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.
Category Archives: US Policy in the Middle East
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.
After a weekend of separate sit-downs between the prime minister of Israel and both Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump in New York, the Palestinian leadership condemned Trump for statements that broke away from the U.S.’s official position on Jerusalem.
At Netanyahu award dinner in NY, even so-called secular Jews speak of Israel in religious terms, describing it as a “miracle” that God created for his chosen people after 2000 years. Not so different from Christian evangelicals and Islamists.
“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.
Zionist anxiety about Israel: Criticism is for some American Jews “the sole basis for an American Jewish relationship with Israel,” says Yossi Klein Halevi, while John Podhoretz discovers that a beloved history teacher is now an anti-Zionist
Shadowy Israeli intelligence officer “Captain Nativ” tours American Jewish spaces and tells a bunch of Upper West Side Jews that Israel was “really close to opening a war against Hezbollah” in 2015. Who knew!
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.
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.
Most Democrats think the $38 billion dollar aid package the U.S. signed with Israel last week—the highest in U.S. history—is “too much or way too much” money, while Republicans are split on the amount, according to a survey conducted by the Brookings Institute.
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.
A New York Times editorial saying Israel gets too much military aid from the US is pathetic because it never mentions Palestinians, who readers now know are the victims of Israeli actions using US munitions. But happily for the Times, there’s no place for readers to comment on the article.
Like the U.S., Israel is turning into a minority-majority country but its response to that reality is “apartheid,” Tom Friedman says on Israel television. Netanyahu won the debate on one-state, he says, and the New York Times should call him the “Prime Minister of Israel Palestine.”
Jeffrey Goldberg needs to maintain his status as the go-to journalist on all things Jewish/Israeli. But he can’t open his mouth about recent news because it all reflects badly on Jews and Israel. Still the world hungers for his enlightenment.
An immoral Orwellian video whose goal was to defend the indefensible, Netanyahu’s “ethnic cleansing” video was drawn in part from the words of his American rightwing glimmer twin, Republican pollster Frank Luntz, who is dedicated to committing American Jews to Israel’s defense.
Speaking in Peace Now’s name, Stephen Greenberg of Conference of Presidents of Jewish Orgs says BDS physically threatens young Jews. Why is a progressive group a party to such vicious smears?
“We have seen the Israeli prime minister’s video” says State Department spox Elizabeth Trudeau. And we “strongly disagree with the characterization that those who oppose settlement activity or view it as an obstacle to peace are somehow calling for ethnic cleansing of Jews from the West Bank.”
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton participated in a public forum with veterans on Wednesday night, describing how they’d defeat Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Although they diverged on the methods their answers were the same — more war in the middle east. Clinton is playing the role of Ego in American foreign policy, rationalizing unethical decisions, owning up to some questionable decisions (Iraq) but not others (Libya). Meanwhile, Trump is the remorseless Id, the base impulse of empire to seize land and resources through the promise of deadly force. The Id knows colonialism isn’t about bringing the blessings of civilization to conquered, it’s about exploiting them and their resources. Trump seems to understand that in a way Clinton doesn’t, or at least won’t admit.
New York Times reporters Mark Landler and Mark Mazzetti write that President Obama’s Syria policy is unchanging, a fact “that frustrates many analysts because they believe that a shift in policy will only come when Mr. Obama leaves office.” But readers will learn nowhere in this article that other analysts argue persuasively that Obama’s hesitation to add even more fuel to the flames in Syria is the right thing to do.
Obama made no progress on Israel and Palestine in the last 7-1/2 years, Debra DeLee of the liberal Zionist group Peace Now says, but he can make a “gift” to the next president in the last three months of office by taking steps against settlements and for the two-state solution at the U.N.
A 1973 speech criticizing Israel’s militarism by the late Daniel Berrigan is as fresh today as it was 43 years ago, notably in its lament that Israel’s human rights abuses were transforming the formerly “peaceable” Jewish presence in the world.
Hillary Clinton has become a zealot against BDS in the last year, evidently in part because many large donors to the Clinton Foundation oppose BDS. These supporters suggest the new lineaments of the Israel lobby under Clinton, in which liberal Zionists and rightwing Zionists are merged.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager says the “hand of the Kremlin” has been working in US elections, but no one talks about the hand of Israel, which is on everything from pushing the Iraq war to censoring any reference to the “occupation” in the Democratic Party platform. The system is rigged by the Israel lobby, and everyone knows it, even if they can’t talk about it.
Despite media assertions Russia is behind DNC hack, US government says, “There’s a host of usual suspects out there that engage in this sort of activity.” But Clintonite foreign policy establishment-in-waiting wants to blame Russia, so facts aren’t necessary.
Stephen Cohen and Juan Cole say that Russia and Iran are trying to defeat ISIS with attacks in eastern Syria. A. Trevor Thrall says US attacks on Assad would lead to another endless war. But the media are ignoring leftwing, realist and libertarian voices in favor of the hawks-in-waiting of the Clinton administration.