Right-wing Pro-Israel Lobbyists Push Permanent Occupation on the Hill

It was just another Tuesday on Capitol Hill. A handful of Members of Congress and staff showed up to hear a briefing by a trio of revanchist Israelis pushing for permanent occupation of the Jordan Valley in the West Bank. Everyone… Continue Reading  

Pro-Peace Jewish Lobby Group Urges Obama to Seize Moment

From the IPS wire (links added): WASHINGTON, Mar1, 2011 (IPS) – J Street, the Washington-based “Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace” advocacy group, drew a large crowd to its annual conference this year despite criticism over its controversial calls for the Barack Obama administration… Continue Reading  

Commentary: A Little Transparency Please

“COMMENTARY is America’s premier monthly magazine of opinion and a pivotal voice in American intellectual life.” –about Commentary Though I don’t subscribe to Commentary, I read its “Contentions” blog daily. “Opinion”? Definitely. “American intellectual life”? Keep dreaming. I certainly don’t… Continue Reading  

Iran Hawks Spend Weekend Condemning Planned Iranian Passage of Suez Canal

Ali has an excellent post up about the dangerously provocative Israeli rhetoric surrounding the planned—but now delayed—passage of the Suez Canal by two Iranian naval ships. But the Israeli side of the story, which bordered on hysterical at times, was… Continue Reading  

Matt Duss on Herzliya, or: ‘Neocon Woodstock’

If you haven’t already, head over the website of the Nation and read every last word of Matt Duss’s report from Herzliya, the biggest annual Israeli security conference. The event is best known for being where Israeli rightists and U.S.… Continue Reading