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  • 'NYT' columnist says killing Palestinian civilians is... good for Palestinians
  • Rob Malley and Chris Hayes can't talk about Adelson's influence in scrapping Iran deal
    • One thing (among others) that I admire about Nancy Pelosi is that she stood up to Haim Saban when he let it be known that he would greatly reduce his contributions to House Democrats if Nancy didn't name his favorite, Rep. Jane Harmon, Chair of the House Intelligence Committee.

      Nancy held her ground. Jane didn't get the job.

      This all went down way back when Nancy was Speaker.

    • Brian Roberts is the CEO of Comcast which owns MSNBC. Roberts is Jewish and makes frequent trips to Israel to play squash in the Maccabee Games. He's well connected with the Israeli leadership.

      Main stream progressives and liberals like Chris Hayes and Rachel Maddow are pathetically gutless. Two people who are capable of a minor level of courage on Israel are Fareed Zakaria and Christiane Amanpour on CNN and CNN International respectively.

      In New York City one of the major cable providers, Spectrum, owned by Charter Communications, does not offer, at any price, CNN International which does have some good people on Mideast coverage.

      The power and reach of Sheldon Adelson and Rupert Murdoch is willfully ignored by most of the media. Also, undercovered is the courtship by Israel and its friends of right wing Christian Evangelicals.

  • Stars — They’re Just Like Us: Celebs outraged over Gaza are speaking out
  • Schumer says he opposed the Iran deal because of 'threat to Israel'
    • People like Senators Schumer, Menendez, Cardin, and Coons have to do a little self reflection.
      They, like Jo-Jo Lieberman, want to be members of the Democratic Party in the USA when they need the votes and members of Likud in Israel when the Democratic Party really needs them.

      They used to call people like that day trippers. When push comes to shove, they're useful to no one.

  • Democratic platform is more militant against Iran than it was before Iran deal
    • On Israel, Hillary will do what's comfortable for her. Listen to Haim Saban and the mainstream
      (AIPAC) Israel Lobby.

      Those of us who think there's a better way (treating Persians and Palestinians as people is a good start) have to work harder and be more strategic. A possible untapped ally is the politically invisible Arab-Persian-Muslim Communities in the US.

      For the time being, it looks like we'll be stuck with Hillary. I'm hoping Timothy Kaine will serve as
      her conscience when Israel decides to "mow the grass" in Gaza again. Plus, by that time Obama
      will be a former President and may choose to play a role as an advocate for progressive mideast

      Remember, the Israel Lobby never sleeps...and they won't let Hillary sleep either.

  • What Bernie Sanders should say at AIPAC (and cause a political revolution)
    • I see from the above and the below that you have strong views and an eagerness to express them. Maybe you should start a website with your actual name and picture attached.

      Regarding Bernie, and what he might do at a moment of truth in the mideast. Like, for instance, when Reagan called Begin and demanded that the assault on Beirut stop immediately. It did.

      Reagan had to be dragged to make that call by Mike Deaver who told his boss he could no longer work for him if he didn't do something about the slaughter in Beirut. Reagan made the call.

      I view the political process as dynamic and ongoing. Supporters of a candidate have influence on a candidate before elections and after. Change and evolution are the only constants.

      You're a purist and a critic. Good for you. Seriously.

      I remember the advice of former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell..."don't let the perfect be an enemy of the good."

    • I'm aware of a Sanders town hall in Vermont where he did as you said. I'm trying to assume the best about what Bernie would do in the future.

      I think one thing many Americans are disgusted with is the timidity of the American Press on all things Israel. With the composition of Bernie's support base being heavily peace/fair play oriented I think it would be very difficult for a President Sanders to become a parrot of AIPAC talking points. I think his wife would leave him as well as a large group of his supporters.

    • During the Siege of Beirut in the summer of 1982 Israel, under Prime Minister Begin, inflicted massive civilian casualties. Ronald Reagan called Begin and told him that the bombardment had to stop and that if it didn't "the entire relationship between Israel and the US would be effected. Details of that conversation are documented in Reagan's Autobiography.

      Who among the current group of presidential aspirants will have the guts to make that kind of call when Israel decides to hit Gaza or Lebanon gain for what the Israelis call "mowing the grass."

      The one person whose sense of right and wrong is so obvious in his demeanor and record is Bernie Sanders. He'd make the call. He's a mensch.

    • Managing the "Israel Account" is one of the most challenging jobs any President will have.
      Carter and Bush l were viewed by some as insufficiently supportive of Israel and that perception contributed to their re-election losses.

      Reagan enjoys the perception of having been very supportive of Israel. Actually, early in his first term he opposed Israel on a couple of high profile matters...the sale of AWACS to the
      Saudis and ending the Siege of Beirut in the summer of 1982.

      In my opinion, one of the most admirable things Reagan ever did was to demand that Prime
      Minister Begin end the slaughter in Beirut "or the entire relationship between Israel and the
      United States would be effected." Details of Reagan's conversations with Begin can be found
      in Reagan's Autobiography.

      I look at the current cast of presidential aspirants and wonder who would have the guts to do what Reagan did if Israel decides to hit Gaza or Lebanon again. Who will pick up the phone and say that the slaughter has gone too far?

      I think Bernie would have no trouble doing that. I think Kasich could do it. I'm not so sure about Hillary.

  • Sanders's outreach to Arab Americans on Islamophobia helped deliver Michigan surprise
  • Romney echoes neocons: Trump will lead U.S. 'into the abyss'
    • Trump incurred the enmity of the Adelson wing of the Israel Lobby when he said he wanted to
      be an "honest broker" between Israel and the Palestinians.

      The Adelson wing much prefers to hear that "the Palestinians are an invented people"
      (Gingrich) or that "the Palestinians have an inferior culture" (Romney) or "we are you and you
      are us" (Netanyahu).

      Anybody who is so far off the reservation as to suggest "fairness" in dealings between Israel
      and the Palestinians is, in the opinion of the Adelson wing, not qualified for public office.

  • As Trump takes on the neocons, Kristol likens him to Hitler
  • Generational sea change within the Democratic party will also include policy towards Israel
    • Bernie is the real deal. He's one of the few politicians that believes his own oratory.

      I love the fact that he does well with those who have 60% of their lives in front of them. Rubio is strong with 80 year old Billionaires...Sheldon Adelson and Norman Braman.

      To have a real chance Bernie is going to have to expand the electorate and put increased emphasis on young African Americans.

      Bernie is the anti-neocon. Rubio is the last best hope for a return of the neocons.


  • Obama's ISIS czar says we can't defeat extremism without resolving Palestinian issue
    • Passionate comment, Kay24. A couple of things occurred to me reading it.

      First, it is impossible to overestimate the apathy and inertia of 90% of the American people. Deep down inside most people feel, intuitively, that our relationship with Israel is abnormal and problematic for the USA. Are they willing to miss a yoga class or an hour of ESPN to go and
      do something about it? No way.

      Second, the first rule of politics is you can't beat someone with no one. The Israel Lobby is the
      biggest someone in the history of lobbying. There is no opposing lobby to speak of.

      Third, you mention "if the American people were told the truth..." I agree, but would add:


  • AIPAC is going out with a whimper not a bang
    • Strong piece by Phil, as usual.

      The incident involving Clawson getting owned on the Battle of the Banner will mark the beginning of the end of neocon influence. Cheney's speech is already forgotten. The Battle of the Banner will live forever.

      The video posted by Chu, above referring to a "false flag operation" is worth worrying about. Back shortly after 9/11 Iran reached out to us, helping us in Afghanistan and indicating a willingness to normalize relations on all fronts.

      Israel got wind of Iran's overture and at the appropriate time "discovered" a ship, the Karine A,
      loaded with weapons prominently labelled "Made in Iran" heading to some bad actor in the region.

      It worked. Normalization was dead in the water.

      We're getting close to end game in the Iran Deal. It would clearly be a desperation move to try a False Flag Operation at this late date. That doesn't mean, however, its out of the question.

  • In latest thrust at Obama, Netanyahu names UN ambassador who trashed him and said Palestinians can have 'Facebook state'
  • Time Warner executive moonlights as speechwriter for Netanyahu
  • Obama says peace talks are pointless because Netanyahu won't see the 'best' in others
    • I think the record of the last Gaza engagement indicates the Hamas fighters came out of their tunnels to engage the Israeli personnel who were pummeling them from what they thought was a safe distance.

    • I'll admit to a little hyperbole to make the point...but only a little.

      The easiest thing for him to do politically, would be to turn the military loose for massive indiscriminate bombing of ISIL controlled areas with all the civilian casualties that entails. That's not Obama.

      He's far more "pro-life" than the family values crowd that can't stand abortion but love cluster bombs.

    • I always enjoy watching an Obama interview especially when the subject is Israel.

      What comes through is idealism and determination. Obama is constitutionally incapable of doing something he thinks is wrong and he cannot be stopped from continuing to do what he thinks is right. I'd love to see him project a little more vigor and optimism...but, you can't have everything.

      If the Netanyahu/Adelson wing of the Israel Lobby goes full tilt, bet the ranch to beat the Iran Deal, Obama is going to have to put it in another gear.

  • How Obama won on Iran
    • Obama made a first rate statement in the Rose Garden on Thursday. He cannot, however, rest on his laurels. The reasonableness of the deal must be sold.

      One can never underestimate the resources that the Israeli Prime Minister and Mr. Adelson can bring to bear on a situation. Every bad event in the next few months and the prior thirty years will be blamed on Iran. The good news is that they always overreach.

      Also in the good news department, is the people who will be out front carrying the message for the pro-deal side. Obama himself is good when he's focused and his heart is in it. Kerry is tough and credible. I've seen the Energy Secretary, Dr.Ernest Moniz, once on CNN and he's very calm and focused. He'll be on Rachel Maddow on Monday.

      Also good news is that Sen. Ben Cardin will be taking over the Ranking Minority role on the Senate Foreign Committee from Senator Menendez. That's a good trade.

      Finally, if this comes down to a veto override vote in both Houses, Nancy Pelosi is a great person to have on your side. She'll support the President.

  • Media are stunned by Congress's 'loyalty' to Netanyahu (but refuse to explain it)
  • A place where Palestine doesn't exist (Notes from a Zionist education)
    • "...we need to treat Palestinians as people deserving basic human decency..."

      When Netanyahu speaks to a Joint Meeting of Congress on March 3 he should make that statement. He should admit that, many times, his government has not treated Palestinians living in the Occupied Territories and Gaza as people. And that Congress has enabled his government in dehumanizing Palestinians.

      If Netanyahu were to make that statement and commit to travel personally to the Occupied Territories and Gaza and say it face to face to the people he has brutalized and commit to a new effort to be a good neighbor then he would earn a standing ovation.

      Until then he has earned contempt.

  • The left needs to stop hounding Elizabeth Warren on Palestine, says Warren supporter
    • Elizabeth Warren should do the following: 1. Make the decision to run; 2. Boycott Bibi's speech;
      3. Announce her candidacy in Harlem, NY right across the street from Bill Clinton's office and 4.
      run hard after the peace wing of the Democratic Party and African Americans who feel deeply insulted by the Dermer-Netanyahu-Boehner Joint Meeting caper.

      She's got to announce her decision to boycott immediately. Its a golden opportunity sitting right in front of her. If she hesitates two things could happen to her detriment. First, Netanyahu might reschedule. Second, Clinton could go completely out of character and actually do something on principle, and announce that she would boycott if she were in the Senate.

      Any Democrat who boycotts, or announces they would if they were in Congress, has a fighting chance against any Democrat who doesn't boycott.

      African Americans are reluctant to let on just how angry they are by this gross show of disrespect to President Obama. To a large degree, they're keeping it in the family but they will have great affection for anyone who stands with them on this one.

  • Dear Mr. Netanyahu, please don't cancel your speech
    • Netanyahu will be speaking to a Joint Meeting of Congress for the third time. The same as Churchill and once more than Nelson Mandela. Martin Luther King was never accorded the honor of a speech to a Joint Meeting.

      Talk about cheapening the brand.

      The one thing I've always liked about Netanyahu is that you could tell he was lying when his lips were moving. And with the Congress, when they're standing and cheering, those cheers have probably been "bought and paid for" as Tom Friedman said about Netanyahu's last address to a Joint Meeting.

      The "partnership" between Netanyahu and the Congress is gradually becoming exposed for what it is. And "it" isn't good for the USA.

  • Netanyahu speech could allow Obama to 'take on the Jewish lobby' as he took on Cuba lobby -- Indyk
  • Menendez bags on Iran sanctions, and congressman says AIPAC demands deference to Israel over US
    • Netanyahu is becoming a massive liability for Israel. He's wearing out his welcome with people who are not being paid to love Israel no matter what.

      Boehner has acquiesced to Netanyahu's request to speak to Congress on March 3, two weeks before Netanyahu's election back in Israel. Netanyahu will use the occasion to undermine US foreign policy on Iran and get a short term bump in his numbers back in Israel.

      Is there something wrong with this picture?

      Boehner and Netanyahu are betting that the great mass of the American will not catch on to the con. They're going to lose that bet.

    • The Israel Lobby is unmatched in terms of power and influence. Their only real vulnerability is their tendency to overreach. Going around the White House to arrange Netanyahu's third appearance before a Joint Session of Congress constitutes massive overreach.

      Netanyahu will speak March 3 exactly two weeks before his own election in Israel. Congress will be discussing additional sanctions against Iran. Netanyahu will be here to campaign for his own reelection by seeking to undermine our duly elected President's foreign policy.

      The whole caper doesn't pass the smell test. Netanyahu.

  • Kerry is off the Israel bandwagon
    • Do you mean to say Kerry is worse than Henry "Peace is at Hand" Kissinger?


    • Israel wants to start the Gaza debate by asking if they have a right to defend themselves from the (largely ineffective) rockets fired from Gaza. The trained seals that constitute the mainstream media and the American Congress all respond in the affirmative.

      Isn't it reasonable to ask a preliminary question. Namely, do the residents of Gaza who are locked in an open air prison, by Israel, where their freedom of movement and ability to conduct commerce is constrained and their fellow citizens are subject to regular extra judicial assassinations which invarably kill multiple totally innocent people have a right to resist by any means possible?

      Of course they do.

  • 'American Jewish voices are most critical in the world' (to end idea that Jewish lives matter more)
    • The first two sentences of the third paragraph above should have read as follows:

      One measure of a military's morality is whether it is willing to risk the lives of its own combatants in order to minimize the impact on the other side's non-combatants. The way the US handled the Bin Laden take down is a case in point.

    • The death count in Israel's last Gaza massacre (2008-9 Operation Cast Lead) was
      1385 dead Palestinians and 13 dead Israelis (four of whom were killed by other Israelis).

      With the death of the three Israeli teens, it appears Israel is on track to "achieve" a 100 to 1 ratio in deaths.

      One measure of a military's morality is whether a country is willing to risk the lives of its own combatants to minimize the seats to the other side's non-combatants. The way the US handled the Bin Laden the down is a case in point. We could have kept our soldiers safely out of harms way and bombed the compound and killed 100 people.

      We did it the right way.

      Israel has kept its soldiers safely out of harms way. The elderly, women and children of Gaza are paying the price. Israel's behavior speaks for itself.

  • 'NYT' casts Israelis as victims of Palestinians who complain bitterly about oppression
    • I read Jodi's piece this morning. Pathetic. Apparently she's moved to Jerusalem to
      carry water for Bibi's latest reason for continuing settlement activity, avoiding peace with Palestinians and keeping the peace with the far right wing Rabbis without whom Bibi cannot stay in power.

      Blumenthal addresses this head on in his Chapter entitled How to Kill Goyim and Influence People. If Jodi wants some incitement excitement she can spend some time with the folks that think Operation Cast Lead was a proud moment in Israel's history.

  • Obama's Mandela eulogy -- moving, and hypocritical
    • I'm a little surprised at the number of people willing to call out Obama as a "hypocrite".

      Taking on the Lobby and putting our relationship with Israel on a less obsequious basis is an arduous task...sort of like turning around an aircraft carrier. I'm pleased with the way Obama handled the interim deal with Iran. He kept Bibi pretty much out of the loop until a deal was close to final and peace momentum was building.

      The yapping by the banshee birds (Jennifer Rubin) and not so wise owls (Krauthammer) is becoming self-defeating.

  • Adelson's atomic moment: Help us break more video stories
    • A couple of points. First, when you consider all the so called "issue" organizations Mr. Adelson funded in the last election cycle Chris Hayes underestimated his total political contributions. Second, I was surprised and disappointed that Adelson's comments drew only boos.

  • Backlash against Netanyahu: He gets 2-1/2 hours with Obama during shutdown, trying to thwart Iran opening
    • It seems to me that Bibi either does not know or does not care how mainstream Americans think. He must feel totally secure in the knowledge that his hammerlock on Congress is a trump card he can play indefinitely.

      That may be an incorrect assumption. I was pleasantly surprised by the comments to Danny Danon's OP-ED in the New York Times calling for Israel to Annul the Oslo Accords.

      People were angry at the arrogance of the piece and some expressed displeasure that the Times would publish a piece that purported to deal with the Israeli-Palestinian
      problem without even mentioning the word "settlements". The anger was palpable and those were just the comments they choose to publish.

  • State Dept: No US aid to Israel until budget deal is reached
    • In Bibi's speech to the General Assembly he stated that "Israel is a vibrant thriving nation."

      There is no doubt about that. The strength of Israel's economy is confirmed by IMF statistics.

      Given those facts, it's wrong on its face for Israel to draw such a huge percentage of the US foreign assistance funding. Israel receives more from us than all the countries in Africa combined where starvation and disease are epidemic.

      It's time for Israel to stand on its own two feet. If Bibi was a mench, he'd notify President Obama that Israel will not accept its annual aid payment and that he hopes that some of that money will be allocated to countries far less fortunate than Israel.

      What do you suppose the chances of that happening are?

  • Red Lines and Green Lights: Israel still angling for attack on Syria and Iran
    • This is a very good, but troubling piece.

      Its good in that I think it accurately depicts the thought processes of the present Israeli government and their neocon allies in the US. Its troubling in that one cannot help but conclude that the US, which belongs to all of us not just those who are all Israel all the time, is being manipulated.

      Reading the piece I couldn't help but think about that old joke...God created gentiles because he needed someone to buy retail.

  • State Department was right: Israel colonizes the West Bank as peace process continues
  • 'Commentary' says some elected Democrats 'pledged' to protect Israel
    • I would narrow it down even further. To Sheldon Adelson. Those who have been in his presence say he "loathes" President Obama. He's having more fun than he ever had in his life. He's got US Senators hoping to get a call from him. You can tell there is something wrong with the anti-Hagel "movement" when Ted Cruz has a lead role in it.

    • Tobin, along with Jennifer Rubin at the Washington Post and Bill Krystal at Weekly Standard constitute a three person echo chamber with a consistent message that the nomination of Hagel is on life support. It isn't. Intrade has his odds at 95%. I would say closer to 70% is more realistic for the simple reason that you should never underestimate a man with $25 billion in his wallet...Sheldon Adelson...and a willingness to spend it. If Mr Adelson put his wallet back in his pocket, the opposition to Hagel would evaporate in a heartbeat.

  • Graham threatens to hold up Hagel vote over Benghazi attack
    • The low-brow wing of the campaign to stop Hagel is throwing so much "stuff" against the wall they're going to need shoulder surgery before they can take on the next Adelson target.

      Soon, they'll tell us that Bin Laden's Will has been discovered and that Hagel is the principal beneficiary. Oops, probably shouldn't have said'll be up on Drudge in a heartbeat and Sean Hannity will book Tucker Carlson who will come in with security guards carrying the actual will

      Sheldon, you more than anybody should know that when you hire cheap help, you get what you pay for.

  • SNL on Hagel: 'It is vital to Israel's security for you to go on national television and perform oral sex on a donkey... Would you do THAT for Israel?'
    • Hagel and Obama go back eight years. I think Hagel came into the hearings having satisfied himself that he was sufficiently in accord with the policies and values of Obama that he could, in good conscience, execute those policies.

      Did he make a crisp smooth presentation? No. Give me wisdom and integrity any day over smooth operators. Think: Rummy, Bibi, Cruz, Graham.

    • I agree the Hagee types are almost extraterrestrial in their weirdness. By the way, kudos for putting the SNL video up. You have more courage than they do.

    • In answer to the question..."Is there no one in Washington DC who has that simple courage?". I think Chuck Hagel has it. That's why Bibi and Sheldon Adelson are almost desperate to beat him. It is simply not in Hagel's nature to say things he doesn't believe in. Another person to keep your eye on is new Senator Angus King of Maine...I would consider him the polar opposite of a histrionic phony like Lindsey Graham

      The opposition to Hagel would evaporate immediately if Sheldon Adelson put his wallet back in his pocket.

  • Hagel hearing was senators' audition for donors -- Rosenberg
    • The opposition to the confirmation of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense would disappear in a heartbeat if Sheldon Adelson put his wallet back in his pocket. There is little chance of that...he's having too much fun. He's got hollow men like Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham salivating for cash.

  • Hillary Clinton showed more spine with Netanyahu than Obama has
    • Hilary delegated and avoided the Israel/Palestine portfolio to a large degree. She only visited Israel five times...other Secretaries went over 20. Many of the "bad cop " duties were given to George Mitchell who is one of the most decent guys to pass through Washington in years. I like Hilary, but I think all that world traveling was as much about image creation and avoidance of no-win situations as anything else. If you read Sheldon Adelson's right wing Israeli newspaper, Israelhayom , all the venom was always reserved for the President...he took the risks and the heat.

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