The prime minister of Israel is “by design, the leader of the Jewish world,” the director-general of the Netanyahu’s office, American-born Eli Groner, said; he echoed Netanyahu’s comments to the UN General Assembly on leading the “Jewish People.”
Category Archives: American Jewish Community
Jewish Voice for Peace has strongly opposed Senator Ben Cardin’s new legislation aimed at derailing the Iran Deal. But J Street supports it. The argument against the occupation will finally come to the Democratic Party
When Netanyahu, Michael Oren and Natan Sharansky all appeal to American Jews to defy their president in support of Israel, they’ve allowed people to broach the topic of dual loyalty– and JJ Goldberg at the Forward agrees
The Israel Project raises money by saying that Israeli soldiers who participated in the 2014 Gaza slaughter believe that advocates for Israel in the US “are fighting the war just as they were.”
David Brooks goes in for stereotype against WASPs as inhibited while Marissa Rothkopf calls them “lockjaw” — casual prejudice in the New York Times that would never be tolerated against Jews
NPR, Bloomberg, and the New Yorker all run sharply critical pieces of the Israel lobby group AIPAC, a signal that its power is in eclipse. And The New Yorker calls out Chuck Schumer for his “extraordinary” identification as the “guardian” of Israel.
Bernie Sanders calls for a political revolution and the break up of Wall Street banks, but when it comes to Israel he wants more military aid and blames the Palestinians equally for the conflict. He personifies the idea of PEP, progressive except Palestine, which is a key to the Israel lobby.
Washington Post columnist Paul Waldman wags finger at Republicans over Muslims, and says Jews empathized with blacks because we were outsiders. Tell that to the Palestinians. This is PEP personified: progressive except Palestine.
Rabbi Brant Rosen just published his congregation’s confession that will be prayed on Yom Kippur. Those on the political right and even those progressive Jews who continue to sit on the fence with regard to Israel and Jewish life in America, should take notice. Rabbi Rosen’s confession is wide-ranging. His title, “A Confession of Communal Complicity,” says it all. Unlike most rabbis during the High Holidays, Rabbi Rosen isn’t hiding behind a liturgy developed when Jews had little power. Rabbi Rosen knows that the Jewish situation in the world has changed from powerlessness to power. He isn’t pulling any religious or political punches.
Rabbi Moti Rieber reflects on why he did not attend synagogue on Rosh Hashanah this year. He says it comes down to three reasons: the religious practice is boring, he has lost his faith in Jewish community, and Israel is a mess.
Ann Coulter shouldn’t have said “fucking Jews” on twitter, but she was making a legitimate point: Republican candidates aren’t sucking up to Jewish voters on Israel but to neoconservative moneybags who want war in the Middle East.
Temple Israel of Great Neck, L.I., hands out a flyer celebrating Israeli soldiers’ massacre in Gaza at Rosh Hashana services, conflating Judaism and militant Zionism
In Israel’s hour of need, American Jews did not support it on the Iran Deal. They thereby undermined a core principle of US Jewish support for Israel: Judaism is ZIonism. Anti-Zionists have argued that Judaism is not Zionism for years, and lost, till now.
During the holiday season expect few words about Palestinians and even less concern. Tzedek Chicago is the exception of exceptions with the notable appearance of Max Blumenthal on, of all days, Yom Kippur.
The New York Times was honest about a large factor in the Iran Deal: how many Congresspeople who oppose the deal are Jewish. The debate over the foreign policy breakthrough has often seemed like an inside-Jewish discussion.
“What comes next?” is an all day forum on “the Jewish future” to be staged by the Jewish Review of Books in October featuring a bunch of old Zionists who we’ve heard a million times before including Henry Kissinger, Elliott Abrams, Ruth Wisse, Joseph Lieberman and Dennis Ross. And the ticket price: $360! When Elliott Abrams and Dennis Ross are willing to bore most audiences for nothing.
People are openly counting Jewish vote in Congress on Iran Deal. So far 15 in favor, 9 against, 4 to announce. We grant Jews greater influence because of the Jewish connection to Israel and the Jewish organizations pressuring them, saying it’s anti-Semitic to support the deal.
DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz took a brave stand for the Iran Deal, saying it was the most difficult decision of her 23-year career because of her commitment to her “homeland” Israel and her fervent desire as a Jewish mother to make sure Israel will always be there.
Jennifer Rubin says Democrats have turned against Israel and Jonathan Chait says that the Israel lobby blew the Iran Deal and was never very powerful. They are both wrong. The lobby is alive and well, and split between them.
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach says he can’t trust his old friend Sen. Cory Booker after he announced his support for the Iran Deal, and the Washington Post says Israeli PM Netanyahu screwed the Israel lobby when he decided to interfere in US politics by speaking to Congress against the president in March
Former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger boldly addressed the power of the Israel lobby in 2010, saying in an email to Hillary Clinton that President Obama needed to embrace Benjamin Netanyahu in order to “validate his pro-Israel credentials” with important segments of the U.S. Jewish community.
Obama’s embrace of Israel as American “family” in meetings last Friday with U.S. Zionists who expressed anxiety about the daylight between the US government and Israel has exposed the power of Israel supporters as never before. Americans must ask what the special relationship has cost America, and Zionists must explain why Jews need a Jewish state.
The fact that Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz didn’t lose her job as chair of the Democratic National Committee for bucking President Obama on the Iran Deal only shows that being feverishly pro-Israel is an important way to raise money in the Democratic Party and Obama must respect that.
Ayelet Shaked, Israel’s rightwing Justice Minister, posted a commentary calling Palestinian children “little snakes” that must be rubbed out with many other elements of Palestinian society; now she’s at NY’s Center for Jewish History, along with several other Zionists, Bret Stephens, Seth Siegel and Lawrence Summers. Where’s the opposing view?
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