“A Potemkin process is better than nothing,” Hillary Clinton wrote in a hacked email about Benjamin Netanyahu’s prevarications on a Palestinian state in 2015, an indication that the U.S. will forever give cover to the Israeli government to manage the conflict.
Category Archives: US Policy in the Middle East
Israel is clashing with a United Nations body responsible for maintaining heritage sites after it passed a draft resolution harshly critical of Israel as the “occupying power” over Jerusalem, and both campaigns for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have joined in rejection.
James Zogby of the Arab American Institute and liberal Zionists call on Obama to take “strong” action against the latest Israeli settlement announcement by pursuing a UN Security Council resolution against settlements. But Netanyahu and Israel lobby groups are girding themselves against any measure Obama may consider in his last months in office to try and fix his legacy on the Middle East.
Atlantic Media names Jeffrey Goldberg as editor-in-chief, and rebrands him by leaving out of his resume his move to Israel, his book about Israel, and all his Middle East reporting that helped pave the way for the disastrous Iraq War.
Latest Democratic Party emails published by Wikileaks show Clinton campaign aides bending over backwards to please the Israel lobby and big pro-Israel donors, to balance her support for the Iran deal.
Emails leaked from the Clinton campaign chair show Stu Eizenstat urging Hillary Clinton to come out against BDS and get close to Netanyahu, to assuage the “great angst in the Jewish community” over Israel, which is tearing US Jews apart.
‘NYT’ finally describes the power of the Israel lobby in an editorial, saying that it may have cost George H.W. Bush his job after he opposed Israeli settlements. Next they’ll tell us that the lobby helped start the Iraq war.
When AIPAC came “begging” for Bill Clinton to speak at 2010 conference, he and his wife were against his doing so, and her aide expressed annoyance at the invitation; though then Secretary of State Clinton did address the pro-Israel group, and gushed over its leaders.
Jeremy Rothe-Kushel, a documentarian, asked Middle East mediator Dennis Ross a question about state terrorism at a Kansas City Public Library speech last May, and was arrested by security officers hired by the Jewish Community Foundation. A library official stood up for Rothe-Kushel and was arrested and injured.
Amanda Taub’s piece in the New York Times saying there are no villains in Yemen– because our ally Saudi Arabia is killing children — is an instant Orwellian classic
Breathtaking arrogance: The New York Times drafts 15 questions for the presidential candidates, then deigns to ask readers to choose which should be asked. As if the public has a voice.
President Barack Obama delivered a eulogy for former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres that praised the late leader, his Zionist mission and even the Haganah, but also said that Peres did not want Israel to be a place of slaves and masters.
Zionists genuinely loved Shimon Peres for reminding them of Israel’s ideals. His death serves a good function: the US establishment should accept the reality it has denied: the two state solution is dead and Palestinians live under apartheid.
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.
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.