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Benjamin Netanyahu is back in the saddle again! When he comes to Washington next month, the Israeli Prime Minister will get a prize from the neoconservative thinktank, the American Enterprise Institute, and also — shockingly– be welcomed by the Democratic Party think tank, the Center for American Progress, which has close connections to Hillary Clinton.

The Democratic Party invitation was engineered by the Israel lobby group AIPAC, the American Israel Political Affairs Committee, according to Huffington Post. This is clearly about Hillary Clinton and her presidential run, and her closeness to Haim Saban and his like. Should she win the presidency, there will be a widely-touted rapprochement with Netanyahu where we ostentatiously “clear the air” and “get off on the right foot.”

Jewish Insider broke the story. On November 10, a day after he receives the Irving Kristol award at the rightwing AEI, he goes to CAP, a “left-leaning” thinktank and

will discuss Iran, Israeli-Palestinian relations, regional concerns, and ways to strengthen the partnership between Israel and the United States, according to a news release

Jessica Schulberg and Ryan Grim flesh it out at Huffpo:

the Israeli government pushed hard for an invite to the Center for American Progress and landed an event at the progressive institution on Nov. 10, the day after Netanyahu has a scheduled meeting with Obama. The embassy’s push for the invite, sources familiar with the lobbying said, was joined by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which also applied pressure to CAP to allow Netanyahu to speak.

“He’s looking for that progressive validation,” said a former CAP staffer, “and they’re basically validating a guy who race-baited during his election and has disavowed the two-state solution, which is CAP’s own prior work.”

Other CAP staffers objected, Schulberg and Grim say, and Matt Duss of the Foundation for Middle East Peace is also quoted denouncing Netanyahu’s “blatant anti-Arab race-baiting.” Duss: “The idea that CAP would agree to give him bipartisan cover is really disappointing.”

Netanyahu massacred 500 children and 500 women in Gaza last summer and has made a mockery of US policy on settlements and the holy two-state solution. Would CAP roll out the red carpet for Ahmadinejad? Putin? Assad?

And by the way– for betraying his president and opposing the Iran Deal– Senator Chuck Schumer received $90,000 from an AIPAC ally, Norpac, Eli Clifton reports. Not that Schumer did it for money. He did it for love and concern for Israel. A genuine and religious (and tragic) devotion inside American Jewish life.

Both the CAP news and the Schumer news are baldly about the Israel lobby inside the Democratic Party. It’s just another flavor of the lobby next to neoconservatism, which is the influence of Sheldon Adelson and Norman Braman and Paul Singer on the Republican side, but it’s really not that different. Hillary Clinton supported the Iraq War. She has a hawkish foreign policy. She maintains those views because of the influence of Zionists inside the Democratic Party– donors of course, but also important people who just love Israel. The same reason that Barack Obama broke a demonstration against calling Jerusalem Israel’s capital at the Democratic Party convention in 2012. He didn’t want to alienate the Zionist establishment, including donors.

Ali Abunimah and Yousef Munayyer have both pointed out that the Obama administration has punished the Palestinians for the Iran deal– loading up the Israelis with more military aid than ever. Abunimah says that the Obama administration is the worst White House for Palestinian rights ever, and Munayyer says that the Israel lobby didn’t lose the Iran deal, it just played it for more influence. I have a different analysis. Obama knows the story but he threw Palestine under the bus to get the Iran deal. The Israel lobby was taking a big hit on the Iran deal, but it’s still around; and in order to win key Democratic votes, Obama had to buy the Dems by giving more money to Israel. That way the Democratic politicians could go to AIPAC and say, I had to support the Iran deal out of the American national interest, but look what I got for you.

The bottom line is that Jewish money overall is essential to the Democratic Party (more than half, even according to official media), and Jews who are concerned about Israel are all over the party leadership (Debbie Wasserman Schultz). It’s a special interest that is very vocal for its issue– loving Netanyahu– and the only way to break it is for Jews and Democrats to rebel. The Democratic rebellion isn’t gaining traction because the progressive voices are too young and too multiracial to have entered the elite; and the Jewish rebellion isn’t happening because the progressive voices are young and censored.

But it’s going to happen; and this is why I joined the movement. I’ve predicted there will be rebellions in 2016 primary process. The sad CAP news makes me think that I am (as usual) early by a few years.

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  1. Basil
    October 28, 2015, 11:29 am

    It’s a generational change. It will be 20-30 years before there is a significant shift in the US. It will happen, eventually, but the Palestinians are likely to be ethnically cleansed, or dead, by then.

    • Krauss
      October 28, 2015, 3:12 pm

      Much faster. The change is already in full transformation at the elite student level.

      As for Palestinians, people have been counting them out for decades. There are many millions of them. Are you seriously suggesting genocide in our day and age? Just look how massively negatively the Gaza war affected Israel. That was in the high hundreds. If you think Israel will get away with murdering millions you’re not just delusional, but stupid. Also, Israel doesn’t want to commit mass murder. It does want to ethnically cleanse Palestine.

      Yet, it has wanted to do that for over 65 years now, even longer if you go back to the early beginnings. Palestinians are about 50% of the population in Greater Israel/Palestine, counting the WB and Gaza. That’s the true measurement to have here. They are going to be the majority any moment now.

      That being said, they can’t win on their own from the inside, but the outside pressure must increase. Which is why it’s important we go after the lobby in the democratic party. There’s no need for a lobby in the GOP, the Christian evangelicals are too big of a component of the GOP base for that to ever be an issue.

      • JWalters
        October 28, 2015, 6:24 pm

        “it’s important we go after the lobby in the democratic party”

        I agree. That party claims to be for universal human rights, and can be shamed with its own values. The Republikuds are too thoroughly captured by the Wall Street Zionists. And the contrast could be useful to make the story stark.

        It would also be useful to go after the lobby in the media. Protests at the headquarters of the major Zionist-controlled news companies, simultaneously with protests at other Zionist-control points would help weaken the Zionist control network as a whole. Hammer, hammer, hammer.

      • traintosiberia
        October 28, 2015, 9:14 pm

        Israel will continue to fabricate tension create violence,and manufa true threat not only in the Midfle East but anywhere it finds doable . That is the way it will keep the world busy on something that allows it the time and ensures the lack of response from the rest so that it can carry on ethnic cleansing and carry out attacks on the neighbors .

      • Basil
        October 29, 2015, 10:37 am

        Ethnic cleansing is likely — which is a horrific enough prospect. Genocide is certainly in the realm of possibilities — the intent is certainly there (Ayalet Shaked’s rhetoric is not particularly exceptional in this regard). We cannot discount the possibility, because there are no countervailing forces to stop it. It is open season on the Palestinians, and the world will do nothing. (what exactly did the world do about Gaza?) Arab lives don’t matter, at least to our country’s elites.

        How many Iraqis died as a result of our invasion, and how much attention has our media paid to that? Has it even been acknowledged? Why would Palestine be any different?

        I’ll be very happy to be wrong!

    • thedirtydemocrat
      October 30, 2015, 2:53 am

      If so it will be the fault of EU,NATO and especially Americans.
      We should be fighting Israel by cutting off all funding and that means the $3.3 billion a year and BDS all of Israeli goods, services, and diplomacy. Much like what is being done to North Korea. That will damn sure get the attention of Benji.

  2. lysias
    October 28, 2015, 12:35 pm

    Israel is paying back, in at least one way. BBC: US still isolated at UN General Assembly over Cuba embargo:

    The United Nations General Assembly has almost unanimously voted to condemn the US embargo on Cuba, in the first such resolution since US-Cuban diplomatic ties were restored earlier this year.

    The motion won more support than it has done in the past, with 191 members of the 193-member body voting in favour.

    Only the US and Israel opposed the resolution, which is non-binding.

    Last time, it wasn’t quite as lopsided. Three Pacific Island nations abstained, at least. This time, it was just Israel and the U.S.

    • Kay24
      October 28, 2015, 2:57 pm

      Two peas in a pod, partners in crime, and causing problems the world over.
      They scratch our backs and we scratch theirs.

      They kill innocent people and we give them the weapons to do so.

      Ain’t life great?

      • lysias
        October 28, 2015, 3:29 pm

        This does go to show that Israel does not oppose sanctions on principle.

      • inbound39
        October 28, 2015, 4:10 pm

        Yes Kay…it is awful and blatant. If the American people vote Hilary in or sit back and do nothing about AIPAC and Netanyahu meddling in their government then they are telegraphing to the World that they support Israel’s criminally genocidal actions against Palestinians. Americans will be saying they don’t mind going trillions into debt to help Netanyahu murder more Palestinians and that the Israeli standard of living is more important than the American standard of living. If Clinton wins the Presidency you can kiss goodbye to America….it will sink like a stone with Israel around its neck.

      • Kay24
        October 29, 2015, 6:37 am

        Inbound, in my book anyone who becomes President will toe the zionist line and say “how high” from the White House. Sanders is supposed to be more neutral, but even he, once he gets into office, will change his tune fast, when he realizes our unholy alliance with Israel.

    • ckg
      October 28, 2015, 8:53 pm

      Ben Norton reports on this vote at Salon and he discusses the Israel angle as we all here expect him to do. http://www.salon.com/2015/10/28/rogue_state_for_24th_year_u_s_defies_99_percent_of_world_voting_against_ending_cuba_embargo/

      • Emory Riddle
        October 29, 2015, 1:18 pm

        “..in my book anyone who becomes President will toe the zionist line and say “how high” from the White House. Sanders is supposed to be more neutral, but even he, once he gets into office, will change his tune fast, when he realizes our unholy alliance with Israel..”

        Trump won’t. He has too big an ego to bow down to the Lobby like that. Which is why he is willing to say things like we need to stop this Middle East nation building and that the Iraq War was a disaster. And why the media is constantly looking to hurt his candidacy. The Lobby is not certain they can control him like they control Hillary and Rubio et al.

      • ckg
        October 29, 2015, 3:54 pm

        Donald Trump: “I’ve been loyal to Israel from the day I was born. My father, Fred Trump was loyal to Israel before me. The only one that’s going to give Israel the kind of support it needs is Donald Trump.”

  3. lysias
    October 28, 2015, 12:36 pm

    Isn’t Sanders said to get most of his money from small donors?

    • Emory Riddle
      October 29, 2015, 1:15 pm

      They said the same thing about Obama in 20008 — and that was not true.

    • ckg
      October 29, 2015, 4:08 pm

      Sanders and Trump have both rejected support from Super PACs. So their campaigns’ donations are entirely limited by federal contribution legal caps. Obama was supported by Super PACs in both 2008 and 2012.

  4. Blownaway
    October 28, 2015, 12:37 pm

    This isn’t about money all are awash in dirty money. This is about absolute power and global hegemony. Witness the love fest in DC with the warm embrace between Ash Carter and Yallon yesterday! Here is a man who rejects everything the US says about “peace”( he knows it’s BS but isn’t even polite enough to pretend) insults the sec of state the President and anyone that gets on his way gets a big hug. In Germany the largest ever joint war game with Israel. This is about making the Palestinians capitulate completely give up any and all hope and get global political cover. It’s not just the US that bends a knee. Then they can go on to their next conquest Jordan to Iraq to Lebanon. Israel will be the true global hegemon with global tentacles to do their bidding

    • HarryLaw
      October 28, 2015, 12:58 pm

      Blownaway, it looks that way, unfortunately for Israel the ‘arc of resistance’ is growing, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Hezbollah. When all sanctions come off Iran, they will have billions to give to their allies and loads of conventional weaponry. Israel will be left with its increasingly perverted and unstable GCC friends.
      Early days yet but the balance of power is slowly changing, at least the ‘arc’ has the support of the people and the semblance of democracy about them.

      • inbound39
        October 28, 2015, 4:19 pm

        Very true Harry. My take is Russias entry into the Middle East has seriously curtailed Israel’s plan to overrun Syria. Putin has warned them to stay out. Iran having defeated Israel in getting a deal with the World and sanctions off can now, and has got more involved in Syria and Lebanon and Israel cannot now stop the weapons flow and overflights and bomb drops on Hezbollah and Syrian targets are out for Israel under threat of being shot down. The balance of power has shifted and Russia from my view is backing the Arabs and Persians against America and Israel and America has lost its traction and initiative in Syria.

    • Kay24
      October 28, 2015, 3:12 pm

      You are correct in what you say. This is all about hegemony, and all sights are on the ME.

      We have attacked sovereign nations, toppled dictators, caused rebellions, interfered in their internal affairs, and Israel is paid to do it (aid and weapons), hey we did not even say a word when Iranian scientists were mysteriously assassinated. The pests called hasbara constantly reminds us that Israel gives us all kinds of intelligence and logistical help, and this is why. Nothing we see happening in the ME is what it seems to be. There are plenty of outside forces provoking and interfering in devious way, and all signs point to Western interference. This also suits the Israelis meanwhile, because it gives them the advantage to take over the Palestinian lands and get rid of Arabs from the territories. Aren’t we a lovable bunch?

    • Kay24
      October 28, 2015, 3:14 pm

      You are correct in what you say. This is all about hegemony, and all sights are on the ME.

      We have attacked sovereign nations, toppled dictators, caused rebellions, interfered in their internal affairs, and Israel is paid to help us do it (aid and weapons), hey we did not even say a word when Iranian scientists were mysteriously assassinated. The pests called hasbara constantly reminds us that Israel gives us all kinds of intelligence and logistical help, and this is why. Nothing we see happening in the ME is what it seems to be. There are plenty of outside forces provoking and interfering in devious way, and all signs point to Western interference. This also suits the Israelis meanwhile, because it gives them the advantage to take over the Palestinian lands and get rid of Arabs from the territories. Aren’t we a lovable bunch?

  5. pabelmont
    October 28, 2015, 12:41 pm

    $90,000 doesn’t dissuade his Jewish devotion, however, the way it might dissuade a not-so-Zionist opponent (say).

  6. Kay24
    October 28, 2015, 3:03 pm

    I have decided not to give my vote to any candidate this time, because most of them are in bed with the big spenders, who are connected to Israel. They may have good intentions when they are elected, but it is all thrown out of the window, when the manipulative lobbies exert pressure on the, and they end up doing their bidding. The political system stinks in the US. Why vote when most of them put the needs of the American people, last, and the lobbies first? Time and time again they have disappointed me by not doing the best thing for the country, but to satisfy their donors. Clinton will not be different.

      • echinococcus
        October 28, 2015, 3:38 pm

        The problem being not only that of a dictatorship camouflaged as a No Other Choice puppet theater with Tweedledum and Tweedledee, but also the firm belief of 96% or so of the people that this is the only electoral system of government possible or allowed.

      • Kay24
        October 28, 2015, 4:16 pm

        Interesting policy in ME affairs especially the I/P dispute. I do not know much about Dr. Stein, and I must read up more. Realistically these candidate, however good their policies are, never end getting elected. In the US the two main parties dominate the elections.

      • inbound39
        October 28, 2015, 4:39 pm

        Democrats and Republicans end up controlling the elction outcome because that is where the Zionist money is through AIPAC and Adelson and Saban. Once that cashflow is spiked America may get a fair representation of the peoples vote. Until then Americans because they stay silent and make no opposition to meddling in their political affairs by a Foreign Agent or Foreign Agents is left to put up and shut up. Doesn’t have to be that way if the American people rouse themselves from their stupor.

      • lysias
        October 28, 2015, 4:44 pm

        Every journey begins with a first step.

      • inbound39
        October 28, 2015, 5:06 pm

        Seems to me Lysias that Jill Stein is just the person to put the wagon wheels back on the American Cart. She wants a Government controlled by the voters….the people…..not Foreign Agents as in Adelson,Saban,AIPAC,ADL and Netanyahu

      • Emory Riddle
        October 28, 2015, 5:35 pm

        Jill Stein: “On taking office, I will put all parties on notice – including the Israeli government, the Palestinian Authority, and the gaza1Hamas administration in Gaza – that future U.S. support will depend on respect for human rights and compliance with international law.” That same old all parties are equally culpable Zionist BS. However, much of the rest of her statement was quite good. Still, I wish Cynthia McKinney was the presidential candidate for the Green party this year. I know and trust where she stands.

      • ckg
        October 28, 2015, 10:54 pm

        Unless your state is a close swing state, I don’t see why you would want to confine your vote choice to the two major parties. Vote your conscience. Sleep without guilt.

  7. echinococcus
    October 28, 2015, 4:10 pm

    Mr Weiss,

    “I’ve predicted there will be rebellions in 2016 primary process. The sad CAP news makes me think that I am (as usual) early by a few years”

    Rebellion? You mean some will switch those criminal votes from the Anointed Empress to the equally Zionist Sanders? Because that is the only thing the “rebels” are contemplating: going from the outspoken blood-dripping monster the Yahoo to the coldly calculating, camouflaged Labor genocider Herzog or whatshisface. So they’ll get their continued conquest and genocide, and have something “liberal” to feel good about, too.

    It seems to take a longish time understanding that any support or participation in either of the “two” US parties is incompatible with even nominal support of Palestinian resistance.

  8. JWalters
    October 28, 2015, 6:01 pm

    “Should [Hillary] win the presidency, there will be a widely-touted rapprochement with Netanyahu where we ostentatiously ‘clear the air’ and ‘get off on the right foot.'”

    Perhaps Hillary’s new book will be, “It Takes 400 Villages to Raze in a Catastrophe”.

    All those children, all those mothers, all those families, in Palestine and America, will continue being crushed by the Big Money rulers as Hillary covers for them. When Martin O’Malley asked her directly about reinstating Glass-Steagall restrictions on bank gambling, she vigorously and emphatically evaded the question.

    Hillary did get her performance manner together in that debate. (Otherwise Biden would have run.) And the pundits who are supposed to support her breathed a collective sign of relief that they didn’t have to look like fools promoting her. But she gave pablum evasions on the economic control issues Bernie is putting front and center.

    It’s true Obama chose her to be Secretary of State. Her existing international goodwill made her a good candidate to repair America’s relations abroad after Bush’s catastrophe. And he knew he would be supervising her.

    But all her female fans will be betrayed for Wall Street Zionists. Hillary is a cornerstone of their defense against the rebellion.

  9. Boomer
    October 29, 2015, 6:40 am

    I don’t know what the future holds, but the present seems depressing. NYT has an obituary for “political theorist” Sheldon S. Wolin. It reads like an obituary for democracy as some of us once imagined it:

    “With time, he took the view that corporate power and political power were becoming so closely intertwined in the United States, and the public so apathetic, that genuine participatory democracy was at best a remote possibility, expressed in rare “fugitive” expressions of the popular will.

    “Democracy in the late modern world cannot be a complete political system,” he wrote in a 1994 essay, “and given the awesome potentialities of modern forms of power, and what they exact of the social and natural world, it ought not to be hoped or striven for.”

  10. Boo
    October 29, 2015, 11:34 am

    Both the AEI and the CAP are cheek-by-jowl to Metro stops, so we can just save our protest signs and go out for two days in a row. If both our major political parties want to kiss up to Bibi, we can mass outside and blow them both air kisses — or more appropriately, air doughnuts.

  11. ckg
    October 29, 2015, 2:43 pm

    So Hillary isn’t having a good week? Celebrity news site Radar Online is reporting today that Dershowitz is investigating whether Bill Clinton participated in sex orgies with underage girls on Epstein’s notorious island. Dershowitz says it’s a possibility and has his own attorney, former FBI Director Louis Freeh, investigating using FOIA requests. I do hope Mrs. Clinton’s week improves.

  12. Kathleen
    November 5, 2015, 9:16 pm

    Never forget Jane Harman and Haim Saban’s interference in the Aipac espionage investigation was supposed to be a trial. Both should be required to register under FARA.

    Spy Story: Harman, Saban, and AIPAC | The Nation

    https://www.thenation.com/…/spy-story-harman-saban-and-ai…

    ” The trial on espionage-related charges for two former officials of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee starts this summer, unless — as the Washington Post has demanded — the Justice Department drops the charges.

    Now we know, thanks to Jeff Stein of CQ, that a reported offer from Rep. Jane Harman to intervene in the case on behalf of AIPAC — to “waddle into” it, as she put it — was caught on tape on a court-ordered (and court-sanctioned) wiretap. According to Stein, perhaps Washington’s very best reporter on intelligence, an FBI probe of Harman’s pledge to run interference for AIPAC was dropped on orders from Alberto Gonzalez, President Bush’s attorney general, who wanted Harman’s cooperation to protect the secret (and illegal) domestic surveillance program.

    What an ugly story.”

  13. Kathleen
    November 5, 2015, 9:18 pm

    The defendants in the case, Steven J. Rosen, AIPAC’s former foreign …

    Jane Harman and Israeli Spying – Counterpunch

    http://www.counterpunch.org/…/jane-harmon-and-israeli-spying

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