Dennis Ross positions himself to be in the Hillary Clinton administration with an article saying Obama was much too hard on Israel in getting the Iran Deal and Clinton was in favor of the possible use of force against Iran, even when the White House was against it
Category Archives: US Policy in the Middle East
Jewish Voice for Peace has strongly opposed Senator Ben Cardin’s new legislation aimed at derailing the Iran Deal. But J Street supports it. The argument against the occupation will finally come to the Democratic Party
The Israel Project raises money by saying that Israeli soldiers who participated in the 2014 Gaza slaughter believe that advocates for Israel in the US “are fighting the war just as they were.”
According to National Public Radio it’s one thing to throw a brick against oppression 36 years ago in New York City and another to throw a stone today against oppression in Palestine.
The conversation on Palestine is moving forward, the poet Remi Kanazi says. “But I don’t think it’s going to be me and Bill Kristol at the New York Times. If it were that way tomorrow, it would be because I would be doing something wrong.”
NPR, Bloomberg, and the New Yorker all run sharply critical pieces of the Israel lobby group AIPAC, a signal that its power is in eclipse. And The New Yorker calls out Chuck Schumer for his “extraordinary” identification as the “guardian” of Israel.
Bernie Sanders calls for a political revolution and the break up of Wall Street banks, but when it comes to Israel he wants more military aid and blames the Palestinians equally for the conflict. He personifies the idea of PEP, progressive except Palestine, which is a key to the Israel lobby.
Washington Post columnist Paul Waldman wags finger at Republicans over Muslims, and says Jews empathized with blacks because we were outsiders. Tell that to the Palestinians. This is PEP personified: progressive except Palestine.
The conflict is now central to the American left, as indicated by Haymarket’s six titles on Palestine in its fall 2015 list of books
Ann Coulter shouldn’t have said “fucking Jews” on twitter, but she was making a legitimate point: Republican candidates aren’t sucking up to Jewish voters on Israel but to neoconservative moneybags who want war in the Middle East.
In Israel’s hour of need, American Jews did not support it on the Iran Deal. They thereby undermined a core principle of US Jewish support for Israel: Judaism is ZIonism. Anti-Zionists have argued that Judaism is not Zionism for years, and lost, till now.
The New York Times was honest about a large factor in the Iran Deal: how many Congresspeople who oppose the deal are Jewish. The debate over the foreign policy breakthrough has often seemed like an inside-Jewish discussion.
Netanyahu’s American lobby has been discredited and smashed. Rabbi Shmuley Boteach compares its stand against the Iran deal to Masada, a mass suicide. Victorious Democrats must now begin a debate over Palestinians’ rights.
People are openly counting Jewish vote in Congress on Iran Deal. So far 15 in favor, 9 against, 4 to announce. We grant Jews greater influence because of the Jewish connection to Israel and the Jewish organizations pressuring them, saying it’s anti-Semitic to support the deal.
DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz took a brave stand for the Iran Deal, saying it was the most difficult decision of her 23-year career because of her commitment to her “homeland” Israel and her fervent desire as a Jewish mother to make sure Israel will always be there.
Jennifer Rubin says Democrats have turned against Israel and Jonathan Chait says that the Israel lobby blew the Iran Deal and was never very powerful. They are both wrong. The lobby is alive and well, and split between them.
Israeli intelligence tried to hurt Jimmy Carter by leaking information about his ne’er-do-well younger brother Billy in the U.S. press. Now we find out!
Former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger boldly addressed the power of the Israel lobby in 2010, saying in an email to Hillary Clinton that President Obama needed to embrace Benjamin Netanyahu in order to “validate his pro-Israel credentials” with important segments of the U.S. Jewish community.
Obama’s embrace of Israel as American “family” in meetings last Friday with U.S. Zionists who expressed anxiety about the daylight between the US government and Israel has exposed the power of Israel supporters as never before. Americans must ask what the special relationship has cost America, and Zionists must explain why Jews need a Jewish state.
The fact that Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz didn’t lose her job as chair of the Democratic National Committee for bucking President Obama on the Iran Deal only shows that being feverishly pro-Israel is an important way to raise money in the Democratic Party and Obama must respect that.
Minnesota Congressperson Rep. Betty McCollum has requested the State Department to investigate whether the killings of teens Nadeem Nawara and Mohammad Mahmoud Odeh Abu Daher, both killed during a Nakba Day protest in the occupied West Bank in 2014, constitute a violation of the Leahy Law on aid to human rights violators.
Reps Steve Israel and Eliot Engel opposed President Obama on the Iran Deal, surely because of their concern for Israel; and they think there shouldn’t be divisions inside the Jewish community over their opposition? The divisions are real and important and go back to the Iraq war disaster, when liberal Zionists went along with neocons on a tragic policy
Bruce Shipman lost his chaplaincy at Yale a year ago after saying that Israel’s actions in Gaza fostered anti-Semitism worldwide. Since then several Jews have made the same connection, without damage to their careers
Why not outsource our foreign policy to the Knesset? Chris Matthews challenged a Republican opponent to the Iran deal, and when Jonathan Capehart said Chuck Schumer opposed the deal after study, Matthews said Schumer opposed it because he’s “going to defend the interests of Israel”
John Hockenberry of the Takeaway on NPR is a secret sharer. He knows about the Goldstone Report on Israel’s killings of civilians and says the efforts to kill the Iran Deal are in Israel’s interest not the U.S.’s. He broke out last week in an interview with Sen. Menendez. Hip hip hooray