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There is huge political news out of Israel today. Benny Gantz, the former army chief of staff and leading contender against Benjamin Netanyahu as the head of the Israeli Resilience party, has joined forces with another right-centrist, Yair Lapid, of the There Is A Future party, and worked out a power sharing arrangement in which Gantz would be prime minister first, followed by Lapid 2-1/2 years later, if they can win in the April 9 election.

The “Blue and White” party is heavy on Israeli generals who hope to deprive Netanyahu of the “security” argument. Moshe Ya’alon, Netanyahu’s former defense minister, would resume the role, and another former army chief of staff, Gabi Ashkenazi joins the list “out of a sense of the significance of this moment and a sense of national duty,” according to the new grouping’s statement.

Netanyahu’s deputy foreign minister Tzipi Hotovely called the bloc “the new Labor Party.” The polls cited by Haaretz show that the joint party could overtake Netanyahu’s Likud, and that nearly equal numbers of Israelis favor Gantz as favor Netanyahu.

Haaretz reports that Likud responded today in anger and race-baiting:

The choice is clear: It’s either a left-wing government headed by Lapid and Gantz and supported by a bloc of Arab parties, or a right-wing government headed by Netanyahu.

The new bloc has nothing to say about Palestinians or the West Bank; Gantz has only said in recent days that he would not build illegal settlements as “wildly” as Netanyahu.

But the merger of Gantz, Lapid and Ya’alon is music to the ears of American liberal Zionists, who dream of dethroning Netanyahu and restoring the “left” in Israeli politics. “They deserve full praise,” writes Martin Indyk. J Street characterized the emerging bloc as a “political bombshell.” Michael Koplow of the Israel Policy Forum sees hope in the bloc. “It is great to see two politicians who both deeply believe that each should solely be prime minister set their egos aside and agree to a rotation, particularly since each has the precise strength that the other lacks,” he tweeted.

Koplow later wrote that the merger has set off “euphoria… among the anti-Netanyahu set” and spoke of the “vision” that Gantz/Lapid represent for Israel’s future.

Not only is the Gantz-Lapid sundae with an Ashkenazi cherry on top Netanyahu’s worst political nightmare come to pass, it comes at a time when the contrast between Netanyahu’s vision and the alternative vision could not be starker.

Richard Goldwasser tweeted yesterday and today with hope and anticipation:

75% of Israelis will vote against this [Netanyahu] insanity… My dear friends in the 75%, pull your sh*t together…

Put your egos aside. You can do this.

See? Now was that so hard?

Yair Lapid with Joe Biden, photo tweeted in 2013 by Biden when he was vice president.

Bernard Avishai tweeted: “We can hope. That’s what we do.” He anticipated the merger in the New Yorker and welcomed it as potentially “transformative”:

[T]he push for an opposition united under Gantz seems too urgent to be abandoned… To be clear, a Gantz victory remains a long shot, and, if it comes, will not be immediately transformative. It will embrace the “Jewish and democratic” muddle, be troubled by the “demographic” threat posed by the occupation, and begin with encomiums to the “unity of Jerusalem”—which will alienate the Palestinians who reside in the city’s eastern half and claim it as their capital. But a Gantz government—or so he said in his speech—will also “strive for peace” and “see no incitement against the judicial, cultural, and media institutions.”

BTW, Gantz’s chief credential to the Israeli Jewish public is that he brags of the Gaza massacre of 2014. “Parts of Gaza were returned to the stone ages.”

Chemi Shalev of Haaretz says the political news has unhinged Netanyahu:

The long awaited anti-Bibi Big Bang of Israeli has occurred: Gantz & Lapid will unite to form new party and popular former army chief Gabi Ashkenazi will join them. As of now, Netanyahu is in total hysteria mode.

The new coalition seems to have been spurred on in part by Netanyahu’s deal with what Goldwasser termed the KKK of the Israeli right, the Jewish Power party; which might turn out to be a blunder by the political mastermind. The menage brought an unprecedented level of criticism from American Jewish groups. “Bibi was brokering a deal with racist fascist terrorists,” Koplow said. Even rightwing voices have called that deal “despicable.

Americans for Peace Now denounced the deal as well and called on American Jewish groups to speak out. J Street also issued a statement calling on American Jews to condemn the merger.

We call on US officials and pro-Israel organizations to condemn Netanyahu’s efforts to bring these extreme racists into Israel’s next government…

As Israel’s prime minister and ruling party openly makes common cause with proponents of ethnic cleansing and right-wing terror, pro-Israel Americans cannot remain silent. To ignore or dismiss this development as mere political maneuvering is to enable a politics of hatred.

Dylan Williams of J Street noted that Netanyahu’s new partner is a “pro-ethnic cleansing, pro-terrorism party” that includes someone who called for burning down churches.

The Israel Policy Forum condemned the deal as a threat to the Israel lobby that seeks to guarantee Israel’s diplomatic protection. Chair Susie Gelman: “Netanyahu’s actions are feeding the estrangement of young American Jews from Israel, but they are also having an impact on people of my generation – people who have supported Israel for their entire adult lives.”

Even Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz expressed concern over the report that Netanyahu was making common cause with the David Dukes of Israel. “We should probably figure out a way to have an adult conversation about this.”

Israel supporter Jeremy Burton (who refuses to talk to supporters of boycott) slammed Netanyahu for aligning with racists.

Brad Lander, the NY City Councilman who has failed to criticize Israel at key moments, said Netanyahu’s logrolling was “Beyond the pale…. American Jews who believe in the ideal of Israel as a Jewish, democratic state have a responsibility to condemn his vile act.”

Former congressman Robert Wexler of the Abraham Center for Middle East Peace was quoted speaking of the damage to Israel lobbying:

“We Zionists & supporters of Israel in America make such an effort to rightly expose & highlight incitement on the Palestinian side. So when the Prime Minister gives this legitimacy to such an extreme party, it hurts our efforts.”

The Forward called out leading Jewish groups that declined to criticize Netanyahu’s move.

Nine major Jewish groups, including the American Jewish Committee and the Jewish Federations of North America, did not respond to questions from the Forward about Netanyahu’s successful efforts to merge the national-religious Jewish Home party with Otzma Yehudit, or ‘Jewish Power,’ a small party led by disciples of [Meir] Kahane…..The groups that did speak about the merger were largely critical.

The silent include the American Jewish Committee which refused to take a stand on Israeli party politics. Batya Ungar-Sargon of the Forward says the American Jewish community has come to the Rubicon:

If you are still carrying water for Likud, you are no longer representing your community.

Rabbi Jill Jacobs hails the American Jewish groups that condemned Netanyahu and that represent the real attitudes of American Jewry, as opposed to the silence from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. Her liberal Zionist group T’ruah said Jewish Power’s inclusion “endangers Israel,” because it is made up of “extremists who celebrate violence and preach genocide.”

Ron Kampeas expressed horror at Netanyahu’s coalition building with “violent racists” as a threat to Israel and called on American Jews to oppose him, and challenged the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations for not speaking out against the action.

Goldwasser notes that AIPAC will host Netanyahu next month despite his dealmaking with racists.

Update: Polling suggests that the Gantz-Lapid bloc is strong but pulling from the left — Meretz and Labor voters — rather than causing defections from the right. Guy Ziv of American University says, “the right-left balance remains unchanged, so forming a center-left gov’t would be nearly impossible. Gantz/Lapid have 7 weeks to persuade right-leaning voters to join them. I mean that… the center-left bloc doesn’t have the numbers to form a gov’t, even though the new centrist ticket is ahead of Likud.”

Labor and Meretz are still having discussions to decide whether to form a left bloc. Though the Labor leader has ruled it out.

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  1. ckg
    ckg on February 21, 2019, 12:21 pm

    🎶To dream the impossible dream…🎶

    BTW, Breaking News: The ACLU is appealing the Arkansas Times ruling: https://www.acluarkansas.org/en/press-releases/aclu-and-aclu-arkansas-appeal-ruling-boycott-ban

    • MHughes976
      MHughes976 on February 22, 2019, 4:37 am

      The judge’s argument, I see, is that the implementation of a boycott by a commercial organisation is not speech at all but commercial action and so not protected.

  2. Boomer
    Boomer on February 21, 2019, 6:43 pm

    If I read this correctly, it seems that the range of acceptable discourse among the people you mention implies that there is little reason for euphoria among Palestinians, or even for hope for substantive change.

    • Kay24
      Kay24 on February 22, 2019, 5:37 am

      Whoever wins, we can be sure the occupation, land grabs, illegal settlements, and the suffering of the Palestinians, will continue. One war criminal will be replaced by another.

      • RoHa
        RoHa on February 22, 2019, 9:51 pm

        I wish I could doubt that.

  3. JWalters
    JWalters on February 21, 2019, 7:18 pm

    I’m guessing the corruption probes of Netanyahu are motivating the powers behind the scenes to replace him with a “clean” exterminator. When you work for the mob …

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso on February 22, 2019, 10:15 am

      @JWalters, et al

      Ah yes, more regarding “Israel, a light unto nations [NOT!!]”

      https://www.huffpost.com/entry/netanyahu-jewish-power-party-israel-election_n_5c6f0bc2e4b0e37a1ed63286

      “Netanyahu Props Up Right-Wing Extremist Party Ahead Of Israeli Election”
      By Nick Robins-Early, Huffington Post, Feb. 22, 2019

      “Two of the prime minister’s chief opponents have joined forces to counter the move.”

      “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brokered a deal this week with the right-wing extremist party Jewish Power, which has roots in a violent, racist movement that Israel and the U.S. deemed a terrorist organization.

      “The agreement is Netanyahu’s effort to consolidate support before the country’s election in April. Although Netanyahu has long courted nationalist and religious parties as a means of undermining right-wing challengers and shoring up coalitions, his pact with Jewish Power goes beyond his previous alliances. One prominent Israeli diplomatic correspondent compared Netanyahu’s deal to an American president making a pact with the leader of the Ku Klux Klan.

      “Jewish Power, or Otzma Yehudit, is led by followers of Brooklyn-born Meir Kahane, an openly racist and ultranationalist rabbi who led extremist organizations in the United States and Israel. Kahane, who was assassinated in 1990, was also the founder of the Jewish Defense League ― a violent anti-Arab organization founded in the U.S. that the FBI refers to as a terrorist group.

      “In the deal, Netanyahu promised key government positions to the religious, anti-gay Jewish Home party if it agreed to join forces with Jewish Power and another right-wing group. The three parties agreed to merge and support Netanyahu’s Likud in a coalition if his party wins enough votes to form a government.

      “Many of Jewish Power’s senior members have direct links to Kahane and his extremist political organizations, and the connection brought immediate backlash from Israeli politicians, media and American Jewish groups. Kahane repeatedly called for ethnic cleansing and espoused anti-Arab vitriol, and he was arrested in 1989 in Jerusalem after a mob he was part of chanted “Kill the Arabs” and attempted to lynch two Arab passers-by.

      “Jewish Power leaders have held nationalist marches through Arab neighborhoods, protested Jewish intermarriage and organized annual celebrations of Baruch Goldstein, an Israeli extremist who fatally shot 29 Palestinians at a mosque in 1994. Goldstein was a supporter of Kahane’s Kach party, which Israel banned after the killings.

      “Critics of Netanyahu’s agreement with the far-right, including his top political opponent, Benny Gantz, accused the prime minister of losing his dignity and selling out national values in forming an alliance with Jewish Power. After the deal, Gantz and long time Netanyahu rival Yair Lapid announced that they would unite their parties to form a centrist alliance against the prime minister’s right-wing bloc ― a last-minute development that significantly changes the election campaign.

      “The deal between Gantz and Lapid increases pressure on Netanyahu, who is scrambling to hold together the political alliances and voting blocs he needs to stay in power. There is also the looming possibility of indictments against him just weeks before the election, as he faces multiple corruption allegations. Israeli police recommended indictments in three cases against him last year, and the attorney general announced this month that his team would make a decision on charging Netanyahu as soon as possible.”

  4. Kay24
    Kay24 on February 21, 2019, 10:59 pm

    So was Spiro Agnew on to something? It is a shame he could not solve this problem at that time, so that today America would be free of zionist control. How things have changed as of this day, the zionists control America (and we know it), and the leader of the KSA the evil leader of Israel are all lovey-dovey.

    As reported by Rachel Maddow, who took a “as if the Jews would do that” slant to the reporting.

    https://politics.leadstories.com/2563662-spiro-agnew-saudi-prince-begging.html

  5. just
    just on February 22, 2019, 12:55 am

    Wow, so many pearl- clutchers! Where have they been all this long time? All of the sudden they are decrying genocide, racism, terror, extremism, celebration of violence, ethnic cleansing, etc.

    otoh, the “liberal zionists” are giddy with joy at the prospect of a military cabal being the next great hope to rescue and maintain the apartheid state that has been practicing and preaching so much of the same already. What’s the difference?

    My guess is that they are afraid that the optics are lousy… that is all. It might accelerate the movement away from Israel. Sunlight is a great disinfectant.

    This made me giggle:

    “Former congressman Robert Wexler of the Abraham Center for Middle East Peace was quoted speaking of the damage to Israel lobbying:

    “We Zionists & supporters of Israel in America make such an effort to rightly expose & highlight incitement on the Palestinian side. So when the Prime Minister gives this legitimacy to such an extreme party, it hurts our efforts.””

    Uh- huh.

  6. JWalters
    JWalters on February 22, 2019, 3:29 am

    I’m sorry, but reading through the condemnations from all those Zionists I couldn’t help laughing at the Alice in Wonderland character of their condemnations. I could practically see the cartoon version.

    Then I hit “American Jews who believe in the ideal of Israel as a Jewish, democratic state have a responsibility to condemn his vile act”. And I wanted to ask Brad Lander which vile act he was referring to – the Deir Yassin massacre? Or one of the many other village massacres? Or one of the many Gaza massacres? Or the assassinations of clearly marked doctors and reporters? Or the Nakba as a whole? Or for revealing the true inner nature of the entire “Zionist project”?

  7. MHughes976
    MHughes976 on February 22, 2019, 4:47 am

    If the liberal Zionists are so pleased do they have any reason from their clearly abundant contacts with Israel, to suppose that what they believe in, the 2ss, is likely to come nearer if Gantz and Lapid win?

    • just
      just on February 22, 2019, 11:03 am

      What have the “liberal Zionists” ever done to make the 2ss a reality? Nada, zilch, zero. I guess they think that this is enough:

      “The new bloc has nothing to say about Palestinians or the West Bank; Gantz has only said in recent days that he would not build illegal settlements as “wildly” as Netanyahu.”

      Ain’t that something? Sounds like the SOS to me. The “new bloc” is gonna share with each other, but never with the Palestinians. That makes “liberal Zionists” content. Oh yes, a media personality/’journalist’ and a military cabal. What could go wrong? Who dreamed up this dream team? Not a word about Gaza where the generals and their IOF continue to rampage and assassinate at will, either. All of it supported by the vast majority of Israelis~ right and left. Both of Israel’s ‘wings’ are irretrievably broken, imo.

  8. Misterioso
    Misterioso on February 22, 2019, 9:30 am

    Much to be done, many battles to wage, but a new era is dawning.

    http://jordantimes.com/opinion/james-j-zogby/game-over

    The Jordan Times, Feb. 18/2019

    “Gave Over” by James J. Zogby

    “Hardline supporters of Israel are in panic mode. It was in evidence earlier this week with the all-out assault on the first Somali, African-born immigrant, refugee, Muslim woman elected to serve in the US Congress. Her crime was that she dared to point out, as a leading New York Times columnist and so many others have in the past, the intimidating role that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee plays in shaping US policy toward Israel. The response was nearly hysterical.

    “Republicans used her as a scapegoat, hoping to turn her into a wedge issue to show that Democrats could no longer be trusted as unquestionable supporters of any and all Israeli policies. Sadly, some Democrats, cowering, piled on and joined in the denunciation.

    “The problem, quite simply, is that those who have given Israel a blank check are losing ground among young and minority voters and do not know what to do. Polls show a deep partisan/demographic split on American support for Israel, with millennials and minority voters moving away from Israel toward a more balanced, and even pro-Palestinian, direction. While Republicans are quite pleased with this rift and seek to exploit it to their advantage, some Democrats want to have it both ways. They want to maintain the support from these key constituencies, while at the same time silencing their opposition to Israeli policies.

    “Reflecting this shift in attitudes, most of the 2020 Democratic presidential aspirants voted against a Senate bill that encourage states to violate the First Amendment by punishing individuals who participate in boycotting Israel. And, of course, the 116th Congress includes two Muslim women, a Somali and a Palestinian, who make no bones about their criticism of Israeli policies that violate Palestinian human rights.

    “Given this changing landscape, the reasons for the panic are clear enough. What is outrageous, however, has been the way supporters of Israel have decided to respond. They have weaponised anti-Semitism, turning it into a blunt instrument in a crude effort to pummel opponents and silence legitimate debate on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. There are currently bills before Congress that redefine anti-Semitism to include criticism of Israel, criminalise participation in the boycott of Israel and another that condemns anti-Semitism, but conflates criticism of Israel with heinous behaviours that defame the Jewish people.

    “As further evidence of the change that is afoot, a few weeks back, one of the New York Times newest opinion writers, Michelle Alexander, penned a significant piece tracing how and why she, an African American civil rights champion, had come to ‘make a break with Israel.’ This past Sunday, most likely in response to Alexander’s column, the Times published an article by another one of their writers, Bret Stephens. The piece was a dizzying mess of faulty logic, bogus ‘straw men,’ and fictive history clumsily patched together in an effort to equate what he calls ‘the progressive left’s criticism of Israel’ with anti-Semitism.

    “Stephens rhetorically asks why the left is so critical of Israel and begins his answer by outlining what he claims is their indictment against Israel: ‘More than a half-century of occupation of Palestinian territories that fair-minded people can no longer ignore, especially given America’s financial support for Israel. Continued settlement expansion in the West Bank proves Israel has no interest in making peace on equitable terms. And endless occupation makes Israel’s democracy less about Jewish self-determination than it is about ethnic subjugation.”

    “Sounds right to me. But to Stephens, this progressive argument is patently false. To make his case, he relies on fictional accounts of history, that are, at best, half true.

    “To establish that Israel has long wanted to recognise a Palestinian state, he claims that Israeli prime ministers offered a state in 2000 and 2008, but were rebuffed. In fact, both offers were made by prime ministers who were on their way out the door, both with single-digit favourable ratings and soon to be booted out of office. Stephens neglected to mention that even then-Israeli foreign minister Shlomo Ben-Ami had conceded that the offer made to the Palestinians in 2000 was inadequate and unworthy of acceptance. His boasting that Ariel Sharon removed every single settlement from Gaza ignores the reality that the withdrawal was done unilaterally without consultation with the Palestinian Authority, as the US had insisted. And that Israel never ‘left’ Gaza, but had simply pulled out the illegal settlements, then turned it into a captive open-air prison.

    “To demonstrate Palestinian cruelty, Stephens notes the number of Israelis killed by Palestinians in this century, but ignores the fact that eight times more Palestinians have been killed by Israelis during the same period.

    “To prove his bona fides, Stephens declares ‘I support a two-state solution,’ but goes on to argue against those who oppose the very Israeli settlement construction that has made that outcome impossible to realise. He says that those who say that Israel ought to stop building in the occupied lands and make peace with the Palestinians are guilty of ‘calumny.’ In fact, he is the one guilty of calumny since he claims that the opponents of settlements are all guilty of charging Israel with ‘boundless greed for Palestinian land and wicked indifference to their plight.’

    “Finally, Stephens takes up the matter of anti-Zionism, which, he claims, is nothing more than the latest iteration of anti-Semitism. Israel is, he maintains, a democracy that is ‘the home of nearly 9 million citizens, with an identity that is as distinctly and proudly Israeli as the Dutch are Dutch…’ He ignores the recently passed Jewish Nation State Law that declares Israel as exclusively Jewish, reducing to second class citizenship the 21 per cent of Israel’s population, who are Palestinian Arabs. It is true, as Stephens facilely points out, that Palestinian citizens of Israel can serve in the Knesset, but he ignores the fact that they are subject to discrimination in housing, access to public transportation, healthcare, university admissions (there are specific areas of study they cannot enter) and are at the receiving end of over 50 laws that discriminate against them.

    “So while Stephens considers pointing out these flaws as anti-Semitic, in fact, his obvious contempt for the humanity of Palestinians, their history of dispossession and their treatment either as second-class citizens of Israel or as victims of a brutal occupation, can only be described as racist.

    “In the end, if we are honest with ourselves, we are left with a situation that must be addressed. Change is coming. Those who have been able to use pressure to silence debate on Israeli behaviours and Palestinian rights need to learn that continuing to do so will not silence voices of dissent, they will only make them stronger. The message is clear and writ large, ‘Game over!’

    “The writer is president of the Washington-based Arab American Institute”

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      Maximus Decimus Meridius on February 23, 2019, 1:41 pm

      “an identity that is as distinctly and proudly Israeli as the Dutch are Dutch…’”

      Oh really?

      Most Dutch people could trace back their families who have lived in the Netherlands for generations. They speak the same language that has been spoken there for centuries. They have no need to concoct ‘auhentic’ names to replace the ones their family had had for generations.

      How many Israeli Jews could say the same?

  9. Jejasalo
    Jejasalo on February 22, 2019, 4:21 pm

    It’s so discouraging to read all the hype over the Gantz-Lapid union – people are so excited to have a bragging war criminal and killer in power over a racist, opportunistic bigot under whose rule Gazans’ lives have never been worse. Netanyahu presided over Operation Protective Edge, and Gantz glorifies it. Do you see much of a difference???

    • Kay24
      Kay24 on February 22, 2019, 8:01 pm

      There really is no difference between one murderer or the other. They are all full of hatred for those under their power, and the people they occupy. Hatred for those they have killed is obvious by the numbers, and the frequency, we see on a daily basis. So whatever they call themselves, and whoever wins the elections, it does not make an iota of difference, the occupation, land theft, and the suffering of the Palestinians will continue, and the US will continue arming, sending aid, and enabling the criminals.

  10. Sibiriak
    Sibiriak on February 22, 2019, 9:41 pm

    Jejasalo: –people are so excited to have a bragging war criminal and killer in power over a racist, opportunistic bigot…

    ———————————————————-

    Like the U.S.A. writ small.

  11. Kay24
    Kay24 on February 22, 2019, 10:58 pm

    Apparently AIPAC has criticized the Netanyahu/Kahane party alliance, and the question is, will AIPAC continue their love and devotion to Netanyahu and his Kahanists, if he wins? Will they stop the protecting, supporting, and aiding of a nation they put above their own, always?

    “On Friday, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the pro-Israel lobby, seconded the American Jewish Committee’s condemnation and noted that it has a policy of not meeting with Jewish Power. Centrist Jewish organizations, especially AIPAC, usually hesitate to criticize Israel on internal politics.

    “The views of Otzma Yehudit are reprehensible,” read a statement by the American Jewish Committee, a large, centrist pro-Israel group, using the party’s Hebrew name. “They do not reflect the core values that are the very foundation of the State of Israel.”

    The statement went on to say: “Historically, the views of extremist parties, reflecting the extreme left or the extreme right, have been firmly rejected by mainstream parties, even if the electoral process of Israel’s robust democracy has enabled their presence, however small, in the Knesset.”

    Neither the AJC statement nor AIPAC’s referred specifically to Netanyahu or his deal with Jewish Power. A coalition of left-wing groups were not as reticent.

    “This week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, keen to shore up his electoral position, orchestrated the unification of the extreme right-wing party Otzma Yehudit (‘Jewish Power’) with the National Union so that it could enter the Knesset in a consolidated right-wing bloc,” read a statement by eight groups, including the New Israel Fund, J Street, the National Council of Jewish Women and the Reconstructionist movement. “We are outraged that right-wing political parties and their leadership have reversed course and opened the door for Kahanists to enter into the Israeli political mainstream.”

    https://www.jta.org/2019/02/22/israel/an-extremist-rabbis-legacy-is-again-haunting-israeli-politics

    Bibi is throwing a lighted match into a powder keg, and there is going to be a huge explosion.
    He is desperate to win and keep his power, and Israelis will be foolish to vote for a corrupt man, who has taken up with a terrorist party, just to win.

    • just
      just on February 23, 2019, 10:24 am

      I’m quite sure that members of Congress and AIPAC will still welcome Bibi et al with standing ovations, heaps of praise, and much fawning should he win with his new buddies. btw, Otzma Yehudit are just another branch of Israeli terrorism.

      • just
        just on February 23, 2019, 11:23 pm

        Well, well, well:

        “Netanyahu and Political Rivals to Appear Before AIPAC Two Weeks Before Israeli Election …

        WASHINGTON – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will speak at the 2019 AIPAC policy conference in Washington, D.C., a statement released Saturday by the powerful pro-Israel lobby group said, coming a day after it condemned a controversial political union endorsed by the prime minister.

        The heads of other leading parties have also been invited to speak at this year’s conference, including former Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and his co-chairman in the centrist Kahol Lavan party, Yair Lapid. While Lapid is expected to appear before the conference, it is not yet clear if Gantz will also speak.

        AIPAC’s statement about Netanyahu’s speech came a day after the group issued a rare denunciation of the far-right party Otzma Yehudit, following criticism of the party from other leading Jewish-American groups, such as the American Jewish Committee, as well as prominent Jewish members of Congress, including Rep. Jerry Nadler. …”

        https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/netanyahu-and-political-rivals-to-appear-before-aipac-two-weeks-before-election-1.6960861?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

  12. captADKer
    captADKer on February 24, 2019, 6:54 pm

    get it!- “liberal zionist” is an oxymoron

  13. Atlantaiconoclast
    Atlantaiconoclast on February 26, 2019, 3:00 pm

    Jewish Zionists could not get away with their hypocrisy if we started calling them what they are, Jewish nationalists, many of whom are actual Jewish supremacists.

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