The only thing odder than Netanyahu's "un-American" comment is the White House's response. Although the latest Israeli announcement of settlement expansion in East Jerusalem drew the usual verbal slap on the wrist from the U.S., the media didn’t make much of it – until, that is, when Prime Minister Netanyahu decided to call that criticism un-American on American TV. The White House of course felt compelled to respond. On Monday Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest called Netanyahu’s choice of words “odd” – another in a series of adjectives that U.S. government spokespersons pull from their thesaurus to show their dismay…Read More... | 16 Comments
Thousands converge on Washington, D.C. to protest Israel's offensive on Gaza. Text and photos by: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org Some 10,000 activists converged on the White House in Washington, D.C. this weekend to protest Israel’s offensive on Gaza. Politico reported that the event may have been “the largest pro-Palestinian march to take place in the United States.” At least two protesters were arrested, one for “climbing a light pole.” The Washington Post quoted a police spokesperson acknowledging an “exceptionally large number of protesters,” though D.C. police have declined to issue public crowd estimates for years due to the contentious nature of…Read More... | 21 Comments
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu seems to have miscalculated with his latest attempt to bait President Obama and manipulate the results of the U.S. elections results. On Monday, Netanyahu leveled what the New York Times described as "unusually harsh public comments about Israel's most important ally," regarding the Obama administration's policy on Iran. Speaking in English one day after Secretary of State Clinton said the United States was "not setting deadlines" regarding military action against Iran, Netanyahu said: The world tells Israel 'wait, there's still time'. And I say, 'Wait for what? Wait until when?' Those in the international community who…Read More... | 18 Comments
The Left in Israel should not remain apathetic to the U.S. elections in November and expect American policy on Israel to remain basically unchanged. Romney is much less likely to restrain Israel, more specifically a right-wing government. By Dov Waxman The general sentiment among many of my left-wing Israeli friends about Romney’s visit to Israel is a mix of cynicism and apathy - cynicism because they see the visit as a transparent attempt to pander to American Jewish voters and donors, and apathy because they feel that whoever wins the U.S. presidential election in November, American policy to Israel will…Read More... | 11 Comments
Three anecdotes from Peter Beinart's Crisis of Zionism reveal a lot on what can and what can't be said in Washington today "The Crisis of Zionism," Peter Beinart's new book on the Jewish establishment's transformation into a propaganda and lobbying arm for the occupation and the settlements, has a few fresh examples of Washington's double talk regarding the nature of Israel's control over the West Bank. It's something you often hear in private: Every diplomat who has visited Palestinian towns and villages and met with locals knows how bad things are, but it's impossible to discuss these issues in public…Read More... | 23 Comments
By following Jerusalem's lead regarding the Palestinian UN bid, the United State is diminishing its own position in the region, and actually proving that the Palestinians have nothing to hope for in negotiations with Israel A few months ago, there was still speculation in Jerusalem that the White House is behind the new wave of diplomatic pressure from the EU. Some even wondered whether the administration is secretly supporting the Palestinian UN bid, hoping that this would finally get Israel to take a step or two towards the Palestinians, possibly even freeze settlement construction, so that negotiations could resume. Nobody…Read More... | 60 Comments
Two questions need to be answered following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s reported rejection of a White House incentive package offered in exchange for extending the settlement construction freeze for two more months. The first: Where does Netanyahu get the audacity to turn down a package like that, and in exchange for merely freezing construction for just two more months? Let’s take a look at the shopping list, as reported in Haaretz: The details of the letter were revealed by researcher David Makovsky on the website of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. According to the report, the letter included…Read More... | 2 Comments
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