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Israel Lobby

Clinton and Cruz both betrayed Obama’s foreign policy yesterday

James North and Philip Weiss on
Hoenlein and Netanyahu in February

Hillary Clinton throws Obama’s foreign policy under the bus, making a call to a leading rightwing Israel supporter Sunday to say that she wants to put the relations between the countries back on a constructive track. Not a word in the Times about her fundraising concerns.

Tipping point?

Philip Weiss on
Donna Edwards

Are we approaching a tipping point in US public opinion on Israel? The VA bar association cancels a trip to the country because of objections to its “discriminatory” practices, while support for Israel is likely to be a major issue in a race between MD congresspeople Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards for Senate.

CUFI Leader John Hagee confirms Christian Zionism is anti-Semitic

Ben Norton on
CUFI leader John Hagee speaks to Israel supporters at a rally at the Jerusalem convention center in 2008 (Photo: AP)

Evangelical pastor John Hagee, the leader of Christians United for Israel (CUFI), the US’ largest pro-Israel organization and the most powerful group in the Christian Zionist movement, has adamantly insisted that Christian Zionism is anti-Semitic.

Washington ‘sits shiva’ for the 2-state solution

Philip Weiss on
Obama after Netanyahu speech to Congress, March 4

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.

American Jews are taking back their power from Israel

Philip Weiss on
A demonstrator holds a sign during a rally near the Israeli Consulate in New York to protest Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech in front on Congress. (Photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

In 1967, American Jews fell in love with Israel and made a solemn promise to protect the country through thick and thin. Nearly fifty years later the same community is reconsidering that vow. What we are seeing is a transfer of power from the Israeli Jewish community to the Diaspora Jewish community that Benjamin Netanyahu failed to anticipate even as he precipitated it.

I want my country back

Philip Weiss on
Jodi Rudoren

Jodi Rudoren’s recent piece from Jerusalem titled “Rebukes From White House Risk Buoying Netanyahu” is a full-on assault on President Obama for taking on Netanyahu over his repudiation of the two-state solution and his election day racism, and it is disingenuous from start to finish, beginning with the headline. The aim of the piece is to buoy Netanyahu and submarine Obama. Phil Weiss writes he has never seen anything like this before: the top space of the newspaper turned over to a war- and fear-mongering foreign leader to undermine the US president.

Sheldon Adelson is not the problem

Roland Nikles on
Sheldon Adelson wearing Romney button in Hebrew, at King David Hotel Jerusalem, 2012

The US and Israel are both settler states in a promised land. That explains the special relationship between the countries. Stop demonizing Sheldon Adelson for corrupting US policy

Racism disguised as liberal anguish

Donald on
King

Three of four letters to the NYT on Gaza say that the blockade is a good thing. Israel can do whatever it wants and they will be sad but support Israel. It’s a clever way of trying to be liberal while being racist. MLK saw the attitude in his letter from a Birmingham jail.

Netanyahu’s accomplishment: Consolidating support for negotiations with Iran

Philip Weiss on
Obama in White House, March 4

The great news about Netanyahu’s speech to Congress is that it has shored up support for Obama’s Iran negotiations. The president says he is “confident” he has the American people’s support and he blasts 47 senators who signed a letter to Iranian hardliners seeking to undermine the deal. An AIPAC staffer says the letter has AIPAC’s fingerprints

It was a bad week for the Israel lobby

Philip Weiss and Adam Horowitz on
Robert Menendez, Democratic N.J. Senator. is a key supporter of more sanctions on Iran

Weeks after Sen. Robert Menendez said that President Obama was taking “talking points from Tehran” on Iran policy, reports are that the Justice Dep’t will charge him with corruption. It’s been a bad week for the Israel lobby on other fronts too