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.
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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
Netanyahu’s latest defiant campaign ad suggests that Israel doesn’t need the US because the State Dep’t opposed the creation of Israel in 1948. He is flipping the bird to Harry Truman, who recognized Israel within minutes of its declaration of independence.
Benjamin Netanyahu claims to know the “details” of the proposed deal between the P5+1 and Iran. State Department’s Jen Psaki mocks his claim: “it sounds like he knows more than the negotiators.” Meanwhile, the National Iranian American Council has run a full-page ad in the New York Times challenging Benjamin Netanyahu’s claims to speak in the interests of Americans. “Who is our commander in chief?” Obama or Netanyahu? And the ad pillories Netanyahu for selling the Iraq war 13 years ago.
The divide between the U.S. and Israel just gets wider and wider. The White House and the State Department yesterday said openly that the Obama administration is restricting the information it gives to Israel about the Iran talks because Israel is misrepresenting the talks in its efforts to derail them. There is “no question that some of the things that the Israelis have said in characterizing our negotiating position have not been accurate,” the White House press secretary says.
The stakes are rising over the Netanyahu speech to Congress to push a hardline on Iraq. The White House has reportedly cut off some communications with Israel following leaks by Netanyahu. Meanwhile, Rudy Giuliani calls Obama a “moron” for talking to Iran.
The Democratic Party base is shifting left on Palestine, but Elizabeth Warren cannot lead such a shift, though she will ultimately reflect it, says a supporter
On Wednesday the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee convened a hearing on cutting off aid to the Palestinian Authority in response to joining the International Criminal Court. The hearing panel was staffed exclusively by neoconservatives—three out of four of whom have written about Palestinian children as constituting a “demographic threat” to the Jewish state. Citizens concerned about human rights in Israel/Palestine packed the hearing to represent the growing number of Americans who object to the US government’s one-sided diplomatic and military support for Israel. Subcommittee chairperson Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) was not amused.
Stories of the power of the Israel lobby have long haunted efforts in the U.S. to advocate for a more balanced American policy toward Israel/Palestine. But at a moment when an unprecedented number of members of Congress are up in arms over Netanyahu’s efforts to sabotage the Obama administration’s policy towards Iran, there are other signs that the pro-Israel lobby may not be invincible in Washington. Here are seven pieces of news from the last year that proponents of a less lopsided policy towards Israel/Palestine should find heartening.
Supporters of Israel from the White House to Foxman to J Street to Chris Matthews agree that the invitation to Netanyahu to speak to Congress and rebut Obama on Iran is damaging the special relationship between Israel and the U.S. Look for the speech to be cancelled.
Israel supporters call on Congress to delay Netanyahu’s speech lest it divide the Israel lobby publicly. But the real fear is that it could lead the US to war. Chris Matthews says the US will have no choice but to “blow up” Iran if it acquires a nuclear weapon.
The war in Syria and Iraq has so many sides it’s hard to keep track of the teams. In Syria, we’re fighting the Assad government, but we’re also fighting the rebels who are fighting the Assad government, putting us on both sides of that civil war. But when you throw in the other countries that are taking sides, the program becomes even harder to follow. Recently, it seems that allies are on our enemy’s side while our enemies are on our side. To be on our side, it seems, you first have to let us sanction you.
We are moving toward a confrontation over Iran sanctions. President Obama vowed to veto sanctions on Iran and give negotiations time in his State of the Union speech. But today House speaker John Boehner on behalf of bipartisan congressional leadership invited Israeli PM Netanyahu to speak to a joint session Feb. 11 in a rebuke to the president
Congress has passed provisions that immediately ends funding to the Palestinian Authority in the event of a unity government with Hamas, or a joint government where Hamas exercises “undue influence.” Though, there is one exception. If a supposed unity government recognizes Israel as a Jewish state, the aid will continue.
From Roger Cohen to Tom Friedman to David Brooks to Paul Krugman, the NYT’s columnists reflect a liberal Zionist to rightwing Zionist discourse. The Times should hire a columnist to echo the burgeoning criticism of Israel in the Democratic party’s base.
President Obama should not veto Palestine’s U.N. Security Council resolution to set a deadline to end the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land. An abstention would represent a serious challenge to the Israel lobby’s political power.
Obama hired Clinton as sec’y of state in 2009 because he “needed someone to lend him credibility with the Israeli government and its American defenders,’ and reached out to Malcolm Hoenlein to make the hire, NYT reveals, openly acknowledging power of Israel lobby in presidential politics
The floodgates have begun to open across Europe on recognition of Palestinian statehood. On Friday the Portuguese parliament became the latest European legislature to call on its government to back statehood, joining Sweden, Britain, Ireland, France and Spain. But while Europe is tentatively finding a voice in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, silence reigns across the Atlantic. The White House appears paralysed, afraid to appear out of sync with world opinion but more afraid still of upsetting Israel and its powerful allies in the US Congress.