Haim Saban hints that Hillary Clinton is against the Iran deal, a strategic move to make sure Republicans don’t get the pro-Israel money that they seem to think is in play
Category Archives: US Policy in the Middle East
Having reported so sympathetically on Chagos Islanders’ right of return, doesn’t NPR have an obligation to report on Palestinians, expelled from their homeland 67 years ago?
The NYT devotes three paragraphs to a Netanyahu aide saying the PM played a “decisive” role in Congressional efforts to stop the Iran deal. Really! How much are our congresspeople motivated by pro-Israel financial contributions? The press needs to explore
Center for American Progress has links to Hillary Clinton and Democratic Party. Is that why it’s having an event on “Palestinian issues” that doesn’t include a single Palestinian?
The American public is overwhelmingly behind the Iran deal. So who is against it and demanding that Congress has oversight? Only the rightwing Israel lobby. Though yesterday Obama got the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to reject “two of Netanyahu’s demands”
Obama met yesterday for hours with Malcolm Hoenlein and Haim Saban and other Jewish leaders to try and back his Iran deal. The Israel lobby has never been more obvious, but where is the US press?
The Israeli opposition, the supposed liberals, are demanding that the U.S. incorporate Israel’s ability to carry out a military strike on Iran into the final deal. Livni and Herzog demand the same access to US power as Netanyahu.
Administration after administration, legislator after legislator has gone in a way that “contradicts U.S. interest… international law, human rights, moral values, you name it,” Gideon Levy says. And is all that because of the “corrupting friendship” of the Israel lobby?
At a time when the New York Times is openly reporting on pro-Israel money in the political process, Ed Schultz has questioned his loyalty to Netanyahu on MSNBC, Chuck Schumer would be risking political peril if he undermines Obama on the historic Iran deal.
Israeli massacres foster anti-semitic violence in Europe, Norman Finkelstein says. And when Netanyahu claims to represent all Jews, and “Muslim youths take him at his word, and they exact revenge on those whom he claims to represent, it might not be right, but it’s not surprising either.”
In an interview with Tom Friedman of the New York Times, President Obama shows that he has won on foreign policy, speaking warmly of Iran and repeatedly referring to differences with Netanyahu in a kind of goodbye to the Israel lobby
The US and Israel share a common outlook, calling for continuous military interventionism outside each country’s borders with increased exercise of authority by the military and other security services within their borders. This is no accident. It can be traced back to joint right-wing extremist efforts in both countries with American neoconservatives playing key roles.
The New York Times has finally done it: an honest piece about the Israel lobby’s financial influence over Congress, the Republican side of the aisle, anyway. Netanyahu’s influence among Republicans reflects the power of “a small group of wealthy donors.”
New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief Jodi Rudoren suggests Obama owes some sort of compensation to Israel for not kowtowing to Netanyahu on Iran. The Times did not get the message that Netanyahu got knocked down, left behind and hung out to dry in Lausanne, Switzerland two days ago. He’s been demoted, not the other way around.
Israel created an apartheid system and became an apartheid state at the end of the 1967 war, 48 years ago. It’s high time that we, as Americans, face up to the fact that our military, economic, and diplomatic support of that country is support for apartheid, abetting nearly half a century of oppression of 4.5 million Palestinians.
A March 2015 Pew research poll shows Americans sympathize with Israel more than Palestinians; but among Democrats the numbers are close, 57-54; and liberal Dems actually sympathize with Palestinians more, 68-60
Hillary Clinton throws Obama’s foreign policy under the bus, making a call to a leading rightwing Israel supporter Sunday to say that she wants to put the relations between the countries back on a constructive track. Not a word in the Times about her fundraising concerns.
Are we approaching a tipping point in US public opinion on Israel? The VA bar association cancels a trip to the country because of objections to its “discriminatory” practices, while support for Israel is likely to be a major issue in a race between MD congresspeople Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards for Senate.
In 1967, American Jews fell in love with Israel and made a solemn promise to protect the country through thick and thin. Nearly fifty years later the same community is reconsidering that vow. What we are seeing is a transfer of power from the Israeli Jewish community to the Diaspora Jewish community that Benjamin Netanyahu failed to anticipate even as he precipitated it.
Jodi Rudoren’s recent piece from Jerusalem titled “Rebukes From White House Risk Buoying Netanyahu” is a full-on assault on President Obama for taking on Netanyahu over his repudiation of the two-state solution and his election day racism, and it is disingenuous from start to finish, beginning with the headline. The aim of the piece is to buoy Netanyahu and submarine Obama. Phil Weiss writes he has never seen anything like this before: the top space of the newspaper turned over to a war- and fear-mongering foreign leader to undermine the US president.
Jimmy Carter got exiled for calling Israel an apartheid state 9 years ago. Today Yousef Munayyer, Rula Jebreal and Jim Besser all call Israel that, in the ‘NYT’ and ‘CNN’ and ‘Haaretz’, and there is little resistance. Thanks to Netanyahu