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Dems' Non-Allegiance to Israel Duplicitous, Dangerous

Dems' Non-Allegiance to Israel Duplicitous, Dangerous
Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., left, listens as Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks during their appearance at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in Washington, on March 1, 2015. (Cliff Owen/AP)

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If you want to capture the magnitude of the Democratic Party’s abandonment of the state of Israel in a single moment you could perhaps do no better than to cite the actions of a single U.S. senator on a single day, on a single vote. The U.S. senator was Ben Cardin, D-Md., a member of a prominent Jewish family from Baltimore. The day was April 29, 2015. The vote was on the Barrasso Amendment.

On its face, the amendment seemed straightforward enough. The Obama administration was attempting to push its catastrophic Iran deal through Congress. If it went into effect, the deal would release the Iranians from many of the sanctions holding their military expansion in check and return to them something on the order of $150 billion in assets frozen in accounts all over the world.

The Barasso Amendment stated simply that before we proceeded with these steps we should require a certification from the U.S. government that the Iranians were not sponsoring and supporting terrorist attacks against U.S. citizens around the world. In short, the Barrasso Amendment asked for some assurance that as soon as we handed the Iranians vast stacks of cash with which to buy arms and support terrorist groups around the planet that they were not going to put that money to use attacking us — and by extension presumably — our allies.

Apparently, the Barrasso Amendment was not straightforward enough. Sen. Cardin voted against it. So did every other Democratic senator in the U.S. Senate.

This was not an isolated incident. Sen. Cardin and his Democratic colleagues voted against every other measure proposed by opponents of the Iran deal. This included voting against a measure, which said simply that since the Iran deal was manifestly a treaty between sovereign nations it must be submitted to the U.S. Senate for ratification as required by the explicit language of the U.S. Constitution.

Ultimately, Cardin, in an almost unbelievably cynical political move, would stand and vote against the Iran deal he had worked so hard to ensure was passed. He would do so, however, only with the permission of his party bosses and only after all votes had been counted and the result was a foregone conclusion. He would now position himself to claim that he had never supported the deal and hope that his supporters in the Jewish community were so easily fooled.

They were not. The undeniably justified outrage simmers to this day.

A few decades ago it would have been unthinkable for a prominent Jewish senator to work in concert with the minions of the world’s largest sponsor of terror. A short time ago, the Democratic Party was united in its recognition of the threat posed to Israel, not simply from Palestinian terrorist groups, but from hostile nation states like Iran and the terrorist surrogates they created.

No more. The Democratic Party has veered hard to the left in the last 20 years. Bill Clinton is likely now on the extreme right of a party, which believes increasingly that Israel is some sort of totalitarian, racist state abusing and oppressing its Arab citizens. In this world view, terrorists who murder innocent women and children, carry out suicide bombings, and vow their commitment to the annihilation of Israel and the Jewish people are "freedom fighters" and, when captured, "political prisoners" and "prisoners of conscience."

The impact of the Democratic Party’s abandonment of Israel, and particularly, of its support of the Iran deal has been catastrophic. It has not simply resulted in a deterioration of the security climate. It has lead to a shift in the strategic balance of power, which for the first time in decades poses a true existential threat to Israel's continued existence.

Hezbollah, an Iranian surrogate, bankrolled entirely by Tehran, now has military power greater than that of a number of NATO countries. It has 50,000 men under arms and possesses the most modern weaponry available on the world market. This includes 150,000 rockets and missiles — which can reach every square foot of Israel. No longer are these crude homegrown weapons, many now have pinpoint accuracy.

Hezbollah and its Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps masters, flush with cash released to them on under the terms of the Iran deal, are poised on Israel’s northern border. Hamas has another 27,000 fighters in the Gaza Strip.

They will soon be joined by legions of allies.

Iran has constructed in Iraq and Syria a whole series of Hezbollah clones. These are not terrorist groups so much as armies. They are hardened from years of combat in Iraq and Syria, and Iran has made no secret of the fact that when their work there is done there they will be sent to Israel to "cleanse" it from the earth.

"En Sha'a Allah [God willing], there will be no such thing as a Zionist regime in 25 years." — Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said in September of 2015.

Recent statements by Hezbollah leadership have added emphasis and clarity to the gathering threat. Speaking only weeks ago, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah stated explicitly that war was coming with Israel and that it would be fought, not in Lebanon, but on Israeli soil.

Only days ago, in the latest of what has become a continuing series of threats, he stressed that when this war came Hezbollah would be supported by hundreds of thousands of Islamic fighters from both Iraq and Syria.

There is a storm coming. The nation of Israel is preparing to face the greatest threat to its existence in almost 70 years. It will need all the friends it can get, and unfortunately, it will no longer find them in the ranks of the Democratic politicians in Washington, D.C.

Charles "Sam" Faddis is a Veteran, retired CIA operations officer, Assistant Attorney general (Wash.) and published author. With degrees from The Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland Law School, he is a Senior Contributing Editor for Homeland Security Today, contributor to sofrep.com, Newsmax, and The Hill among others. He regularly appears on many networks as a national security and counter-terrorism expert. Sam is the author of "Beyond Repair: The Decline And Fall Of The CIA" and "Willful Neglect: The Dangerous Illusion Of Homeland Security. "To read more of his reports, Click Here Now.

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It was once unthinkable for a prominent Jewish senator to work with minions of the world’s largest sponsor of terror. The Democratic Party was once united in its recognition of the threat posed to Israel. No more. There is a storm coming.
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