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I think Phil’s comment on DeBlasio’s abject groveling before AIPAC lets the mayor off the hook. It seems to say: “Well kissing Israel’s ass is par for the course in American politics, so this no surprise.”

For otherwise liberal New York City Democrats to support Israel’s policies and avoid the wrath of the lobby has been the norm. But de Blasio should be slammed hard (and picketed) for his remarks.
As a supposed liberal, he went way overboard talking like a right wing Likudnik idiot, lavishing praise on everything about wonderful, poor little besieged Israel. Why didn’t he at least take a more critical J Street sort of line, supporting two states and level some criticism about the occupation hurting Israel? Maybe he actually believes the right-wing load of crap he said to AIPAC?

When he said he would defend Israel in Washington, is he signing on with the “lets bomb Iran and/or have Netanyahu tell us when to go to war for Israel’s interests?” gang. Has he turned against Obama, who is resisting the lobby’s bill to torpedo any agreement between the US and Iran?

There are new openings for so-called liberal Democrats to quit living in fear of AIPAC and start to stand up for everyone’s (even Palestinians?) human rights. Why doesn’t Mr. pro-Sandinista revolution have the guts to take even a small progressive step?

Do the voters who put him in office agree with his Israel Uber Alles rant?

It’s time to put these “liberals'” feet to the fire. Support for Israeli arrogance and atrocities is declining.

A last thing: PEP (progressive except for Palestine) is, in fact, a slippery slope. The anti-Palestinian, pro-Settler State positions of these Progressives leads them to become NOT progressive on other issues. Sticking with Israel leads them into supporting other “pro-Israel” policies: demonizing Iran, an unlimited supply of US taxpayer’s money to Israel’s military (including under the table funds for illegal settlements), supporting the fraudulent war on terror–meaning NSA spying, drone attacks, and other aspects of U.S. Imperialism and a permanent warfare state…to name a few.

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  1. just
    just
    January 25, 2014, 3:41 pm

    Richard, I agree with what you wrote– mostly.

    I don’t think that Phil Weiss lets “the mayor off the hook” at all.

    ” The most progressive forces in the U.S. have been corrupted by the Israel lobby. The most leftleaning/realist public figures one can imagine getting into important offices, from Barack Obama to Bill de Blasio to Samantha Power to Chuck Hagel, and they have no choice but to truckle to the lobby, because the lobby is so enmeshed in our (political/financial/media) Establishment, and because the party needs the money. It’s that simple.”

    You write that “It seems to say: “Well kissing Israel’s ass is par for the course in American politics, so this no surprise.””

    What Mr. Weiss does is EXPOSE and educate, and you have added to this exposure.

  2. American
    American
    January 25, 2014, 3:54 pm

    Let the pussy politicos pander.

    I’m looking at what appears to be some inside the Gov. Workings pulling some triggers on Israel. Israel uses the media to propagandize USA, we can use it to expose them to the world.
    I like it. More please.

    U.S. officials tell NBC News

    ”Israel teams with terror group to kill Iran’s nuclear scientists, U.S. officials tell NBC News”
    http://rockcenter.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/02/09/10354553-israel-teams-with-terror-group-to-kill-irans-nuclear-scientists-us-officials-tell-nbc-news?lite
    NBC News
    Updated: 11:14 a.m. ET — Deadly attacks on Iranian nuclear scientists are being carried out by an Iranian dissident group that is financed, trained and armed by Israel’s secret service, U.S. officials tell NBC News, confirming charges leveled by Iran’s leaders.

    ”The group, the People’s Mujahedin of Iran, has long been designated as a terrorist group by the United States, accused of killing American servicemen and contractors in the 1970s and supporting the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran before breaking with the Iranian mullahs in 1980.”

    • pabelmont
      pabelmont
      January 25, 2014, 6:55 pm

      This story (2012-2-09) (Israel & MEK kill Iranian scientists) sounds true, though it is not today’s news.

      So Israel should be designated a terrorist state or terror-supporting state. Sure, but, ahem, USA itself used to support the Nicaraguan Contras, didn’t it?

      • American
        American
        January 25, 2014, 7:24 pm

        ”So Israel should be designated a terrorist state or terror-supporting state. Sure, but, ahem, USA itself used to support the Nicaraguan Contras, didn’t it?”…pablemont

        Let me save you time with giving me comparisons.
        I do not give a rats ass what the US did decades ago because I do not have a time machine that will send me back to that time to change anything.
        I am concerned with today and what the US is doing today and current threats like Israel and problems that if not corrected will affect the future of the US and a lot of other people.
        Neither am I interested in listening to useless insipid shit about US badness for a defense of Israel badness.
        And neither do I give a good gd if the US is declared a terrorist state if thats what it takes to clean it up.
        So you are wasting the comparsion stuff on me.

      • Citizen
        Citizen
        January 26, 2014, 2:03 pm

        Yeah, it’s pretty simple, the US is a terrorist state, and it models itself after Israel. So, what’s new?

  3. Blownaway
    Blownaway
    January 25, 2014, 4:07 pm

    He shouldn’t be pilloried because he’s a liberal progressive who’s kissing Israel’s ass. Progressive except Palestine is the norm. Its PEP. He should be pilloried because he’s the American mayor an American citizen pledging loyalty to a foreign state. That’s treasonous.

    • pmb1414
      pmb1414
      January 26, 2014, 2:17 pm

      Blownaway~ Excellent comments. The same could be said for numerous other sycophants on Capitol Hill who put Israel’s interests ahead of our own.

  4. pabelmont
    pabelmont
    January 25, 2014, 6:11 pm

    Another possibility — he is kissing up to a very important pressure/donor group in NYC politics, landlords, business people. By pledging his troth to Israel (“grovelling”) (“pandering”) deB is saying, “I want to work for NYC’s Jewish Establishment; it has nothing to do with Israel, which is just the label — it has to do with making either [1] NYC work or [2] my next election work.”

    Does he meet with other pressure groups? Have other mayors done so? Is this normal NYC “city politics”? Secret meetings for fund-raising seems rather close to what used to be called, ahem, “corruption”.

    Or is this merely a sign of the usual ZIONIST horror, and not a sign of corruption?

    • lysias
      lysias
      January 25, 2014, 6:53 pm

      Why is de Blasio in such need of donors nearly four years away from his next election?

  5. ThePolemicist
    ThePolemicist
    January 25, 2014, 8:12 pm

    Yes, let’s put some pressure on these guys and gals. I think de B’s attempt a secrecy indicates “the increasing discomfort that’s in the air, even in New York, with this kind of toadying to Israel.” And de Blasio wasn’t content with being Mr. Peace Now. He was hobnobbing with the guy even Israelis consider a fascist — Avigdor Lieberman. Surely liberal New Yorkers can take him to task for that.
    See my post on this at Keep on Truckling: Mayor of New York’s job “is to be a defender of Israel”

  6. DICKERSON3870
    DICKERSON3870
    January 25, 2014, 9:26 pm

    RE: “Why didn’t he [DeBlasio] at least take a more critical J Street sort of line, supporting two states and level some criticism about the occupation hurting Israel?” ~ Richard Congress

    ONE WORD: Money! That’s why Jesse “Big Daddy” Unruh, Speaker of the California Assembly from 1961 to 1968, said (way back in 1966): “Money is the mother’s milk of politics.”

    ANOTHER RELEVANT QUOTATION:
    “You can’t use tact with a Congressman! A Congressman is a hog! You must take a stick and hit him on the snout!” ~ From ‘The Education of Henry Adams’*, By Henry Brooks Adams, 1838-1918 (American journalist-historian-academic-novelist; grandson of President John Quincy Adams; great-grandson of President John Adams)

    ONE MORE RELEVANT QUOTATION:
    “You tell me whar a man gits his corn pone, en I’ll tell you what his ‘pinions is.” ~ Mark Twain [Meaning that one’s opinions can be told based on where that person got their bread (i.e., money).]
    SOURCE – http://grammar.about.com/od/classicessays/a/cornponetwain.htmhttp://english414fall2011.wordpress.com/2011/12/06/corn-pone-opinions/

    * P.S.
    The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams – http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2044
    The Education of Henry Adams: An Autobiography (Google eBook) – http://books.google.com/books/about/The_Education_of_Henry_Adams.html?id=-ThaAAAAMAAJ

  7. crypticvalentin
    crypticvalentin
    January 25, 2014, 10:45 pm

    Anthony Weiner is a ‘liberal Democrat’ but he wanted to speak at NYC rally for settlements in West Bank..

  8. traintosiberia
    traintosiberia
    January 26, 2014, 9:36 am

    This PEP ( progressive except Palestine) deserves more attention and should attract more analysis in other areas of broader ,recurrent,transnational conflicts of the past . It should serve as a timely warning for the future generation and a reminder to the prospective gentile suitor( of Israel) that trusting the loaded jargon of Israel / Zionist could destroy it from inside.
    The agitation,the revolution,of 19 th and of 20 th centuries ,the fragmentation of nationalism in Europe,the secularization of the society in Western countries,free speech,civil rights movement,anti war position of 60 s, or the prowar position in the two world wars ,New Deal of Roosevelt,or issue like as provincial as admission to elite colleges point to a clear,predominant,Jewish role both in Europe and US. But at any moment the Jewish interest were threatened,there were Jewish separation and abandonment. Whenever the Jewish interest were met and sustained,the objective of the original reason or aim were either jettisoned,or ignored,or simply not implemented. The atomization of the society -the result of some of the political ideas and movements was not allowed to touch the Israeli society or the diaspora . The core ideas of democracy,freedom of speech,egalitarianism and equality enshrined in most of the political movement ,or the avoidance of Fascism or of socialized economy or the application of the legal proceedings against breaches of human right at local or national level while imposed or structured on the rest of the countries or the private entities within any given country of the world through treaties,changes in constitution,UN,ICC, sanctions,war,or through creation of new word and phrases were never given the same opportunity or chances of same clear unequivocal exercises and not allowed to make use of the same internationally agreed upon mandate regarding the same and similar issues of either Israel or the diaspora.
    PEP has many past and current examples. Ideas or values were subjected to the tribal needs of the moment. The isms that were worshipped ,the persons who were called savior s,the icons that were made out of the fallible mortals or the systems that were pushed for to become the only game in town were also excised ,uprooted,destroyed,and calumniated if the interest of the tribes required so.
    Individuals like Churchill, Truman,and Nixon spring to mind. Instead of looking for complexities ,nuances,context,reasons or simple truth in their behaviors or remarks they were vilified as antisemite first thing as a response .PEP fits that model. Everything is expendable and recyclable,and disposable. What matters is this- does it benefit the tribe.

  9. Truthbug
    Truthbug
    January 26, 2014, 10:06 am

    de Blazio’s pandering to Jewish right wingers concerning Israel suggests that he believes the majority of Jewish New Yorkers want to hear such drivel. Is that true?

  10. Brooks
    Brooks
    January 26, 2014, 3:18 pm

    What a disappointment he is! What is he doing, tossing his name into the Presidential race already? And just like Christie and his speech at the Koch brother’s extravaganza, he keeps it a secret, off of his public calendar! And we thought we were getting someone we could look up to!!! Definitely a one term weasel!

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