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Israel Lobby

The crisis of the American Jewish community

Philip Weiss on
Howard Lupovitch

The American Jewish community is in crisis over Israel. Some support the state, others are sharply critical. The community used to be able to marginalize the critics, but now it is splitting, and a debate is beginning that will transform American politics of the issue.

Like it or not, Obama is a liberal Zionist

Roland Nikles on
Obama at Adas Israel, May 22, 2015

What Obama outlined in his interview with Jeffrey Goldberg and speech to Adas Israel on Friday is a principled defense of the liberal Zionist two-state-solution that the United States has endorsed and has been advocating for the past 22 years.

The grotesque injustice of Obama’s speech at the Washington synagogue

Donald on
Adas Israel

President Obama’s speech to Adas Israel Congregation in Washington yesterday had an air of entitlement. Pandering to alleged liberals at this synagogue, he gets laughter for saying that Palestinians are “not the easiest of partners” and applause for completely ignoring the Nakba and every act of Israeli violence from 1948 to the present.

Obama equates Israel’s creation to African-Americans gaining right to vote

Philip Weiss on
jeffrey_goldberg

President Obama said there’s a “direct line between supporting the right of the Jewish people to have a homeland and… the right of African Americans to vote and have equal protection under the law” in interview w Jeffrey Goldberg where he says “Jeff” more times than “Palestinian,” 6-4

Edward R. Matthews

Philip Weiss on
Lindsey Graham and the Prime Minister, Netanyahu

Chris Matthews of MSNBC doubles down on neoconservative ‘pigs’ who push Republicans to ‘go from war to war’. It seems that he’s snapped over the media blackout over the Israel lobby

‘NYT’ and ‘MSNBC’ leave Marco Rubio backer’s Israel agenda out of the story

Philip Weiss on
Norman Braman

There are a lot of elephants running around the room in a piece in the New York Times today titled, “Billionaire lifts Marco Rubio, Politically and Personally.” The piece has one glancing reference to Norman Braman’s ardor for Israel but fails to say Rubio traveled to Israel with Braman after being elected to the Senate in 2010 and his Iran views seem to reflect Braman’s.

As presidential field broadens, GOP candidates race to show their love for Israel

Allison Deger on
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee meets Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem during a 2011 visit. Actor Jon Voight smiles in the background. (Photo: Amos BenGershom/ GPO/Flash90)

Carly Fiorina promises to make Israel her first phone call as president. Mike Huckabee is “just nuts” about Israel. Jeb Bush calls settlements “apartments.” Ben Carson wants to transfer the Palestinians to Egypt. Marco Rubio has taken to dining with top-donor Sheldon Adelson. Ted Cruz is making the rounds with Fire Island’s pro-Israel community. And, Lindsey Graham who has not announced his bid, said if he is president he will have the first “all-Jewish” cabinet. As it shapes up, the Republican field in the 2016 U.S. presidential race is looking to be one of the most fiercely pro-Israel in memory.