Democratic Party Is Dead-False Flags Are the Last Resort

 

This article will demonstrate that the Democratic Party is both the mouthpiece and the agent of enforcement of the Deep State. Unfortunately for the globalists, the Democrats are broke and  the much anticipated “Blue Wave” of Democratic victories resulting in returning Congress to the party, is not going to happen for a variety of reasons. The only option left is to force a crisis with a variety of false flag attacks between now and the 2018 midterm elections.

To a large extent, the Democratic party of JFK was once the party of the working person, the down-trodden people of color and the politically disenfranchised. JFK’s stellar work on civil rights culminated in the 1964 Civil Rights Act and other accompanying legislation shortly after JFK’s untimely death.

Today’s Democratic party is one of divisiveness and organized crime and spirit-cooking under criminals such as Obama, Holder, Lynch, Podesta, Wasserman–Schultz and most of all, Clinton.

The Democratic party once performed notable and courageous acts such as trying to register black people to vote in the anti-civil rights deep south. Now they engage in blatant and massive voter fraud in order to achieve Deep State goals which underlie the guiding light of the Democrats (see below).

Never was the Democratic voter fraud in more evidence than it was during the 2016 Democratic Primary election between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Without question, Sanders should have been the Democratic party presidential candidate instead of Hillary Clinton. In 2016, the fix was in.  A prominent and well-published Stanford study indicated which only use electronic voting machines give Hillary a 9% advance over Sanders in the Democratic Primary.

The Stanford study demonstrated that pre-election polls accurately predicted election results when a paper ballot was used. However, when unaccountable and unregulated electronic voting machines were used, with no confirming paper trial, Clinton exceeded the pre-election polling expectations by 9%.  When one runs the odds on this being due to random chance, the odds were nearly incalculable.

What adds fuel to this fire is that the two major manufacturers of the voting machines,  Dominion Voting and H.I.G. Capital, are large Clinton campaign supporters. I remember reading something about the fact that it is illegal to engage in such a flagrant conflict of interest. The criminality that was oozing out Clinton and the DNC leadership, never stops.

Not only does the Democratic Party have to cheat to win, they need control over the voting machines. Conventional wisdom states that the ceiling for Democratic cheating in elections is about 10-12%. Many election experts that I speak to state that the voting fraud ceiling was reached both in the Democratic primary and the general election in 2016. In the general election, I documented numerous instances of double voting by democrats in multiple and adjacent states, illegal aliens voting as they were bussed to polling places in places like New York City and this was sponsored by elected public officials and of course, the voting machines of George Soros tipped the vote significantly and was responsible for Hillary’s primary election victory and it almost stole the general election from Donald Trump.

On January 27, 2018, I was invited to attend a Republican convention in Arizona. I was invited to attend by a member of Congressman Paul Gosar’s (R-AZ)  staff. I have interviewed Congressman Gosar a number of times. In our private conversation on that day, Rep. Gosar told me that the Republicans estimated that the Democrats would have to gain a total of 10 million illegal alien votes in order to win the general election. This comment was made in reference to the Congressman’s staunch opposition to DACA’s (Dreamers) block chain immigration goals where all the friends and family and neighbors of a so-called “dreamer” could come to America and would be granted amnesty and as such, full and immediate voting rights for 2018 and 2020. The Democrats refused to negotiate with Trump, and for now, DACA is dead.

A broke Democratic party is a desperate Democratic party that will do almost anything and everything to win an election.

The sheer numbers that the Democrats would have to fabricate in the next election is staggering. And when we add to the fact that the Democrats are dead broke, they cannot not even bring major influence to a local election by buying more air time and winning the public recognition game. They simply don’t have the money and even their benefactor, George Soros, cannot significantly help because he has lost his backside in a failed coup in Hungary and the presently unsuccessful CALEXIT movement.

How broke is the Democratic Party? Let’s look to the Democratic, Deep-State friendly AOL for that answer:

As Democrats prepare to go to war over retaking Congress, it may be rather difficult, because the Democratic National Committee is nearly broke.
 
In FEC filings closing out 2017, the party appears to be starting the new year $6.1 million dollars in debt, with just $6.5 million in the bank. That leaves the DNC with just $400,000.

Meanwhile, the Republican National Committee has amassed quite a fortune. Their filings show zero debt with nearly $40 million in the bank. 

Subsequently, the much anticipated return of the Democratic party in this year’s midterm election, often referred to as the “Blue Wave”, is not going to happen.

 

I have asked many guests on The Common Sense Show from Mike Adams to Paul Preston, what will the Deep State controlled Democratic party to do to maintain its march for overthrowing the country, the Constitution and subsequent civil liberties. Mike Adams said they will let off a nuke. Paul Preston said they will engage in extreme violence in places like California (ie CALEXIT) so the UN will militarily intervene under the Kigali Principles and a civil war will ensue. Paul Martin said there is NOTHING they won’t do to maintain their diminishing power and accomplish their goal of a socialist-fascist overthrow of the US government.

Do the Democrats have the DNA todo what I am suggesting? Look at the following.

In both his book and his documentary by the same name, Louden identifes 80 elected representatives of the American people who have been elected to the the House and the Senate who belong to front groups for either the Communist Party or the world’s biggest terrorist organization, the Muslim Brotherhood, or both at the same time. Largely, these representatives, such as Elizabeth Warren and John McCain have been recruited from the ranks of those who enthusiastically supported free trade and the subsequent loss of millions of American jobs. McCain was a co-sponsor of CAFTA, a free trade agreement.

Louden detais how these associations impacts the American people as it alters Congressional policies and laws that are passed.

Louden’s documentary is available on Amazon Prime.  Also, I should mention that former Congressman West and former Representative Cynthia McKinney, as well as former CIA officer, Robert David Steele,  makes the exact same claims as does Louden and he names the same people as they do. Am I talking about treason, you are damn right I am.

How successful have the Elizabeth Warrens and the Kamala Harris’  and the Nancy Pelosis’ been in this endeavor to overthrow the US government? Look at this graphic of Muslim Brotherhood infiltration in to sensitive areas of our government during the latter days of the Obama administration.

Is any interpretation needed to see where this is headed?

 

The Democratic party cannot win back the control of the government. Therefore, their Deep State partners cannot bring down the American government. CALEXIT is failing. The Democrats are broke. Therefore, there only solution is to envoke massive false flag events in this country and pray that the United Nations will militarily assert itself through the Kigali Principles.

People always want to know the time frame of these kinds of events. I almost always shy away from giving time frame related answers. However, in this case, it is possible to do so. Subsequently, I would state that as reality sets in for both the Deep State and its Democratic party puppets, the period between Labor Day and the midterm elections in November is a period of extreme danger for America.


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ABC, NBC Refuse to Highlight Democratic Opposition to DNC Lawsuit Over 2016 Election

CBS Evening News with Jeff Glor
April 20, 2018
6:30 p.m. Eastern [TEASE]

[ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: DNC Suit]

JEFF GLOR: Also tonight, Democrats file suit against the Trump campaign, Wikileaks, and Russia for allegedly conspiring to steal the 2016 election. 

(….)

6:36 p.m. Eastern

[ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: Election Lawsuit]

GLOR: Democrats are hoping to refight the 2016 presidential election in a courtroom. They have filed a one-size-fits-all lawsuit against a string of defendants accused of conspiring to fix the election. Here’s Nancy Cordes. 

[ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: Democrats Sue Russia, Trump Campaign & WikiLeaks

NANCY CORDES: The defendants are a who’s who of the Trump campaign: Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner, along with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, and the Russian Federation itself. All are accused by the Democratic National Committee of previously unimaginable treachery. DNC Chairman Tom Perez: 

[ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: Democrats’ Lawsuit Alleges Trump-Russia Conspiracy]

TOM PEREZ: We’re seeking justice, and we’re seeking deterrence. 

CORDES: His 66-page suit accuses Russian hackers of stealing “tens of thousands of documents and emails” from the DNC. It outlines all the known contacts between Russians and the Trump campaign. In April of 2016, for instance, Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos “met with a Kremlin-tied agent,” who told him about the DNC breach just four days after it happened. The embarrassing e-mail leak rocked the Democratic convention. 

OHIO DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSWOMAN MARCIA FUDGE [on 07/25/16]: I’m going to be respectful of you and I want you to be respectful of me. 

CORDES: The Trump campaign dismissed the lawsuit today as “frivolous, a last-ditch effort to substantiate the baseless Russian collusion allegations by a nearly-bankrupt Democratic Party.” [TO PEREZ] You critics say this is just a stunt to try to raise money.

PEREZ: Protecting democracy is not a publicity stunt. We had employees, Nancy, whose lives were threatened. If you threaten one of my colleagues, current or former, yeah, I’m going to fight back. I’m going to fight like heck. 

GLOR: Nancy is on Capitol Hill tonight. Um, Nancy, the election was a year and a half ago. Why is the DNC doing this now? 

CORDES: Well, Jeff, they say the evidence has been piling up, and Russia has yet to pay much of a price for its election but some Democrats don’t think that this is a great idea or great timing. They worry that it’s only going to further politicize the criminal investigation being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. 

GLOR: Nancy Cordes, thank you very much.

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The Death of the Democratic Party-CSS w/ Christine Smith

Bernie is trying to save a sinking ship that is called the Democratic Party. He is the face of a failed social and political movement. Tyranny is headed our way because Bernie willl not be able to convince enough Americans to andon our traditional values. All Bernie has left is his hypocrisy. The Democratic Party Is a case of Dead Men walking. I recently interviewed Christine Smith and she details the ongoing demise of the party that used to stand for the downtrodden and now it stands for devilish death and destruction. This is a powerful interview.

 

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Anti-Democratic Alliance for Securing Democracy

Anti-Democratic Alliance for Securing Democracy



by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)



The ASD is a sinister organization run by neocon extremist Russophobes.



They include former Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff, Project for the New American Century co-founder William Kristol, former acting CIA director Michael Morell, former ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, and retired admiral James Stavridis, among others.



ADS was established to demonize Russia and Vladimir Putin, claiming they’re responsible for an “unprecedented attack (on) American democracy.”



How can what doesn’t exist be attack(ed)? The group, likeminded ones, the US intelligence community and media scoundrels never revealed evidence of Russian interference in America’s electoral process or anything else.



Accusations and allegations without it are groundless. They persist without letup.



ASD: “Putin’s Russia is seeking to harm the national security of the United States and our democratic allies and weaken us as nations by striking at our core strength – the strength that enables us to protect and advance our interests and prosperity.” 



“These efforts are particularly insidious because they seek to use our greatest strength – our openness – against us in order to undermine our democracy.”



Fact: “Putin’s Russia” seeks world peace and stability, mutual cooperation among all nations, and respect for their sovereign rights.



Fact: Washington wages endless wars of aggression for unchallenged global dominance – all sovereign independent nations targeted for regime change.



ASD quoted a US intelligence community Big Lie, saying “Moscow will apply lessons learned from its Putin-ordered campaign aimed at the US presidential election to future influence efforts worldwide, including against US allies and their election processes.” 



ASD lied claiming Putin seeks to sow political discord in America and elsewhere, adding “every party and democratic nation is at risk.”



Accusing Russia of “multifaceted aggression,” it said Washington and its allies must unite against it.



According to ASD, likeminded groups, and media scoundrels, Russian bots seek to undermine America, focusing on anything potentially divisive.



ASD tracks hundreds of Twitter accounts it claims are linked to a Russian influence campaign, no evidence provided proving anything, no information on how the accounts were chosen – if they even exist or maybe are fake ones.



It claims accounts selected post information from alleged Russian propaganda sources. How is this known? It isn’t. ASD just says it knows so accept what it claims.



Anything online critical of America’s imperial agenda risks being called Russian bot influence.



According to social media professor Karen North, bots are “going to find any contentious issue, and instead of making it an opportunity for compromise and negotiation, they turn it into an unsolvable issue bubbling with frustration…heighten(ing) frustration and anger.”



The NYT turned truth on its head calling the Parkland, Florida high school shootings “an example of how Russian operatives are still at it” – how it didn’t explain.



Neocon Senator Mark Warner lied, claiming “(w)hat we’re seeing is a continuous assault by Russia to target and undermine our democratic institutions, and they’re going to keep coming at us.”



Whatever goes on in America and elsewhere providing potential red meat for Russophobes is automatically blamed on Moscow.



Examples include nonexistent “Russian aggression” in Ukraine, nonexistent Russian interference in US, European and other elections, nonexistent Russian threats to anyone anywhere, nonexistent malicious Russian tweets about the Parkland incident, even the just concluded Datona 500 auto race.



It’s hard imagining why anyone believes this rubbish, obvious disinformation. 



Throughout its existence, the Russian Federation never threatened America.



Mutually assured destruction (MAD) kept America and Soviet Russia from attacking each other.



Russia has existed for over 1,000 years, America for nearly 250. Never throughout this time did Moscow threaten US security.



Washington’s rage for global dominance forces Russia to prepare defensively for possible US aggression, including unthinkable nuclear war.



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Hirstory Speaks Will America Listen? Democratic Party Ideals Parallel the Nazi Takeover of Germany

The Washington Post (CIA controlled) wrote an article entitled, Trump immigration plan could keep whites in U.S. majority for up to five more years.

The article makes the point that some, unknown, obscure and ultra liberal economist, Michael Clemens, is upset because Hipanics and Africans imigrants are now coming to America in insufficient numbers that would be needed to replace whites as the most prevalent race in America. In the article masquerading as news, the unknown economist is placed upon a pedastal by WAPO quotes this pseudo intellectual:

“By greatly slashing the number of Hispanic and black African immigrants entering America, this proposal would reshape the future United States. Decades ahead, many fewer of us would be nonwhite or have nonwhite people in our families…”  and the “elimination of chain migration would delay the date the white Americans become a minority of the population by as many as one or as many as five years”.

Amazingly this anti-white racist rant by the Washington Post is now accepted as news among the liberals. This is the kind of racist rhetoric that preceded the Nazi concentration camps. When the German people would read newspapers, they would read how the Jews had dominated German society and drove the country into the abyss of social, political, military and economic destruction.

In the 1930’s, when the German people would attend the movies, the show began with a 10 minute newsreel which looked a like like today’s network TV. However, ALL of the newsreels consisted of the same plot. A menacing rat would be shown in the corner of a German home. The narrator would be comparing Jews to rats and that they should be treated the same way in that they should never be handling money (ie working in banks), teaching the young adults (ie working as university professors) and they should never enjoy the fruits of their Jewish criminality (ie owning property). Then came Kristallnacht (ie “the night of the broken glass”) which became a premeditated attack upon many Jewish businesses and homes by the Nazis.

When one looks at the George Soros inspired of a rapidly escalating racist path (ie BLM, Moveon.org, et al) that America is on today, I would ask the readers, where is America at in comparison to Nazi Germany history? And I how do I know this history so well, and recognize this history so clearly? These factors were the primary determinants on why so many of my family came to America, from Germany, via England.

When I first heard the “kill whitey” statements from various post-secondary educators that made their way into the media, I felt it was hyperbole and should not be taken seriously. I no longer believe that to be true. Ask yourself this question, why would the establishment media (eg Washington Post promote such anti-white rhetoric? This is a conditioning process for what is coming and parallels what happened prior the opening of the concentration camps?

As I have stated before, while I was attending a State Republican convention in Phoenix on January 27, 2018, I had a conversation with Representative Dr. Paul Gosar and he clearly told me that the estimates of the Republican Party placed the magic number of future Democratic immigrant voters, who would be granted amnesty, at 10 million people, in order to secure a chance at winning general elections.

The current number of proposed DACA members only totals 1.8 million and that is generous. To get to 10 million new Democratic voters, that means that each DACA member would have to bring an average of 5+ unwarranted people into the country.  This is the height of Democratic Party insanity.

As an aside, when immigrants are here for a few years and begin to assimilate into the culture, many reject the Democratic Party anti-American values that shun the value of patriotism, hard work etc. Many of these hard-working immigrants have had to scratch and claw and earn everything they get. I have noticed that most do not identify with the welfare handout philosophy of “robbing Peter to pay Paul” mentality of the Democratic Party.

The American people can expect that after DACA is passed and chain migration upheld, in five years, the Democrats will be back again looking for more unsuspecting immigrants and they will be trying to get this new group of amnesty seekers as the Democrats try to stay one step ahead of the burning bridge.

the following paragraphs will detail how America has been betrayed by the Democratic Party.

Elizabeth Warren, the Trojan Horse of the Middle Class. She and Senator Kamala Harris are Muslim Brotherhood sympathizers. I am not talking Muslims or the religion of Islam, I am referring to the most senior terrorist group in the world, the Muslim Brotherhood. These two belong to their front organizations for the Muslim Brotherhood. Trevor Louden has fully exposed this in his new documentary, The Enemies Within. Over 80 Democrats in Congress fit this MO. And now you know why they had a tantrum when Trump is pausing immmigration in order to screen immigrants who come from a part of the world that rightfullly hates America.They ae also upset because chain migration, which knows no boundaries, is being threatened by President Trump. Does this fit the definition of treason? Why do Warren and Harris care if immigrants are screened before they are admitted to our country? They have an agenda.

 

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Anyone who calls for violence against the President is subject to arrest and imprisonment. After making such a threat, Linda Sarsour should be sitting in a prison cell.

Linda Sarsour, just gave a speech in which she attempted to come off as the great Martin Luther King. Instead, when one analyzes the content of her speech, she sounded more like Stalin. Here is an example of what she said:

“…here in these United States of America where we have fascists and white supremacists and Islamophobes reigning in the White House. When I wake up every morning and remember who is sitting in the White House, I am outraged.”

This is Sarsour’s right to make the above statements. The statement is baseless, but under the 1st Amendment, she is allowed to say what she said. However, Sarsour does not have the right to say the following:

“I hope that we when we stand up to those who oppress our communities, that Allah accepts from us that as a form of Jihad.”

This statement was made in direct reference to President Trump. A Jihad is a war and she later went on to direct this at the present administration.  This is illegal as it constituted a clear threat against the President of the United States. In the same speech she later threatened a collective jihad against the government. This is also not allowed under our laws. She has also disparaged white Christians in the same manner. The Nazi Germany parallels are seemingly everywhere.

Time Magazine immediately went into damage control mode by saying that she was not calling for violence against the President. The word jihad” is a violent word which calls for violent action. Even some of the Mainstream Media expressed shock over Sarsour’s jihad comments. These actions parallel the Nazi propaganda against the Jews in Nazi Germany.

Fox News was critical of Sarsour’s jihad comments:

Controversial activist Linda Sarsour is calling for a “jihad” against President Donald Trump and his administration.

Addressing the Annual Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) convention this past weekend, Sarsour attacked the Trump administration and called on the Muslim community to unite against the White House.”

It should be noted that Sarsour was also the organizer of the pro-women’s march against Trump on Inauguration Day. The hypocrisy of Sarsour is notable as she violated her own spiritual precepts by banning all pro-life women from participating in the the march.

Sarsour is intelligent, well-spoken and obviously and obviously very well versed in Marxian ideology as she is attempting to create a victim’s mentality in anyone who is not White in order to form a revolutionary coalition to unseat the existing Constitutional structure of our government. This is a jihad against the American culture.  The move towards a racially motivated civil war gets a big boost from people like Sarsour. It should also be noted that in this speech, she demanded that Muslims not assimilate into the American culture. Why? Because her kind of followers want to conquer America through a stealth jihad. This means that the concern that many Americans have is that the intent of Sarsour and her followers is to supplant the US Constituent with Sharia law. And when that day happens Christians and non-Muslim believers better go into hiding. THEREFORE, THE PRECISE PARALLEL BETWEEN TODAY, OUR IMMEDIATE FUTURE AND NAZI GERMANY OF THE PAST, IS THAT TODAY’S WHITE CHRISTIANS ARE YESTERDAY’S 1930’S GERMAN JEWS. 

It is also noteworthy that Sarsour was a voting DNC delegate. Meet the new Democratic party in all of its bigotry, violence and intolerance.

Was anyone else bothered by the fact the large body count of Democratic Congressmen who did not attend Trump’s Inauguration and displayed disrespectful and unpatriotic behavior at the recent State of the Union speech? These unpatriotic Congressmen were led by the very radicalized John Lewis. Lewis belongs to the Progressive Caucus which a clear front organization  for the Communist Party as are the other disloyal Congressmen (see Louden’s Enemies Within).

At minimum, I am concerned because these Congressmen demonstrated that they will not work with this President. This is troublesome because the Congress and the President must work together for the good of the country.

At maximum, I am concerned about this development because questions about these Congressmen are being asked by my audience with regard to their real motivation. Many of my readers and viewers are questioning if these Congressmen want to simply be “out of the blast zone” for what is coming. In other words they are positioning themselves to survive the coup that is coming.

Again, as New Zealand Journalist, Trevor Loudon, fully documents, through The Enemies Within, he details how the Communist Party of the USA itself has adopted a stealth plan to achieve revolutionary goals by decisions made in the 1970s to infiltrate and manipulate the Democratic Party. Loudon’s newest work (available on Amazon Prime) documents how Lewis is a member of several front organizations have strong ties to the Community Party and the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist organization.

The Communist and Muslim Brotherhood infiltration plan is to form alliances with the radical elements in organized labor in conjunction with radicals in the African-American community and the feminist movement to establish a progressive coalition on the left that could dominate the national political agenda for decades to come.”  John Lewis is a member of the Progressive Caucus which is a front group for the Communist Party. Lewis is not alone, but his actions and allegiances speak to his lack of commitment to the Republic and most importantly, the Constitution of the United States.

With these associations and his continual efforts in dividing the country, this Congressman should resign. Our country has reached its saturation point with treason from its public officials. Lewis has lost all credibility. Former Congressman, Alan West, has identified 80 of these Congressman as belonging to front groups for either the Communist party or the Muslim Brotherhood, or both. Tervor Louden came to the same conclusion and they are all Democrats.

Words are cheap and history is often open to interpretation. For myself, I have crossed the great divide and there is no turning back. The coming conflicts are unavoidable and people need to take defensive action. There is much talk about a civil war, intellecutally and philsophically, we are already there.  The tell-tale sign will be when there is a modern day “Night of the Broken Glass”.

Regardless of the country or the period in history, a totalitarian takeover always follows the same script.

 

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Democratic Senator Adam Schiff trolled by Russian pranksters – told him Putin has naked blackmail pictures of Trump

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The ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee was the victim of a prank phone call by Russian comedians who offered to give him ‘compromising’ dirt on Donald Trump – including nude photos of the president and a Russian reality show star.

DailyMail.com can disclose that after the prank, his staff engaged in correspondence with what they thought was a Ukrainian politician to try to obtain the ‘classified’ material promised on the call.

On an audio recording of the prank call posted online, Adam Schiff can be heard discussing the committee’s Russia investigation and increasingly bizarre allegations about Trump with a man who claimed to be Andriy Parubiy, the chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament.

The call, made a year ago, was actually from two Russian comedians nicknamed ‘Vovan’ and ‘Lexus’ who have become notorious for their phony calls to high-ranking American officials and celebrities, including UN Ambassador Nikki Haley and Elton John.

Its existence was first reported by The Atlantic but not how a staff member working for the minority on the House Intelligence Committee pursued the information after the call.

Schiff’s office said the congressman suspected the call was ‘bogus’ from the beginning and reported it to authorities afterward.

But in a recording of the eight minute conversation, Schiff appeared to take the call seriously – or at least played along convincingly – and emails from the Democrat’s staff to the fake politician afterwards said he had found it ‘productive’.

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Schiff began the call by thanking the ‘chairman’ Andriy Parubiy for his time and warning him that Russian spies were likely listening in.

‘I would caution that our Russian friends may be listening to the conversation so I wouldn’t share anything over the phone that you wouldn’t want them to hear,’ said Schiff.

Vovan, who was posing as Parubiy, reassured Schiff: ‘I don’t think that will impact on our investigation.’

The fake Parubiy claimed the Ukrainian government had obtained recordings and documents that proved Vladimir Putin was blackmailing Trump with naked photos taken during an affair between the president and a Russian glamour model.

Vovan also claimed the Ukrainians recorded secret meetings between a Trump campaign aide and a famous Russian singer-turned-spy that took place at a non-existent mafia hangout in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Brighton Beach.

Schiff appeared to be taking notes on the conversation and repeatedly asked for spellings of names and documentation he could send to the FBI.

‘I’ll be in touch with the FBI about this. And we’ll make arrangements with your staff. I think it probably would be best to provide these materials both to our committee and to the FBI,’ said Schiff during the conversation, which lasted around eight minutes according to the recording posted to YouTube.

A spokesperson for Schiff confirmed he was on the call but claimed the congressman had suspicions that the caller might not be Parubiy and reported it to law enforcement last April.

‘Both before and after the call, we were aware that it was likely bogus and had already alerted appropriate law enforcement personnel, as well as after the call,’ the spokesperson said.

‘Obviously, it was bogus – which became even more evident during the call – but as with any investigation that is global in scale, we have to chase any number of leads, many of which turn out to be duds.’

The spokesperson declined to address on the record why a staff member pursued the ‘politician’ after the call if the congressman thought it was fake.

The FBI said it could not comment on whether it received or investigated any information about nude Trump photos or other alleged Russian ‘Kompromat’ from Schiff.

‘We do not disclose whether not a complaint has been received,’ an FBI spokesman told DailyMail.com. ‘We neither confirm nor deny the existence of an investigation.’

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Schiff and Trump have publicly feuded over the past week in the wake of a classified memo released by House Intelligence Committee Republicans, which alleged that the FBI used abusive tactics to obtain a surveillance warrant against a Trump campaign aide.

Schiff has been one of the most high profile Democrats in congress investigating allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government officials during the election.

Trump slammed Schiff on Twitter on Monday, calling the congressman ‘Little Adam Schiff’ and claiming he leaked classified information from closed hearings of the House Intelligence Committee.

‘Little Adam Schiff, who is desperate to run for higher office, is one of the biggest liars and leakers in Washington, right up there with Comey, Warner, Brennan and Clapper!’ said Trump on Twitter. ‘Adam leaves closed committee hearings to illegally leak confidential information. Must be stopped!’

The congressman from California shot back that the president was spreading ‘false smears.’

‘[T]he American people would appreciate it if you turned off the TV and helped solve the funding crisis, protected Dreamers or…really anything else,’ said Schiff on Twitter.

The comedians Vovan and Lexus – whose real names are Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexei Stolyarov – drew international attention last year for their prank calls to Turkish President Recep Erdogan and Sen. John McCain.

The phone conversation with Schiff took place early last April as the House Intelligence Committee ramped up its investigation into alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election.

Vovan and Lexus told DailyMail.com that it took them just 30 minutes to get the congressman on the phone after calling his office pretending to be Parubiy.

‘[Schiff] was pretty serious. He wrote all what we said on the paper. Remembered all the details,’ said Lexus.

Lexus said the congressman’s aide also followed up with them by email after the call and asked them to send the materials to the Ukrainian embassy so that one of Schiff’s staffers could pick up the documents.

The comedians claimed they would transfer the documents to Schiff through the Ukrainian ambassador to the U.S. Valeriy Chaly.

Lexus and Vovan provided emails to the DailyMail.com which appear to show Schiff’s staff discussing the documents after the call.

‘I understand Mr. Schiff had a productive call with Mr. Parubiy, and that Mr. Parubiy would like to make some material available to Mr. Schiff through your embassy,’ wrote Schiff aide Rheanne Wirkkala to the pranksters, according to the April 4, 2017 email.

‘Please let me know how best to arrange pick-up of those materials from your Embassy in Washington, D.C.,’ the email continued.

In another email on April 5, 2017, Schiff’s aide asked: ‘do you know when we might be able to meet your colleagues at the Ukrainian embassy here in Washington, DC to pick up materials?’

Schiff’s office did not respond to a request to confirm the emails.

During the call, the pranksters concocted an elaborate story about Trump having a tryst with a Russian glamour model named Olga Buzova after a Miss Universe pageant in 2013, which led to Vladimir Putin obtaining nude photos of the president.

Other individuals they claimed were involved in the scheme included a former Playboy model and Russian journalist named Ksenia Sobchak and Russian pop star Arkadiy Ukupnik.

Buzova ‘got compromising materials on Trump after their short relations,’ one of the pranksters told Schiff.

‘And what’s the nature of the Kompromat?’ asked Schiff.

‘Well, there were pictures of naked Trump,’ said the caller.

The pranksters told Schiff that Sobchak was a Russian secret agent and Putin’s goddaughter, and claimed she gave the Russian leader the compromising pictures of Trump to use as blackmail.

They also claimed the Russian government used pop star Ukupnik as a go-between to meet with former Trump aide Mike Flynn at a mafia-run restaurant in the Russian neighborhood of Brighton Beach, New York.

‘It was Russian singer, very famous singer, Arkadiy Ukupnik, who met with Mr. Flynn on Brighton Beach in Brooklyn in special Russian café Langeron,’ said the prankster.

‘And do you know what was discussed?’ asked Schiff.

The prankster said they ‘discussed many things’ and used passwords to recognize each other, including ‘It rains again on Brighton Beach’ and ‘The weather is good on Deribasivska.’

Schiff, seeming to have difficulty understanding Deribasivska, the name of a street in Odessa, asked the caller to repeat himself several times.

In fact Weather Is Good on Deribasovskaya, It Rains Again on Brighton Beach is the name of a 1992 Russian-American comedy movie about secret agents, with its title taken from the intentionally absurd passwords they use.

The street has slightly different names in Ukrainian and Russian and the comedian used the Ukrainian version.

Schiff eventually said he would have his staff call the Ukrainian legislator’s office later to ‘get spellings and more details on this.’

The prankster promised to send the materials, and also offered to have Sobchak and Buzova extradited to the United States ‘and you can put them to your special jail Guantanamo.’

‘Well, I’ll be in touch with the FBI about this,’ said Schiff. ‘And we’ll make arrangements with your staff. I think it probably would be best to provide these materials both to our committee and to the FBI. So we’ll make arrangements between my staff and yours on how to facilitate that. And we’ll also obviously let the FBI know about Buzova and Sobchak’s plans to travel to Ukraine.’

The caller also suggested that Schiff use the passcode ‘The weather is good on Deribasivska’ the next time he talks to Trump and ‘look at how his face will change color.’

‘And so those passwords were used with Mr. Trump?’ said Schiff.

‘Yes, of course,’ said the caller.

‘We will be back in touch with you through our staff to make arrangements to obtain these materials for our committee and the FBI. I appreciate you reaching out to us,’ said Schiff.

The comedians posted the video of the call online with the caption: ‘Democratic Senator Adam Schiff believed Russian prankers Lexus and Vovan that Ukrainian intelligence has confirmation that Russian ‘scouts’ Ksenia Sobchak , Olga Buzova and Arkady Ukupnik collected dirt on US President Donald Trump.’

READ HOW RUSSIAN PRANKSTERS TOLD DEMOCRAT ADAM SCHIFF THEY HAD ‘KOMPROMAT’ ON PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP

Adam Schiff: Hi, how are you?

Caller: Hello Mr. Schiff, thank you for your time.

Schiff: Thank you, Chairman. I appreciate the opportunity to speak to you.

Caller: I know that you work for investigation regarding Trump and Russian government.

Schiff: Yes

Caller: We have some important information about it.

Schiff: And that is documented as well in materials you want to provide to us?

Caller: Yes. Could I explain you where we are?

Schiff: Yes of course. But again, I would caution that our Russian friends may be listening to the conversation so I wouldn’t share anything over the phone that you wouldn’t want them to hear.

Caller: No, I don’t think that will impact on our investigation.

Schiff: Yes. Please, go ahead then.

Caller: In November 2013, Mr. Trump visited Moscow, it was competition Miss Universe. There he met with Russian journalist and celebrity Ksenia Sobchak.

Schiff: I’m sorry, can you explain that again? While he was in Moscow in November 2013 he met with a journalist?

Caller: Well, she’s poor journalist. But anyway, she became famous because Putin is her godfather.

Schiff: Okay. Putin godfather, okay.

Caller: She also known as the person who provide support for oligarchs. She met with Trump and she brought him one of Russian girl celebrities, Olga Buzova, who’s also known as person who’s [unintelligible].

Schiff: Okay, and how do you spell her name?

Caller: Olga Buzova.

Schiff: So Olga Buzova is a friend of the reporter?

Caller: Yes, she’s a friend of reporter and I think a special agent of Russia Secret Service Ksenia Sobchak.

Schiff: That Sobchak is or Olga is?

Caller: No, Sobchak is [unintelligible]

Schiff: Okay. So Buzova met with Trump in New York at some point after the 2013 Miss Universe.

Caller: Yes, absolutely. And she got compromising materials on Trump after their short relations.

Schiff: Okay. And what’s the nature of the Kompromat?

Caller: Well, there were pictures of naked Trump.

Schiff: Okay. And so Putin was made aware of the availability of the comprising material?

Caller: Yes, of course. Buzova shared those materials with Sobchak and Sobchak shared those materials with Putin, because she’s the goddaughter of Putin. And Putin decided to press Trump.

Schiff: And the materials you could provide to the committee or to the FBI, would they corroborate this allegation?

Caller: Sure, of course. When they were in Ukraine we got their conversation by the phone where they are discussing those compromising materials. We are ready to provide it.

Schiff: So you have recordings of both Sobchak and Buzova where they are discussing the compromising material on Trump?

Caller: Absolutely, and we also know who was a mediator between Trump and Russian government who met with ex-advisor of Trump, Mr. Flynn. It was Russian singer, very famous singer, Arkadiy Ukupnik, who met with Mr. Flynn on Brighton Beach in Brooklyn in special Russian café Langeron.

Schiff: What’s that again?

Caller: Langeron.

Schiff: Langeron?

Caller: Yes, it’s on Brighton Beach. It’s a Russian district in Brooklyn.

Schiff: And do you know what was discussed?

Caller: They discussed many things. But the most interesting thing is they used a special password for their meetings. When they met each other they said ‘The weather is good on Deribasivska.’

Schiff: The weather is good in – where?

Caller: ‘The weather is good on Deribasivska.’ That is the name of a street in Odessa. Did you hear?

Schiff: Yes, I did. So it’s a street in Odessa?

Caller: Yes.

Schiff: And the code word is ‘Weather is good on ‘Zerabasta’?’

Caller: Deribasivskaya. Deribasivskaya.

Schiff: Okay. And I’ll have my staff call up to get spellings and more details on this.

Caller: The next part of their password was, ‘It rains again on Brighton Beach.’

Schiff: ‘It rains again on Brighton Beach.’

Caller: Yes. On that meeting, Ukupnik told Flynn that all those compromising materials will never be released if Trump will cancel all the Russian sanctions.

Schiff: Okay. Well obviously we would welcome the chance to get copies of those recordings. So we will try to work with the FBI to figure out along with your staff how we can obtain copies of those.

Caller: Of course we will provide you all our copies of all our materials. But I also would like to let you know that Sobchak and Buzova will pretty soon visit our country and we could arrest them and deliver them to your embassy and we also could extradite them to your country and you can put them to your special jail Guantanamo.

Schiff: Well, I’ll be in touch with the FBI about this. And we’ll make arrangements with your staff. I think it probably would be best to provide these materials both to our committee and to the FBI. So we’ll make arrangements between my staff and yours on how to facilitate that. And we’ll also obviously let the FBI know about Buzova and Sobchak’s plans to travel to Ukraine.

Caller: I also advise you to check all Sobchak’s visits in the West because she was in the West very often and suggest you check what she did there actually. And I also would like to look at Russian café on Brighton Beach Langeron and especially on head of Russian Mafia Uncle Mischa.

Schiff: Uncle Mischa? In Brighton Beach?

Caller: Yes, he’s the head of Russian mafia. And he’s located on that restaurant on Brighton Beach.

Schiff: Okay.

Caller: I just want to advise you just to look at them, please.

Rep. Schiff: Alrighty. This was very helpful, I appreciate it. Anything else you wanted to add today?

Caller: Well I hope that my information will be useful for you and your committee. And I also would like to advise you when you or your colleagues will meet with Mr Trump I advise you to tell him first part of the password, ‘The weather is good on Deribasivska,’ and look at how his face will change color.

Schiff: And so those passwords were used with Mr. Trump?

Caller: Yes, of course.

Rep. Schiff: Okay. Well thank you very much. We will be back in touch with you through our staff to make arrangements to obtain these materials for our committee and the FBI. I appreciate you reaching out to us.

Caller: Well let’s be in touch and wait for your response from FBI.

Schiff: Excellent. I’ll have them follow up as soon as possible, and I thank you again. Goodbye.

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Re: Fear of Palestinian majority drives attacks on single democratic state

For those who always saw a so-called two-state solution as a means of preserving Israel as a ‘Jewish and democratic’ ethno-state, goodbye is the hardest word to say.

As the Israeli government consolidates a de facto, single state that all its predecessors since 1967 helped forge, those urging ‘separation’ from the Palestinians are sounding desperate – especially in their attacks on calls for a single democratic state, to replace today’s apartheid status quo.

Three op-eds recently published by Israeli newspaper Haaretz in the space of a week are a case in point – and they all share something in common: fear of a Palestinian majority.

On 11 January, Haaretz columnist David Rosenberg lashed out at the idea of one democratic state, which he described as “no solution at all”. The “Palestinian version” of a single state “sounds appealing to Western ears”, Rosenberg acknowledges, “a country where everyone has equal rights”.

“But”, he continued, “behind that lovely vision is the expectation that demographic trends would soon lead to a Palestinian majority”, adding that this “would certainly be the case if the new state allows even a limited Palestinian right of return”. Tellingly, however, Rosenberg does not clarify why a Palestinian majority undermines the ‘lovely vision’ of a democratic state. It’s just assumed.

Palestine: What’s next after the collapse of the two-state project?

In a piece published by Haaretz the same day, Eric H. Yoffie, American rabbi and former president of the Union for Reform Judaism, slammed what he called “dangerous” calls for a single state from both “the Jewish hard right and the Jewish hard left”.

Here, Yoffie disingenuously lumped together, on the one hand, the vision of a formally and proudly apartheid single state proposed by those on the pro-annexation Israeli right, and on the other hand, those advocating a solution shaped by the principles of civic self-determination and equality.

Opposition to the former is a given. But what’s so terrible about the latter? Because it would mean an end to “the Jewish state of Israel” (my emphasis) through the “unification of two hostile cultures”. For Yoffie, there is no possibility of a democratic single state: “the Jewish minority in Israel/Palestine [will be subjected] to chaos, powerlessness, and eternal civil war”.

A few days later, meanwhile, yet another op-ed, this time by Hebrew University-based academic Gadi Taub, warned that “the option of a non-Jewish democracy is purely theoretical”.

In reality, “an Arab majority” means “an Arab government”, Taub wrote, “which according to a relatively optimistic forecast would resemble the corrupt dictatorship of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas” but would probably “be much worse, something like the Hamas regime in Gaza”.

Israel Labour leader says two-state solution will preserve ‘Jewish spirit of our nation’

Rosenberg, Yoffie and Taub are not alone in viewing a Palestinian majority as an apocalyptic prospect – it is an anxiety that animates many an advocate of ‘separation’; as former Labour and Meretz politician Yossi Beilin put it in 2012: “I want a Jewish majority in [Israel] forever. If there is no line between us and them there will be a Jewish minority controlling a Palestinian majority”.

Or take Amos Oz, also writing in Haaretz, in 2015: “If there will be one state here, it will be an Arab state, from the sea to the Jordan River. If there will be an Arab state here, I don’t envy my children and my grandchildren”. Again, Oz feels no need to explain why this would be so terrible.

Such attacks on the vision of a single democratic state betray an inability to decouple self-determination and ethnic statehood, and, to put it bluntly, racism: Palestinians, or just ‘Arabs’, are deemed intrinsically incapable of democracy.

The echoes of white South Africans’ fears before the end of the apartheid regime are clear, and instructive. There, the argument that self-determination (for whites) necessitated domination ultimately lost, because it was both unsustainable and deemed morally unacceptable internationally.

Israeli settlements an obstacle to two-state solution, says UN Secretary General

In 2007, Israeli demographer Arnon Soffer told The Guardian: “We have to do everything to keep Israel as a Jewish state…They [Palestinians] use words like ‘democracy’, but if they are in power, it is the end of democracy. We have to stop being naïve”.

As discussion of, and calls for, a single democratic state grow, this kind of apologia for the status quo will be heard more often. But then Israel’s political class will be in the situation they have always feared, and are ill-equipped to deal with: a globalised struggle of apartheid vs. democracy.



Source Article from https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180126-fear-of-palestinian-majority-drives-attacks-on-single-democratic-state/#comment-3728845240

Re: Fear of Palestinian majority drives attacks on single democratic state

For those who always saw a so-called two-state solution as a means of preserving Israel as a ‘Jewish and democratic’ ethno-state, goodbye is the hardest word to say.

As the Israeli government consolidates a de facto, single state that all its predecessors since 1967 helped forge, those urging ‘separation’ from the Palestinians are sounding desperate – especially in their attacks on calls for a single democratic state, to replace today’s apartheid status quo.

Three op-eds recently published by Israeli newspaper Haaretz in the space of a week are a case in point – and they all share something in common: fear of a Palestinian majority.

On 11 January, Haaretz columnist David Rosenberg lashed out at the idea of one democratic state, which he described as “no solution at all”. The “Palestinian version” of a single state “sounds appealing to Western ears”, Rosenberg acknowledges, “a country where everyone has equal rights”.

“But”, he continued, “behind that lovely vision is the expectation that demographic trends would soon lead to a Palestinian majority”, adding that this “would certainly be the case if the new state allows even a limited Palestinian right of return”. Tellingly, however, Rosenberg does not clarify why a Palestinian majority undermines the ‘lovely vision’ of a democratic state. It’s just assumed.

Palestine: What’s next after the collapse of the two-state project?

In a piece published by Haaretz the same day, Eric H. Yoffie, American rabbi and former president of the Union for Reform Judaism, slammed what he called “dangerous” calls for a single state from both “the Jewish hard right and the Jewish hard left”.

Here, Yoffie disingenuously lumped together, on the one hand, the vision of a formally and proudly apartheid single state proposed by those on the pro-annexation Israeli right, and on the other hand, those advocating a solution shaped by the principles of civic self-determination and equality.

Opposition to the former is a given. But what’s so terrible about the latter? Because it would mean an end to “the Jewish state of Israel” (my emphasis) through the “unification of two hostile cultures”. For Yoffie, there is no possibility of a democratic single state: “the Jewish minority in Israel/Palestine [will be subjected] to chaos, powerlessness, and eternal civil war”.

A few days later, meanwhile, yet another op-ed, this time by Hebrew University-based academic Gadi Taub, warned that “the option of a non-Jewish democracy is purely theoretical”.

In reality, “an Arab majority” means “an Arab government”, Taub wrote, “which according to a relatively optimistic forecast would resemble the corrupt dictatorship of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas” but would probably “be much worse, something like the Hamas regime in Gaza”.

Israel Labour leader says two-state solution will preserve ‘Jewish spirit of our nation’

Rosenberg, Yoffie and Taub are not alone in viewing a Palestinian majority as an apocalyptic prospect – it is an anxiety that animates many an advocate of ‘separation’; as former Labour and Meretz politician Yossi Beilin put it in 2012: “I want a Jewish majority in [Israel] forever. If there is no line between us and them there will be a Jewish minority controlling a Palestinian majority”.

Or take Amos Oz, also writing in Haaretz, in 2015: “If there will be one state here, it will be an Arab state, from the sea to the Jordan River. If there will be an Arab state here, I don’t envy my children and my grandchildren”. Again, Oz feels no need to explain why this would be so terrible.

Such attacks on the vision of a single democratic state betray an inability to decouple self-determination and ethnic statehood, and, to put it bluntly, racism: Palestinians, or just ‘Arabs’, are deemed intrinsically incapable of democracy.

The echoes of white South Africans’ fears before the end of the apartheid regime are clear, and instructive. There, the argument that self-determination (for whites) necessitated domination ultimately lost, because it was both unsustainable and deemed morally unacceptable internationally.

Israeli settlements an obstacle to two-state solution, says UN Secretary General

In 2007, Israeli demographer Arnon Soffer told The Guardian: “We have to do everything to keep Israel as a Jewish state…They [Palestinians] use words like ‘democracy’, but if they are in power, it is the end of democracy. We have to stop being naïve”.

As discussion of, and calls for, a single democratic state grow, this kind of apologia for the status quo will be heard more often. But then Israel’s political class will be in the situation they have always feared, and are ill-equipped to deal with: a globalised struggle of apartheid vs. democracy.



Source Article from https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180126-fear-of-palestinian-majority-drives-attacks-on-single-democratic-state/#comment-3728806249

Re: Fear of Palestinian majority drives attacks on single democratic state

For those who always saw a so-called two-state solution as a means of preserving Israel as a ‘Jewish and democratic’ ethno-state, goodbye is the hardest word to say.

As the Israeli government consolidates a de facto, single state that all its predecessors since 1967 helped forge, those urging ‘separation’ from the Palestinians are sounding desperate – especially in their attacks on calls for a single democratic state, to replace today’s apartheid status quo.

Three op-eds recently published by Israeli newspaper Haaretz in the space of a week are a case in point – and they all share something in common: fear of a Palestinian majority.

On 11 January, Haaretz columnist David Rosenberg lashed out at the idea of one democratic state, which he described as “no solution at all”. The “Palestinian version” of a single state “sounds appealing to Western ears”, Rosenberg acknowledges, “a country where everyone has equal rights”.

“But”, he continued, “behind that lovely vision is the expectation that demographic trends would soon lead to a Palestinian majority”, adding that this “would certainly be the case if the new state allows even a limited Palestinian right of return”. Tellingly, however, Rosenberg does not clarify why a Palestinian majority undermines the ‘lovely vision’ of a democratic state. It’s just assumed.

Palestine: What’s next after the collapse of the two-state project?

In a piece published by Haaretz the same day, Eric H. Yoffie, American rabbi and former president of the Union for Reform Judaism, slammed what he called “dangerous” calls for a single state from both “the Jewish hard right and the Jewish hard left”.

Here, Yoffie disingenuously lumped together, on the one hand, the vision of a formally and proudly apartheid single state proposed by those on the pro-annexation Israeli right, and on the other hand, those advocating a solution shaped by the principles of civic self-determination and equality.

Opposition to the former is a given. But what’s so terrible about the latter? Because it would mean an end to “the Jewish state of Israel” (my emphasis) through the “unification of two hostile cultures”. For Yoffie, there is no possibility of a democratic single state: “the Jewish minority in Israel/Palestine [will be subjected] to chaos, powerlessness, and eternal civil war”.

A few days later, meanwhile, yet another op-ed, this time by Hebrew University-based academic Gadi Taub, warned that “the option of a non-Jewish democracy is purely theoretical”.

In reality, “an Arab majority” means “an Arab government”, Taub wrote, “which according to a relatively optimistic forecast would resemble the corrupt dictatorship of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas” but would probably “be much worse, something like the Hamas regime in Gaza”.

Israel Labour leader says two-state solution will preserve ‘Jewish spirit of our nation’

Rosenberg, Yoffie and Taub are not alone in viewing a Palestinian majority as an apocalyptic prospect – it is an anxiety that animates many an advocate of ‘separation’; as former Labour and Meretz politician Yossi Beilin put it in 2012: “I want a Jewish majority in [Israel] forever. If there is no line between us and them there will be a Jewish minority controlling a Palestinian majority”.

Or take Amos Oz, also writing in Haaretz, in 2015: “If there will be one state here, it will be an Arab state, from the sea to the Jordan River. If there will be an Arab state here, I don’t envy my children and my grandchildren”. Again, Oz feels no need to explain why this would be so terrible.

Such attacks on the vision of a single democratic state betray an inability to decouple self-determination and ethnic statehood, and, to put it bluntly, racism: Palestinians, or just ‘Arabs’, are deemed intrinsically incapable of democracy.

The echoes of white South Africans’ fears before the end of the apartheid regime are clear, and instructive. There, the argument that self-determination (for whites) necessitated domination ultimately lost, because it was both unsustainable and deemed morally unacceptable internationally.

Israeli settlements an obstacle to two-state solution, says UN Secretary General

In 2007, Israeli demographer Arnon Soffer told The Guardian: “We have to do everything to keep Israel as a Jewish state…They [Palestinians] use words like ‘democracy’, but if they are in power, it is the end of democracy. We have to stop being naïve”.

As discussion of, and calls for, a single democratic state grow, this kind of apologia for the status quo will be heard more often. But then Israel’s political class will be in the situation they have always feared, and are ill-equipped to deal with: a globalised struggle of apartheid vs. democracy.



Source Article from https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180126-fear-of-palestinian-majority-drives-attacks-on-single-democratic-state/#comment-3728805604

The Case For The Democratic 'Cave'

WASHINGTON ― After Senate Democrats voted for a three-week government funding extension Monday, Republicans and liberal progressives seemed to agree about one thing: Democrats had caved.

Senate Democrats had, after all, voted to reopen the government without a legislative fix on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration program, and they had essentially accepted a deal that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was willing to give Democrats on Friday ― the soft promise of a vote on a DACA bill and a three-week government funding extension, not four.

But the truth is more complex than a winners and losers post. Yes, the liberal base may be upset that Democrats took less than a DACA fix in exchange for ending a shutdown, but that’s only relevant if you actually think Democrats could have gotten a DACA bill as a result of this shutdown ― and that the shutdown wasn’t hurting Democrats at all.

Republicans were happy to claim throughout this three-day government funding lapse that Democrats had made a strategic error in blocking a government funding bill, so it’s odd that, in GOP eyes, Democrats had also made an error in ending the shutdown. How is it that a shutdown was bad for moderate Democratic senators up for reelection and that ending a shutdown is also bad for those lawmakers?

It’s also inaccurate to say Democrats didn’t get anything over the last couple of days. McConnell made stronger statements in support of an open debate on a DACA bill on both Sunday night and Monday morning, making it more difficult for him to wriggle out of not putting forward an immigration bill that has Democratic support or controlling the amendment process so that Democrats don’t have a chance to change the bill.

If ― as progressives were happy to tweet Monday ― Democrats shouldn’t trust McConnell, forcing him to make more explicit promises on the Senate floor, promises that will surely be thrown back in his face should he fail to live up to them and there is another shutdown, that isn’t to be taken for granted. And if the Senate were able to pass a bipartisan DACA bill, while also demonstrating that a more conservative DACA bill currently making its way through the House doesn’t have the votes in the Senate, they make it much easier to argue that it’s Republicans like Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) who are shutting down the government by not giving Democrats a vote in the House.

The Democratic position of not voting for a government funding bill until there’s a DACA deal seems much more reasonable if there’s actual legislation that’s passed the Senate and is being ignored in the House. You’d be certain to hear the words, “Give us a vote, Mr. Speaker!”

The reality of this shutdown standoff is that it’s hardly over. Democrats agreed to a continuing resolution that will keep the government open for 17 days. They took the Children’s Health Insurance Program off the negotiating table with a six-year extension of the program. And they gave up hardly any leverage to do so.

Republicans and Democrats still don’t have a spending agreement to raise caps lawmakers set in 2011. Without that agreement, the Pentagon would be forced to live with a sequestration spending number that Republicans hate. And the threat that Democrats will shut down the government without an agreement seems more serious now that they’ve actually done that.

Democrats don’t like to admit they had any part in shutting down the government. But their position was that they wouldn’t accept a government funding bill because of what wasn’t included, not what was actually in the bill, though Democrats have pointed out there are some provisions they don’t support and that funding the government through stopgap measure after stopgap measure is not a responsible way to govern.

Some of the most disappointed groups after this shutdown, understandably, are Dreamers, the undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children. But a prolonged shutdown could have seriously damaged public opinion on the Dreamers. Currently, Dreamers enjoy massive support. A Washington Post-ABC poll in September revealed that 86 percent of the public supported Dreamers staying in the U.S. A long shutdown over immigration could have poisoned public opinion on the issue and driven people into their familiar partisan foxholes, as well as made it difficult for more moderate Republicans to actually negotiate a DACA bill.

“It [an unresolved shutdown] can only hurt the Dreamers and only piss off potential Republican allies,” a senior Democratic aide told HuffPost Monday, adding that protecting public opinion on Dreamers ― particularly when government shutdowns are so unpopular ― was a consideration for Democrats.

So Democrats staved off the worst effects of a government shutdown. They prevented a turn in public opinion against their party for this shutdown, as well as Dreamers. They got CHIP. They got a commitment from McConnell to bring up immigration legislation. And they gave up none of their leverage.

It may be tempting to insist that Democrats should have pressed on with the shutdown strategy until they got everything they wanted. But Congress works slowly ― barely ― until the moment that it all comes together in an instant.

Democrats took a step toward that moment.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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