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
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Filmmakers Ali Kriegsman and Jana Kozlowski have documented an intellectual scandal, the ways that Jewish day schools misrepresent Israeli history and conditions so as to make young American Jews political advocates for the Jewish state
Bruce Shipman lost his chaplaincy at Yale a year ago after saying that Israel’s actions in Gaza fostered anti-Semitism worldwide. Since then several Jews have made the same connection, without damage to their careers
Bedtime for the Israel lobby? Indiana Democratic senator comes out for the deal, while FL congressman Deutch gets heat at a town hall for supporting Israel over the U.S.
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
Paul Wolfowitz is back! Jeb Bush is talking to him, even as Netanyahu is said to be playing a loss on the Iran deal for a big win in the 2016 elections for a Republican who will back Israel to the max.
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.
By saying that Haim Saban is “on the left” and leaving out AIPAC’s $40 million to J Street’s $5 million, a frontpage NYT article on Jewish donors and the Iran deal suggests that the battle is evenly matched, when the rightwingers are winning
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.
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
Shocker. On its front page, The New York Times runs a p.r. release for the ISrael lobby group AIPAC, saying Obama’s battle with it raises fears of a lasting rift. Why not hopes of same?
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
The only pressure on the congresspeople who are betraying the president on the Iran Deal for Israel’s Netanyahu is coming from Twitter. What if China’s premier was messing with our foreign policy? Now is the time for the MSM to identify the force of the Israel lobby in our politics.
As many American Jews speak up in favor of Iran deal, the JCRC of Washington says opposition to the deal should be based on collective memory of the “baseless hatred” behind the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem in 590 BC and 70 AD. That’s a basis for foreign policy!?
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.
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
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.
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
“Schumer is no Shomer” — guardian of Israel — is among the Jewish calls on politicians to demonstrate loyalty to Israel on the Iran deal. The battle is making Obama’s deal “the ultimate dual loyalty test,” in the words of Rabbi Melissa Weintraub
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.