With no peace process on the horizon, the terrorist attack in Tel Aviv this week is a reminder that we don't have the luxury of giving up on a future in which Palestinians and Israelis alike can feel secure in their own homes, streets and cafes. Almost six years ago, Hillary Clinton was getting ready to oversee the first face-to-face between Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas in the Obama administration’s initial foray into Middle East peacemaking. Secretary of State Clinton’s road to just getting the two sides to sit down together had been long and hard, including extracting a nine-month…Read More... | 5 Comments
Haggadot have historically evolved to reflect the needs and aspirations of their respective communities. Eli Valley envisions an American Jewish Haggadah for presidential primary season. Eli Valley is a writer and artist whose work has appeared in The New Republic, The Nation, The Daily Beast, Gawker and elsewhere. A collection of his comics will be released later this year by OR Books. His website is www.elivalley.com and he tweets @elivalley.Read More...
Considering the Israel lobby's history of confrontation with Obama and the roars of approval its members gave Donald Trump for bashing him, AIPAC's apology rings hollow, to put it mildly. In a strange twist to the theater that is the annual AIPAC conference, Donald Trump's attacks against President Obama during his speech on Monday brought the lobby's president to tears. Lillian Pinkus issued an emotional apology on Tuesday, the day after Trump celebrated onstage – with a “yay” – Obama's looming departure from office. “There are people in our AIPAC family who were deeply hurt last night and for that we are deeply sorry," she…Read More... | 2 Comments
What happened at AIPAC was shameful and frightening. Liberal Jews are horrified and the ones who are not seem pretty smug in their lack of self awareness. Welcome to the schism. On Monday night 18,000 Israel supporters, mostly Jews, sat in a Washington D.C. stadium and applauded for Donald Trump, a man whose candidacy for president of the United States is supported by neo-Nazis. Let's leave aside Trump's misogyny, his vulgarity, his racism against non whites and his encouragement of violence. Let us leave aside, for a moment, the point that he is unabashedly a spectacularly ignorant man who has…Read More... | 14 Comments
Pro-Netanyahu paper 'Israel Hayom' makes clear that Trump is the only candidate who isn't afraid to go to war against 'Islamic terror.' If you happened to glance at Israel Hayom's front page on Monday, you may have noticed what look to be a brazen political endorsement. The top headline reads as follows: "Giuliani says: 'Trump isn't afraid to say Islamic terror'." [tmwinpost] Monday's edition of Israel Hayom, the free Israeli daily owned by American casino mogul and Republican bankroller Sheldon Adelson — considered Prime Minister Netanyahu's patron newspaper — included an interview with former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. The…Read More... | 3 Comments
Can an American politician who was born to Jewish parents just be an American politician who happens to be Jewish? Is Israel becoming less important in American politics? NEW YORK -- Bernie Sanders, the senator from Vermont, won the Democratic primary in the state of New Hampshire on Tuesday night. Sanders, who identifies as a social democrat, is Jewish. [tmwinpost] But when he spoke about his background in his victory speech he mentioned only that he was the son of Polish immigrants who were poor and little-educated, making it sound as though they might have been eating kielbasa and pierogi for…Read More... | 7 Comments
Israel's Mr. Liberal went to the Saban Forum in Washington D.C. and met this woman he's seen somewhere, a lawyer maybe? Bill's wife, you guys know Bill. Yair Lapid, leader of the third largest party in the opposition (a far cry from his briefly held title of the great white hope of Israeli moderates, way back when in 2013), attended the Saban Forum at Brookings last night. As in the rest of his political career, Lapid's contribution to proceedings was somewhat difficult to place, but he didn't pass entirely unnoticed. At the end of the summit's third day, Lapid got…Read More...
You claim to support peace, but your words imply that Palestinian lives are less valuable to you than Israeli lives. I implore you: please do better. By Leanne Gale Dear Secretary Clinton, I have faith that you want to stand with the Jewish people as we work toward peace with the Palestinians. But your recent article in The Forward did exactly the opposite. [tmwinpost] You glorified Israel without mentioning its nearly 50-year-old military occupation and outlined how you plan to “reaffirm our unbreakable bond with Israel” without addressing its rightward anti-democratic spiral. This was a faulty political calculation, marginalizing a powerful progressive constituency…Read More... | 3 Comments
The appointment of Senator John Kerry as the next U.S. Secretary of State could represent a new opportunity for Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. But for efforts to be successful, the U.S. will have to reconsider its message that settlement construction is a matter of negotiation. By Lorenzo Kamel The day after the UN voted to recognize Palestine as a non-member observer state, the Israeli government approved construction of approximately 3,000 new residential units in the occupied territories, a decision that was met with strong opposition by various European leaders. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, on the contrary, delivered a speech at the…Read More... | 66 Comments
In a highly critical meeting between Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington on Tuesday, the two discussed, among other things (Iran, Iran and Iran), the weather. In this first face-to-face meeting between the two in over a year, Lieberman and Clinton talked about snow. This awkward photo-op says a lot about relations between the two officials, which former State Dept Middle East negotiator Aaron David Miller characterized as "clearing the inbox" as far as Clinton is concerned. On the other hand, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair, Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ross Lehtinen -…Read More... | 5 Comments
We are all familiar with the frequent criticisms lodged at Washington for helping to fund (via billions of dollars in aid) the Israeli military's occupation of the Palestinian territories. But where are the cries against the billions of dollars given to Egypt's military, a military now engaged in one of the most shocking crackdowns on public protest? One might expect that the Arab governments who make such criticisms when it comes to Israel would remain silent on Egypt, fearing their own destabilization. But what about the "enlightened" West? The top diplomats from the UN, the EU and the US have…Read More... | 1 Comment
Likud MK Ophir Akunis defends his aggressive anti-democratic legislation in Channel 10 interview: "Joe McCarthy was right about everything" It's amazing how just a few words of criticism from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who voiced fear for Israel's democracy and women's rights yesterday, can really make some people show their true face, as you'll see below. Likud MK Ophir Akunis was interviewed today on Channel 10's "London and Kirshenbaum." If it were up to Akunis, who helped propose the law to limit funding for NGOs and is a very close ally of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, an Israeli McCarthy…Read More... | 9 Comments
This video has to be the epitome of embarrassment. I was squirming in my chair when I watched the AP reporter grill this poor woman, sent out into the cold by her boss Hillary Clinton, in an attempt to defend the impossible: withholding U.S. funds to UNESCO. I mean, come on, let’s face it. When it came to crunch time, when the U.S. had to decide whose interests are more important - it chose Israel over itself. For example, as M.J. Rosenberg points out, Californians might want to make sure they live on higher ground: As Wirth explains, UNESCO "leads…Read More... | 15 Comments
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