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  • Pittsburgh Jews say Obama will allow 'Second Holocaust' while Israel's ambassador openly lobbies Capitol Hill
    • Sadly not only will Obama let go but he will go groveling to Netanyahu with billions in new toys to terrorize the Middle East for ever. That will be another legacy. Netanyahu knows Obama has feet of clay or else he wouldn't have dared to pull off such a stunt. What's another bitch slap to the President of the United States? The real damage is to the U.S. In the eyes of the world. Who can respect the U.S. Ever again? This more than anything the neocon republicans can come up with is the real threat to our national security

  • Skunk water for Palestinian protesters, not right-wing Jews, in roads near Mohammad Allan's hunger strike
    • Bradley Burston in today's Haaretz throws in the towel and labels Israel apartheid. Numerous examples highlighted it might be behind paywall here's link and highlights
      link to haaretz.com
      What I'm about to write will not come easily for me.

      I used to be one of those people who took issue with the label of apartheid as applied to Israel. I was one of those people who could be counted on to argue that, while the country's settlement and occupation policies were anti-democratic and brutal and slow-dose suicidal, the word apartheid did not apply.

      I'm not one of those people any more. Not after the last few weeks.

      Not after terrorists firebombed a West Bank Palestinian home, annihilating a family, murdering an 18-month-old boy and his father, burning his mother over 90 percent of her body - only to have Israel's government rule the family ineligible for the financial support and compensation automatically granted Israeli victims of terrorism, settlers included.

      I can't pretend anymore. Not after Israel's Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, explicitly declaring stone-throwing to be terrorism, drove the passage of a bill holding stone-throwers liable to up to 20 years in prison.

      The law did not specify that it targeted only Palestinian stone-throwers. It didn't have to.

      Just one week later, pro-settlement Jews hurled rocks, furniture, and bottles of urine at Israeli soldiers and police at a West Bank settlement, and in response, Benjamin Netanyahu immediately rewarded the Jewish stone-throwers with a pledge to build hundreds of new settlement homes.

      This is what has become of the rule of law. Two sets of books. One for Us, and one to throw at Them. Apartheid.

  • Non-Jew dares to announce position on Iran Deal
    • This has devolved into a show in what Netanyahu thinks he can win the long game both by extorting Obama and the Democrats now and get more goodies when the Republicans get elected according to Haaretz.
      link to haaretz.com

  • Shocker: 'NYT' runs front page press release for AIPAC warning Obama to cool his jets
  • The day after 9/11, Kagan father-son duo said 'take the war' to Palestine
    • It might take something like Israel blowing up the nuke deal to really do damage to themselves. Every where I read articles and reader commentary it's very hostile to netanyahu's interference. In any event this is very illuminating to the silent majority about who's driving the DC bus. If there really is a war it will be even worse. Chances are the rest of the world will go along Iran will get their money the U.S. Will be shut out and the non existent bomb program will continue to be non existent. But China Russia Great Britain and France will laugh all the way to the bank

  • Understanding the Partition plan
    • The history is interesting in that it serves to highlight the unfairness of the original partition. Most likely based on racism of the British in their superiority. However the conclusion of a federation (involuntary) or confederation (voluntary) sounds nice an would have been logical is now impossible. In order to federate you must have at least two entities and in this case one doesn't exist and never will

  • US gov't has 'faith in the system' that Israel will prosecute killers of Palestinian child-- why?
    • This guy reminds me of the woman married to a serial abuser standing there with a black eye cut lip saying please don't take him away he's really a good person

  • Amnesty: Israel committed war crimes in retaliation for capture of Israeli soldier
    • But these were Palestinians that were killed that's not a war crime ever. Does anyone really think the ICC can bring justice to the Palestinian men women and children? It will take years for anything to happen if at all

  • Time Warner executive moonlights as speechwriter for Netanyahu
    • I was kind of angry until I saw the masterpieces he's crafted. Warner should fire him because of his childish lame work alone. By all means keep on producing such fine work

  • Susiya gets backup from 'NYT', EU, and State Dep't -- will Israel dare to demolish the village?
    • The answer is yes they will do it because they know there won't be any consequences...extreme displeasure unhelpful blah blah blah but no penalty. They may wait till the heat is off but make no mistake they will demolish it

  • There are 326,000 children near Tel Aviv who won't be hearing Caetano Veloso
    • Everyone knows the U.S. Was late on apartheid. But very soon artists will be so shamed that they will realize it's just not worth it

  • Nine reasons Obama is going to win on Iran. The first: Netanyahu
    • YesNetanyahu will lose but he will win in the long run its already being spun that but for Netanyahu Iraninas would have got a much better deal from the weak Obama as if it was only the U.S. Negotiating. 2) another price will e paid by the Palestinians because now is not a good time to lean on the Israelis because they are insecure which brings us to the last point Ass Carter will be going to Israel bearing gifts of death and mayhem taht the Israelis already spurned so he will sweeten the deal until they accept the entire defense budget.

  • Israel's real fear about the Iran deal: It puts pressure on the occupation
    • Blackmail and payoff
      U.S. President Barack Obama has offered Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediate talks to upgrade the Israel Defense Forces’ offensive and defensive capabilities in the wake of the deal on Iran’s nuclear program, a senior U.S. official told Haaretz

  • California students resist authorities’ attempt to conflate criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism
    • They Want To Use ‘Hate Speech Laws’ To Destroy Freedom Of Speech In America
      Hate speech laws are going in all around the world, and progressive activists in the United States want to use these kinds of laws to destroy free speech in America. You see, the truth is that these hate speech laws that are being implemented all over the planet are not just about preventing speech that promotes violence or genocide against a particular group of people. Instead, these laws are written in such a way that anyone that says something that “offends” or “insults” someone else is guilty of “hate speech”. Even if you never intended to offend anyone and you had no idea that your words were insulting, in some countries you can be detained without bail and sentenced to years in prison for such speech. Today, there are highly restrictive hate speech laws in Canada, in Mexico and in virtually every single European nation. The United States is still an exception, but the truth is that our liberties and freedoms are being eroded every single day, and it is only a matter of time until “hate speech laws” are used to take away our freedom of speech too.
      See full article at
      link to endoftheamericandream.com

  • A racist country with too much influence over US -- Israel's new image among Democrats
    • On the one hand I worry that they will be able to use money and hasbara to turn perceptions around. On the other hand I am comforted that they won't because of their supreme arrogance that they can do anything to they want. Just read the Israeli press talking about the next Gaza war as if it were fait acompli and what they need to do next time to protect their image. today's headline Israel needs to kill fewer journalists in the next Gaza war.

  • Bulldozers poised outside Susiya, right in time for July 4th congressional break
    • Congress on break just means one of em can't drive the dozen! Expecting congress to protest is wishful in the extreme. Israel is gonna do whatever they want..

  • Cultivating megadonors, Clinton waffles on Iran and stands by Netanyahu
  • Israeli leader turns on US Jewish journalists Friedman, Wieseltier, Remnick and Silvers for disloyalty and anti-semitism!
    • Oren is a smart man. This could very well be a tactic to put Jews critical of Israel on the defensive, as well as Obama. Instead of a backlash against the chutzpah of suggesting that the President of the United States should be running his speeches by Netanyahu or that prominent Jews mildly criticizing Israel , they will now be on the defensive trying to prove how much they love Israel. In fact it has already started with Shapiro trying to prove how much Obama loves Israel

  • Obscure Netanyahu minister emerges as unsung international hero in latest 'NYT' report
    • The real sad news is how low America has sunk tha Oren can take to the WSJ to chastise the American President for having the temerity to do things without checking with Netanyahu or pre clearing his speeches .... That is mind boggling that this isn't causing outrage

  • What I Was Told: Arabs hate Jews
    • I was born in Palestine and emigrated as a young child. I remember growing up in the 60' and especially after the 67 war as a pre teen when peers would ask my nationality and I'd say Palestinian they would say hey do you know that guy he's Jewish do you hate him wanna fight him and I didn't even understand why... I still don't but am amazed that some 40 yrs later there has been little if any evolution in stereotypical thinking. When later peers would ask why Palestinians hated America I asked my mom and she said Palestinans don't hate America they are counting on America for their freedom boy was she wrong. Sad that such a smart country is doing such dumb things

  • 'NYT' again acts as Netanyahu's mouthpiece -- wrongly suggesting he wants talks with Palestinians
  • Like it or not, Obama is a liberal Zionist
    • Labels in the US don't matter. Its all pro Israel of any stripe Democrat or Republican liberal or conservative. The US is useless and has no say in the Palestinian side of the Israel/Palestine equation. Obama has failed his promise on all fronts. The institutional bias is impossible to overcome

  • Israel will imprison soldier, 19, for publicly criticizing the occupation
  • Kim Philby's last straw
    • Not just journalist and academics but Presidents Nixon Bush 1 congressmen senators your life or your career can be ruined

  • The grotesque injustice of Obama's speech at the Washington synagogue
    • Such hypocrisy just tiday they ruined a key platform non proliferation of Obama in favor of Israel and protecting their nukes. Who would listen to the U.S. Anymore. We have sold our entire credibility for Israel.

  • 'NYT' public editor faults paper for failing to quote Jews who support BDS
    • That the Times is an Israeli organ of propaganda is even recognized in Israel be Haaretz ...see the following headline

      Israel's secret weapon in the war against Hezbollah: The New York Times
      Israel is turning to the media and diplomacy to head off an almost inevitable new round of confrontation with Hezbollah. Its message: Israel won't be able to avoid attacks on Lebanon's civilians so long as the Shi'ite militias use them as human shields.
      link to haaretz.com

  • Adelson primary heats up -- fawning George Bush gives him a painting of his casino
    • Ellison is as neconish as you can get...hes pro NSA. pro war pro entire neocon agenda. They all share two things lots of money and a necon Israeli centric agenda

  • Adelson told Jeb Bush that Baker's speech to J St speech cost him 'a lot of money'
    • PS what's sad is how they got Baker to grovel afterward and criticize the Iran deal, how much does his soul cost? Grow some stones Mr Baker wrap your self in the American flag and take a stand

    • Ok I now know they all love Israel. I even know what they will do for Israel if elected....but what will they do for America or doesn't that matter?

  • Obama's role model to journalists -- Dorothy Thompson -- turned against Zionism and was silenced
    • It is indeed truly prescient to read her comments, true today like then. But if anyone thinks that Obama will do anything other than subtle hints is delusional. It's past time for subtle, when Sheldon Adelson is in cobtrol of 2/3 of government, nothing short of bold move to take back our country will work now

  • 'Israel First'-- for gay couple who hosted Ted Cruz
    • Who says boycots dont work---WASHINGTON -- Ian Reisner, a gay businessman who hosted an event for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in New York this week, apologized on Sunday after furious backlash from the gay community. "I am shaken to my bones by the e-mails, texts, postings and phone calls of the past few days. I made a terrible mistake. I was ignorant, naive and much too quick in accepting a request to co-host a dinner with Cruz at my home without taking the time to completely understand all of his positions on gay rights," he said.
      "I've spent the past 24 hours reviewing videos of Cruz' statements on gay marriage and I am shocked and angry. I sincerely apologize for hurting the gay community and so many of our friends, family, allies, customers and employees. I will try my best to make up for my poor judgement. Again, I am deeply sorry," he added.

      HAHAHA he didnt know Cruz was a homophobe? Or was it a case of Israel first?

    • Sunshine is the great disinfectant. The more the machinations of the lobby, the more the Israel firsters come out into the sunshine the sooner the people of the U.S. Can have an open intelligent debate about what the role of Israel firsters in government should be.

  • Mark Shields blasts Adelson for 'making foreign policy for the United States'
    • Any one of these guys can be Prime Minister of Israel. president of the United States? I just don't see any of these idiots as viable. I hope I'm right and these right wing pro Israel nuts lose a couple of billion in the process

  • AIPAC-backed legislation targeting BDS movement advances in Congress
    • I know but I do differentiate between selling your soul on behalf of Americans and of a foreign government to the detriment of Americans

    • It should also always be pointed out that Cardin is a top beneficiary of pro Israel PACs receiving almost 240,000 dollars for his soul

  • Accusations of anti-Semitism roil Stanford campus as student coalition denies discrimination charges
    • Maybe they should take a page from today's Akiva Elder in Haaretz. More freedom to criticize Israel in Israel than on US campus.
      I swear I won’t boycott
      By Akiva Eldar | Apr. 22, 2015 | 3:00 PM
      I promise I will not propose to anyone to boycott goods produced on occupied land, refuse to recognize Israeli institutions of higher education that operate over the Green Line, or to keep away from cultural institutions established on non-Israeli territory.From now on I will only say the following things: It is forbidden to harm Jews who work night and day to transform Israel into a binational state, or an apartheid regime. It is forbidden to encourage a boycott against the settlements and unauthorized outposts which were established through land theft, forgery of documents and paying bribes to collaborators, as well as through the gross trampling of the planning and building laws.We must file away the reports of the state comptroller that describe the injustices of Israeli rule in the West Bank and the report on the unauthorized outposts. It is completely and totally forbidden to say that the settlements are a violation of international law – someone could very well understand that as a call for law-abiding nations to boycott their products. And in addition, how is it possible to harm Jewish communities that bring us, year after year, the World Cup in international protest and condemnation?It is forbidden to harm the source of the sustenance for Israeli pioneers, who in their spare time harass Palestinian shepherds and vandalize the vineyards of their helpless neighbors. Far be it from a respectable citizen to deviate from those Jews who interpret the saying “You have chosen us from among all the nations” as a license to deprive another people of their freedom, honor and rights.We must not harm the young men and women who declare that the only command they honor is the divine one. We must shut up and open our wallets, in order to finance guarding them and to send the finest of our sons to the Israel Defense Forces, in order to be spat on by them.It is forbidden to boycott a project without which the Settlement Department of the World Zionist Organization – the national carrier for public funds to the settlement enterprise, and, it is also suspected, to the pockets of public officials – has no right to exist.It is forbidden to propose to academic institutions to avoid any connections with a college that an organization belonging to the mechanism of the occupation (The Council for Higher Education in Judea and Samaria) has granted the status of a university and the Israeli Education Ministry supplies its budgets.It is forbidden to criticize artists who appear in the hall surrounded by Arab villages whose residents need a special permit from the occupation authorities to participate in the wedding of a relative in an Arab village in Israel.From now on, whenever a European diplomat asks me if I support his government declaring a boycott against the settlements, I will say: “God forbid! How can anti-Semitic Europe even think about boycotting Jews, who the State of Israel has been sending for 48 years to settle the land of their ancestors.”And what will I answer to that very same goy if he wants to know why then the time has not come for Europe to impose a boycott against the State of Israel? I will tell him that in the only democracy in the Middle East, it is forbidden to answer such questions.

  • Graham and Rubio are dependent on pro-Israel money in bid for White House
    • These people are vanity candidates, they really don't have a prayer but will waste a lot of good Jewish money. The good news is that while these narcissists think they can win, their Jewish backers think it will give them mileage in getting their pro Israel agenda out. But in today's world, all that will do is highlight the influence of a foreign power in domestic politics and I think proud Americans will resent that

  • Kristol frets that he walked into Obama's 'trap,' and Rubio says he'll demand Iran recognize 'Israel's right to exist'
    • Boy if Lindsey graham thiks bombing a Muslim country is s bad idea you know it has to be bad!! If Marco Rubio wants to be president of the US why is he only talking about Israel

    • Fascinating that Rubios slogan is A New American Century. With all of his neocon backers lime Bill Kristol this harkens back to PNAC. Here is the link to a interesting article linking the two from zerohedge
      link to zerohedge.com

  • Who cares what Jeffrey Goldberg and Netanyahu don't like about the Iran deal?
    • Because she's at the end of her career and she has more money than the pope. They all seem to find principles at the end or after their career

  • 'NYT' addresses pro-Israel donors' influence over Congress
  • 'NYT' describes Congress as Netanyahu's wind-up toy
    • In a temporary burst of truth telling the NYT has a article today detailing GOP love for Israel and how much it costs....it's all about money for love. The prostitution of the GOP.
      G.O.P.’s Israel Support Deepens as Political Contributions Shift
      link to nytimes.com

  • Now Obama needs to 'compensate' Netanyahu -- NYT pipes Israeli propaganda (Update)
    • Ruderon seems to have got caught up in the hubris of Israelis. They are supremely arrogant and while they will get their comeuppance they are dangerous until then. As I said to my friend Netanya who? Shoukd be his new name

  • Netanyahu says US is part of new 'axis'!
    • Great article by Ron Unz on Mccains true war record
      American Pravda: When "Tokyo Rose" Ran for President
      What Was John McCain's True Wartime Record in Vietnam?

      link to unz.com

    • i hope the secret service is particularly alert. I put nothing beyond these ideologues. Dangerous times indeed

    • I've always said the U.S. needs to hit bottom before freeing itself from the yoke of Israel centric policy. But I think this is the most dangerous time for our republic when senate leadership swears allegiance to a foreign power against our own President is indeed a very dangerous time. Ther has to be an uprising not against Israel but against the likes of McCain, Graham, Boehner and McConnel as a start. Is there no more pressing need of their attention than what is best for Israel? What about what is best for America? I'm not sure how this will turn out but I'm not optimistic ...not for the U.S. and not for the world these insane men will stage a coup and start wars with Russia China or in the Middle East megalomaniacs if ever there were any. mccains speech is the tipping point

  • Tipping point?
    • Then you have that boob Biden pandering in Salon today

      Joe Biden’s Israel stunner: American Jews should let Israel protect them
      "No matter how deeply involved you are in the U.S. … there’s only one guarantee ... and that's the state of Israel"

  • Philosophy prof who likened Palestinians to 'rabid pit bull' ignites protest on CT campus
  • Emails show Missouri museum canceled 'Ferguson to Palestine' event under pressure from Jewish group
    • I miss the good old days when zionist bragged about their power and influence. What's with all the defensiveness? Could it be that's it's wrong and people are catching on in America? How weird is that

  • Jeb Bush bashes Iran talks as 'foolish' and hails Israeli settlements as 'new apartment buildings in Jerusalem'
    • I thought the elections in Israel were over? What country is Jeb trying to become leader of? I cant tell

  • Washington 'sits shiva' for the 2-state solution
  • I want my country back
    • It's easy to read that nonsense and get disheartened....but then I read the letters and I see that whereas in the past this article would have been rubber stamped, that is no longer the case. Most of the letters were taking israel to task for insulting the U.S. and Ruderon in particular for insulting our President. Politicians shift allegiances but most Americans are very chauvinistic when it comes to their country.

  • Why did Herzog run scared? He fears the Israeli people
    • For all the optomists--From Eric Margolis very succint: Who is going to force Israel to follow this sensible, two-state solution to the misery of the Palestinian people? Obama could not even stop Netanyahu from coming to Washington and humiliating him before Congress. Is Obama going to force Israel and its 650,000 armed settlers out of the West Bank?Not so long as Israel and its American advocates control both the Congress, the Republican and Democratic parties – and Hillary Clinton. The late Israeli PM Ariel Sharon reportedly said to an aide concerned about a negative US response, “don’t worry about the US, I control the US.”
      Link to full article:
      link to unz.com

  • Meet the Knesset members from the Joint List
    • Ironic that as a result of Liebermans attempt to marginalized the Arab party through the 3.5 threshold rule they gained strength and his party almost missed

  • Netanyahu's victory marks the end of the two-state solution
    • It's easy based on past history to guess what Obama is going to do...nothing. And for sure don't count on any symbolic vote at the UN. israeli press is already discounting any pressure. However this is a golden opportunity for the Palestinians, however the feckless Abbas will not play his hand well because doing so will cause him to lose his prison guard job, that pays so well. It's up to the Europeans and The Palestinians like Mustafa Barghouti to bypass Abbas and rally the world ex US Canada and Australia. That leaves a lot to work with for someone who knows how. But Obama will not suddenly grow a spine

  • The Obama-linked ad that imagines Mr. and Mrs. Netanyahu leaving the official residence (Updated)
    • No no no! Not just for the Palestinians but for America too Bibi must win! He must be allowed to continue to insult the world. It's the most anyone has done to shine a light on the plight of the Palestinians and the chokehold Israelis have on American Jews who I. Turn have a chokehold on congress. No one else can overplay that hand so well. Please don't take joy in a loss for Bibi. We need Bibi! He's the best chance for peace through crushing global sanctions ( at the grass roots anyway) I mean how much more abuse can obama take before he gets a spine

  • Netanyahu's accomplishment: Consolidating support for negotiations with Iran
    • Thank you for the link the petition has 6500 signatures so far A/O 7:30 pst. If it was an AIPAC petition it would be 10 times that please everyone sign and send to your friends. Nothing will come of it but what great publicity. These guys should not think that their actions go unnoticed

    • These guys are really dangerous. Now we know that at least 47 senators ( their names should be published broadly) are a clear and present danger to America

  • Palestinian leaders vote to end security coordination with Israel, a cornerstone of Oslo and the occupation
    • Not only is Oslo dead but according to Netanyahu so is the two state solution. He officially said the talk of a two state solution is no longer relevant in response to leaks about his alleged peace talks of 2013. I wonder how all those zio apologists and two state zionists are gonna spin that

  • WSJ columnist says 'I'm almost grateful' for attack on kosher supermarket that killed four
    • At the Golden state Warrior game last night the conversation around me was all about sip ac. While I couldn't hear everything what caught mey attention was one comment that aipac is targeting right wing religious Christians in their campaign against Obama. Interesting conversation at a basketball game

  • Bipartisanship is dead, as Netanyahu, AIPAC, and GOP square off against Obama over Iran
    • It's a tempest in a teapot. Kerry was carrying water for Israel at the UN as we speak. Tomorrow it will all be fine and ass kissing will begin anew. I'm waiting for Obama to apologize for making the Israelis feel bad

  • Thanks to Netanyahu, Israel support turns into a political football
    • It's all noise. As we speak Israel is lobbying congress for 300 million for iron dome. Ultimately even those who boycott the speech will fall in line the day after. Unless Amerucan pride is hurt ( and it seems to need a lot to hurt it) there will be no long term ramifications to this and Netanyahu knows it. There is no downside to insulting the President of The United States... Repeatedly

  • White House says Netanyahu offers no alternative but military action (and Liz Warren won't say if she's attending speech)
    • A great reason to do just that is an article on Menendez in The Intercept by Ali Gharib that shows how money corrupts. If this shouldn't make him register as an agent of a foreign country...how the terrorists MEK co-opted the senate
      link to firstlook.org

  • AIPAC and Bill Kristol turn up the pressure
    • This will be seminal in US Israel history but not in the way most people think or hope. This will cement the dominance of Israel in the relationship. The U.S. is already falling all over themselves to look conciliatory. Powers/rice will go and bow before the lobby and beg forgiveness. Whorey Reid is already on his knees preparing to please Netanyahu. This will be the ultimate humiliation for the US

  • 'Haaretz' says Netanyahu could incite 'another political assassination' (as 'NYT' runs cutesy election coverage)
    • From Ukraine to Palestine NYT reporting has become a race to appeal to the lowest common denominator. Its a continuation of the dumbing down of America. It's an effort to appeal to the elite 1% that support their advertising. In both cases they outright lie about the facts as if no one will ever check. And the sad truth is most never will. Once the free press is no longer free this country will slip far and fast. Today the internet is the only free press we have, all that stands against total control of information. The wars are buried and serious criticism of Washington suppressed. That leaves the net, only the net, without which we would know nothing.

  • Roger Waters urged Alan Parsons to get 'insight' at the apartheid wall (and drew ad hominem attack)
    • How lovely that all Alan parsons wants to do is have people hear his music no matter where they reside or what religion they are. They all deserve to hear his music... Oh yeah unless they live in the occupied Palestine then they can't go! No matter what their ideology or their religion or where they live they can't h. Doesn't this ignoramus see that he's violating his own so called principles?

  • NY City Council trip to Israel leaves out occupied Palestine
  • Netanyahu calls on Jews to leave Europe en masse in wake of Copenhagen synagogue attack
    • I love the headline pic of Netanyahu today in Drudge giving what can only look like the well known fascist gesture salute...

  • John Lewis tells D.C. crowd he will not attend Netanyahu speech
    • Yes and no! At the end of the day the enforcers will enforce and the one chance to embarrass the Israel firsters will evaporate. This is the best last gasp to break the iron grip Israel has on American politics and it will be wasted. The good news is Bibi will emerge victorious get a lift and win the election proving that America is indeed something that can be moved by him. The U.S. can't be a catalyst for peace ever and this fiasco will show the world and hasten the day when global sanctions will finally put some pressure on the Israelis.

  • Netanyahu 'babysitter' ad warns that Labor will give away Israel's house and carpet
    • Exactly...putting a pretty face on the occupation. According the the Palestinian papers Abbas gave Livni everything and she still couldn't say yes. If I could vote for Netanyahu I woukd he is the best chance to mobilize the world to work for peace in Palestine... Go Bibi go

  • Netanyahu is a paper tiger
  • Zero (0) Palestinians quoted in 'NYT' piece on rift between US and Israel
    • For decades Israel has worked to make this a religious conflict instead of a political one. The real story is that the feelings are anti-israel and no matter how hard they try to spin it not anti Jewish. Frankly when it comes to religion most western people don't care. Israel know too much about the US for the U.S. to have a clean break. Witness today's leak to the Washington Post that the Assasination of Imad Muginayeh was a joint CIA Mossad effort. I'm sure there is lots of blackmail going on. Imagine how much intelligence they get from all the trap doors in the security software they sold us. We all know how dirty politicians are. No this is much ado about nothing. Netanyahu knows full well there is no penalty to be paid for disrespecting not just the President but all Americans. But the penalty for the U.S. is huge loss of prestige and influence all over the world

  • The betting line on Netanyahu's speech to Congress
    • I hope Bibi kills it! I hope he gives the best speech of his life. I hope he does whatever he needs to do to win...I hope he continues to slap Obama on his way to a huge right wing victory. The twin opportunity of Bibi winning and Obama insulted and a right wing nut win is the only hope for global action for Palestine. My biggest fear is that Herzog/Livni win and the cosmetic occupation take over. Reading the Palestinian papers shows that Livni turned down the best deal ever offered by the Palestinains borderline traitorous by Abbas. The world will breathe a sigh of relief and the peace process will be back while the occupation dressed nice will entrench further. go Bibi go win baby

  • Northwestern students launch divestment campaign
    • They should read carefully and learn from the USF experience and assume that there are some behind the scenes machinations of alumni and donors

  • Surprise-- 'NYT' publishes straightforward report on Israeli human rights violations in Gaza
    • Human shields is a uniquely Israeli concept denounced by the Israeli Supreme Court and documented extensively. I can speak first hand as my cousins who live in Palestine have been used as hips an sheikhs ny israeli soldiers. However it's a lie that Hamas uses human shields as there is no place in Gaza that is safe for civilians, not hospitals not schools not UN refugee centers not mosques because it's a big barrel and the Israelis unleashed so many weapons that they had to re supply from th US stockpiles..mayhem is appropriate for Israeli war crimes

    • What is amazing is to use the interactive tool that shows the destruction before and after. Besides the wholesale destruction evident is the erasure of everything green near the border. Clearly a scorched earth of the agricultural land designed to cause starvation and misery. That slide alone is prima facia evidence of war crimes

  • 'NYT' and Matthews warn that Netanyahu speech to Congress could lead US to war
    • Your right all weekend Obama's in the record boys have been making soothing noises
      "White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough appeared to downplay the tensions between the White House and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday, insisting that the US relationship with Israel was “many-faceted, deep and abiding."

      Read more: White House downplays impact of Netanyahu speech on ties | The Times of Israel link to timesofisrael.com
      Follow us: @timesofisrael on Twitter | timesofisrael on Facebook

    • I sure hope so. Even faux news was outraged by Netanyahu/Boehner shenanigans. Netanyahu is doubling down looking to add that crazy Caroline Glick to his ticket...your right this might be fun to watch the implosion

    • A good gauge of how hot this is for me is if any of my friends who are not so politically attuned bring this up. So far zilch. I hope it gets more mainstream play and doesn't die down. When the average joe is aware we will see real backlash.

  • Netanyahu speech could turn Israel lobby into a political football
    • More like those who could have been co opted into being tools of the occupation. But no doubt it's hard for the Palestinians to find their voice when they have been so abused for asking for their basic human rights

    • Wishful thinking. It's going to turn into who loves Israel more and will wind up as a huge positive got Israel with showers of money and diplomatic support. There is no one on the Palestinian side astute enough to leverage this and take advantage of it. Slim hope that the American sheeple take note and some level of pride kicks in leading to a backlash against the Repulicans

  • Obama won't meet Netanyahu during 'bizarre,' 'historic,' 'unprecedented' visit (Updated)
    • I just hope this gets enough play to show the sheeple what Israel is doing to the U.S. with the willing tools/fools in congress. Some have clearly chosen Israel over America. It's unprecedented and its Obamas fault for letting Netanyahu walk all over him with no penalty. There is no reason to believe anything is going to change now. Obama will take more beatings like an abused wife waiting for the death blow

  • Congress invites Netanyahu to rebut Obama on Iran, and White House slams 'breach of protocol'
    • Here's who from Haaretz not the NYT...
      A senior Israeli official with knowledge of the contacts, who wished to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of the matter, said that the one who had initiated the contacts with Boehner and with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and their staffs was Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer, Netanyahu's former aide.

      Dermer, the senior official said, had advanced the idea of Netanyahu addressing Congress in talks he has been having for several weeks on Iran's nuclear program with senior members of Congress. Dermer is encouraging senators and representatives to advance new legislation that would impose additional sanctions on Iran, contrary to the position of the White House, which believes that new sanctions at this time would undermine the talks and kill the chances of reaching a diplomatic solution. During his State of the Union Address Tuesday night Obama made it clear that he would veto any such legislation.

      According to the senior official, Dermer approached Boehner, McConnell and other senior Republican Party figures at Netanyahu’s behest and suggested the idea of the speech. “Dermer and Boehner cooked up this whole invitation to Congress,” the official said.

    • Sadly won't happen the ass kissing begins
      Kerry: Netanyahu welcome to speak in US ‘any time’
      After icy response from the White House, US secretary notes invitation from House Speaker John Boehner is a ‘little unusual’
      BY AFP January 22, 2015, 12:40 am 11

      Read more: Kerry: Netanyahu welcome to speak in US 'any time' | The Times of Israel link to timesofisrael.com
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    • Mossad said to warn US on Iran sanctions in break with PM
      Intelligence agency maintains new bill would torpedo talks with Tehran, Bloomberg reports; move at odds with Netanyahu’s position
      BY TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF AND JTA January 22, 2015, 3:46 am 1

      Read more: Mossad said to warn US on Iran sanctions in break with PM | The Times of Israel link to timesofisrael.com
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      Interesting to read Bob Corker dissemble on his separate bill requierement that congress bless any agreement in that article, claiming no one said anything bad about his bill conveniently ignoring the other bill. He's just as dangerous as Lindsay

    • Not only will he come, but he will humiliate Obama in front of Congress to standing Ovations, but Obama will invite him to the White House for some more abuse.

    • Two thoughts 1) when officials of our government pledge allegiance to a foreign state that's traiterous. Lindsay (that's appropriate spelling he's clearly compensating) Graham goes to a foreign country to bow before their leader and pledge congress to do his bidding that's treason of the highest order. Now when will our President grow some stones and stop being abused by Netanyahu? I can't wait to see him in the Oval Office lecturing Obama on the evils of Iran...Obama deserves the humiliation he's earned it.

  • Gaza war blowback? Palestinian stabs 13 on Tel Aviv bus.
    • Fortunately no one died from terrorism in the latest attack. However Palestinian children continue to die from Israels terroristic attack of last summer

  • French terror attacks contribute to Israeli's isolation
    • I'd be happy if that's what they sell them. But Israel is the ultimate merchant of death and destruction. Drones, Dimes, Domes and various other tools of death. Security technology with trap doors?

    • Israel feels the European heat and is preparing...JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday a wave of anti-Semitism and what he called "Islamisation" in Western Europe are factors in a Jewish state push to expand trade with Asia.

      Europe is Israel's biggest trading partner, but deepening diplomatic disputes over policy toward the Palestinians and anti-Jewish incidents such as a Jan. 9 attack by an Islamist gunman on a Paris kosher deli have triggered Israeli worries.

      Netanyahu, who is also finance minister and a free-market champion, cast his courting of China, India and Japan over the past two years as a partial response to European developments.

      He was due to host a Japanese government and business delegation led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday.

      "I put emphasis on markets to the East not because we want to give up on other markets. But we definitely want to reduce our dependence on certain markets in western Europe," Netanyahu told his cabinet in remarks at which reporters were present, without naming specific countries.

      "Western Europe is undergoing a wave of Islamisation, of anti-Semitism, and of anti-Zionism. It is awash in such waves, and we want to ensure that for years to come the State of Israel will have diverse markets all over the world."

      Netanyahu, who is stressing his security credentials ahead of a March 17 election in Israel, said his government was also working to facilitate Jewish immigration. The Paris attack has stoked French Jewish interest in the option of moving to Israel.

      According to Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics, Europe accounted for 45.8 percent of imports and 35.8 percent of exports in the first 11 months of 2014. Asia accounted for 22.5 percent of Israeli imports and 25.4 percent of Israeli exports.

      Israel's parliamentary TV channel aired the results of a poll in which respondents were asked "Can Israel do without exports to Europe and pursue policy that is liable to bring about an economic embargo?" Sixty-two percent of Israelis said no, 32 percent said yes.

  • US calls ICC decision to investigate Gaza 'tragic irony'
    • I wonder what Americans would think of who's in charge if they read articles like this in the Times of Israel want to know who the shot caller is? "WASHINGTON – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday, shortly after the International Criminal Court announced it would begin a preliminary examination of Israel’s actions during last summer’s Operation Protective Edge, following the Palestinian Authority’s allegations of Israeli war crimes. Netanyahu reportedly asked Kerry to offer a strident response to this first step on the potentially long and complex road to indictments, and the State Department indeed promptly issued an emphatic denunciation of the ICC’s move.

      Read more: Short of invading The Hague, not much US can do to thwart ICC probe of Israel | The Times of Israel link to timesofisrael.com
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    • Unfortunately the most that can happen is a pyrrhic victory... But a moral civtory nonetheless. Just look how Israel ignored the ruling on the wall? What was the penalty for that? They know nothing will come of this but they will squeal loudly anyway.

    • Interesting that the US which has claimed the mantle of shepherding the state of Palestine into existence is using the fact that they have failed to do so as a reason for not going to the ICC? Is that a hidden agenda to protect their child? Two non signatories to the ICC are proclaiming the loudest...join and then maybe you can have a voice...

  • The 'NYT''s double standard on westerners who go off to fight in Middle East conflicts
    • It's all a double standard when it comes to Israel. When it comes to Israel there can be no daylight...what they really mean is there can be no sunlight to disinfect the infection in US politics. What the congress needs is to wear jersies like NASCAR drivers with sponsors ..like AIPAC across the front. Look what happened to that poor bastard Jim Clancy a 34 yr career ruined over night because of some dumb tweets that offended som Israeli tweeters

  • 10,000 students' demand for accountability dismissed by University of South Florida
    • By dismissing and de certifying the petition and ignoring the referendum they are silencing by ignoring their voice.

    • Dabus is right that the school raises millions from alums...but in south Florida those alums have a decidedly different agenda and if they were to see the mail from those alums it would be a far different message. Now if those 10,000 vow to never give as alums and another 10,000 so vow next year. And so on they may make a difference.

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