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
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More evidence that the US is reassessing the relationship to Israel. The State Dep’t rejects an Israel-led piece of legislation in the US to punish European companies or governments that apply BDS in the occupied territories. The State Dep’t said that it does not oppose boycott of Israeli settlement activity and occupation
The United Church of Christ vote in favor of divestment and boycott has prompted an incredibly fair report from the NYT, saying the BDS movement is growing and is supported by a “growing number” of American Jews.
Michael Oren’s attack on American Jews has backfired. His book is getting trashed by reviewers, all of whom cite his sneering view of US Jews as self-hating because they don’t love Israel enough. His former college roommate David Rothkopf says his views are “profoundly offensive” and “twist reality.”
“Your map of Israel is enclosed,” the New Israel Fund writes in a fundraising letter to American Jews. This gut-Zionist appeal by a progressive group shows the limits of action by liberal Zionist groups to address the roots of the conflict.
Jonathan Rosen, novelist and editorial director of a leading line of Jewish books, describes Edward Said’s Orientalism, an iconic book for Arab-Americans, as a “monster” in academic and public life. Zionism is making American Jewish organizations very conservative indeed.
“Six Jews sitting in the White House, three Israelis and three American Jews, discussing the Palestinian state. It happens all the time. Very often the only non Jewish person in the room was the vice president or the president.” Michael Oren counts Jews.
Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft brought a group of former NFL stars, including Thurman Thomas, Curtis Martin, Mel Blount and Raymond Berry, to meet Netanyahu in Israel, and the PM railed against Obama’s Iran deal
Michael Oren says the NYT rejected an op-ed written by former Israeli president Shimon Peres. NYT editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal says this is not true, as reported by Larry Cohler-Esses at Forward
Former Israeli ambassador Michael Oren’s new book singles out US Jewish journalists for being especially critical of their “nation-state” Israel in ways reminiscent of historical anti-Semitism
Benjy Cannon of J St U describes the power of donors: “Many American Jewish communal institutions [are] caught between a small but powerful group of donors with views that are significantly right-of-center, and the vast majority of their constituents who make up a large, moderate middle.”
“Every generation hears the voice of Sinai anew,” Peter Beinart says of Jews; and young Jews are being called to anti-Zionism and support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement because of its idealism. The Jewish community must welcome them in and argue with them, he said. Israeli writer Ari Shavit says, No.
Ari Shavit’s realpolitik: the Israeli author says that Israel has been able to gain international immunity for using force against Palestinians on several occasions, from the 1940s to 2009, only because it was seen as sincerely pursuing peace. The failed Camp David peace process “was a failure for peace,” but a “savior for war.”
Rabbi’s are under scrutiny for ethical violations — Peeping Rabbis in the mikvah and assorted violations relating to sex. But other ethical violations are under reported or, actually, never mentioned. Like rabbis enabling congregants to flaunt International Law by supporting Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian territory. Only with the emergence of Jews of Conscience has the Jewish establishment been called to task.
‘You have dual citizenship with Israel’ NPR host Diane Rehm questions Bernie Sanders. The internet canard may dog Sanders — who worked on a kibbutz — the way Kenya canard dogged Obama
Israel’s existence is in jeopardy because its support base is disintegrating but it takes US and Jewish support for granted and does nothing to change, longtime supporter Abraham Foxman says in New York
“I have to do what’s right for the United States first of all, and Eretz Yisrael [the land of Israel] second,” NY Senator Chuck Schumer tells a Jewish group in a speech suggesting that he is going to back the Iran deal. He said he has made Obama “mad” by opposing the deal.
Israel always depended on two principles of power: dependence on a superpower and maintaining the “moral high ground” in the west, says Haaretz columnist Ari Shavit. It is in danger of losing both
Tablet has run a piece saying that another era of Jewish persecution is around the corner for American Jews. The golden age is over. The piece is absent evidence apart from crazy ideas like Obama’s disgust at Netanyahu is visceral, as if Netanyahu smells.
The Supreme Court today ruled 6-3 that the Obama administration was right to insist that a passport for a boy born in Jerusalem in 2001 not state, “Jerusalem, Israel,” as the boy wished– and as Congress also wanted. “A blow to the pro-Israel lobby,” even National Public Radio acknowledges
Essrea Cherin writes that growing up in Upstate New York in a progressive Reform Jewish family she absorbed the understanding that Arabs hate Jews. Years later, this belief was challenged when Cherin visited the Middle East to see it for herself: “Looking back on time in the Middle East, I recognize this as a transformational period. I now understand quite viscerally how fear can distort one’s view of the world. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to experience Arab culture for myself and have replaced mental images of monsters with real live people. Until that experience, I was unaware of the magnitude of the fear I had been clinging to. What a relief to let it go.”
Jeffrey Goldberg says that Israel is destroying Israel, Obama isn’t doing that, in an interview with David Rothkopf of Foreign Policy marred by Jewish narcissism
Peter Beinart says that Jewish public opinion in the U.S. doesn’t matter on Israel yet because Sheldon Adelson has too much money. But the community leadership plays an important role. A look at the totalitarian nature of the Israel lobby inside Jewish life, and how it may be breaking up.
A rave review of Max Blumenthal’s account of the Gaza war in Publisher’s Weekly is an important signal to the New York Times, which blacked out Blumenthal’s last book on Israel, Goliath.
Netanyahu Foreign Ministry aide Dore Gold is this generation’s answer to Abba Eban. Eban said Auschwitz borders, Gold says “defensible borders”. And Gold draws $227,000 from a Baltimore, MD, outfit devoted to “Jewish peoplehood” and backed by Sheldon Adelson