Obama hired Clinton as sec’y of state in 2009 because he “needed someone to lend him credibility with the Israeli government and its American defenders,’ and reached out to Malcolm Hoenlein to make the hire, NYT reveals, openly acknowledging power of Israel lobby in presidential politics
Category Archives: US Policy in the Middle East
The floodgates have begun to open across Europe on recognition of Palestinian statehood. On Friday the Portuguese parliament became the latest European legislature to call on its government to back statehood, joining Sweden, Britain, Ireland, France and Spain. But while Europe is tentatively finding a voice in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, silence reigns across the Atlantic. The White House appears paralysed, afraid to appear out of sync with world opinion but more afraid still of upsetting Israel and its powerful allies in the US Congress.
Steven Salaita’s rude tweets served to change American society on the Gaza onslaught, which should have provoked moral outrage but did not, says UMass philosophy prof Joseph Levine
Israeli ambassador to Europe: “The Jewish people.. will never ever forget that you failed us in the 1940s… And you are failing us again today.” Rep. Steve Israel calls this “honest.”
The number of Americans who want the government to push for one state in Israel and Palestine jumped 40 percent in the last year, to more than a third of respondents in a new poll. That group rivals the number who want the government to push for two states.
Rightwing Texas Senator Ted Cruz is trying to raise money from Sheldon Adelson, Mort Zuckerman, Michael Steinhardt, and other big pro-Israel Jewish donors in New York. You thought he was the Tea Party? Guess again.
Stewart Copeland, CIA brat and former Police drummer, says Israelis and Palestinians are inseparable so Israelis have to give up Zionist dream of a Jewish state, and practice Kumbaya
41 percent of the American opinion elite look on Zionism as an unfavorable term, compared to just 29 percent of that group who regard it favorably, Israel-lovin pollster Frank Luntz concedes in leaked PowerPoint
A professor of physics at Caltech says that an Israeli scientist at the school shared secrets from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, or JPL, with Israeli government rocket scientists in violation of federal law, but that when she reported the matter to Caltech authorities, she was punished for the disclosure.
John Kerry’s address to the Gaza Donors Conference in Cairo on Sunday was remarkably vacant, if not disingenuous. Reading through Kerry’s address paragraph by paragraph is an exercise in futility. Yet the political ramifications are extreme. Everyone knows that after the Gaza war a profound reckoning is needed. Yet John Kerry – and the Gaza Donors Conference – isn’t even close
The NYT wonders, smartly, why the world should pay to rebuild Gaza when it will just be destroyed again. As to which side is responsible for the “collapse” of peace talks, the editorial is silent. As to which side is responsible for the destruction of Gaza, and for the likelihood of it being repeated, the editorial is also silent.
Martin Indyk says Democratic politicians are having less to do with Israel because the party base doesn’t support the country, and Obama’s recent indifference to Israel suggests he wants nothing to do with the country. He told Israel what it had to do years ago and Israelis ignored him.
Jews Say NO! and Jewish Voice for Peace/NY write a letter to New York Senators Charles Schumer
and Kirsten Gillibrand asking them to to enforce provisions of federal law that require the termination of aid to any unit of a foreign military for which there is credible information that the unit has committed a gross violation of human rights.
Did Chuck Schumer just say, ‘My opinions on Palestine are evolving’? That is the aim of a new campaign aimed at the senator’s assertion that he is Israel’s guardian in the U.S. It’s time to talk about Israeli human rights violations. Demo on Monday at his NY office.
Glenn Greenwald’s latest revelation, that three former Treasury officials are involved in a neoconservative Zionist lobbying outfit, combined with David Brooks’s apparent belief that he’s an Israeli parent, shows how commingled the Israel interest is in our political culture, the type of sinister influence Lincoln and Burke both warned their democracies against
88 Senators warn Palestinians against taking unilateral actions against Israel at the UN. But Warren and Sanders don’t sign on for once, joining a refuser caucus that includes Tammy Baldwin, Rand Paul and Lisa Murkowski
More fallout from Megan Marzec’s dramatic call for Ohio University to divest. State treasurer Josh Mandel says that Ohio is fully invested in Israel, which is “our friend, ally and beacon of American values.”
Katherine Franke speaks at U of Illinois and stands with Steven Salaita in the face of well-funded campaign to shut down free speech for Palestinians in the name of civility. “Whatever else civility may be, it is not an academic norm. Rigor is an academic norm. Making arguments backed by evidence is an academic norm.”
From the Jewish Journal two days ago. “David Brooks’ son is in the Israeli army. Does it matter?” One of the more interesting nuggets buried in a long, Hebrew-language interview with New York Times columnist David Brooks in the recent Ha’aretz magazine is the revelation, toward the very end, that Brooks’s oldest son serves in […]
The U.S. is not a neutral mediator in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict; it is an active participant and is guilty of the crimes being committed by Israel against Palestinians, most recently, the mass killings and destruction Israel wrought on the Gaza Strip during the summer. The reality that the U.S. is an active supporter of unimaginable suffering may very well be the motivating force behind the U.S.’s adamant attempts to block the Palestinians from using any of the internationally recognized tools of accountability to hold Israel responsible, such as the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. When an indigenous, stateless population is blocked access to opportunities for justice by superpowers like the U.S., something is wrong—deadly wrong.
Famously, Hillary Clinton lost her bid to be president in 2008 six years before the election, when she cast a vote for the Iraq war. Barack Obama, who’d been against that war as a nobody state senator in Illinois, was able to run to her left in appealing to the Democratic Party base, and win […]
There have been several developments in the Steven Salaita firing case at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The university is obviously concerned that Salaita is becoming a cause celebre. Yesterday it issued two long statements describing Salaita’s alleged infraction as a violation of “civility.” Salaita is now without a job, a home, and health insurance. […]