President Obama has given the Israel lobby its biggest setback in a generation with Sen. Mikulski’s announcement she is backing the Iran Deal.
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The Israel Project produced a video showing an apparent nuclear attack on a city, featuring a man walking his dog. And never promoted it.
Ben and Jerry — Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield– are working for the Iran Deal against wobbly Democrats. Good for them. But when they condemn the “billionaires” who are trying to kill the deal, they purposely leave out the American Israel Public Affairs Committee– because Ben and Jerry’s have operations in Israel and sell ice cream in the occupied territories.
The settlement enterprise in the West Bank is an “international problem,” Peace Now says, after Sara Yael Hirschhorn’s figures reveal that 60,000 of 400,000 West Bank settlers are Americans
God gave the Jews Canaan and even rennamed the country “Israel” as an “everlasting possession,” new Israeli ambassador Danny Danon wrote in 2012. The U.S. has been a lousy ally, and has even cost Israel “thousands of young lives.”
Israel’s interest continues to dominate Iran discussion: Washington Senator Patty Murray mentioned Israel more often than the United States in her statement supporting the Iran deal, while J Street’s petition backing Rep. Jerrold Nadler’s support for the deal only mentions Israel.
Federal law bars aid to countries trafficking in technology outside the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty. Shouldn’t this bar US aid to Israel? The federal government has a gag order on such information, even as media pressure builds to discuss Israeli nukes
51 Christian leaders representing dozens of denominations and Christian organizations sent a letter to Congress today, urging lawmakers to vote in favor of the Vienna agreement to limit Iran’s nuclear program. The letter, signed by leaders from all the major streams of Christianity in the United States— Roman Catholic, evangelical, mainline Protestant and Orthodox, warns lawmakers that “rejection of this deal would be a rejection of the historic progress our diplomats have made to make this world a safer place.”
Approximately 4,500 people have been killed in Yemen since the Saudi-led coalition began bombing 150 days ago, according to the UN. An average of 30 people have been killed in Yemen every single day since the beginning of the war on March 26, which pits a US-backed coalition of Middle Eastern nations and forces loyal to President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi against Iran-backed Houthi rebels and fighters loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
The Conservative Party, the New Democratic Party and the Liberals are in a frantic race to see who can appeal to pro-Israel voters ahead of the upcoming Canadian federal elections. All three major parties are currently on record as denouncing BDS, condemning Israeli Apartheid week on university campuses and attempting to stifle debate on this issue.
The rightwing Israel lobby used to be able to get 76 Senate signatures on a napkin overnight. Now it’s losing its power. Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Indiana Sen Joe Donnelly both are bucking it.
James North writes: “I recently returned to Zimbabwe for the first time in three decades. My visit reminded me that even the best intentioned liberation movements can turn bad, an insight that might be relevant to Israel/Palestine today. In fact, witnessing Zimbabwe’s decline has made me an even more determined supporter of BDS as the best — possibly the only — way to promote lasting justice in Israel/Palestine.”
Jerrold Nadler is the only Jewish member of Congress from NY to support the Iran Deal, and his statement repeatedly stresses his devotion to Israel, lest he will pay for this decision
John Kerry’s speech in Cuba last week said that the Cuban people will forge their own destiny, the U.S. cannot determine that. But we can’t be prisoners of history, and the Pope is encouraging us. All these lessons go for Iran too. Kerry surely intended the echo.
Juliana Farha writes from London about the murder of 18 month old Ali Dawabshe: “It’s a world in which Conservative MPs queue up to prevent academic debate about Israeli policy, and Tory Prime Ministers defend the slaughter of unarmed Gazan civilians sheltering in UN schools by the same forces that have maintained an eight year siege against those same civilians. These people are unashamed by their unconditional support for a regime that made the death of this toddler and his parents entirely predictable, if not inevitable. Indeed, they split linguistic and moral hairs in order to justify their shrewd indifference. They tell themselves and each other that this hell on earth is someone else’s normal.”
Former political prisoners of the Islamic Republic of Iran write in support of the Iran Deal: “We believe this agreement would reinforce peace and stability in the Middle East and the world. It will help develop and foster a relationship between both the Iranian and American people that will strongly benefit the interests of both nations. Furthermore, such an agreement will help counter the spread of terrorism within the region and around the world.”
Much of the lobbying for the Iran Deal has been an inside Jewish game, with the White House begging to address AIPAC activists, with two Jewish officials, Wendy Sherman and Adam Szubin. Chuck Schumer’s defection is damaging this effort.
A day after 9/11 Donald Kagan, Greek scholar, and his son Frederick were advocating the US invade Palestine. “We have to take the war to these people,” Frederick said.
Is Obama a person of the left? Phil Weiss says he is and is making great strides late in his presidency. Michael Smith say Obama is all for the 1 percent