A New York Times profile on the meteroric Senator Tom Cotton repeatedly refers to his connections to Bill Kristol but never mentions Kristol is head of the Emergency Committee for Israel and speaks at the Israel lobby group AIPAC.
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If we are to stop a catastrophic war with Iran or finally solve the Israel/Palestine conflict, an essential element is breaking AIPAC’s grip on U.S. policy. That may well be happening right now.
The author of the letter to Iranian leaders undermining Obama’s diplomacy, Senator Tom Cotton seems to love war a little too much, and neoconservative Israel supporters began grooming him years ago
Two days ago Israel’s foreign minister called for beheading Arab citizens of Israel who are “against us.” As of this morning the New York Times had still not covered the story, and neither has National Public Radio, which has given Lieberman a platform in the past. What would happen if a Palestinian politician called for beheading some Jews? How loudly would our media decry such statements?
Three of four letters to the NYT on Gaza say that the blockade is a good thing. Israel can do whatever it wants and they will be sad but support Israel. It’s a clever way of trying to be liberal while being racist. MLK saw the attitude in his letter from a Birmingham jail.
Who wrote the 47 Republican senators’ awful letter to Iran? Not Tom Cotton of Arkansas. J Street speculates Bill Kristol. A former AIPAC staffer says, AIPAC. The media have an obligation to turn a harsh light on the Israel lobby groups who are supporting the letter
Times columnist Nick Kristof describes Gaza as an “open-air prison” under “siege” by Israel, but he also rationalizes Israel’s collective punishment and treats Palestinians as a backward other.
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
Two Jewish Tufts students who went on the Israel lobby trip “Birthright” in recent years say that the trip led them to join the Palestinian solidarity movement. On Julia Wedgle’s trip, she was told a checkpoint in the West Bank was a “tollbooth”
Frank Bruni fails to mention all the Democratic politicians who fawned to Netanyahu on Capitol Hill in a column on Republican support for the prime minister. And oh, no mention of Palestinian human rights either.
Weeks after Sen. Robert Menendez said that President Obama was taking “talking points from Tehran” on Iran policy, reports are that the Justice Dep’t will charge him with corruption. It’s been a bad week for the Israel lobby on other fronts too
The Netanyahu speech continues to raise Americans’ consciousness, as Bill Moyers says Congress is under the thumb of a foreign power, Jim Fallows addresses the historical “hysteria” of the speech, and MJ Rosenberg says the PM’s attempt to nullify our Iran talks legitimized questions of dual loyalty
Jonathan Graubart and David Deutsch welcome Benjamin Netanyahu’ address to cheering members of Congress because the spectacle laid bare the ugly reality of America’s bipartisan “special relationship” with Israel.
Chris Matthews of MSNBC is shocked by the effort to “displace” Obama with Netanyahu as leader of our foreign policy. Netanyahu was “behind” the U.S. war in Iraq and he “treats us like rubes” on Iran.
Congress interrupted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech 39 times to applaud. 23 of these times were standing ovations. Over 10 minutes of the 40-minute speech consisted of applause. In other words, 27% of the time Netanyahu spoke was actually Congress applauding and doing standing ovations.
The New York Times reports that Netanyahu’s speech is giving Democrats the “awkward, painful choice between the president of their country and their loyalty to the Jewish state.” Huh? Loyalty to Israel? The cat is out of the bag, but the media can’t explain it.
Read the full transcript of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress, augmented with annotations from Mondoweiss staff and contributors.
The number of Democrats who will skip the speech doubled in the last few days, to 57, though Robert Menendez says he will walk Benjamin Netanyahu down the aisle
Israeli PM Netanyahu said he means no disrespect to the White House and Israel support is bipartisan, but in fact he and Obama have squared off in the battle of their lives, with Republicans and AIPAC on Netanyahu’s side and Democrats and liberal Zionist groups on Obama’s
In a hysterical ad in the New York Times, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach uses his friend Samantha Power, the UN ambassador, against Obama national security adviser Susan Rice, when he accuses Rice of condoning genocide against Jews
The scandal over the Netanyahu speech to Congress is in the end a story about the Jewish condition in the United States. Netanyahu’s speech has exposed the power of the Israel lobby, and it will never be the same. The American establishment is too diverse, and we are all tired of the lobby’s 40-year-run in power.
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
Marcia Fudge of Ohio is the latest congressperson to say she won’t attend the Netanyahu speech, even as Elliott Abrams predicts that the Democratic Party will abandon Israel and Barack Obama will become a Jimmy Carter figure on this issue when he leaves office