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Israel Lobby

Netanyahu’s speech and the American Jewish condition

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U.S. President Barack Obama (L) arrives to speak with Israeli-American media tycoon Haim Saban about negotiations with Iran in Washington December 7, 2013. (Photo: James Lawler Duggan/Reuters)

The scandal over the Netanyahu speech to Congress is in the end a story about the Jewish condition in the United States. Netanyahu’s speech has exposed the power of the Israel lobby, and it will never be the same. The American establishment is too diverse, and we are all tired of the lobby’s 40-year-run in power.

Thanks to Netanyahu, Israel support turns into a political football

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Robert Kagan, from the Hertog Program

Israel is politicized in the U.S.! Bill Kristol’s neocon group runs an ad painting Obama as a madman and Netanyahu as a statesman, while the New York Times runs a cartoon saying that Netanyahu wants to build a settlement on Pennsylvania Avenue

AIPAC and Bill Kristol turn up the pressure

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Bill Kristol, at Rightweb

Bill Kristol of the Emergency Committee for Israel urges AIPAC attendees to boycott speeches from the Obama administration officials as AIPAC urges congressmen to attend Netanyahu’s speech next week

Kerry says Netanyahu was wrong the last time he pushed war for the U.S.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu  listens as US Secretary of State John Kerry makes a statement to the press before a meeting at the Prime Minister's Office on January 2, 2014 in Jerusalem. (Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Secretary of State John Kerry took the US-ISrael disagreement to a new level yesterday, saying that Netanyahu had pushed the disastrous Iraq war. “A very tough shot” at the war party, Chris Matthews said, while the New York Times, covering for neocons, dismissed the line as a needling.

Netanyahu flips off Harry Truman

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Mideast Israel Palestinians

Netanyahu’s latest defiant campaign ad suggests that Israel doesn’t need the US because the State Dep’t opposed the creation of Israel in 1948. He is flipping the bird to Harry Truman, who recognized Israel within minutes of its declaration of independence.

NY City Council trip to Israel leaves out occupied Palestine

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Melissa Mark-Viverito, NY City Council speaker, tweeted about a "great convo" with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat explained to the visiting NY City Council delegation why it was necessary for Jerusalem to be Jewish, but a report on three days of travel indicates that the council members left out any tour of the occupation of Palestinian territories.

White House suggests Israel is lying about Iran talks– as Obama officials shun Netanyahu

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Josh Earnest, Getty images

The divide between the U.S. and Israel just gets wider and wider. The White House and the State Department yesterday said openly that the Obama administration is restricting the information it gives to Israel about the Iran talks because Israel is misrepresenting the talks in its efforts to derail them. There is “no question that some of the things that the Israelis have said in characterizing our negotiating position have not been accurate,” the White House press secretary says.

James Baker to speak at J Street conference

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James Baker

James Baker was purged from the Republican Party as an “Arabist,” neocon Bill Kristol once bragged. Well he’s speaking at the J Street conference next month, a sign that the lobby is splitting

Warriors for ‘the ultimate truth’ gather in New York

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Trump at the Algemeiner gala, photo by Sarah Rogers

Algemeiner is not exactly a household name, but it has managed to carve out a niche for itself publishing online articles filled with a particularly rabid brand of hasbara. Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein and the late Joan Rivers were given “warriors for truth” awards at its recent gala in New York

US and Israel divorce rumors over Iran

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Obama in 2012

The stakes are rising over the Netanyahu speech to Congress to push a hardline on Iraq. The White House has reportedly cut off some communications with Israel following leaks by Netanyahu. Meanwhile, Rudy Giuliani calls Obama a “moron” for talking to Iran.

Warren supporters can’t talk about Palestine

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Hilarious moment at a NY party urging Elizabeth Warren to run: someone asks her position on Palestine and the organizers decide there has been enough dialogue and turn up the music

Netanyahu’s disaster: speech cost ‘omnipotent’ lobby a veto proof majority for Iran sanctions

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Hillary Clinton

The Netanyahu speech controversy is a neverending disaster on Capitol Hill and it just keeps piling up headlines. Eighteen congresspeople say they’ll skip it. ‘The Hill’ calls it likely the most controversial speech ever by a foreign leader to a joint session of Congress. Bill Kristol, the head of the neoconservative Emergency Committee for Israel, put out a tongue-in-cheek letter to Hillary Clinton offering her to drive her to the speech.