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Netanyahu’s fancy watch

Philip Weiss on
Netanyahu at Center for American Progress on Nov. 11, 2015, with Panerai?

Bill Clinton and Benjamin Netanyahu share taste: they both wear fancy Panerai watches

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

The titter-tape charade

Philip Weiss on
Neera Tanden

Parody remix of Center for American Progress conversation between Netanyahu and CAP president Neera Tanden shows Tanden giggling for 70 seconds– even as CAP article explodes Netanyahu falsehoods

Grieving for Kristallnacht, past and present

Michael Lesher on
A Palestinian man inspects a house after it was torched, in Duma, near the West Bank city of Nablus, July 31, 2015. (Photo: AP)

Michael Lesher writes: “Another anniversary of Kristallnacht has come and gone. And for me, as a Jew, what is there to do but grieve? Part of what I feel records what happened on that long night in 1938 when Nazi hooligans ransacked and destroyed Jewish shops, homes, schools and synagogues. Of course it does. But another part, more immediate and more painful, is a grief born of rage: grief over the complicity of my fellow Jews in a present and continuing crime, eerily similar to what the Nazis did on Kristallnacht. A crime for which, I fear, ordinary Jews bear more responsibility today than did ordinary Germans 77 years ago.”

Israel gets to use violence. Palestinians don’t. That’s the rule

Donald on
Obama in Cairo

President Obama talks about settlements being a problem and he talks about Palestinian “aspirations” today, but he has never condemns Israeli violence against Palestinians the way he condemns Palestinian terror. This is the safe, acceptable mainstream way of saying you favor a two state solution without crossing a line. The line is this–Israel gets to use violence and Palestinians don’t, that’s the unspoken rule, and that explains why Obama says Israel has a “right, even an obligation to defend itself” when he would never use such words about Palestinians.

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.

Questions Neera Tanden should ask Netanyahu at the Center for American Progress

Steven Hawkins on
Neera Tanden

Amnesty International USA Executive Director Steven Hawkins sent a letter to Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden suggesting questions she ask Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu including, “Why is Israel engaging in unlawful killings of Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories?”

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

Obama friends Netanyahu with one-sided statement

Philip Weiss on
Obama and Netanyahu in unhappier days: 2012

The President said nothing about settlements, occupation, or even Palestinian rights in his overly-friendly appearance with Israel’s prime minister Netanyahu this morning, whom he’s met more than any other foreign leader

Obama administration will do nothing for Palestinians through end of term

Philip Weiss on
Netanyahu meeting with Bill Clinton on October 30

White House officials say there will be no more negotiations on the stalled peace process during the rest of the Obama administration, but the key is to instill hope in Palestinians that they will some day get “dignity” — empty words Obama and Netanyahu are sure to echo tomorrow

‘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.

Hillary Clinton promises to invite Netanyahu to White House in her first month

Philip Weiss on
Saban and Clinton, undated image

As his visit to Washington approaches, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s claque in the U.S. is getting noisier and noisier by the minute. And Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is outfront. In a article for the Forward, Clinton has nothing but bad things to say about Palestinians as terrorists in promising that she will patch up relations with Israel if she becomes president. She’s kissing up to the lobby.

‘NPR’ and ‘NYT’ present Netanyahu as a– moderate

Philip Weiss on
Steve Inskeep

Media whitewash: In the NYT, Isabel Kershner says Israelis who want to annex the West Bank and give Palestinians some “autonomy” in the leftover fragment are “moderate”, while NPR presents Dennis Ross saying Netanyahu is for a Palestinian state.