“There are jihadist training camps in Central and South America.”

Posted on December 15, 2011 in Campaign Statements

“There are training camps, jihadist training camps in Central and South America. They're working with the drug cartels. And they are planning assaults on the United States. That is what we know is going on right now. And we are doing -- this president has ignored that threat. Has insulted our allies like Honduras and Colombia, deliberately. Has embraced -- as he has the other scoundrels in the Middle East, has embraced Chavez and Ortega and others in Central and South America, not promoting our values and interests.

We need a brand new initiative, an initiative that says that we...

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“Venezuela has the largest Iranian embassy in the world there. We know what is going on.”

Posted on December 15, 2011 in Campaign Statements

“If we are going to be able to defend America, from Iran, from Hezbollah, from Hamas, that are using Mexico as a border, as a way to penetrate in the southern part of the United States. Venezuela has the largest Iranian embassy in the world there. We know what is going on. It is time for this country to have a real conversation about a Monroe Doctrine again like we did against the Cubans in the 60s.”

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“This administration has absolutely bungled…the most muddled foreign policy.”

Posted on December 15, 2011 in Campaign Statements

“Well, I have already called for a overfly zone -- no fly zone over Syria already. They are Iran's partner. They are attached at the hip. And we have to stand firm with our ally in that region, Israel. There needs to be no space between the United States and Israel. And this administration has absolutely bungled.

It is the most muddled foreign policy that I can ever remember in my lifetime whether it was in '09 when we had the opportunity either covertly, overtly or other ways of helping the Iranian citizens as they were trying to overthrow that...

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“Sharia is a mortal threat to…the United States as we know it.”

Posted on December 14, 2011 in Campaign Statements

"Sharia is a mortal threat to the survival of freedom in the United States and the world as we know it."

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Statement of AAI Chairman George Salem on Newt Gingrich

Posted by on December 12, 2011 in Blog

The statement by Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich that Palestinians are an "invented people" is perhaps a new low in the campaign rhetoric of presidential hopefuls. 

A review of maps going back to the 16th century – and any serious review of history going back centuries earlier – reveals that Palestine and Palestinians were clearly there.  They were a part of the Ottoman Empire, to be sure, but so too were the modern nations of Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and even Israel.  

Most Palestinians seek recognition as a sovereign state in secure borders and wish to live in peace with...

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“These people are terrorists…”

Posted on December 12, 2011 in Campaign Statements

"Somebody ought to have the courage to tell the truth. These people are terrorists...It's fundamentally time for somebody to have the guts to stand up and say, 'Enough lying about the Middle East.'"

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GOP Candidates Discuss Israel-Palestine

Posted on December 12, 2011 in Washington Watch

On December 7, 2012, six Republican candidates for President (Rep. Ron Paul was not invited) appeared before the Republican Jewish Coalition (NRC) to campaign for Christian votes. There are Jewish Republicans, to be sure, but not enough to make a difference in this primary contest. No, the real prize that drew the candidates to the NRC event were the 40% of GOP primary voters who are declared "born-again" Christians who fervently believe that Israel can do no wrong and that it is their religious duty to support any and all Israeli policies as a prerequisite to hasten the "Day of...

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“All of Israel, including the quote, West Bank, is Israeli land.”

Posted on December 10, 2011 in Campaign Statements

“We are to be their ally, we're to be-- supporting them. And I'm-- I-- I've been out here very publicly-- that the Israelis have the right to determine what happens in their land. And all of Israel, including the quote-- you know, West Bank, is Israeli land.”

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“That’s how the Palestinians teach their children to hate the Jews.”

Posted on December 10, 2011 in Campaign Statements

“When I was in [Israel], I-- I had asked Fayad about the issue that we were very concerned about, and that's how the Palestinians teach their children to hate the Jews and call them pigs and swine and descendants from Hades. …I pulled out a manila envelope that I'd brought with me, and I pulled out the pages that I'd photocopied out of current books that were being used that clearly showed that. And he said, ‘Oh, but these are old textbooks.’ And he said-- I said, ‘Really? Well, then why don't you send me the new textbooks that no...

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“I’d get on the phone to my friend Bibi Netanyahu and say…‘What would you like me to do?’”

Posted on December 10, 2011 in Campaign Statements

“And therefore, before I made a statement of that nature, I'd get on the phone to my friend Bibi Netanyahu and say, ‘Would it help if I said this? What would you like me to do? Let's work together, because we're partners.’ I'm not a bomb thrower, rhetorically or literally.”

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