The fact that Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz didn’t lose her job as chair of the Democratic National Committee for bucking President Obama on the Iran Deal only shows that being feverishly pro-Israel is an important way to raise money in the Democratic Party and Obama must respect that.
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Bruce Shipman lost his chaplaincy at Yale a year ago after saying that Israel’s actions in Gaza fostered anti-Semitism worldwide. Since then several Jews have made the same connection, without damage to their careers
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”
John Hockenberry of the Takeaway on NPR is a secret sharer. He knows about the Goldstone Report on Israel’s killings of civilians and says the efforts to kill the Iran Deal are in Israel’s interest not the U.S.’s. He broke out last week in an interview with Sen. Menendez. Hip hip hooray
New York Review of Books calls Israeli policy toward “frequent and intimate” terrorism a model for the U.S., including detention rules and targeted killing procedures.
Bedtime for the Israel lobby? Indiana Democratic senator comes out for the deal, while FL congressman Deutch gets heat at a town hall for supporting Israel over the U.S.
In a blitz tour of Israel and one Israeli settlement to fundraise and campaign for his presidential bid, GOP candidate and former governor of Arkansans Mike Huckabee managed one major gaffe, and doubled down views about Israel that are far to the right of any other Republican runner, and most of the Israeli government.
New York Times reporter Jodi Rudoren asserts that Palestinian fighters built tunnels from Gaza into Israel aimed at civilians, when there is no evidence for this unrelenting piece of Israeli propaganda
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.
Michael Oren reveals the hypocrisy of Israel’s claim to be the only democracy in the Middle East when he quotes an Israeli general on the US and the Arab spring: “To defend Western freedom, they must preserve Middle Eastern tyranny.”
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.
Thomas Friedman sets his most recent article “If I Were an Israeli Looking at the Iran Deal” to music.
By saying that Haim Saban is “on the left” and leaving out AIPAC’s $40 million to J Street’s $5 million, a frontpage NYT article on Jewish donors and the Iran deal suggests that the battle is evenly matched, when the rightwingers are winning
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
“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.
Shocker. On its front page, The New York Times runs a p.r. release for the ISrael lobby group AIPAC, saying Obama’s battle with it raises fears of a lasting rift. Why not hopes of same?
“Pricetag” murder of Palestinian baby in West Bank reveals hopelessness of two-state solution, but Jodi Rudoren of NYT massages away the truth with piece on W Jerusalem “soulsearching”
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
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.
Consensus is that Congress won’t reject Iran Deal, even Chuck Schumer will go along in the end. And it appears that rightwing Israel supporters have overreached in opposition, and are opening up room for Israel’s critics in the mainstream
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.
“Schumer is no Shomer” — guardian of Israel — is among the Jewish calls on politicians to demonstrate loyalty to Israel on the Iran deal. The battle is making Obama’s deal “the ultimate dual loyalty test,” in the words of Rabbi Melissa Weintraub
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?
The Republican leadership, and many Democrats, are ready to elevate the conflicting interest of two foreign countries (Israel and Saudi Arabia) over America’s interest in knee-jerk fashion, and that’s disturbing.
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