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Israel’s Foreign Minister calls for beheading Arab citizens and it’s not anywhere in the New York Times

Scott Roth and Phil Weiss on
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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?

Racism disguised as liberal anguish

Donald on
King

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.

Netanyahu’s accomplishment: Consolidating support for negotiations with Iran

Philip Weiss on
Obama in White House, March 4

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

It was a bad week for the Israel lobby

Philip Weiss and Adam Horowitz on
Robert Menendez, Democratic N.J. Senator. is a key supporter of more sanctions on Iran

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

Netanyahu’s consciousness-raising

Philip Weiss on
Ruth Wisse, at Yivo

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

In praise of Mr. Netanyahu’s political theater

Jonathan Graubart and David Deutsch on
Netanyahu in Congress.

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.

Netanyahu’s speech and the American Jewish condition

Philip Weiss on
U.S. President Barack Obama (L) arrives to speak with Israeli-American media tycoon Haim Saban about negotiations with Iran in Washington December 7, 2013. (Photo: James Lawler Duggan/Reuters)

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.

Thanks to Netanyahu, Israel support turns into a political football

Philip Weiss on
Robert Kagan, from the Hertog Program

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