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Department of Projectile Vomiting

Philip Weiss on
Netanyahu in Congress.

Sort of a step down from Congress– Netanyahu is coming as a hero to Washington again, speaking to the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute in November

Bernie Sanders is ‘radical’ on economic policy but a pussycat for Israel

Philip Weiss on
Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders calls for a political revolution and the break up of Wall Street banks, but when it comes to Israel he wants more military aid and blames the Palestinians equally for the conflict. He personifies the idea of PEP, progressive except Palestine, which is a key to the Israel lobby.

Buy tickets now! Only $360 to hear Elliott Abrams and Dennis Ross!

Philip Weiss on
Dennis Ross

“What comes next?” is an all day forum on “the Jewish future” to be staged by the Jewish Review of Books in October featuring a bunch of old Zionists who we’ve heard a million times before including Henry Kissinger, Elliott Abrams, Ruth Wisse, Joseph Lieberman and Dennis Ross. And the ticket price: $360! When Elliott Abrams and Dennis Ross are willing to bore most audiences for nothing.

AIPAC is going out with a whimper not a bang

Philip Weiss on
Cartoon that Swiss envoy presented at presentation with Iranians, and later apologized for, in August 2015

Netanyahu’s American lobby has been discredited and smashed. Rabbi Shmuley Boteach compares its stand against the Iran deal to Masada, a mass suicide. Victorious Democrats must now begin a debate over Palestinians’ rights.

The Israel lobby is alive and well– and split

Philip Weiss on
J Street founder Jeremy Ben-Ami speaking at the group's conference in 2012. (Photo: J Street)

Jennifer Rubin says Democrats have turned against Israel and Jonathan Chait says that the Israel lobby blew the Iran Deal and was never very powerful. They are both wrong. The lobby is alive and well, and split between them.

Obama and the Zionists

Philip Weiss on
President Obama on Friday August 29 with Michael Siegal of the Jewish Federations (C) and Stephen Greenberg, chair of the Conference of Presidents (R)

Obama’s embrace of Israel as American “family” in meetings last Friday with U.S. Zionists who expressed anxiety about the daylight between the US government and Israel has exposed the power of Israel supporters as never before. Americans must ask what the special relationship has cost America, and Zionists must explain why Jews need a Jewish state.

NY’s Center for Jewish History to host Ayelet ‘Little Snakes’ Shaked in conversation with Bret ‘Hiroshima’ Stephens

Philip Weiss on
Ayelet Shaked

Ayelet Shaked, Israel’s rightwing Justice Minister, posted a commentary calling Palestinian children “little snakes” that must be rubbed out with many other elements of Palestinian society; now she’s at NY’s Center for Jewish History, along with several other Zionists, Bret Stephens, Seth Siegel and Lawrence Summers. Where’s the opposing view?

Jewish community is Humpty Dumpty– it won’t come back together again, and shouldn’t

Philip Weiss on
Shimon Peres and Steve Israel

Reps Steve Israel and Eliot Engel opposed President Obama on the Iran Deal, surely because of their concern for Israel; and they think there shouldn’t be divisions inside the Jewish community over their opposition? The divisions are real and important and go back to the Iraq war disaster, when liberal Zionists went along with neocons on a tragic policy

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

Netanyahu will lobby American Jews on deal, calling on alleged loyalty to Jewish state

Philip Weiss on
Barney Frank

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu is reaching out to American Jews to oppose the Iran deal tomorrow. The good thing about the Iran war that the neoconservatives and Netanyahu want is that so many Jews are showing up in favor of the deal. We’re having a vigorous conversation about the influence of the rightwing Israel lobby, and the implicit call for dual loyalty that Zionism depends upon. So Netanyahu’s outreach will cause more American Jews to question whether they really wish to be the buttress of the Jewish state.

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.

If Americans support Iran deal, 56-37, what gives Israel the power to ‘croak’ it?

Philip Weiss on
Israeli Defense minister Moshe Ya'alon greets US Defsec Ashton Carter

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.