Netanyahu does not deserve or need overt U.S. backing right now. Not until he fulfills the promise of Israel's founder David Ben Gurion and the wishes of a majority of Israelis and gives the West Bank over to Palestinian rule.
From heinous implications and hateful language to insinuations about Islam and a claim that the Middle East conflict can be understood to be about the "civilized" and the "savage," I see no reason that these advertisements should be seen as pro-Israel.
Donnelly began to draw cartoons as a child, living in Washington, D.C. "I was shy and didn't like using words growing up. Drawing was a way of expressing myself and making people around me laugh," she said.
Those inside the Netanyahu government who suggest that now is not the right time to seek a peace agreement with the Palestinians because of the regional turmoil and the existential threats that Israel now faces are both misguided and disingenuous.
Republicans are not the monolithic pro-Israel party they claim to be (see: Ron Paul, Pat Buchanan). They surely are not unified in support of Adelson's vision. Yet Republican voices of protest are muted.
With one factually wrong, decidedly insensitive, and patently biased comment, Mitt Romney did more to focus U.S. media attention on the Palestinian economy than any other development in the past two decades.
Romney's deeply offensive comments about the Palestinians probably won't hurt him in the election at all. There is no group in America you can insult with more impunity. But what does hurt is the overwhelming sense you get from Romney that he is looking down his nose at you.
History in Israel and Palestine comes in two versions: Jewish Israeli and Palestinian. Four excellent new books, in four different ways, address the implications of this dichotomization for youth, education, justice and peace.
Netanyahu has made it clear to friend and foe alike that even as pervasive political and economic instability puts every incumbent at risk throughout the west, and upheavals in the middle east upend old regimes, he isn't going anywhere.