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Bret Stephens echoes Stephen Douglas, defending Israel’s new law in ‘NYT’

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Bret Stephens says there’s nothing alarming in new law giving Jews the exclusive right of self determination in Israel. But as David Bromwich points out, the law is very much like Stephen Douglas’s argument in debating Lincoln, that “this Government was made. . .by white men for the benefit of white men and their posterity forever.”

Netanyahu used ‘leadership of American Jewish community’ to block Obama policy — Ben Rhodes

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Netanyahu’s famous lecture to President Obama in 2011, warning him not to have “illusions” about making peace, worked. It galvanized the leadership of the American Jewish community against the president, former Obama aide Ben Rhodes says in his new book. After the lecture, Rhodes was “given a list of leading Jewish donors to call, to reassure them of Obama’s pro-Israel bona fides.”’

Israel deployed more than 100 snipers along Gaza border in preparation for nonviolence protest

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In preparation of the nonviolent Great Return March in Gaza the Israeli military deployed more than 100 snipers, with permission to fire, on the Gaza border. “We have deployed more than 100 sharpshooters who were called up from all of the military’s units, primarily from the special forces … If lives are in jeopardy, there is permission to open fire,” Lieutenant-General Gadi Eizenkot told Yedioth Ahronoth.

Palestinians get bulldozed for doing what the U.S. State Dep’t is doing

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The Israeli government’s move to clear the building permit and zoning requirements for the US State Department’s construction on a new embassy in Jerusalem highlights what happens to Palestinians when they seek to build in the occupied city: their houses are demolished. Building permits are “unobtainable” to them, human rights groups say.

‘Irreplaceable bedrock’ of U.S. backing for Israel is threatened by — intermarriage

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A chorus of voices say a “chasm” is growing between Israel and the United States because young Jews are increasingly marrying out of the tribe. Newsweek does readers the great favor of listing the tab of U.S. expenditure on behalf of Israel– more than any other country since World War II– and suggesting that Israel prepare to give up that assistance.

‘Lesson: The Jews will defend themselves even if it means killing children’

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The state archivist of Israel, Yaacov Lozowick, tweets that the lesson of this war is that “the Jews” will defend themselves even if that means killing children, “just like every other warring nation,” and Phil Weiss finds that nihilistic and murderous and doesn’t want to be part of “The Jews” that maintains such belief.

A lynching by another name would be a political murder

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St Anne’s Warehouse production of Julius Caesar highlights an iconic moment, senators dipping their hands in the dictator’s blood. It recalls the Palestinian actions in Ramallah 10 years ago, which Israel supporters call a lynching

The shifting morality of Israeli hasbara

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Isabel Kershner’s recent piece in the NYT, "Tough Military Stance Stirs Little Debate in Israel," reports Israel’s current war doctrine, whereby "as long as the targets are legitimate ones, the whole point is to try to overwhelm the enemy with maximum force." But what about civilian casualties? "Israel says that while mistakes were made, it […]

Pot calls kettle apartheid

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I understand the latest attacks on Richard Goldstone will involve his service as a judge in apartheid days. The Jerusalem Post has picked up an investigation by Yedioth, an assertion that Goldstone condemned blacks to their deaths in Apartheid South Africa. They’re desperate. Hasbara folks are on this one like a duck on a junebug.