Author Archives: Marsha B. Cohen

About Marsha B. Cohen

Dr. Marsha B. Cohen is a foreign policy analyst specializing in Israel and Iran.

Death by chocolate: Selling war with Iran to Israelis one ad at a time

In an Israeli commercial, a high level general takes a taste of a delectable chocolate spread and inadvertently sets in motion an Israeli military strike on an unnamed country — Iran by implication and context — a command that the Israelis have been waiting for and are eager to carry out.

Posted in Iran, Israel/Palestine | 18 Comments

Paul Ryan’s foreign policy: Spinning straw into gold

Republican vice presidential designate Paul Ryan is in Las Vegas today to meet with casino magnate and would-be political kingmaker Sheldon Adelson.

Posted in American Jewish Community, Israel Lobby, Israel/Palestine, Israeli Government, Media, Neocons, US Policy in the Middle East, US Politics | 20 Comments

Protocols of the Elders of Las Vegas

The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is probably the most notorious work of anti-Semitic propaganda ever written. The Protocols of the Elder of Las Vegas, on the other hand, is a 21st century work in progress, and it is no hoax. It’s about a casino magnate with an estimated net worth of just under $25 billion (the seventh richest man in the United States) who decides to devote a small portion of his vast wealth to a neoconservative agenda determined to thwart negotiations between the Israeli government and the Palestinians; prevent the reelection of an incumbent U.S. president; engineer the destruction of political liberalism; and reshape the political environments of the U.S. and Israel by funding the election of politicians who serve his own corporate and ideological interests.

Posted in American Jewish Community, Israel Lobby, Israel/Palestine, Israeli Government, Media, Neocons, Occupation, US Policy in the Middle East, US Politics | 26 Comments

On the RJC’s drive to get Romney votes from Israel: Block the vote here, rock the vote there!

Romney’s arrival in Israel on Saturday will follow a five day get-out-the-Republican-vote drive in Jerusalem in mid-July, launched by the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC).

Posted in American Jewish Community, Israel/Palestine, US Politics | 6 Comments

Consequences of an attack on Iran are no joke

No one is talking about the harm that “surgical air strikes” against “suspected Iranian nuclear facilities” with GBU-28 “bunker-buster” bombs, which derive their ability to penetrate concrete and earth from depleted uranium, would inflict on 74 million Iranians, nearly a quarter of whom are under the age of 14 and under and half of whom are under the age of 30.

Posted in Iran, Iraq, Middle East, US Politics | 33 Comments

In the Wake of 9/11, Israel Put Iran into the ‘Axis of Evil’

On September 11, 2001, after two terrorist attacks occurred on U.S. soil, Israeli political figures anticipated that the Americans finally be able to empathize with Israel’s vulnerability to terror. In the hours immediately following the attacks on the World Trade Center and the … Continue reading

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On brothers and keepers: a missing link?

Maybe it’s just a coincidence. On May 6, just before dawn, Ameer Makhoul was arrested.  Initial reports state that the Haifa home of the director of Ittijah, a network of NGOs and grassroots organizations representing the interests of Arab citizens … Continue reading

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