Israeli-born Sacramento Kings forward Omri Casspi and pro-Israel mega-donor Sheldon Adelson recently teamed up to recruit NBA stars for an anti-BDS promotional jaunt to Israel and Sports Illustrated is all over it, without mentioning the anti-BDS angle.
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Consensus is that Congress won’t reject Iran Deal, even Chuck Schumer will go along in the end. And it appears that rightwing Israel supporters have overreached in opposition, and are opening up room for Israel’s critics in the mainstream
Gary Ginsberg, a top executive at Time Warner, is a speechwriter for Benjamin Netanyahu in his free time. Ginsberg says Time Warner is fully aware of his service but has not disclosed it because he does so in his personal capacity as a friend of Netanyahu’s.
Mike Huckabee invokes the Holocaust re Iran Deal: “This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history… he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.”
By 54 percent to 38 percent, Americans are for the Iran deal, Public Policy Polling reports. Though among those who strongly support it and strongly oppose it, the numbers tighten up, 35 to 32 percent.
American Jews either do not know or refuse to acknowledge that Israel is a settler colonial project. When Israel supporters call on them to attest that Israel has a “moral” army, that should be a wakeup call, to give up the intellectual dishonesty
“Schumer is no Shomer” — guardian of Israel — is among the Jewish calls on politicians to demonstrate loyalty to Israel on the Iran deal. The battle is making Obama’s deal “the ultimate dual loyalty test,” in the words of Rabbi Melissa Weintraub
The Republican leadership, and many Democrats, are ready to elevate the conflicting interest of two foreign countries (Israel and Saudi Arabia) over America’s interest in knee-jerk fashion, and that’s disturbing.
American Jews support the Iran deal by 49 to 31 percent, while overall Americans are only in favor, 28-24 percent, according to an LA Jewish Journal poll– another sign of divorce of American and Israeli Jewish communities
Steve Emerson to Times Square rally: “If we don’t take out Iran, they will take out us… your children will never forgive you for not protecting this country from a holocaust. For not protecting Israel from a holocaust that will occur assuredly just as it did 70 years ago.”
Rep Keith Ellison says if the Iran deal falls apart, there will be war with Iran, and Iran is “not a national security threat to the United States,” but Democrats are uncomfortable with the deal because Netanyahu is uncomfortable with it
AIPAC may spend $40 million to oppose the Iran deal, and the greatest pressure is on Democrats who don’t want to vote for it for fear of losing their jobs. The public supports the deal by 56-37. But unfortunately, the politics of the deal are playing out chiefly inside the Jewish community. The White House talks to Jewish groups and the Defense Secretary goes to Israel.
When Scott Walker says he might attack Iran on day 1 of his presidency, he is trying to please billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who said that Obama should nuke Iran. Jeb Bush is twisting himself in knots to please pro-Israel billionaires.
Netanyahu is proving to be the best argument for the Iran deal. Americans don’t like him and asked to choose between him and the resurgent president, it’s a no-brainer.
Haim Saban and Sheldon Adelson both want to bomb Iran and both support Sen. Robert Menendez’s defense fund. And even the New York Times states in a headline that “Pro-Israel billionaires” are backing Menendez. The elephant in the room is getting some attention
Bernard Marcus, Sheldon Adelson and Paul Singer are among the billionaires trying to defeat a deal with Iran through lobby groups. Some of the pressure is aimed at NY Senator Chuck Schumer. But the American people want a deal
Abe Foxman says Jews are smarter, and richer and value education more than other Americans, and any criticism of Jews is just jealousy, and Obama needs to love us more. He’s retiring. It’s about time.
How would Hillary Clinton balance her unceasing commitment to neoconservatives with America’s policy interests in the region as president? In Syria as with Iraq, it’s clear Hillary’s instincts have been considerably more hawkish than Obama’s. Hawkish instincts proved a disaster in the wake of September 9, 2001.
“America First,” Hillary Clinton’s website declares, but when it comes to foreign policy: “If you challenge Israel’s security, you challenge America’s security. Plain and simple.”
Tony Judt’s apprehensions about Israel’s future seem more cogent than ever, Jacob Heilbrunn writes in NYT, in a hat-tip to the one-state solution
The New York Times finds a way to treat the one-year anniversary of the Gaza slaughter as a “sliver of opportunity,” in a cigar-smoking profile of Robert Turner, Canadian head of UNRWA
Adam Szubin, Obama’s nominee for counter terrorism czar in Treasury, would be the third Jew to hold that job. That’s because the position is an Israel lobby position; Obama has to demonstrate to the lobby that he’s tough on Iran in order to try and cut a deal with the country.
Haim Saban used a PR firm that serves the illegal Israeli colonies to promote a letter from Hillary Clinton against BDS, boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel. When will she disavow the firm?