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Let's Celebrate a Fast Track Defeat National Day of Gloating

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

To counter-act the media's "1% are politically invincible" drone, we constantly have to re-prove to our fellow citizens that the 1% are politically beatable. Hence, the National Day of Gloating is a mitzvah.

News for Peace Advocates: AIPAC Crushed in House Trade Vote

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.14.2015 | World
Robert Naiman

When fast track was defeated in the House, AIPAC was defeated in the House. I am frequently asked: How powerful is AIPAC in Washington really? My answer: Not so powerful that it cannot be beaten -- if we choose our battles correctly.

A Campaign in Saudi Arabia Challenges Young People to Rethink Their Biases

Joseph Braude | Posted 06.15.2015 | World
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Joseph Braude

A three-minute video, posted by a Saudi government-backed organization to YouTube on June 4, has garnered 150,000 views in 48 hours and sparked a discussion in the kingdom about how to stem sectarian conflict.

Jessica Schulberg

Inside AIPAC's Quiet Campaign To Blur Israeli Settlement Lines

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When the Senate passed a high-profile piece of trade legislation last Friday, lawmakers simultaneously approved a little-noticed amendme...

U.S. Congress Being Tricked Into Defending Settlements

Alan Elsner | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
Alan Elsner

A little-noticed clause in the comprehensive free trade bill currently being debated by Congress would turn the United States into an open defender of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, turning almost 50 years of U.S. policy on its head.

Does Fast Track Supporter Earl Blumenauer Also Support Israeli Settlements?

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

From the point of view of the administration, Blumenauer is an extremely rare commodity: a House Democrat who supports the Ryan-Hatch fast track legislation.

Jessica Schulberg

Congress Votes Against European Boycotts of Israeli Settlements

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Wednesday evening, the Senate Finance Committee unanimously voted in favor of an amendment to discourage European participation in t...

Hillary's Left Flank

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 06.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

What pragmatic liberals like me are calling for is not surrender on the part of progressives, but political maturity. Hillary is far better than any GOP candidate. If she is the Democratic nominee, those who don't want to see a century of reforms decimated should give her their vote.

What Did Democrats Win in the Cardin Compromise on the Corker Bill?

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

This isn't a small change; it's absolutely crucial. The original language in the Corker bill represented an existential threat to the negotiations.

Does Alan Grayson Want War With Iran?

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Right now, on the issue of war with Iran, Rep. Grayson is playing for the AIPAC team, not the public team. While Leader Pelosi is defending the framework deal with Iran negotiated by the administration and the Europeans, Grayson is trashing it.

Iran and Israel and US

Paula Gordon | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics
Paula Gordon

The interventionist 19th century British Prime Minister Lord Palmerston famously said that "Nations have no permanent friends or allies, they only have permanent interests."

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

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.23.2015 | 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 05.16.2015 | 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 05.12.2015 | 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 05.11.2015 | 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 05.05.2015 | 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 05.05.2015 | 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 05.04.2015 | 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 05.04.2015 | 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 05.04.2015 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 05.03.2015 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...