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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.
Why Obama waited 8 years to take on Netanyahu
Obama has finally done what he wanted to do and taken on Benjamin Netanyahu and exposed his extremism. Why did he wait so long? The answer is simple: the Israel lobby was against any real action. Jewish Americans of my generation and older opposed any pressure on Israel. So there was no pressure (till now, and Trump).
Neoconservatives warm up to Trump (maybe they have an agenda)
The word has gone out that Donald Trump's foreign policy is up for grabs, and the neoconservatives are humming with pleasure over this news, and lobbying quietly and not so quietly. You can hardly blame them for sucking up to Trump: neoconservatives are hawks who care about Israel more than anything, and it is vital to them to secure Israel's interests in the next administration.
"NY Jewish Week" speaks bluntly of "Israel firsters" in US politics
It's good that American Jews will begin openly saying of other Jews that their first loyalty is Israel. It makes such a stance untenable: it will make it impossible for people who act on "what they believe is best for Israel" to hold high positions in foreign policy-making in the U.S. government. It demonstrates that the neoconservatives are losing oxygen slowly.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016(3 comments)
Clinton to Palestine: Drop dead
Hillary Clinton has pledged two or three times now, last year in a letter to Haim Saban, one of her biggest donors, and in a slavish performance channeling Benjamin Netanyahu at the Israel lobby group AIPAC this spring, and at the Saban Forum last December too, to fight BDS tooth and nail. This is evidently essential work to raising money on the Dem side and also recruiting neoconservative establishment support.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Calling Israel a "modern day miracle" and "vibrant bloom in desert," Clinton says BDS is anti-Semitic
Clinton has repeatedly affirmed her opposition to BDS on the campaign trail, lately in a speech to AIPAC that also characterized BDS as a form of anti-Semitism. (Our view is that this is absurd and wrong.) Last summer she promised megadonor Haim Saban that she would work with Republicans to fight BDS. Obviously, donors play an important role on this question. Hillary Clinton needs Jewish pro-Israel money.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
If it had been up to Hillary Clinton, there would be no Iran Deal
Clinton sided with Netanyahu over Obama, in seeking new sanctions on Iran just as Kerry was undertaking the deal with the new president. How much of Clinton's policymaking is "swayed by" Netanyahu." And what other good stories about Clinton's visionless foreign policy is the New York Times sitting on?
As NY primary approaches, Clinton and Sanders separate, somewhat, on Israel
As attention turns to the NY primary, the Democratic candidates are beginning to separate on the Israel issue. Let's hope that their very real differences on the Palestinian question become politicized over the next three weeks, and voters are urged to choose between reflexive Israel support (Clinton) and criticism of the occupation (Sanders).
Sunday, February 14, 2016(2 comments)
The Kissinger friendship: Clinton called "Henry" to intercede with "Bibi"
If her friendship with Henry Kissinger is an issue for the Democratic base -- and it is -- Clinton's Israel friendships ought to be just as worrisome. President Obama hired Clinton as Secretary of State in the first place by way of the Israel lobby, and because of her street cred with the Israel lobby.
Friday, February 12, 2016(1 comments)
Rubio may be a robot -- but he's the neoconservatives' robot
A real discussion of Rubio's fall ought to entail some meditation of that rise. Why was a man of such limited political seasoning heralded as a plausible establishment presidential candidate? One reason only, because Rubio had the support of the rightwing Israel lobby.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016(1 comments)
Michael Bloomberg has been a fervent supporter of Israel, to a point
The latest surprise in a presidential race full of surprises is the news that Michael Bloomberg is considering a third-party run if it appears that non-establishment candidates Donald Trump, Ted Cruz or Bernie Sanders might actually capture his respective party's nomination. Bloomberg could become America's first Jewish president.
Saturday, January 23, 2016(5 comments)
Clinton baits Sanders over "destruction of Israel"
The Israel question has become an explicit issue in the Democratic battle between Clinton and Sanders, with a Clinton aide saying that Sanders's idea to normalize Iran is naive about a country that "seeks the destruction of Israel."
Friday, January 1, 2016(2 comments)
Obama wiretapped a cunning and dishonest foreign leader, for the sake of world peace
Netanyahu had come to this country without the invitation of the president, in fact defying the president, and addressed both houses of Congress to oppose the president. This was an unprecedented step by an unprincipled, politically cunning, desperate man. For world peace, President Obama had to know what this wily, dishonest man was doing to sink the deal.
Monday, December 14, 2015(1 comments)
How long can Democrats denounce Trump and embrace Netanyahu?
Neera Tanden's Democratic Party is also owned on a key foreign policy question by a Jim Crow faction, the Israel lobby, but the Party's own liberal base is rebelling against that ownership. The Democratic base wants Palestinians and Muslims to have basic civil rights in Israel and Palestine; and it is becoming restless inside the party, and our country too.
Monday, December 7, 2015
Elliott Abrams wants John Kerry to STFU about Palestine
Kerry's first recent offense came in October, when he linked extremist violence to Israeli settlement building. In this appearance at Harvard on October 13, you will see that he went directly from the greatest challenge of our generation being international terrorism, to the need for Palestinian statehood.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
The titter-tape charade
Tanden's behavior might be excused if it were a cub reporter interviewing a foreign leader; but Tanden is leading one of America's most important progressive think tanks, with a $38-million dollar budget. She has an important position in an organization that has real impact on the policies of the world's military super-power. And progressives need stronger figures to represent us.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Netanyahu's having a better week in the Democratic Party than Hillary Clinton!
Benjamin Netanyahu is back in the saddle again! When he comes to Washington next month, the Israeli Prime Minister will get a prize from the neoconservative thinktank, the American Enterprise Institute, and also -- shockingly -- be welcomed by the Democratic Party think tank, the Center for American Progress, which has close connections to Hillary Clinton.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Adelson will mold Rubio into "perfect little puppet"
Politico reported that Sheldon Adelson is warming up to Senator Marco Rubio as his best hope for influencing the presidency as he did with George W. Bush. No endorsement yet, but the two get along very well. The piece says that Rubio calls Adelson several times a month to pick his brain (!)...
Iran Deal aftermath brings warnings of donor backlash against Dems
It's time for the press to get honest and specific about how much Jewish money is in the political process. From Sheldon Adelson to Haim Saban to Norman Braman to Bernard Marcus, this seems to be the prize, and Republicans seem to believe it's in play. These are ardent supporters of Israel who are voting with their wallets.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015(1 comments)
You'd think Wasserman Schultz would lose DNC job for bucking Obama on Iran Deal
Wasserman Schultz isn't concerned for her own district but the strength of the party nationally. Her stance also helps explain why NY Senator Chuck Schumer came out against the deal: because he wants to raise money to help Democratic Senatorial candidates next fall, so that they will then vote to put him in as party leader.
Monday, August 31, 2015
U.S. is even more implicated in Israeli settlement project than we thought
The Israeli colonies are an American problem in a whole new way. Nearly one out of six settlers in the West Bank is an American. Haaretz broke the story. the settlement movement is funded not just by the Israeli government but tax-deductible donations from American Zionists. An issue the US media has refused to deal with.
President Obama wants us to argue about the special relationship
There is actual ideological diversity inside the Jewish community, but many leading Jews do not want to discuss this openly. Some because they ardently believe that Zionism is the Jewish religion today. Others fear that by opening up this conversation, it will crack the American support system that Israel has always depended upon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.