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Philip Weiss is a longtime writer and journalist in New York. He co-edits a website on Israel/Palestine, Mondoweiss.net, which he founded in order to foster the movement for greater fairness and justice for Palestinians in American foreign policy. He is currently working on a novel about the US in Australia during WW2.
Saturday, July 18, 2015 Nine reasons Obama is going to win on Iran. The first: Netanyahu
In the last 24 hours, it has become clear that President Obama is going to win his Iran deal inside the American government, maybe overwhelmingly; that the Congress is going to fail to veto it by a large margin. And that the fence-sitters will fall into line with the president.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015(2 comments)
Hillary Clinton promises megadonor she will work with Republicans -- to oppose BDS
Clinton says that the Palestinians cannot unilaterally declare a state, and no one can impose a solution on Israel. She brags on her record as a U.S. senator and secretary of state, saying she opposed "dozens of anti-Israel resolutions at the UN." She writes that she supported Israel after the "biased" Goldstone Report.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015(2 comments)
New York Times cites Palestinians as "demographic" threat
the "demographic threat" argument for preserving Israel is widely considered racist. The argument is that Israel must take pains to establish a Palestinian state alongside it because otherwise Jews will cease to be a majority in the lands under their dominion, and therefore the Jewish character of the state will be at risk.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015(3 comments)
Does Schumer have any idea how angry his constituents will be if he torpedoes his president on Iran?
Senator Chuck Schumer has indicated that he is going to side with Republicans on the Iran deal rather than the Obama administration, because he is a "sincere and committed Israel hawk" (as his former intern Matt Yglesias says). Both the White House and State Department are trying to mollify the powerful senator to keep him from voting against the historic agreement in the end.
Friday, March 27, 2015(1 comments)
I want my country back
John Mearsheimer once said that the fight against pro-Israel ideologues was "mortal combat," and I take his point. I call on others with any spine to decry the influence of the lobby in our politics, to challenge anyone who is serving Israel's aims against the president. I want my country back.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015(3 comments)
Dear Mr. Netanyahu, please don't cancel your speech
If the speech takes place, and the lobby loses the blind support of progressive Democrats, the American people will get to debate Israel policy and maybe even speak critically about all the stuff that Israel is doing, like massacring Palestinians in Gaza and building colonies on Palestinian land. Right now those issues are not discussed openly in the U.S. power structure and leading media.
Monday, January 26, 2015(3 comments)
"NYT" and Matthews warn that Netanyahu speech to Congress could lead US to war
The plans by the Israeli Prime Minister to address both Houses of Congress in March in order to rebut the President's call for negotiations with Iran is finally drawing the outrage it deserves. It was condemned in the last day by The New York Times, leading pundits, liberal Zionist organizations, and implicitly, in the Israeli press.
Monday, January 19, 2015 US calls ICC decision to investigate Gaza "tragic irony"
The U.S. government deplored the decision as a "tragic irony" in a statement last night. Palestine is not a state and Israel should not be investigated because it has a right to defend itself from thousands of rockets, the State Department's Jeff Rathke said.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014(1 comments)
"Desperate" Senator Graham promises "violent backlash" by Congress if Palestinians go to UN
Senator Lindsey Graham told the Israeli Prime Minister he had rushed to Israel in "the most desperate way" then twice used the word "violent" to characterize Congress' response to a Palestinian statehood initiative at the UN Security Council. Netanyahu railed against a "diktat" from the UN Security Council on the peace process. If the international community does not reject the Palestinian proposal, we will, he promised.
Friday, December 26, 2014 Next U.S. elections threaten Israel's "total isolation" -- and the Israeli public is worried
Last summer an Obama foreign policy aide, Philip Gordon, shocked Israel supporters by warning that Israel faces a "tsunami" of international pressure if it fails to participate in the peace process. Now that warning seems to be coming true. I have to believe that Gaza plays a role in Israel's wariness. If you listen to international opinion and end the blockade of Cuba, why not end the siege of Gaza too?
Sunday, December 7, 2014(1 comments)
Chris Hughes brings down the curtain on neoconservative New Republic
The New Republic had been supported by one neocon after another, from Michael Steinhardt to Bruce Kovner to Roger Hertog. For years, the magazine helped impose its litmus test within the mainstream media: You must be a Zionist to write about the conflict; and if you're not, then keep your mouth shut.
Thursday, October 9, 2014(14 comments)
It Looks Like Obama is Checking out on Israel
Is Obama walking away from Israel? Is he sick of the never-ending narrative of occupation/brutality/and security concerns that the Israelis dump in his lap and just going through the motions till his administration ends, or the midterms are over? A few recent items suggest this may be the case.
Friday, August 22, 2014(2 comments)
Democratic Party leader echoes Netanyahu's new theme: Hamas equals ISIS
A few weeks after the Israeli prime minister accused Hamas of piling up "telegenically-dead Palestinians for their cause," Benjamin Netanyahu has found a telegenically-dead victim for his propaganda purposes: James Foley, the brave American journalist killed by ISIS in Syria. Netanyahu is using Foley's gruesome beheading to equate ISIS and all its horrors to...Hamas.
Sunday, August 3, 2014 Israel calls Obama's tune
This is tragic and embarrassing. Israel is calling the tune for the Obama administration on Gaza. In the last 24 hours since the alleged capture of an Israeli soldier by Palestinian militants, the Obama administration is now laying all blame on Hamas for Israel's slaughter of over 1300 Palestinians in Gaza. What other nations are calling a massacre and genocide -- our government is calling the Palestinians' own fault.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014(10 comments)
Video: If you voted for Hamas, Israel has a right to kill you, says president of NY Board of Rabbis
There was a pro-Israel rally of 10,000 people in New York yesterday, a half block from the United Nations, and Rabbi David-Seth Kirshner, the president of the NY Board of Rabbis, suggested that Palestinians who voted for Hamas are combatants who deserve to be targeted by Israel. He said that the Israeli army is "the most moral army in the history of civilization."
Friday, July 25, 2014(1 comments)
Gaza massacre is generating ideological crisis in American Zionists
Jews are the ballgame; but forget about the wise son / wicked son crap. Jews of conscience must organize with one foot inside the Jewish community and one foot outside it. That is the only way to move the Jewish establishment, and America.
Monday, June 30, 2014(1 comments)
Can a neocon change his spots (and come back as a liberal interventionist for Hillary Clinton)?
The neoconservatives are on the run. The latest upheaval in Iraq has further discredited them for destabilizing the country in the first place; and they are being called out in the mainstream media. But the neoconservatives' partners in crime have gone largely blameless: American liberal interventionists and the Israeli right. When will they come in for criticism?
Thursday, June 5, 2014(2 comments)
Chris Matthews channels his inner Bill Kristol
One unfortunate outcome of the controversy over the release of Bowe Bergdahl, the US army sergeant held by the Taliban for nearly five years, is the exposure of Chris Matthews's neoconservative streak. On Hardball for the last two nights, Matthews has championed the war in Afghanistan as an ongoing US war against an intolerant Taliban.
Saturday, May 24, 2014(6 comments)
CNN airs evidence Israelis used live bullets on Palestinian protesters
Could Israel's horrific killings of two Palestinian youths during a demonstration a week ago become a diplomatic incident? The State Department continues to demand an investigation of the killings, though expressing respect for Israel's "moral code." The U.N. also wants an investigation. But Israel's Foreign Minister tells the U.S. to bug out, accusing the country of "hypocrisy."
Tuesday, May 20, 2014(2 comments)
"Courting powerful Jewish donors," Christie calls for aggressive foreign policy
Last week Hillary Clinton sucked up to the Israel lobby in a speech questioning President Obama's strength vis-a-vis Iran, and yesterday Chris Christie sucked up to donors Sheldon Adelson and Michael Steinhardt with his own foreign policy speech delivered at the "Champions of Jewish Values Awards" gala in NY.
Friday, May 16, 2014(4 comments)
"NYT" publishes unvarnished ADL propaganda: 93% of Palestinians are anti-Semites
The ADL is serving its pro-Israel interest here. The Israel lobby theory, for instance, is a theory of outsize conservative Jewish influence. Many Israel lobbyists insist on loyalty to Israel: for instance Sheldon Adelson saying he wishes he had served in the Israeli army not the American one, or the late Myra Kraft saying her sons could fight for Israel not the U.S.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 "NYT" highlights AIPAC's first failure in 30 years, as de Blasio and Hillary jump on Iran bandwagon
Money explains Wasserman Schultz's silence (she's chair of the Democratic National Commitee) and Hillary Clinton's fence-sitting, and an incident Landler also cites: Bill de Blasio humiliating himself to AIPAC on January 23. But The Times mentions the long list of Jews, including many liberal Zionists, who published a letter rebuking de Blasio and saying AIPAC doesn't speak for them.
Sunday, October 27, 2013(1 comments)
Olmert is a "patriot," Adelson tells an American audience
Anti-Zionists long contended that a problem with Zionism is that it creates dual loyalty, and suspicions about Jews in the countries where they are citizens, because of its definition of a "Jewish people" that transcends borders. Adelson gave Romney's presidential campaign $30 million last year, and millions to Newt Gingrich. What did he want from them?
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 Jeff Toobin says he trusts State Dept officials more than Manning on what to make public
I want to reach out to Bradley Manning and thank him for his strength of character and lonely courage during a long ordeal. But it's been a bloodbath for Manning in the mainstream media, with John Hockenberry of NPR lately describing him as a "disturbed" young man, after Bill Keller of the New York Times gave him permission, by saying that Manning is a "complicated young man" who suffered a "lot of personal unhappiness."
Saturday, July 13, 2013(4 comments)
Clinton and Israel -- the Marc Rich story
Israeli president Shimon Peres was one of those pressing Clinton for the Rich pardon, and last month, Bill Clinton received $500,000 from an Israeli outfit for a speech on Shimon Peres's 90th birthday. It's really hard to say throughout these tales, where the Israeli interest ends and the American one begins. Does Hillary Clinton know?