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Newt Gingrich


Unlike most pundits, Newt Gingrich thinks that Donald Trump scored a “historic victory” during his first debate with Hillary Clinton. His praise for the real estate mogul contrasts sharply with his previous views of Trump, whom he once called an “unacceptable” choice for the Republican nomination.




Michael Flynn


According to retired lieutenant general Michael Flynn, Donald Trump “crushed” Hillary Clinton in their first debate, particularly on national security issues. But many question whether Flynn has a firm grasp of all the facts. For instance, Flynn claims that the Iran nuclear deal will bring “nothing but grief,” lead to “the elimination of Israel,” and help initiate a “large regional war.”




Donald Trump


Donald Trump’s controversial views on foreign affairs have been in the spotlight as the presidential race heats up. During an MSNBC national security forum featuring both Trump and Hillary Clinton, the real estate mogul praised Vladimir Putin as a better leader than Barack Obama, said that he has “secret plan” to take on ISIS, and doubled down on his misleading claim that he did not support the Iraq War. His candidacy has divided a key GOP foreign policy constituency, neoconservatives.



Vin Weber


Former Rep. Vin Weber, a policy adviser to Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign and longtime lobbyist, is steadfastly opposed to Donald Trump. “Nobody is interested in a lot of nuance when they’re worried about a bomb blowing up at their shopping center,” said Weber during a recent interview, arguing that Trump “has projected since day one kind of this broad image of strength. Not very concrete, not very specific, but a strong guy. That’s what scares me about him, too. I don’t want an authoritarian figure as president, but that will appeal to people in an insecure environment.”

Irving Moskowitz


When Irving Moskowitz passed away in June 2016, the Times of Israel highlighted his settler work: “The Moskowitz Foundation he founded in 1968 along with his wife, Cherna, was a major supporter of El’ad and Ateret Cohanim, two organizations involved in moving Jews to live in predominantly Arab neighborhoods of East Jerusalem. … In 2008, the Moskowitzes established the Moskowitz Prize for Zionism, whose winners included Moshe Levinger, an early settler in Hebron after the 1967 Six Day War who later was jailed in Israel for violence against Arabs.”

Eric Cantor


Since being ousted in a surprise primary upset by a Tea Party challenger in 2014, former Rep. Eric Cantor—a key “pro-Israel” voice in the House—has worked for an investment bank and commented regularly on U.S. politics. Although sharply critical of Donald Trump’s immigration views Cantor has said that we will vote for Trump.



James Woolsey


Unlike other neoconservative activists who staunchly oppose Donald Trump, former CIA director James Woolsey has decided to join forces with the real estate mogul. A national security adviser to the Trump campaign, Woolsey claims that Trump knows what he’s doing with Putin and will reverse “harmful defense budget cuts.”




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From the Wires

From all outward appearances, AIPAC’s fundraising arm effectively pocketed the boost in fundraising revenue it enjoyed during the heated battle over the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

The Israeli prime minister’s tells imaginary tales at the UN about meetings with Palestinians.

The unrelenting urge among American politicians to keep punishing Iran continues to work against sensible statecraft and U.S. interests.

The new U.S. aid deal for Israel is the largest military aid package to any country in the history of U.S. security assistance, providing Israel $38 billion over ten years starting in 2019.

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), a hardline Iran hawk who consistently opposes diplomatic efforts to constrain Iran’s nuclear program, had a change of heart when it came to seeking the release of Americans held in Iran.

Within days of the 9/11 attacks, the Bush administration announced a “war on terror,” which included launching an air war in numerous hotspots across the globe. Almost 15 years have passed and that air war is still ongoing.

In a recent speech Hillary Clinton made American exceptionalism a major theme. She chose that theme in part because it would enable her to criticize Donald Trump, who has said he doesn’t like the term.

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