Under pressure over the issues of Iran and Israel at his Senate confirmation hearing, Obama's nominee for defense secretary caves in completely. Thursday's Senate confirmation hearing of Chuck Hagel was something out of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," or the 1950s House Un-American Activities Committee sessions. "Senator Hagel, are you now or have you ever been a realist?" "Your soul is in peril, Senator - recant!" And Hagel recanted, over and over again. Under pressure on Iran and Israel (among other taboo subjects), he apologized to his inquisitors for referring to the "Jewish lobby" ("I should have said 'pro-Israel lobby'"), apologized…Read More... | 36 Comments
Former head of Mossad, Meir Dagan, has called this week for the Israeli leadership to accept the Arab peace initiative. He has also ruled out an attack on Iran. According to almost every news source in Israel—from centrist Yedioth to Haaretz—Former head of Mossad coordinated his messages with former Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazy and former head of Shabak, Yuval Diskin. All three are concerned from Netanyahu's poor judgment. It is important to note that Dagan is (or was?) a member of the Israeli right – his first dip in politics was as a leader of a public movement objecting…Read More... | 6 Comments
Noah Pollak, executive director of the Emergency Committee for Israel, has a piece in Commentary this month about Btselem, a major Israeli human rights organization working in the Occupied Palestinian territories Pollak, an American Jew of the extreme right persuasion, is known for his close connections with Israeli politicians and his unwavering dedication for attacking Israeli leftists. His piece on Btselem is an expected mix of NGO Monitor attacks which rely on guilt by association and taking statements out of context to paint Btselem as a radical organization disconnected to Israeli society with no allegiance to the Jewish state. He even…Read More... | 9 Comments
Some initial thoughts regarding Judge Richard Goldstone's op-ed, in which he retracted some of the allegations against Israel made in his report A strange combination of thrill and anger seems to be the immediate response to Judge Goldstone's surprising op-ed on the Washington post today. Goldstone wrote that while Israel was investigating the allegations of crimes perpetrated during the 2008 Gaza invasion, Hamas had failed to do so; he expressed disappointment in the UN's Human Rights Council and its treatment of Israel, and demanded condemnation of the Fogel family murder. The key sentence in the article was this: While the…Read More... | 18 Comments
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