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Iran Negotiations: Thomas Friedman Takes on the Israel Lobby

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
MJ Rosenberg

Friedman is saying what everyone knows but no one (of his stature) has had the nerve to say. The opposition to an Iran deal in Congress represents "tak[ing] Israel's side against" the American president's, but it's also about campaign contributions.

The Iran Negotiations Must Not Fail

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
MJ Rosenberg

This development -- the possibility of ending any Iranian nuclear threat and ultimately normalizing relations with Iran after a four decade freeze -- was made possible by an event few anticipated.

Senators Seek To Cut Iran's Oil Sales In Half, Again

Reuters | Posted 12.29.2013 | Politics

By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON, Oct 29 (Reuters) - Fresh U.S. sanctions over Iran's disputed nuclear program being debated behind close...

Let's Get Beyond Lip Service to A Two-State Solution

Alan Elsner | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Alan Elsner

It seems like almost everyone in the American-Jewish community - with the exception of a few on the extreme right and the far left - supports the two-...

Christina Wilkie

AIPAC Syria Plan Wasn't About Israel | Christina Wilkie | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Jews all over the world marked the start of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, on Friday, uncertainty loomed over both the U.S. and Is...

With War Off the Table, It's Time for Syria Ceasefire, Negotiations, and Talking to Iran

Robert Naiman | Posted 11.11.2013 | World
Robert Naiman

Congress and the American people did something unprecedented in our time: they stopped a war before it started by creating a near-certainty of Congressional rejection.

Stephen M. Walt, Joseph Kennedy III, Syria and Israel

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 11.09.2013 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

There already are those who try to connect President Obama's decision to attack to the ever devious Israel connection. In that case they owe an explanation as to the position of the Arab League in support of the presumed strike, also that of PM Erdoghan and others who are not exactly lovers of Zion.

Did AIPAC Punt for Obama's War? Embrace It or Wince?

Dennis Santiago | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Dennis Santiago

f you've participated in talking about Syria at all, you've probably seen the uptick of AIPAC's work. They've been all over the Web the last couple of days. In general, trying to divide Americans and set them against each other in mindless knee jerk tirades.

Could Avaaz Help Us Stop the U.S. Bombing of Syria?

Robert Naiman | Posted 11.06.2013 | World
Robert Naiman

We are within reach of doing something unprecedented: stopping a U.S. war before it starts by means of a Congressional vote. We have public opinion our side including a majority of Democrats, a majority of Republicans, and a majority of Independents.

Christina Wilkie

AIPAC Urges Congress To Approve Syria Strike | Christina Wilkie | Posted 09.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON - After weeks of quietly working behind the scenes to build support for U.S. military intervention in Syria, the American Israel Public Aff...

Obama Wants Congress to Authorize Syria Attack Now to Make Sure It Endorses Iran Attack Later

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 11.01.2013 | World
MJ Rosenberg

Americans have famously supported a "war to end all wars." But supporting a war to start more wars seems unlikely.

From Iran in 1953 to Egypt in 2013 -- Why Should the World Have to Pay for U.S. Empire?

Chris Ernesto | Posted 10.20.2013 | World
Chris Ernesto

The U.S. has the power to help calm the situation by stopping military aid and by sincerely condemning violence against Egyptian protesters. But many are lobbying Washington to turn a blind eye to what is happening in strategically important Egypt.

Is Martin Indyk the Right Man for the Job?

Claude Salhani | Posted 10.01.2013 | World
Claude Salhani

"How can the United States expect an unbalanced assessment from a diplomat who, although at times critical of Israeli policies, has a background that clearly identifies him with one of the parties in the tragic Middle East conundrum," asks one of his critics? The answer is simple.

Reclaiming Zionism

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 09.07.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Can we embrace the numerous challenges Israel faces on behalf of the Global Jewish People, knowing that our disagreements are part of Zionism in-progress? Said simply, is it possible for Jews who disagree to see each other as partners in building our people's home?

Stop the Haters: Shmuley Boteach and Cory Booker Bring Hope to American Politics

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 08.31.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

A spate of recent articles has wondered whether Cory Booker is "too Jewish" and too conservative in his views on the U.S.-Israel relationship. They analyze and speculate on his friendships with two Orthodox rabbis. In doing so, they reflect all that is wrong with American politics and Jewish life.

"If You Will It, It Is No Dream"

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 07.15.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Israeli and Palestinian leaders have fallen victim to their own uncompromising public narratives. To facilitate the terms of an agreement, they need powerful and relentless pressure to provide them with political cover, which only the U.S. can exert.

Flotilla 3.0: Redeeming Obama's Palestine Speech With Gaza's Ark

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.24.2013 | World
Robert Naiman

Whether you see Obama's Israel speech as a great motivational speech or a white flag of surrender, the practical consequences for the public are largely the same: the initiative for justice is going to have to come from somewhere else.

The Senate's 10-Year Iraq War Anniversary Gift: War With Iran

Jamal Abdi | Posted 05.14.2013 | Politics
Jamal Abdi

The resolution, S.Res.65, is rightly being called a backdoor to war with Iran -- a convenient way to plunge the U.S. into war without a messy public debate but instead automatically, based on when Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu decides to pull the trigger.

How Obama Beat the Israel Lobby

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics
MJ Rosenberg

I am not one for admitting I am wrong, but sometimes the evidence is so overwhelming that I have to say it. I was wrong. Specifically I have been repeatedly wrong when I said that the Israel lobby could not be defeated unless and until the President of the United States confronted it directly.

Americans for Peace Now: Don't Co-Sponsor AIPAC's Bills for Iran War

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.06.2013 | World
Robert Naiman

Lobbyists from AIPAC are pressing your senators and representative to support legislation that if adopted as written would push the United States significantly closer to war with Iran.

AIPAC Does Not Speak for Me

Rebecca Vilkomerson | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Rebecca Vilkomerson

For too long, AIPAC has derived much of its power by purporting to speak in the name of the American Jewish community. AIPAC is, of course, free to continue to push military build-up and endless settlement expansion. But it can no longer claim to do so in our name.

Joshua Hersh

Joe Biden Not Up For 'One Murderous Gang Replacing Another' | Joshua Hersh | Posted 03.04.2013 | World

WASHINGTON -- In a pair of speeches at the annual gathering of a major pro-Israel group, top U.S. and Israeli leaders expressed deep concerns about th...

Why Do Senators Boxer and Wyden Want to Bomb Iran?

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.03.2013 | World
Robert Naiman

Remember when we pilloried John McCain for singing about bombing Iran? Wouldn't it be a scandal if it turned out that California Senator Barbara Boxer and Oregon Senator Ron Wyden were pushing the same agenda? I have bad news, I'm afraid. They are.

Joshua Hersh

Aipac 2013 Conference Arrives At Tough Time For Budgets, Bipartisanship | Joshua Hersh | Posted 03.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A major gathering of pro-Israel activists and lobbyists that kicks off here this weekend arrives at a time of heightened budget austerit...

Senators Push Promise to Support Israeli Strikes on Iran

Jamal Abdi | Posted 05.01.2013 | World
Jamal Abdi

New legislation would effectively signal that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can decide not just whether to enter Israel into war with Iran, but whether the United States enters such a war.