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MJ Rosenberg
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 20 years. He was also a Clinton political appointee at USAID.

Entries by MJ Rosenberg

Hillary: To Solidify Base, Give a Peace Speech at AIPAC

(53) Comments | Posted March 16, 2016 | 4:41 PM

Next week Hillary Clinton will be delivering an address to the main cog in the Israel lobby, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). This won't be her first AIPAC speech but it is, by far, her most important.

It is not important in terms of her solidifying support in...

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Why Ted Cruz is Infinitely Better Than Donald Trump

(144) Comments | Posted December 15, 2015 | 5:19 PM

The latest conventional wisdom about the Republican race for president is that Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is the candidate most likely to knock Donald Trump off his pedestal and win the Republican nomnation,

I can live with that.

No, it's not that I believe Cruz holds views less offensive...

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Netanyahu and the Israel Lobby's War on Obama Are Undermining American Jews

(16) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 5:36 PM

President Obama's speech yesterday, defending the Iran agreement against charges made by the Israeli government and its lobby in the United States (along with the lobby's wholly owned subsidiaries in Congress) was, for me, the worst moment yet in my long history with the lobby in general and...

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To Ensure Their Election, Democrats Will Make Sure Iran Agreement Passes

(149) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 1:24 PM

The media is already running tallies of how the final Congressional vote on the Iran agreement is likely to go. The assumption is that both houses will pass a "Resolution of Disapproval" first. President Obama will veto it. And the ultimate vote will come when Congress attempts to override Obama's...

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Stop Laughing: Trump Could Win the White House

(123) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 12:08 PM

I may be the only one of my friends who does not find the Trump candidacy amusing. Nor am I looking forward to the August Republican debate as some sort of laugh riot. In fact, I don't intend to watch it at all simply because I find public expressions of...

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The US-Israel Relationship Has Changed Permanently

(245) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 12:32 PM

Don't believe it when you read that in a few days, weeks or months, everything will be back to normal in the U.S.-Israel relationship. They won't be.

This is an old lobby mantra and it tends to emanate from friends of the lobby who simply cannot contemplate that anything will...

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Carl Levin Retires: The Senate's Last of the Just

(29) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 2:06 PM

I watched Sen. Carl Levin deliver his farewell address to the Senate the other day and was struck by a singular memory of the man that sums him up.

Levin is retiring after six terms, the longest serving senator in Michigan's history. I am not going to...

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The Gaza War and Anti-Semitism

(4) 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?

(44) 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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