If it was outrageous and inappropriate and unprecedented for the Republicans to ask Netanyahu to speak to Congress, thereby undermining Obama’s Iran policy, those who oppose war should take action, and give Netanyahu the cold shoulder when he comes to Congress
Category Archives: Israel Lobby
Israel supporters call on Congress to delay Netanyahu’s speech lest it divide the Israel lobby publicly. But the real fear is that it could lead the US to war. Chris Matthews says the US will have no choice but to “blow up” Iran if it acquires a nuclear weapon.
The stunning invitation to Netanyahu to address the Congress in March against Obama may at last politicize the “special relationship,” forcing Democrats to side with the president over Israel and unleashing a debate over our Israeli policy, including the damage to the U.S. from the unending occupation
Veteran CNN journalist Jim Clancy’s resignation this week is one of the odder media fallouts from the Charlie Hebdo Paris attack. On January 7, 2015 Clancy got into a late night Twitter spat regarding the French satirical magazine with online adversaries. He told them they were ganging up on him and practicing “hasbara,” the Hebrew word for “explaining” that describes pro-Israel advocacy. As it turns out, Clancy was not off base. Some that spared with him have worked for the Israeli government and pro-Israel lobby groups.
Critics of Israel have long known Alan Dershowitz’s power to smear their reputations. Now Ronn Torossian, a fellow Israel advocate, accuses Dersh of virulent bullying for calling him a “despicable human being” and lying about his record
‘NYT’ pillories French mosque leader who justifies jihadists going to Syria because Israel recruits French youth to kill Palestinians. But he has a point. And what about Times columnist David Brooks’s son, who joined the IDF because he believes in that cause?
President Obama told Democratic senators he knew they faced donor pressure to ramp up sanctions on Iran. In reporting this, the NYT never mentioned the Israel lobby, which applies that pressure
There have been signs in recent days that the Israel lobby is solidifying inside the Republican Party, opening the possibility that the Democratic Party will begin to have a freer debate over the special relationship between the U.S. and Israel. It’s too early to say the Israel lobby will abandon the Democratic Party, Haim Saban, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Chuck Schumer will see to that, but the hard-core lobby is solidifying inside the GOP. And if the Israeli elections crown Netanyahu, we’re going to see more and more Crisis Zionists at the heart of the Democratic Party– J Street and Peter Beinart, which will leave room for non-Zionists to emerge.
Palestinians are going too far and too fast in their quest for statehood, a frontpage NYT analysis argues– and says that Palestinians have not made the “concessions” they have long avoided.
Alan Dershowitz says in defending himself from sexual abuse claims he is defending the values he’s always stood up for– seemingly including Israel.
Reporters pressed State Dep’t’s Jen Psaki over a “double standard” — her threat to assistance to Palestine over its decision to take international legal steps even as the U.S. has never threatened aid to Israel over its neverending construction of settlements in occupied territories
Dennis Ross revives his career as Israel’s lawyer in the NYT, saying that Palestinians, rooted in “grievance,” have three times rejected fair deals to create a state
From Roger Cohen to Tom Friedman to David Brooks to Paul Krugman, the NYT’s columnists reflect a liberal Zionist to rightwing Zionist discourse. The Times should hire a columnist to echo the burgeoning criticism of Israel in the Democratic party’s base.
Four women have sued the feds for cutting a deal with financier Jeffrey Epstein over sex abuse charges; one of them says Epstein compelled her to have sex with Alan Dershowitz when she was under 18 and Epstein’s “sex slave.” Dershowitz vehemently denies the charges.
The Congress has voted to supply Israel with additional military equipment “in a crisis,” the Israel lobby group AIPAC crows in a video saying that the bond between the two countries has been “dramatically strengthened”
In a column extolling the leadership of Benjamin Netanyahu, David Brooks says ‘people from around the world’ can serve in Israeli military (n but the IDF says you have to be Jewish. Brooks is simply misleading New York Times readers because he loves Israel and knows ethnic discrimination would be offensive to American readers.
Senator Lindsey Graham wanted to visit Israel “in the most desperate way” to convey to Netanyahu that Congress will have “violent pushback” against a Palestinian statehood bid at the U.N., and that Congress will reimpose sanctions on Iran “at the drop of a hat.”
The NYT demonizes Hamas in promoting a bridge-building effort to bring 37 Gaza war orphans to visit Israel so as to see it in a positive light. The main function of the feel-good exercise is to make liberal Zionists feel better about themselves while doing nothing to end open-air prison conditions in Gaza.
The center in the Israel Palestine discourse is collapsing — witness Peace Now’s latest letter, a plea for irrelevance that channels Henny Youngman and makes no reference at all to Israel’s political crisis or the settlements, lest folks should start to argue
Israeli-American writer Caroline Glick says that Jews have claimed Israel for 3500 years so they are the indigenous people of the land; and thus the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who were expelled in 1948 are not refugees.
All the free-speech rules go out the window for Israel. You can make a movie about killing a foreign dictator and the president will stand up for you, but if you liken Israel to ISIS, as Chris Hedges did, then you get disinvited from a speaking gig at Penn
In a disingenuous ‘NYT’ column Roger Cohen presents a fawning interview of Tzipi Livni and blames the Palestinian Authority for the Spring 2014 collapse of peace negotiations. The article is a recitation of standard Israeli talking points and fails to include Palestinian or American viewpoints which squarely put the failure of negotiations on continued Israeli settlement construction.
Fired artistic director Ari Roth says security escorted him from Washington DC Jewish center after he bucked its edict not to present any plays about Israel and Palestine