If Sheldon Adelson would buy the world, then Jeffrey Goldberg would be alright. But his troubles are beginning. He is a ruthless propagandist for Israel at a time when young American Jews don’t think it’s cool to shoot wounded Palestinians dead in the name of ethnic solidarity.
Category Archives: US Policy in the Middle East
MD Rep. Chris Van Hollen got into office opposing the Iraq war and in 2006 said Israel’s disproportionate response in Lebanon was hurting the United States. Then AIPAC got him over its knee! And today Van Hollen is the Democratic Senate nominee for Maryland, with the Israel lobby’s support.
Hillary Clinton’s views of Israel are dictated by AIPAC and have nothing to do with the “mythology” of shared values, says Miko Peled; but a grassroots movement of Palestinian solidarity and BDS activists is changing the US conversation and in the end will force politicians to adopt more evenhanded views.
“I have seen bad things in my own country, America,” says novelist Michael Chabon, but the Israeli occupation “is the worst thing I have ever seen, just purely in terms of injustice,” and he says he is “culpable” for giving money to the Jewish National Fund.
Liberals are snickering over the explosion of the Republican Party, but why they think the Democratic Party is so stable? It’s not. Everyone in the establishment is worrying what Bernie Sanders is going to do now. His populist base is bound to become more and more voluble in months to come, amplified by social media. And of course Palestine is helping to destabilize the Democratic power structure. These tensions are evident in the electrifying, seesaw race between two Democratic Maryland congresspeople, Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards, to win the Democratic nomination this Tuesday to the Senate to replace Barbara Mikulski.
In Bay Ridge Brooklyn, both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump found supporters who justly regard the political parties with the same feeling they have about organized crime syndicates. And a lot of Arab Americans backed Sanders, fear Islamophobia, and mistrust Hillary Clinton
Bernie Sanders’s stand in favor of Palestinian human rights appears to have hurt him slightly in NY city Tuesday as he lost NY state primary. Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, has gotten huge new donations from Katzenberg, Spielberg and Saban, all Israel supporters.
The dream of liberal Zionists at J Street is that in the lame duck period of his presidency, President Obama will bring resolutions to the UN Security Council to condemn Israeli settlements and set out the parameters of a two-state solution. Do you believe it?
Bernie Sanders’s populist fundraising efforts may drastically reduce the role of Jewish donors, says JJ Goldberg. While Stephanie Schriock of Emily’s List says rising politicians were forced to adopt AIPAC positions in order to raise funds
Tax deductible contributions from the United States to illegal Israeli settlements are believed to be $1 billion a year. The ordinary American has standing to contest US support for human rights violations. Here’s how you can join author Susan Abulhawa’s suit.
By bashing Netanyahu and living to do it again, Bernie Sanders has transformed the US discourse on Israel. And his leftwing base made him do it, as JJ Goldberg of the Forward explained in Washington last night.
Today’s Israel lobby is no longer the third rail of American politics, and everyone knows it. That’s what Bernie Sanders’s obvious but unprecedented comments about “justice” in Palestine signaled on Thursday night.
“When Tom DeLay was House majority leader, I found out that any legislative provision having to do with the Middle East had to be vetted and approved by AIPAC before the bill could move forward.” So states Mike Lofgren, recently retired after 28 years as Congressional staffer, the last 16 years as senior analyst for […]
During a performance of Israeli right wing talking points in Thursday night’s debate in New York, Hillary Clinton’s response on Camp David summit simply fell short of being true.
Dearborn MI Arabs voted for Bernie Sanders, why not Jews? The Jewish community faces a choice between AIPAC and Bernie. Is the Jewish community for a more socially progressive US, or for a stronger Israel?
It’s finally happened: the issue of Palestinian human rights came up in the Democratic debate tonight on national television, and Bernie Sanders repeatedly criticized Hillary Clinton–for siding with Israel singlehandedly, for her support of Benjamin Netanyahu and her indifference to the plight of Palestinians.
Neoconservatives want to make an issue of Bernie Sanders’s Jewish outreach director Simone Zimmerman calling Netanyahu an asshole and a murderer. It’s time we let them, and allowed the Democratic Party to divide over the Israel question
Why did Hillary Clinton vote for the Iraq war? In some measure because of the pro-Israel voices in her Senate constituency. Now she’s using the Israel issue to try and clobber Bernie Sanders among Jewish voters. She leads 49-40, according to Quinnipiac.
Following Hillary Clinton’s vow to fight BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions), Speaker Paul Ryan calls BDS “ridiculous shenanigan” and anti-Semitic to boot, on a trip to Israel. He sure looks like he’s running for President!
The fact that Bernie Sanders is Jewish and is slamming Israel over the number of Palestinians civilians it killed in Gaza sends a signal to Americans that it’s not anti-semitic to criticize Israel.
The United States needed strong antiwar voices when George W. Bush pushed to go into Iraq. Then Senator Hillary Clinton was not such a leader; and it is a sign of the Democratic Party’s corruption that so many are willing to forgive her this mistake
Hillary Clinton has refused to condemn Israel for settlements. Though saying settlement activity is damaging, she does not ascribe it to Israel as such.
Jennifer Rubin’s denunciation of Bernie Sanders’s comments on Israel and Palestine are propaganda for Israel, in the Washington Post, from start to finish and represent a warning to Sanders not to touch the issue or we will smear you.
Jane Eisner of the Forward all-but equates anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism because to be Jewish these days is to love Israel.
A shift in the US political discourse on Israeli conduct has culminated with Senator Patrick Leahy’s challenge to the dominant narrative of Israel’s military purity and the Palestinians as bad actors. Leahy cited the killing of 18-year-old Hadeel al-Hashlamoun in September at an Israeli checkpoint in occupied territory.