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Will Democrats Back Obama's UN Push for Two States in Israel-Palestine?

Robert Naiman | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

The Obama administration has broadcast that since Benjamin Netanyahu announced that there will never be a Palestinian state so long as he remains Prime Minister of Israel, the U.S. may end its policy of blocking consideration of the Israel-Palestine conflict at the UN Security Council.

Peace in the Middle East Begins at Home

Eli Beer | Posted 03.16.2015 | Impact
Eli Beer

At a time when the Middle East is a minefield of socio-religious tensions, such interactions between disparate communities seem especially rare. But when they happen, they can be transformative.

The US-Israel Relationship Has Changed Permanently

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 03.12.2015 | Politics
MJ Rosenberg

Given that the overwhelming majority of American Jews are Democrats and Obama supporters, Netanyahu (with AIPAC's connivance) has successfully launched a wrecking ball at the foundation of Israel's support base in America.

AIPAC Busting Up Peace Efforts May Bust Its Own Bubble

Medea Benjamin | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

The bottom line is that AIPAC, which is a de facto agent for a foreign government, has influence on U.S. policy out of all proportion to the number of Americans it represents. When a small group like this has disproportionate power, it hurts everyone.

Why Bibi Is Right

Philipp Mißfelder | Posted 03.05.2015 | World
Philipp Mißfelder

As Netanyahu pointed out in Washington, the conclusion of the nuclear negotiations must be that Iran stops attacking other countries, renounces terror and ceases threatening the Jewish state of Israel with annihilation. If all three conditions are not met, there can be no deal. Because no deal is better than a bad deal.

Remembering the African-American/Jewish Coalition of Support for the March From Selma to Montgomery

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 03.05.2015 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

Few leaders were more important to and decisive in mobilizing public opinion in support of the march than leaders from the American Jewish community. Ironically, it was this historic coalition that came to mind when I listened to and read the 24/7 media commentary around Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent speech to Congress.

The Day After Netanyahu's Speech

Matthew RJ Brodsky | Posted 03.04.2015 | Politics
Matthew RJ Brodsky

The Obama administration should answer the substance of the Israeli prime minister's concerns if the Jewish State is supposed to live under the ever-expanding shadow of Iran's nuclear umbrella. If the deal is so good, why is Barack Obama moving to block any role for Congress in approving this historic agreement?

Netanyahu, 'Censored Voices,' and the False Narrative of Self-Defense

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 03.04.2015 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Declassified high-level documents from Britain, France, Russia and the United States reveal that Egypt, Syria, and Jordan were not going to attack Israel and Israel knew it. In fact, they did not attack Israel. Instead, Israel mounted the first attack in order to decimate the Egyptian army and take the West Bank.

Putin, Netanyahu, and the Ghosts of Worlds War II

Steven Conn | Posted 03.04.2015 | Politics
Steven Conn

Israel and Russia may not share much in common (indeed, since its founding Israel has welcomed waves of Soviet/Russian Jews desperate to leave that country), and trying to isolate Iran is not the same thing as invading another nation, but both draw a certain kind of moral legitimacy from the memory of World War II.

Jessica Schulberg

Israeli Ambassador Skips Susan Rice's Speech at AIPAC | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer, who orchestrated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's controversial speech to...

Samantha Lachman

AIPAC Backtracks On Suspending Aid For Palestinians, Focusing On Iran Instead | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Only days ago, heading into the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, suspending aid to the Palestin...

Boehner Makes Republicans 'Tools and Dupes' of Netanyahu's Election Campaign

David Miles | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics
David Miles

Netanyahu's speech may be evidence of hubris run amok on his part, but it is also a vivid illustration of the pervasive and destructive rise of partisanship in American politics over the last few decades.

Samantha Lachman

Susan Rice Delivers Tough Love To AIPAC About Iranian Nuclear Negotiations | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Susan Rice, President Barack Obama's national security adviser, buttered up the thousands of American Israel Public Affairs Committee po...

Jessica Schulberg

The Toughest Job At AIPAC: Selling Iran Diplomacy | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Selling nuclear diplomacy with Iran was perhaps the toughest job at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual conference thi...

Jessica Schulberg

Bill Kristol Called For AIPAC Boycott Of Samantha Power. She Got A Standing Ovation Instead. | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When President Barack Obama announced Samantha Power and Susan Rice as his delegation to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, B...

Jessica Schulberg

At AIPAC, Brad Sherman Reflects Congressional Divide On Iran Sanctions | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Addressing an audience Sunday at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) showed signs of the increasi...

Christina Wilkie

Kerry: Netanyahu 'Welcome To Speak' In The U.S. | Christina Wilkie | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday sought to downplay the growing diplomatic rift between the United States and Israel, telling ABC...

Jessica Schulberg

Lindsey Graham Threatens to Cut UN Funding and Derail Iran Negotiations | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Speaking to the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference Sunday morning, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) threatene...

White House Brainstorms Bibi Snubs -- Will Admin Play Its Trumps?

Robert Naiman | Posted 02.23.2015 | World
Robert Naiman

Does the Administration really want to give Netanyahu the "cold shoulder" treatment? Then give him a display of what his world would look like without U.S. diplomatic protection for his policies in the West Bank.

What Should AIPAC Say?

Ken Toltz | Posted 02.06.2015 | Politics
Ken Toltz

Since Speaker of the House Boehner's January 22 announcement of his invitation to Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress, an ugly unprecedented partisan divide has ensued up and down Pennsylvania Avenue.

Rep. Keith Ellison: Postpone Bibi's Speech to Congress

Robert Naiman | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

We have a world-historical opportunity right now to help change the game in Washington on how people speak and think about the U.S. relationship to Israel.

Gaza and Obama's Castigation of Israel: A Sign of the Growing Insignificance of the 'Jewish Vote' in American Politics

Steven Kurlander | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Steven Kurlander

Despite the fact that 98 percent of Jewish voters go to the polls, Israel is not a primary concern to American Jews -- and the White House and powerful liberal lobbies know it.

Idealism + Self-Interest = US Support for Israel

Gil Troy | Posted 10.12.2014 | Politics
Gil Troy

In fact, Americans' ability to tell right from wrong and democrat from dictator best explains America's pro-Israel policy, which advances America's interests while expressing liberal values.

Palestinians, Blacks, and Jews Living in a World of Trauma

David A. Love | Posted 10.08.2014 | Black Voices
David A. Love

All three groups have been dehumanized as the "other," the bogeymen that will destroy if they are not destroyed. And all of us know what it is like to be trapped in the ghetto and have the walls close in on them, and all know how it feels when the lynch mob comes.

Actions and Intentions in Gaza

David Bromwich | Posted 10.02.2014 | World
David Bromwich

With the exception of a few courageous journalists, the American view of Gaza -- the posture of looking away with pity and calling it "heartbreaking" as if the wild disparity of deaths did not exist -- has been an abortion of moral responsibility. It testifies to a poverty of leadership almost as desperate as that of the Israelis and the Palestinians half a world away.