‘NYT’ puts Dems’ battle over Israel platform on the front page. The exposure signifies that the Democratic Party is lost to Israel forever, as the progressive grassroots assert themselves, through the Sanders campaign, against a reactionary corrupt establishment that depends on pro-Israel money.
Category Archives: US Policy in the Middle East
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?
The DNC may give Bernie Sanders seats on a key platform committee to try and keep him on board with the Clinton campaign, but he is likely to push more equitable US policy in the Israel/Palestine issue, and Clinton campaign is “nervous” that this would be divisive, the Washington Post reports.
Another neoconservative says nice things about Hillary Clinton, even as the Democratic left signals its opposition to her foreign policy. Ralph Nader says “she scares the generals” and Oliver Stone slams the “viciousness” of her speech to the Israel lobby group AIPAC.
Chris Matthews says that Hillary Clinton was “concerned about Israel” when she voted for the Iraq war in 2002, and Mark Landler, NYT reporter who has authored a new book on her foreign policy, echoes him: “Precisely.” Now we know.
Led by the U.S., the Quartet is preparing a report saying that Israeli settlements are the main obstruction to a peace deal, according to the AP– even as Israel announces another illegal settlement for a population on the West Bank and East Jerusalem, 570,000, as large as that of Milwaukee.
Dov Waxman, author of Trouble in the Tribe, tells a New Rochelle synagogue that the Jewish community exercised a “taboo” on criticism of Israel for decades lest signs of Jewish division and even “weakness” would undermine the American government’s support for Israel.
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 […]
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.
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.
It was a tragedy that “in place of Jewish prophetic vision, Israel should launch an Orwellian nightmare of double talk, racism, fifth-rate sociological jargon, aimed at proving its racial superiority to the people it has crushed,” Daniel Berrigan said prophetically in 1973; and was denounced by Jewish organizations for saying so.
Legendary investigative journalist Sy Hersh says that Bernie Sanders’s freedom from having to go to pro-Israel NY Jews to raise money to mount a presidential race may allow the United States to finally get a peace deal in the Middle East. “A forbidden statement,” he tells Amy Goodman
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.
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 […]