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January 2009

‘Informal, vague, unspoken–and immense’ (the Israel lobby)

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We have been running a series of posts from an anonymous journalist that began with a previously- unpublished story about how the Israel lobby flexed its muscle to destroy the candidacy of a Lebanese-American politician in New Jersey. After that…

Dual loyalty issue said to damage Ross bid to honcho Iran portfolio

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Here’s a report that Dennis Ross’s candidacy to be Iranian envoy could be torpedoed by his heading the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute and not registering as an agent of a foreign government. The source is IRMEP, the investigative org…

Erdogan warns Obama: ‘We expect justice from now on’

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Yesterday Laurence Zuckerman here pointed out that Turkish P.M. Erdogan was behaving politically when he pulled his theatrics at Davos. There is obviously truth to the comment; there are Turkish municipal elections in a month or so. But it raises…

‘J Street’ finds a wedge issue, AIPAC loses influence

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J Street has found a wedge issue: support for “60 Minutes”‘ amazing broadcast last Sunday on the end of the 2-state solution. J Street is driving the wedge here, crying out to all American Jews to celebrate Bob Simon’s work,…

Iraq/Gaza… Ignatius/Peres

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Susie Kneedler writes: And David Ignatius [moderator of Peres/Erdogan debate at Davos] SUPPORTED the attack on Iraq by parroting Bush-Co, so he is not a fair arbiter: “Get Ready for the American Ninjas [what a barbarous headline, SK] Feb 25,…

Chomsky ally differs sharply with him over Israel lobby

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Muhammad Idrees Ahmad writes: Here is another former ally breaking with Chomsky over the lobby. M. Shahid Alam, a frequent target of the lobby (and Campus watch), has been described by Chomsky as one of the best development economists (and…

In their own words

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Shimon Peres at the World Economic Forum: “Why did they fire at us? What did they want? We didn’t occupy. There was never a day of starvation in Gaza. By the way, Israel is the supplier of water daily to…

Some are cynical about the 2-state solution. Why?

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AC writes: Peace Now just released a report which found that settlement growth has increased 69% in 2008 as compared to 2007. A similar report was issued by the group in August of 2008. A similar report was issued by…

Debating Davos: Preening, monstrosity, or punctilio?

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Here’s a dialogue about the Davos incident between Laurence Zuckerman and Phil Weiss: Zuckerman: I happened to watch the Davos panel on C-Span last night. The portrayal of Erdogan’s actions as a walkout are not exactly correct. He tried to…

One journalist’s awakening

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Yesterday we ran an anonymous journalist’s account of how the Israel lobby flexed its muscle to destroy the New Jersey freeholder candidacy of a Lebanese-American politician. The article had never run before. Where could it appear? In exchanges, the journalist…

Gaza’s threat to American Jewish belief

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I saw an old friend last night. We had drinks in Grand Central. He’s Jewish too, and he and I completely disagree about Israel but we’ve learned to tiptoe around all that. He’s a very fair minded, intelligent man. But…

Translating Israeli leaders

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Ira Glunts just read an AFP story about the settlements and offers his translation: Olmert — I offered to evacuate 60,000 settlers. [It was easy to do because I will not be Prime Minister long enough to implement it, but…

Who lost Turkey?

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I still love the New York Times. A great newspaper; here’s a simply perfect and objective account by Sebnem Arsu (with the help of many other reporters, including Isabel Kershner, whom this site has criticized) of an important incident, the…

At a leftwing NY bookstore, a very pan-global vibe for Gaza

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On Monday night, Kathy Kelly, a longtime activist who spent a week in Gaza, came to the Bluestockings bookstore, a center for the next wave of activism on the Lower East Side, and said something I hadn’t heard before. As…