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.
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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
Marcia Fudge of Ohio is the latest congressperson to say she won’t attend the Netanyahu speech, even as Elliott Abrams predicts that the Democratic Party will abandon Israel and Barack Obama will become a Jimmy Carter figure on this issue when he leaves office
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
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.
As Haaretz covers Israeli PM Netanyahu’s statements of incitement that are “liable to lead to another political assassination,” the New York Times story on the election campaign describes dueling and mostly cutesy campaign slogans, videos, and social media postings
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.
By 63 to 33, Americans say that Republicans should not have invited Israeli PM Netanyahu to speak to a joint session of Congress next month to try and overturn Obama’s Iran policy — CNN poll
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
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.
Neither NYT or Washington Post see fit to publish stories in print about Israeli Supreme Court rejecting accountability in Rachel Corrie killing, after 10-year struggle by her family
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.
On February 2, USA Today published an editorial cartoon by Cameron Cardow of the Ottawa Citizen that was not terribly hard to parse: Islam is the modern equivalent of Nazism, and threatens a new Holocaust.
Netanyahu and his supporters become hysterical as controversy builds over his planned speech to the Congress. The Zionist Organization of America says congresspeople who don’t go to the speech are un-American
Only three paragraphs from the end of a story about the battle over Iran between Obama and Sen. Menendez does the NYT mention the Israel lobby: “pressure from pro-Israel groups that back a hard line against Iran”. Well at least they mentioned it!
“We have the problem of assimilation, we have the problem of intermarriage,” says Democratic chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, lamenting that “too many” Jews are marrying outside the faith.
Nick Kroll and John Mulaney of Oh, Hello! came to 92d Street Y and Kroll savaged Judaism and Israel for “not budging on that nightmare” of unending settlements. Oh and Alan Dershowitz is a nudist
Bias in the New York Times: Jodi Rudoren fears that an honest Israeli documentary will give “catnip” to the country’s critics, and Isabel Kershner says B’Tselem cleared Israel of targeting civilians in Gaza.
Imagine a pre-1994 MSM discourse on US-South Africa that entirely excluded black South Africans– a New York Times article urges US and Israel to grow up and patch their differences
Rachel Maddow, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and People for the American Way all blast a Republican trip to Israel and occupied Palestine because of the US Christian sponsor, not Palestinian conditions. SPLC praises Israel as a refuge for Jews from anti-Semitism.
What are the odds that Netanyahu backs out of the invitation to speak to Congress? Neocon Robert Kagan and liberal Zionist Martin Indyk both want the speech not to happen, lest it politicize Congress’s blind deference to Israel supporters
Supporters of Israel from the White House to Foxman to J Street to Chris Matthews agree that the invitation to Netanyahu to speak to Congress and rebut Obama on Iran is damaging the special relationship between Israel and the U.S. Look for the speech to be cancelled.