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American Jews are taking back their power from Israel

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A demonstrator holds a sign during a rally near the Israeli Consulate in New York to protest Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech in front on Congress. (Photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

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.

I want my country back

Philip Weiss on
Jodi Rudoren

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.

Netanyahu’s accomplishment: Consolidating support for negotiations with Iran

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Obama in White House, March 4

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

Thanks to Netanyahu, Israel support turns into a political football

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Robert Kagan, from the Hertog Program

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

AIPAC and Bill Kristol turn up the pressure

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Bill Kristol, at Rightweb

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

James Baker to speak at J Street conference

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James Baker

James Baker was purged from the Republican Party as an “Arabist,” neocon Bill Kristol once bragged. Well he’s speaking at the J Street conference next month, a sign that the lobby is splitting

Warriors for ‘the ultimate truth’ gather in New York

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Trump at the Algemeiner gala, photo by Sarah Rogers

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

US and Israel divorce rumors over Iran

Philip Weiss on
Obama in 2012

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.

Netanyahu’s disaster: speech cost ‘omnipotent’ lobby a veto proof majority for Iran sanctions

Philip Weiss on
Hillary Clinton

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.

Ros-Lehtinen removes pro-Palestinian activists from Congressional hearing on punishing PA for joining ICC

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Code Pink organizer Medea Benjamin is asked to leave by Capitol Police after Ros-Lehtinen orders the hearing room cleared. (Photo: Sam Knight)

On Wednesday the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee convened a hearing on cutting off aid to the Palestinian Authority in response to joining the International Criminal Court. The hearing panel was staffed exclusively by neoconservatives—three out of four of whom have written about Palestinian children as constituting a “demographic threat” to the Jewish state. Citizens concerned about human rights in Israel/Palestine packed the hearing to represent the growing number of Americans who object to the US government’s one-sided diplomatic and military support for Israel. Subcommittee chairperson Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) was not amused.

State Dep’t says Netanyahu speech is not inappropriate, disrespectful, humiliating or embarrassing

Philip Weiss on
Jen Psaki

Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to both Houses of Congress to rebut President Obama’s Iran policy is a full-on fiasco. It keeps stirring things up and getting attention. Opposition to the speech is mounting on Capitol Hill, say both the US Campaign to End the Occupation and Jeffrey Goldberg. And any reasonable person has to wonder, Wait, why are the warmongering Israelis messing in our negotiations? Where did a rightwing foreign prime minister derive the power to take on the president on equal terms?