“A Potemkin process is better than nothing,” Hillary Clinton wrote in a hacked email about Benjamin Netanyahu’s prevarications on a Palestinian state in 2015, an indication that the U.S. will forever give cover to the Israeli government to manage the conflict.
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Novelist Jonathan Safran Foer teases Israel’s destruction in his new novel, but reviewers have been ho-hum about it. Because American Jews have spiritually discounted that eventuality? Or because Palestinian destruction is the real issue.
Atlantic Media names Jeffrey Goldberg as editor-in-chief, and rebrands him by leaving out of his resume his move to Israel, his book about Israel, and all his Middle East reporting that helped pave the way for the disastrous Iraq War.
Latest Democratic Party emails published by Wikileaks show Clinton campaign aides bending over backwards to please the Israel lobby and big pro-Israel donors, to balance her support for the Iran deal.
Emails leaked from the Clinton campaign chair show Stu Eizenstat urging Hillary Clinton to come out against BDS and get close to Netanyahu, to assuage the “great angst in the Jewish community” over Israel, which is tearing US Jews apart.
‘NYT’ finally describes the power of the Israel lobby in an editorial, saying that it may have cost George H.W. Bush his job after he opposed Israeli settlements. Next they’ll tell us that the lobby helped start the Iraq war.
When AIPAC came “begging” for Bill Clinton to speak at 2010 conference, he and his wife were against his doing so, and her aide expressed annoyance at the invitation; though then Secretary of State Clinton did address the pro-Israel group, and gushed over its leaders.
Jeremy Rothe-Kushel, a documentarian, asked Middle East mediator Dennis Ross a question about state terrorism at a Kansas City Public Library speech last May, and was arrested by security officers hired by the Jewish Community Foundation. A library official stood up for Rothe-Kushel and was arrested and injured.
Sheldon Adelson, the pillar of the rightwing Israel lobby, says “the most important program of my lifetime” is Birthright, because the free trips to Israel nearly double the rate of US Jewish intermarriage, and block assimilation of secular Jews.
The Iran deal is good for Israel in the near future, and Palestinians would stop terrorist attacks if there was a peace deal — an Israeli army intelligence capt touring US Jewish spaces contradicts PM Netanyahu
Zionists genuinely loved Shimon Peres for reminding them of Israel’s ideals. His death serves a good function: the US establishment should accept the reality it has denied: the two state solution is dead and Palestinians live under apartheid.
At Netanyahu award dinner in NY, even so-called secular Jews speak of Israel in religious terms, describing it as a “miracle” that God created for his chosen people after 2000 years. Not so different from Christian evangelicals and Islamists.
Zionist anxiety about Israel: Criticism is for some American Jews “the sole basis for an American Jewish relationship with Israel,” says Yossi Klein Halevi, while John Podhoretz discovers that a beloved history teacher is now an anti-Zionist
Shadowy Israeli intelligence officer “Captain Nativ” tours American Jewish spaces and tells a bunch of Upper West Side Jews that Israel was “really close to opening a war against Hezbollah” in 2015. Who knew!
The Daniel S. Abraham Center for Peace, a prominent liberal Zionist lobbying group run by former Democratic Florida congressman Robert Wexler, purchased a full-page newspaper advertisement in Friday’s edition of the New York Times, calling for the immediate separation of Israelis and Palestinians into separate countries to keep Israel as a Jewish majority state. “It’s Time for Separation,” the advertisement explains. “Separation today means a Jewish majority, State of Israel now and for Generations ahead.” Or, as Alabama Gov. George Wallace put it: “Segregation now! Segregation tomorrow! Segregation forever!”
Colin Powell privately said that Israel’s 200 nukes are the strongest argument in favor of the Iran deal, but when he went on Meet the Press, he didn’t say a word about it. And neither did Obama or the MSM. This self-censorship reflects obeisance to the Israel lobby.
Like the U.S., Israel is turning into a minority-majority country but its response to that reality is “apartheid,” Tom Friedman says on Israel television. Netanyahu won the debate on one-state, he says, and the New York Times should call him the “Prime Minister of Israel Palestine.”
Antisemitism echoed by Trump supporters is felt as a threat by Jews. We have been able to make a life in the United States, with no limits except those internalized, but reawakened Christian hostility has always been a consideration. Israelis are more used to racism.
Jeffrey Goldberg needs to maintain his status as the go-to journalist on all things Jewish/Israeli. But he can’t open his mouth about recent news because it all reflects badly on Jews and Israel. Still the world hungers for his enlightenment.
An immoral Orwellian video whose goal was to defend the indefensible, Netanyahu’s “ethnic cleansing” video was drawn in part from the words of his American rightwing glimmer twin, Republican pollster Frank Luntz, who is dedicated to committing American Jews to Israel’s defense.
Speaking in Peace Now’s name, Stephen Greenberg of Conference of Presidents of Jewish Orgs says BDS physically threatens young Jews. Why is a progressive group a party to such vicious smears?
Jeffrey Goldberg says that Netanyahu’s “manipulations” worked on President Barack Obama. He means that Netanyahu used the Israel lobby to stymie Obama’s initiatives on Israel.
“Many of my [leftwing Israeli] peers have left, are leaving, are planning to leave or are talking about leaving,” Mairav Zonszein writes in the Forward, breaking an explosive story about political intolerance in Israel that the New York Times is incapable of reporting.
Obama made no progress on Israel and Palestine in the last 7-1/2 years, Debra DeLee of the liberal Zionist group Peace Now says, but he can make a “gift” to the next president in the last three months of office by taking steps against settlements and for the two-state solution at the U.N.
A 1973 speech criticizing Israel’s militarism by the late Daniel Berrigan is as fresh today as it was 43 years ago, notably in its lament that Israel’s human rights abuses were transforming the formerly “peaceable” Jewish presence in the world.