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  • Israel's one-state reality is sowing chaos in American politics

    Until U.S. lawmakers and major Jewish organizations adjust to the current one-state reality, the acrimony that has marked the last several years under Netanyahu and Trump will only intensify. For decades, the two-state solution has been the central pillar of the bipartisan pro-Israel consensus in Washington. Since the signing of the Oslo Accords, every single U.S. administration has been committed, at least nominally, to the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel. [tmwinpost] Yet the expiration of the two-state paradigm under Prime Minister Netanyahu and the lack of a clear alternative to take its place has kicked that pillar away, disordering the politics of Israel-Palestine in…

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  • Will Israel's treatment of Omar and Tlaib finally wake Democrats up?

    Now that Israel has banned entry to Democratic Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, will Democrats affirm the right to boycott and hold Israel's feet to the fire? Five takeaways. 1. Don't let the headlines fool you: neither Ilhan Omar nor Rashida Tlaib had any intention of visiting Israel when they announced their trip to the region. They had hoped, instead, to visit the occupied West Bank, where Tlaib's family hails from. The fact that Israel is the sole sovereign between the river and the sea and can decide who and what can enter or exit the West Bank is one of the most fundamental aspects of Israel's…

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  • PODCAST: How BDS became such a big deal in American politics

    Republicans are trying to criminalize boycotts of Israel, part of a broad push to delegitimize any criticism or pressure on Israel. By not unconditionally defending the right to boycott anything or anyone, Democrats are falling into a dangerous trap, Lara Friedman says on The +972 Podcast. Listen here: iTunes/Apple Podcasts | Google Play | Spotify The United States’ approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has dramatically transformed since Trump took office, but a lot of those changes — from legislation to defund the Palestinian Authority to an attempt to criminalize boycotting Israel — actually came from Congress. "This isn't just a matter of the Trump administration,…

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  • On Israel/Palestine, Democrats and GOP both veer off course

    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.…

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  • Obama, Netanyahu and the Palestinian conflict: What's next?

    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…

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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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  • 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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  • It’s not about Israel, stupid

    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…

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  • Obama reaffirms support to Israel, most "important" US ally

    Obama-the-candidate is back, and so, too, is the Israel lovefest. Speaking to "Jewish donors" in Manhattan on Wednesday amid a house call at the home of Jack Rosen, the president of the American Jewish Congress, President Obama reassured wary Jewish Americans that he's the best friend Israel's got. "....[T]his administration has done more for the security of the state of Israel than any previous administration," Obama noted, adding, ""No ally is more important than the state of Israel." These are, of course, nervous times for "friends of Israel," as a spam recruitment message sent to me on facebook referred to…

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