American Jews support the Iran deal by 49 to 31 percent, while overall Americans are only in favor, 28-24 percent, according to an LA Jewish Journal poll– another sign of divorce of American and Israeli Jewish communities
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AIPAC may spend $40 million to oppose the Iran deal, and the greatest pressure is on Democrats who don’t want to vote for it for fear of losing their jobs. The public supports the deal by 56-37. But unfortunately, the politics of the deal are playing out chiefly inside the Jewish community. The White House talks to Jewish groups and the Defense Secretary goes to Israel.
When Scott Walker says he might attack Iran on day 1 of his presidency, he is trying to please billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who said that Obama should nuke Iran. Jeb Bush is twisting himself in knots to please pro-Israel billionaires.
The MSM made bestsellers of Zionist revival tracts by Israelis Ari Shavit and Michael Oren. It owes the same treatment to Max Blumenthal, who addresses the Gaza slaughter a year later from a universalist perspective in The 51 Day War.
“Mr. Netanyahu’s office did not respond to interview requests from The New York Times” is becoming a sad refrain in reporter Jodi Rudoren’s opus. How can she melt the PM’s heart?
Netanyahu is proving to be the best argument for the Iran deal. Americans don’t like him and asked to choose between him and the resurgent president, it’s a no-brainer.
Tony Judt’s apprehensions about Israel’s future seem more cogent than ever, Jacob Heilbrunn writes in NYT, in a hat-tip to the one-state solution
The New York Times finds a way to treat the one-year anniversary of the Gaza slaughter as a “sliver of opportunity,” in a cigar-smoking profile of Robert Turner, Canadian head of UNRWA
Michael Oren, who was supposed to win Jewish Americans back for Israel, actually doesn’t respect them.
Rightwing pro-Israel pollster Frank Luntz sounds the alarm with a survey of elite US opinion saying that 3/4 of American Democratic elites regard Israel as having too much influence, and half of them say Israel is racist. Just what we’ve been saying: criticism of Israel is gaining traction in the Democratic base and is sure […]
Jews are being counted on for “huge sums” by the Hillary Clinton campaign, Politico reports, and that’s why she’s waffling on the Iran deal and bragging on her relationship with Benjamin Netanyahu
“I have three words of advice for you,” Netanyahu told Oren in one of their first meetings. “Media. Media. Media.” Any criticisms of Israel that got traction, Oren had to call the Congress or the major press
Michael Oren sought to shore up American Jewish support for Israel, but by insulting Obama, Jewish secularism and the tikkun olam tradition, the former ambassador has angered Jeffrey Goldberg, Ron Kampeas and Leon Wieseltier and hastened the divorce between the two communities
The United Church of Christ vote in favor of divestment and boycott has prompted an incredibly fair report from the NYT, saying the BDS movement is growing and is supported by a “growing number” of American Jews.
Michael Oren’s attack on American Jews has backfired. His book is getting trashed by reviewers, all of whom cite his sneering view of US Jews as self-hating because they don’t love Israel enough. His former college roommate David Rothkopf says his views are “profoundly offensive” and “twist reality.”
“Six Jews sitting in the White House, three Israelis and three American Jews, discussing the Palestinian state. It happens all the time. Very often the only non Jewish person in the room was the vice president or the president.” Michael Oren counts Jews.
The New York Times report on the UN Human Rights Council report on Gaza conflict equates numbers of Palestinian rockets fired to Israeli air strikes, and leaves out Israeli death toll (72 to 2251 Palestinian deaths) in dishonest effort to equate the suffering during the war
In reporting a Palestinian killing an Israeli on the West Bank, the NYT says it is reminiscent of last year’s teen killings, leaving out the fact that last year’s violence began with killings of Palestinian teens at Nakba Day demo
New York Times demonstrates a double standard in chronicling potential Hamas censorship of a satirical show in Gaza but leaving out actual threats of censorship by Israel’s new rightwing cultural minister Miri Regev
Michael Oren says the NYT rejected an op-ed written by former Israeli president Shimon Peres. NYT editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal says this is not true, as reported by Larry Cohler-Esses at Forward
NYT public editor Margaret Sullivan says she’s “very sorry” for the hurt caused by bigotry about drunken Irish contained in news story blaming balcony collapse that killed 5 in Berkeley on partying students. When will that sensitivity be extended to Palestinians?
Former Israeli ambassador Michael Oren’s new book singles out US Jewish journalists for being especially critical of their “nation-state” Israel in ways reminiscent of historical anti-Semitism
“Every generation hears the voice of Sinai anew,” Peter Beinart says of Jews; and young Jews are being called to anti-Zionism and support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement because of its idealism. The Jewish community must welcome them in and argue with them, he said. Israeli writer Ari Shavit says, No.
NPR ignores the Israeli military report whitewashing the country of war crimes against Gaza last summer, including the slaughter of four boys playing soccer on a beach, and features an Israeli writer talking about his son’s fear of rockets. Is this balanced coverage of an international conflict?
Alan Dershowitz says the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in the Jerusalem passport case is “dangerous” because it gives Obama power to “make a bad deal” with Iran, beyond the scrutiny of the Supreme Court. For some, obviously, that’s what this case was always about, and never about a little boy’s passport