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American Jewish Community

Jewish community is Humpty Dumpty– it won’t come back together again, and shouldn’t

Philip Weiss on
Shimon Peres and Steve Israel

Reps Steve Israel and Eliot Engel opposed President Obama on the Iran Deal, surely because of their concern for Israel; and they think there shouldn’t be divisions inside the Jewish community over their opposition? The divisions are real and important and go back to the Iraq war disaster, when liberal Zionists went along with neocons on a tragic policy

Meeting Jimmy Carter

Marc H. Ellis on
Marc Ellis's book Toward a Jewish Theology of Liberation

The theologian Marc Ellis gave a sensational speech at the Carter Center in 1988, on the Palestinian uprising and the Jewish people. Friends fearing for his safety accompanied him from the hall. The next day he was seated across from Jimmy Carter and the president expressed anger at the Begin government for not following through on commitments at Camp David

Non-Jew dares to announce position on Iran Deal

Philip Weiss on
Louise McIntosh Slaughter

Jews certainly are dominating the discussion of the politics of the Iran Deal. Latest news has Sen Franken coming out for deal and 98 prominent Hollywood Jews supporting it.

Jeffrey Goldberg’s melodramatic apology for Chuck Schumer

Roland Nikles on
Schumer, official portrait

In order to make out Iran Deal opponents like Chuck Schumer as reasonable—as opposed to treasonous—Jeffrey Goldberg compares Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei to Hitler and frets whether Obama and Kerry understand the “eliminationist” nature of Khamenei’s anti-Semitism. With friends like these, this Iran deal does not need enemies.

President Obama wants us to argue about the special relationship

Philip Weiss on
Obama announces the Iran deal

Obama’s pointed comments about Netanyahu’s influence in the U.S. and the Israel lobby’s donations have gotten condemnation from rightwing Zionists. No one in the MSM is standing up for the president; but arguing about Zionism is a vital part of trying to cement the Iran Deal

Obama ushers in the crisis of the Israel lobby

Philip Weiss on
Stephen M. Walt (l) and John J. Mearsheimer

Obama has taken on the central points of the Israel lobby argument — a loose coalition of supporters distorts US policy in favor of Israel and played big part in starting Iraq war –and his speech ushers in a period in which American Jews will argue openly about Israel, and that’s a great thing

Netanyahu will lobby American Jews on deal, calling on alleged loyalty to Jewish state

Philip Weiss on
Barney Frank

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.

Time Warner executive moonlights as speechwriter for Netanyahu

Philip Weiss on
Gary Ginsberg- headshot Liz Sullivan      Newscorp.   News Corporation

Gary Ginsberg, a top executive at Time Warner, is a speechwriter for Benjamin Netanyahu in his free time. Ginsberg says Time Warner is fully aware of his service but has not disclosed it because he does so in his personal capacity as a friend of Netanyahu’s.

It’s time for American Jews to recognize they have been duped

Avigail Abarbanel on
Leonard Cohen singing to Israeli troops including Ariel Sharon in 1973

American Jews either do not know or refuse to acknowledge that Israel is a settler colonial project. When Israel supporters call on them to attest that Israel has a “moral” army, that should be a wakeup call, to give up the intellectual dishonesty

If Americans support Iran deal, 56-37, what gives Israel the power to ‘croak’ it?

Philip Weiss on
Israeli Defense minister Moshe Ya'alon greets US Defsec Ashton Carter

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.