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Washington ‘sits shiva’ for the 2-state solution

Philip Weiss on
Obama after Netanyahu speech to Congress, March 4

Israeli PM Netanyahu’s dismissal of the two-state solution in the last days of the election campaign in Israel is having a huge and beneficial effect on the discussion of the conflict inside the United States. President Obama has taken Netanyahu at his word and says there will be no two-state solution for “several years.” He seems to be doing what many on the US left are doing: preparing Americans to think about what one state looks like.

A response to Michael Douglas

Gil Maguire on
Michael Douglas

Gil Maguire responds to Michael Douglas’s LA Times op-ed “Finding Judaism, facing anti-Semitism” and writes, “While everyone can agree it’s important to stand up against anti-Semitism, it’s also important to reject false claims of anti-Semitism used as an ad hominem sword to protect Israel and the actions of its government from criticism.”

Why I hope Netanyahu will be crushed tonight

Philip Weiss on
Netanyahu at AIPAC this morning

Many in the Palestinian solidarity community want Netanyahu to stay in office so that Israel is further discredited. That seems nihilist to me; I want the monster gone. So there can be a battle between liberal Zionists and anti-Zionists.

Netanyahu’s speech and the American Jewish condition

Philip Weiss on
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

Philip Weiss on
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

Philip Weiss on
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

Philip Weiss on
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

Philip Weiss on
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

Peter F. Leisane on
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