Posted: 11:34 am Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Gov. Deal arrives in Israel at a testy moment 

By Greg Bluestein

Jerusalem - Gov. Nathan Deal and dozens of members of a state trade delegation arrived in Jerusalem Saturday to find a city on edge.

The kidnapping of three Israeli teens and the sweeping response by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has prompted fears of escalating cycles of violence. The news media here are openly worrying that a third Palestinian uprising, or intifadah, could wrack the Holy Land. The last two uprisings yielded suicide bombings from Palestinians and military crackdowns by Israelis.

Militants are firing sporadic rockets into southern Israel from the Gaza strip, and the Israeli Defense Forces have stepped up its already ubiquitous presence in Jerusalem and in the West Bank. Meanwhile, the U.S. is urging all sides to exercise restraint.

So far as we know, Deal’s itinerary, which includes visits to the Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, remains unchanged. His visit also coincides with a mission trip by the Jewish Federation of Georgia that includes more than 200 of the state’s most prominent Jewish families.

90 comments
Libral
Libral

Did you know Americans ( and other foreign nationals) can't leave the country? Maybe the Gov. can ensure US citizens are not held hostage in the occupied Territories --because of their place of residence!? Enough of this madness

Ralph-43
Ralph-43

Here's the business deal.  We sent him over there at taxpayer expense - but as he said "no new taxes".  So - I guess there is not enough to bring him back.  I'm sure either the Israelis or the Palestinians can figure out something for him to do (?guard station).

juliainatlanta
juliainatlanta

Like there isn't enough trouble already in the Middle east, this sleaze bag has to haul his fat *** over there.

findog
findog

I thought the issue would be Jesus throwing out the money changers again

bobbyross1990
bobbyross1990

The articles of impeachment are ready and waiting. See ya Obama!

Acidic
Acidic

td, do you approve of Governor Deal?  If so, tell us why.  Do you like having a crook run the state?   Do you approve of the Georgia taxpayer havng to pay for his unethical behavior to the tune of 3 mllion bucks?  Do you approve of his personal business dealings with a company that owes the State millions in back taxes?  Or do you just hate Obama, plain and simple?  I think we know the answers.

Kamchak
Kamchak

http://www.politico.com/story/2014/06/scott-walker-campaign-fundraising-108073.html

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker participated in a “criminal scheme” to coordinate fundraising for Republicans trying to beat back efforts to recall him and state senators from office, local prosecutors argue in court documents released Thursday.

Walker, his chief of staff and others were involved in the coordination effort with “a number of national groups and prominent figures,” including Karl Rove, special prosecutor Francis Schmitz alleged.



JAWJA
JAWJA

So, did Nathan hear there was a shortage of crooked politicians in Israel? Doesn't he have problems and issue in Georgia to clear up?

DewieCheatem_n_Howe
DewieCheatem_n_Howe

Bluestein got to ride along on a junket to Israel? Did somebody dig the change out of Mrs. Cox-Chamber's couch? 

tomkat1111
tomkat1111

What could " Shady Deal" be doing in the Holy Land ?

roger-d
roger-d

Maybe if our politicians would stop running jobs and corporations out of America, then Governor (lets make a) Deal could pay for his own vacation.  I was buying some of those green plastic rood panels the other day at the DIY store, thy were made in Israel. 


I can understand why a lot of the stuff we import is made in countries with low labor cost. But I have noticed the last several years that a lot of stuff that used to be manufactured here, is now made in counties with a high standard of living and wages.


It seems every time one of our presidents signs a free trade agreement with other countries, we lose more jobs, and then re-elect the politicians who made it happen.

democraticsaint
democraticsaint

so the vacation deal is on yet another vacation,last was china in which he brought back FIFTY jobs.of course he will see the sight with his family in tow.how much is this trip costing the state?he already cost the state  over 3 m in court for his ethics problems.

deboraham05
deboraham05

Importing and exporting Israeli trade through the Savannah port, sounds like a great plan.

EdUktr
EdUktr

Ninety-nine blog entries in the past 24 hours, honested? Think maybe it's time to come up out of your mother's basement and make a few friends?

td1234
td1234

Well on a good note. I was at the Paulding county Republican party meeting this morning and had the chance to hear and speak to Representative Kingston and Dr. Mike Buck. 


Kingston is the real deal. Down to earth conservative southern gentleman. He will make a great Senator representing Georgia in DC. 


Buck is one of the best motivational speakers I have heard in a long time and if you listen to him you will then know how much he cares about the education of the children of Georgia. He will make a great Superintendent for Georgia. 

td1234
td1234

@bobbyross1990 Why turn Obama into a  political Martyr for the progressive/socialist cause when there is NO chance to get 67 votes in the Senate and his own political record is going to show the failure of the socialist/progressive ideology? 

ChuckClausen
ChuckClausen

I lived all over the Country before moving to Georgia - I can't remember having a Governor as effective as Nathan Deal.

bobbyross1990
bobbyross1990

@Acidic I hate Obama plain and simple. He is by far the WORST president in history. How do you like this economy Acidic? how do you like these high gas prices Acidic? I love how he has divided this country right down the middle and he has no plans for foreign policy and no plans to spend money on our military. Do you approve of his under the cover handling of this country? Or do you just hate this country like Obama, plain and simple? I think we ALL know the answers.

td1234
td1234

@Acidic I was one, if not the only conservative advocating  for defeating Deal in the primary. Since the primary is over then the reality is that Deal will win no matter if I approve or not. My fellow conservatives did not listen to me in the primary so they sure would not listen running against a progressive. 


Is Deal in office for his own personal gain? More than likely and it is the reason I do not support him but again all the accusations are just that and there is not evidence in 6 years that has been presented that he has done anything criminal and no charges filed either by state or Federal officials.


Deal is no more in it for personal gain than most other politicians. Why would an attorney give up 3 to 4 months of billable hours ($200 plus per hour) to take a job paying $18,000 per year? 


I despise any progressive politician. I would be saying the exact same things as I say about Obama if it were Hillary or Biden. I think Harry Reid and Queen Nancy are just as morally corrupt as Obama. 

td1234
td1234

@Kamchak Even the Libs on PMSNBC are saying Walker may be guilty of "technical" violations of campaign law but it is no big deal. 


Just sayin.

td1234
td1234

@JAWJA If that were the case Harry and Queen Nancy would have beat him to Israel. 

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

'minor campaign irregularities' similar to the ones that are costing GA taxpayers $3 million so that Shady can get them out of the way before the election?

td1234
td1234

@roger-d " But I have noticed the last several years that a lot of stuff that used to be manufactured here, is now made in counties with a high standard of living and wages."


That happens when business tax rates in this country are higher than almost anywhere else in the world and where the cost to comply with government regulation is higher than anywhere else in the world.

td1234
td1234

@democraticsaint It does not matter because he will be re-elected in November so you might as well move on to something new. 

DS
DS

@td1234, were the contenders there too (e.g., Perdue and Woods), so attendees could compare?

honested
honested

@td1234 

Were there more than 10 people in attendance?

'a great Senator represesenting GA',........maybe he can run agains johnny isakson and get his 'chance'.

Luckily, there are enough voters ITP to ensure Valarie Wilson becomes the next School Superintendent.


Baumer_1
Baumer_1

You still don't know what socialism is. Typical conservative. ..you don't study.

DS
DS

@ChuckClausen Well, I've lived in Georgia for many years now, and I can't remember having a governor as ineffective and dishonest as Nathan Deal.

honested
honested

@bobbyross1990 @Acidic 

I do wish the children in the House had cooperated in efforts toward economic improvement, but you clowns keep sending them back for more of the same, so I can only assume you approve of the lame economy.

As far as wasting money on the military, how many times do pointless offshore excursions have to fail before you get the point? What has use of the military solved since 1946?

EdUktr
EdUktr

@td1234 @Kamchak

Kamchak's merely doing what he sees as his "duty"—slandering Republicans. And he has no actual control over target selection. That's handled by the DNC.

Kamchak
Kamchak

...PMSNBC...

And there's your sign.

td1234
td1234

@CherokeeCounty  I am not a Deal supporter but where are the charges against him? It has been almost 6 years now that progressives have been talking about evidence against Deal that he has done something wrong but yet I still have not seen on State or Federal charge against him. 

td1234
td1234

@DS Woods was at our meeting last month. Perdue has been invited several times but has not been able to find the time to come yet. 

td1234
td1234

@honested Are you still dreaming that Democrats actually have a chance of winning any statewide seat in November? 


Let me do you a favor. Do not stay up and watch the results because you will go to bed very disappointed that night. 

standwithrand
standwithrand

@Baumer_1 Typical liberal...insult someone personally and give no explanation yourself. 

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

Still under investigation, td, by the feds.

...and it's a little bit jarring to hear you defend him, given how I know you feel about him.

td1234
td1234

@democraticsaint Just like you Democrats said Barnes was going to win in 2010 in Georgia and he lost by 10 points. He was better financed, better experienced and better known than Carter. 


DS
DS

@td1234, well, I think it's great you've had a chance to meet them in person. So you were more impressed with Buck than Woods?

honested
honested

@td1234 @honested 

So there were less than 10 people in attendance.

I do hope more people get a chance to meet kingston and find out what a dolt he is.

Before broun came to Congress, I always thought it was a toss-up as to whether he or john linder were more detached from reality.

Kamchak
Kamchak

Truthteller

Not intended to be a factual statement.

Just sayin'.

td1234
td1234

@CherokeeCounty BTW: Who is defending Deal? I am defending the truth and the facts. I see no evidence against him. 

td1234
td1234

@CherokeeCounty I have just googled to see where you were getting your information and beside a story from a website called "rawstory" there is not one single source that says Deal is personally under a Federal investigation. 


This is starting to sound a lot like 2009 where the progressives were screaming Federal indictment, Federal indictment coming any day and it never happened. 


The only way Deal will be defeated is if there is an indictment but I just do not see it so we will be saying Governor Deal again after Nov. . 

Acidic
Acidic

No Democrat I know, and I know lots of Democrats, thought for a minute that Barnes would win n 2010.  We wanted him to, but we knew he wouldn't, td.  You are on record, good fellow, for succumbing to the Fox News blather that Romney was going to win by a landslide.  Do you remember how excited you were on that day less than 2 years ago, td?  I do.

td1234
td1234

@DS I was more impressed with Buck. Woods seems like he would be a good administrator but you can feel the passion from Buck. He talks about how competitive he is and I actually believe him when he says he will not be satisfied until every child in this state exceeds national standards. 

td1234
td1234

@honested Nope, meeting was actually good size considering it is vacation time. Probably between 40 and 50 people in attendance. 

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

From another admittedly lib website - and they're proud of it...

http://www.politicususa.com/2013/10/28/fbi-embattled-georgia-republican-governors-ethics-scandal.html

And come on, every time someone bashes the guy, you jump to his defense.

i know I'm spitting in the wind here, but you really ought to give more thought to voting for Jason.  He would improve education in the state - I know that's important to you - and his values are much more in line with what i know you believe.

bobbyross1990
bobbyross1990

@Acidic You know  lots of Democrats? What a sad bunch of pansies. You liberals are a JOKE!

td1234
td1234

@Acidic I do not think you will find where I said "landslide" but I did predict a Romney win. 


I also predicted the numbers of the Romney victory in GA. and was right on with that prediction. 


So you are saying that you and your fellow Democrats are predicting a Carter and/or Nunn victory this year or are you all just wanting and hoping again? 

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Acidic 

You are on record, good fellow, for succumbing to the Fox News blather that Romney was going to win by a landslide.

The "skewed polls" card in 3...2...1....

td1234
td1234

@CherokeeCounty If you want to bash Deal about Education spending, Public employees insurance, charter schools amendment or regional tax plan for transportation then you will not hear me defending his positions. 


This corruption changes are IMHO bogus at this point in time. 


As far as Carter goes, his leading the effort to turn the Hope from a scholarship that supports the best, brightest and most hard working children in this state to just another means tested programs lost any chance for my vote. 


Do not yet know who I will vote for in Nov. in the governor's race but it will not be for Carter and I am about 90% sure it will not be for Deal (unless I see these factless stories continue over and over again in papers like the AJC).