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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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The Gaza War and Anti-Semitism

(6) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 10:42 AM

I keep reading outraged comments from Jewish organizations and media condemning those (like me) who believe and say that the Gaza war is resulting in a spike in anti-Semitism. (They agree that incidents of anti-Semitism are increasing but reject the idea that it has anything to do with...

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Gaza and Lobby Politics

(2) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 11:37 AM

It occurs to me that the continuing Gaza war can be viewed (in addition to viewing it as part of Israel's continuing battle to maintain the occupation) as a testament to the failure of American democracy. Hear me out.

Everyone knows that the only way to permanently end the Israeli-Palestinian...

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West Bank Murders: What Can You Say?

(50) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 4:19 PM

I'm totally dispirited.

One, by the killing of the three teenagers and, two, by the Israeli government's (and the Jewish organizations here) ugly reaction to it. Ugly and political, designed to justify the war against Hamas that Netanyahu lusts for.

Prime Minister Netanyahu's response was perhaps the...

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Obama's 'Passive' Foreign Policy Is a Welcome Change

(3) Comments | Posted May 31, 2014 | 12:29 PM

I don't like everything about President Obama's foreign policy. I particularly do not like his policy on Israel and the Palestinians which alternates between being written by AIPAC and, like right now, being nonexistent. I think the drone war is illegal and immoral. Plus I worry that eventually it will...

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The Israeli-Palestinian Issue Sinks Into the Sunset

(162) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 1:55 PM

Both the New York Times and the Washington Post feature long pieces today on the apparent demise of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. And who can deny it? Following the collapse of Secretary of State John Kerry's ill-conceived mission, it is impossible to imagine anyone even trying...

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J Street Will Win, Without Congress

(3) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 2:42 PM

The Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations' decision to ban J Street demonstrates, if there was any doubt, that the Israel lobby is nearly identical to the gun lobby.

Both successfully advance the view that any deviation from an ever more lunatic orthodoxy will lead to the...

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Palestinian Unity (Fatah & Hamas) Is Best for Israel and Peace

(20) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 9:19 AM

The New York Times devoted a few thousand words on Tuesday to telling us what we already know: the peace process is dead and Prime Minister Netanyahu killed it.

Of course, it hems and haws, apportioning blame to both sides but, it is clear that the Times knows...

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Palestinians Need to Give Up on the United States

(4) 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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