abourezk and George Mitchell. Even before November’s mid-term elections, these men have shown that they will work together to create new pressure against Israel that will make the previous challenges in the U.S.-Israel alliance look like a love fest. The JTA wire service reported on November 2, 2010 that “President Obama’s new chief of staff … Pete Rouse… spoke Oct. 28 in a conference call with an array of Jewish leaders.” Nothing of the content of the call was reported. That this call happened on the Thursday immediately before the mid-term elections cannot be overstated.

Robert Chandler, in his September, 2008 book Shadow World: Resurgent Russia, The Global New Left, and Radical Islam, labeled Abourezk “a senior advisor for presidential candidate Barack Obama”.

James Abourezk, former US Senator (D-SD), in an almost unbelievable appearance on Hizballah's Al-Manar TV

James George Abourezk has never met an anti-Israel conspiracy theory or an anti-Zionist conspiracy theory he didn’t like.

It is easy to conclude that Abourezk and the many other notorious Israel-bashers that the Obama camp has included from the outset may have had much to do with Obama’s infamous Cairo speech, the June 2010 $400 million dollar aid package for PLO Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Palestinian Authority, the Administration’s overall confrontational attitude towards Israel and more.

In 1977, Congressional Quarterly described Abourezk as “a former bartender, rancher and used car salesman among other things.” (Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report , Volume 35, 1977)

Abourezk was the first elected U.S. senator of Arab descent. His ethnic background is Lebanese Christian. He served just one term from 1973 to 1979.

Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle joined DLA Piper as a Senior Policy Adviser in November 2009. DLA Piper is one of the largest law firms in the world and has offices in at least 30 foreign nations and is made up of approximately 3,500 attorneys. Former U.S. Senator George Mitchell is the firm’s immediate past chairman. President Obama named Mitchell as United States Special Envoy for Middle East Peace just two days after taking the oath of office.

Mitchell was no unbiased participant in the Arab-Israeli conflict. His history included chairing President Clinton’s Middle East fact-finding committee. The committee published a report on April 30, 2001 (Sharm El-Sheikh Fact-Finding Committee Report or Mitchell Report) calling for the Israel to cease building in Jewish Settlements. This was something that Abourezk actively championed in the Senate in the 1970s.

Abourezk’s anti-Israel extremism has only intensified since he left the Senate.

Abourezk was a founder of the Council for the National Interest (CNI). The Anti-Defamation League calls CNI “an anti-Israel organization that opposes U.S. aid to Israel and disseminates demonizing propaganda about Israel to academics, politicians, and other audiences.” (http://www.adl.org/main_Anti_Israel/cni.htm) Today Abourezk still sits on CNI’s 11 person board of directors.

He serves on the twelve person Board of Advisers of the Free Gaza Movement with Noam Chomsky and other hardcore anti-Israel extremists. The Free Gaza Movement was in large part responsible for the Gaza flotilla incident in May 2010. (http://www.freegaza.org/en/about-us/who-we-are/1089-advisors)

In 1980 Abourezk founded the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC). A September 21, 2010 ADC press release declared: “(ADC) is proud to announce that it will be hosting a gala in honor of the great Helen Thomas. The gala will take place Thursday, November 18, 2010, at the Washington Marriott … Washington, DC 20008. ADC invites members and friends to join in the celebration honoring Helen’s dedicated service to our country as a journalism trailblazer, and her legendary front row coverage of the White House for over sixty years”.(http://www.adc.org/media/press-releases/2010/september-2010/helen-thomas-to-be-honored-on-november-18-2010/)

In 2008 Abourezk keynoted a protest against AIPAC led by Chicagoans Against Apartheid in Palestine. (http://www.stopaipac.org/chicagoforum.htm)

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Comments (2)

  1. Naomi says:

    OBAMA FULFILLING THE BIBLE

    For some stunning info on Pres. Obama and his fellow subversives, Google “Michelle Obama’s Allah-day,” “Obama Supports Public Depravity,” “David Letterman’s Hate Etc.,” “Un-Americans Fight Franklin Graham” and also “Sandra Bernhard, Larry David, Kathy Griffin, Bill Maher, Sarah Silverman.”
    Here are some Bible verses that Obama avoids:
    Proverbs 19:10 (NIV): “It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury – how much worse for a slave to rule over princes!”
    Also Proverbs 30:22 (NIV) which says that the earth cannot bear up under “a servant who becomes king.”
    And Ecclesiastes 5:2-3 (KJV) advises: “let thy words be few…a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words.”
    Although Obama is not descended from slaves, he may feel that he’s destined to become a black-slavery avenger.
    Or maybe an enslaver of all free citizens!
    PS – Since Christians are commanded to ask God to send severe judgment on persons who commit and support the worst forms of evil (see I Cor. 5 and note “taken away”), Christians everywhere should constantly pray that the Lord will soon “take away” or at least overthrow all US leaders, including Obama, who continue to sear their conscience and arrogantly trample the God-given rights of the majority including the rights of the unborn. Do we need a second American Revolution?

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