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By wrecking Iran deal, Trump politicized Israel

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The upside of Trump’s destruction of the Iran deal is that he has isolated the United States and Israel in world opinion, and made it clear to Democrats that if they are going to avenge this foreign policy outrage, they must take on Israel’s influence in our politics. Because that influence was so transparent.

Goldberg on Obama’s Syria credibility ‘crisis’

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Jeffrey Goldberg drives the neoconservative story, in an interview with President Obama in which he repeatedly suggests that the president lost his foreign policy credibility when he failed to attack Syria in 2013.

Obama outmaneuvers Netanyahu, at last

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It’s about time the Obama administration answered Israel’s many rebukes to the vaunted peace process. The anonymous officials who blames the Israelis for the failure of talks — and Haaretz is saying it’s Martin Indyk — were serving as the president’s proxies.

Obama’s Mandela eulogy — moving, and hypocritical

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“My very first political action, the first thing I ever did that involved an issue or a policy or politics, was a protest against apartheid,” Obama said last night in an eloquent eulogy to Nelson Mandela. And today as president he is responsible for giving billions of dollars in military aid to an Israeli regime that, by any reading of international law, is committing the Crime of Apartheid against the Palestinian people.

Do we really need another ‘Gandhi’?

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 Calls abound for another Gandhi — particularly when the subject is the Palestinian struggle for human rights and self-determination. Nicholas Kristof is just the latest. The main reason why my business partner and I called our latest venture the Palestinian Gandhi Project is that this is the language used by everyone else. “Where is the […]

Will a US veto at the UN invite another 9/11 (followed by an attack on Iran)?

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Former U.S. ambassador Charles O. Cecil’s letter to President Obama warns that a U.S. veto of Palestine’s application for U.N. membership will physically endanger American civilians: …if the United States vetoes the Palestinian request for statehood, we will damage our position in the Islamic world—not merely the Arab World—for untold years to come. We will become the […]

Obama’s only tool against Netanyahu is… delegitimization

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Lately I have had conversations with two very-connected Jews that suggested to me the wheels are coming off the lobby’s cart, that the collapse of the talks due to Israel’s intransigence is upsetting American Jews, and some of the grown-ups are getting closer to saying, F-you, Israel, we’re done indulging your disgusting habits. Yes, I […]

Obama’s failure has served to expose Israeli intransigence here and abroad

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As the United States sends envoy George Mitchell to grasp at straws in hopes of restarting negotiations to create a Palestinian state after the Israeli government refused to curb settlement construction, Obama’s inability to entice Netanyahu’s coalition to comply with international law has frustrated many who wish for peace between Israel and Palestine. However, upon […]

Why is the White House sending its Iran negotiator to a neocon conference in D.C.?

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Well because that’s where the power is. The permanent Establishment in D.C. has a neoconservative flavor right now, Obama has to truckle to those folks. (Ask me why later.) The Foundation for Defense of Democracies is a neoconservative shop. It takes a hawkish stance on confronting Iran. The Obama aide is Gary Samore. The press […]

Ex-CIA official: Obama’s only peace process is to ‘hope for a miracle’

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Robert Grenier, CIA’s chief of station in Islamabad, Pakistan, from 1999 to 2002 and director of the CIA’s counter-terrorism center, writes in disbelief at the current Obama administration strategy with the peace process (which he considers long dead). He comments on the Al Jazeera English website about the rumored bundle of incentives the White House […]

Qatar nutmegs Obama

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One may fairly conclude that Barack Obama’s over-hyped alleged efforts to “reach out” to the Arab and Muslim worlds ended yesterday when he responded, with a breathtaking lack of grace, to Qatar’s defeat of the United States (as well as Australia, Japan and South Korea) in the competition to stage the 2022 World Cup by […]

More WikiLeaks: Netanyahu took Obama seriously, for a little while

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Another report that the Netanyahu-Barak government was fluttered to the point of defensive reaction by the prospect of Obama’s Cairo speech– Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Obama administration just two weeks after elected to Knesset that he supported the idea of a land exchange and had no desire to govern Palestinian territories, according to […]

The (old) news from wikileaks so far – The US is Israel’s greatest enabler

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That there is nothing new, or surprising, in these cables yet that we feel the need to parse through them is indicative of our frustration with the current state of affairs, leading us to believe this will be a worthwhile endeavor. Surely there is nothing new in the often-delusional Netanyahu’s petulance, or his persistent paranoid belief that […]

A deal on settlements: are we being played?

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You’re fed up with Israel’s settlement policy. You’ve read about Obama’s offer to give Israel the moon for a three month moratorium that excludes East Jerusalem, and you’re furious. On the other hand, you might be someone who could care less about settlements. Your chief concern is Israel’s security and you believe that any daylight […]

Lebanon, the endgame

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Several recent news items have focused on Israel’s desire to confront Iran in Lebanon by taking on Iranian ally, Hizbollah. Yesterday Norman Finkelstein sent along this clip from the Asia Times, “Israel moves to counter Hezbollah,” which begins, “In the past few months, Israel has gone out of its way to cast itself as a […]

Thrill is gone, ‘JPost’ editor concedes, twixt US and Israel

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Here’s an interesting if gag-producing piece by David Horovitz, the editor of the Jerusalem Post, on how the relationship between Israel and the U.S. has chilled. The piece seeks “bitterly, to underline” how the romance between the countries has ended. And how the U.S. and Israel are now somewhat adversarial.

Saturday morning cartoons

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Here’s another historical reenactment, this one courtesy of Blogging the Casbah:

Siegman and Walt both doubtful

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Henry Siegman is cynical (at the National Interest) about Obama’s concessions to Netanyahu. Note Siegman’s blistering tone. Note the frank description of Palestinian rightlessness (emphasis mine). Siegman’s piece highlights the amazing fact that East Jerusalem is free for Netanyahu’s picking:

But what if the Palestinians are the victims?

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Roger Cohen praises Fayyad, and pushes the Obama-Clinton efforts. The settlement deal with Netanyahu is “positive but a detail.” (I’m not sure what he means by that.) His take on the Palestinian change of attitude reminds me a little of patronizing comments on lamentable Jewish attitudes of yesteryear. Of course then we got the IDF! […]

The handshake on the White House lawn

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By now, readers must know that I possess one of the hallmarks of weak judgment, I believe whatever the last person I talked to has told me; and in that spirit, let me pass along what a friend told me yesterday in favor of the two-state solution. Here’s what he said:

Hitchens says US is ‘Shabbos goy’ to Israel, and latest deal will just further dispossess Palestinians

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Christopher Hitchens has a great column at Slate describing the “national humiliation” of the United States by Israel in the latest deal that Netanyahu has extracted. Hitchens’s language is colorful, and is a reminder that generally when a writer writes with literary freedom about gentile-Jewish relations, in a critical manner, he/she gets smacked down for […]

U.S. Justice Department prepares for the ominous expansion of law prohibiting ‘material support’ for terrorism

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In late September the FBI carried out a series of raids of homes and anti-war offices of public activists in Minneapolis and Chicago. Following the raids the Obama Justice Department subpoenaed 14 activists to a grand jury in Chicago and also subpoenaed the files of several anti-war and community organizations. In carrying out these repressive […]

NYT implies Muslims are the hostile ‘other’

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The New York Times is at it again.  In an article about President Obama’s mild criticism of Israel’s plans to build more settlements in occupied Palestine, the newspaper said: Despite their efforts to build mutual trust, Mr. Obama and Mr. Netanyahu seem to keep talking past each other. On Tuesday, they were worlds apart in […]