Hillary vs. Pirro
Interesting item in Eve Kessler's blog for the Forward on the race for NY Senator. Jeanine Pirro is apparently a friend of the Arab American Institute, so it doesn't surprise Kessler at all that the Institute put out a statement blasting Hillary and her recent trip to Israel in its latest newsletter:
By any measure, Senator Hillary Clinton’s (D-NY) recent trip to Israel was a breathtaking display of political posturing. She visited Israel’s wall, and explained that it is “not against the Palestinian people” but “against terrorists,” but while Senator Clinton met with a range of Israeli officials, she did not meet with any Palestinians. Haaretz also reported that Senator Clinton remarked that the “Palestinian people have to help prevent terrorism.” The article went on to say that Clinton “touted [Israeli Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon’s withdrawal from the Gaza Strip in September as ‘courageous’ and said the Israeli leader needs a ‘reliable partner’ on the Palestinian side to further the positive momentum created by the pullout.” The constant recycling of ten-year-old talking points, regardless of the facts on the ground, is damaging to genuine efforts for peace.Another interesting fact, pointed out by The Politicker, is that Pirro is of Lebanese descent. Somehow it doesn't surprise the guys over at The Politicker that Pirro's campaign chooses not to publicize that . And as The Politicker notes, this whole line of attack is "political gold" for Hillary.