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
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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.”
By 54 percent to 38 percent, Americans are for the Iran deal, Public Policy Polling reports. Though among those who strongly support it and strongly oppose it, the numbers tighten up, 35 to 32 percent.
“Schumer is no Shomer” — guardian of Israel — is among the Jewish calls on politicians to demonstrate loyalty to Israel on the Iran deal. The battle is making Obama’s deal “the ultimate dual loyalty test,” in the words of Rabbi Melissa Weintraub
The Republican leadership, and many Democrats, are ready to elevate the conflicting interest of two foreign countries (Israel and Saudi Arabia) over America’s interest in knee-jerk fashion, and that’s disturbing.
Steve Emerson to Times Square rally: “If we don’t take out Iran, they will take out us… your children will never forgive you for not protecting this country from a holocaust. For not protecting Israel from a holocaust that will occur assuredly just as it did 70 years ago.”
Rep Keith Ellison says if the Iran deal falls apart, there will be war with Iran, and Iran is “not a national security threat to the United States,” but Democrats are uncomfortable with the deal because Netanyahu is uncomfortable with it
AIPAC may spend $40 million to oppose the Iran deal, and the greatest pressure is on Democrats who don’t want to vote for it for fear of losing their jobs. The public supports the deal by 56-37. But unfortunately, the politics of the deal are playing out chiefly inside the Jewish community. The White House talks to Jewish groups and the Defense Secretary goes to Israel.
When Scott Walker says he might attack Iran on day 1 of his presidency, he is trying to please billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who said that Obama should nuke Iran. Jeb Bush is twisting himself in knots to please pro-Israel billionaires.
Netanyahu is proving to be the best argument for the Iran deal. Americans don’t like him and asked to choose between him and the resurgent president, it’s a no-brainer.
Bernard Marcus, Sheldon Adelson and Paul Singer are among the billionaires trying to defeat a deal with Iran through lobby groups. Some of the pressure is aimed at NY Senator Chuck Schumer. But the American people want a deal
While any number of analysts and agencies are busy investigating “Islamic terror,” next to none pay any attention to the kind of attacks like those perpetrated by Dylann Roof in Charleston. That’s because the FBI isn’t interested in terrorism unless it is linked to Islam. This discourse has a history in the US, and Israel’s interests figure in that history.
The New York Times finds a way to treat the one-year anniversary of the Gaza slaughter as a “sliver of opportunity,” in a cigar-smoking profile of Robert Turner, Canadian head of UNRWA
Israel has put the “final nail in the coffin” of the two state solution, at least for the time being, Jimmy Carter says, and defends his use of the word apartheid to describe Palestinian rightslessness
Adam Szubin, Obama’s nominee for counter terrorism czar in Treasury, would be the third Jew to hold that job. That’s because the position is an Israel lobby position; Obama has to demonstrate to the lobby that he’s tough on Iran in order to try and cut a deal with the country.
Michael Oren, who was supposed to win Jewish Americans back for Israel, actually doesn’t respect them.
Michael Oren’s book Ally is driving a wedge into the Israel lobby by demanding that liberal American Jews choose between loyalty to the Jewish people (and support for an intransigent Netanyahu’s racist Israeli policies) and their own belief in social justice
Jews are being counted on for “huge sums” by the Hillary Clinton campaign, Politico reports, and that’s why she’s waffling on the Iran deal and bragging on her relationship with Benjamin Netanyahu