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"Republicans in the Senate are telling AIPAC "don’t you dare."

December 4th, 2010 1 comment

“…AIPAC,.. is afraid of defying right-wing Republicans in the Senate. Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), in particular, is telling AIPAC “don’t you dare.” His reason is simple: Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has ordered Republicans to block anything the President submits to the Senate except, of course, tax cuts for millionaires. That includes START.  (The good news is that Kyl may come around and then AIPAC can too.)
The case that START is critical to Israel is impossible to dispute. In a letter to AIPAC, Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) explain that there is one gigantic factor that should matter more to the so-called pro-Israel lobby than pleasing Republicans: Iran. Rejecting the treaty will probably cause Russia to abandon the US-led effort to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons. …”

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"I can’t remember an opposition leader telling a foreign leader, in a personal meeting, that he would side, as a policy, with that leader against the president.

November 19th, 2010 Comments off

“… I can’t remember an opposition leader telling a foreign leader, in a personal meeting, that he would side, as a policy, with that leader against the president. Certainly, in statements on one specific issue or another — building in Jerusalem, or somesuch — lawmakers have taken the sides of other nations. But to have-a-face to face and say, in general, we will take your side against the White House — that sounds to me extraordinary.

The meeting itself was unusual. For sure, Israeli (and other) leaders meet with the congressional leadership, whichever party is running Congress. But they do so jointly — ie, Nancy Pelosi, John Boehner, Howard Berman and Ilean Ros-Lehtinen all in the same room. Ok, Congress is not in session, and Bibi met separately with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). But there’s no explicitly political statement coming out of Schumer’s office — and Schumer’s not Harry Reid (or Nancy Pelosi.) And I have it on good authority that as late as last week, Bibi’s people were at pains to deny that such a meeting would take place. Speaking of Cantor’s demands that Obama implement the full range of sanctions, and the dangers of “one party rule”: Cantor was deputy whip from 2003-2007, when the GOP controlled both Houses and the White House. Ros-Lehtinen tried hard to push through a sanctions bill that bites. She was stymied — not by Democrats, but by the Bush White House. Where was the GOP House leadership then?…..

Eric stressed that the new Republican majority will serve as a check on the Administration and what has been, up until this point, one party rule in Washington. He made clear that the Republican majority understands the special relationship between Israel and the United States, and that the security of each nation is reliant upon the other (run that by me again?!)….”

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Links 21 October 2010

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  • Interesting insight into the future of Saudi oil.
  • Hamdullah.
  • Chuck Schumer, Zionist Dem senator, gives $2m to his party.
  • Settlers wrote racist slogans on the school’s walls, including “regards from the hilltops.”
  • Good points by Amr Chobaki.
  • Tarek Bishri on Arab democracy.


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    Israel’s guardian sews up the Senate [del.icio.us]

    October 21st, 2010 Comments off

    Chuck Schumer, Zionist Dem senator, gives $2m to his party.
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    Links for April 23 2010

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    Rather out of it today…



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    Netanyahu Commits to Colonizing East Jerusalem; First Palestinian Expelled under new Policy

    April 23rd, 2010 Comments off

    The new Israeli policy of deporting Palestinians from the West Bank on arbitrary grounds has kicked in with Ahmad Sabah, who has just been deported to Gaza and separated from his family in the West Bank. The measure contravenes the Geneva Convention of 1949 on the treatment of occupied populations, and it also goes contrary to the undertakings Israel made toward the Palestine Authority in the course of the Oslo peace negotiations.

    The episode underlines the ways in which their forced statelessness leaves Palestinians (almost uniquely among major world nationalities) completely vulnerable to loss of the most basic human rights. That he was forcibly moved to Gaza by the Israelis suggests that many of those singled out for potential deportation from the West Bank may be moved to the small slum along the Mediterranean, which the Israelis have cut off from its traditional markets and which they keep under a blockade of the civilian population (a war crime). The Israeli establishment has decided not to try to colonize Gaza, and its isolation and hopelessness make it an attractive place for them to begin exiling West Bank residents, thus making more room for Israeli colonists.

    The new policy, which is illegal six ways to Sunday in international law, is the brainchild of the government of far rightwing Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu.

    Netanyahu, an Israeli hawk and expansionist, slapped President Barack Obama in the face again Thursday when he confirmed that he refused to halt construction of new homes in Palestinian East Jerusalem, which is militarily occupied by Israel.

    Netanyahu’s announcement is probably the nail in the coffin of any two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (in which the Israelis have thrown most Palestinians now living beyond the Green Line off their land and deprived them of citizenship in a state and all the rights that go with such citizenship). Palestinians are so despairing that only 57 percent even believe in having an independent Palestinian state any more. The rest are resigned to becoming Israelis in the distant future, when demographic realities and perhaps world-wide boycotts of Israel for its Apartheid-style policies toward the occupied Palestinian will force Israel to accept them.

    At the same time, Netanyahu tried to throw sand in peoples’ eyes by talking about recognizing an ‘interim’ Palestinian state with “temporary” borders.

    Palestinian leaders reject this formulation, which is intended to allow the Israelis to continue aggressively to colonize Palestinian territory while pretending that they are engaged in a ‘peace process.’ The Palestine Authority, established in the 1990s, was already a sort of interim state then, and Palestine’s borders were then ‘temporary.’ So temporary that Israel has made deep inroads into them through massive colonies and building a wall on the Palestinian side of the border, cutting residents off from their own farms and sequestering entire towns and cities.

    Netanyahu’s various moves this week, from illegally expelling a Palestinian from the West Bank to Gaza– to blowing off the president of the United States and hitching his wagon to massive increased colonization of Palestinian land– all of these steps are guaranteed to mire Israel in violent disputes for years and perhaps decades. And the US, which has already suffered tremendously in Iraq and elsewhere from its knee-jerk support of illegal and inhumane Israeli policies toward the Palestinians, will suffer further.

    Meanwhile, in the wake of a vicious attack on Barack Obama by New York senator Chuck Schumer, Steve Clemons of the Washington Note frankly wonders whether Schumer understands he is in the US Senate or whether he is under the impression he is serving in the Israeli Knesset.

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    Exclusive: Hillary to headline AIPAC conference

    March 12th, 2010 Comments off
    … and the servitude continues …

    The CABLE/ here

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be the keynote speaker at this month’s annual meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, The Cable has confirmed.

    Clinton will speak on the morning of Monday, March 22, the second day of a conference that will bring together a star studded roster of American, British, and Israeli leaders in downtown Washington, DC. Monday is shaping up to be the biggest day of the three day event, with opposition leader Tzipi Livni giving the next major speech after Clinton and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking Monday night.

    A host of U.S. lawmakers will also convene on the conference Monday, including U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., as well as House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-MD, and House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-VA. Retiring Indiana Senator Evan Bayh will speak to the group Sunday, March 21, as will Israel’s Ambassador to Washington Michael Oren and the head of Google Israel Meir Brand. An interesting roundtable that day will feature Foreign Policy Initiative’s Bob Kagan, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Richard Satloff, and former Bush administration spokesman / soon-to-be Senate candidate Dan Senor.

    Tuesday morning, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will address the conference,….

    One conference speaker who isn’t as famous but should make for a lively discussion is Colonel Richard Kemp, the former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, who has disputed that Israel committed any war crimes during 2008 and 2009 operations in Gaza. “I don’t think there has ever been a time in the history of warfare when any army has made more efforts to reduce civilian casualties and deaths of innocent people than the IDF is doing today in Gaza,” Kemp told the BBC in this video.

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