“I am not a person who breaks promises,” incoming President Donald Trump said this week about his plan to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, but the move is sparking angry protest around the world. “His plan would legitimize theft of Palestinian land,” says Institute for Middle East Understanding. “Madness,” says Tom Friedman.
Category Archives: US Politics
Donald Trump is set to become the 45th president of the United States of America. The world waits.
The Washington Post ignores Israel’s brutal killing of a 17-year-old Palestinian youth protesting the occupation but publishes a bizarre feature story on a blind Israeli golfer. The relative weight granted Israeli human interest stories and Palestinian human rights speaks volumes, says Jim Zogby.
Obama failed to establish a Palestinian state but his success against Netanyahu on the Iran deal and last minute abstention on the UN Security Council resolution against settlements have fostered the international campaign for equal rights in Israel and Palestine.
“I prefer a painful truth over any blissful fantasy,” Chelsea Manning said, and President Obama has commuted her sentence in one of his last acts as president
UN resolution against settlements will lead to ‘mass boycotts and sanctions’ of Israel, Michael Koplow of the Israel Policy Forum tells Park Ave synagogue, as liberal Zionists panic over the dangers posed to their dream by Netanyahu and Trump.
There is ample evidence that Louis Brandeis converted to Zionism at 56, after a life removed from Jewish concerns, so as to get on to the Supreme Court, which President Wilson had made clear was impossible unless he was a “representative Jew.” Brandeis’s hagiographers, including Jeffrey Rosen, CEO of the Constitution Center, in his new biography from Yale Books, erase this history lest it would throw a shadow on a Zionist hero.
At the 92d Street Y, David Makovsky says SJP has its roots in Hamas and JVP doesn’t work with SJP, and other falsehoods about the Palestinian solidarity movement; and the pity is that his opponents are never invited to rebut him. The Jewish community used to be smart. Now Zionism dumbs down everything it touches.
Katie Miranda looks into the creative process behind the recently leaked intelligence report that alleges Russia has incriminating evidence on Donald Trump.
A new Pew Research Center poll from January 4-9 of American views on foreign policy shows that Democratic Party sympathies for Israel are crashing, down ten points in the last 9 months, from 43 percent to 33 percent. That’s a 23 percent crash. If this was the stock market, Israel would be considered a tanking stock.
The fancy mostly-Jewish DC-area golf club President Obama wants to join after he leaves office is divided about accepting him because of his stand on Israel at the United Nations in December, the New York Post reports.
One of the major questions facing the incoming Trump administration is whether it will move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Commentators agree it could have far-reaching consequences and embolden Israel’s right-wing. What may come as a surprise is that it could also end up further isolating Israel. “It increases the possibility that other countries—specifically the Europeans—that simply tag along behind the United States are going to have to start to make policy [decisions] for themselves…where they exact some form of consequence on Israel,” Ali Abunimah tells Mondoweiss.
Donald Trump has now named his son-in-law Jared Kushner as a senior adviser, notably on Middle East and Israel issues. Ten years ago, Kushner fired Philip Weiss from the New York Observer after Weiss started reporting on the Israeli occupation. Weiss reflects on his experience with Kushner and what it could mean for his upcoming White House role.
Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to Netanyahu three or four times as often as to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, according to former State Dep’t aide David Makovsky
The Israeli government is waging “a brazen, covert influence campaign” in Britain, investigation by Al Jazeera alleges. An Israeli diplomat schemed to “take down” British Foreign Secretary because he was critical of settlements, an undercover tape reveals.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has gotten a “promise” from Donald Trump that he will be the second foreign leader invited to the White House, maybe early next month, says David Makovsky, who just returned to the U.S. from meetings with Netanyahu aides.
‘Netanyahu is moving us to extremes so we eventually go off a cliff into chaos’ Rep Lloyd Doggett of Texas said, in stressing Israel’s isolation in the world, and unsuccessfully opposing a Congressional resolution to attack the UN Security Council over settlements.
Senator Cory Booker and Democratic megadonor Haim Saban may have a marriage made in 2020: Both have slammed President Obama’s decision to allow a UN Security Council resolution against settlements. Booker calls it anti-Israel and joins 11 other Democrats in sponsoring a resolution hammering the UN vote, while Israeli-American Saban says it’s against the “national interest.”
Jews opposed the UN Resolution against settlements by 47-42 percent, according to a Politico/Morning Consult poll. But other members of the Democratic Party coalition were for it by large margins, African Americans, Hispanics, and Religious nones. And Republicans are also against the resolution.
Sgt Azaria is convicted of manslaughter in Hebron killing of March 24, 2016. Human rights organization B’Tselem says Palestinians are killed all the time by Israeli security forces and there is no accountability. New York Times and Washington Post leave this angle out.
Norman Finkelstein says the UN resolution against settlements was very strong, making them a war crime, and Obama allowed it to pass, in a major shift from his previous stance, because he wanted a legacy on Israel/Palestine and wanted to turn the tables on Netanyahu. Now the question is what Palestinians will do to enforce the latest in a long line of historical documents damming the settlements.
Donald Trump is terrifying but there’s one big upside. Thanks to his extremism, a long-delayed reckoning is coming on Israel/Palestine. Boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) will take off as never before.
Only four congressional Democrats have been outspoken in support of Obama’s decision to allow a resolution critical of Israeli settlements to pass the UN Security Council, Senators Dianne Feinstein and Patrick Leahy, Kentucky Rep John Yarmuth and Illinois Rep Jan Schakowsky. Meanwhile there has been a chorus of denunciation from the likes of even good liberals like Jerrold Nadler, Richard Blumenthal, Hakeem Jeffries, Adam Schiff, Sherrod Brown, and Ron Wyden.
Alan Dershowitz gave Keith Ellison’s campaign to become DNC chair its largest boost in weeks when told the Fox Business Network, “If they appoint Keith Ellison to be chairman of the Democratic Party, I will resign my membership to the Democratic Party after 50 years of being a loyal Democrat.”
Netanyahu’s most impressive achievement is that he has associated his politics and even himself personally with sacred Jewish history and its hallowed lessons. That is why Jimmy Carter and now John Kerry must be vilified for pointing out the apartheid treatment of Palestinians. Netanyahu’s sacred construction is about to crash to the ground. Jeffrey Goldberg has already jumped ship.