American Politics

How many times have I heard Israelis try to shut down their critics with an argument that preserves for Israelis the right to criticize Israel? The argument is of the following general form: “until you’ve lived in Israel, you can’t criticize it”. Another permutation is that you can’t criticize Israel unless you’ve served (read: been […]

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Elsewhere on this blog I have highlighted how tax-exempt donations to US organizations are used to fund overt racism and racist violence, genocidal rabbis, Jewish terrorists, and illegal Jewish-only colonies on Palestinian land.  So it really shouldn’t come as a surprise that US charity money also goes directly to the Israeli army, and yet I […]

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Make no mistake about it: the American and Israeli obsession with “defense”, which meets every commonsense definition of “offense” of which I am aware, is a catastrophe. Here, the New York Times gives us insight into the way that “defense” leaks into our brains—and budgets. “Pentagon Seeks Biggest Military Cuts Since Before 9/11” Defense Secretary […]

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My dear aunt (of letter fame) loves to think of me as biased (against Israel).  I have devoted a decade or two to the patient explanation of why this opinion is false—and demonstrably so.  But in her mind, my stubborn focus on human and civil rights means that I care more about Palestinians than Jews, […]

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It’s been an extraordinary week in the ongoing Middle East saga. Joe “You don’t have to be a Jew to be a Zionist” Biden felt “insulted” by the timing (as opposed to the substance) of the announcement (as he arrived) that Israel intends to continue the constant ethnic cleansing of East Jerusalem that it began […]

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After nearly six months of pleading with Abbas and the PA to talk to the Israelis while they continue the settler colonization of their future state… After months of pressuring the Arab League to provide a way for Abbas to sit down to said talks without losing the final shred of credibility he (arguably) has […]

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It is a truism that the US and Israel have had an extraordinarily close relationship since the 1960s. This fact makes Israel’s right-wing government’s gloating over Obama’s political troubles all the more. . . . well, troubling. The Republican upset in the race for the U.S. Senate seat held for nearly half a century by […]

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One of the biggest absurdities of Netanyahu’s steadfast refusal to agree a settlement freeze is that his government surely knows—indeed it must know—that they could have decided in favor of a “settlement freeze” that put nearly no restrictions whatsoever on the continued colonization of Palestine. And even this was too much for Israeli fanatics. First, […]

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Who’s the boss?

by Yaniv Reich on November 23, 2009

A brilliant one paragraph argument about the US-Israel relationship, courtesy of Scott McConnell at Mondoweiss: Linked is a sober analysis from a Council of Foreign Relations guy, Steven Simon, pointing out that Israel probably has the capacity to effectively strike Iran’s nukes and probably will, unless we try really hard to be nice to Bibi’s […]

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Fresh after the news that Israel intends to annex an additional 1200 hectares of Palestinian land AND news that Israel was constructing another 900 Jewish-only housing units in Gilo (in occupied East Jerusalem), AND news that yesterday the symbolic cornerstone of a new settlement-colony in Nof Zion was established, even after all these insane actions […]

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