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US Policy in the Middle East

In email, Clinton calls for a ‘Potemkin’ peace process

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton in New York in September 2016. (Photo:  Kobi Gideon/GPO)

“A Potemkin process is better than nothing,” Hillary Clinton wrote in a hacked email about Benjamin Netanyahu’s prevarications on a Palestinian state in 2015, an indication that the U.S. will forever give cover to the Israeli government to manage the conflict.

Trump and Clinton blast UNESCO statement on Jerusalem

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Palestinians protest as right-wing Israelis tour the Noble Sanctuary (Haram al-Sharif) mosque complex, known as the Temple Mount to Jews, in the Old City of Jerusalem, October 1, 2014. (Photo: EPA)

Israel is clashing with a United Nations body responsible for maintaining heritage sites after it passed a draft resolution harshly critical of Israel as the “occupying power” over Jerusalem, and both campaigns for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have joined in rejection.

The battle over Obama’s legacy, featuring Netanyahu, Zogby, liberal Zionists, and 88 senators

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Gideon Levy, October 5, 2016, Lensic Performing Arts Space, Santa Fe, NM.

James Zogby of the Arab American Institute and liberal Zionists call on Obama to take “strong” action against the latest Israeli settlement announcement by pursuing a UN Security Council resolution against settlements. But Netanyahu and Israel lobby groups are girding themselves against any measure Obama may consider in his last months in office to try and fix his legacy on the Middle East.

Bill and Hillary Clinton both opposed his invitation from AIPAC in 2010

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Sec'y of State Hillary Clinton speaks at AIPAC in 2010, when her husband turned down an invitation

When AIPAC came “begging” for Bill Clinton to speak at 2010 conference, he and his wife were against his doing so, and her aide expressed annoyance at the invitation; though then Secretary of State Clinton did address the pro-Israel group, and gushed over its leaders.

Trump’s Israel advisor (again) argues for annexation of the West Bank with bad math

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David Friedman, Trump adviser

Donald Trump’s Israel advisor again raised the possibility of his candidate backing the Israeli annexation of the occupied West Bank, while dining with the representative of a settler organization in New York during the “last two weeks,” according to a report published by Israel’s Channel 2 who obtained a video of the meeting.

Clinton and Trump lack a plan for Iraq other than more war

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The Clinton Trump debate, at Nellie's Sports Bar in Washington

Neither Clinton nor Trump have a long-term plan for Iraq or the middle east that doesn’t involve war. Clinton wants to destroy ISIS, but doesn’t offer any reason other than ISIS must be destroyed. Israel/Palestine, although it helps drive the religiously motivated violence in the region, doesn’t even register for either candidate.

Shmuley Boteach seeks to blackmail Obama over his legacy

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Shmuley Boteach ad in New York Times

“President Obama, as you leave office keep your friendship with Israel intact,” Rabbi Shmuley Boteach threatens to help destroy Obama’s legacy if he dares to try to create a Palestinian state.

The two-stroke solution

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Netanyahu and Obama in NY, Sept. 21, 2016

President Obama and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in New York on the sideline of the UN General Assembly and there was more talk about the president playing golf in Israel and visiting the country in his post-presidency than there was about the vaunted two-state solution.

‘Beholden to AIPAC’ — progressive senators Warren, Murphy, Brown sign letter seeking to limit Obama’s actions

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Eliz. Warren at Tufts last September, (c) Pat Westwater-Jong

Vermont Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Kentucky’s Rand Paul were among the dozen holdouts from a letter the Israel lobby group AIPAC circulated seeking to limit President Obama’s actions to oppose Israeli settlements in his last months in office. Still, many progressive US senators as well as vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine signed on to an Israel lobby letter designed to limit President Obama’s actions against the Israeli occupation, now nearly 50 years old.

Powell emails expose depth of media self-censorship re Israeli nukes

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Man about town Jeffrey T. Leeds, from youtube

Colin Powell privately said that Israel’s 200 nukes are the strongest argument in favor of the Iran deal, but when he went on Meet the Press, he didn’t say a word about it. And neither did Obama or the MSM. This self-censorship reflects obeisance to the Israel lobby.