In a delusory column in the New York Times, Bret Stephens says Israel only wants to annex land because it has been “ostracized” in the West. And American Jewish status is “fragile,” unlike in Israel. These crazed claims show that Israel advocates cannot deal with an argument for Palestinian rights.
Phil Weiss tracks the fallout from Seth Rogen’s comments about Israel on the Marc Maron show, tracing how the conversation has veered away from the serious issues Rogen first raised.
The American Jewish community should make Peter Beinart a “pariah” just like Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar; because like a Holocaust denier, he has questioned a “fundament of Jewish history,” the fact that 2000 years show Jews can’t be safe unless they have sovereignty and control their own destiny. So says Israeli author Daniel Gordis.
Rob Malley says that the young Democrats are pushing an “inflection point” on U.S. policy in Israel/Palestine, questioning pro-Israel policy now that the peace process has “failed.” And Peter Beinart sensed this generational moment, and jumped, his editor says.
Seth Rogen: “As a Jewish person, I was fed a huge amount of lies about Israel my entire life. They never tell you, that oh by the way, there were people there. They make it seem like it was– just sitting there… For Jewish people especially who view themselves as progressive and analytical and who really challenge the status quo — Like, What are we doing?”
A dozen pro-Israel donors give over $2 million to Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, among them Haim Saban whose one issue is Israel and to whom Hillary Clinton wrote about her “alarm” over BDS in 2016. So that’s why Joe Biden and the Democratic Party leadership also oppose BDS. Just do the arithmetic…
Pro-Israel forces are seeking to smear Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar as antisemitic because she made an issue of the fact that her opponent in Aug. 11 primary has raised millions from out-of-state donors.
The late civil rights hero John Lewis was a “steadfast” supporter of Israel, lobby groups said in mourning him, even if he did also show concern late in career for Palestinian rights. His likely successor, Nikema Williams, took an Israel-lobby-sponsored trip to Israel two years ago.
Peter Beinart’s abandonment of belief in the Jewish state has caused Congress members to question two-state belief. Why such influence? Because Beinart was part of the liberal Zionist Israel lobby, and his loss of faith threatens the lobby’s power politics not to mention a solemn commitment by the west to a Jewish state.
Eliot Engel’s defeat has shocked the Israel lobby and Congress. They understand that the tide is turning, and the Israel Palestine issue is like gay marriage 25 years ago, with progressives on one side and conservatives on the other. The Democratic base wants change. So says longtime DNC member Jim Zogby.