Archive for the ‘Benjamin Netanyahu’ Category

Racist Israeli pol Ben Gvir is now welcome at kibbutzes

The news is that former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is threatening to make a comeback in the November election and recapture his old job. Experts cite a few reasons things are looking good for Netanyahu. 1, Israeli politics are very rightwing; and Netanyahu is the most popular candidate, and his bloc is polling at […]

Netanyahu poised to lead most rightwing government in Israeli history

September 15 was a deadline for the submission of parties for the Israeli elections, set for November 1. At this point it appears likely that Israel will be seeing one of its most extreme right-wing governments in history. Benjamin Netanyahu has reemerged as a beacon of stability for the right, and if he leads Israel’s […]

Gaza attack was ‘incredible boost’ and ‘good debut’ for Yair Lapid

Israeli PM Yair Lapid’s unprovoked attack on Gaza that killed 17 children was part of a “good debut” for him with Israeli voters in his race against Netanyahu, says Tal Shalev of Walla News. Lapid faces the “hatred” of rightwing media, who echo Netanyahu’s racist talking point, Lapid can only form the next government with […]

Tom Friedman normalizes apartheid in the ‘New York Times’

NYT columnist Tom Friedman painted the past year in Israel—the first Netanyahu-free year since 2008—as an icon of democracy, where Israeli Jews and Palestinian citizens of Israel danced together under the blue and white flag, in harmony and happiness. That is a contemptible piece of fiction which erases apartheid, blames Palestinians for their own ongoing […]

Don’t meet Netanyahu in Israel if you respect human rights — ADC urges Biden

The ADC tells Joe Biden, The United States has an obligation to Shireen Abu Akleh, a Palestinian-American journalist killed by an Israeli sniper May 11, to find out what happened to her. “If this happened in any other country, the US would have at a minimum called for an independent investigation. It is not lost […]

I won’t cut the baby in half, Bennett declares– and the baby is apartheid

Support for apartheid is the one thing that unifies Israeli Jewish parties. The prime minister likens the separate-and-unequal law in the West Bank to Solomon’s baby, while the leader of the left Zionist Meretz Party says that a Palestinian colleague who voted against extending the law “was malicious and unfair… despicable.” Source

2021 in review: Business as usual in DC, but Palestine activists scored huge wins

This year was marked by a number of a political setbacks, but it also produced inspiring victories. As it comes to an end, we thought we’d take a look back on 2021. In addition to looking at Washington’s support for Israel’s violence, we wanted to take stock of what Palestine activists accomplished through their tireless […]

“I don’t think Bibi ever wanted to make a deal.”

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It’s time for the U.S. to treat Israel like a normal country and tell it to screw off

The news from the Middle East is that negotiators in Vienna are trying to restart the Iran deal, and Israel is doing all it can to throw a wrench into the works. Its officials are leading a “blitz” to end the talks: the Prime Minister has called on the U.S. for an “immediate cessation of […]

For Democratic leaders, and Tom Cotton too, Lapid is a rock star who says nothing about Palestine

The big news on our issue in Washington is that Benjamin Netanyahu is gone, and Joe Biden and the Israel lobby are celebrating. Yair Lapid, the foreign minister and alt-PM in the new Naftali Bennett government, came to Washington this week and was treated like a rock star by the lobby. Here at last is […]

Israel can’t be faulted for anything, thanks to hasbara culture’s narrative of Jewish victimhood

My work is focused on hasbara culture: the social construction of alternative reality centering on the victimization of the Jewish people that has little to do with the real world. But despite hasbara culture’s ideas being ahistorical, its concepts and discourse on Jew hatred are now conventional wisdom in Jewish and American political culture. And that […]

Israeli officials are ‘alarmed’ by U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan

Israeli officials have reacted with “alarm” to the images of the United States leaving Afghanistan, arguing that the U.S. has empowered Israel’s enemies, according to an expert observer. Some say the withdrawal shows why Israel can never leave the occupied Palestinian territories. Bottom line– The American “Forever war” is still getting raves in Israel. Israeli […]

Did Israel just fail to be singularly racist?

One of Israel’s most singularly racist laws just expired last midnight: the ‘temporary’ ban on Palestinian family reunification, which had previously been extended every year since 2003. But let it be made crystal clear – the law did not expire because Israel stopped being an Apartheid state, and the political reason for the failure to […]

Biden won’t make Obama’s mistake — so there will be ‘no daylight’ between U.S. and Israel

Joe Biden is showing up his former boss, Barack Obama, in a key area of foreign policy. He has decided to have no public daylight between the United States and Israel, in the political interests of himself and the new Israeli government. The strategy helps explain why Biden has had very little public criticism of […]

Israel is torn between ‘temporary’ and permanent Apartheid

One of the first challenges to the new Israeli government is the passage of yet another extension to the “temporary order” from 2003, which bans Palestinian family unification. Human Rights Watch, in their April report on Israeli Apartheid, explains family reunification policy cogently: The 1952 Citizenship Law also authorizes granting citizenship based on naturalization. However, […]

Biden should use US aid as leverage on Israel

Last December Professor Emeritus of International Relations at Oxford University Avi Shlaim wrote in Foreign Policy that at some point in President Biden’s administration he would have to address the ongoing problem of Israel/Palestine. That time has come, of course not at Biden’s choosing and likely sooner than Shlaim expected. His oped recalled a story […]

How Gaza dethroned the king of Israel

How did Benjamin Netanyahu manage to serve as Israel’s longest-serving prime minister? With a total of 15 years in office, Netanyahu surpassed the 12-year mandate of Israel’s founding father, David Ben Gurion. The answer to this question will become particularly critical for future Israeli leaders who hope to emulate Netanyahu’s legacy, now that his historic […]

America’s ironclad commitment to Israel is more ideological than logical

Two central pillars of U.S. foreign policy discourse have long been to be staunchly pro-Israel, while maintaining the language of Iran as a menacing threat. This dual discourse is so ingrained in U.S. policy thinking that its rhetoric bleeds into American popular culture. But what is the merit of this unquestionable policy position in terms […]

The beginning of the end of Netanyahu?

A nerve-wrecking 35 minutes before the end of his 28-day mandate to form a government, Yair Lapid of the Yesh Atid party informed President Reuven Rivlin Wednesday night that he had managed to form a coalition. It is an ungainly beast: And it’s not yet clear it will actually be voted in. The next prime minister […]

Israelis need Netanyahu more than they care to admit

The news is that Israeli centrist lawmaker Yair Lapid, head of the Yesh Atid party (“There is a Future”), declared to the President Reuven Rivlin, that he had managed to put together a majority supported coalition to govern the country. He managed to proclaim this just before his mandate to form the coalition ran out, […]

Bennett government would make Israel easier to sell in ‘progressive circles,’ leading Israel advocate says

Israel’s advocates in U.S. politics are excited by the possible replacement of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by Naftali Bennett, in a “change” coalition. Even though Bennett is to the right of Netanyahu, his coalition would include a few leftleaning Israelis, and that will make Israel easier to sell. “You can’t deny that America is better […]

Bennett will oust Netanyahu as Israeli PM under reported deal

Right-winger Naftali Bennett is to replace Benjamin Netanyahu as Israel’s prime minister under a power-sharing deal announced by centrist Yair Lapid just ahead of a midnight deadline tonight in Israel. Netanyahu has served as prime minister since 2009, the longest term of any Israeli p.m. He has so far survived a series of four elections […]

Egyptian Mediators Try to Build on Israel-Hamas Ceasefire

Palestinians shake hands after returning to their destroyed houses following Israel-Hamas truce, in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, May 21, 2021. Photo: REUTERS/Mohammed Salem Egyptian mediators sought to reinforce a day-old ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants on Saturday, and aid officials appealed for a period of calm to start tackling a humanitarian […]

Biden’s opposition to an Israeli ceasefire is nothing new

The headlines read various versions of “Biden supports a ceasefire!” Israeli bombs and missiles have killed 232 Palestinians, 65 of them children, and left more than 1,900 wounded and 75,000 homeless in Gaza.  Twelve have died in Israel.  Shouldn’t support for an immediate end to the slaughter be automatic?  What does it mean when the […]

IDF launches waves of strikes against Gaza amid rare pause in rocket attacks

Israeli aircraft carried out a series of strikes against targets in the Gaza Strip early Tuesday even as Palestinian terrorists in Gaza appeared to temporarily pause the rocket fire toward Israel. Rockets were fired toward Israel just before midnight Monday, with no further attacks until dawn Tuesday, when alarms sounded in communities near Gaza and […]

Joe Biden Supports Israeli Ceasefire After Pressure from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Left

President Joe Biden expressed his desire for an Israeli ceasefire of operations against Hamas, after a growing force of leftist Democrats criticized his support of Israel. Biden spoke with Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu Monday afternoon, walking back his support for Israel’s aggressive response in Palestine to Hamas rocket attacks. The Israeli military response against Hamas […]

Ilhan Omar: ‘Appalling’ Biden Would Allow Weapons to Be Sent to Israel

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), in a statement Monday, said the “United States should not stand idly by” allowing casualties to rise in Gaza while President Joe Biden lets “precision-guided weaponry” be given to Israel “without any strings attached.” “The violence in Israel and the Gaza Strip is spiraling out of control,” Omar said in the […]

Biden Tells Netanyahu US Supports Gaza Ceasefire, Israel’s Right to Self-Defense

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and US President Joe Biden, then vice president, speak in front of media in Davos, Switzerland, on January 21, 2016. Photo: AP/Michel Euler 2016 © i24 News – US President Joe Biden spoke to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday night, stating American support both for Israel’s “right to […]

Netanyahu, Gantz said to weigh fresh partnership; all sides strongly deny notion

A television report Monday said that representatives of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White leader and Defense Minister Benny Gantz have again discussed a potential coalition partnership after the conflict with Gaza is over, due to the apparent collapse of the possibility of a coalition led by Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett. The […]

Biden speaks with Netanyahu, expresses ‘support for a ceasefire’

US President Joe Biden spoke Monday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the bloodshed in Israel and Gaza, and “expressed his support for a ceasefire.” It was the third call the two leaders have had since the violence in Gaza erupted and came hours after Netanyahu said he had directed the IDF to continue striking […]

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