If it was outrageous and inappropriate and unprecedented for the Republicans to ask Netanyahu to speak to Congress, thereby undermining Obama’s Iran policy, those who oppose war should take action, and give Netanyahu the cold shoulder when he comes to Congress
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Israel supporters call on Congress to delay Netanyahu’s speech lest it divide the Israel lobby publicly. But the real fear is that it could lead the US to war. Chris Matthews says the US will have no choice but to “blow up” Iran if it acquires a nuclear weapon.
The stunning invitation to Netanyahu to address the Congress in March against Obama may at last politicize the “special relationship,” forcing Democrats to side with the president over Israel and unleashing a debate over our Israeli policy, including the damage to the U.S. from the unending occupation
The war in Syria and Iraq has so many sides it’s hard to keep track of the teams. In Syria, we’re fighting the Assad government, but we’re also fighting the rebels who are fighting the Assad government, putting us on both sides of that civil war. But when you throw in the other countries that are taking sides, the program becomes even harder to follow. Recently, it seems that allies are on our enemy’s side while our enemies are on our side. To be on our side, it seems, you first have to let us sanction you.
The greatest crime of the twenty-first century so far has come to the big screen, and it’s a hit. Eamon Murphy reviews Clint Eastwood’s film “American Sniper” which tells the story of Iraq war sniper Chris Kyle. Murphy writes: “There’s a generic antiwar undercurrent, but no understanding of the myriad ways in which this specific act of aggression was so monstrous. The conflicting signals were probably part of a strategy to drum up business through controversy, but the movie deserves to be talked about: how a culture remembers its crimes is always of interest. We seem willing to regret the Iraq War, provided that we never have to face it; American Sniper abides by this profitable bargain.”
Holy Land Foundation President Shukri Abu Baker writes from a maximum security prison in Beaumont, Texas: “I was only 4 yrs old when Martin Luther King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, 1963. In that speech King dreamt of a day when people of all races would be able to sing with a ‘new meaning’, “My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my father died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.” I sang, and I’m still singing. Even from the tight emptiness of my cell I’m singing, but I’m yet to savor the new meaning King spoke of. I’m yet to feel the breeze of liberty against the stark landscape of incarceration. Perhaps my singing carries too strong of an Arabic accent, or a hint of Islamism, or a touch of Palestinianism. Perhaps the song, was not meant for me.”
The Congressional invitation to Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to both houses of Congress, purposely upstaging President Obama’s State of the Union speech on Iran and terrorism is a shocker that the MSM can’t ignore. More Iran sanctions would be like throwing “a grenade” into negotiations, John Kerry warns, while US media reflect shock that Congress would invite Netanyahu to urge such a course. The White House and State Department say they won’t meet with Netanyahu on the visit, the Israel lobby calls it a snub.
The New York Times’ Isabel Kershner says the stabbing of Israelis by a Palestinian in Jerusalem “broke a period of relative calm.” Can we retire that phrase permanently? Have Palestinians ever experienced a period of relative calm?
We are moving toward a confrontation over Iran sanctions. President Obama vowed to veto sanctions on Iran and give negotiations time in his State of the Union speech. But today House speaker John Boehner on behalf of bipartisan congressional leadership invited Israeli PM Netanyahu to speak to a joint session Feb. 11 in a rebuke to the president
Veteran CNN journalist Jim Clancy’s resignation this week is one of the odder media fallouts from the Charlie Hebdo Paris attack. On January 7, 2015 Clancy got into a late night Twitter spat regarding the French satirical magazine with online adversaries. He told them they were ganging up on him and practicing “hasbara,” the Hebrew word for “explaining” that describes pro-Israel advocacy. As it turns out, Clancy was not off base. Some that spared with him have worked for the Israeli government and pro-Israel lobby groups.
Critics of Israel have long known Alan Dershowitz’s power to smear their reputations. Now Ronn Torossian, a fellow Israel advocate, accuses Dersh of virulent bullying for calling him a “despicable human being” and lying about his record
USA Today mentions Palestine in a story on Martin Luther King Jr’s living inspiration, and a 1964 speech on South Africa, lately rediscovered, suggests that King would be supporting Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel.
It’s a “tragic irony” that Israel which has withstood thousands of terrorist rockets is to be investigated by the International Criminal Court, the US State Department says, fulfilling its role as the defender of the Jewish state
‘NYT’ pillories French mosque leader who justifies jihadists going to Syria because Israel recruits French youth to kill Palestinians. But he has a point. And what about Times columnist David Brooks’s son, who joined the IDF because he believes in that cause?
Shades of Selma: Shmuley Boteach tells two Muslim writers on CNN that they have no right to complain about their freedoms in the US and Israel. Ahmed Shihab-Eldin and Rula Jebreal beg to differ.
A New York panel last night featured Dr. Robyn Spencer and Linda Sarsour discussed the connections of militarized policing between the US and Israel. The panel was held one day after a press conference hosted by a coalition of over fifty groups in opposition to the New York City Council’s upcoming delegation to Israel and the US-Israel military/police relationship.
Obama should reach out to Palestine as he has Cuba. His legacy would be assured, Marc Ellis writes at Mondo
The Muslim American community, by and large, is sympathetic to the Palestinian cause. But when it comes to how to advocate for Palestinians, sharp differences emerge. An at-times bitter debate has broken out in the Muslim American community over engagement with Zionism, the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement and what type of actions to take to address the Israel/Palestine conflict. The debate has centered around a trip to Israel a handful of Muslim Americans are currently on. The Muslim Leadership Initiative trip, which first caused a storm of controversy online last year, is being sponsored by the Shalom Hartman Institute, an Israeli and American think tank that has ties to the Israeli army and works against BDS.
Congress has passed provisions that immediately ends funding to the Palestinian Authority in the event of a unity government with Hamas, or a joint government where Hamas exercises “undue influence.” Though, there is one exception. If a supposed unity government recognizes Israel as a Jewish state, the aid will continue.
David Samel offers a math test and a morality test that look at the same numbers from different perspectives. Do you come up with the same answer in both tests?
On January 8, Eric Fingerhut, the head of Hillel International, spoke to an audience of over 100 people at Temple Sinai in Roslyn, Long Island. He packed a lot into his speaking engagement. Fingerhut said that Jewish Voice for Peace is “frustrating,” the Open Hillel movement has no legs, Christians United for Israel is an “amazing” organization and progressive causes are becoming “infected” with anti-Israel sentiment.
California Scholars for Academic Freedom writes the University of Pennsylvania after Chris Hedges is disinvited from speaking for likening ISIS to Israel.
Eric Fingerhut, head of Hillel Int’l, says the group Open Hillel is operating deceptively, with the aim of turning Hillel chapters into sites of “anti-Israel agitation,” and citing a biblical lesson of God’s vengeance against a rebel, he says this is beyond the pale.