The election of Donald Trump is a reminder that when the American people want change, they go out and make it. When will the same thing apply to Israelis? The grief that overcame my Facebook feed Wednesday morning is understandable. The thought that a violent, racist, anti-Semitic man such as Donald Trump will now hold run the most powerful country in the world is nothing short of frightening. [tmwinpost] And though I understand this kind of reaction, it is wrong to view Trump's election in apocalyptic terms. Not only because the anxiety and desperation paralyze us politically, but because things are…Read More... | 5 Comments
Both parties’ platforms on Israel/Palestine are bad policy. By adopting a Netanyahu-like approach to the conflict, the GOP will only hasten Israel’s rightward drift. Democrats claim to support independence and dignity for Palestinians, but refuse to name the occupation. By James J. Zogby To understand why the United States fails so miserably in efforts to achieve an Israeli/Palestinian peace, all you need to do is take a look at the mix of bad policy and bad politics found in the Israel/Palestine sections of platforms of both the Republican and Democratic parties. [tmwinpost] The Republican document is particularly extreme, even bizarre.…Read More... | 3 Comments
Something indeed changed in the Israel-U.S. relationship, the question is what actions will the U.S. take and how Netanyahu reacts — from the Security Council to Gaza. I just got back from the annual J Street conference. The atmosphere was very different from the 2013 conference. Back then it was all about the Kerry mission. This year, talk of peace was replaced by a certain state of shock from Netanyahu’s victory at the polls. Most of the conference participants get their information about those elections from the American media, which was in turn fed by the Israeli media, which presented…Read More... | 8 Comments
Protests during Netanyahu's speech on Tuesday will make it clear that he doesn't speak for all Jews, but rather for a dangerous alliance between extremist elements in Israel and the United States. By Avital Burg Thousands of bikers, wearing leather jackets decorated with skull-shaped U.S. flags, eagles and guns, will ride tomorrow to Capitol Hill in Washington DC to support Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's controversial speech in Congress. On their Facebook event page, one of the organizers, Tina WhiteBacon Lane, wrote about the chosen location for their rally: “...that is where the Muslims will be...It will be the fuse being…Read More... | 4 Comments
It is true that many in the U.S. Jewish community are not happy with current Israeli policies. But in the face of countervailing trends, it is not clear this will change the community’s overall levels of attachment and support. By Brent E. Sasley In a recent op-ed in Haaretz, Bradley Burston argues that U.S. Jews are moving away from Israel because of the government’s illiberal domestic politics and intransigent foreign policies. He believes that by 2013 they may just “secede” altogether from a country doing things they don’t want done in their name. There are certainly signs pointing in that direction. Peter Beinart…Read More... | 49 Comments
The American Jewish allegiance to the Democratic Party is not as strong as it once was, nor as invulnerable as it may appear in the wake of Obama’s victory. Republicans can undermine it, but only if they revamp their party and realize that Israel is not the only issue that American Jews care about. By Dov Waxman They had the money (thanks to Sheldon Adelson), they had the belief, and they had the attack lines (“Obama throwing Israel under the bus”), so what went wrong? Why did the Republican Jewish establishment—led by the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) and the Emergency…Read More... | 6 Comments
A youtube advert that appears to question Republican Presidential hopeful John Huntsman’s “American Values” has caused quite a splash … and confusion. In the ad, Huntsman, the former US Ambassador to China (and notably, a Republican appointed by Democratic President Barack Obama for the job), speaks Chinese. His face is super-imposed on an image of Chairman Mao Zedong. But the whole thing may have been a scam by a Huntsman supporter to get his candidate more attention before the upcoming New Hampshire primary. Here is the original video, posted on January 4th: It was posted on a page called NHforPaul … alluding…Read More...
In a visit to Turkey, newly appointed British Prime Minister said that the attack on the Gaza-bound flotilla was "'completely unacceptable'' This is from the Telegraph's report: Today Mr Cameron said: ''The situation in Gaza has to change. Humanitarian goods and people must flow in both directions. ''Gaza cannot and must not be allowed to remain a prison camp.'' And he added: ''The Israeli attack on the Gaza flotilla was completely unacceptable. ''And I have told PM Netanyahu we will expect the Israeli inquiry to be swift, transparent and rigorous.'' PM David Cameron's senior coalition partner, Nick Clegg of the…Read More...
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