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
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Many Jewish voices are lamenting the tragic division of the US Jewish community over the Iran Deal. The historic division is over a critical question, the US national interest versus Israel’s, and it signals the day when the many Jews who support BDS will at last get a hearing in synagogues and community centers
As Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell indicates that Obama has won the Iran Deal, the parties prepare for 2016: a divided Israel lobby, and Joe Biden’s camp saying he has “Jews” behind him
The politics of the Iran Deal have been a largely-Jewish affair. Sticking with the theme, Pittsburgh Jews accuse Obama of allowing a Second Holocaust, Israel’s ambassador openly works against the administration that welcomed him by lobbying the Hill, and Paul Pillar of the National Interest says that Israel’s machinations here are fostering “disgust.”
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.”
Bret Stephens’s loony neoconservatism alights in Hiroshima, where he says that dropping the nuclear bomb turned Japan into a nation of peaceniks, and we shouldn’t forget that lesson now… for Iran?
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.
So much is happening on the Iran deal. The stakes in the political battle keep rising and reputations and careers are now at risk, maybe even regimes.
Tell CT Senator Blumenthal, don’t follow Schumer; the Iran Deal is a really good deal for the United States and the world.
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
Mandate Palestine aimed to allow Jews and Arabs to live alongside one another. Its failure led to the idea of Partition. Now Partition has also failed. Scholar David Gerald Fincham considers the impractical nature of creating two sovereign states in the territory and the need for a federal solution combining certain national functions.
BBC translated Gaza children speaking of “Yahud,” which literally means Jew, as Israeli. Those who criticize the decision are trying to have their Zionist cake and eat it, Robert Cohen argues.
A Ronen Bergman piece on Jonathan Pollard’s release in the NYT, and the Times’ and Washington Post’s news coverage all dodge an issue at the heart of the case: the belief that Israel traded secrets he gave them to the Soviets in exchange for emigres
Ted Cruz says Iranian deal means Iran will put a nuke on a rocket, fire it into atmosphere over east coast, and create “electro magnetic pulse” to take out our electrical grid and kill 10s of millions of Americans
Since the Charlie Hebdo attacks, France has seen an explosion of Islamophobic incidents, which are up 28%, along with the rise of the far-right and the official repression of Palestine solidarity activism– Max Blumenthal and James Kleinfeld show in new documentary, Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie
Four months before he died, President John Kennedy told Israel’s PM that American support of Israel ‘could be seriously jeopardized’ if Israel did not let the United States obtain ‘reliable information’ about Israel’s efforts in the nuclear field. Israel defied the U.S., and President Johnson was far more accepting.
Greece’s ruling ostensibly left-wing Syriza party signed a “status of forces” accord with Israel on July 19. The Jerusalem Post explains that the agreement “offers legal defense to both militaries while training in the other’s country.” Only one other country in the world has signed such an accord with Israel; that country is the US, which calls its uncritical support of Israel the “special relationship.”
Washington Post says that Israeli leaders oppose the Iran deal. But the Joint List of Arab parties wants weapons of mass destruction out of the Middle East altogether, including from Israel, Dr. Ahmad Tibi writes
The global arms race has never been more lucrative. America and China are engaged in unprecedented levels of spending around the world to influence and shape global affairs. The effects are devastating on civilians but Washington and Beijing insists they’re “stabilizing” nations. It’s one of the deadliest myths of the 21st century.
Shibley Telhami says that Netanyahu got the nuclear deal with Iran because he tried to play Obama in 2011-2012 to believe that Israel was about to attack Iran. Netanyahu wanted to hurt Obama in the election and get the Americans to attack Iran. Jeffrey Goldberg piece played right into the strategy.
Racism surely played a role in western misconceptions of Iran’s plans. Iran is somehow deemed inferior to Western powers, which are thought to be rational and responsible in spite of their record of two world wars and innumerable colonial wars, including recent unwarranted attacks on Iraq, Libya and other Arab countries.
In 5 days, Cycling4Gaza is cycling 300km from Alkamaar, Netherlands to the International Criminal Court at the Hague for their 2015 cycle. C4G is dedicated to raising $286,000 to support the launch and running of the newly launched Pediatric Mental Health Project in Gaza for a year.