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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.

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.

Obama Starts To Turn Tide Against Lobby's Sanctions Bill

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
MJ Rosenberg

If AIPAC is to successfully manipulate U.S. foreign policy on behalf of the Israeli government, it must do so surreptitiously. The night flower thrives in the shade and the media has permitted it to stay there.

Iran Should Call the Pro-War Lobby's Bluff

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 07.23.2012 | World
MJ Rosenberg

There is a fundamental absurdity hanging over negotiations with Iran, and I fear it could doom the whole enterprise. It is the position of AIPAC as adopted by the Congress of the United States.

House Votes This Week to Tie Obama's Hands on Iran

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.13.2012 | Politics
MJ Rosenberg

Presidents need latitude to make decisions affecting matters of national security and, until now, all presidents have been afforded it, as provided for in the United States Constitution. But, in the case of Iran, the cheerleaders for war are trying to change the rules.

What Will Obama Do if Iran Says Yes But the Lobby & Congress Say NO?

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 04.13.2012 | World
MJ Rosenberg

What is President Obama going to do if he and the allies reach an agreement with Iran? It's easy to know what he will do if it turns out that the Islamic Republic has no interest in a deal.

Abandoning "Israel Firster" to Fight a Battle to Win

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.12.2012 | World
MJ Rosenberg

I have been fighting to help achieve a secure Israel, at peace with its neighbors, for more than 43 years. I continue to do that by fighting against a war that could eradicate Israel and endanger Jewish security in the United States and throughout the world.

The 0% Doctrine

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.12.2012 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Whether he meant to or not, in his latest version of Iran war policy President Obama has built on the Bush precedent. His represents, however, an even more extreme version, which should perhaps be labeled the 0% Doctrine.

Casual Talk of War

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 05.06.2012 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Republicans candidates see Iran as an issue that can be exploited, especially among their conservative base. But recent polls show a majority of Americans are not interested in another war.

Jennifer Bendery

Obama Scolds GOP Presidential Candidates For 'Casualness' In Talk Of War With Iran

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In his most direct attack to date on the Republicans vying for his job, President Barack Obama on Tuesday knocked his GOP challengers fo...

Obama's Israel Problem

Ben Cohen | Posted 05.06.2012 | World
Ben Cohen

Barack Obama has tried and largely failed to rein in Israel's aggression against the Palestinians while he has been in office. But the president is finding that Israel's belligerence toward Iran is a far more serious problem that may require a much firmer hand.

Joshua Hersh

Israel's Netanyahu: Iran 'A Nuclear Duck'

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 03.06.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- Israel's prime minister told a massive pro-Israel gathering Monday night that time was running out to prevent Iran from acquiring a nucl...

Obama & Iran

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.05.2012 | Politics
Michael Brenner

The United States is on the brink of war with Iran with no more understanding -- or discussion -- than why we are fighting an all-out war in Afghanistan. What has become a national habit of acting without public deliberation is a clear and present danger to the country's well-being.

Barack, Bibi and the Election

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.05.2012 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Although the U.S. is a large and mighty country and Israel as small and vulnerable one, it is Netanyahu who has the leverage.

Republicans, Netanyahu and Iranian Children

Fariba Amini | Posted 05.04.2012 | World
Fariba Amini

If Netanyahu decides to strike, Iranians and Americans (and Israelis) will not only be dragged into an unwanted and bloody war but Iranians may have to protect themselves from clouds of nuclear radioactive material with grave short-term, not to mention long-term, effects.

Obama Draws Red Lines and Distinctions on Iran in AIPAC Speech

Trita Parsi | Posted 05.04.2012 | Politics
Trita Parsi

While expressing his sympathy and friendship with Israel, Obama did not yield his red line at AIPAC. With the backing of the U.S. military, he has stood firm behind weaponization rather than weapons capability as the red line.

Note to Obama: Puffery and Pandering on Israel and Iran Are Not Strategy

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.02.2012 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Israel, under Netanyahu's leadership, seems to want to drive a dynamic in which it demonstrates its power by compelling the president to attack Iran on its behalf. This is neither in Israel's real interests -- nor America's.

Obama and Israel: Setting the Record Straight

Guy Ziv | Posted 05.02.2012 | World
Guy Ziv

Contrary to the accusations leveled by Obama's critics, bilateral defense cooperation is both broader and deeper today than at any time in history.

Iran War: What Is AIPAC Planning?

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 04.10.2012 | World
MJ Rosenberg

The idea of another Middle East war is so outlandish that it seems inconceivable it could actually occur.

New Book: Iran Sanctions, But Only Alongside Diplomacy

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 04.01.2012 | World
MJ Rosenberg

News on the Iran front gets more and more complicated. I am not referring to the situation on the ground, but in Washington where Congress, deep into election year fundraising with the AIPAC conference looming, is about to pass another sanctions bill.

It's Not Israel's Critics Who Are Anti-Israel

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 01.06.2012 | Politics
MJ Rosenberg

Nothing I wrote above is anti-Israel. On the contrary, it is precisely because I want Israel to exist in peace and security that I oppose the occupation.

AIPAC's Democrats Demand Cutting Palestinian Aid

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 12.03.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

Yes, the Palestinians are turning to the United Nations to achieve statehood, but Netanyahu has ignored repeated demands by the Obama administration to take action to facilitate negotiations.

On Israel-Palestine, the One State Lobby Is Winning

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 09.07.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

The "pro-Israel" forces in this country are wrongly labelled. They are not pro-Israel. They are anti-Palestinian. They believe that so long as the Palestinians are losing, Israel is winning. They have it precisely backwards.

Letter From the Arab World: The Speeches Revisited

James Zogby | Posted 08.04.2011 | World
James Zogby

While one could quibble with aspects of Obama's state department speech and his remarks before AIPAC, I was struck by some things he said that didn't register in the U.S. press or in the Arab World's media.

AIPAC: A Lobby Without Parallel

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 08.03.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

AIPAC is the only lobby that both Democrats and Republics fear challenging. There is no other lobby in Washington, not one, that has that kind of power.