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New Poll: AIPAC Influence Waning

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
MJ Rosenberg

AIPAC is now perceived by Washington insiders as a pressure group (like the NRA), primarily allied with the Republicans, which uses its influence to get members of Congress to take positions not in the public interest.

AIPAC Convenes Sunday, Facing New Era of Declining Influence

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 02.28.2014 | Politics
MJ Rosenberg

AIPAC's annual conference that begins Sunday night promises to be less interesting than any in recent memory. That is because the main event took place months ago.

Pro-Israel Group Trying To Regain Footing After Bucking Obama

Reuters | Posted 02.28.2014 | Politics

(Repeats with no changes to text or headline) By Matt Spetalnick and Jeffrey Heller WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM, Feb 28 (Reuter...

AIPAC: Stuck With the GOP

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
MJ Rosenberg

It doesn't matter what legislation AIPAC decides to push in March. The main thing it will be pushing is fear and no small dose of hate. The inevitable fusion of AIPAC and the GOP is approaching.

Thwarting Iran Diplomacy: Not Good for the Jews

Lara Friedman | Posted 03.11.2014 | World
Lara Friedman

Nobody is saying it's a sure thing or suggesting lifting all sanctions today. Nobody is saying "let's just trust Iran." What serious, responsible people are saying is: This is an opportunity we cannot afford to waste.

Israel: History vs. Propaganda

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 03.04.2014 | World
MJ Rosenberg

In the United States today, students can freely discuss anything... except Israel. How crazy is that? The same people who set limits on debate in college are also in the book censoring business.

George Washington Spinning In Grave Over Senate Iran Resolution

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 02.18.2014 | World
MJ Rosenberg

Worst of all is the fact that this resolution would empower Israel to make the decision to go to war for us. Israel would decide it feels threatened and we would have to back an attack on Iran with "military force," not to mention all the other forms of support the resolution spells out.

Fear of Lobby Keeps Dems From Praising Obama's Iran Deal -- and the Best Book on Israel in 40 Years

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 02.06.2014 | World
MJ Rosenberg

It didn't take one prominent neocon long to figure out that that the Iran deal -- and the prospect of ending the stalemate with Iran without recourse to war -- has put the Democrats in a box.

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.

Christina Wilkie

AIPAC Urges Congress To Approve Syria Strike

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

Brits Kill Chances for War With Iran

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 10.30.2013 | World
MJ Rosenberg

If a relatively small action in the Middle East is rejected out of fear of a larger entanglement, what are the chances that the British people can be led into an infinitely larger war in Iran?

Netanyahu & the Lobby Cowboy Up For War With Iran

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 09.16.2013 | World
MJ Rosenberg

The only thing that has changed in Iran since Netanyahu last did his war dance is that Iran has elected a new president who, unlike his radical predecessor, seems determined to tamp down tensions in the region.

Samantha Power Reversal: Another Lobby Win

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 08.11.2013 | World
MJ Rosenberg

Power wanted more in an Obama second term and that required inoculating herself against charges that were made against her in 2008. And so she made the rounds -- visiting neocons, Jewish organizations, and Israeli officials -- and assuring potential adversaries that she was sorry.

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.

Will the Lobby Exempt Israel Aid From Sequestration?

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
MJ Rosenberg

As one who believes that the lobby is a bad influence in American life, I suppose I should be glad that the lobby's overreaching is finally being taken note of. On the other hand, I don't like it. The Lobby, despite its claims, does not speak for most American Jews, not by a long shot.

Joshua Hersh

Chucky's Revenge: Hagel's Confirmation Battle Wounds Could Linger At Pentagon

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If there's one thing Tom Korologos has learned in four decades of advising officials through sometimes bruising confirmation battles, it...

What If There Was No Israel Lobby

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 04.10.2013 | World
MJ Rosenberg

I was watching John Brennan's Senate hearing and suddenly the words to the John Lennon song Imagine came into my head, with a slight twist. Imagine ...

Senator Hagel, Senator Graham, and the Israel Lobby

Henry Siegman | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics
Henry Siegman

Senator Hagel's confirmation has to await action by the Senate Committee and by the full Senate. But we do not have to wait for confirmation that with respect to the Middle East peace process, the U.S. Congress remains in the grip of the Israel lobby.

Joshua Hersh

Chuck Hagel Israel Questioning Shows Sway Of Conventional Thinking In Congress

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 02.01.2013 | Politics

On the day he was nominated for the position of secretary of defense, former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) sat for an interview with the Lincoln Journal-S...

Chuck Hagel: Finally, a Pentagon Chief Who Despises War

Doug Bandow | Posted 03.19.2013 | Politics
Doug Bandow

While recognizing that war can be necessary, Chuck Hagel understands -- out of both personal experience and practical consequence -- that war is best avoided, if possible. Unlike the war-happy neocons, he sees military force as a last resort.

'If I Am Only For Myself, Then Who Am I?'

Jeffrey E. Schwarz | Posted 03.12.2013 | Religion
Jeffrey E. Schwarz

A dangerous confluence of circumstances has developed in recent years. The pro-Israel community has lost its moral compass. It has done so by valencing "If I am not for myself, then who will be for me?" to the exclusion of "And if I am only for myself, then what am I?"

Chuck Hagel: 'A Touch Anti-Semitic'? A 'Bugaboo Issue'

Dorian de Wind | Posted 03.10.2013 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

I would bet my bottom dollar that, along with Thomas Friedman, Leon Wieseltier and yours truly (of Jewish ancestry), Mr. Cohen is a steadfast champion of the Jewish state, too.

Joshua Hersh

Chuck Hagel Anti-Israel Charge Is 'Extremely Stupid,' Nebraska Rabbi Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 12.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An Israeli-born, Omaha-based rabbi who has known Chuck Hagel for many years said charges that the former Nebraska senator, and potential...

Neocons Against Chuck Hagel: The Independent Senator Who Wouldn't Genuflect

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Maybe Chuck Hagel isn't the right man to head the Defense Department. If so, it isn't because he is an anti-Semite. Let's have an honest and civil debate over his qualifications for the office. Israel loses when its American supporters resort to demagoguery allegedly on its behalf.