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A chorus of NYT readers say they used to support Israel but policies of endless colonization and discrimination have turned them against Israeli policies. Readers comments signal a sea change in US opinion.
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
Bruce Kovner of American Enterprise Institute says that only multi-ethnic coalitions are stable. Right, that’s why Israel is unstable. But Kovner can’t tell his friend Netanyahu that.
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
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.”
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.
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.
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 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
Neera Tanden, president of Center for American Progress, who is hosting Israeli PM Netanyahu today, once scoffed at Peace Now’s defense of her own employees even as she reached out to the rightwing groups that were attacking them
How can journalists get away with addressing a fervently pro-Israel organization, the Jewish Federations? Dana Bash and David Gregory spoke at the group’s annual conference, ahead of Israeli PM Netanyahu
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
Even as the New York Times, Hillary Clinton and the Center for American Progress urge Obama to get over his snit with Netanyahu, the Israeli government disses the president by announcing 2,200 new settlement units.
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
Crisis grows among liberal Zionists: Lara Friedman of Peace Now urges US to give up the peacemaking business before Israel becomes a “pariah state,” David Grossman says Netanyahu has led frightened Israelis down a blind alley, and Amos Oz says he will boycott Israeli embassy events. Well, it’s something.
Zionism excuses a multitude of sins. That’s why reform temple B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim of Deerfield, Il., led by a female rabbi, is welcoming rightwing Chabad rabbi Shmuley Boteach, whose community is sexist–because he supports Israel.
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.
Brace yourself for another eight years of the US president kissing up to the Israeli prime minister.
Emails published by Glenn Greenwald show the Democratic Party thinktank Center for American Progress censoring writers under pressure from AIPAC, and top Democratic advisers Ann Lewis and Howard Wolfson
Israel has made an initial request for its annual U.S. military aid to increase to as much as $5 billion when its current aid package, worth an average $3 billion a year, expires in 2017.
Israeli destruction of Palestinian dignity and of Palestinian nonviolent movement is “the moral darkness” that is responsible for the Palestinian stabbing attacks, Peter Beinart says at a Los Angeles synagogue
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.
The Washington Post has now run Elliott Abrams’s angry rejection of two liberal Zionists’ call for a boycott of Israel, and six readers’ letters, but no response from a Palestinian
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.