Does Obama have a winning hand on Iran deal? Bill Kristol says the neocons may have walked into a “trap” on legislation that was supposed to stop the deal, but may actually clear the way for it, while Marco Rubio may push an amendment that Iran must recognize Israel’s right to exist.
Category Archives: Middle East
Palestine was too small to become the Jewish national home without harming the rights of non-Jews. The British and early Zionists understood this, and spoke of Palestine as a single state with perfect equality between Jew and Arab, the common home for two peoples. Is there hope for harmony and mutual respect even today?
Netanyahu’s speech on Holocaust remembrance day was mostly about Iran, saying it is “just like the Nazis” in seeking to control the world and “exterminate 6 million Jews.” And we let this man anywhere near our foreign policy?
When one looks at the actions of the US on the international stage, it’s obvious that the world’s lone superpower is the least trustworthy of the parties negotiating in Lausanne, Switzerland.
NYT obit for Gunter Grass puts his 2012 poem criticizing Israel in paragraph 4, ahead of his global bestseller about Germany during the war, The Tin Drum. Grass was the “conscience of a generation,” BBC said today, but he became “virtually a persona non grata” after the poem.
The UN Relief and Works Agency sent along this first picture of escapees from Yarmouk since ISIS entered the refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus. UNRWA reports “6-week old Mohammed is the youngest civilian to have fled Yarmouk since ISIS entered. He was taken to Tadamon [in Damascus] by his mother on 4th April […]
This week a horrific scene unfolded in Syria as a besieged Palestinian refugee camp fell under attack by ISIS and al-Nusra Front, another extremist Salafi group. When the fighters gained control of Yarmouk in Damascus, harrowing reports circulated of ISIS’s iconic beheadings and executions. This time it was Palestinian refugees who were victim and amid the chaos 18,000 Palestinians and Syrians were stranded and starving behind ISIS sharpshooters. In response, Palestinian leaders in the West Bank announced they were planning to coordinate a major convoy that would truck humanitarian aid inside of Yarmouk. Then yesterday, the Palestinian officials reversed their decision.
A NYT editorial saying that Netanyahu seeks to dictate terms of the Iran deal is far too polite, taking all his complaints seriously and never questioning his belligerent judgment. Jeffrey Goldberg, wrong on Iraq, gets similar respect from NPR.
Netanyahu put out Islamophobic ideas on US TV yesterday, calling Iran a “militant Islamic power bent on world domination” and given to “congenital cheating.” Does Iran get the ability to rebut these claims?
Yarmouk camp in Syria was once a capital of Palestinian Diaspora. As the Assad siege choked the camp, the world was silent. Now Islamic State has invaded, and the world must act
Latest Marine Corps recruitment video could apply to Israel: “Walls are barriers. They divide, separate, and segregate. We’ve seen walls before, and they’ve always fallen.”
On April 1, 2015 armed groups belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) launched an attack on Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, , which is the largest Palestinian refugee community in Syria. The Jafra Foundation for Youth Development and Relief which operates on the ground in Yarmouk compiled this timeline of the attack from people who witnessed the unfolding events first hand.
The opposition to Obama’s Iran deal is flailing. The neoconservatives say that he is Neville Chamberlain trusting the Nazis, and a bad golfer. But Obama has the center and the left, Trita Parsi says. Though maybe not the New York Times.
Obama won the Iran deal by assembling a centrist-liberal coalition over the last eight weeks of Netanyahu blunders. That group includes Hillary Clinton, J Street, the New York Times, Chris Matthews, Jonathan Chait– many of whom supported the Iraq war.
Reports from Lausanne are that Iran and the P5+1 are inching toward a vague agreement with details to be worked out in the next 3 months, and Congress doing its utmost to nitpick the deal in weeks to come
Call it a Hail Mary or a Passover miracle, or both, but two of the biggest brands in the country are hooking up in a joint p.r. effort to try and polish up their distressed images. NFL and AIPAC will launch an ad campaign showing all the good things they do for Americans.
In a last ditch effort to block an impending nuclear deal between Western powers and Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced today, April 1, he will immediately begin an open-ended hunger strike against world peace.
With one day left before the deadline for an agreement on the contours of an Iranian nuclear deal, negotiations look set to go “down to the wire”, in the White House’s phrase – or possibly past it. The possible deal’s most prominent critic is staying on the offensive. “The emerging agreement in Lausanne sends a message that there is no price to pay for aggression – on the contrary, Iran gets a prize for its aggression,” Benjamin Netanyahu declared on Monday.
Today in his effort to counter the Iran deal, Netanyahu called the US part of the “Axis,” a naked reference to Nazi Germany and its allies in World War 2. “The Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis is very dangerous to humanity and it must be stopped.”
Jeb Bush throws his father’s best friend Jim Baker under the bus, and Scott Walker says he’ll undo an Iran deal if he becomes president. What’s the Republicans’ game? The Adelson primary. Though the media won’t tell you so.
As the Iran talks go to the wire, we can only marvel at the political fireworks we are seeing. Newsweek follows up on the the Wall Street Journal report that Israel was spying on the US talks and leaking details to friendly members of congress. “I’m betting there are going to be some willing leakers now about stories such as AIPAC’s operations against Congress,” a former US intelligence operative predicts.
Prof. Johan Galtung proposes a region-wide solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: “A genuine approach to peace would exclude all talk of the USA as a dispassionate honest “broker” and engage in Israel & Palestine negotiations by honestly: Pointing out that USA & Israel are in alignment on almost everything but the settlements, and working on how to integrate Israel into a regional community with its five Arab border states and the states bordering on the latter.”
With less than a week before the March 31 deadline to finalize the outlines of a nuclear deal, the relative positions of Iran and the Western powers are coming into focus. Israel sees its regional nuclear monopoly hanging in the balance and has sent a national security delegation to Paris to influence the negotiations. Meanwhile, the nascent U.S.-Israel breach continues to widen, as anonymous White House sources accuse Benjamin Netanyahu of using information obtained through espionage to lobby Congress against a deal.
Bill Maher says that if the U.S. was in Israel’s position it wouldn’t let Palestinians vote and would maybe “round them up and put them in camps”
Robert Cohen writes: In Britain, if you are a pro-Israel lobby group like We Believe in Israel, or BICOM or the Zionist Federation you have a tricky time ahead. If you are leading our religious or communal bodies from the United Synagogue to Liberal Judaism and of course the Board of Deputies, then you are now in a very serious fix. Here’s why. Bibi is back and this time he’s telling the truth. Expect to see turmoil in the ranks of the Jewish establishment, some soul searching among the rank and file and a clear fracturing of publicly voiced Jewish opinions on Israel. And about time too.