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West’s war against terrorism is Israel’s war, Chuck Schumer says

Philip Weiss on
Sen. Chuck Schumer (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

After 9/11, the neocons sought to conflate US and Israeli interests in a global war on terror. They have started up the same talking point again, as Chuck Schumer says– mindlessly– the terror in Paris could have been stopped if world had stood by Israel.

Netanyahu brings neocons and liberal Zionists together again

Philip Weiss on
Jane Eisner, editor of the Forward

Neocon David Makovsky wants Israel to annex portions of the West Bank to save itself from becoming a binational state. And Jane Eisner, a liberal Zionist, endorses the plan. That’s because they’re both Zionists committed to the need for a Jewish state

Rigged Netanyahu ‘conversation’ at Center for American Progress shows it’s twilight of the Israel lobby

James North and Philip Weiss on
Neera Tanden and Netanyahu at Center for American Progress

Every moment of Neera Tanden’s conversation with Benjamin Netanyahu at the Democratic Party thinktank, the Center for American Progress, was scripted; the audience looked like it was drugged and Tanden was a supplicant to the PM. The need for a show-conversation demonstrates that the Israel lobby is losing power, as progressive Americans get the story.

I went from Bar Mitzvah to BDS at Temple Emanu-el

Rob Bryan on
David Harris of the American Jewish Committee

“I just want to know what right you think you have to smear me as an anti-Semite and as a self-hating Jew,” Rob Bryan challenges an anti-BDS gathering in the New York synagogue where he was bar mitzvah’d

‘New York Times’ to Palestinians: Drop dead

Philip Weiss on
New York Times headquarters. (Photo: Wikimedia)

NYT wants Obama and Netanyahu to patch up differences. By reducing Israel’s crimes to settlement building the NYT makes Israeli misdeeds seem nonviolent and abstract, while the only violence ever condemned is Palestinian. NYT puts liberal Zionism lip service away from neoconservatism.

Rubio prays for Israel, and auditions for Adelson

Philip Weiss on
Marco Rubio

As Marco Rubio assiduously plies rightwing pro-Israel donors in NY, his big goal is Sheldon Adelson. Rubio promises to reverse the Iran deal, which should be music to Adelson’s ears.