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US Policy in the Middle East

Clinton and Cruz both betrayed Obama’s foreign policy yesterday

James North and Philip Weiss on
Hoenlein and Netanyahu in February

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.

Tipping point?

Philip Weiss on
Donna Edwards

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.

Washington ‘sits shiva’ for the 2-state solution

Philip Weiss on
Obama after Netanyahu speech to Congress, March 4

Israeli PM Netanyahu’s dismissal of the two-state solution in the last days of the election campaign in Israel is having a huge and beneficial effect on the discussion of the conflict inside the United States. President Obama has taken Netanyahu at his word and says there will be no two-state solution for “several years.” He seems to be doing what many on the US left are doing: preparing Americans to think about what one state looks like.

American Jews are taking back their power from Israel

Philip Weiss on
A demonstrator holds a sign during a rally near the Israeli Consulate in New York to protest Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech in front on Congress. (Photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

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.

I want my country back

Philip Weiss on
Jodi Rudoren

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.

Sheldon Adelson is not the problem

Roland Nikles on
Sheldon Adelson wearing Romney button in Hebrew, at King David Hotel Jerusalem, 2012

The US and Israel are both settler states in a promised land. That explains the special relationship between the countries. Stop demonizing Sheldon Adelson for corrupting US policy

Netanyahu’s accomplishment: Consolidating support for negotiations with Iran

Philip Weiss on
Obama in White House, March 4

The great news about Netanyahu’s speech to Congress is that it has shored up support for Obama’s Iran negotiations. The president says he is “confident” he has the American people’s support and he blasts 47 senators who signed a letter to Iranian hardliners seeking to undermine the deal. An AIPAC staffer says the letter has AIPAC’s fingerprints

AIPAC and Bill Kristol turn up the pressure

Philip Weiss on
Bill Kristol, at Rightweb

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

Kerry says Netanyahu was wrong the last time he pushed war for the U.S.

Philip Weiss on
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu  listens as US Secretary of State John Kerry makes a statement to the press before a meeting at the Prime Minister's Office on January 2, 2014 in Jerusalem. (Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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.