If Tom Friedman is an anti-Semite, there is no such thing; the charge has simply lost its meaning. I don't think Tom would object if I said that not only does he not hate Israel, he loves Israel and makes no effort to hide it.
Can anyone argue with the assertion that for neocons Obama is always wrong and Bibi is always right? Not only that, they denounce those who dare criticize Netanyahu over anything while never ever letting up on Obama.
The bottom line is that our Iran policy is nuts, and not just Brad Sherman's either. Our sanctions policy in general makes little, if any distinction, between targeting the Iranian regime and targeting Iran's people.
The hysteria on display in Washington over UNESCO's vote to include Palestine as a member of the world body, though largely a manufactured effort, was, nevertheless, irritating and a sad commentary on the dysfunctional nature of U.S. politics.
Wasting no time after its success in getting the administration to oppose Palestinian statehood at the United Nations, and still celebrating the UNESCO funding cut-off, the lobby has returned to its #1 priority: pushing for war with Iran.
It was bound to happen sooner or later. At some point, both Obama and Congress would be faced with a clear choice between U.S. national interests and the demands made by Netanyahu and his powerful lobby.
No matter that our own military is facing major cuts along with Medicare, cancer research and hundreds of other programs, Israel's friends in Congress in both parties make sure that aid to Israel is protected at current levels.
As Israel's democracy and the prospect for peace unravel, so too will the U.S.-Israel relationship. If AIPAC truly cares about the State of Israel, and the U.S.-Israel relationship, it should be spending every waking hour making sure this does not happen.
The Senate passed an AIPAC-drafted resolution warning the Palestinians of dire consequences if they go to the UN to seek recognition of their state. Opposition to the Palestinians going to the UN is absurd. What alternative do they have?
The lobby's determination to change the subject from the existence of the occupation to the
existence of Israel makes sense strategically. The leading delegitimizer is Netanyahu, whose rejection of peace is turning Israel into an international pariah.
Conservative republicans may feel more sympathetic towards Netanyahu's leadership style, but it would be foolish to lose liberal Americans by playing up partisan differences by publicly undercutting Obama's call for direct negotiations with Abbas.
Everybody else in the media, in politics, in the blogosphere needs to stop acting as though something utterly new and drastic has been suggested. If we don't, we will lose focus on the more important issue of moving the peace process forward.