My latest report for Inter Press Service, this one is about a new poll commissioned by pollster Shibley Telhami. The poll examines American attitudes in the event of the failure of a two-state solution. The results may surprise many.
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged AIPAC, Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel, Israel Lobby, Jewish State, John Kerry, Leon Hadar, Mahmoud Abbas, Middle east, Occupation, One-State Solution, Palestine, Palestinians, Settlements, Shibley Telhami, Stephen Walt, Two-state solution, United States, West Bank on March 4, 2014 | 1 Comment »
Posted in US-Israel Lobby, tagged AIPAC, Ali Gharib, Brent Sasley, Eli Clifton, Israel Lobby, John Mearsheimer, Mark Kirk, MJ Rosenberg, Stephen Walt, US Iran nuclear talks on November 22, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Discussing his outspoken opposition to diplomacy with Iran, Republican Senator Mark Kirk said in a phone briefing for his supporters: “It’s the reason why I ran for the Senate, [it] is all wrapped up in this battle. I am totally dedicated to the survival of the state of Israel in the 21st century.” This is an important statement, and one which bears intense scrutiny at a time when the Obama Administration is trying to walk the United States back from a war footing with Iran, against the wishes of Saudi Arabia, the Gulf monarchies and, especially, Israel and its domestic allies.
I hurried to congratulate my colleagues, Ali Gharib and Eli Clifton, for their reporting on Kirk’s private briefing call. I tweeted the following: “Thanks to @AliGharib and @EliClifton, we have Mark Kirk on record stating that he values Israeli interests over US’.” Naturally, I was attacked for “questioning Kirk’s loyalty.” I certainly confess; Twitter is a place for shorthand and bombastic statements, and no doubt, Kirk’s position is more complicated vis a vis US vs. Israeli interests. That’s why the interaction I had with a more sober-minded individual around this, Prof. Brent Sasley of the University of Texas at Arlington, was more probative. (more…)
Posted in US-Israel Lobby, tagged AIPAC, Barack Obama, Congress, Defense, Israel Lobby, Israeli Settlements, Michael Oren, QME, Qualitative Military Edge, Stephen Walt, US Aid to Israel on August 28, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Israel, AIPAC and their fellow travelers are already hard at work on the next 10-year aid package, which would start in 2017. Aid to Israel is sacrosanct in Washington, but the request for an upgrade faces some new challenges this time. But AIPAC has a powerful tool in a 2008 law passed by Congress. I explore at Inter Press Service.
Posted in Peace Plans, tagged AIPAC, Americans for Peace Now, Benjamin Netanyahu, Bill Clinton, Camp David II, Danny Danon, Dennis Ross, intifada, J Street, John Kerry, Mahmoud Abbas, Martin Indyk, New Israel Fund, Palestinian prisoners, Settlements, Stephen Walt, WINEP on July 30, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in US-Israel Lobby, tagged AIPAC, Chuck Hagel, Iran, Israel, Jim Lobe, John Judis, Matt Duss, North Korea, Senate Armed Services Committee, Stephen Walt, US Senate, Yousef Munayyer on February 2, 2013 | 2 Comments »
There have been several very good pieces written about the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) hearing to confirm Chuck Hagel as Secretary of defense. Here’s a
My own early piece on the lunatic right’s opposition to Hagel, a Republican former Senator from Nebraska: http://www.muzzlewatch.com/2012/12/27/chuck-hagel-and-israel-the-wrong-question/
A brief but brilliant piece by Stephen Walt: http://walt.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/02/01/id_like_to_thank_the_senate_armed_services_committee
Yousef Munayyer on the number of appearances, or lack thereof, of various words: http://blog.thejerusalemfund.org/2013/02/the-hagel-hearing-snapshot.html
John Judis in The New Republic http://www.newrepublic.com/article/112306/chuck-hagel-confirmation-hearings-ted-cruz-john-mccain-grill-him
Matt Duss in The American Prospect https://prospect.org/article/senate-hearing-circus-session
And Jim Lobe at Inter Press Service http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/02/its-all-about-israel/
That’s plenty of good stuff. I want to throw in one more point, which some of these folks touched on. (more…)