The fact that Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz didn’t lose her job as chair of the Democratic National Committee for bucking President Obama on the Iran Deal only shows that being feverishly pro-Israel is an important way to raise money in the Democratic Party and Obama must respect that.
Category Archives: US Policy in the Middle East
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.
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
Bruce Shipman lost his chaplaincy at Yale a year ago after saying that Israel’s actions in Gaza fostered anti-Semitism worldwide. Since then several Jews have made the same connection, without damage to their careers
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”
John Hockenberry of the Takeaway on NPR is a secret sharer. He knows about the Goldstone Report on Israel’s killings of civilians and says the efforts to kill the Iran Deal are in Israel’s interest not the U.S.’s. He broke out last week in an interview with Sen. Menendez. Hip hip hooray
“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
In a blitz tour of Israel and one Israeli settlement to fundraise and campaign for his presidential bid, GOP candidate and former governor of Arkansans Mike Huckabee managed one major gaffe, and doubled down views about Israel that are far to the right of any other Republican runner, and most of the Israeli government.
Paul Wolfowitz is back! Jeb Bush is talking to him, even as Netanyahu is said to be playing a loss on the Iran deal for a big win in the 2016 elections for a Republican who will back Israel to the max.
By saying that Haim Saban is “on the left” and leaving out AIPAC’s $40 million to J Street’s $5 million, a frontpage NYT article on Jewish donors and the Iran deal suggests that the battle is evenly matched, when the rightwingers are winning
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.
Bernie Sanders is getting heat from his leftwing base over Palestine. He’s given pro-Israel answers forever and the issue dogs his campaign
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
Shocker. On its front page, The New York Times runs a p.r. release for the ISrael lobby group AIPAC, saying Obama’s battle with it raises fears of a lasting rift. Why not hopes of same?
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
The only pressure on the congresspeople who are betraying the president on the Iran Deal for Israel’s Netanyahu is coming from Twitter. What if China’s premier was messing with our foreign policy? Now is the time for the MSM to identify the force of the Israel lobby in our politics.
Bernie Sanders’s answers on Israel/Palestine are in the liberal mainstream, but the left has moved on to boycott, the Washington Post observes, and Sanders may get exposed politically to his Democratic progressive base
As many American Jews speak up in favor of Iran deal, the JCRC of Washington says opposition to the deal should be based on collective memory of the “baseless hatred” behind the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem in 590 BC and 70 AD. That’s a basis for foreign policy!?
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.
Democratic Party chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz won’t say if she supports the Iran Deal. She is clearly worried about alienating big campaign donors and the wrath of the Israel lobby, a minority faction inside the Jewish community, but the most engaged part
Consensus is that Congress won’t reject Iran Deal, even Chuck Schumer will go along in the end. And it appears that rightwing Israel supporters have overreached in opposition, and are opening up room for Israel’s critics in the mainstream
What’s the difference between Huckabee saying the Iran deal will “take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven” and Netanyahu saying, “It’s 1938 and Iran is Germany”?
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.
Rand Paul has shocked his libertarian supporters by opposing Obama’s breakthrough Iran deal. He may have alienated the army he has counted on to mount a field organization in his campaign
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.”