The Center for a New American Security, a Clintonite thinktank, has issued a new report aimed at reviving the two-state solution that emphasizes Israelis’ need for “security,” obtainable it says by collecting lots of “biometric” data on Palestinians so they can be monitored when crossing borders. Creepy.
Category Archives: Israel Lobby
Haim Saban, whose only issue is Israel, is the top donor to Hillary Clinton’s superPAC in the first quarter of 2016, which shows that her hawkish stances on foreign policy, including support for regime change in Syria, is born out of dependence on Israel lobby donors.
The fact that Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein, who died on May 26, was outspoken for Palestinian rights doesn’t come till the end of a long obit for the activist in the New York Times, once again demonstrating bias at the newspaper aimed at preserving Israel’s positive image.
Israel’s political crisis puts a burden on its propagandists: How to make Americans feel that Israel is fine, despite the warnings of fascism. So where is the country’s most important journalist on Israel issues? Jeffrey Goldberg has been silent. In a fluid situation, he doesn’t know what to say to stay at the center of the discussion.
Cliff Wolf of the American Jewish Committee says BDS is propelled not by anti-semitism but by Palestinian conditions: checkpoints, house demolitions that would “outrage” Americans, and innocent people being killed.
‘NYT’ puts Dems’ battle over Israel platform on the front page. The exposure signifies that the Democratic Party is lost to Israel forever, as the progressive grassroots assert themselves, through the Sanders campaign, against a reactionary corrupt establishment that depends on pro-Israel money.
For a New York Times column saying that Israel’s future as a Jewish state is in peril, Thomas Friedman had to rely on reporting by the Israeli press, since his own publication has flubbed the story of the country’s deepening political crisis.
Israeli leadership is in crisis over the nature of the Jewish state, with leaders saying the political culture is reminiscent of Nazi Germany; and a NY Times editorial that treats the events as a political reshuffling is an embarrassing and obfuscating contribution to the discourse. What will it take for the Times to stop making the most preposterously generous interpretations of Israeli actions?
A NYT article by Ronen Bergman says Israel’s top military leaders regard Benjamin Netanyahu as a religious, ideological ambitious man who seeks “belligerent” solutions to problems. Then why is Hillary Clinton saying she wants to invite this “dangerous” man to the White House in her first month as president?
The front page article in the New York Times is headlined, “As Hamas Tunnels Back Into Israel, Palestinians Are Afraid, Too.” So it blames all Israeli attacks on Gaza civilians, killing thousands of them, on Hamas. This is straight out of hasbara central, and just what Hillary Clinton says.
The DNC may give Bernie Sanders seats on a key platform committee to try and keep him on board with the Clinton campaign, but he is likely to push more equitable US policy in the Israel/Palestine issue, and Clinton campaign is “nervous” that this would be divisive, the Washington Post reports.
Another neoconservative says nice things about Hillary Clinton, even as the Democratic left signals its opposition to her foreign policy. Ralph Nader says “she scares the generals” and Oliver Stone slams the “viciousness” of her speech to the Israel lobby group AIPAC.
Stephen R. Shalom dismantles New Jersey Senate bill S1923 which prohibits the investment of state pension and annuity funds in companies that boycott Israel or Israeli businesses, “This bill violates our First Amendment rights. It threatens to exacerbate Islamophobia and anti-Arab sentiment. And it aligns itself against the cause of human rights in Israel-Palestine.”
J Street has called on President Obama to use his last months in office to prevent violence in Israel and Palestine by releasing “Obama Parameters” laying out the resolution of the conflict. The group hints at US support for UN resolutions pushing Israel but offers no pressure on the country.
Chris Matthews says that Hillary Clinton was “concerned about Israel” when she voted for the Iraq war in 2002, and Mark Landler, NYT reporter who has authored a new book on her foreign policy, echoes him: “Precisely.” Now we know.
“The Jewish state is a modern day miracle—a vibrant bloom in the middle of a desert—and we must nurture and protect it,” Hillary Clinton tells Jewish leaders in denouncing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) as a manifestation of anti-Semitism.
Dov Waxman, author of Trouble in the Tribe, tells a New Rochelle synagogue that the Jewish community exercised a “taboo” on criticism of Israel for decades lest signs of Jewish division and even “weakness” would undermine the American government’s support for Israel.
At a time when even a top Israeli general warns about fascist trends in Israel, NPR runs a piece by Emily Harris on teaching Israeli children about the Holocaust in which the Israeli army is praised
Pew Research Center released a new survey of American attitudes toward the world yesterday, and on Israel the news is clear: the Democratic Party is split, and Bernie Sanders represents the Palestinian-sympathizing camp and Hillary Clinton the Israel-sympathizing one. Key excerpt (my emphasis): By more than two-to-one (53% vs. 19%) conservative and moderate Democrats sympathize […]
When it comes to the Israel/Palestine subject, the elephant in the room is that the only form of bigotry that is ever noticed is antisemitism. No other human rights movement– besides Palestinian solidarity– is automatically accused of being racist. The underlying assumption is that Palestinians just don’t matter that much, so anyone who expresses moral outrage or uses the normal tools of protest, like boycotts, can’t possibly be motivated by human rights concerns.
It was a tragedy that “in place of Jewish prophetic vision, Israel should launch an Orwellian nightmare of double talk, racism, fifth-rate sociological jargon, aimed at proving its racial superiority to the people it has crushed,” Daniel Berrigan said prophetically in 1973; and was denounced by Jewish organizations for saying so.
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
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.