Longtime Middle East analyst Jeffrey Blankfort discusses the history of pro-Israel neoconservatives in Washington, and the influence of AIPAC and Sheldon Adelson in Middle East policy – and he’s naming names.
Joe Biden has kowtowed to Israel throughout his career, and is finding supporters among wealthy Israel hawks.
Ralph Nader writes that longtime Palestine supporter Congressman Paul Findley “was a thoughtful, studious legislator with a superb sense of justice. He was an early civil rights champion. His opposition to runaway Presidential war-making was reflected in his leading support for the War Powers Act…” Nader points out: “In his book, he profiled other Americans who dared to speak out, and who endured intimidating slander and ostracism. Findley’s documentation of the suppression of their freedom of speech was an early precursor of what is going on now…”
In the latest skirmish between rightwing, extremist Israel partisans and more strategic Israel partisans, the rightwing won: Netanyahu says he will deny entry to Congress members Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar… four news reports on the Netanyahu-Trump action…
Philip Weiss reports that Rep Omar was berated endlessly for her statement about “the Benjamins”; others have said the same thing – because it’s true… Top donors for both Dems & Repubs are Jewish… JTA’s Ron Kampeas reports that for “Jewish reasons,” Jewish Americans are fundraising to defeat Rashida Tlaib and Donald Trump… (includes video)
In this If Americans Knew series, we will analyze each contender’s position on Israel/Palestine and provide information that voters can give them to correct their misunderstanding of the issue. This entry provides an in-depth analysis of Joe Biden’s stands through his 49-year career….
The House is expected to fast track three measures on behalf of Israel tomorrow: laws to give Israel a minimum of $38 billion and to sanction groups that support the Palestinian resistance, and a resolution expressing opposition to the global boycott of Israel (BDS)… Contains a link to contact Congress about the legislation…
In a secret meeting between Jewish leaders and 25 Senators, the principal topic was likely how to contain and reverse pro- Palestinian sentiment among progressive Democratic voters, who, to the horror of the participants, actually have been embracing the possibility that Palestinians are human beings with plausibly the same rights as Israelis.
Presidential candidate Mike Gravel says, “The two-state solution is dead. Let us take the obvious and humane path forward,” and he lays out a courageous proposal.
At least 23 out of 59 freshmen Democrats in the House will be traveling on an all-expenses-paid trip to Israel in August. But 14 won’t be attending the Israel lobby funded trip and 2 are checking their schedules. The rest have not divulged their plans to the public. See the list…