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US Policy in the Middle East

‘New York Times’ finally tells its readers: Netanyahu is ‘dangerous’

Phil Weiss and Yakov Hirsch on
Ronen Bergman

A NYT article by Ronen Bergman says Israel’s top military leaders regard Benjamin Netanyahu as a religious, ideological ambitious man who seeks “belligerent” solutions to problems. Then why is Hillary Clinton saying she wants to invite this “dangerous” man to the White House in her first month as president?

Democratic Party is now split over Israel, and Clinton and Sanders represent opposing camps, says Pew

Philip Weiss on
Hillary Clinton during a Democratic party debate before the New York primary.

Pew Research Center released a new survey of American attitudes toward the world yesterday, and on Israel the news is clear: the Democratic Party is split, and Bernie Sanders represents the Palestinian-sympathizing camp and Hillary Clinton the Israel-sympathizing one. Key excerpt (my emphasis): By more than two-to-one (53% vs. 19%) conservative and moderate Democrats sympathize […]

Anti-Semitism is considered a serious moral failing. But no one calls out anti-Palestinian bigotry

Donald on
Hillary Clinton speaks at the AIPAC conference in Washington, D.C., March 21, 2016. (Photo: Saul Loeb/Getty Images)

When it comes to the Israel/Palestine subject, the elephant in the room is that the only form of bigotry that is ever noticed is antisemitism. No other human rights movement– besides Palestinian solidarity– is automatically accused of being racist. The underlying assumption is that Palestinians just don’t matter that much, so anyone who expresses moral outrage or uses the normal tools of protest, like boycotts, can’t possibly be motivated by human rights concerns.

If it had been up to Hillary Clinton, there would be no Iran Deal

Philip Weiss on
Hillary Clinton during a Democratic party debate before the New York primary.

Hillary Clinton was “swayed” by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in seeking to set back the Iran negotiations in 2012 when Secretary of State John Kerry was willing to take risks to achieve the deal, according to a New York Times investigation by Mark Landler, published too late for most Democratic voters.

How Chris Van Hollen learned to love Israel

Philip Weiss on
Chris Van Hollen, declaring victory Tuesday

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.

Donna Edwards’s campaign unsettles the Israel lobby inside the Democratic Party

Philip Weiss on
Donna Edwards

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.

Clinton will hold fundraiser in Tel Aviv

Philip Weiss on
Saban and Clinton, on an earlier occasion

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.

Obama’s November surprise

Philip Weiss on
Morton Halperin, chairman of J Street

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?

Tax day is annoying for Americans, and hell for Palestinians

John Fearey on
Susan Abulhawa (Photo: Dorthe Karlsen)

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.

Sanders’s leftwing base made him take on Netanyahu

Philip Weiss on
The Israel moment in last night's debate

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.