Jodi Rudoren is leaving Jerusalem well short of four years as New York Times bureau chief.
Category Archives: US Policy in the Middle East
In New York, rightwing Israeli settler Aryeh King lays out his biblical “Hagar” plan to send Palestinians to Jordan and says Europe’s war on Muslims will dry up the boycott movement
American political class is “traumatized” by Iraq, says a neoconservative who pushed that war, Robert Kagan, in urging the Obama administration to put 50,000 troops into Syria and regime-change Assad
Maybe the next NYT bureau chief in Jerusalem should leave the house taken from Palestinians without compensation and live in East Jerusalem? Peter Baker, White House correspondent, is said to be the top candidate for the job.
A new program in Israeli law at Harvard Law School, the Israeli defense ministry’s apparent marketing of arms to the Pennsylvania state police, and a House of Representatives exhibit on Jews’ 3500-year connection to the land of Israel are examples of Israel gaining institutional support in the U.S.
After 9/11, the neocons sought to conflate US and Israeli interests in a global war on terror. They have started up the same talking point again, as Chuck Schumer says– mindlessly– the terror in Paris could have been stopped if world had stood by Israel.
Settler Colonialism in Palestine is at its core transnational. It has always required institutional alliances on the military and economic fronts. Today, the US presence in Israel’s military and settler fronts, and its active financial and material support of both, is an unprecedented milestone reached by the Zionist movement. And because of this support, the US is directly implicated in the ongoing colonization of Palestine.
ThinkProgress irresponsibly blames the settlements on the religious right, thereby exonerating the Democratic Party, which has been a strong and vocal a supporter of the settlements going back to Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton and Benjamin Netanyahu share taste: they both wear fancy Panerai watches
A chorus of NYT readers say they used to support Israel but policies of endless colonization and discrimination have turned them against Israeli policies. Readers comments signal a sea change in US opinion.
Bruce Kovner of American Enterprise Institute says that only multi-ethnic coalitions are stable. Right, that’s why Israel is unstable. But Kovner can’t tell his friend Netanyahu that.
Parody remix of Center for American Progress conversation between Netanyahu and CAP president Neera Tanden shows Tanden giggling for 70 seconds– even as CAP article explodes Netanyahu falsehoods
President Obama talks about settlements being a problem and he talks about Palestinian “aspirations” today, but he has never condemns Israeli violence against Palestinians the way he condemns Palestinian terror. This is the safe, acceptable mainstream way of saying you favor a two state solution without crossing a line. The line is this–Israel gets to use violence and Palestinians don’t, that’s the unspoken rule, and that explains why Obama says Israel has a “right, even an obligation to defend itself” when he would never use such words about Palestinians.
Every moment of Neera Tanden’s conversation with Benjamin Netanyahu at the Democratic Party thinktank, the Center for American Progress, was scripted; the audience looked like it was drugged and Tanden was a supplicant to the PM. The need for a show-conversation demonstrates that the Israel lobby is losing power, as progressive Americans get the story.
Neera Tanden, president of Center for American Progress, who is hosting Israeli PM Netanyahu today, once scoffed at Peace Now’s defense of her own employees even as she reached out to the rightwing groups that were attacking them
The President said nothing about settlements, occupation, or even Palestinian rights in his overly-friendly appearance with Israel’s prime minister Netanyahu this morning, whom he’s met more than any other foreign leader
Even as the New York Times, Hillary Clinton and the Center for American Progress urge Obama to get over his snit with Netanyahu, the Israeli government disses the president by announcing 2,200 new settlement units.
White House officials say there will be no more negotiations on the stalled peace process during the rest of the Obama administration, but the key is to instill hope in Palestinians that they will some day get “dignity” — empty words Obama and Netanyahu are sure to echo tomorrow
Crisis grows among liberal Zionists: Lara Friedman of Peace Now urges US to give up the peacemaking business before Israel becomes a “pariah state,” David Grossman says Netanyahu has led frightened Israelis down a blind alley, and Amos Oz says he will boycott Israeli embassy events. Well, it’s something.
NYT wants Obama and Netanyahu to patch up differences. By reducing Israel’s crimes to settlement building the NYT makes Israeli misdeeds seem nonviolent and abstract, while the only violence ever condemned is Palestinian. NYT puts liberal Zionism lip service away from neoconservatism.
Emails published by Glenn Greenwald show the Democratic Party thinktank Center for American Progress censoring writers under pressure from AIPAC, and top Democratic advisers Ann Lewis and Howard Wolfson
As his visit to Washington approaches, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s claque in the U.S. is getting noisier and noisier by the minute. And Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is outfront. In a article for the Forward, Clinton has nothing but bad things to say about Palestinians as terrorists in promising that she will patch up relations with Israel if she becomes president. She’s kissing up to the lobby.
Media whitewash: In the NYT, Isabel Kershner says Israelis who want to annex the West Bank and give Palestinians some “autonomy” in the leftover fragment are “moderate”, while NPR presents Dennis Ross saying Netanyahu is for a Palestinian state.
A few years after his son served in the Israeli army, Bloomberg editor Ethan Bronner will host an event at a NY Jewish space on the skill, strength and courage of Israeli soldiers.
The New York Times underplays Paul Singer’s commitment to rightwing pro-Israel groups in coverage of Singer’s endorsement of the neoconservative favorite, FL Senator Marco Rubio