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US Policy in the Middle East

Minnesota Congresswoman demands accountability for Nakba Day killings

Annie Robbins on
Rep. Betty McCollum

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.

Jewish community is Humpty Dumpty– it won’t come back together again, and shouldn’t

Philip Weiss on
Shimon Peres and Steve Israel

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

‘NYT’ and Chris Matthews are frank about Jewish role in Iran Deal debate

Philip Weiss on
Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan

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”

Jimmy Carter says Netanyahu has turned his back on peace

Philip Weiss on
Jimmy Carter

“The government of Israel has no desire for a two-state solution, which is the policy of all the other nations in the world,” Jimmy Carter said today, when describing his greatest hope for the world, peace for Israel and its neighbors

Jeffrey Goldberg’s melodramatic apology for Chuck Schumer

Roland Nikles on
Schumer, official portrait

In order to make out Iran Deal opponents like Chuck Schumer as reasonable—as opposed to treasonous—Jeffrey Goldberg compares Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei to Hitler and frets whether Obama and Kerry understand the “eliminationist” nature of Khamenei’s anti-Semitism. With friends like these, this Iran deal does not need enemies.

President Obama wants us to argue about the special relationship

Philip Weiss on
Obama announces the Iran deal

Obama’s pointed comments about Netanyahu’s influence in the U.S. and the Israel lobby’s donations have gotten condemnation from rightwing Zionists. No one in the MSM is standing up for the president; but arguing about Zionism is a vital part of trying to cement the Iran Deal

Obama ushers in the crisis of the Israel lobby

Philip Weiss on
Stephen M. Walt (l) and John J. Mearsheimer

Obama has taken on the central points of the Israel lobby argument — a loose coalition of supporters distorts US policy in favor of Israel and played big part in starting Iraq war –and his speech ushers in a period in which American Jews will argue openly about Israel, and that’s a great thing

Netanyahu will lobby American Jews on deal, calling on alleged loyalty to Jewish state

Philip Weiss on
Barney Frank

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu is reaching out to American Jews to oppose the Iran deal tomorrow. The good thing about the Iran war that the neoconservatives and Netanyahu want is that so many Jews are showing up in favor of the deal. We’re having a vigorous conversation about the influence of the rightwing Israel lobby, and the implicit call for dual loyalty that Zionism depends upon. So Netanyahu’s outreach will cause more American Jews to question whether they really wish to be the buttress of the Jewish state.

Time Warner executive moonlights as speechwriter for Netanyahu

Philip Weiss on
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

Marc H. Ellis on
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.”