Nearly 2/3 of Americans would not oppose establishment by UN of a Palestinian state, and Democratic numbers in support of Palestine are surging, with 60 percent supporting sanctions against Israel for settlements and 55 percent saying Israel has too much influence in U.S.
Category Archives: US Policy in the Middle East
The U.S. invasion of Iraq and its consequences for American veterans partly explain why they supported Trump. The war was hatched in Washington, not the Rust Belt.
Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison pretends to be “more of a Zionist than Herzl, Ben-Gurion and Begin combined,” but if you go back to his record, “he is clearly an anti-Semite, an anti-Israel individual.” Haim Saban smears the DNC chair candidate at a fancy Washington dinner.
Jewish groups are conducting a “witch hunt” against Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison because he has dared to criticize Israel, and it exposes “a very bad tendency” of the Jewish community, the leader of the liberal Zionist group J Street said last night to a Jewish audience in New York.
Jimmy Carter urged President Obama to recognize Palestinian state in what time he has left to save two-state solution, but State Department, AIPAC and veteran peace processors Aaron Miller and Dennis Ross say Nothing doing!
Holocaust scholar Deborah Lipstadt says that the “alt right” is a euphemism for white nationalism and supremacism, and the media should tell Americans as much; but as for those who oppose Jewish nationalism in Palestine as a form of Jewish supremacism, she says they are anti-Semites.
Rejecting the two-state solution was seen as repudiation of Zionism and the destruction of the concept of a Jewish state, so unthinkable that in many venues, no serious discussion of a one-state solution was tolerated. That era is over. Let us imagine a state where one person equals one vote.
David Brooks is angry about the non-interventionists who have taken over the Republican Party. These populists “hate journalists,” he says. He ought to reflect on his support for the Iraq war, which paved the way for the political revolution on the right.
Here’s the juice from Yakov Hirsch: Six years ago Peter Beinart came to realizations about Israel and the US Jewish community that Jeffrey Goldberg tried to suppress but that he is now expressing himself. For this reason Beinart is about to replace Goldberg as most important Jewish journalist and leader of the Trump opposition.
During his round of interviewing potential job applicants, Donald Trump had one meeting with a Democratic politician: Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, a leading antiwar figure, an Iraq war veteran and Bernie Sanders ally and former rising star in the party. The Monday meeting is important because of what Gabbard said about foreign policy: screw the neoconservatives and […]
Jewish Americans passed a big test by voting overwhelmingly against Trump. But a major question is yet to be answered: Will Trump’s aggressively Zionist agenda sway their opinion during his administration?
“I paid a military security price every day as a commander of CENTCOM because the Americans were seen as biased in support of Israel,” said James Mattis, the retired Marine general Donald Trump has suggested will be his Defense Secretary.
Phil Weiss says that Jewish status is changing with the Trump election, but comparisons to the Holocaust are overblown and self-involved: “I can’t diminish that reaction, but no one with any influence is talking about a registry for Jewish names, as they are for Muslims. Or restrictions on Jewish emigration, as they do for Muslims. Or talking about the problems in the Jewish religion– as the new national security adviser and top strategist Bannon do. We misread history if we think that is coming to the US. Other dangers are much closer.”
The day after the election Wikileaks published an email from Stu Eizenstat, an ambassador to the Jewish community, to Clinton’s foreign policy wunderkind Jake Sullivan scrutinizing activism in favor of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) at Princeton. Why did top figures in the Clinton campaign spend energy looking into how the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement was engaging this “sleepy campus?” Because it was trying to please donors in 2015, rather than wrestling with progressive causes.
Alan Dershowitz whitewashed Stephen Bannon a few days ago, but now belatedly discovers Bannon’s ‘anti-Muslim, anti-women’ bigotry is disqualifying
Alan Dershowitz has wielded the anti-Semitism charge against any critic of Israel, including Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu, and Judge Richard Goldstone, for many years. But he defends Trump advisor Steve Bannon against the charge, saying the evidence must be “overwhelming,” out of a need to suck up to Donald Trump over his Israel policy.
In a triumph of navel-gazing and moral idiocy, NYT op-ed writer Shmuel Rosner says the bad thing about Trump is not what he threatens to America but that Israeli love for him will expose to American Jews the rightwing racism of their Middle East counterparts and they will distance themselves from Israel.
Over the weekend Interim Democratic boss Donna Brazile, attended a conference organized by the David Horowitz’s Islamophobic think tank Freedom Center. It featured rightwing intolerants, Mike Huckabee, Steve Bannon, Robert Spencer and Caroline Glick, the Israeli who denies the Nakba and the existence of Palestinian refugees. Brazile may think that she can hold the party together with Islamophobic elements, but the party is moving on. Sen. Chuck Schumer has endorsed Rep. Keith Ellison, a Muslim, to fill the position Brazile holds in a nod to the party’s left wing.
If Newt Gingrich is being bandied as Secretary of State under Trump, it’s surely because billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who funded the Trump campaign, share’s Gingrich’s outlook. “I happen to believe what our friend Newt Gingrich said is true,” Adelson says. Palestinians are “a made up people.”
Vice President Joe Biden claims to speak for Donald Trump in assuring “anxious” Jews that US support for Israel won’t change an iota in next administration. Meantime, Benjamin Netanyahu issues repeated congratulations to the president-elect, in apparent sign of anxiety.
Israeli rightwingers are enthused by Donald Trump’s victory, predicting that he will move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem and abandon the peace process too.
Clinton campaign emails reveal often craven pandering to big Jewish donors. But they also show that Jews are not monolithic in supporting Israel. Many care about progressive causes. It’s time for the media to frankly address this outsize Jewish influence so that Jews will express greater diversity on foreign policy.
Most young American Jews have a non-Jewish parent, and intermarriage is the largest factor in distancing Jews from Israel, followed by growing offense with Israeli policies, says Steven Cohen, leading sociologist of Jewish attitudes. He said some “serious” Jewish donors have stopped giving to organizations that give money to Israel.
Latest emails from Wikileaks show that even as Benjamin Netanyahu promised voters he would not allow creation of a Palestinian state, the Clinton braintrust planned to tell Americans that “dozens of hours of convos with Bibi” had convinced Hillary Clinton that Netanyahu had “actively negotiated” to bring about a Palestinian state.
Courting John Podesta to come to his power seder last year, DC Israel advocate Lanny Davis boasted that it was “less traditional,” mostly in English, and had been formerly dedicated to Dodgers shortstop Pee Wee Reese and President Gerald Ford; and the late quarterback/Congressman Jack Kemp had once been a guest.