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.
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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.
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.
Big Jewish donors who support the settlement project in Israel have influenced the Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton and major Jewish organizations– surprisingly frank comments by the New York Times and young leaders at J Street’s conference.
Jimmy Carter got exiled for calling Israel an apartheid state 9 years ago. Today Yousef Munayyer, Rula Jebreal and Jim Besser all call Israel that, in the ‘NYT’ and ‘CNN’ and ‘Haaretz’, and there is little resistance. Thanks to Netanyahu
Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank writes an important piece saying that Israel needs to exist because his daughter might some day need to be hidden from Nazis in the U.S. This belief, at the core of US Zionism, needs to be debated.
On March 17, the day of the 2015 Israel election, Prime Minister Netanyahu warned Jewish Israelis that Arabs were voting “in droves.” The New York Times published an article about the incident—and more generally about Netanyahu’s bigoted, jingoistic, far-right tactics to attract more votes—titled “Netanyahu Expresses Alarm That Arab Voter Turnout Could Help Unseat Him.” Several hours later, the NYT published a rewrite of the article—a rewrite not just of parts of it, but of all of it. According the the website NewsDiffs, between 5:13 pm and 9:08 pm 100% of the article was re-written to mostly erase the focus on Netanyahu’s racism.
Newspapers are supposed to cover both sides of a dispute, but a NYTimes article on settlements could not find a single Palestinian to interview.
Netanyahu’s effort to get the US in a war with Iran has caused infighting in the Israel lobby. Barney Frank said that Israel and AIPAC had lobbied members of Congress a decade ago to support the disastrous war in Iraq.
A New York Times profile on the meteroric Senator Tom Cotton repeatedly refers to his connections to Bill Kristol but never mentions Kristol is head of the Emergency Committee for Israel and speaks at the Israel lobby group AIPAC.
If we are to stop a catastrophic war with Iran or finally solve the Israel/Palestine conflict, an essential element is breaking AIPAC’s grip on U.S. policy. That may well be happening right now.
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.
Who wrote the 47 Republican senators’ awful letter to Iran? Not Tom Cotton of Arkansas. J Street speculates Bill Kristol. A former AIPAC staffer says, AIPAC. The media have an obligation to turn a harsh light on the Israel lobby groups who are supporting the letter
Times columnist Nick Kristof describes Gaza as an “open-air prison” under “siege” by Israel, but he also rationalizes Israel’s collective punishment and treats Palestinians as a backward other.
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
Frank Bruni fails to mention all the Democratic politicians who fawned to Netanyahu on Capitol Hill in a column on Republican support for the prime minister. And oh, no mention of Palestinian human rights either.
Chris Matthews of MSNBC is shocked by the effort to “displace” Obama with Netanyahu as leader of our foreign policy. Netanyahu was “behind” the U.S. war in Iraq and he “treats us like rubes” on Iran.
The New York Times reports that Netanyahu’s speech is giving Democrats the “awkward, painful choice between the president of their country and their loyalty to the Jewish state.” Huh? Loyalty to Israel? The cat is out of the bag, but the media can’t explain it.
Amid overwhelming praise for the Netanyahu speech from cable analysts, some sanity is breaking through. Marc Ginsberg said Netanyahu was likening Obama to a Nazi appeaser, Nancy Pelosi said she was in tear from the insult to the intelligence of the U.S. and Christiane Ahmanpour called it “dark, Strangelovian.”
The number of Democrats who will skip the speech doubled in the last few days, to 57, though Robert Menendez says he will walk Benjamin Netanyahu down the aisle
In a hysterical ad in the New York Times, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach uses his friend Samantha Power, the UN ambassador, against Obama national security adviser Susan Rice, when he accuses Rice of condoning genocide against Jews