Those protesting China crackdown on Hong Kong and Minneapolis police over killing seek sanctions and boycott and opposition to normalization– and National Public Radio gives a seal of approval — but such measures are off limits for Israel.
Steven Cook of the Council on Foreign Relations has an article at Foreign Policy saying that the U.S. should phase out aid to Israel and “end the special relationship” because the peace process has attained its real objective: Israel is established as a secure country with a standard of living rivaling the UK and France, and no real military threat.
Netanyahu will move ahead to annex territories in Palestine near the Green Line containing Jewish settlements, says Yair Golan of Meretz. “He will explain to the rest of the world, Alright, we did what was reasonable, what was accepted by the Palestinians in former negotations, and what was heavily accepted by President Trump according to his future plan.”
“The Middle East is a… place where the most bizarre theories often have real policy consequences,” Atlantic editor Jeffrey Goldberg writes in full Orientalist mode. Yes well what about his bizarre theories about Saddam’s links to Al Qaeda that helped get the U.S. into the Iraq war?
Palestinians must recognize the “right and reality of Jewish state,” and US left is “equally wrong” to Trump in not criticizing Palestinians for their failure to do so, says Biden aide Tony Blinken, signaling that Biden will be far more supportive of Israel than Obama was.
On May 15, Jonathan Greenblatt of the ADL reported a Jewish site in Iran was “set afire overnight.” The report was widely picked up, but looks very doubtful. Iranian media say an attack on the site was unsuccessful. Greenblatt has revealed himself as another ideologue in the campaign for regime change in Iran.
Pompeo’s lightning visit to Israel shows that Republicans have a lot to gain by making Israel a political football, possibly gaining Jewish votes in Florida.
When young Jews marry non-Jews they become more distant from Israel, and in time they will undermine the “backbone” of Israel support, the American Jewish organizations that mount the case for Israel. That’s a “tragedy,” says Steven Bayme of the American Jewish Committee.
Rashid Khalidi’s great great great uncle tried to tell Herzl not to colonize Palestine in 1899 but Herzl assured him that Zionists would bring Jewish acumen to the country and improve everyone’s lives. Yet after 100 years of settler colonialism, aided by superpowers, Palestinians remain undefeated. An interview with Khalidi about his new book.
“I am proud to support Vice President Biden, and that’s in large part because I know that he stands where I stand on the importance of strengthening the US Israel relationship,” Rep. Ted Deutch tells the American Jewish Committee. But he didn’t mention Israel when he endorsed Biden in March. He knows that’s a special interest.