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Election of 3 Israel critics to Congress is historic, but far more new Dems’ commitment to Israel is ‘permanent as the sky’

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Last night’s midterm elections saw a historic opening for critics of Israel. Three women stars of the Democratic Party who have openly criticized Israel’s human rights record were elected to Congress.

Those stars are Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from Queens/Bronx, Ilhan Omar from Keith Ellison’s former district in Minneapolis, and Rashida Tlaib from Detroit. Omar and Tlaib are Muslim and have been highly critical of Israel; Omar called Israel an apartheid state and said once that it has “hypnotized” the world, though she has disavowed boycott of Israel. Tlaib has called for (are you sitting down?) one, democratic state in Israel and Palestine and for an end to aid for Israel. Ocasio-Cortez also sharply rebuked Israel over the Gaza massacre of May, called it a “massacre.” She is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, which has endorsed boycott of Israel; but she waffled on her Israel criticism during the general election campaign, even equivocating about the occupation, “I may not use the right words.”

Still, there can be no question that these women represent a fresh breeze in the Congress, and the voice of the progressive base of the Democratic Party, which is showing more and more solidarity with Palestinian demands for basic rights. Jewish Insider says today there is a fight for the soul of the Democratic Party, with Linda Sarsour calling out progressive Dems for “cower”-ing to AIPAC, the Israel lobby.

There were two losses by potential Israel critics many on the left had their eyes on. Leslie Cockburn, a journalist and realist on Middle East issues who was accused of anti-Semitism because of her criticisms of the US-Israel relationship, lost in her bid for an open seat in suburban Virginia/Charlottesville, to a Trump-backed businessman and Bigfoot-biographer, Denver Riggleman.

In suburban Philadelphia, Scott Wallace had as chair of a family foundation supported organizations that favor BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions). He was defeated in the Bucks County district by Brian Fitzpatrick, a Republican and former FBI agent.

The elevation of Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, and Tlaib must be seen in the broad context. Republicans are overwhelmingly in favor of Israel-right-or-wrong policy under Trump. And among the other Democratic winners are many Israel-lovers. Including powerhouse Eliot Engel, who has said that these three women “need to be educated” about Israel.

The new governor of Illinois, J.B. Pritzker, a billionaire venture capitalist, has served on the national board of AIPAC, the Israel lobby organization.

Democrat Tom Malinowski defeated incumbent Leonard Lance in central Jersey. “Malinowski’s position is that America has an unbreakable commitment to Israel, rooted in a values-based alliance between these two great democracies. Jewish leaders including Rabbi Eric Yoffie (formerly the Reform leader and Israel hawk) assured voters. They added: “America’s commitment to Israel must remain as fixed and as permanent as the sky.”

Mikie Sherrill, a former Navy pilot who won a congressional seat from northern New Jersey– high income, suburban– is all about Israel on her “national security” page:

Iran’s despicable human rights record, ballistic missile program, and support for terrorist groups destabilize the Middle East and threaten the security of Israel. However, we cannot monitor Iran’s nuclear program or improve upon the nuclear agreement without a seat at the table…

Our partnership with Israel is instrumental to global security and has helped pioneer incredible discoveries that have changed the face of technology, homeland security, medicine, clean energy, and agriculture. In Congress I will work to ensure that our long-standing relationship with Israel remains strong.

Israel support is also a keynote of Army veteran Max Rose (Afghanistan 2012-2013), the surprise winner in Staten Island/Brooklyn, last night.

Supporting Israel, and being firmly committed to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through US support of direct, bilateral negotiations aimed at resolving conflict and regional discord.

He has knocked the Iran deal and gushed about Israel to Jewish Insider:

“As a Jew and as a veteran, I will bring an understanding of what Israel’s role is in the world, as well as an understanding of the importance of the Jewish faith, to advance two things. One, to undeniably make sure that we are supporting Israel into the next generation. It is so important for a variety of reasons. People always forget the importance of Israel economically speaking, and from a national security perspective.”

Times of Israel notes that leadership will now include many Jewish Democrats, including Israel-aficionados Jerrold Nadler, Engel, and Nita Lowey.

Five Jewish Democrats are set to chair key House committees, including three representatives from New York: Jerrold Nadler, the Judiciary Committee; Eliot Engel, Foreign Affairs; and Nita Lowey, Appropriations. Adam Schiff of California will head the Intelligence Committee and John Yarmuth of Kentucky will lead the Budget Committee.

Lowey will head House Appropriations, and she is proud of getting Israel $3.8 billion a year, more than $10 million a day, thank you.

Yarmuth is a J Street endorsee (liberal Zionist). So is Jared Polis, the next governor of Colorado.

A right wing fanatic on Israel, Engel will head Foreign Affairs, that makes him a power on foreign policy. He said last month in a Westchester synagogue:

“We have overwhelming support for Israel in the Congress. And… it will continue that way. We will maintain it that way.”

A lot like former US Ambassador Daniel Shapiro, now an advocate for Israel, who tells Jewish Insider:

It will be wise for Israel to build and strengthen relationships with these members and demographic groups, in the interest of maintaining the bipartisanship that has been such a key pillar of the U.S.-Israel relationship.

A CNN poll says that Jewish voters preferred Democrats over Republicans by 79 to 17 percent, echoing the ancient pattern of Jewish voters. Norman Finkelstein says there is a growing divide between US Jews and Israeli Jews:

The chasm between American and Israel Jewish voters will widen. The extremes are now leading, and the combined power of moderate+liberal Jews=80%.  In fact, Jews have been voting Republican at around 23% in recent elections, so about 5 percent jumped ship yesterday.

Finkelstein elaborates, this polarization means American Jews will grow more and more alienated from the Jewish state.

As politics have polarized, the momentum comes more and more not from the center (as in Schlesinger’s The Vital Center) but from the left/right extremes. The touchstone is Trump. True, Netanyahu is Trump’s template on a thousand things, from anti-Muslim/anti-immigrant racism and walls, to aligning with the world’s new strongmen and targeting Iran. But Netanyahu could be swallowed or made less bitter by the self-serving American Jewish illusions and delusions about Israel (admittedly fragile at this point). Trump, however, cannot be made more palatable. He’s become a genuine menace (on the fringes, even to Jews!) and Netanyahu is clearly aligned with him in a big way. This, American Jews en masse cannot abide….The American Jewish-Israeli Jewish chasm will only increase over time. Except for orthodox Jews and the Stephen Miller types, I cannot see any future for the American Jewish love affair with the Holy State. It will revert to pre-1967, when Israel will only be supported in the event of an existential crisis. Otherwise, like the meschugge aunt in the attic, it won’t be a subject in polite company.

David Rothkopf agrees, using the nickname for Benjamin Netanyahu:

That All-Bibi-All-the-Time Strategy is really not paying off, is it? A well-deserved black-eye for Jared [Kushner] and [David] Friedman [proponents of Trump’s Jerusalem/Saudi/peace plan]. But for Bibi the story is even worse: He may have suffered the biggest repudiation of any leader not on the ballot yesterday.

Michael Knox of US Peace Memorial Foundation rues the absence of any real antiwar movement during the campaign:

Last night’s election results for the House of Representatives demonstrated that passion, concern for others, and money can have a positive impact.  Unfortunately, however, the murder, devastation, and cost of U.S. war was not an issue in most campaigns.

Thanks to Adam Horowitz and Scott Roth. 

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  1. Citizen
    Citizen
    November 7, 2018, 10:47 am

    The US military strategists, while continuing to “fight terrorism” (guerrilla style, special OPs), is also fast developing selected military forces to again fight a full conventional war (you know, tanks, etc). Full spectrum dominance. (The targets: Iran, Russia, China). There is no anti-war movement. Leadership of Dems and GOP complicit. Netanyahu is very happy about it. Nobody puts our imperial war machine in a corner!

  2. pgtl10
    pgtl10
    November 7, 2018, 12:30 pm

    I say baby steps. Sure there will be democrats that are pro-Israel but the electorate is changing. It will get harder to keep a massive pro-Israel line.

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso
      November 8, 2018, 9:07 am

      @pgl10

      Agreed. “Israel” is an ever increasing major geopolitical and economic liability for the U.S. and seen as such by ever growing numbers of Americans, most importantly youth.
      It’s only a matter of time.

  3. DaBakr
    DaBakr
    November 7, 2018, 1:01 pm

    Keep praying PW. I would say America continues to be firmly pro israel across party lines.

    I wonder if you also see a trend where American youths start turning to Iran as the friend of the US along with their division from Israel

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso
      November 8, 2018, 8:56 am

      @DaBakr

      Meanwhile in the real world :

      https://www.haaretz.com/misc/article-print-page//.premium-benjamin-netanyahu-just-lost-the-u-s-midterms-1.6632500

      “The biggest loser of the U.S. midterms? Benjamin Netanyahu”
      Haaretz, Nov. 7/18, by Samuel G. Freedman

      EXCERPT:
      “Netanyahu owns the result of going all-in with a racist and corrupt Donald Trump and an extremist GOP, turning support for Israel into a bitter partisan issue. But that Faustian bargain was only worth it as long as Trump and the GOP remained in complete power

      “For an American Jew like me, who counts himself among that endangered species known as the liberal Zionist, the political success of Benjamin Netanyahu has always evoked equal measures of disgust and begrudging regard. No matter how much I loath most of his policies, I cannot help but acknowledge his talent at finessing the fragmented landscape of Israel’s parliamentary system, which is an exotic exasperation to anyone habituated to the two-party menu of the United States.

      “In Tuesday’s U.S. midterm elections, however, Netanyahu was shackled to our binary Democrat and Republican politics – an embittered, existential polarization in the Trump era, what the political analyst Steve Schmidt has called ‘the Cold Civil War.’

      “And thanks to his full embrace of Donald Trump, with which the majority of the Israeli public has followed suit but the overwhelming majority of U.S. Jews reject, he’s now shackled to Trump’s midterm losses – and potential downfall.

      “In fact, Trump is merely the odious face of a Netanyahu policy that long predates the current president. Ever since he all but officially endorsed the Republican candidate Mitt Romney in the 2012 election campaign against Barak Obama, it has been plain that Netanyahu was prepared to write off roughly half of America, provided that the GOP could keep capturing that electoral prize.”

      https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/11/support-israel-continues-drop-liberals-youth-181103094721225.html

      “Support for Israel ‘continues to drop’ among US liberals, youth” Al Jazeera, Nov. 5/18
      by Ben White

      “Only 25 percent of US liberals view Israel as an ally, poll shows, as issue of support becomes increasingly partisan.”

      EXCERPT:
      “In February 2017, Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked expressed concern about ‘decreasing support for Israel in the Democratic party’, telling her Jewish American audience that the problem was ‘a strategic issue’ for Israel.
      “‘I couldn’t sleep after I saw a poll two weeks ago’, she added.

      “A new US poll on the same topic will not help Shaked rest easy. The results indicate that key trends identified in recent years show no signs of slowing; Israel’s reputation is deteriorating among demographics such as Democrats, younger voters, African Americans and Hispanic Americans.

      “The fact that the US public’s view towards Israel remains positive overall masks an increasingly partisan divide; the Economist/YouGov poll found that only 25 percent of Democrat-voters consider Israel an ‘ally’ of the US, compared with 57 percent of Republicans.

      “As Israeli newspaper Haaretz observed, the poll ‘shows that support for Israel is directly co-related to gender, age, economic status and political outlook. It is strongest among older, well-to-do, conservative white men and weakest among young, liberal, minorities and women'”.

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso
      November 8, 2018, 10:12 am

      @DaBakr

      BTW, Sheldon Adelson, the briber in chief, is “down in the dumps today.” Boohoo.

      https://forward.com/fast-forward/413800/sheldon-adelson-had-a-really-really-terrible-night/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DAILY%201108&utm_term=The%20Forward%20Today%20Monday-Friday

      “Sheldon Adelson Had A Really, Really Terrible Night” The Forward, Nov. 7/18, By Alyssa Fisher.

      “Billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson must have been wildly disappointed Tuesday night, as Democrats overcame his multimillion dollar donations to win control of the House — and swept his home state of Nevada.

      “Adelson and his wife Miriam donated the most to Republican candidates and causes in the 2018 midterm elections, NBC reported, giving a combined $133 million.

      “Yet on Wednesday morning, ‘Blue wave blowout’ was splashed across the front page of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the newspaper Adelson owns.

      “Jacky Rosen, a former synagogue president and first-term congresswoman, won the Senate election against Republican incumbent Dean Heller. Democrat Steve Sisolak beat Adam Laxalt for governor 49.4%-45.3%.

      “Three Democrats — Dina Titus, Susie Lee and Steven Horsford — and one Republican — Mark Amodei — won the House race in Nevada, according to the New York Times.

      “Lieutenant governor and attorney general also went blue. The proposal for renewable energy measures also was voted on, an issue Adelson advocated against, Forbes reported.

      “According to NBC, Adelson reportedly watched the election results with President Trump and his other close advisers at the White House. It must’ve been a bit embarrassing watching his own state fail to come through for the GOP.”

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      Maximus Decimus Meridius
      November 8, 2018, 11:43 am

      If support for Israel is so great, why the need for so many lobby groups in Washington? Seems like a huge waste of money and effort if such support can be taken for granted.

      Political and media elites ‘support’ Israel sometimes through racism, but mostly because they have no real choice. As the leaked lobby documentary showed, being seen to support Israel brings great benefits, while the opposite brings nothing but a huge headache – and worse. The same is true, to a somewhat lesser degree, in other Western countries such as the UK.

      Your average man and woman on the street though, certainly does not support Israel, and that lack of support is increasing year on year.

      “I wonder if you also see a trend where American youths start turning to Iran as the friend of the US along with their division from Israel”

      You think Israel is a ‘friend’ to the US?

      What has Israel ever done for the US? When has it ever taken any policy decision with a thought to how it might affect the US, or indeed any other of its ‘friends’?

      Israel, being a malignant narcissist, is no friend to anyone. It’s all take and no give. Other countries exist only to serve Israel, for which they deserve nothing in return.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        November 8, 2018, 6:09 pm

        “What has Israel ever done for the US? ”

        Cherry tomatoes!

  4. MHughes976
    MHughes976
    November 7, 2018, 1:11 pm

    This would appear to me on balance to be a reaffirmation, with only a slight hint of questioning, of the Democrats’ alliance with Israel. It seems to be perfectly acceptable in those circles, just as in the similar British ones, to be strongly critical of Netanyahu. But that is one of the system’s safety valves rather than a sign of implosion.

  5. ckg
    ckg
    November 7, 2018, 1:58 pm

    Sigh. Eliot Engel is now set to lead Foreign Affairs and Nita Lowey will likely lead Appropriations. With those two committee chairs it’s certain that we’ll be writing blank checks to Kahlon when the next Gaza massacre comes. And nobody expects Adam Schiff at Intelligence to give a hoot about Israel’s meddling in U.S. politics. Schiff, after all, attended Netanyahu’s 2015 joint session address that was designed to undercut Obama.

  6. FightTribalism
    FightTribalism
    November 7, 2018, 5:08 pm

    If I had known about these candidates, I would have donated money for their campaigns. We need to do more to raise awareness and reach people that actually want to help.

  7. Maghlawatan
    Maghlawatan
    November 7, 2018, 5:17 pm

    The sky will still be there the day the last US embassy staffer leaves Tel Aviv on the last helicopter. Ya’ni

    • Mikhael
      Mikhael
      November 7, 2018, 8:15 pm

      It’s more likely that they’ll drive or take the train to the new embassy in the Israeli capital, Jerusalem.

      • hai_bar
        hai_bar
        November 8, 2018, 10:04 am

        Very smart, why don’t you join the colony? How are the settler charts looking? Do they need people from New York?

      • Maghlawatan
        Maghlawatan
        November 8, 2018, 2:36 pm

        Running apartheid forever?
        Pull the other one

      • Mikhael
        Mikhael
        November 9, 2018, 9:48 am

        @hai_bar
        I’ll be traveling to my country soon and I will see my daughters, who live in Jerusalem, Israel’s capital, graduate from their Karakal course. As the child of Israeli expats, I’ve been an Israeli citizen since birth even though I was born in Boston –per Israeli law children born to Israeli citizens abroad are regarded as Israelis from birth. I travel home several times a year and even used to do miluim duty while my permanent address was in NY (unfortunately, I was not cleared physically the last time when I volunteered for reserve duty ). At the moment, I am the caregiver for my octogenarian mother who doesn’t want to move back to Israel after several decades in NY, so I am unable to relocate permanently to my homeland at the moment. Why are you so interested in where people live?

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        November 9, 2018, 1:41 pm

        “Mikhael”! Bubbele! Our international lover and Zionist progenitor has come back.

        You know, I think they come here to blow off steam rather than discuss things with other Zionists.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        November 9, 2018, 1:55 pm

        ” even though I was born in Boston –per Israeli law children born to Israeli citizens abroad are regarded as Israelis from birth”

        “Even though” under US birthright citizenship laws, you are regarded as an American Citizen. Funny how that works. BTW, hows by your American kids? They doing alright?

      • pjdude
        pjdude
        November 11, 2018, 1:57 am

        for now evetually they’ll have to give up their illegally annexed land.

      • Mikhael
        Mikhael
        November 11, 2018, 3:24 pm

        Mooser November 9, 2018, 1:55 pm

        ” even though I was born in Boston –per Israeli law children born to Israeli citizens abroad are regarded as Israelis from birth”

        “Even though” under US birthright citizenship laws, you are regarded as an American Citizen. Funny how that works. BTW, hows by your American kids? They doing alright?

        Yes, I have been fortunate to hold citizenship of the US and Israel from birth. I have that in common with Arab-American anti-Israel activist and BDS promoter Huwaida Arraf, born to an Arab citizen of Israel in Detroit. It’s not that funny or interesting. Many people hold dual citizenship from birth, depending on the laws of the countries that their parents hold citizenship in and where they were born.
        My American-born and US citizen daughter is doing very well, and in a good graduate program, thank you. My Israeli-born daughters (who are eligible for US citizenship as the children of an American citizen but who have never filed for it yet due to annoying regulatory tax-reporting headaches connected with FATCA) are also doing very well and serving with distinction in the IDF. Thank you for asking. I hope you and your family are well.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        November 11, 2018, 4:31 pm

        “My American-born and US citizen daughter is doing very well” “Mikhael”

        Wow, I bet you were surprised when you came to the US and found her there. No doubt you were thrilled and amazed at the benefits dual-citizenship can bring.

      • Mikhael
        Mikhael
        November 11, 2018, 6:34 pm

        Mooser November 11, 2018, 4:31 pm
        “My American-born and US citizen daughter is doing very well” “Mikhael”
        Wow, I bet you were surprised when you came to the US and found her there. No doubt you were thrilled and amazed at the benefits dual-citizenship can bring.

        You’re confused again. I have been involved in my US-born daughter’s life ever since she was born and my ex-wife and I have always cooperated in jointly rearing her and providing emotional and financial support. She is not an automatic dual citizen of Israel and the USA, as Israeli citizenship only transmits automatically to the first generation of children born to Israeli citizens outside of Israel. Per Israeli law., as an Israeli citizen who was born outside of Israel, alas, I do not transfer my Israeli citizenship automatically to her. She is, however, entitled to apply for Israeli citizenship under the Law of Return, as the child and grandchild of a Jew. (her mother is not Jewish.) My ex-wife and I are very proud of our daughter’s accomplishments, which are the product of loving parents and her own drive. Thank you for your best wishes.

  8. Keith
    Keith
    November 7, 2018, 6:20 pm

    PHIL- “Last night’s midterm elections saw a historic opening for critics of Israel.”

    Fundamentally, nothing changed. One of the primary reasons for having elections is to get the citizenry involved in the process of elite rule such that the delude themselves that they have a voice. They don’t. The oligarchs, corporations and financiers who ran the empire before the election still run it. Perhaps one group has been able to achieve a competitive advantage over some other group through astute electoral marketing. This means that a slightly different mix of fat-cats is going to screw the 99%. For a variety of reasons, progressive change has not occurred and is unlikely to occur. We continue to head in the wrong direction and are accelerating. These are the future good old days.

  9. pabelmont
    pabelmont
    November 7, 2018, 8:21 pm

    The political problem of getting clear and ethical discussion going about I/P seems almost exactly similar to the political problem of (ditto) climate change. We must forge ahead on both — dismissing the huge majority of politicians in both parties who are either not on our side at all or (with climate change) who are rather tepidly on our side [“our side” being the side of people who know enough about climate change or I/P to excite their decent universalistic and horrified impulses].

  10. annie
    annie
    November 8, 2018, 12:05 am

    there may be someone on the horizon here in california. we had an exciting race, a candidate that wasn’t really on my radar until today down in reagan country, district 25, a “battleground district”. she flipped a historically red district and the largest district in LA (i think), that has not been represented by a dem since 1993. her name is katie hill and she’s 30, she ran with the slogan of ‘the first millennial candidate’. and vice did a 3 part documentary about her on hbo.

    aside from taking no corporate funds she was the executive of a non profit homeless foundation and runs an animal rescue on her 2 acre ranch. she’s bi. she was endorsed by jstreet and there’s no mention of her w/israel or palestine. but on may14th of this year during the embassy move she tweeted this out: https://twitter.com/katiehill4ca/status/996169445411192832

    I am saddened by the reports of violence from Gaza today. The U.S. has a responsibility to work actively towards peace in the Middle East. This conflict will only end when a two-state resolution is reached.”

    tweet attached to an LA times article “Celebration in Jerusalem as U.S. moves embassy, bloodshed in Gaza as dozens of Palestinians killed” which reported “at least 55 Palestinians died”.

    this was before the primary where she had 2 dem challengers, one a corporate lawyer. there were only 2 replies to her tweet, one wrote:

    “I admire your boldness of being willing to even comment on this crisis. Most Democrats running for Congress in swing districts wouldn’t dare. But you put it very plainly and clearly. Thank you for always being willing to stand up for what’s right, for smart policy, for justice!”

    anyway, she held on by the slightest of margins and won by 4000 votes. for california this was a big deal. she seems pretty straight forward. the new yorker wrote about her. https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/katie-hill-is-a-new-kind-of-california-democrat-can-she-help-flip-the-house

    it could be a real long shot, but maybe she’ll be bolder wrt i/p. look at the size of this rock:

    • Maghlawatan
      Maghlawatan
      November 8, 2018, 2:39 pm

      I can’t see millennials drinking the Zionist kool aid. Israel has been really ugly for the last 15 years under its fuck you style of government. Every single Zionist spokesperson is an asshole. It is like the GOP. The moderates were purged and what remains is atrocious.

      • annie
        annie
        November 8, 2018, 4:01 pm

        it remains to be seen about her. but they must know if they are smart. i read something the other day, possibly encouraging. dems have moved significantly to the left since 2010 https://theintercept.com/2018/11/06/progressive-democrats-midterm-elections-2018/

        https://civicyouth.org/young-people-dramatically-increase-their-turnout-31-percent-shape-2018-midterm-elections/?fbclid=IwAR24mdMUW25dpkIwpjqrgkoEvwKmEDvJjjofhex2H3CKsfm5XJSIk_L_BUY

        Young People Dramatically Increase their Turnout to 31%, Shape 2018 Midterm Elections

        roughly 31% of youth (ages 18-29) turned out to vote in the 2018 midterms, an extraordinary increase over our estimate in 2014, when our day-after exit poll calculation suggested that 21% of eligible young voters went to the polls. We estimate that this is by far the highest level of participation among youth in the past quarter century…

        Young people’s dramatic rise in voter turnout, combined with an overwhelming preference for Democratic candidates, made youth a powerful voting bloc in the 2018 midterms. As we reported yesterday, according to exit polls, 67% of youth voted for a House Democratic candidate and just 32% for a House Republican candidate, a historic 35-point vote choice gap that almost certainly helped the Democratic Party take control of the House of Representatives.

        so, not that i have much faith in the dem party, but as it skews leftward and the left is increasingly skewing anti israel and people tend to choose a direction young and stick with it, it may mean we have a generational shift. this is something we’ve been seeing for almost 10 years now.

        a few years ago i predicted by 2020 there was going to be a dramatic shift in the i/p. that’s coming up fast. maybe i’ll be right. i didn’t see this year coming, and it’s been a disaster for the most part. but maybe the exposure of the trump/netanyahu alignment will come back to bite them.

  11. hai_bar
    hai_bar
    November 8, 2018, 9:50 am

    “As a Jew and as a veteran, I will bring an understanding of what Israel’s role is in the world, as well as an understanding of the importance of the Jewish faith, to advance two things. One, to undeniably make sure that we are supporting Israel into the next generation. It is so important for a variety of reasons. People always forget the importance of Israel economically speaking, and from a national security perspective.” – Max Rose (the retired Veteran)

    This guy surprisingly mentioned the truth here. Where is all that mythical nonsense about coming back after thousands of years of “diaspora” – so all goes down to the importance of “Israel” to economics and to “national security”, and that was basically the rationale behind colonization and world conquest. I wonder how some people still believe that it is all some sort of an out of time trip to Moseszeit.

  12. kathychristison
    kathychristison
    November 8, 2018, 12:10 pm

    Not sure about this one, but in District 1 in New Mexico, Democrat Deb Haaland was elected and is the first (tied with another Native woman, I forget where) Native American woman in Congress. This isn’t my district, but I believe earlier in the race she said some good things about the similar struggles of Native Americans and Palestinians against colonialism. Just a couple of weeks ago, on the other hand, she gave a talk in an Albuquerque synagogue that seems far too pro-Israeli. A mixed picture, but she’s someone to work on and, hopefully down the line, work with.

    • kathychristison
      kathychristison
      November 8, 2018, 12:56 pm

      The other Native American woman who won a seat–making her and Deb Haaland the first Native American women to be elected to Congress–is Sharice Davids from Kansas. Don’t know anything about her position on Palestine.

  13. hearhear
    hearhear
    November 8, 2018, 2:54 pm

    As an American Arab and a Muslim I am ashamed of Muslims in America, both Arab and non-Arab for not raisng ther money needed to establish a strong lobby in Washington to mdenounce AIPAC and expose its lies and its stranglehold on members of Congress, the Oval Office, and departments of State and defense. I have advocated such a lobby for over 30 years to deaf ears and cheap wallets. We are the biggest losers, we are our own worst enemies, and we have no one to blame but ourselves. We all reside in the United States of israel…until we take it back! Lower case “i” is intentional. The political toilet is on standby waiting for us to dump Trump and his miscreant cohorts, pun intended.

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