Senor 1, Mitchell 0 | Washington Free Beacon

August 1, 2012

August 1, 2012 9:59 am
Romney senior adviser defended Gov. Mitt Romney’s comments about the effect of culture on Palestine — rather than economics — in an exchange with Andrea Mitchell Wednesday on “Morning Joe.”

ANDREA MITCHELL: Dan, if Gov. Romney had made those points in that speech, I don’t think people would have raised questions and I don’t think he would have had the response from Sa’eb Erekat and other Palestinian leaders. The fact is he made the point much more broadly about the Israeli economy, the Israeli GDP in contrast to the Palestinian GDP without mentioning the Palestinians have faced because of the terrorism, because of the second anti-fada and because of all of that history and Israel’s need for security, but they have faced a wall. They have faced closures where it takes people an hour to get to their jobs, to go two miles because of all of the restrictions and the way they have to — if you have driven through the west bank in recent years you would understand the difference between Ramallah — when we were there in 2004, a bustling, thriving economy, and Ramallah in the intervening years because of all of the reactions. those were not the points that governor Romney made. Just — he was talking about borders and about adjacent economies in the most generalized terms.
MITCHELL: And that was why it was so deeply offensive.
SENOR: So, Andrea, let me, there’s a lot in there, so, let me, in what you just said, so, let me unpackage it. First of all, the trade restrictions and the roadblock that are burdening the Gaza strip in particular –
MITCHELL: I was talking about the west bank. not the Gaza strip.
SENOR: Fine, burdening the west bank, either one. The trade restrictions, the roadblocks.
MITCHELL: They’re very different, Dan.
SENOR: Let me finish.
MITCHELL: You’re talking about a war zone versus –
SENOR: Let me respond. You said a lot. Let me respond to it. Choices that certain actors make in the Palestinian territories as it relates to security and violence and terrorism against the Israelis requires the Israelis to do certain things, to protect basic security. You talked about the security fence. You talked about the roadblocks. They don’t put up the roadblocks to have fun. They put up the roadblocks so they can actually see if someone coming in Israel has a suicide bomb strapped to their belt, to inspect a human or to inspect a vehicle to see if it’s loaded with explosives takes a little time. When you have a lot of people lined up at a roadblock and you have to check every car and every body to make sure someone’s not coming in to blow up a classroom full of school children, that takes time and that absolutely imposes that time and hassle and inconvenience absolutely imposes an economic burden on the Palestinian society. but this isn’t a choice Israel is making. It’s a response Israel is taking. In response to these decisions that these terrorists are making. So you tell me if that is Israel’s fault or that is a choice that certain actors in the Palestinian territories are making that are hurting their own people, that are hurting Salam Fayyads who just want normalcy.
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on MSNBC too. No wonder their ratings are improving a little


Obama’s Jewish problem: It’s the substance, stupid

September 14, 2011
In the Wall Street Journal, Start-Up Nation co-author Dan Senor explains how Tuesday night’s election results in NY-9 show that Barack Hussein Obama has an uphill battle to win Jewish votes and Jewish funding in 2012

New York’s special congressional election on Tuesday was the first electoral outcome directly affected by President Obama’s Israel policy. Democrats were forced to expend enormous resources in a losing effort to defend this safe Democratic district, covering Queens and Brooklyn, that Anthony Weiner won last year by a comfortable margin.

A Public Policy Poll taken days before the election found a plurality of voters saying that Israel was “very important” in determining their votes. Among those voters, Republican candidate Robert Turner was winning by a 71-22 margin. Only 22% of Jewish voters approved of President Obama’s handling of Israel. Ed Koch, the Democrat and former New York mayor, endorsed Mr. Turner because he said he wanted to send a message to the president about his anti-Israel policies. (MORE)

If you don’t know I’m not orthodox (though I have a deep respect for them and keep a moderate semi Kosher). My family no longer black sheeps me. When I mention objective points about how Obama has failed their retort is slow and full of pauses. They still want Obama to win, but they have a hard time making their own arguments. My family has gone from complete censorship and fear of what I may say to a point where they are listening. I’d say this is a healthy place to be and if I am given reasonable arguments and not GOP choir talking points then I may have a very good chance of getting them to vote for a Republican. They won’t ever be Pro Life, and they won’t amend their stance on abortion… but they listen to me about issues that deal with government being too big. When I mentioned that is is illegal to take pictures of the police in the state of Massachusetts they asked my why I wanted to take pictures of the police and then change the subject. This tells me that they know that the Blue State juxtaposition of righteousness is weak. When I say I would save Social Security by taking money from the schools they were not hostile to the idea like they were four years ago.