Hillary Clinton throws Obama’s foreign policy under the bus, making a call to a leading rightwing Israel supporter Sunday to say that she wants to put the relations between the countries back on a constructive track. Not a word in the Times about her fundraising concerns.
Category Archives: US Policy in the Middle East
Are we approaching a tipping point in US public opinion on Israel? The VA bar association cancels a trip to the country because of objections to its “discriminatory” practices, while support for Israel is likely to be a major issue in a race between MD congresspeople Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards for Senate.
Andrew Pessin says he’s being criticized because he’s the one professor at CT College who’s outspoken for Israel. Maybe it’s because he compared Palestinians to caged, rabid dogs deserving of being put down.
Israeli PM Netanyahu’s dismissal of the two-state solution in the last days of the election campaign in Israel is having a huge and beneficial effect on the discussion of the conflict inside the United States. President Obama has taken Netanyahu at his word and says there will be no two-state solution for “several years.” He seems to be doing what many on the US left are doing: preparing Americans to think about what one state looks like.
In 1967, American Jews fell in love with Israel and made a solemn promise to protect the country through thick and thin. Nearly fifty years later the same community is reconsidering that vow. What we are seeing is a transfer of power from the Israeli Jewish community to the Diaspora Jewish community that Benjamin Netanyahu failed to anticipate even as he precipitated it.
Jodi Rudoren’s recent piece from Jerusalem titled “Rebukes From White House Risk Buoying Netanyahu” is a full-on assault on President Obama for taking on Netanyahu over his repudiation of the two-state solution and his election day racism, and it is disingenuous from start to finish, beginning with the headline. The aim of the piece is to buoy Netanyahu and submarine Obama. Phil Weiss writes he has never seen anything like this before: the top space of the newspaper turned over to a war- and fear-mongering foreign leader to undermine the US president.
Jimmy Carter got exiled for calling Israel an apartheid state 9 years ago. Today Yousef Munayyer, Rula Jebreal and Jim Besser all call Israel that, in the ‘NYT’ and ‘CNN’ and ‘Haaretz’, and there is little resistance. Thanks to Netanyahu
Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank writes an important piece saying that Israel needs to exist because his daughter might some day need to be hidden from Nazis in the U.S. This belief, at the core of US Zionism, needs to be debated.
The US and Israel are both settler states in a promised land. That explains the special relationship between the countries. Stop demonizing Sheldon Adelson for corrupting US policy
Jeremy Ben-Ami said today that a Livni Herzog governing coalition would be “radically different” from Netanyahu on peace negotiations. But it would not be a leftwing government and might include Lieberman, who called for beheading Arabs.
Netanyahu’s effort to get the US in a war with Iran has caused infighting in the Israel lobby. Barney Frank said that Israel and AIPAC had lobbied members of Congress a decade ago to support the disastrous war in Iraq.
If we are to stop a catastrophic war with Iran or finally solve the Israel/Palestine conflict, an essential element is breaking AIPAC’s grip on U.S. policy. That may well be happening right now.
The author of the letter to Iranian leaders undermining Obama’s diplomacy, Senator Tom Cotton seems to love war a little too much, and neoconservative Israel supporters began grooming him years ago
Who wrote the 47 Republican senators’ awful letter to Iran? Not Tom Cotton of Arkansas. J Street speculates Bill Kristol. A former AIPAC staffer says, AIPAC. The media have an obligation to turn a harsh light on the Israel lobby groups who are supporting the letter
The great news about Netanyahu’s speech to Congress is that it has shored up support for Obama’s Iran negotiations. The president says he is “confident” he has the American people’s support and he blasts 47 senators who signed a letter to Iranian hardliners seeking to undermine the deal. An AIPAC staffer says the letter has AIPAC’s fingerprints
Chris Matthews of MSNBC is shocked by the effort to “displace” Obama with Netanyahu as leader of our foreign policy. Netanyahu was “behind” the U.S. war in Iraq and he “treats us like rubes” on Iran.
The New York Times reports that Netanyahu’s speech is giving Democrats the “awkward, painful choice between the president of their country and their loyalty to the Jewish state.” Huh? Loyalty to Israel? The cat is out of the bag, but the media can’t explain it.
Amid overwhelming praise for the Netanyahu speech from cable analysts, some sanity is breaking through. Marc Ginsberg said Netanyahu was likening Obama to a Nazi appeaser, Nancy Pelosi said she was in tear from the insult to the intelligence of the U.S. and Christiane Ahmanpour called it “dark, Strangelovian.”
Israeli PM Netanyahu said he means no disrespect to the White House and Israel support is bipartisan, but in fact he and Obama have squared off in the battle of their lives, with Republicans and AIPAC on Netanyahu’s side and Democrats and liberal Zionist groups on Obama’s
Marcia Fudge of Ohio is the latest congressperson to say she won’t attend the Netanyahu speech, even as Elliott Abrams predicts that the Democratic Party will abandon Israel and Barack Obama will become a Jimmy Carter figure on this issue when he leaves office
Bill Kristol of the Emergency Committee for Israel urges AIPAC attendees to boycott speeches from the Obama administration officials as AIPAC urges congressmen to attend Netanyahu’s speech next week
When the Nakba comes up, in the New York Times, or the 92d Street Y, non-Palestinians are granted authority to comment on a central Palestinian experience. And Palestinians are excluded. This is a sick situation.
Secretary of State John Kerry took the US-ISrael disagreement to a new level yesterday, saying that Netanyahu had pushed the disastrous Iraq war. “A very tough shot” at the war party, Chris Matthews said, while the New York Times, covering for neocons, dismissed the line as a needling.
National security adviser Susan Rice claims that the American people want a strong bipartisan ‘immutable’ relationship between Israel and the US, but she and the Obama administration are using the Netanyahu speech to do all their power to politicize that question