Major National Jewish Organization Opposes Obama Nominee Samantha Power For U.N. Ambassador

by Ronn Torossian | June 6, 2013 12:01 am

The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has expressed opposition to President Barack Obama’s nomination of Samantha Power for the post of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, a cabinet-rank position, in succession to Susan Rice. : Leaders of the ZOA include Sheldon Adelson, Dr. Irving Moskowitz and: Ronn Torossian[1].

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We understand that Samantha Power played an important role in diminishing the negative impact of the UN Durban II conference which condemned alleged Israeli human rights actions. We also understand that Ms. Power played a positive role in combating the Palestinian unilateral statehood efforts at the UN. Nonetheless, the overwhelming evidence of her entire record causes us great fear and concern as to her appropriateness for this post. The ZOA, in opposing her nomination, cited Powers’ documented record of outspoken anti-Israel statements and lack of diplomatic tact in opposing her nomination and has urged the Senate to vote her down when her nomination comes before it.

Power’s record:

ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said, “The ZOA is deeply concerned about and opposed to the nomination of Samantha Power as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. We understand that Samantha Power played an important role in diminishing the negative impact of the UN Durban II conference which condemned alleged Israeli human rights actions. We also understand that Ms. Power played a positive role in combating the Palestinian unilateral statehood efforts at the UN. Nonetheless, the overwhelming evidence of her entire record causes us great fear and concern as to her appropriateness for this post. Ms. Power’s record clearly shows that she is viscerally hostile to: Israel, regards it as a major human rights abuser, even committing war crimes, and would like to see the weight of American military and financial power go to supporting the Palestinian Authority, not: Israel. In contrast, she has spoken of: Iran: as though it scarcely poses a problem. She also strongly suggested that the: U.S.: cease worrying about alleged Jewish power and money which allegedly forces the: U.S.: to support: Israel: and which allegedly is not in the national interest.

“Samantha Power also has a record that strongly suggests that she might well have been a major influence in President Obama’s harmful and humiliating policy of apologizing to the world for American actions that, by and large, have served to protect: America: and its allies and assured a world order that is not governed by tyrants and terrorists. Her analogy between the need for the: U.S.: to apologize for its actions like: Germany: did for the Nazi era is simply an obscene example of moral incoherence. How can such a person represent the: United States?

“As her own words show, Ms. Power indulges in astonishing false equivalence between: Israel: and the Palestinian Authority (PA). She clearly has difficulty in appreciating the distinction between a law-based, free society and democracy like Israel that is defending itself from those who seek its elimination, and a terror-sponsoring, terrorist-glorifying, violence-inculcating PA that has neither signed peace with Israel nor recognized Israel as a Jewish state.

“Ms. Power’s publicly calling Hillary Clinton a ‘monster’ is an episode that suggests a lack of diplomatic tact and circumspection that would bode ill for a: U.S.ambassador to the UN.

“Ms. Power has written she would like the: U.S.: to be subject to the International Criminal Court, a body that could harm: America: and other free societies. One can therefore be sure that she would also like to see: Israel: subjected to the rulings of the ICC, a body which, as the ZOA pointed out in a: Jerusalem Postop-ed: earlier this year, has taken a lead in trying to define Israeli Jews living in and moving to Judea and: Samaria: as guilty of a war crime.

“Can a U.S. Ambassador to the UN who seeks these things be good for: America: orIsrael?

“President Obama’s recent choices of John Brennan as Director of the CIA and Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense; his 2009 abortive nomination of the Saudi-decorated, Hamas apologist Israel-hater Chas W. Freeman for the National Intelligence Board; and numerous, lower-level appointments, when coupled now the nomination of Power, reveal a president with little regard for either Israel, the pro-Israel community or the American Jewish community.: 

“We strongly urge the U.S. Senate to vote down the nomination of Samantha Power.”

Ronn Torossian is the CEO of 5WPR, a leading PR firm and Author of “For Immediate Release”, a leading PR book.

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