Author Archives: Paul Mutter

About Paul Mutter

Paul Mutter is a contributor to Mondoweiss, Foreign Policy in Focus and the Arabist.

I hold my breath, Haaretz

Haaretz is out front in describing anti-democratic forces in Israel. Who will take up this journalistic challenge in the west? Especially as another Nakba is threatened

Posted in Activism, Israel/Palestine, Israeli Government, Media, Occupation, One state/Two states, Settlers/Colonists, US Policy in the Middle East, US Politics | 15 Comments

Haaretz names the top 10 pro-settlement Knesset members

Leaked report from a settlers’ advocacy group ranks Knesset members by the amount of legislation they have advanced to benefit the settlements.

Posted in Israel/Palestine, Israeli Government, Occupation, Settlers/Colonists, US Politics | 6 Comments

‘Normalcy’ in the Gulf means billions of US arms sales to face down Iran

us plan for normalcy in the Gulf means billions of arms sales to UAE, Saudi Arabia and other border states of Iran

Posted in Arab Spring, Iran, Middle East, Neocons, US Policy in the Middle East, US Politics | 1 Comment

A boycott of their own? Settlers compiling list of businesses that employ ‘Arabs’

Settlers, led by the grandson of Meir Kahane, have been creating a “Hebrew Labor” directory of Israeli businesses in Jerusalem that employ Arabs.

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Arab Spring? What Arab Spring?: US policy in the Middle East shows no change since the fall of Mubarak

Some telling remarks buried in a speech (“On Ensuring Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge”, PDF) justifying the annual US$3 billion aid package to Israel by Andrew Shapiro, the State Department’s Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs: I know that the uncertainty over … Continue reading

Posted in Arab Spring, Egypt, Israel Lobby, Israel/Palestine, Middle East, US Policy in the Middle East, US Politics | 4 Comments

This is not what containment looks like

“To strengthen Iran sanctions laws for the purpose of compelling Iran to abandon its pursuit of nuclear weapons and other threatening activities, and for other purposes,” begins HR1905, aka the 2011 “Iran Threat Reduction Act“ that has been advanced in the House … Continue reading

Posted in Iran, Israel Lobby, Neocons, US Policy in the Middle East, US Politics | 33 Comments

Super Stuxnet?

Richard Sale, author of Clinton’s Secret Wars, has written an article outlining the escalation of the joint U.S.-Israeli cyber attack on Iran’s nuclear program. A new malware, apparently built off of the Stuxnet worm used against Iran’s centrifuge systems between … Continue reading

Posted in Israel/Palestine | 10 Comments

Neoconservative brinksmanship

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An Open Letter to the Governments of Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain

Dear Ministers and Ambassadors, The UNESCO vote to accept Palestine as their 195th member – a recognition that does not entail any formal diplomatic standing at the UN – may mark a milestone in the “peace process,” or turn into … Continue reading

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Avigdor Lieberman’s PowerPoint for Diplomatic Success™

In four simple slides: Slide 1. Punish Ramallah. Slide 2. Topple Hamas. Slide 3. ???? Slide 4. Mideast Peace!

Posted in Gaza, Iran, Israel/Palestine, Israeli Government, Neocons, One state/Two states, US Politics | 11 Comments

Rep. Steve Israel’s anti-Israel, anti-Semitic record on Occupy Wall Street (which must be news to him)

Representative Steve Israel (D-NY)  apparently hates Israel because he hasn’t denounced Occupy Wall Street. He has even gone so far as support for it. So says a hit-piece published by Jeff Dunetz, YID with LID blogger and pal to Pamela Geller, on Andrew Breitbart’ … Continue reading

Posted in Israel/Palestine | 25 Comments

Even in times of austerity, some spending is inviolable

From the New York Times article “Foreign Aid Set to Take a Hit in U.S. Budget Crisis“: The House appropriations subcommittee, controlled by Republicans, proposed cutting the administration’s request by $12 billion, or 20 percent, to $47 billion, with $39 … Continue reading

Posted in Israel/Palestine | 20 Comments

Michele Bachmann says Obama ‘laid the table’ for the Arab Spring

That’s right: a Republican is giving Obama more credit than even his own party will for influencing –no, inducing — the “Arab Spring.” MSNBC broke the story, capturing footage of Michele Bachmann, GOP presidential hopeful, saying that: “Just like Jimmy … Continue reading

Posted in Israel/Palestine, Neocons, Settlers/Colonists, US Policy in the Middle East, US Politics | 14 Comments

Vice PM Moshe Ya’alon: Regime change in Ramallah will ultimately be necessary for peace talks to progress

Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Strategic Affairs Moshe “Boogie” Ya’alon (Likud), former head of Israeli Intelligence in the West Bank and the IDF Chief of Staff during the Second Intifada, told Arutz Sheva that he does not believe that … Continue reading

Posted in Gaza, Israel/Palestine, One state/Two states, Settlers/Colonists, US Politics | 105 Comments

Why do they call them Stalinists?: Yisrael Beiteinu and the Soviet experience

One has to wonder why people sometimes allude to Avigdor Lieberman, and by extension, his nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu party, as latter-day Stalinists. Given Stalin’s attitude towards Zionism (against it), perception of Jews (dangerous elements) and plans for them (arrests and … Continue reading

Posted in Israel/Palestine, Israeli Government, US Politics | 7 Comments

“Anti-Price Tag Patrol” criticized by Israeli right; settlers demand stronger IDF response

In response to expected clashes between Israeli settlers and Palestinians over the UN vote on Palestinian statehood, the Palestinian Popular Struggle Coordination Committee and the Israel group Anarchists Against The Wall are launching their own patrol efforts around Palestinian villages. … Continue reading

Posted in Israel/Palestine, One state/Two states, Settlers/Colonists, US Politics | 24 Comments

Israeli Settlers: ‘Arabs’ attacked us first . . . with harsh language

Israel National News: “First Arab ‘September Attack’: Convoy Approached Negohot; September attacks have begun: Arabs in 40-50 vehicles drove along Jewish community’s fence, taunted and jeered.” Presumably, this will be used as evidence to suggest that the Arabs “started it,” … Continue reading

Posted in Israel/Palestine, One state/Two states, Settlers/Colonists, US Politics | 105 Comments

Sweeping Iraq under the 9/11/11 rug

I said to myself two weeks ago, “I’m not writing anything about 9/11/11.” I knew I would eventually break that promise, though, in spite of my disgust for the 10th anniversary media hype – from People’s ‘Children of 9/11′ feature … Continue reading

Posted in US Policy in the Middle East, US Politics | 4 Comments

Glenn Beck, the American Right and the myth of ‘the International Jew’

Glenn Beck will likely soon regale us all with the valuable lessons he learned in Israel. Perhaps the rally turnout was lower than expected, but you can bet that any book he writes about it will become a bestseller in … Continue reading

Posted in American Jewish Community, Beyondoweiss, Israel/Palestine, Middle East, Neocons, US Politics | 19 Comments

Saudis to US: You’re sleeping on the couch tonight

Prominent Saudi officials have been wagging their fingers at the U.S. since 9/11, trying to convince Washington that Riyadh is as indispensable to the U.S.’s Middle East status quo as Tel Aviv is. One such prominent Saudi official, Prince Bandar, … Continue reading

Posted in Israel/Palestine, One state/Two states, US Policy in the Middle East, US Politics | Tagged | 23 Comments

House reps reach across the aisle at last . . . to smack Ramallah and Geneva upside the head

If one thing has the potential to unite the fractious U.S. House of Representatives, it is the Palestinian bid for statehood at the UN. First up, we have Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the Chairwoman of the powerful House Foreign Affairs Committee, … Continue reading

Posted in Israel Lobby, Israel/Palestine, One state/Two states, US Policy in the Middle East, US Politics | 9 Comments

‘September: The Threat of an Opportunity’ – Israeli settlers plan to confront Palestinian demonstrators

KM Ben-Ari of the National Unity Party has announced a call to action for Israeli settlers in the West Bank to march out and confront anticipated Palestinian demonstrations later this month, which he describes as delegitimizing provocations by “Arabs” and … Continue reading

Posted in Israel/Palestine, Settlers/Colonists, US Politics | 63 Comments

Arrests of 100+ ‘Hamas agents’ in West Bank seem to be Israel’s latest effort to thwart Palestinian reconciliation

Israeli security forces report that they have arrested at least 100 suspected members of Hamas and claim to have foiled multiple bombing and kidnapping plots. These actions would seem to indicate a severe setback for Hamas’s influence in the Occupied … Continue reading

Posted in Gaza, Israel/Palestine, US Politics | Tagged | 8 Comments

Just who is General ‘All-out total war’ Eisenberg speaking for?

Some strange comments about “all out total war” and the use of WMD, by IDF Major General Eyal Eisenberg, former commander of the Gaza Division during Operation Cast Lead and newly appointed Home Front Command Chief, seem to be throwing … Continue reading

Posted in Israel/Palestine, US Politics | 32 Comments

Biting the hand that feeds them – West Bank settlers charged with ‘price tagging’ IDF base

Haaretz: “Israeli settlers in the West Bank vandalized an Israel Defense Forces base on Wednesday, carrying out a “price tag” operation against the army for the first time since adopting the policy in recent years” “Unknown perpetrators infiltrated a base … Continue reading

Posted in Israel/Palestine, Settlers/Colonists, US Politics | 16 Comments