Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu is reaching out to American Jews to oppose the Iran deal tomorrow. The good thing about the Iran war that the neoconservatives and Netanyahu want is that so many Jews are showing up in favor of the deal. We’re having a vigorous conversation about the influence of the rightwing Israel lobby, and the implicit call for dual loyalty that Zionism depends upon. So Netanyahu’s outreach will cause more American Jews to question whether they really wish to be the buttress of the Jewish state.
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Democratic Party chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz won’t say if she supports the Iran Deal. She is clearly worried about alienating big campaign donors and the wrath of the Israel lobby, a minority faction inside the Jewish community, but the most engaged part
American Jewish organizations are not standing up for Israel out of fear of alienating Obama on the Iran deal, Nancy Pelosi says the deal will pass, and so neocon godfather Norman Podhoretz calls for Israel to attack Iran
Consensus is that Congress won’t reject Iran Deal, even Chuck Schumer will go along in the end. And it appears that rightwing Israel supporters have overreached in opposition, and are opening up room for Israel’s critics in the mainstream
American Jews support the Iran deal by 49 to 31 percent, while overall Americans are only in favor, 28-24 percent, according to an LA Jewish Journal poll– another sign of divorce of American and Israeli Jewish communities
Steve Emerson to Times Square rally: “If we don’t take out Iran, they will take out us… your children will never forgive you for not protecting this country from a holocaust. For not protecting Israel from a holocaust that will occur assuredly just as it did 70 years ago.”
AIPAC may spend $40 million to oppose the Iran deal, and the greatest pressure is on Democrats who don’t want to vote for it for fear of losing their jobs. The public supports the deal by 56-37. But unfortunately, the politics of the deal are playing out chiefly inside the Jewish community. The White House talks to Jewish groups and the Defense Secretary goes to Israel.
When Scott Walker says he might attack Iran on day 1 of his presidency, he is trying to please billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who said that Obama should nuke Iran. Jeb Bush is twisting himself in knots to please pro-Israel billionaires.
Netanyahu is proving to be the best argument for the Iran deal. Americans don’t like him and asked to choose between him and the resurgent president, it’s a no-brainer.
Haim Saban and Sheldon Adelson both want to bomb Iran and both support Sen. Robert Menendez’s defense fund. And even the New York Times states in a headline that “Pro-Israel billionaires” are backing Menendez. The elephant in the room is getting some attention
Rabbi Brant Rosen’s new congregational venture Tzedek Chicago continues to make news. Writing in the Forward, Jonathan Paul Katz thinks that such a non-Zionist venture rooted in universal Jewish values might fill a gap in Jewish life. That said, the issue is much more profound than Katz is aware of.
Abe Foxman says Jews are smarter, and richer and value education more than other Americans, and any criticism of Jews is just jealousy, and Obama needs to love us more. He’s retiring. It’s about time.
Tony Judt’s apprehensions about Israel’s future seem more cogent than ever, Jacob Heilbrunn writes in NYT, in a hat-tip to the one-state solution
In his new memoir, Michael Oren makes out suburban New Jersey in 1971 to be as anti-Semitic as Odessa during the pogroms. To do so, he lies by omission about the facts behind a synagogue bombing. The Jewish terrorist Meir Kahane was due to speak there, and the speech was canceled. Oren doesn’t tell readers that part.
Adam Szubin, Obama’s nominee for counter terrorism czar in Treasury, would be the third Jew to hold that job. That’s because the position is an Israel lobby position; Obama has to demonstrate to the lobby that he’s tough on Iran in order to try and cut a deal with the country.
In a letter to megadonor Haim Saban, Hillary Clinton says she will do all she can to oppose the boycott divestment and sanctions movement, because Israel is nothing like South Africa, it’s a “miracle” she fell in love with more than 30 years ago and has defended again and again.
A new religious venture, Tzedek Chicago, is headed by the rebellious, anti-Zionist and Psalmist, Rabbi Brant Rosen. “We reject the view that any one people, ethnic group or nation is entitled to any part of our world more than any other.”
Michael Oren, who was supposed to win Jewish Americans back for Israel, actually doesn’t respect them.
Jews are being counted on for “huge sums” by the Hillary Clinton campaign, Politico reports, and that’s why she’s waffling on the Iran deal and bragging on her relationship with Benjamin Netanyahu
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