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M.J. Rosenberg was Senior Foreign Policy Fellow at Media Matters Action Network from 2009-2012. Previously, he worked on Capitol Hill for various Democratic members of the House and Senate for 15 years. He was also a Clinton political appointee at USAID. In the early 1980s, he was editor of AIPACs weekly newsletter Near East Report. From 1998-2009, he was director of policy at Israel Policy Forum.

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Palestinians Need to Give Up on the United States

(3) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 11:11 AM

The efforts to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have ground to a halt.The Netanyahu government clearly has no interest in any agreement that would require it to give up the West Bank.The Palestinian Authority has no interest in negotiating until the Israeli government demonstrates willingness to negotiate seriously over the West...

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If Press Reports Are Correct, Kerry Peace Plan Is a Joke

(28) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 1:20 PM

It is possible that the details of Secretary of State John Kerry's peace proposal (as reported in the New York Times) are wrong. However, assuming the report is correct, the Palestinians would be out of their minds to accept it. It is bad for Israelis and Palestinians and...

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The BDS Movement Is About Dismantling Israel, Not The '67 Occupation

(13) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 8:02 PM

Early Wednesday morning the University of Michigan's student government voted down a resolution that would have begun the process of divesting from companies doing business with Israel. It was the latest defeat for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement which is dedicated to fighting Israel...

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Ultra-Orthodox Settlers Moving Into Heart of Palestinian East Jerusalem

(1) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 1:35 PM

As an American Jew, I would never have expected to be personally affected by the Israeli right's efforts to "Judaize" Palestinian neighborhoods in Jerusalem in order to erase these neighborhoods' Palestinian identity. Certainly I was horrified by these efforts and was glad brave Palestinians and Israelis were fighting...

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New Poll: AIPAC Influence Waning

(1) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 1:51 PM

Ever since the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) lost its battle to prevent negotiations with Iran by imposing new sanctions on Tehran, the media has been reporting that the lobby is not the powerhouse in Washington that it once was.

Now a poll conducted by

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Netanyahu Is Mostly Right About BDS -- But BDS Is Not the Issue

(11) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 9:46 AM

Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech at this week's uneventful AIPAC conference was of no significance whatsoever. (Read the text yourself.) The only thing new was that this time, in addition to invoking the Holocaust as an excuse to resist any form of peace and reconciliation with the bad guys,...

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Why I Oppose the 'Boycott Israel' Movement

(7) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 11:58 AM

This will be a short one as I only choose to make one point. I make it as someone who absolutely supports the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement (BDS) as applied to the West Bank. Even if I deeply desired the seltzer machine Scarlett Johannson promotes, I would...

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AIPAC Convenes Sunday, Facing New Era of Declining Influence

(2) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 12:48 PM

AIPAC's annual conference that begins Sunday night promises to be less interesting than any in recent memory.

That is because the main event took place months ago.

Think about it.

What is an AIPAC conference about? It is about power, specifically the lobby's power to defend the Israeli government against...

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AIPAC: Stuck With the GOP

(37) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 12:20 PM

Suddenly AIPAC is a lobby without a cause.

In three weeks thousands of delegates from all over the country will descend on the Washington, D.C. convention center to get their marching orders but, as of today, AIPAC hasn't even drafted them.

That is because the centerpiece of the conference was...

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Iran: The Week Obama Took Down the Lobby

(18) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 10:42 AM

It didn't take much. Just the power of the presidency, the State of the Union, and the whole country watching.

Plus the president's will.

And AIPAC's entire campaign to destroy America's chance to reach an agreement with Iran crumbled. Within hours, three senators announced they were no longer...

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Clinton Needs to Support Obama on Iran or Lose in 2016

(1) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 12:48 PM

There can be little doubt that Hillary Clinton lost the 2008 nomination for president because she voted to authorize the Iraq war. If she had opposed it, there would have been no rationale for the Obama candidacy. It is likely that she, not President Obama, would now be in the...

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Obama Starts To Turn Tide Against Lobby's Sanctions Bill

(129) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 8:44 PM

It's the weekend and the tide may have turned President Obama's way in his battle to prevent Congress from enacting new Iran sanctions, sanctions that would almost surely kill the agreement the P5+1 reached with Iran to restrict its nuclear program.

According to National Journal, Majority Leader Harry...

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Awesome! Chris Hayes Brilliantly Explains Lobby's Effort to Sabotage Iran Deal

(1) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 11:38 AM

For years I have been writing here in the Huffington Post and elsewhere that almost no one in the mainstream media has the nerve to explain the nexus between U.S. policy decisions relating to the Middle East and the power of the Israel lobby. And, when it comes to television,...

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The Growing Indifference to Israel

(10) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 12:31 PM

Nobody I know is interested in talking about Israel anymore.

I think that may be because virtually all my friends are essentially pro-Israel and have supported Israel their entire lives. Now their attitude is "what's there to say?" as if Israel was a friend with an alcohol problem who, despite...

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Israel: History vs. Propaganda

(38) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 11:39 AM

I had a good laugh when I saw the New York Times story last week with the headline: "Members of Jewish Student Group Test Permissible Discussion On Israel."

The piece told of the decision by the Hillel Jewish student society at Swarthmore College to break with the national...

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George Washington Spinning In Grave Over Senate Iran Resolution

(25) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 3:44 PM

Just when President Obama was starting to believe that it was safe to go back into the water, the lobby has come out with a new Iran sanctions resolution designed to torpedo negotiations with Iran. And, once that is accomplished, it provides for automatic U.S military backing for Israel if...

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Fear of Lobby Keeps Dems From Praising Obama's Iran Deal -- and the Best Book on Israel in 40 Years

(46) Comments | Posted December 7, 2013 | 11:32 AM

It didn't take one prominent neocon long to figure out that that the Iran deal -- and the prospect of ending the stalemate with Iran without recourse to war -- has put the Democrats in a box.

In the normal course of affairs, Democrats would be ecstatic about what Secretary...

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Iran Negotiations: Thomas Friedman Takes on the Israel Lobby

(111) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 11:45 AM

It's been clear to me for about ten years that the primary problem the United States faces in crafting Middle East policy is not so much the Arabs or the Israelis. It is the Israel lobby (led by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee or AIPAC but consisting also of...

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The Iran Negotiations Must Not Fail

(224) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 11:34 AM

The Obama administration government is close to an agreement with the Iranian government to achieve a decade's long goal. Iran would give up any plans it might have to develop nuclear weapons (verified by international inspections) in exchange for the lifting of some international sanctions that are doing significant damage...

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Netanyahu Rejects Iran Deal, Israel-Palestine Too

(104) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 1:16 PM

It has never been as clear as it is today that Americans who support a secure State of Israel have an obligation to oppose the Netanyahu government. That is not as daring as it sounds.
Opposing Prime Minister Netanyahu only requires backing the efforts of our own government to...

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