I placed a short op-ed in the Daily News today. The headline is not surprisingly misleading, and the News is not exactly a highly professional outlet. But it has a pretty good readership, and, in New York, it gets more of a cross-section than the Times and the Post. Check it out.
Posts Tagged ‘John Boehner’
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, Bill Maher, Foundation for Middle East Peace, Joe Biden, John Boehner, John Kerry, Martin Indyk, Matthew Duss, Michael Cohen, Palestinians, UN Security Council on February 20, 2015| 2 Comments »
The ongoing spat between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and United States President Barack Obama has drowned out an important issue. The entire question of the Israel-Palestine conflict seems to be out of sight and out of mind in Washington and the mainstream media. Instead, the focus has been on diplomatic protocols: on what the United States is or is not willing to concede to Iran in talks, on whether Israel can be trusted with sensitive updates on those talks, and on whether issuing renewed sanctions against Iran is a foolish idea.
Traditionally, the United States and the international community in general don’t even try to push peace in Israel’s direction when the Jewish state is in the midst of electoral campaign season. That’s what is happening now as well, despite the drama stirred up by Bibi and his congressional cohorts John Boehner (R-OH) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Staying out of Israeli elections is conventional wisdom, but is it the right move now? Read more at LobeLog
Posted in Iran, Israel, United States, US-Israel Lobby, tagged AIPAC, Benjamin Netanyahu, Iran, Iran nuclear deal, Israel, Israeli elections, John Boehner, Joint Arab List, Palestinians, Sheldon Adelson, Zionist Camp on February 17, 2015| Leave a Comment »
For those of you who don’t follow my social media postings, I was on the KPFA Sunday Show this past Sunday, along with Joel Beinin, discussing the Bibi-Boehner Brouhaha, the Israeli elections and the Iran nuclear talks. If you’d like to check it out, you can listen to the whole show at KPFA’s website (where you can also donate to one of the few remaining progressive radio stations that actually earns the name) at this link.
Posted in Bibi Netanyahu, Congress, Iran, Israel, tagged Alberto Nisman, Argentina bombing, Barack Obama, Congress, Congressional opposition to Iran nuclear talks, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, Hezbollah, Iran, Israeli attack on Syria, Israeli elections, Jihad Mughniyeh, John Boehner, State of the Union on January 21, 2015| Leave a Comment »
In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, U.S. President Barack Obama stated once again, and quite firmly,
that he would veto any new sanctions bill against Iran. Apparently, Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner was not going to take that lying down.
Less than twelve hours after Obama finished his speech, Boehner announced that he has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress on February 11. White House Spokesman Josh Earnest expressed President Obama’s displeasure at the invitation, of which the White House was not informed until Boehner’s announcement. Earnest called it a “departure from protocol” whereby the two leaders normally coordinate such visits. The soft words are thin cover for what is surely white-hot anger in the White House. Read more at LobeLog
Posted in Gaza, Judaism, US-Israel Lobby, tagged AIPAC, Anti-Semitism, Ben Cardin, Conference of Presidents, Dennis Stephens, Ed Royce, Gaza, Hamas, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, ISIS, Israel, Jewish, Jewish Council for Public Affairs, John Boehner, Malcolm Hoenlein, National Leadership Assembly for Israel, Paul De Vries, Robert Sugarman, Ron Dermer, Susan Rice on July 31, 2014| Leave a Comment »
An edited version of this article originally appeared at LobeLog.
On Monday, I attended the National Leadership Assembly for Israel. The gathering was more than a little disquieting.
The names in attendance were big ones. National Security Adviser Susan Rice, House Speaker John Boehner, Former Chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, current Chairman Ed Royce, Senator Ben Cardin, Ambassador Dennis Stephens of Canada, Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer as well as leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations (COPJ), AIPAC, the Jewish Council on Public Affairs and others all spoke. One of the most troubling aspects of it was that they mostly all had the same thing to say.
Some speakers went farther than others. Paul De Vries, the evangelical preacher and president of the New York Divinity School, called Hamas “evil” and said that ISIS was Hamas’ “twin.” While most statements were not that stark, every speaker placed full blame for all the casualties in Gaza on Hamas. Israel was defended completely uncritically, with not a hint from anyone that maybe, just maybe, the deaths of hundreds of Palestinian children might mean that Israel is not quite taking enough care to avoid harming civilians. (more…)
Posted in Gaza, US-Israel Lobby, tagged AIPAC, Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, Code Pink, Conference of Presidents, Gaza, Hamas, John Boehner, John Kerry, Robert Sugarman, Ron Dermer, Susan Rice on July 30, 2014| Leave a Comment »
Posted in United States, tagged Barack Obama, Bill Nelson, Bradley Manning, Dianne Feinstein, Edward Snowden, John Boehner, Julian Assange, Mark Felt, PRISM, Terrorism, Watergate on June 12, 2013| Leave a Comment »
Edward Snowden must not be made a hero! That probably comes as a surprise to anyone who read my previous two pieces on PRISM,
but it’s a genuine concern. The question of Snowden as hero or traitor threatens to derail the much more important conversation that we need to have in the United States.
Bipartisan attacks on Snowden are already being levelled. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Bill Nelson, both Democrats, and the Republican Speaker of the House, John Boehner have all called Snowden a traitor. Others are praising him as a hero. And, as the go-to newspaper for lobbyists, POLITICO has already pointed out, the debate itself is precisely what President Obama wants. While we debate the pros and cons of Ed Snowden, we’re not discussing PRISM. (more…)