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Boston, MA - Scott Brown a Longtime Friend of Israel

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Brown lights the Chanukah Menorah in Wellesley, MA 2008 [Photo credit: Collive.com]Brown lights the Chanukah Menorah in Wellesley, MA 2008 [Photo credit: Collive.com]

Boston, MA - Since Scott Brown won the Massachusetts senate seat, its interesting to revisit an interview Mr. Brown gave Dec. 4 2009 for the Boston’s Jewish Advocate , stating his strong support for Israel, and Jews.

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Nearing the end of a brief Senate campaign focused almost exclusively on domestic issues, State Sen. Scott Brown, the Republican candidate, sought to sharply distinguish himself from his Democratic opponent in the areas of security and Mideast policies. Brown called Attorney General Martha Coakley wrong on both Iran and Afghanistan and portrayed himself as a longtime friend of Israel who would be one of its leading advocates in Washington.

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Brown, a lieutenant colonel in the National Guard who cited more than once his “training in the issues of war and peace,’’ said Coakley is “out of touch on military issues.” He said she is making a mistake by extending constitutional rights to terror suspects “at taxpayers’ expense,” insisting that they instead be treated as enemy combatants.

Brown spoke last weekend by phone from his home in Wrentham in advance of the Jan. 19 special election. At times both laid back and feisty in the half-hour interview, he wondered aloud whether young American Jews fully understand Israel’s security needs. He criticized President Obama for pressing Israel to freeze all settlement activity, but praised his plan to send more troops to Afghanistan. On the campaign itself, he said, “If I could have the Jewish community come out, a bloc [Coakley] thinks she’s getting, I’ll win this thing by 5 to 8 percent.”

The following are excerpts from the interview:

Q: Israel enjoyed extremely close ties with the United States under the Bush administration. Critics say despite that, no real progress was made toward achieving peace, leading them to conclude that the US should put more pressure on Israel. Do you subscribe to that view’

I understand it, but I don’t agree with it. ... President Bush was one of the most pro-Israel presidents in our lifetime, and first of all, it takes two or three entities to get down to the bargaining table and come up with peace. But when you have groups who will not adhere to the treaties of yesteryear and want to have a whole new set of treaties, one of the first things you need to do is have these entities recognize the agreements and honor them, and obviously recognize the right for Israel to actually survive.

Q: Speaking of existing agreements, Israel previously agreed to stop building more settlements. The Obama administration pressed Israel to halt any more settlement activity. Are settlements an obstacle to achieving a two-state solution’

Well certainly, but Israel also has the right to live in its lands without having another country dictate terms before you get to the bargaining table. Whether it’s close settlements or not build, you can’t be giving away cards before you get to the bargaining table. ... I find it offensive that [Obama is] setting the terms before even sitting down at the table. ... I think that Israel had done more than enough in terms of extending the olive branch to get people to the bargaining table.

Q: Israel’s security barrier in the West Bank and its incursion into the Gaza Strip both achieved their aims, measured by the reduction in suicide bombings inside Israel and rocket fire from Gaza. Yet both have been condemned as violating Palestinians’ rights. Are Israel’s methods excessive’

A: Well, when it comes to your survival, I don’t know, what’s excessive’ When you have people lobbing missiles into your bedrooms, you need to establish security measures to protect your kids, your families. ... And don’t forget. when you have Hamas lobbing missiles from hospitals and schools, you’re at an unfair disadvantage. Israel and the United States, we follow the Geneva Conventions and the protocols and the laws of war.

Q: The United States was fortunate to have been spared in the attempted attack aboard a Detroit-bound plane. How should the US tighten air security’ Is there anything that should or should not be borrowed from Israel’s methods, which, while effective, have been criticized for involving profiling’

A: Let me just backtrack and add another wrinkle to that. I do not believe that these people should be treated as ordinary criminals. They should be treated as enemy combatants. We’re in a war. Clearly there was a tie to Al Qaeda. [The Detroit suspect] should never have been lawyered up at taxpayer expense. He should immediately be treated as an enemy combatant and transferred down to Gitmo or some other facility, and interrogated under the laws of the United States and the Geneva Convention and all the laws of war, first of all. So there’s a mistake that Martha Coakley is making by providing constitutional rights to enemy combatants and opening up a whole new level of rights that they’re not entitled to at taxpayer expense. ... I would rather spend more time keeping our people safe and then maybe infringing on our liberties a little bit at a time when in fact there are some very serious threats upon us.

Q: How concerned are you that Iran is close to acquiring a nuclear weapon’ Do you believe economic sanctions can halt the Iranian program’ If not, should other measures be considered, or should the world, and Israel, find a way to coexist with a nuclear Iran’

A:
That’s scary. Well, first of all there’s a couple of things happening. Ahmadinejad ... Martha Coakley wants to have one-on-one negotiations with him. She would go there. That’s ridiculous. You don’t want to legitimize his regime and give it a propaganda tool. She’d be the only one who wants to do that. Not even President Obama wants to do that. Low-level negotiations are great, but they’re obviously playing the cat and mouse game. ...

They’re at 28 percent unemployment. Their cash reserves are almost gone. So if there is any type of economic threat right now, that can work ... it would shut their industry down cold. ...

Everyone knows that Israel has the right to protect itself. The option to attack Iran is always there. You don’t even need to mention it.

Q: Martha Coakley recently voiced opposition to Obama’s plan to send more troops to Afghanistan. What do you think should be the American commitment’

A: First of all, she’s wrong. It shows how out of touch she is with military issues. ... By having the amount of troops we have there now, they’re spread so thin that they’re vulnerable. So ... I do support the president. Especially his 180 on this very issue. He took the time to figure out what the problem was. I commend him for that, publicly. ... He’s looking to provide the tools and resources to our men and women to finish the job. And the job is very clear. It’s to make sure the Taliban and Al Qaeda do not reestablish bases, reestablish control.


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 Jan 20, 2010 at 12:48 PM Anonymous Says:

I .love him already

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 Jan 20, 2010 at 12:58 PM hey Says:

hey the picture is at the chabad public menorah lighting

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 Jan 20, 2010 at 01:10 PM anon Says:

looks like he's a friend of Chabad, judging by the picture :)

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 Jan 20, 2010 at 01:40 PM Yehuda Says:

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anon Says:

looks like he's a friend of Chabad, judging by the picture :)

Actually he is quite close with one of the Chabad shlucim in Boston.

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 Jan 20, 2010 at 01:42 PM Anonymous Says:

Great story ! What Obama and the Democratic Socialists have destroyed, the new young generation of Republicans will now rebuild. Next November will will hopefully see even bigger changes. B'H Amen !

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 Jan 20, 2010 at 01:49 PM Monsey Man Says:

EVERY U.S. Senator is a friend of Israel, until they become U.S. President.

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 Jan 20, 2010 at 01:50 PM Anonymous Says:

Of course he's a friend of Israel he's a logical person

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 Jan 20, 2010 at 02:30 PM Meir Says:

"Q: Are settlements an obstacle to achieving a two-state solution'

A: Well certainly, but ..."

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 Jan 20, 2010 at 03:09 PM Anonymous Says:

he is no more a friend of israel than kennedy or romney or anyone else

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 Jan 20, 2010 at 03:10 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
Anonymous Says:

Great story ! What Obama and the Democratic Socialists have destroyed, the new young generation of Republicans will now rebuild. Next November will will hopefully see even bigger changes. B'H Amen !

you dont know what you are talkinh about, you spew nonsense

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 Jan 20, 2010 at 03:11 PM oy Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

I .love him already

he is just like obama, a no name state senator who shot to being senator and national promince. (except brown is also a nude centerfold. lets hear it for family values!)

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 Jan 20, 2010 at 03:33 PM cool masmid Says:

Reply to #6  
Monsey Man Says:

EVERY U.S. Senator is a friend of Israel, until they become U.S. President.

I had a good laugh- but remember George Bush, he was the best that Israel could ever ask for, but then again he wasn't ever a U.S. Senator.

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 Jan 20, 2010 at 03:47 PM Anonymous Says:

Most the republic are pro isreal and its the libreals who are pro arab just look at MSNBC, NY times, LA times, TIME, BCC Ect. Does end!

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 Jan 20, 2010 at 04:19 PM Anonymous Says:

Martha Coakley, the Attorney General, lit the Chabad Menorah at the Massachusetts State House along with the Governor and Rabbi Lieberman. She has done this for several years.

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 Jan 20, 2010 at 05:39 PM Joe shmo Says:

to # 14 so what????

Sen Brown is a close friend of Rabbi Bleich of the Wellesley Chabad for even longer than that!

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 Jan 20, 2010 at 06:53 PM PMO Says:

Reply to #5  
Anonymous Says:

Great story ! What Obama and the Democratic Socialists have destroyed, the new young generation of Republicans will now rebuild. Next November will will hopefully see even bigger changes. B'H Amen !

So you like this guy huh?

He is pro-choice (ie. pro abortion except late term abortions)
He is pro gay civil union and said as a legislator in MA that he would not block gay marriage, even though he was personally against it - although he did say his position was the same as Obama's.
He voted FOR the STATE health insurance reform in MA (which is a near carbon copy of the federal bill now being debated).

I guess that is the "change" you were looking for... which is pretty much a carbon copy of Obama. Congratulations to the ridiculous, "phony-conservative", talk radio worshipers who, with their vote for this guy, set the bar so low that REAL conservatives will barely have a chance.

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 Jan 21, 2010 at 02:20 AM Anonymous Says:

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Meir Says:

"Q: Are settlements an obstacle to achieving a two-state solution'

A: Well certainly, but ..."

Thank You! "There is none so blind as those who will not see." I Love this one too: " I would rather spend more time keeping our people safe and then maybe infringing on our liberties a little bit at a time when in fact there are some very serious threats upon us."

Then there are his beliefs about Roe v. Wade and other abortion issues.

He's also an idiot. For those of you who didn't see it, he offered up hist two trashy daughters to anyone watching saying, "they're both available."
He'll make Joe Biden and Dan Quayle look like MENSA material.

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 Jan 21, 2010 at 02:27 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #16  
PMO Says:

So you like this guy huh?

He is pro-choice (ie. pro abortion except late term abortions)
He is pro gay civil union and said as a legislator in MA that he would not block gay marriage, even though he was personally against it - although he did say his position was the same as Obama's.
He voted FOR the STATE health insurance reform in MA (which is a near carbon copy of the federal bill now being debated).

I guess that is the "change" you were looking for... which is pretty much a carbon copy of Obama. Congratulations to the ridiculous, "phony-conservative", talk radio worshipers who, with their vote for this guy, set the bar so low that REAL conservatives will barely have a chance.

I don't know what's worse, an America that would elect the likes of Obama and even consider a Coakley or an America that is so mindless they don't see this guy's STATED and clear positions. He's a lightweight with no National experience and they all expect him to "save" them. What's scary is they are all in love with his MILITARY rank and think that qualifies him for office. Just remember, Hitler Y"S, got into to power after being a low ranking soldier and loved posing in HIS uniform too. I believe that his platform was also "family values." The NAZIFICATION of the US is underway.

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