US politicians swearing fealty to Israel at AIPAC know there are cracks in US support. “When people sometimes say to me, the United States is so overwhelmingly partial to Israel in this discussion, I say Yes of course. We have been friends for a long time,” Nancy Pelosi admits.
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VP Mike Pence was introduced at AIPAC as an enemy of BDS and told the group that Trump is seriously considering moving embassy to Jerusalem. Meanwhile,, young Jewish protesters outside call the occupation a moral crisis in the Jewish community.
“Senator Hatfield said– and I will never forget these words as long as I live– ‘In this great distinguished institution of the United States Senate, when the Israel lobby says jump, 90 plus of my colleagues say how high. They never ask why.'” Khalil Jahshan at the annual Israel lobby conference in Washington, D.C.
Young Jews from IfNotNow say the Jewish community has been waiting for them to come and defeat AIPAC. But not all progressives are on their side: Neera Tanden and three other experts from the Democratic Party linked thinktank CAP are speaking at AIPAC this year, in the 50th year of occupation. That’s the fault line in the Democratic Party.
Aid to Israel is a “cutout” in the Trump budget, says the State Department. Climate change is a loser, so is aid to foreign countries. But Israel stays at the highest level, and the Republican Jewish Coalition is thrilled.
At a Brooklyn synagogue NYT reporter Joseph Goldstein says “alt right” is obsessed with losing a white majority in the US; while Seffi Kogen of AJC says that the “alt left” is anti-semitic because it supports BDS — though some Jews do so out of “love.”
On visit to Israel, NY Gov Andrew Cuomo says Israel has developed response to “lone wolf” attacks to “an art form” — but Amnesty Int’l says Israeli execution policy shows “shocking disregard for human life.”
Israel’s neverending occupation is not just endangering Palestinians, but changing the nature of what it means to be Jewish, from a justice-loving people to one that supports injustice. Diaspora Jews must demand that Israel end its occupation, lest their own situation in the west become precarious. Tony Klug’s speech at J Street last weekend.
Forty years ago, Harvard sociologist Nathan Glazer warned that Israel was a strategy “liability” to the U.S., and Israel’s dependence on the Jewish lobby’s ‘influence’ threatened to bring “hostility” to Jews from other Americans. Why didn’t people listen?
Russia surely interfered in U.S. politics and may have affected last year’s election; and that scandal could bring Trump down. But Israel interferes in our politics all the time, with a negative effect; and it’s never a scandal.
For years Donald Trump’s pick for U.S. ambassador to Israel had funneled millions of tax-exempt American dollars into a hardline West Bank settlement through a U.S. charity. Now newly uncovered documents show his money will continue to pay for settlements in the future.
“As long as Israel is under threat, as long as Israel is not secure,” there will not be a divorce between American and Israeli Jews, says Abe Foxman. “If there is peace– that’s when you are going to deal with the issue of divorce.” So is that why Israel is always at war?
Obama failed to establish a Palestinian state but his success against Netanyahu on the Iran deal and last minute abstention on the UN Security Council resolution against settlements have fostered the international campaign for equal rights in Israel and Palestine.
Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to Netanyahu three or four times as often as to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, according to former State Dep’t aide David Makovsky
‘Netanyahu is moving us to extremes so we eventually go off a cliff into chaos’ Rep Lloyd Doggett of Texas said, in stressing Israel’s isolation in the world, and unsuccessfully opposing a Congressional resolution to attack the UN Security Council over settlements.
President Obama’s decision to allow passage of a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements as illegal has done more to change the shape of the conflict than any other action in the last ten years, even than Israel’s massacres in Gaza. Israel supporters always said that the country would not move toward peace if the U.S. was tough on it. But the UN Security Council resolution against settlements shows the opposite to be true: a little distance is already causing huge positive developments, isolating the country in world opinion and licensing criticism of PM Netanyahu. Obama has nudged Israel, and the media, toward recognition of the country’s new status, as a rogue state.