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US Policy in the Middle East

Time Warner executive moonlights as speechwriter for Netanyahu

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Gary Ginsberg- headshot Liz Sullivan      Newscorp.   News Corporation

Gary Ginsberg, a top executive at Time Warner, is a speechwriter for Benjamin Netanyahu in his free time. Ginsberg says Time Warner is fully aware of his service but has not disclosed it because he does so in his personal capacity as a friend of Netanyahu’s.

Huckabee plays the Iran Holocaust trump card

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Mike Huckabee (right) speaks with Likud's Danny Danon in territory Israel annexed into the Gush Etzion settlement bloc on Sunday, September 7, 2014. (Screenshot of a video by Israel National News)

Mike Huckabee invokes the Holocaust re Iran Deal: “This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history… he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.”

If Americans support Iran deal, 56-37, what gives Israel the power to ‘croak’ it?

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Israeli Defense minister Moshe Ya'alon greets US Defsec Ashton Carter

AIPAC may spend $40 million to oppose the Iran deal, and the greatest pressure is on Democrats who don’t want to vote for it for fear of losing their jobs. The public supports the deal by 56-37. But unfortunately, the politics of the deal are playing out chiefly inside the Jewish community. The White House talks to Jewish groups and the Defense Secretary goes to Israel.

Why the Charleston massacre isn’t terrorism, and Palestinian resistance always will be

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To Exist is to Resist

While any number of analysts and agencies are busy investigating “Islamic terror,” next to none pay any attention to the kind of attacks like those perpetrated by Dylann Roof in Charleston. That’s because the FBI isn’t interested in terrorism unless it is linked to Islam. This discourse has a history in the US, and Israel’s interests figure in that history.

Resume requirement for counter-terrorism job appears to include: Jewish

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Adam Szubin

Adam Szubin, Obama’s nominee for counter terrorism czar in Treasury, would be the third Jew to hold that job. That’s because the position is an Israel lobby position; Obama has to demonstrate to the lobby that he’s tough on Iran in order to try and cut a deal with the country.

Oren’s demands make Israel’s liberal apologists squirm

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Yossi Klein Halevy

Michael Oren’s book Ally is driving a wedge into the Israel lobby by demanding that liberal American Jews choose between loyalty to the Jewish people (and support for an intransigent Netanyahu’s racist Israeli policies) and their own belief in social justice