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
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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.
Paul Wolfowitz is back! Jeb Bush is talking to him, even as Netanyahu is said to be playing a loss on the Iran deal for a big win in the 2016 elections for a Republican who will back Israel to the max.
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.
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
The only pressure on the congresspeople who are betraying the president on the Iran Deal for Israel’s Netanyahu is coming from Twitter. What if China’s premier was messing with our foreign policy? Now is the time for the MSM to identify the force of the Israel lobby in our politics.
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.
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
What’s the difference between Huckabee saying the Iran deal will “take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven” and Netanyahu saying, “It’s 1938 and Iran is Germany”?
“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
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.
Steve Emerson to Times Square rally: “If we don’t take out Iran, they will take out us… your children will never forgive you for not protecting this country from a holocaust. For not protecting Israel from a holocaust that will occur assuredly just as it did 70 years ago.”
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.
When Scott Walker says he might attack Iran on day 1 of his presidency, he is trying to please billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who said that Obama should nuke Iran. Jeb Bush is twisting himself in knots to please pro-Israel billionaires.
Netanyahu is proving to be the best argument for the Iran deal. Americans don’t like him and asked to choose between him and the resurgent president, it’s a no-brainer.
How would Hillary Clinton balance her unceasing commitment to neoconservatives with America’s policy interests in the region as president? In Syria as with Iraq, it’s clear Hillary’s instincts have been considerably more hawkish than Obama’s. Hawkish instincts proved a disaster in the wake of September 9, 2001.
Jews are being counted on for “huge sums” by the Hillary Clinton campaign, Politico reports, and that’s why she’s waffling on the Iran deal and bragging on her relationship with Benjamin Netanyahu
Promoting a letter from 5 former Obama advisers questioning the Iran deal, the NYT leaves the fact that it originated at the thinktank WINEP till the 26th paragraph and never says that the Israel lobby AIPAC started WINEP.
“Every generation hears the voice of Sinai anew,” Peter Beinart says of Jews; and young Jews are being called to anti-Zionism and support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement because of its idealism. The Jewish community must welcome them in and argue with them, he said. Israeli writer Ari Shavit says, No.
Jeffrey Goldberg says that Israel is destroying Israel, Obama isn’t doing that, in an interview with David Rothkopf of Foreign Policy marred by Jewish narcissism
Peter Beinart says that Jewish public opinion in the U.S. doesn’t matter on Israel yet because Sheldon Adelson has too much money. But the community leadership plays an important role. A look at the totalitarian nature of the Israel lobby inside Jewish life, and how it may be breaking up.
Rand Paul is doing a better job of criticizing the neoconservatives than Hillary Clinton is. Does she really regret the Iraq war? Chris Matthews asks
Netanyahu Foreign Ministry aide Dore Gold is this generation’s answer to Abba Eban. Eban said Auschwitz borders, Gold says “defensible borders”. And Gold draws $227,000 from a Baltimore, MD, outfit devoted to “Jewish peoplehood” and backed by Sheldon Adelson