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  • Bill making it a federal crime to support BDS sends shockwaves through progressive community
    • I feel like this is the equivalent of Congress passing a law requiring that everybody be a Christian. I mean, we have courts, right? So I have to believe that no court would uphold this law based on the 1st Amendment right of free speech. But, of course, devotion to Israel among our ruling classes continues to surprise, but the judges have lifelong tenure so I still see this as a laugher, more than something to be worried about.

  • Harvard scholar calls for US-Israel treaty to 'lock in' special relationship before young Democrats end the romance
    • The last paragraph when you mentioned how deeply rooted the Lobby is made me think of Trump and here he is talking about ripping up the trade deals, talking about pulling out of NATO, talking about pulling out of Germany and Japan. But he loves Israel. He will be Israel's greatest friend etc.

      And on the other side we have the formidable Elizabeth Warren, the scourge of Wall Street speaking truth to power, who happents to be in lock-step with the lobby and its agenda.

      Despite the political and international turmoil, one thing seems to remain constant. (Although, as you often talk about, the grip is slowly loosening and the Iran deal was a big blow to the Lobby. That was really all the work of one man who probably was especially motivated to get back at Netanyahu. Enough Democrats were more loyal to Obama than to Israel so it passed with just over one-third of the votes, which was all it needed.)

  • 'NYT' reporter who gave us Saddam's aluminum tubes summers at neoconservative thinktank
    • It is odd, curious and definitely not right that Judith Miller became the enormous scapegoat for the Times' Iraq fiascos while Michael Gordon walked away (er, I should say stayed) unscathed.

  • Imitating a candidate, Ryan goes to Israel and calls BDS an anti-Semitic 'shenanigan'
    • This really makes the US look like it is in the pocket of Israel. It makes us look really weak, enfeebled. We may be the Superpower but Israel has the Kryptonite.

      At least one branch of Government, the Supreme Court, doesn't go to Israel and grovel.

  • 'NY Times' has double standard for Arab and Jewish reporters
    • You certainly have a legitimate point. But on the other hand, Rudoren is defending Hadid and speaking highly of her. It was as if the complaint was that Hadid was a pro-Palestinian activist and so Rudoren was speaking to that allegation and basically saying, "No, she's a good reporter and we were right to hire her." So while the glaring issue of the bias of those on stage may have been ignored, her defense of Hadid seemed good and proper. I learned a thing or two.

  • Netanyahu and Sen. Leahy tangle over Israel's killing of Hadeel Hashlamoun, 18
  • We were not allowed to hear Palestinian peers -- Rachel Sandalow-Ash on American Jewish censorship
  • Trump abandons 'neutral' Israel position, Sanders adopts it
    • Clinton is boring and very predictable. And she's pretty liberal too. No indictments there, that's just right-wing hysteria which has taken over a lot of the left when it comes to Hillary.

    • On the bright side, this really kills the Trump brand. Who is the puppet now? Who is pandering now? Who sounds like every other politician now? And his base must understand this. Ironically, this may be the only time a slavishly devotional speech to Israel can be effectively used against a candidate. But now that I think about it, I guess it can't be used against him because nobody will use it against him.


  • In bid for Adelson's millions, Rubio announces braintrust of pro-Israel old-timers
    • Rubio appears to be a sinking ship. He is behind Kasich on the betting market. Trump has about a 70% chance of the nomination and Cruz 20%. The two most odious choices to the Establishment are left standing. It would be pretty hilarious if it wasn't for real. Actually, it is still hilarious.

  • Bernie Sanders's God is a lot like John Brown's
    • In my opinion, he sounds like a clear-eyed atheist. But as a politician in the US, he has crafted an excellent answer to avow his faith in God. He then just turns God into fully secular values and principles. It's an honest answer albeit with more than a little spin.

      Regarding John Brown's invocation, the problem is that he cites the Bible as the authority and even the New Testament does not revoke the enshrinement of slavery that is in that book.

  • Another instance of Israel lobby influence in this election no candidate will bring up
    • This is a barking up the wrong tree effort.

      The candidates are all extremely pro-Israel, even Trump (just ask him.) Rubio is more of an empty vessel than the others and the easiest to influence. But everyone hates Cruz, Kasich has no chance and Trump definitely cannot be owned on this subject. So Rubio is a natural to support although at this point his candidacy is practically dead.

  • And the winner of the Sheldon Adelson primary is... Hillary Clinton
    • Hillary has a problem among Democrats and kowtowing or hobknobbing with Adelson is not going to help with that. So I am sure she would love the money, but not sure she wants the association.

  • Trump repeats 'neutrality' vow on Israel, surely sensing shift in US opinion
    • Having read the piece, I am infuriated at David Aaron Miller for basically implying Trump is anti-Semitic, in the usual way it is done in casting questions on why he is so cold on Israel? Or why does he not love Israel with enough fervor?

      Miller seems like a fraud for fully ignoring Trump's statement that it is mostly the Palestinian's fault, and it might be impossible to make peace because of the way the Palestinians are raised to hate the Jews. It just seems like journalistic malpractice to leave that out of an assessment of Trump's views on peace in the Middle East.

  • Rubio may be a robot-- but he's the neoconservatives' robot
    • Earlier, I commented critically, I should also mention that it's another great piece. I love your writing, thanks. (But it is not only about the Lobby with politico Boy Wonder Rubio. Now that I think of it, he does look like Robin.)

    • I think you go too far in saying the only reason he is treated as a serious candidate is the Lobby. Sure, that is essential. But every candidate save for maybe Trump and Rand Paul are so deeply beholden to the Lobby, it's not like Rubio stands out. He is obviously ambitious, and a capable pol, rising to be Speaker of the Florida House at a young age. He is Latino. He is young.

      Now I personally despise him probably more than any other candidate so I am not defending him, just saying that there are many other factors in his rise.

  • 'Let the one-state era begin'-- Tom Friedman explains there will never be a Palestinian state
    • Even though I gave Friedman some credit above, I have now read the article in full. When you read what he says about "rogue state" Iran, how can anyone take anything he says seriously?

    • Everyone, and I mean everyone, likes to hate on Friedman. Of course the whole world is not wrong but I think he is a good op-ed columnist. He is out there. As noted above, he has bombast - that's kind of what you want in an op-ed. He throws a lot against the wall and much of it misses. Sometimes he is way off. But he is not always safe or conventional so here's a toast to Tom Friedman. (Sound of one glass "clanging" against the air as no one returns my sentiment.)

  • Trump is booed at Republican Jewish gathering for refusing to back undivided Jerusalem
  • Some CAP employees call out Netanyahu's 'crimes,' including slaughter of Gaza children
    • All these objections about CAP hosting Netanyahu seem a little incongruent in light of the fact that Netanyahu was welcomed to the White House the day before. I didn't hear objections to that like I am hearing about the CAP event.

      Netanyahu is the elected leader of a Democracy. He represents the people of Israel. I think that reflects extremely poorly on Israel, but it's reality.

      Recent efforts to NOT allow various speakers at colleges or think-tanks is disturbing. We don't want to shut down the speech, especially when it represents large constituencies. We want to expose the speech. Expose the lies.

  • In latest thrust at Obama, Netanyahu names UN ambassador who trashed him and said Palestinians can have 'Facebook state'
    • Interesting anecdote about Rick Perry and 2012. This time around, he's just mired at 1% and can not do anything to gain traction. The only thing he has is money. Not his actual campaign (nobody is giving to a dead horse) but his SuperPac is really well-funded so he'll be around awhile.

  • President Obama wants us to argue about the special relationship
    • Great piece. I don't really think Obama is taking on the special relationship, but I love your optimism.

      I think a pretty good theory is that Congress can/will not override Obama's veto so the deal will go through and that is why Chuck Schumer could come out against it. He can be a loyal guardian of Israel yet it won't be enough to scuttle the deal so it is not an embarrassment to Obama. He then becomes Democratic Leader in the Senate and that will help the Democrats to some extent to staunch some heavy monetary bleeding.

      Sounds reasonable to me.

  • The enemies list
  • Netanyahu for president? He's been a citizen-- twice!
    • Just to be clear: He can never be President!! No way, no how because of the Constitutional requirement of natural born citizenry. For instance, Arnold Schwarzennegar can't be President, either. Some cases are arguable and the law is not totally clear regarding a child born outside the United States to one or more US-citizen parents.

  • US Jews want Congress to approve Iran deal, by whopping 53 to 35, far more than Americans overall
    • There is a big rift happening. The emergence of Israel as a partisan issue - which may have been percolating but burst forth with Netanyahu's recent appearance before Congress - can only weaken the Lobby significantly. It was amazing to see the Administration so thoroughly bashing Netanyahu for his election campaign comments.

      So Phil you have every reason to be optimistic but I think you are too optimistic in talking about it as a breakout issue akin to Black Lives Matter or Occupy. In this campaign, even the Socialist is very pro-Israel (although he is strongly FOR the Iran deal). Occupy and Black Lives Matter, i.e. issues of economic justice and racial justice, have a strong place and history in the Democratic Party. Criticism of Israel - not so much. So it's not going to happen. The Democrats up and down the ballot and across the land will be seeking money wherever they can get it, and there is just loads more on the pro-Israeli side, it seems.

  • Don't touch occupied village of Susiya! US warns Israel
    • My Congresswoman. She is relatively good but I am surprised. And very impressed. Guess it's safe to say she's for the Iran deal.

  • 'Six Jews sitting in the White House discussing the Palestinian state'
    • I was really thrown by his "be grateful" mantra at the end. It seems the rest of the time he is saying, "Be very afraid. Everyone hates us. We are isolated and facing doom." Although I guess he is saying be grateful for this anomalous moment because it will not last.

  • Foxman bashes Israel for taking US and Jewish support for granted and not coming up with a peace plan
  • Obama's disgust for Netanyahu's 'stink' signals coming era of Jewish persecution in the U.S., says 'Tablet'
    • Rich Cohen writes: "If you go online and read the comments on any story -" That's pretty funny... and ridiculous. If you read online comments on just about anything, they are filled with hate, vitriol and just very barbed and hurtful comments. By this standard, we are all facing the imminent threat of serious persecution.

  • Haneen Zoabi's power and vision (and answers to Theodore)
  • Adelson primary kicks off tonight with brags about 'mega-Jewish donors' role in 2016
    • I do notice media articles referring to Jewish money and not just votes these days. They used to talk about it as if the candidates were after votes which was ridiculous because at less than 2%, that is very few votes. It's less than the margin of error in polls! Only the Jewish vote in Florida has any real electoral significance.

  • Will Graham's gaffe about 'all-Jewish cabinet' get the MSM to talk about pro-Israel money?
    • Do pigs have wings? I love your optimism and it's a very good piece, but that's a crazy question in the headline.

  • Trevor Noah, next 'Daily Show' host, is no fan of Israeli attacks on Gaza
    • Phil, what's with the plural "our": "Jon Stewart was always too careful/cute about the conflict for our taste." Not mine. Sure, I prefer Chomsky or Glenn Greenwald on Israel, but Jon Stewart was just fine. He was harsh. Better than anyone else on the boob tube, perhaps.

      And you always do this. Trevor the savior. Chris Matthews the savior. I doubt Trevor will not go an inch beyond what Jon Stewart did, baring unforeseen circumstances. And I just hope he doesn't hold back.

  • Bill Maher justifies Netanyahu's racism by saying U.S. has done much worse
    • You sound like the right wingers telling Warren Buffett and Bill Gates to shut up and stop calling for increasing taxes on the rich and just voluntarily give their money to the Federal Government. Bill Maher is all for tax increases on himself, so yes he has volunteered to redistribute his own wealth. And all the other wealthy people's wealth. Because that's what it's about. Ask Buffett or Gates.

    • The other thing is that, regrettably, Bill Maher's views on Israel/Palestine reflect what every "important" Democrat believes. To a T. He's just not PC about it. That includes Obama, Biden, Pelosi, Hillary, Bill. Everyone but Jimmy Carter who has been out of office for 34 years!

      So even though I disagree vehemently with Bill Maher on Israel, I likewise do so with the cast of characters that is the Democratic Party. Unlike I believe EVERY commenter here, I don't think Bill Maher is a piece of shit to be condemned and tossed away. But that's my personal taste. I accept that many do not like or appreciate him and his show. But I ain't like you in that regard.

    • I do recall one or two comedic episodes of him mocking on the Orthodox Jews, very easy targets. But I can't defend his position on Israel and Palestine. "just" posted an interview where Maher sounded like a completely ignorant Necon. It's disturbing. I condemn his position on that. But I was not talking about that. I am talking about the fact that on many other issues I really appreciate what he is saying. I think we live in a very fucked up country and he calls that out a lot. Of course, when he is talking about Israel, he reflects that we live in a fucked up country.

      It's like my sister or father might have some offensive views on some things. But if you want to call them bad people, and compare (equate?) them with Stalin and Charles Manson, I'm going to put in my defense. Especially when it is a chorus of agreement with no pushback at all. The internet is a great place to condemn people and consider them garbage for something they said, as if we are all pure.

    • Bill Maher makes a lot of great observations. He loves mocking the stupidity of Americans. He is ruthless on the ridiculousness of religious beliefs (and that includes Islam). He praises Socialism and calls for major redistribution of wealth. He can be offensive. He cuts like a knife. And a lot of people get hurt easily.

      Michael Moore's Defense

    • It is disappointing and infuriating to hear Maher say such stupid things. Usually, he is calling out the people saying such stupid things. If he keeps this up, he will lose me.

    • Maher makes me laugh. And often has good insights. But NO!! He's bad, you declare. He is a bigot and progressives should tune him out. Well, then I guess we better start tuning out 80% of the Democrats in Congress who hold the same or more hawkish views on Israel.

      You have every right to tune him out. But it's too bad you want everyone to act like you. You condemn the whole group of Progressives who watch Maher. You're the bigot, and the scold.

    • Or maybe you are never going to agree with someone about everything, and people like me despise his views on Israel and Palestine but value his opinions about many, many other issues. And while I have criticisms of his whole take on Islam, I will deny that he is an Islamophobe who justifies violence. He is no Pam Geller or Bret Stephens. But I guess some people are offended by someone's views on one or two issues, and then demands a boycott or something, and must feel proud of themselves as they righteously condemn the heretics.

    • That's a pretty ridiculous thing to say. Clearly you don't watch his show and you maybe only see the controversial things that go viral. And, sure, on this issue, he is blind and what he said the other night was so off-base and triply compounded by having 3 Israel-worshipping guests. But on the scale of American politics, he is far to the left of most Democrats. He gave $1 million to Obama's PAC in 2012 and you are saying "everything about him makes me cring. seems right wing to me." Now that's thinking with your feelings.

      P.S. He sold his soul to HBO to get a show back? Another ridiculous claim.

  • Media are stunned by Congress's 'loyalty' to Netanyahu (but refuse to explain it)
    • Your criticism of Jon Stewart made me watch it again because I was really impressed by it. And now I can see that the criticism is incongruous, thus ridiculous.

      [QUOTING] "He called it the longest blowjob a Jewish man has ever received. But he tried to put it on the Republicans– “the state of the union speech the Republican wanted.” Hold on. As the Times informed us: “Some Democrats who are strong supporters of Israel praised Mr. Netanyahu’s speech.”

      "Stewart briefly hinted at the power of the lobby when he played Obama’s rather-restrained response to the insult: [whispering] 'That’s how powerful Israel is. Their prime minister comes here, publicly slaps Obama in the face and the president’s response is, That’s OK, in fact, everyone should know, I’m buying him gloves, so when he hits me, it doesn’t hurt his hand as much.'" [END QUOTE]

      Yes, he did put most of the blame for Netanyahu's speech on Republicans because they invited him to a joint session of Congress (I was shouting the last part of that sentence)!! Democrats would have never done that. So let's be real. You dismiss the Obama clip as "rather restrained" when he was grovelling to the Lobby! And even as you quote Stewart's devastating words on the Lobby, you downplay it as hinting. Hinting? Obama punched in the face, grovelling and buying Bibi gloves so he doesn't hurt his hand. Quite a graphic hint.

      He commented on and showed the thunderous ovations and that went to both sides, not the Republicans only. And his blowjob comment with the visuals was a clear indictment of both parties of Congress.

      So I think you should watch it again!

  • White House says Netanyahu offers no alternative but military action (and Liz Warren won't say if she's attending speech)
    • I thought Krugman said words to the effect, "I don't care about Israel. It means nothing to me." That's not really ducking it.

  • My invitation to speak at Hebrew Union College
    • Thanks for the article. The letter makes a strong point but it seems utterly non-controversial and even obvious. I can't believe thoughts like this are forbidden.

  • Why do Muslims object to depictions of their prophet?
    • You can believe what you like and spread your religious propaganda, but then others must allowed to criticize, and yes, mock it. To me, these 1000+ year-old stories are laughable when eyewitness testimony in court has proven to be totally unreliable for events that occurred recently. We can all argue about what happened last week but you know there is some messenger of God who happened to exist in the 7th Century. Yeah, whatever.

    • I can't accept it. I can't understand it. How can these narrow religious doctrines be imposed on non-believers? This ban might be a cultural tradition, but it is not my cultural tradition, or ours. By these standards, Monty Python's The Life of Brian should not exist, nor Richard Dawkin's The God Delusion.

    • Maybe it is the survivors of the attack forgiving the attackers. It's open to interpretation.

  • Couldn't there be just one 'NYT' columnist who was critical of Israel? (No)
    • I can go buy the Times on any given day and be assured of some quality reading. Some days, the depth and breadth is quite impressive. Try it some time.

    • It's great that you boycott the NY Times because they are the problem. Yes, of course the best newspaper in the country is the problem. We should get our news at Gawker and Yahoo News.

    • As usual, Krugman is on point. OK, so he washes his hands of it and says, "Yes, I don't like what Israel is doing but I don't really care." That's fair enough, no? Should he be faulted for not writing columns on the Congo? Don't get me wrong, I wish he would focus his withering analysis on Israel, but I understand his position.

  • Muslims' beliefs are 'untrue' and 'ridiculous,' 'Salon' author says, offering support for Maher's intolerance
    • Edifying commentar;y. "Trash. Pompous. Self-important. Arrogant. Pompous little idiot. Low life bully. Jerk."

      I pay for HBO to watch Bill Maher's show. Because it is very good. And his commentary is mostly very good. I don't agree with him on everything, just like everyone else in the world. But I am an atheist and I scoff and laugh at all religions, including Islam, which in 2014 is especially problematic.

  • Fineman and Robinson blast Sam Harris and HBO for promoting ignorance about Islam
    • It's like, who cares what these guys are saying. But surprise, the liberals all condemn Maher and Harris. As do the commenters. I think Matthews was onto it when he said: "When you say stuff like this, you are basically condemning a religion, and that’s a loser, because all it will do is just rile up people against you and it won’t change a single person’s religious commitment.”

      But that's what these guys do: condemn and ridicule these religions, Maher in a more comedic way, and Harris in an academic one. Of course, that does not reflect good manners and genteel sensibilities. But hopefully this is changing, because all you have to do is read almost any page of the Koran of the Bible, and you are struck by the absurdity. It is truly worthy of ridicule. And it should not be immune from criticism.

  • Ohio student leader's dramatic act for Gaza
    • I hate, or at least don't understand, the reference to being "unsafe" in these situations. It is obviously a talking point and now a meme but WTF? It makes no sense. It lacks all credibility. Am I really supposed to believe that Jewish students now literally feel unsafe on campus? (Now Palestinians in Gaza, that's unsafe!)

  • Bardem and Cruz don't speak English well enough to understand 'genocide' -- Saban
    • Regarding the offensive Golda Meir quote, on Democracy Now, Chomsky quoted Amira Hass as describing it as "sadism disguised as compassion."

    • Needless to say, there are more than a few Jewish luminaries in Hollywood. Presumably they were all asked to sign this. I want to express my great thanks and appreciation to them all for not signing. Even if it was a business decision, I appreciate it.

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