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Barack Obama and Hassan Rouhani have spoken. And they are on the same page. By that I mean not they agree about the issues dividing the two countries but that they are both ready to move forward, to test each other and see if an agreement is possible.

As tentative as all this is, it is a major breakthrough – as anyone who has paid even a little attention over the past 34 years knows.

However, I do not see this process leading anywhere because the Netanyahu government and its lobby, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), are determined to end the process and they have the ability to do it.

They intend to use the United States Congress to cause Rouhani toabandon  negotiations by making clear that Congress will accept nothing short of an Iranian surrender on nuclear issues. Unlike President Obama who wants to ensure that Iran’s nuclear program is not used to produce weapons, the lobby, which writes the laws imposing sanctions on Iran, insists that Iran give up its nuclear program entirely.

AIPAC listed its demands in a statement last week.

Its bottom line is this: Congress must not consider lifting economic sanctions until the Iranians stop uranium enrichment, stop work on installing new centrifuges, allow international inspection of nuclear sites, and move out of the country its stockpile of highly enriched uranium.  In contrast to the administration which, recognizing that Iran (like every other country) has the right to nuclear power for peaceful purposes, AIPAC says that Iran has no such right. (Israel, of course, has a large stockpile of nuclear weapons but, hey, that’s different.)

Not only that, if Iran does not agree to total nuclear surrender, “The United States must support Israel’s right to act against Iran if it feels compelled—in its own legitimate self-defense—to act.”

In other words: the only way for Iran to avoid a military attack is by totally dismantling all its nuclear facilities and potential. (Actually Israel itself addresses the “potential” by repeatedly assassinating Iranian nuclear scientists on Iranian soil). This contrasts with the U.S. view that each step toward compliance by Iran would result in the lifting of some sanctions.

AIPAC is already preparing legislation that will send a clear message to Rouhani: don’t bother reaching out to the West because you will achieve nothing.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who with Robert Menendez (D-NJ), are two of AIPAC’s top lieutenants in the Senate, says that “if nothing changes in Iran, come September or October,“ he will introduce a bill “to authorize the use of military force to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear bomb.” He says that the “only way to convince Iran to halt their nuclear program is to make it clear that we will take it out.”

Senators Menendez, Chuck Schumer (D-NY), John McCain (R-AZ) and Graham also sent letters to President Obama urging “full compliance” by Iran before the United States offers anything. In short, led by AIPAC, the senators want “unconditional surrender” by Iran to avoid attack. This is diplomacy? It sounds more like the way the Germans and later the Russians addressed Czechoslovakia.

But why would anyone think the Senate will pass AIPAC’s war bills. The answer is simply that the midterm elections are coming up and that means Members of Congress need campaign cash. And AIPAC provides it.

Remember what AIPAC’s former #2 guy, Steve Rosen (later indicted under the Espionage Act) told New Yorker writer Jeff Goldberg in 2005. Goldberg asked Rosen just how powerful AIPAC is. Goldberg described Rosen’s response.

A half smile appeared on his face, and he pushed a napkin across the table. “You see this napkin?” he said. “In twenty-four hours, we could have the signatures of seventy senators on this napkin.”

Obama better be prepared. AIPAC has been pushing war with Iran for a decade. Its bills to achieve it won’t be written on napkins.

**Following Obama’s speech yesterday AIPAC posted a war video, on its website. The martial music is reminiscent of Radio Damascus prior to the ’67 war and succeeds in about a minute at threatening every single one of AIPAC’s, I mean Israel’s, enemies. It is utterly demented.

This post first appeared on MJ Rosenberg’s site.

About M.J. Rosenberg

M.J. Rosenberg served as a Senior Foreign Policy Fellow with Media Matters Action Network, and prior to that worked on Capitol Hill for various Democratic members of the House and Senate for 15 years. He was also a Clinton political appointee at USAID. In the early 1980s, he was editor of AIPACs weekly newsletter Near East Report. From 1998-2009, he was director of policy at Israel Policy Forum. You can follow his work at mjayrosenberg.com.

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  1. Justpassingby
    September 26, 2013, 11:33 am

    “Barack Obama and Hassan Rouhani have spoken. And they are on the same page.”

    Huh? What have obama changed? He threatened Iran, lied about its programe during his speech.
    Mondoweiss needs to stop apologizing for obama.

    • Annie Robbins
      September 26, 2013, 12:10 pm

      mj:

      I mean not they agree about the issues dividing the two countries but that they are both ready to move forward, to test each other and see if an agreement is possible.

      As tentative as all this is, it is a major breakthrough

      think he’s talking about this http://mondoweiss.net/2013/09/hold.html

      Couched between the usual talking points Obama stated “they should draw from this lesson is that there is the potential of resolving these issues diplomatically.”

      ……….

      …….But– you know, my view is that if you have– both a credible threat of force, combined with a rigorous diplomatic effort, that, in fact– you can– you can strike a deal.

      and the video is evidence aipac considers this a massive threat, the idea obama could strike a deal, the idea it could be handled diplomatically.

      and i think we just saw clear evidence of that (perceived threat) by the way netanyahu and the lobby went into high gear over even the idea of a face to face between obama and rouhani at the UN.

      that said, you could be right, there may be no difference. but aipac are insiders, the syria pull back was a massive slap down for the lobby. and they are not taking any chances. consider you might just be wrong.

  2. Annie Robbins
    September 26, 2013, 12:03 pm

    who’s responsible for the musical score? is it original? i’m curious if they thru together an orchestra for this soundtrack.

    • seafoid
      September 26, 2013, 2:48 pm

      Straight out of a hollywood film. It made me proud to support apartheid. And moved me to tears of gratitude for all the money diverted from food stamps.

    • justicewillprevail
      September 26, 2013, 5:38 pm

      Annie, this is the sort of prepackaged Hollywood-style computer music libraries you can get now – used extensively in computer games and many films – libraries with names like Hollywood Strings, Hollywood Brass etc. All designed to sound ‘epic’, ie pompous, empty rhetorical gestures which ‘signify’ grandeur, emotional weight, righteous avenging military-style crusades etc. Honestly, if you have access to these (expensive) libraries you can knock this stuff out in a few hours. A particular giveaway is when it morphs from the cartoon danger music into the ‘positive’ heartswelling cliche underscoring ‘give us your money’ (particularly noticeable in the truly awful 80’s drum machine plastic bass drum and handclaps -no doubt supposed to sound upbeat and ‘modern’, lol – which are beyond parody). Lol. It is as ersatz and cheap as all the other amateur, misfiring, grotesque parade of videos and fake websites we have become accustomed to from the clueless Israeli Propaganda Central Unit.

      Hyperbole comes so naturally and continually to these people (more threats than ever – facepalm) that repeating the same old dogeared, illiterate phrases has become as empty and meaningless as their credibility. This is desperate, wildly misconceived stuff which betrays an astonishing cluelessness about the world outside of the Ziobubble, or even how to engage with it. Out of touch, out of time, a slow handclap from the 1980’s is about the right theme tune for these old stagers with their panto villains and cheap melodramatic music. Hasbara fail, again.

      • Annie Robbins
        September 27, 2013, 1:21 am

        you hit the nail on the head jwp

  3. edwin
    September 26, 2013, 12:13 pm

    http://longstreet.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83542d51e69e2013488610fcc970c-pi

    They should have done their propaganda in German.

    • Walid
      September 26, 2013, 11:48 pm

      Speaking of maps, Edwin, why does this map of Israel show the shaded areas of Gaza, the West Bank and the Golan. Is that a subtle message that these 3 areas will ultimately form part of Israel, or does it imply that these 3 parts still contain undesirables and need to be cleansed? Odd that the Golan to the northeast of Israel, although annexed by Israel, is still shown as part of the shaded group. Is it because they’re not sure they can keep it? Does the shaded West Bank show the exact boundries of the area stolen by the wall? How is it that Chebaa Farms, Ghajjar and Kfarshouba Heights are not shown shaded on the map?

      • edwin
        September 27, 2013, 9:13 am

        Is that a subtle message that these 3 areas will ultimately form part of Israel, or does it imply that these 3 parts still contain undesirables and need to be cleansed?

        You repeat yourself.

        Actually, I suspect that they draw these maps up without much thought at all. You probably exceeded the amount of thought originally behind the map with your post.

        Israel is for foreign public consumption whatever the popular view is at the moment and that is what is displayed. In the only country in the world without fixed borders it is all elastic. Hell, i didn’t know about Ghajjar and Kfarshouba Heights. Why cause problems and headaches trying to figure out what is and is not Israel at any given moment?

  4. lohdennis
    September 26, 2013, 1:05 pm

    Strong economic sanctions of Iran requires coordination and cooperation from other countries. With increasingly cooperative Iran, I doubt that no matter what Congress stipulates, other countries like Russia, China, India, and even parts of Europe will be “kow-towing” to the AIPAC-driven US Congressional agenda. US no longer has that kind of clout. Furthermore, as the popular sentiment regarding military actions against Syria clearly exemplified, the US populace is less and less tolerant of using military intervention or even talking about military involvement. The ground has shifted tectonically and these AIPAC driven agendas are nothing other than propping up houses after a major earthquake.

    • seafoid
      September 26, 2013, 2:52 pm

      AIPAC is stuck in a time warp. Warmongering for Israel has all the 2013 cachet of a Mariah Carey concert and accompanying mid 90s hairdo . AIPAC is the Nokia of international diplomacy.

  5. Hostage
    September 26, 2013, 1:25 pm

    The ground has shifted tectonically and these AIPAC driven agendas are nothing other than propping up houses after a major earthquake.

    Agreed. Bradley Burston’s latest article describes Netanyahu as a bitter old man that history has passed by. That’s an apt description for McCain, Graham, and the AIPAC leadership too. See “Reviling peace. Hating Iran. Heating Hebron. Bibi as a bitter old man: At this very moment, Netanyahu is letting history pass him by. He is letting history pass Israel by.” http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/a-special-place-in-hell/.premium-1.548825

    • American
      September 26, 2013, 3:27 pm

      ”The ground has shifted tectonically and these AIPAC driven agendas are nothing other than propping up houses after a major earthquake.”

      I hope you guys are right but we cant underestimate the zio control of the msm and everything they will do to mislead the public on Iran.
      All the truth tellers with any public acess at all are going to have to step up their game to counter this.

    • Obsidian
      September 26, 2013, 4:31 pm

      And Iran’s Council of Experts has no bitter old men either?

    • Annie Robbins
      September 27, 2013, 1:36 am

      hey, barak ravid is saying it too. http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/diplomania/.premium-1.548588

      ” The old shoot-from-the-hip Netanyahu is back
      In calling for the return of Jewish settlers to a contested home in Hebron, the prime minister has himself returned to some bad habits.”

  6. Kathleen
    September 26, 2013, 3:17 pm

    Rosenberg’s point about mid term elections, money support etc is sound. How that fact takes votes. Let us not forget that the Iraq war resolution passed just before the mid term election of 2002.

    But the last statement in the ad is so fundamentally wrong “Help us advance America’s and Israel’s strength and security” We have so many respected foreign policy analyst former CIA analyst etc stating out loud that the U.S. support for Israel no matter what they do has and continues to undermine U.S. national security. Dr.Zbig, Former President Carter, CIA’s Ray McGovern, Kathleen Bill Christison, Micheal Scheuer, Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett, Colonel Andrew Bacevich, General Zinni, Scowcroft , Colonel Wilkerson. So many have been coming out over the last 10 years and stating cold hard facts. That Israel’s actions continue to undermine U.S. National Security. Wonder if these folks will push back against Aipac more than they have so far?

    Really something how Aipac other outlets put up a map of a contiguous Palestinian state which we all know is far from the truth…but the truth does not matter to Aipac

  7. American
    September 26, 2013, 3:20 pm

    Caution. This, imo is a very racist site (catch the comment section– very extreme zios)..but check out the picture of Netanyahu and Obama.
    What is O saying to Net?

    http://frontpagemag.com/2013/dgreenfield/one-of-the-worst-statements-by-an-american-president-in-history-israeli-cabinet-blasts-obamas-un-speech/

  8. seafoid
    September 26, 2013, 3:40 pm

    AIPAC is like the twin of the NRA. Both started off as reasonable enough lobbies but morphed in the 60s into ultra right wing warmongering/gun whoring founts of pure hatred.

    Anyway.

    I read something interesting in today;s Ha”aretz about Israeli theatre’s response to the near defeat of the Yom Kippur war in 1973. The Likud takeover in 1977 was very significant-it still poisons Israel to this day.

    http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/high-holy-days-2013/yom-kippur-war-40-years-later/.premium-1.549007

    “Kaynar identifies yet another effect the war had, related to its impact on what he calls documentary playwriting in the country: “Original plays that were staged here after the war were part of the social and cultural earthquake that took place,” he says. “They involved a reexamination of values and entrenched myths that were embedded in Zionism and Israeli society − an inquiry resulting from the shock and loss of certainty regarding accepted truisms that had been shattered because of the failures that led to the Yom Kippur War.”
    Perhaps one of the most famous plays staged during the postwar era was “The Night of the Twentieth,” written by Sobol and directed by Chilton. It was performed at the Haifa Municipal Theater in 1976, with the participation of members of an acting troupe that included Moni Moshonov, Gita Munte, Sandra Sadeh, Idit Tzur, Ezra Kafri and others. The play portrayed the story of a prototypical kibbutz, Bitaniya, created in the Galilee in the 1920s. Its idealistic members had engaged, among other things, in group dynamics to sort out their motives for immigrating to Palestine and settling the land, while displacing Arabs from their villages; eventually many decided to leave and some committed suicide. The play examined the veracity of the heroic myths surrounding the pioneers − the sort of myths that underlay the education of many generations of Israelis.
    Sobol, for his part, agrees with Kaynar’s interpretation of the play: “After the war I investigated the roots upon which Israel is founded, as well as the cultural and spiritual world of the Yishuv [prestate Jewish community], in order to understand how we’d reached the point we were at. The search for these roots led me to the nightly discussions at Bitaniya. That led me to write “The Night of the Twentieth.” The question raised there was how to deal with the Arab population and what sort of relations to establish with them. I demonstrate how that question, posed at the outset of the [modern settlement] enterprise, was later cast aside and repressed.” ”

    Cast aside and repressed but the only question that matters in Israel today.

    • W.Jones
      September 26, 2013, 9:52 pm

      “AIPAC is like the twin of the NRA. Both started off as reasonable enough lobbies but morphed in the 60s into ultra right wing warmongering/gun whoring founts of pure hatred.”

      I lost some negativity towards the NRA. If Israelis, Syrian “rebels”, and Mexican drug cartels can get weapons supplied by the US government, maybe its citizens should be allowed to own them too.

      • Citizen
        September 27, 2013, 4:19 am

        @ W.Jones
        Ever watch the vast Hollywood library of Westerns? So many give the two following as context for the action:

        Our hero brings law and order justice to the wild gun-totin’ town.
        Our hero brings justice to the deeply corrupt town wherein nobody can tote a gun except he who wears the official badge, he who takes your gun at the town border before you enter.

      • W.Jones
        September 30, 2013, 6:09 pm

        What’s your point?

        Situation one seems actually better. If situation 2 is created and is irontight, there can be no hero at all.

    • bilal a
      September 26, 2013, 9:53 pm

      NC WMDs dont offer much deterrence to Israeli planners, however BW is difficult source: The FBI and NAS has still not identified the source of the weaponized plasmid vectors found in the 2001 anthrax attacks.


      Speculation and fear about potential commandeering of this R&D base for offensive BW continues to this day. [50] However, while Israel’s political and security situation is fluid, its primary security concerns will remain regional. The geographic proximity of Israel’s likeliest adversaries and the risk of “blowback” will continue to factor heavily into any BW decision-making. [51] Israel has not signed the 1972 BTWC and maintains a policy of ambiguity regarding government-sponsored BW R&D, and WMD as a whole. [52] While U.S. intelligence assessments do not mention an Israeli BW program, the Office of Technology Assessment in 1993 listed Israel as a country “generally reported as having [an] undeclared offensive biological warfare [program].” [53] Unofficially, U.S. government officials also privately acknowledge concern over Israel’s speculated biological weapons capabilities. [54]
      http://www.nti.org/country-profiles/israel/biological/

  9. just
    September 26, 2013, 5:01 pm

    May I suggest another Green Eggs and Ham/Duck Dynasty/idiotic faux filibuster in favor of the darling AIPAC and against lifting horrible sanctions against a nuclear compliant Iran– you know the Iran that has not made war on another nation forevah…

    Graham, Menendez, McCain, Schumer and Co. could provide some truly epic comic relief a la Cruz and his lil’ Pirate wannabe friend.

  10. Ludwig
    September 26, 2013, 5:04 pm

    Let’s pray that AIPAC wins

  11. American
    September 26, 2013, 6:19 pm

    AIPAC can win?
    O.K then……we gotta get a Swat Squad and take them out….get out there on the politicans campaign appearences wth the traitor accusations and rotten eggs.
    Be very loud. Create a ruckus.
    Everyone in the country is mad about everything anyway, make use of it.

  12. kalithea
    September 27, 2013, 2:09 am

    “It is utterly demented.” Famous last words?

    Demented works are the product of demented minds. What does it say of a Lobby that can produce the signatures of 70 senators on a napkin (and he didn’t even mention members of the House) in 24 hours? When you have that kind of power; you better know how to use it wisely. But if your works are the demented product of obsessive paranoia and you also have this kind of power then that is the formula for THE bomb Netanyahu held up at the U.N. last year, and not whatever Iran is up to.

    Sure Aipac/Israel and Netanyahu piss you off, but not enough. After all, they’re your kin and have lot’s of power, and you wouldn’t want to diminish power that’s this advantageous, you just want to check it and mistakenly think that’s enough. Well checking it isn’t enough, because we’re talking about a runaway train here. We’re talking about a country, Israel, and a people headed off the rails.

    So when you’re faced with a runaway train like Israel and its loco-motive Lobby you’re up against a moral decision and responsibility: destroy the train with a wall of resistance to stop it from causing catastrophic damage or allow it to run its course and destroy the lives of millions along the way.

    See the problem is most of you care more about this out-of-control train than you do about all the countless lives it destroys along the way, even though you know the train is headed for disaster anyway. You can’t help selfishly buying time, because when push comes to shove you’re unwilling to do what it takes. Of course, if the final outcome of Israel’s demented course leads to a catastrophic event, then the world’s people will naturally think: this is all Israel’s fault and those who failed to stop the madness and yet had the opportunity and power to do so. And guess what? This can’t be stopped by the Obamas of the world, or gentiles, cause Zionists have rigged our ability to stop this madness by screaming anti-Semitism the moment we raise our voices against what Zionism has created. This time your fate is in your hands and sealed by your actions. Your actions or inaction will determine outcome and perception, so one day far into the future, people might say: these people whose lives were tragically altered by a Holocaust did nothing to stop another tragedy of their own making.

    This time, you are the authors of your fate and history and should another catastrophic event occur; the blame will be shouldered by you and by the looks of it at this moment; it will be well-deserved, because of this I’m convinced: you have the power, you’ve had the luxury of time and ample opportunity to stop this train.

    So what’s it going to be: stop the train at all costs or go down in infamy alongside the greatest nemesis in the history of mankind?

  13. bilal a
    September 27, 2013, 2:26 am

    The video doesnt highlight Israeli security failures, eg:

    “Israeli security officials have refused to comment on their involvement in Kenya before, during or after the shopping mall attack, preferring to focus on rapidly rebuilding a strong security envelope in Nairobi.

    In private conversation, Israeli police and intelligence sources admit they fell down badly in Kenya, their failure all the more galling in view of Al Qaeda having targeted a center which houses many Israel-owned and managed businesses.

    Their most urgent task now is to find out how terrorist spies were able to conduct repeated surveillance excursions in the Westgate mall – and even smuggle in large stocks of ammunition for a long siege – undetected by Israeli security agents and without them sounding the alarm.


    http://app.debka.com/p/article/23307/Kenya-blames-US-Israeli-intelligence-for-no-heads-up-on-Nairobi-attack

    17.08 The militants are believed to have rented a shop in the complex to gain full access to the Israeli-owned plaza.

    The gunmen were able to closely study the shopping centre as tenants, a move reflected in their well-planned operation, according to Kenyan security forces quoted in the IB Times.

    The group said that it targeted the mall because it was home to a number of Jewish and American premises. Police and witnesses said the insurgents appeared to possess full knowledge of the layout of the mall.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/kenya/10326548/Nairobi-shopping-mall-attack-live.html

  14. Citizen
    September 27, 2013, 4:30 am

    What did Dennis McDonohough say to POTUS during the walk on the WH grounds, immediately after which he punted the Syrian ball to Congress?
    http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/08/31/20273128-the-white-house-walk-and-talk-that-changed-obamas-mind-on-syria?lite

  15. Citizen
    September 27, 2013, 4:39 am

    Some things to know about Dennis McDonahough, Obama’s newest Chief Of staff since last January: http://presspass.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/09/06/20345086-7-things-to-know-about-denis-mcdonough?lite

    McDonahough, as a tried and true Obama true believer, is most trusted by Obama and he knows Obama’s deepest POV; he is intent on Obama establishing closer ties with Congress and burnishing Obama’s legacy: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/mcdonough-to-be-obamas-new-chief-of-staff/2013/01/17/f00928d2-6094-11e2-b05a-605528f6b712_story.html

    This fits Obama’s own comments on why he changed his mind and punted Syria to Congress.

  16. Citizen
    September 27, 2013, 4:52 am

    After reading up on Obama’s chief of staff a bit, he does not appear to be an AIPAC puppet in any sense, but likely very aware of AIPAC’s practical power.

  17. kalithea
    September 27, 2013, 10:08 am

    So my comment didn’t post yet, but while I wait for it to appear, I’ll summarize it as follows: If the next World War is started because of this Zionist obsession with Iran, not only will the world blame Zionists for the catastrophic consequences, but because it will be waged on behalf of the Jewish State; all Zionists, even “Liberal” Zionists and Anti-Zionist Jews will shoulder the blame for the tragic consequences, because you’re all FAILING miserably to do what it takes. There is no genuine conviction in your opposition to Zionism…period! And make no mistake about it, that’s what it’ll take, a wall of Jewish resistance to Zionism, and if you think the rest of us with BDS and what-not will stop this obsessive quest for destruction you’re sorely mistaken, because Zionists tied our hands, muzzled us and hung anti-Semitism around our necks. So your fate is in your hands now. Either you seize the moment and seriously commit to put an end to this madness or you’ll shoulder all the tragedy and guilt tomorrow.

    • kalithea
      September 27, 2013, 10:25 am

      I sent an edited version of this that got lost in transmission and this is a part of what got lost.

      “…all Zionists, even “Liberal” Zionists and Anti-Zionist Jews will shoulder the blame as you’re all FAILING miserably to do what it takes, because you just can’t let go of the illusion that somehow Zionism will redeem itself.

    • American
      September 27, 2013, 10:54 am

      @kalithea

      The anti zionist would have to be ‘as organized’ as the zionist and the Lobby for that to happen….and aside from a smattering of groups like Code Pink, JVP, I dont see that happening.
      Contrary to Anti Semitism-Holocaust Industry propaganda most Jews in the US do not feel threatened by what Lobby or Israel is doing.
      Would some ‘indirect fear’ spur them to action?—probably—thats why I recommend going after the US politicans loyalty and subservience to the foreign country of Israel. If we make abdicating US interest to a foreign country or any minority group ‘unacceptable’ then it will filter down to Jews and all other US ethnic groups that want to use the US to settle scores or benefit their ethnc homeland.

      • Annie Robbins
        September 27, 2013, 11:23 am

        i don’t think one has to be ‘as organized’. popular movements don’t always take off because people are well organized. think 100th monkey and tipping pt.

        it will filter down to Jews and all other US ethnic groups that want to use the US to settle scores or benefit their ethnc homeland.

        ethnic groups are part of the mass. once the mass starts moving/shifting there’s no stopping it. we just need to keep pushing the discourse…pushing and pushing. it may not seem like we’re making a difference but we are.

  18. seafoid
    September 27, 2013, 10:57 am

    Just look at the video. Every single neighbouring country is deemed a threat. Great integration guys. Very impressed.

    That comes from being the new Sparta. And Israel is right on the edge of the continent. What a stupid location for a state for a religion with less than 0.1% of global population. Half of them have no truck with living there. You couldn’t make it up.

    How many waves of peoples passed through over the last 10 millennia ? How many armies? How many empires? And how is Israel future proof ?

  19. Patrick
    September 27, 2013, 12:02 pm

    “In contrast to the administration which, recognizing that Iran (like every other country) has the right to nuclear power for peaceful purposes, AIPAC says that Iran has no such right.”

    Where does he get this? The Obama administration has NEVER recognized Iran’s right to the enrichment of uranium. In fact, as Obama’s Sect. of State, Hillary Clinton stated that Iran had no such right.:“You do not have a right to obtain a nuclear weapon. You do not have the right to have the full enrichment and reprocessing cycle under your control.” And Obama balked at the agreement reached between Iran and Turkey/Brazil because it explicitly recognized this right.

    In all this, Obama’s position has been no different than Bush’s: no enrichment/no closing of the nuclear fuel cycle in Iran. There won’t be a deal if Obama sticks to this position. It remains to be seen if he can reverse the US position.

  20. NickJOCW
    September 27, 2013, 5:34 pm

    But why would anyone think the Senate will pass AIPAC’s war bills. The answer is simply that the midterm elections are coming up and that means Members of Congress need campaign cash. And AIPAC provides it.

    They may well need campaign cash, that’s one of the bizarre aspects of the US electoral system, but cash is only any use if it attracts votes and it seems to this outsider that in the current anti-war climate, which is not uniquely American, it is possible that it may not do that. It’s one thing to foster support for Israel, a place few voters could identify on a globe, quite another to be urged to support calls for yet more war and the two do appear increasingly to overlap.

  21. piotr
    September 27, 2013, 6:36 pm

    I wanted to criticize the title, but since English is my second language I used a web search for suitable similar phrases.

    Israel Remains Calm as It Girds Itself for War
    9:49AM EDT 8/8/2012 CBN/Julie Stahl and John Waage

    CBN = Christian Broadcasting Network

    Indeed, “AIPAC girds itself” is both stylistically more pleasing and more factual than “AIPAC gears up”. Many of the gentlemen and ladies involved use belts on their loins, and I am not sure what other “gear” besides it.

    AIPAC frequently suffers from totally unjustified headlines. Consider:

    “AIPAC Plans “All-Out” Push for Syria Vote as 250 Activists Descend on Capitol Hill”

    As many of us know, Capitol hill is actually a hill, and how do you descent onto a hill? From heavens? A fleet of helicopters delivers the doughty lobbyists, or do they parachute down from fixed-wing planes? Given the security arrangements, the lobbyists were either ascending the hill or were delivered to the parking lot at the rear of the Capitol (while tourists schlep up on monumental stairs, people who actually work there can be driven to the rear entrance and then take the elevators).

  22. iResistDe4iAm
    September 28, 2013, 10:30 am

    “You see this napkin?” he said. “In twenty-four hours, we could have the signatures of seventy senators on this napkin.”

    The Israel Lobby vehemently, categorically and unequivocally denies the existence of the Israel Lobby, EXCEPT when some members of the Lobby brag about the sheer magnitude of its unprecedented power over the US Congress.

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