“I have three words of advice for you,” Netanyahu told Oren in one of their first meetings. “Media. Media. Media.” Any criticisms of Israel that got traction, Oren had to call the Congress or the major press
Category Archives: US Politics
“It’s our celebration too,” Netanyahu says of July 4, and judging from his recent calendar the rightwing prime minister of a government gets tons of social support from Americans, from Katie Couric to Eric Schmidt of Google.
Michael Oren sought to shore up American Jewish support for Israel, but by insulting Obama, Jewish secularism and the tikkun olam tradition, the former ambassador has angered Jeffrey Goldberg, Ron Kampeas and Leon Wieseltier and hastened the divorce between the two communities
More evidence that the US is reassessing the relationship to Israel. The State Dep’t rejects an Israel-led piece of legislation in the US to punish European companies or governments that apply BDS in the occupied territories. The State Dep’t said that it does not oppose boycott of Israeli settlement activity and occupation
The United Church of Christ vote in favor of divestment and boycott has prompted an incredibly fair report from the NYT, saying the BDS movement is growing and is supported by a “growing number” of American Jews.
Michael Oren’s attack on American Jews has backfired. His book is getting trashed by reviewers, all of whom cite his sneering view of US Jews as self-hating because they don’t love Israel enough. His former college roommate David Rothkopf says his views are “profoundly offensive” and “twist reality.”
The new UN report on the Gaza war of last summer accepts Israel’s rationale for the destruction of 70 mosques in Gaza, a display of rank anti-Muslim bigotry, Norman Finkelstein says, in a report that strains to be “fair” to both sides and thereby balances grossly different death tolls
“Your map of Israel is enclosed,” the New Israel Fund writes in a fundraising letter to American Jews. This gut-Zionist appeal by a progressive group shows the limits of action by liberal Zionist groups to address the roots of the conflict.
Jonathan Rosen, novelist and editorial director of a leading line of Jewish books, describes Edward Said’s Orientalism, an iconic book for Arab-Americans, as a “monster” in academic and public life. Zionism is making American Jewish organizations very conservative indeed.
Promoting a letter from 5 former Obama advisers questioning the Iran deal, the NYT leaves the fact that it originated at the thinktank WINEP till the 26th paragraph and never says that the Israel lobby AIPAC started WINEP.
Nadya Raja Tannous writes about the destruction of the Church of the Multiplication on the shores of the Sea of Galilee by Israeli settlers and the massacre of 9 people by a white supremacist in a church in Charleston, South Carolina.
In arguably the strongest signal Congress has ever sent in support for Palestinian human rights, 19 members of Congress sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urging the Department of State to make the human rights of Palestinian children a priority in the U.S. bilateral relationship with Israel. Rep. Betty McCollum makes it clear that this letter is intended to result in decisive action. In the Congresswoman’s own words: “Israel’s military detention of Palestinian children is an indefensible abuse of human rights. I hope this letter results in State Department pressure on the Government of Israel to end this systemic abuse immediately. Palestinian children should be treated exactly the same as Israeli or American children, without the fear that one day soldiers will arrest them, beat them, and lock them away in prison.”
“Six Jews sitting in the White House, three Israelis and three American Jews, discussing the Palestinian state. It happens all the time. Very often the only non Jewish person in the room was the vice president or the president.” Michael Oren counts Jews.
Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft brought a group of former NFL stars, including Thurman Thomas, Curtis Martin, Mel Blount and Raymond Berry, to meet Netanyahu in Israel, and the PM railed against Obama’s Iran deal
The New York Times report on the UN Human Rights Council report on Gaza conflict equates numbers of Palestinian rockets fired to Israeli air strikes, and leaves out Israeli death toll (72 to 2251 Palestinian deaths) in dishonest effort to equate the suffering during the war
Center for American Progress lies, saying Republican candidates are tailoring their pro-life ideas for Sheldon Adelson. But CAP never mentions Israel; and– Adelson is pro-choice!
Latest State Dep’t report on terrorism itemizes the cost of Israel’s attack on Gaza, over 500 children killed, in what US News is calling a “subtle slap” at Israel. Numbers were not included before
In reporting a Palestinian killing an Israeli on the West Bank, the NYT says it is reminiscent of last year’s teen killings, leaving out the fact that last year’s violence began with killings of Palestinian teens at Nakba Day demo
New York Times demonstrates a double standard in chronicling potential Hamas censorship of a satirical show in Gaza but leaving out actual threats of censorship by Israel’s new rightwing cultural minister Miri Regev
Do Black lives matter in America? After the murders in Charleston, the historic debate about race in American history rages on a new level. Do Black lives matter to Jews? Another longstanding debate stretching from the Civil Rights era to the present. Yet of late a new and dangerous element is being reintroduced into the discussion by BlackLivesMatter and Jews of Conscience that threatens to resolve the issue in a definitive and negative way. The issue revolves around Jews and Palestinians: If Palestinian lives don’t matter to Jews, how can Black lives matter to Jews?
Michael Oren says the NYT rejected an op-ed written by former Israeli president Shimon Peres. NYT editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal says this is not true, as reported by Larry Cohler-Esses at Forward
NYT public editor Margaret Sullivan says she’s “very sorry” for the hurt caused by bigotry about drunken Irish contained in news story blaming balcony collapse that killed 5 in Berkeley on partying students. When will that sensitivity be extended to Palestinians?
Former Israeli ambassador Michael Oren’s new book singles out US Jewish journalists for being especially critical of their “nation-state” Israel in ways reminiscent of historical anti-Semitism
Michael Oren’s new book states a principle of the US-Israel special relationship: never surprise Israel with a policy change. Obama supposedly violated that pact when he failed to clear his Cairo speech in ’09 ahead of time with Netanyahu and started talks with Iran without clearing them with the Prime Minister.