Category Archives:
US Policy in the Middle East

Guess who sent me this letter

Philip Weiss on
Letter Phil Weiss got June 25

“Your map of Israel is enclosed,” the New Israel Fund writes in a fundraising letter to American Jews. This gut-Zionist appeal by a progressive group shows the limits of action by liberal Zionist groups to address the roots of the conflict.

When will justice’s ‘thunderbolt’ come for Palestine?

Philip Weiss on
President Barack Obama shows Soleil Malveaux Jean-Pierre a floral arrangement in the Blue Room of the White House prior to a reception to observe LGBT Pride Month in the East Room, June 24, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The repudiation of the Confederate flag by Republican politicians and the Supreme Court’s decision in favor of marriage equality shows that change takes place in “thunderbolts,” as President Obama said today. Those thunderbolts will come sooner than anyone thinks for Palestinians.

Leading NY writer likens Edward Said to monster in a horror movie

Philip Weiss on
Edward Said

Jonathan Rosen, novelist and editorial director of a leading line of Jewish books, describes Edward Said’s Orientalism, an iconic book for Arab-Americans, as a “monster” in academic and public life. Zionism is making American Jewish organizations very conservative indeed.

Munayyer and Beinart’s historic debate on the solution to the conflict

Philip Weiss on
June 4 debate. At table, l to r, Sigal Samuel moderator, Yousef Munayyer, Peter Beinart (gesticulating)

Peter Beinart and Yousef Munayyer had a debate about the solution of the conflict last night in New York at the New America Foundation. This was a historic encounter in that a mainstream organization was pairing a Zionist with an anti-Zionist; and Beinart, a leading liberal Zionist often asked to debate Zionists to his right, was engaging a Palestinian publicly on this question for the first time.

The totalitarian reign of Sheldon Adelson

Philip Weiss on
Peter Beinart

Peter Beinart says that Jewish public opinion in the U.S. doesn’t matter on Israel yet because Sheldon Adelson has too much money. But the community leadership plays an important role. A look at the totalitarian nature of the Israel lobby inside Jewish life, and how it may be breaking up.

The crisis of the American Jewish community

Philip Weiss on
Howard Lupovitch

The American Jewish community is in crisis over Israel. Some support the state, others are sharply critical. The community used to be able to marginalize the critics, but now it is splitting, and a debate is beginning that will transform American politics of the issue.

Like it or not, Obama is a liberal Zionist

Roland Nikles on
Obama at Adas Israel, May 22, 2015

What Obama outlined in his interview with Jeffrey Goldberg and speech to Adas Israel on Friday is a principled defense of the liberal Zionist two-state-solution that the United States has endorsed and has been advocating for the past 22 years.

The grotesque injustice of Obama’s speech at the Washington synagogue

Donald on
Adas Israel

President Obama’s speech to Adas Israel Congregation in Washington yesterday had an air of entitlement. Pandering to alleged liberals at this synagogue, he gets laughter for saying that Palestinians are “not the easiest of partners” and applause for completely ignoring the Nakba and every act of Israeli violence from 1948 to the present.