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A memo dated today is circulating among the members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. It reads: BRIEFING NOTICE: HCFA FULL COMMITTEE BRIEFING: “Israeli-Gaza Conflict: Operation Pillar of Defense” WEDNESDAY 11/28/12 10:00 a.m. MEMBERS ONLY

Dear Colleague:

You are invited to attend a closed briefing to discuss the Israeli-Gaza Conflict: Operation Pillar of Defense. The briefer will be:

  • His Excellency Michael B. Oren, Ambassador of Israel

The briefing will take place on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 2200 of the Rayburn House Office Building. This meeting is for Members only.



Chairman Ranking Democratic Member

As it is a closed session, one can only speculate on what will be discussed, but the acceptance of the Israeli name “Operation Pillar of Defense” for the briefing would seem to confirm that our Solons on the Potomac have rather bought into the Israeli narrative of what is taking place and why. And the briefing is being given by the Israeli ambassador, not by someone from CIA or the Defense Department or even the White House’s National Security Council. Wonder if there will be any questions from the audience challenging his viewpoint?

There has been other legislative action. Both houses in Congress have unanimously passed resolutions expressing support for Israel’s “inherent right to act in self-defense.” Identical resolutions passed last Thursday in the Senate and last Friday in the House of Representatives. Drafters of the Senate resolution, which had 64 co-sponsors, were senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Mark Kirk, while the House resolution was written by representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Howard Berman. Each resolution “expresses unwavering commitment to the security of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state with secure borders, and recognizes and strongly supports its inherent right to act in self-defense to protect its citizens against acts of terrorism.” AIPAC subsequently praised “the leadership of Senators Gillibrand and Kirk, and the extraordinary show of support by the Senate for Israel’s struggle against terrorist attacks on its citizens.”

The White House also knows how to pare a cheese: “We strongly condemn the barrage of rocket fire from Gaza into Israel, and we regret the death and injury of innocent Israeli and Palestinian civilians caused by the ensuing violence. There is no justification for the violence that Hamas and other terrorist organizations are employing against the people of Israel. We call on those responsible to stop these cowardly acts immediately in order to allow the situation to de-escalate.”

(Republished from The American Conservative by permission of author or representative)
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: Gaza, Israel 
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  1. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    … more evidence as to why both our national credibility and Congressional approval ratings are at historic lows.

  2. Jim Bovard says: • Website

    Phil, on the bright side, there’s still plenty of time in case the Committee decides to invite you or some other non-ambassador to broaden the briefing.

  3. Clint says:

    Once again, it appears that paper trained Congressional doggies allow the little Israeli tail to wag The American Big Dog.

    How the Israel Lobby Gets What It Wants.

  4. Jewish folk in Israel certainly have an inherent right to self defense, but so do Arab Palestinians pushed off their land.

    What a colossal negative indictment of the reasons proffered for WW I and its inevitable consequence, WW II… and all the subsequent consequences of violence…

  5. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    This Thanksgiving I am thankful for the thoughtful, principled conservative reportage and analysis here at TAC. Thanks to Phil and all the rest. Keep it up!

  6. Surely Ros-Lehtinen and Berman are well aware that all Arab countries agree to accept Israel within its pre-1967 borders.

  7. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Lies flourish in the darkness, and many are likely to be told under cover of a “closed briefing” by a foreign ambassador.

  8. Turkey Day, I agree with you in being thankful for the “Old Right” reportage here at TAC. And let’s also be thankful for the “libertarian” reportage at and the “progressive left” activism at

    “PaleoCons,” “libertarians,” and the genuinely “progressive left” — the Pat Buchanans, the Ron Pauls, and the Medea Benjamins — all have a common interest in opposing war, empire, and such Orwellian atrocities as the “Patriot (last refuge of scoundrels) Act.” Let’s not worry so much about our differences until our common goals are achieved.

  9. Until Arabs and Muslims start investing some of their gazillions in media and election campaigns in western societies, the Israeli/Palestinian narrative will remain unchanged. In other words, don’t hold your breath.

  10. This is a case where winning the popularity contest will only make the problem worse in the future because it obsficates the way of out of this mess.

    In the end, we will all lose.

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