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  • Netanyahu's Congress speech: An election stunt, after all

    Netanyahu didn't offer any new thinking on Iran, but he might have succeeded in regaining control over elections that were slipping away from him Ever since Speaker of the House John Boehner revealed his invitation to the Israeli prime minister to speak before a joint session of Congress, people have been wondering who exactly is playing who here. Is Bibi risking Israeli-American relations in order to help the GOP score points against President Obama, or did Boehner break protocol — by not informing the White House of the invitation — in order to help Netanyahu in the coming elections? Tonight…

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  • With Netanyahu, confrontations are a feature, not a bug

    Netanyahu believes he can impress Israelis by standing up to the world on his signature political issue. Previous rifts with the White House paid off for him — this time might be different.  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will claim to represent the Jewish people in his speech before Congress Tuesday, but the fact of the matter is that he doesn’t even have an Israeli consensus behind him. His journey to Washington was heavily criticized by Israeli opposition leaders, public figures and parts of the media — especially the Haaretz and Yedioth Ahronoth dailies, which are taking a clear anti-Bibi stance…

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  • The true colors of Netanyahu's audience

    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…

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  • Stop giving Netanyahu publicity

    The best way to object to Netanyahu, his Congress speech and his policies, is to ignore him. Since the Netanyahu Congress speech episode began last month, the press, and specifically foreign press, has been flooded with items on the Israeli prime minister. Not a day has gone by without a headline about Netanyahu's lavish spending, incompetence regarding the housing crisis, his assault on media and academics, and of course his incitement against centrist political rivals. Netanyahu has redefined the phrase, "bad publicity is good publicity," since none of this appears to be hurting Netanyahu in the least at home. As Gershom…

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  • Why Democrats must stand up to Netanyahu

    With more and more people on both sides of the aisle pushing back against Netanyahu's planned speech, the Obama administration — through congressional Democrats — has an opportunity to reinforce its Iran policy without any pushback from the Israel Lobby. The pushback against Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's scheduled address to a joint session of Congress on March 3 just keeps snowballing. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden confirmed Friday that he will not be attending. That is a big deal considering his historically strong support for Israel and that since 2009 he has only missed one joint session of Congress. In addition, three…

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  • The political brilliance of Netanyahu's Congress speech

    Whether or not Israel faces consequences for his diplomatic strong-arming, the Israeli prime minister will have accomplished the only two things that matter to him: trying one last time to kill an Iran nuclear deal and convincing Israeli voters that he is the only one who knows how to ensure their survival. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s maneuver to give a pre-election speech to a joint session of Congress is politically brilliant. Within the bounds of his political considerations, Netanyahu can’t lose, even if the political blowback and diplomatic consequences continue to snowball. It’s easy to forget but there is…

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  • The 'anti-Zionist' camp goes mainstream in Israeli elections

    Both Netanyahu and Livni are leveraging their international influence for electoral gain: Netanyahu in Congress and Livni at the United Nations. And, will the real Zionist camp please stand up? Elections are almost always referendums on the incumbent, and an incumbent always has an advantage against any challengers. One of those advantages is the ability to demonstrate leadership and to exploit platforms unavailable to his or her challengers, i.e. speaking before a joint session of Congress. Such advantages tend not to be fair, or even legal in some cases. In Israel, for instance, there are laws that prevent public servants…

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  • What’s wrong with J Street – an open letter to members

    By Dr. Naftali Kaminski Dear friends, I was among the founding members of the J Street Chapter of Pittsburgh. I attended the two previous conferences and was very active in organizing and initiating events.  Over the last year, I gradually grew disillusioned and a few months ago I decided not to continue my activism with J Street.  I never thought of addressing this publicly but several exchanges with friends and supporters of J Street made me aware that I am not alone in my disillusionment, that others shared my concerns and doubts but were reluctant to comment publicly out of a concern…

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  • The House votes Netanyahu again, but is AIPAC losing its mojo?

    PM Binyamin Netanyahu had some rough days in the Knesset lately, but one shouldn't worry too much when you have at hand the Likud's friendliest parliament - the US Congress. Immediately after Israel declined the American offer and ended the peace talks before they began, the House of Representatives passed a resolution stating the US should block Palestinian attempts to declare their independence unilaterally. Among other things, H Res. 1765 declares that: The House of Representatives-- (…) calls upon the Administration to-- (A) lead a diplomatic effort to persuade other nations to oppose a unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state…

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