Legendary investigative journalist Sy Hersh says that Bernie Sanders’s freedom from having to go to pro-Israel NY Jews to raise money to mount a presidential race may allow the United States to finally get a peace deal in the Middle East. “A forbidden statement,” he tells Amy Goodman
Category Archives: Israel Lobby
If Sheldon Adelson would buy the world, then Jeffrey Goldberg would be alright. But his troubles are beginning. He is a ruthless propagandist for Israel at a time when young American Jews don’t think it’s cool to shoot wounded Palestinians dead in the name of ethnic solidarity.
Why is the New York Times touting Matti Friedman, who has said critics of Israel are anti-Semitic, as “temperate and careful” while ignoring authors such as Max Blumenthal, Ilan Pappe, and Anna Baltzer?
MD Rep. Chris Van Hollen got into office opposing the Iraq war and in 2006 said Israel’s disproportionate response in Lebanon was hurting the United States. Then AIPAC got him over its knee! And today Van Hollen is the Democratic Senate nominee for Maryland, with the Israel lobby’s support.
Hillary Clinton’s views of Israel are dictated by AIPAC and have nothing to do with the “mythology” of shared values, says Miko Peled; but a grassroots movement of Palestinian solidarity and BDS activists is changing the US conversation and in the end will force politicians to adopt more evenhanded views.
The New York Times says that Dima al-Wawi, a 12-year-old Palestinian girl, “tried” to stab a security guard at an illegal settlement; in fact she was charged with the intention of doing so. The Times does hasbara for Israel yet again.
Liberals are snickering over the explosion of the Republican Party, but why they think the Democratic Party is so stable? It’s not. Everyone in the establishment is worrying what Bernie Sanders is going to do now. His populist base is bound to become more and more voluble in months to come, amplified by social media. And of course Palestine is helping to destabilize the Democratic power structure. These tensions are evident in the electrifying, seesaw race between two Democratic Maryland congresspeople, Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards, to win the Democratic nomination this Tuesday to the Senate to replace Barbara Mikulski.
Bernie Sanders’s stand in favor of Palestinian human rights appears to have hurt him slightly in NY city Tuesday as he lost NY state primary. Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, has gotten huge new donations from Katzenberg, Spielberg and Saban, all Israel supporters.
The dream of liberal Zionists at J Street is that in the lame duck period of his presidency, President Obama will bring resolutions to the UN Security Council to condemn Israeli settlements and set out the parameters of a two-state solution. Do you believe it?
Bernie Sanders’s populist fundraising efforts may drastically reduce the role of Jewish donors, says JJ Goldberg. While Stephanie Schriock of Emily’s List says rising politicians were forced to adopt AIPAC positions in order to raise funds
By bashing Netanyahu and living to do it again, Bernie Sanders has transformed the US discourse on Israel. And his leftwing base made him do it, as JJ Goldberg of the Forward explained in Washington last night.
Today’s Israel lobby is no longer the third rail of American politics, and everyone knows it. That’s what Bernie Sanders’s obvious but unprecedented comments about “justice” in Palestine signaled on Thursday night.
“When Tom DeLay was House majority leader, I found out that any legislative provision having to do with the Middle East had to be vetted and approved by AIPAC before the bill could move forward.” So states Mike Lofgren, recently retired after 28 years as Congressional staffer, the last 16 years as senior analyst for […]
During a performance of Israeli right wing talking points in Thursday night’s debate in New York, Hillary Clinton’s response on Camp David summit simply fell short of being true.
Dearborn MI Arabs voted for Bernie Sanders, why not Jews? The Jewish community faces a choice between AIPAC and Bernie. Is the Jewish community for a more socially progressive US, or for a stronger Israel?
Bernie Sanders caved to rightwing Jewish leaders when he suspended Simone Zimmerman as Jewish outreach director. The movement she joined, Open Hillel, explains that Jewish leaders are alienating young Jews by enforcing pro-Israel litmus test.
Most Israelis I spoke to in Jerusalem’s Zion Square about the upcoming US presidential election disparaged Bernie Sanders, but spoke fondly of Donald Trump. Trump’s Muslim ban and Ted Cruz’s proposal to have police patrol “Muslim neighborhoods” were popular.
It’s finally happened: the issue of Palestinian human rights came up in the Democratic debate tonight on national television, and Bernie Sanders repeatedly criticized Hillary Clinton–for siding with Israel singlehandedly, for her support of Benjamin Netanyahu and her indifference to the plight of Palestinians.
Neoconservatives want to make an issue of Bernie Sanders’s Jewish outreach director Simone Zimmerman calling Netanyahu an asshole and a murderer. It’s time we let them, and allowed the Democratic Party to divide over the Israel question
Why did Hillary Clinton vote for the Iraq war? In some measure because of the pro-Israel voices in her Senate constituency. Now she’s using the Israel issue to try and clobber Bernie Sanders among Jewish voters. She leads 49-40, according to Quinnipiac.
Following Hillary Clinton’s vow to fight BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions), Speaker Paul Ryan calls BDS “ridiculous shenanigan” and anti-Semitic to boot, on a trip to Israel. He sure looks like he’s running for President!
Jodi Rudoren and Ethan Bronner, former NYT Jerusalem bureau chiefs, fall over one another trying to explain away the term “Zionist” when they’re asked whether they’d describe themselves that way. Meantime NYT’s Diaa Hadid gets the third degree over her phase of Palestinian activism.
The Israeli journalist Larry Derfner skillfully analyzes the anti-Semitism vs. anti-Zionism debate in only 18 words.
The fact that Bernie Sanders is Jewish and is slamming Israel over the number of Palestinians civilians it killed in Gaza sends a signal to Americans that it’s not anti-semitic to criticize Israel.
The United States needed strong antiwar voices when George W. Bush pushed to go into Iraq. Then Senator Hillary Clinton was not such a leader; and it is a sign of the Democratic Party’s corruption that so many are willing to forgive her this mistake