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The only question is will Abbas accept the fait acompli and completely betray his people? And once he does, will they accept it? The answers are Yes and No
Any doubt that Abbas doesn't have the stones necessary to avoid selling out "his" people?
Whew good thing for her it was only Palestinian children. Else she would be considered a terrorist and subject to a drone attack...
On one level this was a good agreement in that it shined a light on those in Congress who would choose a foreign government interest over their own. It also shined a light on Netanyahu and his true color. It shined a light on the lobby and its influence on Congress and finally it shone a light on our media and their failure to pounce on these
This is what passes for enlightened....sad.
As a Palestinian American with family in Palestine I can assure everyone. The Palestinians will never settle for anything less than either full freedom or increasingly full integration. They can't beat the US so they have to take the US out of the equation. The US had a mollified Arab street, but even that is no longer. The Palestinians have the upper hand but with Abbas and company there is no one to play it. That won't be forever
Israel is not like any other country. They can do anything without accountability. They have hypnotized the United States and that provides a curtain behind which all manner of atrocities occur
Let's see Dr Nancy Snyderman was not there? That's dog bites man
James Traub at Foreign policy writes about how both Republicans and Democrats are carrying Israel's water in Congress. Calls out Menendez as a tool of AIPAC...finally sunshine on the lobby is starting to wilt it
David Greogry in the most dishonest intellectual way kept grilling Kerry about Irans "nuclear weapons program". And in his own feckless way kerry did nothing to dispel him of the myth that they are talking about a nuclear weapons program..
It's as simple and honest as proper disclosure...I have a vested interest in how this article is perceived. Any one have doubt that they know each other and may even have a personal relationship?
I speak as a Palestinian..nothing will drive greater fear in Israel and its Patron than this strategy. As long as the peace process farce continues nothing can be accomplished
The King of Jordan is too busy planning his emergency exit. The only card the Palestinians have is to play the surrender card. Admit Israel has won. Demand citizenship and equal rights to live in Jerusalem in Haifa in Lod in Ramallah just like any other Israeli. Then they can work to bring in their direct relatives from the camps and the diaspora
I just found out Veolia owns super shuttle airport an service.... Make your choices wisely
From today's Haaretz " Israel asks Us Jews: Where do your loyalties lie? Two sensitive and potentially explosive issues have always clouded the relationship between the Jewish community in the United States and the State of Israel. The first relates to claims of “dual allegiance” to both Israel and the United States; the other concerns the pro-Israel, American “Jewish lobby.” Many of those raising such claims against American Jewry have...
We know here Shmuley and Sheldon's lie
Trying to scare Jews into emigrating is a deliberate strategy to inflate the population. Like calling an Indian sect Jews and allowing them to emigrate in an effort to inflate the population of Jews.
A more relevant question these days is Can Israel exist without Jews? Smart secular Jews know they can practice their religion (if indeed they want to "practice") anywhere and still achieve personal and professional goals not at the expense of subjugating others in a lot of enlightened western societies, ironically even in Germany
The next step for honorable people is to write this while still in the position and then quit. We have seen it over and over. Bravery comes after they leave office
A review editor who is incapable of rebutting the book on its merits. Why not read it and then try to rebut it? Its sad what the WSJ has become. It used to be a business rag. I have cancelled all the copies my office receives years ago
Until there is an alternative source of money that will allow those in power to do the right thing, this will continue to be a problem. It a clever tactic akin to a drug dealer, hook em on the drug (money) then use the leverage of withdrawal. Sad that our educational institutions are forced to choose between ethics and money. The good news is that sunshine is a great disinfectant and with the internet these things don't happen in the dark any more
In the collateral video the shooters were in a helicopter at a distance shooting at unarmed people. This is in many ways worse they are deliberatly shooting at unarmed old people waving a white flag
How many of those "bids" are for Palestinians?
Exactly they only need a few months to get through the UN General Assembly so that Abbas cant do anything until next year
Maybe..just maybe Abbas will play this right. Israel will get the blame for the failure of this obvious sham and it will be internationalized. But Abbas has to be willing to give up the bribes from the US and do the right thing and internationalize the occupation. Even so the US is willing to scorch the earth to protect Israel. If Graham and McCain blatantly waive AIPAC talking points on the floor of the senate, they will burn every bilateral relationship in the world to immunize Israel
Everyone knows that McDonalds is just a fringe company that just wants to de legitimize Israel. Nothing to see here right? BDS isn't going to work right? I dont eat hagen daz or Ben and Jerry's (especially these so called socially conscious but for Palestine hypocrites)...you shouldn't either
What is the one thing that will make New Yorkers forget Wieners Wiener? His love of all things Israel...
If an American envoy never came to Israel going back before Condi Rice to Kerry now, there would be at least 50% fewer settlements. Every time one of these so called do gooders arrives they are greeted with announcements of another settlement or new housing tenders in the West Bank...its kinda fun to watch them get humiliated ...but these emperors have yet to realize they are naked so they just smile not knowing they are naked to the world
No wall can stand against the yearning of justice, the yearnings for freedom, the yearnings for peace that burns in the human heart. (Applause.).....no sense of irony whatsoever. Such a disappointment .
Where is the NYPD and the outrage when two guys want to use x-ray's to kill enemies of Israel? Where are the congressional hearings? What if they were two muslim men? What would the reaction have been?
Any doubt now that Hillary Clinton intends to run for President?
Gross stopped being a serious person when she caved along with NPR to fear of funding cuts when the neocons went after NPR funding.
@Scott oh sorry the header was cropped that was from rabbi Boteach in the times of Israel
@Scott. I don't know who Michael Steinhardt is..so there is no ideological significance
Power has been atoning for her sin of truth in her interview years ago. Besides the Dersh's forgiveness she has sought out the right wing rabbi Shmuley Boteach who wrote of Power Obama’s pick for UN envoy: her inspiring humanism, tearful meeting with Jewish leaders, and Torah study with Ambassador Shapiro....further he writes..Samantha invited me to the White House where she agreed to go on the record about her comments on Israel and how they had been misunderstood. Inasmuch as that article defending Samantha has been much quoted and revisited over the past few days, there is no purpose in reprising it here.
But what happened after the publication of that article deserves to be shared.
I approached my close friend Michael Steinhardt, founder of Birthright Israel and one of America’s most respected Jewish philanthropists, to tell him that I felt that Samantha was being falsely accused of anti-Israel bias. Michael and I often host small briefings for the American Jewish leadership and have played host recently to Majority Leader Eric Cantor, one of the people I most respect in government, and Prime Minister Netanyahu’s senior aid, Ron Dermer, who was my student at Oxford.
I asked Michael if he would host Samantha at his office and he immediately agreed. About a month later Samantha arrived to address a closed-door meeting of about 40 American Jewish leaders who represented a wide spectrum of our communities’ most important organizations. I introduced Samantha and said that after her remarks on Israel and the Middle East she would be taking questions.
Typical of her erudition and brilliance, Samantha presented a sweeping view of American policy in the world’s most dangerous region. Then, she directly addressed the accusations that she harbored animus toward Israel. And in the presence of the leaders of our community, she suddenly became deeply emotional and struggled to complete her presentation as she expressed how deeply such accusations had affected her. Tears streamed down her cheeks and I think it fair to say that there was no one in the room who wasn’t deeply moved by this incredible display of pain and emotion. More than a few of the leaders of the room came over to me afterward and said that, based on her comments and her unabashed display of emotional attachment to the security of the Jewish people (it bears mentioning that Samantha’s husband is also Jewish), they would never again question her commitment to Israel’s security
The difference this time is that the Palestinians have nothing to lose. This will be the end (finally) of the vichy Palestinian government and it will force their hand. They will have to admit defeat resign and hand over the keys to Kerry. It has been said all along that the Obama administration will preside over the death of the so called two state solution. And the unshakable bond will serve to protect the apartheid Kim Crow state. Ironic isn't it that the first black President will be the Jim Crow enforcer
Lord Owen then went further. He suggested that Cameron and Blair have entered into a private deal: Mr Cameron is helping to prevent publication of vital documents, essential to discovering the truth about the background to the Iraq War, in return for political support for the Tories. “No 10 reveals that they are in constant contact on many issues with Tony Blair and Blair’s own people confirm this,” he said. “Not for nothing does Cameron see himself still as the 'heir to Blair’. It is hard to escape the conclusion that No 10 hopes to… win the neutrality or possibly tacit support of Blair by the General Election.”
Many people will be eager to dismiss Lord Owen’s allegation, and no wonder. He is in effect asserting that there is an active conspiracy between past and present prime minister to hide the truth about Iraq. It sounds absurd.
Nevertheless, Lord Owen’s comments deserve to be taken seriously, and not simply because he is a former foreign secretary and privy counsellor who knows the issues – and many of those involved – extremely well. For example, he is right to draw attention to the political closeness between Tony Blair and the current Prime Minister. It is true that Tory strategists have long worked on detaching Tony Blair from Ed Miliband, just as Blair in his day successfully encouraged Margaret Thatcher to turn on John Major. Indeed, the Blair business empire, which has made millions giving very profitable advice to Middle Eastern and African dictators, could not exist for a second without the implicit consent of the Foreign Office.
Read the whole article@ link to telegraph.co.uk
I dont have a problem with artists performing in Israel...as long as they stipulate that Palestinians from Israel and the West Bank can buy tickets and attend
@Basilio...don't let them deny you. In most cases you will be fine. Fear and harassment is their way of trying to keep people out. Go vist your family be a witness and enjoy your trip HOME
Another headline from Haaretz today...maybe the SF Supes should read Israeli newspapers "Basic Law: Apartheid in Israel
The proposal put forth by Coalition Chairman Yariv Levin is nothing short of an apartheid law, aiming to provide a solid legal basis for the exclusion of Israel's Arab minority.
Haaretz Editorial | 03:01 30.05.13 | 0
Maybe she should see the headline in today's Haaretz "Segregation at Superland: Separate days for Arab and Jewish students at amusement park
@Ramzi-hanging your hat on the ICC with no enforcement powers and with the US willing to ignore anything and everything including their own strategic objectives for the benefit of Israel is a losing game. There have been enough moral victories. What we need is for Abbas to quit and acknowledge the catastrophic loss. This is the greatest fear of the US and Israel. It will be the start on the road to 1s1p1v.
Wouldn't it be great if an Arab won? Let's see how awkward that would be for those who would exclude
Lets see Ehud barak and Olmert can say apartheid but San Franciscans can't?
Alas only the Americans dont know this..they have been deluded with the process forever. If only we can start the process again then it can be solved quickly says Shimon Settlements Peres
The truth can be found in todays Times of Israel "Never mind the slim chance of success. The US knows that, in an increasingly volatile Middle East, the real benefit is in the process"
It will be useful in some future Presidential election that sall. Unless Kerry is in on the joke it seems that he is unable to discern that Israelis are laughing at him...C'mon Sec. Kerry read an Israeli paper you will see the chuckles ...the worlds last gret super power has met it's match...Heck Bibi even goes to Russia to lecture Putin who's Obama to push back?
All one needs to understand is Ethan Bronners most recent Hasbara in the NYT about how indifferent average Israelis are to the plight of Palestinians..the settler tail is wagging an entire nation. The message is if you dont get our attention somehow we will ignore you. Thats why BDS is preferable to bombs..
More from the Israeli press "Never mind the slim chance of success. The US knows that, in an increasingly volatile Middle East, the real benefit is in the process" Times of Israel
All you need to do is red the Israeli headlines. The US is negotiating with Israel without a Palestinians in sight
"Livni, Netanyahu envoy secretly meet Kerry in bid to renew peace negotiations
A senior Israeli official tells Haaretz the meeting, held in Amman on Monday, was the fourth meeting the justice minister and envoy Yitzhak Molcho have held with the U.S. secretary of state since his arrival in the region.
Jerusalem is holy to all religions and to ascribe its holiness to only one religion is just plain wrong. As for genuine reaction? What is a genuine reaction to truth? reflection or denial?
Why doesn't Scott Wiener disclose his vested interest as a member of the Jewish community and recuse himself from the debate ..if there is going to be a debate
Rather than why Hollary shouldn't be President..this is precisely why she will be President and why Obama ( and by extension any President) has never and will never pressure Israel
Send barbara Boxer the following from 5/19 Haaretz
Since the beginning of 2013, Israel has forbidden tourists from the United States and other countries to enter the territories under Palestinian Authority control without a military entry permit - but is has not explained the application process to them.
Haaretz has learned of a recent case where clerics from the United States had to sign a declaration at the Ben-Gurion International Airport, promising not to enter Area A without permits from the Coordinator of Activities in the Territories.The clerics signed the declaration, but representatives of the Population, Immigration and Borders Authority did not explain to them how to get the permits.Not every tourist who is planning to visit the West Bank is required to sign the declaration, and no criteria have been published for how people are selected to do so.
Hopefully the other journalists will boycott this event
Its important for people of conscience to learn these counter arguments and to be able to comment when these groups use these tired talking points to try and debunk the facts. The average person is used to believing everything they hear from mainstream Jewish community. A few facts can demolish them and I find leave them stuttering with silly little things like "you want to destroy Israel" Does Ehud barak want to destroy Israel? Sunshine (fact) are the best disinfectant
See Annie this is why no battle is too small
They are so used to bullying and intimidating any who dare even remotely criticize them and winning that no battle is too small. It's a way to chill any future battles
By the time Abbas is done dithering the ICC will be hearing about apartheid not two states. Even then the US will protect israel from any ramifications.
What would anyone expect from a country that uses hate speech law to prevent pro BDS members of the LGBT from having the word apartheid used in their parade
Success for Palestinians either in the form of a state or rights was never going to come from any government whether western or eastern. It will come from the people of those countries and as such what their governments do in the long run is immaterial. Nothing can stop the genie from Bahrain, Jordan or Saudi
This is big. As public pension funds and investors try to evaluate risk these companies will have to start disclosing the risk of BDS to investors and there will be a real fallout. These types of activities while too late for two states will help ensure a fair one state...one day
Just look at a map of The Wall existing and proposed to see what Netanyahu has in mind for the Palestinian "state".
Its amazing to me that all these PNAC adherents want to execute on their plan no matter the consequences. They don't realize that they have not endeared themselves to the masses after supporting these dictators for so long and replacing secularists with Islamist will not turn out well for anyone. I cant wait for McCain and Netanyahu and Obama to start supporting islamists in Bahrain Saudi and Jordan next.
Sounds wonderful..just lie to the shin bet and military then visit apartheid..great place to visit if you can get in..
Funny usually people with a point of view like Giladg aren't one staters...
Who is left that doesn't know its all a charade? The real charade is that everyone knows but pretends anyway...
None of this theatre matters. The Palestinians can promise to name ever male born Bibi and nothing will change. Who cares if the swap is 1 for 1 or 10 to 1..its not gonna happen
They clap in unison triggered by a cue from Debbie Wasserman Schultz..from FLorida
These are critical votes. If companies realize that divestment from these large funds is an option it becomes a risk factor that must be disclosed. what fund or fiduciary would invest in a company that is subject to boycot and divestiture? The hasbarists know that this will snowball.
Of course everyone knows that the US and Israel could conclude a peace agreement easily if the Palestinians are kept out of it. even a TV character a Israeli apologist and a gadfly can solve it at the Y in NY...as long as there isn't a Palestinian in the room to gum things up
Some might ask but the only people who will answer will be the ignoramuses who will say things like they hate us for our freedom. Unfortunately most Americans are too provincial to hear the real answer. Its easier for them to believe that they are virtuous
when they cause murder and mayhem in at least 7 muslim countries. Even when the CIA the NSA and the military talk about blowback and the creation of new enemies with every drone attack most recently the Yemeni guy in front of congress who so articulately told congress how drone attack were radicalizing those who previous never cared about killing Americans. nothing deaf ears
This movement is already anticipated in the US and Europe. They will protect Israeli apartheid by explaining that it's different in Israel. They cant give Palestinians citizenship because it would be the end of Israel..even if it was by their choice
Its whatever these people tell him it is.. Battered wife syndrome..I'll say or do anything just please let the beating stop
I think that the risk from divestment is big. Once we start seeing companies like caterpillar disclose to shareholders the risk of divestment from the BDS then more and more companies will have to take into consideration the impact of BDS regardless of size. ...as a financial professional when i mention to clients who are interested in CAT the risk of BDS they choose to invest elsewhere. Its just disclosure
The whole world is powerless in the face ofIsraeli oppression. Governments and son colleges have been infiltrated and all types of dissent are crushed immediately. Even when they go to full blown official apartheid western governments will rationalize why Israel is different. Like So Africa it has to be grassroots movement ex governments. And it's about equal rights in one state.
The only parties who will actually write a check are the Arabs. you know who will get a gift basket. ronald Reagan bankrupt the last empire and israel will bankrupt this one.
the fastest way to a state solution if its at all the possible is for Abbas to stand before the palestinian people and say to them we have lost. Israel backed by American and europe cannot be defeated. We will hand over all authority to the israeli government and shift our fight to equal rights for all. We dont need the American and European governments. The people of those countries will support us in this fight. Then lets see how fast we move to a two state solution if there is any hope at all . Abbas and company willl never cut their paycheck unfortunately
Compzare that to the support for the backdoor Iran war bill...
California Senator Barbara Boxer and Oregon Senator Ron Wyden are both original co-sponsors of the AIPAc promoted “Back Door to Iran War” bill.
The bill sponsored by Senator Lindsey Graham commits the US to support Israel militarily and diplomatically should Israel attack Iran. As Robert Naiman points out in his Huffington Post article, this is quite different from present US policy which is to distance itself from any Israeli attack. This bill is also being advanced just as there are ongoing talks with Iran over its nuclear program.
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) reputed to be one of the most powerful lobbying groups in Washington is promoting this bill. When it comes to supporting Israel there is bipartisanship among Senators of quite varied views.
Republican Lindsey Graham is an unabashed supporter of Israel who worked hard to stop Chuck Hagel from being appointed as US Minister of Defense because of his criticism of Israel.
Hasbara is nothing new. I remember in the 80's when Israel invaded Lebanon I worked in the family deli when a very drunk guy walked in he said he was there as part of the Israeli government sent to explain the Israeli position to the American people, This guy was in the Castro working the gay community. He impled that Israel sends many and there were other scattered all over..
Why should they? They already know what the results will be. So they would rather ignore it and know that like Goldstone or the Samouun family it will just fade into obscurity...
All criminals operate in the dark. Sunshine is the great disinfectant. But with todays internet and technology, its difficult to keep atrocities in the dark. So they have to try and intimidate with violence and lawfare. these brave people cannot be silenced and for that we owe them support
people should write to Boxer and let her know we hear and we care and disapprove...AIPAC knows that there will be no price for Boxer to do their bidding. The more sunshine on this issue the less likely she will bend next time...no free pass anymore.
from the beginning of this conflict there has been this myth that Israel made the desert bloom. The reality is that certain parts of the west bank (the parts where the settlements sit) is part of the historic fertile crescent of the middle east and its because of the water underneath. This battle is as much about the water as it is the land. This is ultimately why israel cant agree to peace because then they must agree to empty their swimming pools
He's Arab american not Israeli American...nothing will be done
The good news is that now the Palestinians see that the American Emperor is not wearing any clothes. They (the people not the leadership) won't be fooled by Uncle Sam (Uncle tom) again
Ironic that Jimmy Carter that did more for Israels security is so reviled for telling them the truth about their self destructive path...same with Bush Sr and it cost both of them their jobs
Unfortunately as we have seen in the UC system in California on BDS votes, the evolution is not fast enough. Young leaders don't have the stamina to withstand the withering assault that the organized lobby brings to bear against them. By the time the marriage breaks up the kids will have been grown and gone and nothing will be left
My family is Christian Palestinian from Ramallah. My mom used to always say that only America can influence Israel and therefore the Palestinians needed cordial relations because only America can deliver peace. If she was alive today she would know how bankrupt that policy is. But Abbas, seduced by power and empty promises still thinks the Americans will deliver Israel. It's down to him and a handful of bought and paid for " officials" . The jig is up, get ready for Abbas to capitulate, just read the Palestinian papers to see how much he was willing to capitulate to a liberal Israeli government and still got nothing. Israel is doing its best to break hell loose and when Abbas turns loose the American trained goons to enforce capitulation is when it really will break loose. And it will be used as an excuse for more stagnation in the " process"
The anti BDS opposition is good and organized. If they were in charge South Africa wold still be in apartheid. Even with Israel in full apartheid US politicians will support them by saying its different in Israel. As long as this situation exists in the US Israel will continue to deny right to Palestinians and continue to enforce the status quo.
At least 8 unarmed Palestinians have been killed recently. As the spectre of peace talks approach Israel is in a panic trying to do its utmost to prove that Palestinians don't want peace so they will provoke and provoke as much as they can to make a sick point
Thats what happens when you send an army to do the work of a police force. THough there is no indication the police would have acted any differently
From Simra Vigoda a American emigre to Israel in todays times of Israel
"This summer, after nearly 20 years in Israel, I took my four children (14, 13, 10 and 5) to the United States for a year. My husband remains in Israel for work. Luckily, my own work in resource development at an Arab-Jewish NGO was transferable. The temporary relocation was not an easy decision and the decision to extend our stay another year was even more difficult.
People on both sides ask us why we are here. I answer these inquiries by declaring that we are on a mission. “A mission?” they ask. “What sort of mission?”
The answer is complex, almost unexplainable. Sometimes, it seems unjustifiable. A family choosing to live (temporarily) on two sides of the ocean is indeed strange. I want my kids to improve their English, but then again, who doesn’t? I want my kids to experience a different culture. I want my kids to get to know my family. But while these most apparent benefits of our adventure do indeed exist, our mission is significantly more complex.
I arrived in Israel in 1994, drawn to the idea of a strong Jewish people and the blessings of self-determination. I arrived with deeply ingrained values of progressive Jewish America – of tolerance, of inclusion, of tikkun olam – repairing the world. Gradually, I understood that my values were not considered mainstream in Israel and the idea that self-determination comes with social responsibility toward the country’s minorities was a fringe concept, reserved for “those leftist radicals.”
I married, had my children, chose my friends and found work that was in line with my values and all was well – for a while. Slowly, I began to see that my teen boys who attended a public school in a pleasant middle class suburb in the south of Israel were becoming the type of Israeli Jew that I could not identify with: xenophobic, racist, nationalistic, and macho. Their admiration of American culture was limited to consumerism and the values of the progressive American Jewish community were as foreign to them as the cultural heritage of any other nation, be it China, Japan, Kenya or France. So, I packed up and left on a mission to embed great Jewish and progressive values into my Israeli children.
Damage to US interests is acceptable. To get a reaction it has to be framed in the context of damage to Israel...maybe then you will get someone attention
"Why anyone would subject themselves to this kind of absurd interrogation in a surveillance State is beyond me"
Thats exactly what they are hoping for. The reality is that Arab Americans have been subjected to this kind of humiliation for decades when they try to go home to visit family or relatives. Even if they are not going to Israel but one of the bantustans. Everything from super intrusive searches of body cavities to x-ray of shoes to picking up every piece of clothing and dropping it on the floor as part of it search and then of course the interrogations...all designed to make it so hard to go back that you will want to give up. But no matter how hard they try they cant and by subjecting non Arabs to this treatment it is only highlighting the apartheid nature of this rouge country.
Maybe he should go to Hebron and see what settler children do to Palestinians...under the protection of the military..Adjusting to terrorists indeed..
When Congress has dual loyalties why cant citizens? From Times of Israel
Govtrack, a website that ranks the ideological positions and influence of members of Congress through Google-like algorithms of each member’s bill sponsorships, testifies to Roskam’s influence – and his notable capacity to reach across the aisle. It has ranked Roskam a “moderate Republican leader,” not far on the graph from Majority leader Eric Cantor, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. It is an appellation that confirms both his influence on bills and his penchant for working with the other side to get things done.
It doesn’t hurt that he had a good working relationship with President Barack Obama back when both served in the Illinois Senate.
Yet one of the least-noticed elements of Roskam’s long political career – he has been a state and federal elected official for some 20 years, after serving as a House legislative assistant in the 1980s – is his increasingly pivotal role when it comes to Israel and the Middle East.
Now starting his fourth term in the House, Roskam co-chairs the House Republican Israel Caucus and is a member of both the bipartisan Israel Allies Caucus and the Congressional Hellenic Israel Alliance, which supports efforts to strengthen the relationship between Israel and Greece.
He has pushed for several key AIPAC-supported proposals in Congress, including the Iron Dome Act, the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act and the United States-Israel Strategic Alliance and Security Act. When 100 members of Congress sent President Obama a letter ahead of his trip to Israel urging him to make the US-Israel security relationship the centerpiece of the visit, that letter was co-authored by Roskam and a pro-Israel (and Jewish) Democrat, Henry Waxman of California. When another recent bipartisan letter made news for calling on the administration to tighten efforts on Iranian sanction-dodging through reflagging of vessels – it, too, was coauthored by Roskam and a Jewish Democrat, Rep. Ted Deutch of Florida.
Most of these soldiers are weak and insecure. Empowered by their guns and uniform. In reality they would crumble if they were ever to find themselves alone on that same street. Cowards
Hopefully the one thing that came of it is that Palestinians see that they have gotten nowhere and will continue to go nowhere as long as they put their faith in America and leaders who are bought and paid for by America
Many many years ago the Israeli army was all set to demolish our family home in Ramallah on trumped up charges against one of the children. It turned out that another young man was arrested and under torture gave up names of anyone he knew to stop the torture. So the Israelis came to demolish this family home that was multi story. Word got to Anthony Lewis and he wrote about it in the Times and even went there on the day of the scheduled demolition. Because of his principled stand the whole house wasn't demolished, only the top story where it was alleged the child lived. He wasnt anti Israel by any stretch he was just pained by injustice
NPR came within an inch of its life under Bush they had to toe the line or lose their funding..its always about the money
All this hope for change is just that hope. It fell on deaf ears and Obama wants another democrat after him. This is what it is a pander and surrender..
The obfuscation of Judaism and Israeli ethnicity has been a deliberate strategy as Israel became more and more religious. The goal all along has been to turn a political problem into a religious problem because the zealots on both sides really believe God is on their side and thus they will prevail. Its also useful to Israelis to conflate Judaism with ethnicity since many of the Jews in Israel are not ethnically Jews.
For decades the palestinians have counted on Amerrica to ultimatly do what is right and deliever them from oppression. Obama was their last great hope. Now they know once and for all that Amrica will never free them and that they must take their fate into their own hands. Abbas is a eunich who is incapable of achieveing anything. Listening to Peres lecture on America and Israel the bastion of freedom for all except palestiinas . Does he not see the irony of his own words?
Gideon Levy said it best in todays Haaretz "When Obama said he admires Israel's "core values," which values was he talking about? The dehumanization of the Palestinians? The attitude toward African migrants? The arrogance, racism and nationalism? Is this what he admires? Don't separate buses for Palestinians remind him of something? Doesn't two communities living on the same land, one with full rights and the other with no rights, "ring a bell," as they say in America?
Obama is like a battered wife willing to do anything to stop the beating...only it never stops. Now in Israel Netanyahu will raise the stakes asking for Obama to bomb Syrian commit to bombing Iran and to call all Arabs Islamic radicals. The myth of the strength of a second term president being independent is now proven to be just that a myth
i think thats what i said? we agree...
Nobody absolutly no one not the US not Israel not the IAEA says that Iran has a significant nuclear weapons program. Except certain people within the political class who have a an agenda. But the intelligence agenices have stated over and over categorically that IRan does not have a nuclear weapons rpogram. They have a heavily moniored civilian nuclear power program...
From haaretz today...Now the game has ended and real life will begin. The third Netanyahu government has one clear goal: enlarging the settlements and achieving the vision of "a million Jews living in Judea and Samaria." This magic number will thwart the division of the land and prevent once and for all the establishment of a Palestinian state. The defense, and housing and construction ministries that are relevant to this issue will be given to Likud MK Moshe Ya'alon and Habayit Hayehudi MK Uri Ariel. They won't be assuming these positions in order to freeze settlement construction, but rather to implement the Levy report which determined that Israel was not legally-speaking an occupying power in the West Bank and the Habayit Hayehudi platform; or in other words, to gradually absorb the West Bank into Israel....Netanyahu's key task will be buying some quiet on the Palestinian issue to permit the expansion of the settlements at the small price of international condemnation. He will continue with the successful ploy from his previous term: threatening an attack on Iran and Syria, which are drawing American attention. Barack Obama is busy with calming the Iranian front and preventing an eruption in and around Syria, and is ignoring Israel's actions in the territories. This is the deal that Netanyahu will strive to achieve with Obama during their meetings next week in Jerusalem.
They are recommending labeling...that's pretty brave alright
This is a deliberate tactic that started the second intifada. During the first three weeks of the Second Palestinian Intifada, the Israeli army — according to its own records — fired one million bullets. Because the occupation army and their so called liberal apologists ask where is the Palestinians Gandhi. The need violence to make this hasbara point and the answer is they are either in jail or dead .
J street is just another employment agency for Jews...it is just designed to maintain the status quo by talking about two states but not doing anything about two states. Its exactly a mirror of the US/Israel position on the issue
The next US election is only 3 years away and if Hilary wants to be President Obama knows what to say. Besides he has battered wife syndrome. he's afraid of getting slapped by Bibi again
What you want another spy held to give Israel more ammo to beat up on the current and future President? It's easier to let him go then to be beaten up for another 30 years...you forget who's in charge here
What does one expect from Stanford home of neocons like Condi Rice George Schultz and the Hoover institute
It's so nice to have fantasies! When I win the lottery I'm gonna buy a yacht a jet and a big house then I'm gonna....wake up. Those who think Obama is going to Israel to do anything other than kowtow has as much chance of that happening as my dream. And I wouldn't be surprised if he came bearing a gift of Pollard and he will still get lectured and the Palestinians will get a gift of another housing project. For decades Palestinians dreamt that America the only country that had any influence with Israel would save them....they didn't win the lottery either
Like the Washingtonpost says Biden had to go show his loyalty! Imagine loyalty toa foreign country...
He is a spy for a foreign country he renounced his US citizenship. If he is released he would be a candidate fir a drone attack!
You mis read her conversion. She is not suddenly concerned about Palestininas, shes just concerned what the effect of brutalizing palestinians has on those poor Israeli soldiers
Why is anyone surprised by this? It's not the first time (e.g. The Liberty) Rachael Corrie and many other nationals . Israel acts with US guarantee of impunity. There is no one and nothing that can stop them except grassroots boycot by the people O's these puppet countries
Shhhh don't let anyone in the UC educational system know. They think it's anti Semitic to call the apartheid state of Israel ...apartheid
When even Israelis like Olmert Barak and now Alon Lial recognize its apartheid ...who are you to say its not?
Let's see what BS reason that isn't Israel can Lindsey make up?
Lets face it as long as elections and money are tied together there will be no progress or anything constructive from Congress re. the middle east. I am a christian Palestinian with lots of family in the heat of it and they realize that as long as Israel has Congress in their pockets nothing good will happen. Ironically the Palestinians still hold out hope that the US will somehow save them. But the only thing Israel fears is one state and BDS. These two things are more powerful than any missile...
I would love to see a accounting of the hours Ross Lehtinen devotes to Israel vs Florida business
If anyone is wondering if Hillary is planning to run for President. These are the clues...fear of doing anything
It is by now a familiar pattern. Bill kristol whispers in fringe candidates ear (look what happened to your Dad). Candidate hypnotized by the thought of becoming President , surrounded by usual suspects (Dan Senor and others) is sent on journey to the motherland to criticize the President. In the process he abandons everything he has ever espoused, like cutting aid to said motherland. The good news is that it doesnt (so far except for Georgie Bush) work. Rand ask Mitt how that worked for him. Another failed Manchurian candidate
The UN is just a tool for the US to justify whatever it and its allies want to do. Everything else is simply ignored
There is no rule of law...for Jews only anyway
By chance is this your grandfathers name too?
This is the debate that should have happened around Chas Freeman...this is healthy sunshine is the great disinfectant of the germ that is this lobby. Its ironic that those who care about Israel and what is happening to it are called anti Semites and those who support its self destructive policies are considered pro Israel..
They all think they can have their cake and eat it too..There is no adult here to speak the truth to power.
Tzipi Livni is really responsible for the failure of Israel to take the most generous deal ever imagined offered by the Palestinians. The deal described in the Palestinian papers that she declined shows Israels true intentions. They will never accept a contiguous Palestinian state. They have no intentions of dismantling even the most remote settlements that infringe on the ability of Palestine to have a minimalist state. Why is tzipi portrayed as a reasonable leftist?
it must be difficult over at the NYT. their inclination is to say the truth but every time they do someone comes down on them hard and then to have to make themselves look foolish and self censor
Absolutely true. Instead of validating the truth of what Hagel is saying they are defending him by repudiating his own words...
Here is another fact. East Jerusalem is mostly Palestinian and but for ethnic cleansing home demolitions expanding the municipal boundaries of Jerusalem to capture the colonies to inflate the population none of what you said would be true. The Afrikaans ignored UN resolutions too..for a while
The last guy who had Señor as his advisor and went campaigning to Israel didn't do so well...two words Rand ...Mitt Romney
The best part about the article ( if there is such a thing) is that the comment section calls them out for the BS that this article is. Everyone knows Fred Hyatts agenda. It came out when he hired Jennifer Rubin
Increasingly and somewhat because of this issue the US is becoming irrelevant in the world
Every time someone from the US goes to Israel to "help" the peace process it costs the Palestinians so much. They would be much better off without US help. It started with Rice. Every time she went to Israel she was greeted by new settlements. Israel has done more to emasculate the US in the eyes of the world and diminish any credibility it may have had
I guess since Goldstone only retracted one piece of his indictment and these stooges agree with Goldstone, then by default they agree with the rest of the findings...plenty of war crimes left for everyone
Interesting dropping pretense...now they say "reduced building" so no more BS about the freeze and also interesting they are not allowing comments
When Dana Milank says your Bibi's punk...you've sunk pretty low. What an embarrassment. More importantly I think this makes the US incredibly vulnerable to others who will say eff you to the US in other areas of vital interest. I can see the entire gulf leaders saying Obama is a lightweight who can't be trusted or taken seriously. It would have been better if he said and did nothing than to fold like this
A man who is well beyond his 15 minutes of infamy. It was most interesting when he announced the "easing" he said today "we" have come to agreement. As if by Israel is negotiating with itself by negotiating with Blar. What a tool.
I am a American born in Palestine from a Christian family that still has many relatives in Ramallah. They will tell you that life in Ramallah is pretty good given that it is the worlds largest prison (next to Gaza) and as long as you dont have to step out of the City or mind the endless IDF raids, or the sound of drones and Apache's. Otherwise life is great...
As bad as the Israelis get...act of war, murder whatever you want to call it. The US and the EU will be making excuses by morning and all the rest of the world can go to hell. Otherwise this wouldn't have been necessary. God bless all those brave moral people who care enough to risk their lives and may God damn those who make excuses
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