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Israel is getting lots of support inside the U.S. But I don’t know if this is the company most folks would want to have. The graphic above was screen-grabbed from Fox News (thanks to Reem Kelani and Tom Suarez).

Next, this photo of NY elected officials jumping over each other to rally to Israel’s side outside City Hall today was just tweeted by the Jerusalem Post’s Maya Shwayder.

Elected officials NY

Elected officials NY

I see Charlie Rangel, Eliot Engel, Nita Lowey, and Sheldon Silver. Shwayder offers these startling quotations from the gathering, including from liberal Democrats. There was a demonstration going on during the speeches:

“Much of what says — much of what you hear out there — is a new face on an old hatred,” Jerrold Nadler, pointing 2 protestors

“We will not apologize for defending ourselves, or for the generous help of the United States.” — Ido Aharoni, Israeli consul-general.

“No money from our cmmt will go to a quote-unity gov’t that is in.” –

NY State Senator says this is personal: he has family in

Hoylman is a state senator in Manhattan.

And here’s New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on the campaign trail, speaking in Nashville at the National Governors’ Association. From Haaretz:

“Israel is not sure that they have America’s full support like they used to,” Christie said. “And that’s a real failure of this presidency, in my view. And I think the unrest you see in the Middle East is caused in some measure — not completely, but in some measure — by the fact that this president has not acted in a decisive, consistent way.”..

Christie said Obama should be focused on trying to bring stability to the region “by having America be a forceful voice in favor of a democracy like Israel, and be condemning in the strongest terms and with actions the things that are being done by Hamas against Israel.”

Christie refused to endorse “U.S. military action if necessary,” according to AP. Is that even in play? Gosh. 

NJ.com has more:

“[Obama] draws red lines then doesn’t enforce them; he doesn’t stand up for our friends in a vocal and forceful way,” he said. “Those are things that he should be focused on…”

And here’s a story from ten days ago in the Washington Post. It’s about Jewish teens headed to Israel, some to volunteer in the Israeli army. The piece features a loving portrait of Isaac Cohen and his parents. “It’s been a dream of mine to join the Israeli army.”

These are strongly-identified Jewish kids, i.e., they are in mainstream institutions. But imagine if these children were Palestinian or Muslim and going off to aid a foreign country/group that was under attack and to which they felt loyal?

many Jewish teenagers from Washington and elsewhere in the United States are preparing to go to Israel for a gap year after high school.

You’d think some would be reconsidering after those Jewish teens were kidnapped and killed. No. Reporter Carol Morello says few parents are thought to be

balking after an incident that struck the [Israeli] teenagers at the end of a school day, circumstances so commonplace they could easily imagine their own sons in their stead.

So they imagine their own children as part of an illegal colonization project. More blurring of national identities:

The determination to carry on reflects the deep affinity many American Jews feel with Israel, particularly when it is under attack. Theirs is an American example of a commonly held belief among Israelis: that they will not let their lives be dictated by the fear fostered by violent militants.

Palestinian resistance– it just gets these American Jewish kids going:

Rabbi Shmuel Herz­feld of the National Synagogue, the oldest Orthodox synagogue in the District. “But people don’t say they’re not going to Israel anymore. If anything, it’s just the opposite. When these types of horrible attacks happen, many people in our community express their love for Israel by going there, showing solidarity.”

As a side note, this morning I heard Israeli ambassador Ron Dermer interviewed by Steve Inskeep on National Public Radio. The usual horse feathers about how Israel does everything to protect Palestinian civilians for several minutes, and operates “surgically,” an Orwellian term if I ever heard one. But I noticed Inskeep ask with growing impatience about conditions in Gaza, and what Israel was doing to make things better for Palestinians. Yes I know I’m grasping at straws, but it’s becoming more and more plain to Americans that Israel has just one answer to its foundational issues… slaughter the brown people.

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  1. Ael
    Ael on July 14, 2014, 10:41 am

    The browser tab title for this story is broken (unless it is subliminal messaging)

  2. michelle
    michelle on July 14, 2014, 10:56 am

    .
    how many witnesses will it take to stop Israel
    .
    G-d Bless
    .

  3. HPH
    HPH on July 14, 2014, 10:56 am

    Today Steve Inskeep also did an interview with Palestinian author-teacher Adania Shibli about her perspective (http://www.npr.org/2014/07/14/331298940/palestinian-authority-bears-the-brunt-of-west-bank-outrage). The title is “Palestinian Authority Bears Brunt Of West Bank Outrage.” She is able to give the essence of the Palestinian perspective. I think that NPR is finally starting to do real reporting.

    Jodi Rudoren at the NY Times had an article yesterday that I thought was another good attempt to tell the Palestinian story although the focus was on a rail line (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/14/world/middleeast/in-divided-jerusalem-rail-line-for-arabs-and-jews-is-among-the-fractures.html).

    In contrast, PM Netanyahu was on Fox News yesterday defending Israel in an awkward way. He got his air time, but it seemed that Brit Hume sat back and let him ramble. It was as if we were listening to someone peddling an eight track player.

  4. Kay24
    Kay24 on July 14, 2014, 11:03 am

    Great article Philip. It is interesting that Christie is suddenly proclaiming his devotion and concern for Israel. My, my, someone is desperate to get the Israel lobbies to support him, perhaps with 2016 in mind. He unfortunately, is the Governor of my State, and has been an abysmal failure, but looking at how Bush ran, it seem people are not concerned if they were failed governors or not. So they may make him their President.

    Interesting that Jewish American kids are interested in joining the Israeli armed forces, I don’t know how many do that, but according to this article it seems not many are eager to join the armed forces in their own country, the US.
    http://www.vosizneias.com/43746/2009/11/25/new-yor,-should-more-Jews-join-the-u-s-military/

    It is hard for the Israelis to talk their way out of the facts – despite crying victim, blaming Hamas for their plight, it seems it is hard for their spokespeople, to rationalize the death toll, injuries, homes being bombed, on the other side, and have no deaths to speak of on theirs. CNN had Wolf Blitzer stand in front of broken parts of what may be rockets, as if trying to show the suffering Israelis have to go through.
    It was laughable and Blitzer looked quite ridiculous making his points.

  5. eljay
    eljay on July 14, 2014, 11:09 am

    >> “Israel is not sure that they have America’s full support like they used to,” Christie said. “And that’s a real failure of this presidency, in my view.”

    If I were president of this great land, I would fellate the Zio-supremacist donkey until it damn near killed me, and then I’d fellate it some more. THAT, my fellow Americans, is what an American president should – no, MUST! – do.

    • eljay
      eljay on July 14, 2014, 12:57 pm

      >> If I were president of this great land, I would fellate the Zio-supremacist donkey …

      Clarification: That’s an ersatz Christie quote, not eljay expressing a dark desire. ;-)

      • Sumud
        Sumud on July 14, 2014, 3:08 pm

        Haha I wondered where the quote marks were for a moment!

        If Christie really wants to satisfy the Israel lobby he should tell them he can suck the chrome off a tailpipe.

      • Pat Kittle
        Pat Kittle on July 14, 2014, 8:24 pm

        Israel lobby billionaires (“right” & “left” wing) demand open borders for the US.

        They speak glowingly of “diversity” & “enrichment.”

        Curiously, these same shysters clearly, absolutely, do NOT celebrate diversity for their beloved Israel!

        Why?? Oh, they have their reasons…

  6. dbroncos
    dbroncos on July 14, 2014, 11:09 am

    “…it’s becoming more and more plain to Americans that Israel has just one answer to its foundational issues… slaughter the brown people.”

    Yes, and the hasbarists always deliver this message with white-looking-sounding defenders of Israel so that older white Americans won’t get confused about who the enemy is. They have no answer for the day when this shrinking demographic becomes too small to protect Israel from the growing contempt of the rest of American society.

    • Citizen
      Citizen on July 14, 2014, 2:00 pm

      @ drroncos

      Yep. LOL. “I want my Jerry beads!”
      Funny how the Israeli official spoke person looks SO white! Speaks perfect English too. It appears the subject of a very long commented article on MW fairly recently, Israel’s Arab Jews, never get appointed to any public spot in the American arena. Maybe one day the Black Caucas may notice? We all know every new generation of American babies since 2011 is over 50% non-white, with no end to this trend in sight.

  7. seafoid
    seafoid on July 14, 2014, 11:24 am

    “a commonly held belief among Israelis: that they will not let their lives be dictated by the fear fostered by violent militants.”

    They just choose the fear fostered by nice IDF Jews in Hebrew. Lives dictated by the needs of YESHA. Society failed because of YESHA.

  8. DICKERSON3870
    DICKERSON3870 on July 14, 2014, 11:50 am

    RE: “I see Charlie Rangel, Eliot Engel, Nita Lowey, and Sheldon Silver. Shwayder offers these startling quotations from the gathering, including from liberal Democrats.” ~ Weiss

    MY COMMENT: I’m not going to vote for (or contribute to) any more Democrats, period. The idea of voting for the lesser evil might make some sense in the short term (i.e. for the Supreme Court, etc.), but I am convinced that it is counterproductive in the long run.
    I might just not vote at all from here on out.

    P.S. ● ROSA LUXEMBURGH (music, French group, entire CDs) – https://play.spotify.com/artist/6Eezvj5HyvFxbmRCtoZXvt

    • lysias
      lysias on July 14, 2014, 2:16 pm

      Rosa Luxemburg would have urged voting third-party. And that is exactly what I have been doing for some years now.

  9. James Canning
    James Canning on July 14, 2014, 1:47 pm

    Does Chris Christie actually believe what he said? Or is he just posturing?

    Great piece.

  10. American
    American on July 14, 2014, 1:54 pm

    Dems and Repubs, but Dems more so, have both made the US a puppet regime that carries out the political wills of its various conquerers.

    Arise US nationalism! Arise with a vegence and crush them all!…….and hurry.

  11. American
    American on July 14, 2014, 2:48 pm

    J’accuse!! J’accuse! J’accuse!

    Co conspirators in War Crimes–Treason against America

    https://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/senate-resolution/498/related-bills
    S.Res.498 – A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate regarding United States support for the State of Israel as it defends itself against unprovoked rocket attacks from the Hamas terrorist organization.

    Cosponsors

    Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ]* 07/10/2014
    Sen. Ayotte, Kelly [R-NH]* 07/10/2014
    Sen. Schumer, Charles E. [D-NY]* 07/10/2014
    Sen. McCain, John [R-AZ]* 07/10/2014
    Sen. Corker, Bob [R-TN]* 07/10/2014
    Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL]* 07/10/2014
    Sen. Blunt, Roy [R-MO]* 07/10/2014
    Sen. Kirk, Mark Steven [R-IL]* 07/10/2014
    Sen. Toomey, Pat [R-PA]* 07/10/2014
    Sen. Alexander, Lamar [R-TN]* 07/10/2014
    Sen. Moran, Jerry [R-KS]* 07/10/2014
    Sen. Johanns, Mike [R-NE]* 07/10/2014
    Sen. Heller, Dean [R-NV]* 07/10/2014
    Sen. Inhofe, James M. [R-OK]* 07/10/2014
    Sen. Fischer, Deb [R-NE]* 07/10/2014
    Sen. Collins, Susan M. [R-ME]* 07/10/2014
    Sen. Cruz, Ted [R-TX]* 07/10/2014
    Sen. Vitter, David [R-LA]* 07/10/2014
    Sen. Paul, Rand [R-KY]* 07/10/2014
    Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT]* 07/10/2014
    Sen. Boxer, Barbara [D-CA]* 07/10/2014
    Sen. Nelson, Bill [D-FL]* 07/10/2014
    Sen. Franken, Al [D-MN]* 07/10/2014
    Sen. Murkowski, Lisa [R-AK]* 07/10/2014
    Sen. Thune, John [R-SD]* 07/10/2014
    Sen. Grassley, Chuck [R-IA]* 07/10/2014
    Sen. Hatch, Orrin G. [R-UT]* 07/10/2014
    Sen. Murphy, Christopher S. [D-CT]* 07/10/2014
    Sen. Scott, Tim [R-SC]* 07/10/2014
    Sen. Cardin, Benjamin L. [D-MD]* 07/10/2014
    Sen. Crapo, Mike [R-ID]* 07/10/2014
    Sen. Chambliss, Saxby [R-GA]* 07/10/2014
    Sen. Roberts, Pat [R-KS]* 07/10/2014
    Sen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. [D-PA]* 07/10/2014
    Sen. Wicker, Roger F. [R-MS]* 07/10/2014
    Sen. Coats, Daniel [R-IN]* 07/10/2014
    Sen. Shaheen, Jeanne [D-NH]* 07/10/2014
    Sen. Tester, Jon [D-MT]* 07/10/2014
    Sen. Kaine, Tim [D-VA]* 07/10/2014
    Sen. Lee, Mike [R-UT]* 07/10/2014
    Sen. Begich, Mark [D-AK]*

  12. Sumud
    Sumud on July 14, 2014, 3:39 pm

    Yes I know I’m grasping at straws, but it’s becoming more and more plain to Americans that Israel has just one answer to its foundational issues… slaughter the brown people.

    You are an optimistic guy Phil but I’m not sure that you’re grasping here. The coverage that I’m seeing is more open to the Palestinian narrative than ever before.

    Check out the photo gallery in this WaPo article about the Hamas drone Israel shot down:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/israel-shoots-down-hamas-drone/2014/07/14/991c46da-0b47-11e4-b8e5-d0de80767fc2_story.html

    It’s grieving or traumatised or dead Palestinians, families, children, people picking up body parts and awful lot of destruction in Gaza, followed by a picture of IDF troops dancing in front of a tank. It’s such a TERRIBLE optic for Israel but it represents the situation in Gaza like I’ve never seen before. It is humanising the Palestinian experience.

    Thinking back to 2008/09 massacre the Boston Globe ran some harrowing photo galleries but I don’t recall anything like this in the other MSM. Hey, I’m Australian so my exposure so US isn’t as broad but it feels different now – at least in parts.

    Did you see Chris Hayes’ great piece on, I think, Friday last week? Again, very humanising, and he ends up by saying that intention is not enough (Israel always attempting to stake out the high moral ground) and beyond a certain point after killing so many women & children it doesn’t matter WHAT they say (i.e. hasbara go to hell):

    http://www.msnbc.com/all-in/watch/chriss-commentary-on-israel-and-hamas-301668419651

  13. oldgeezer
    oldgeezer on July 14, 2014, 4:12 pm

    NY State Senator @bradhoylman should recuse himself from any votes since it’s personal. Not that he will do the ethical thing of course.

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