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‘NYT’ and Chris Matthews are frank about Jewish role in Iran Deal debate

Philip Weiss on
Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan

Why not outsource our foreign policy to the Knesset? Chris Matthews challenged a Republican opponent to the Iran deal, and when Jonathan Capehart said Chuck Schumer opposed the deal after study, Matthews said Schumer opposed it because he’s “going to defend the interests of Israel”

A Tale of Two Beaches: Tel Aviv and Gaza

Irene Gendzier on
Gaza beach, 2006 (Photo: Wikimedia)

On July 25, 2015 The Washington Post carried an article by its Jerusalem correspondent, William Booth, on Israelis celebrating the one-year anniversary of Israel’s war on Gaza. Booth’s report was entitled, “A year after the Gaza war, good times are back on Tel Aviv’s beaches.” The next day, Palestinian journalist Mohammad Omer, published an article describing “The beach: Gaza’s one lifeline.” No more than 44 miles apart, the beaches described by Booth and Omer are world apart, yet they are inseparably and perversely linked.

Non-Jew dares to announce position on Iran Deal

Philip Weiss on
Louise McIntosh Slaughter

Jews certainly are dominating the discussion of the politics of the Iran Deal. Latest news has Sen Franken coming out for deal and 98 prominent Hollywood Jews supporting it.

President Obama wants us to argue about the special relationship

Philip Weiss on
Obama announces the Iran deal

Obama’s pointed comments about Netanyahu’s influence in the U.S. and the Israel lobby’s donations have gotten condemnation from rightwing Zionists. No one in the MSM is standing up for the president; but arguing about Zionism is a vital part of trying to cement the Iran Deal

It’s not bigoted to call out the Israel lobby over Iran Deal

Annie Robbins on
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

“Israel lobby” is a descriptive term, not an expression of bigotry. If Bill Kristol responds to Obama’s statement that Israel is only country publicly to oppose the pact by saying, “All the greater Israel’s glory,” I have a right to say that the Iran Deal opponents care about a foreign country.

Obama ushers in the crisis of the Israel lobby

Philip Weiss on
Stephen M. Walt (l) and John J. Mearsheimer

Obama has taken on the central points of the Israel lobby argument — a loose coalition of supporters distorts US policy in favor of Israel and played big part in starting Iraq war –and his speech ushers in a period in which American Jews will argue openly about Israel, and that’s a great thing

John Kerry, please don’t act like Israel’s foreign minister

Philip Weiss on
Kerry at CFR

Asked at the Council on Foreign Relations what the Iran deal has done for us, Sec’y of State John Kerry reels off everything he’s done for Israel. James Traub’s criticism that this shows the dangerous degree of power enjoyed by Israel supporters in the U.S. is a sign that the lobby is under attack in the mainstream at last.

Time Warner executive moonlights as speechwriter for Netanyahu

Philip Weiss on
Gary Ginsberg- headshot Liz Sullivan      Newscorp.   News Corporation

Gary Ginsberg, a top executive at Time Warner, is a speechwriter for Benjamin Netanyahu in his free time. Ginsberg says Time Warner is fully aware of his service but has not disclosed it because he does so in his personal capacity as a friend of Netanyahu’s.

‘NYT’ must think it has no Amish readers

Philip Weiss on
Jennifer Weiner

Novelist Jennifer Weiner makes fun of Amish people in the NYT, for using outhouses and not having TV. Casual prejudice– would it be tolerated toward any other minority group?