Edward Snowden is back in the news, thanks in large part to Oliver Stone’s new biopic of the whistleblower. While the movie focuses on what Snowden revealed about U.S. surveillance of Americans, Snowden also revealed a great deal about the U.S.-Israeli relationship. Snowden’s leaks provide an unprecedented look at how the U.S. and Israel share intelligence, and also reveal the tensions in the relationship. Mondoweiss takes a look back at Snowden’s revelations about Israel and the United States.
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Zionists genuinely loved Shimon Peres for reminding them of Israel’s ideals. His death serves a good function: the US establishment should accept the reality it has denied: the two state solution is dead and Palestinians live under apartheid.
Donald Trump’s Israel advisor again raised the possibility of his candidate backing the Israeli annexation of the occupied West Bank, while dining with the representative of a settler organization in New York during the “last two weeks,” according to a report published by Israel’s Channel 2 who obtained a video of the meeting.
Neither Clinton nor Trump have a long-term plan for Iraq or the middle east that doesn’t involve war. Clinton wants to destroy ISIS, but doesn’t offer any reason other than ISIS must be destroyed. Israel/Palestine, although it helps drive the religiously motivated violence in the region, doesn’t even register for either candidate.
California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill against the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement on Saturday. Brown’s signature makes California the 13th state to enact an anti-BDS measure, most of which bar state contracts or pension funds from going to entities that support BDS. California is one of the most significant prizes that pro-Israel groups have won. It’s the most populous state in the country and activists groups on opposing sides of the issue have waged intense battles over BDS and Israel-Palestine.
After a weekend of separate sit-downs between the prime minister of Israel and both Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump in New York, the Palestinian leadership condemned Trump for statements that broke away from the U.S.’s official position on Jerusalem.
At Netanyahu award dinner in NY, even so-called secular Jews speak of Israel in religious terms, describing it as a “miracle” that God created for his chosen people after 2000 years. Not so different from Christian evangelicals and Islamists.
On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton in New York, ahead of Monday’s first presidential debate. Trump promised to keep Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel and Clinton told the Israeli leader that she would oppose any outside agitators who try to impose peace, even agitators like the United Nations, and especially the BDS movement. The meetings suggest that Netanyahu will have the full attention of whoever the American people choose to occupy the White House.
“President Obama, as you leave office keep your friendship with Israel intact,” Rabbi Shmuley Boteach threatens to help destroy Obama’s legacy if he dares to try to create a Palestinian state.
Zionist anxiety about Israel: Criticism is for some American Jews “the sole basis for an American Jewish relationship with Israel,” says Yossi Klein Halevi, while John Podhoretz discovers that a beloved history teacher is now an anti-Zionist
Shadowy Israeli intelligence officer “Captain Nativ” tours American Jewish spaces and tells a bunch of Upper West Side Jews that Israel was “really close to opening a war against Hezbollah” in 2015. Who knew!
The Daniel S. Abraham Center for Peace, a prominent liberal Zionist lobbying group run by former Democratic Florida congressman Robert Wexler, purchased a full-page newspaper advertisement in Friday’s edition of the New York Times, calling for the immediate separation of Israelis and Palestinians into separate countries to keep Israel as a Jewish majority state. “It’s Time for Separation,” the advertisement explains. “Separation today means a Jewish majority, State of Israel now and for Generations ahead.” Or, as Alabama Gov. George Wallace put it: “Segregation now! Segregation tomorrow! Segregation forever!”
President Obama and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in New York on the sideline of the UN General Assembly and there was more talk about the president playing golf in Israel and visiting the country in his post-presidency than there was about the vaunted two-state solution.
On Monday, Donald Trump and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio hailed counter-terrorism tactics that civil rights advocates found alarming, especially as Islamophobic attacks are on the rise amid rancorous campaign rhetoric. Their comments came after a Saturday night bombing in Manhattan injured 29 people. An Afghan-born suspect, Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, is now in police custody.
Vermont Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Kentucky’s Rand Paul were among the dozen holdouts from a letter the Israel lobby group AIPAC circulated seeking to limit President Obama’s actions to oppose Israeli settlements in his last months in office. Still, many progressive US senators as well as vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine signed on to an Israel lobby letter designed to limit President Obama’s actions against the Israeli occupation, now nearly 50 years old.
After an abrupt suspension last Tuesday, a college course about the decolonization of Palestine has earned a reprieve from the University of California on Monday. The campaign against the class was lead by the AMCHA Initiative, a pro-Israel advocacy group which has a long history of attempting to stifle discussion of the Israeli occupation on University of California campuses.
Most Democrats think the $38 billion dollar aid package the U.S. signed with Israel last week—the highest in U.S. history—is “too much or way too much” money, while Republicans are split on the amount, according to a survey conducted by the Brookings Institute.
Colin Powell privately said that Israel’s 200 nukes are the strongest argument in favor of the Iran deal, but when he went on Meet the Press, he didn’t say a word about it. And neither did Obama or the MSM. This self-censorship reflects obeisance to the Israel lobby.
A New York Times editorial saying Israel gets too much military aid from the US is pathetic because it never mentions Palestinians, who readers now know are the victims of Israeli actions using US munitions. But happily for the Times, there’s no place for readers to comment on the article.
Today the New York Times runs an insultingly stupid bit of pro-Israel propaganda by Jodi Rudoren saying that Israel and the US have “shared values,” based on foundational documents, without stating that the US was founded with white supremacist beliefs and Israel persists in such beliefs to this day.
Like the U.S., Israel is turning into a minority-majority country but its response to that reality is “apartheid,” Tom Friedman says on Israel television. Netanyahu won the debate on one-state, he says, and the New York Times should call him the “Prime Minister of Israel Palestine.”
Pfizer supports Hillary Clinton’s run for the presidency. It also produces Prevenar 13, a pneumonia treatment that costs $10 a course, a price too high for some of the millions of children who get it each year. Clinton should email or phone her friends at Pfizer and get them to lower the price.
Antisemitism echoed by Trump supporters is felt as a threat by Jews. We have been able to make a life in the United States, with no limits except those internalized, but reawakened Christian hostility has always been a consideration. Israelis are more used to racism.
Jeffrey Goldberg needs to maintain his status as the go-to journalist on all things Jewish/Israeli. But he can’t open his mouth about recent news because it all reflects badly on Jews and Israel. Still the world hungers for his enlightenment.
An immoral Orwellian video whose goal was to defend the indefensible, Netanyahu’s “ethnic cleansing” video was drawn in part from the words of his American rightwing glimmer twin, Republican pollster Frank Luntz, who is dedicated to committing American Jews to Israel’s defense.