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US Policy in the Middle East

Everyone’s kicking AIPAC now that it’s down

Philip Weiss on
Sen. Chuck Schumer (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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 is ‘radical’ on economic policy but a pussycat for Israel

Philip Weiss on
Bernie Sanders

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.


Philip Weiss on
Paul Waldman

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.

Iran Deal’s liberation: Judaism is not Zionism

Philip Weiss on
John Brown, 1856

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.

AIPAC is going out with a whimper not a bang

Philip Weiss on
Cartoon that Swiss envoy presented at presentation with Iranians, and later apologized for, in August 2015

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.

Why do Jewish legislators carry more weight on Iran Deal?

Philip Weiss on
FL Congresswoman Lois Frankel

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.

The Israel lobby is alive and well– and split

Philip Weiss on
J Street founder Jeremy Ben-Ami speaking at the group's conference in 2012. (Photo: J Street)

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.

Pro-Israel Jews have ‘inexcusable prejudice’ against Obama — Sandy Berger

Philip Weiss on
Sandy Berger

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 and the Zionists

Philip Weiss on
President Obama on Friday August 29 with Michael Siegal of the Jewish Federations (C) and Stephen Greenberg, chair of the Conference of Presidents (R)

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.

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”