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.
Category Archives: American Jewish Community
Big Jewish donors who support the settlement project in Israel have influenced the Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton and major Jewish organizations– surprisingly frank comments by the New York Times and young leaders at J Street’s conference.
Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank writes an important piece saying that Israel needs to exist because his daughter might some day need to be hidden from Nazis in the U.S. This belief, at the core of US Zionism, needs to be debated.
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.”
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.
Jeremy Ben-Ami said today that a Livni Herzog governing coalition would be “radically different” from Netanyahu on peace negotiations. But it would not be a leftwing government and might include Lieberman, who called for beheading Arabs.
Netanyahu’s effort to get the US in a war with Iran has caused infighting in the Israel lobby. Barney Frank said that Israel and AIPAC had lobbied members of Congress a decade ago to support the disastrous war in Iraq.
Two Jewish Tufts students who went on the Israel lobby trip “Birthright” in recent years say that the trip led them to join the Palestinian solidarity movement. On Julia Wedgle’s trip, she was told a checkpoint in the West Bank was a “tollbooth”
The New York Times reports that Netanyahu’s speech is giving Democrats the “awkward, painful choice between the president of their country and their loyalty to the Jewish state.” Huh? Loyalty to Israel? The cat is out of the bag, but the media can’t explain it.
The number of Democrats who will skip the speech doubled in the last few days, to 57, though Robert Menendez says he will walk Benjamin Netanyahu down the aisle
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.
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
Marcia Fudge of Ohio is the latest congressperson to say she won’t attend the Netanyahu speech, even as Elliott Abrams predicts that the Democratic Party will abandon Israel and Barack Obama will become a Jimmy Carter figure on this issue when he leaves office
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
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 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
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
Being Jewish shouldn’t imply complicity in hate and mass violence, David Orkin asserts, in urging his beloved Jewish summer camp to stop the Zionist indoctrination
The next Israeli government is likely to be just as rightwing as the last, and no one is talking about peace in the election campaign, Mikhael Manekin and Gershom Gorenberg indicate to liberal US Jewish audiences