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Goldberg on Obama’s Syria credibility ‘crisis’

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Jeffrey Goldberg drives the neoconservative story, in an interview with President Obama in which he repeatedly suggests that the president lost his foreign policy credibility when he failed to attack Syria in 2013.

Jewish establishment gives White House cover to criticize Israel–just not on Palestine

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Mild criticisms of Israeli policy towards Palestinians, like the comments made by Howard Gutman (above), have provoked the ire of the Israel lobby (Photo: U.S. Embassy in Belgium) The most salient lesson from the ruckus Jeffrey Goldberg and other Jewish groups created over the ridiculous ads about American Jewry and Israelis was voiced on Twitter […]

Warped politics: Robert Gates says Israel is ‘ungrateful,’ but Obama will still veto Palestine UN bid

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Jeffrey Goldberg’s latest column in Bloomberg (which Paul Mutter covered here) shows exactly how the Israel lobby has warped the U.S. political system. The lobby has such a stranglehold on U.S. policy towards Israel that a Secretary of Defense’s distaste for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu means nothing to the Obama administration’s polices on Israel. Goldberg […]

The upshot of the Kushner muzzling

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The decision by the City University of New York’s (CUNY) Board of Trustees to block famous playwright Tony Kushner’s honorary degree at John Jay College is rightly being met with outrage. But there’s also an important upshot to the controversy: the racism that right-wing supporters of Israel deploy against Palestinians is getting an airing, as […]

Neocon fantasy: Palestine has nothing to do with Arab uprisings

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As mass uprisings in Arab states continue, the Israeli government and its neoconservative supporters in the U.S. have tried to convince the world that Israel’s oppression of the Palestinians has nothing to do with the revolts. While it would be disingenuous to claim that Palestine drives the revolts, it’s equally disingenuous to claim that Palestine […]

Israel and its American friends want to stop the Egyptian ‘earthquake’

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The Israeli government and its many friends in the U.S. media are rushing to support the brutal Mubarak dictatorship as it copes with the most serious challenge to its rule. As I noted yesterday, Israel is worried about a reliable ally being toppled next door. The Israeli government recently told journalists that there is “an […]

Jeffrey Goldberg likens BDS movement to Nazi Germany policies

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If you can’t beat ‘em, smear ‘em.  And throw in the word Nazi for good measure. As the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement continues full-steam ahead in its efforts to force Israel to comply with international law, pro-Israel hawks are increasingly attempting to link the movement to anti-Semitism and Nazi Germany-era policies. The latest […]

Jeffrey Goldberg doesn’t work for ‘The Forward’ any more– and that’s appropriate

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A foreign journalist asked me what was with the Atlantic Monthly and Jeffrey Goldberg: why did a magazine which was a classic voice of the Eastern seaboard elite have a full time blogger on staff whose writing was devoted almost entirely to Israel? (including inside-baseball issues about giving money to the Jewish National Fund). It […]

Sullivan combats anti-Semitic smear by Goldberg

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Is Sullivan the best? Yes. He is doing the hard labor of taking on the Israel lobby forcefully in the mainstream media, with unrivaled clarity and eloquence. Here he bats down a piece of thuggery from Jeffrey Goldberg, that Sullivan believes that “a group of warmongering Jews– alone” is pushing World War III. Disgusting. Though […]

Is he a reliable narrator?

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A year ago, Jeffrey Goldberg approvingly quoted a reader who said that the Jewish settlement of Gilo is part of Jerusalem:

Goldberg regrets his story linking Saddam to al-Qaeda but says ‘everybody’ got it wrong

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The Jewish Journal’s Danielle Berrin interviews the most powerful Jewish journalist in America. Nay, the world! First the bullying excerpt, then the excerpt where he bullies the world. Emphases mine. Commenters will supply the subtext: Goldberg was raised in an assimilated middle-class home in a mixed neighborhood on Long Island. Both of his parents were […]

‘WSJ’ suggests Israel would bomb neighbors before giving up ethnocracy

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This is the thinking that scares me, and that is prevalent throughout Jewish life: Mark Helprin saying at the Wall Street Journal in a piece called “Why Israel Needs the Bomb,” that he’s sure glad Israel’s got the bomb because of the delegitimization campaign against its policies. The message of the piece seems to be, […]

‘Forward’: J Street weathers attack, still has access

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Two weeks ago neocons launched an attack on J Street by publishing the unsurprising revelation that the alternative Jewish lobby had gotten money from George Soros. The Washington Times declared that the Obama administration was distancing itself from J Street– on the basis of a comment by the one Jewish Republican congressman– and Jeffrey Goldberg […]

Goldberg’s Goldstone smear

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Jeffrey Goldberg’s recent attack on J Street included a swipe at Justice Richard Goldstone. Emphasis mine: J Street helped arrange visits by Judge Richard Goldstone, the South African jurist appointed by the U.N. to investigate the most recent conflict in Gaza, to Capitol Hill. Goldstone’s work, heavily reliant on Hamas for uncorroborated information, has been […]

Jews with guns

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My wife and I were talking about our visit to Israel. I could relate to Israelis in a way that she could not. I wanted to write about my feelings, for instance, about seeing so many Israeli youths with guns, in the bus station, coming home for the holidays, in the Old City, guns bouncing […]

Don’t forget ‘The Atlantic”s pieties about who destroyed Palestine

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Some around here are just shocked, shocked at the transparently pro-Israel propaganda masquerading as journalism in The Atlantic… but it seems to me this pub has been a tool of Israel’s Ministry of Disinformation for years. For instance, let’s go back to David Samuels’ September 2005 cover story about how Yasser Arafat (and not Zionist militias/the U.S.-backed Israeli military) somehow […]