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Netanyahu’s speech and the American Jewish condition

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U.S. President Barack Obama (L) arrives to speak with Israeli-American media tycoon Haim Saban about negotiations with Iran in Washington December 7, 2013. (Photo: James Lawler Duggan/Reuters)

The scandal over the Netanyahu speech to Congress is in the end a story about the Jewish condition in the United States. Netanyahu’s speech has exposed the power of the Israel lobby, and it will never be the same. The American establishment is too diverse, and we are all tired of the lobby’s 40-year-run in power.

Thanks to Netanyahu, Israel support turns into a political football

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Robert Kagan, from the Hertog Program

Israel is politicized in the U.S.! Bill Kristol’s neocon group runs an ad painting Obama as a madman and Netanyahu as a statesman, while the New York Times runs a cartoon saying that Netanyahu wants to build a settlement on Pennsylvania Avenue

AIPAC and Bill Kristol turn up the pressure

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Bill Kristol, at Rightweb

Bill Kristol of the Emergency Committee for Israel urges AIPAC attendees to boycott speeches from the Obama administration officials as AIPAC urges congressmen to attend Netanyahu’s speech next week

NY City Council trip to Israel leaves out occupied Palestine

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Melissa Mark-Viverito, NY City Council speaker, tweeted about a "great convo" with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat explained to the visiting NY City Council delegation why it was necessary for Jerusalem to be Jewish, but a report on three days of travel indicates that the council members left out any tour of the occupation of Palestinian territories.

James Baker to speak at J Street conference

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James Baker

James Baker was purged from the Republican Party as an “Arabist,” neocon Bill Kristol once bragged. Well he’s speaking at the J Street conference next month, a sign that the lobby is splitting

Warriors for ‘the ultimate truth’ gather in New York

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Trump at the Algemeiner gala, photo by Sarah Rogers

Algemeiner is not exactly a household name, but it has managed to carve out a niche for itself publishing online articles filled with a particularly rabid brand of hasbara. Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein and the late Joan Rivers were given “warriors for truth” awards at its recent gala in New York

Netanyahu’s disaster: speech cost ‘omnipotent’ lobby a veto proof majority for Iran sanctions

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Hillary Clinton

The Netanyahu speech controversy is a neverending disaster on Capitol Hill and it just keeps piling up headlines. Eighteen congresspeople say they’ll skip it. ‘The Hill’ calls it likely the most controversial speech ever by a foreign leader to a joint session of Congress. Bill Kristol, the head of the neoconservative Emergency Committee for Israel, put out a tongue-in-cheek letter to Hillary Clinton offering her to drive her to the speech.

Ari Shavit pimps AIPAC in Scarsdale

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Ari Shavit. (Photo: Spiegel & Grau/NPR)

You had to RSVP to an AIPAC email address to attend Ari Shavit’s talk at a Scarsdale Reform temple last Thursday, and the event was a celebration of the rightwing Israel lobby group. And you thought Shavit was a liberal Zionist?

Biden will skip Netanyahu’s speech

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Nancy Pelosi

Politico is reporting that Vice President Joe Biden will be out of town when Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is scheduled to come to Washington to address a joint session of Congress, March 3.

The New England Patriots and Israel

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Robert Kraft and Tom Brady in Israel

The winner of the Super Bowl has many connections to the Jewish state. Owner Robert Kraft loves the country, funds football stadiums there, and brings many players there, including Tom Brady, quarterback

Israel gets trashed at the 92d Street Y

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Nick Kroll and John Mulaney of Oh, Hello! came to 92d Street Y and Kroll savaged Judaism and Israel for “not budging on that nightmare” of unending settlements. Oh and Alan Dershowitz is a nudist