Debate is a formal discussion on a particular topic in a public meeting or legislative assembly, in which opposing arguments are put forward.
“You should be willing to debate anytime, anywhere.” Hillary Clinton said in 2008
By Eileen Fleming
In 2006, Israel’s Nuclear Whistle Blower Mordechai Vanunu taped this video invitation to Senator Clinton and “all the Christians to come and see the real wailing wall: the apartheid wall.”
Hillary continues to ignore Vanunu’s invitation.
HOWEVER, in April 1999, thirty-six members of the US House of Representatives signed a letter calling for Mordechai Vanunu’s release from prison because they believed “we have a duty to stand up for men and women like Mordechai Vanunu who dare to articulate a brighter vision for humanity.”
President Clinton responded with a public statement expressing concern for Vanunu and the need for Israel and other non-parties to the Non-Proliferation Treaty to adhere to it and accept IAEA safeguards.
Ever since the silence has been deafening and most Americans still have not heard about Israel’s Nuclear Whistle Blower, so I published BEYOND NUCLEAR: Mordechai Vanunu’s FREEDOM of SPEECH Trial and My Life as a Muckraker: 2005-2010
Read the Latest News on Vanunu’s long wait for freedom from Israel, which can happen on or before this April 21 HERE
One of the next big battlegrounds in the Democratic nomination is New York State’s primary on April 19.
Senator Sanders campaign has repeatedly asked Hillary Clinton to debate in New York before that primary.
Hillary has ignored that invitation too.
YOU can add your name HERE to say that you want a Democratic debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in New York State.
I am from New York but I live in Florida.
I have been to both sides of The Wall in Palestine Israel 8 times since 2005.
Bernie Sanders is the only candidate for president who has personal ties with Israel.
Sanders did NOT attend AIPAC’s conference but he sent his speech and addressed every American from which I excerpt:
I spent a number of months [in Israel] when I was a young man on a kibbutz, so I know a little bit about Israel…
To my mind, as friends – long term friends with Israel – we are obligated to speak the truth as we see it. That is what real friendship demands, especially in difficult times…
It is important among friends to be honest and truthful about differences that we may have….
I am here to tell the American people that, if elected president, I will work tirelessly to advance the cause of peace as a partner and as a friend to Israel.
But to be successful, we have also got to be a friend not only to Israel, but to the Palestinian people, where in Gaza unemployment today is 44 percent and we have there a poverty rate which is almost as high.
So when we talk about Israel and Palestinian areas, it is important to understand that today there is a whole lot of suffering among Palestinians and that cannot be ignored. You can’t have good policy that results in peace if you ignore one side….
Peace has to mean security for every Israeli from violence and terrorism.
But peace also means security for every Palestinian. It means achieving self-determination, civil rights, and economic well-being for the Palestinian people.
Peace will mean ending what amounts to the occupation of Palestinian territory, establishing mutually agreed upon borders, and pulling back settlements in the West Bank….
It is absurd for elements within the Netanyahu government to suggest that building more settlements in the West Bank is the appropriate response to the most recent violence.
It is also not acceptable that the Netanyahu government decided to withhold hundreds of millions of Shekels in tax revenue from the Palestinians, which it is supposed to collect on their behalf….
And interestingly enough, more often than not, diplomacy can achieve goals that military intervention cannot achieve. And that is why I supported the sanctions that brought Iran to the negotiating table and allowed us to reach an agreement….
I do not accept the idea that the “pro-Israel” position was to oppose the deal.
Preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon will strengthen not only the United States’ security, but Israel’s security as well.
I am not alone in that idea.
While Prime Minister Netanyahu is vocally opposed to the accord, his is hardly a consensus opinion in Israel and it’s important that everyone understand that.
Dozens of former security officials, including retired Army generals and chiefs of the Shin Bet and Mossad intelligence agencies support the agreement. Netanyahu may not, but many others in Israel do…..
Among those in Israel who oppose Netanyahu’s apartheid policies is his nephew, Jonathan Ben Artzi [who went to jail for 18 months instead of serving in the Israeli Forces] who has pleaded to US:
If Americans truly are our friends, they should shake us up and take away the keys, because right now we are driving drunk, and without this wake-up call, we will soon find ourselves in the ditch of an undemocratic, doomed state.
Of utmost importance to Americans must be the fact that in April 2015, The National Security Archive of George Washington University published documents that corroborated much of what Mordechai Vanunu began saying thirty years ago!
The documents detail the discovery of Israel’s nuclear deceptions, debates over Israel’s lack of candor and efforts to pressure the Israelis to answer key questions about the Dimona.
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