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An Accounting of the Damage Netanyahu Is Doing to Israel - The Atlantic (Jeffrey Goldberg) - http://www.theatlantic.com/interna...
An Accounting of the Damage Netanyahu Is Doing to Israel - The Atlantic (Jeffrey Goldberg)
"The Israeli prime minister seems willing to undermine his country's relations with the U.S. in order to save his career." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"Netanyahu is engaging in behavior that is without precedent: He is apparently so desperate to stay in office that he has let the Republicans weaponize his country in their struggle against a Democratic president they despise. Boehner seeks to do damage to Obama, and he has turned Netanyahu into an ally in this cause. It's not entirely clear here who is being played." - Sean McBride
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Group Backing Netanyahu Will Air Ad Attacking Hillary Clinton - First Draft. Political News, Now. - NYTimes.com - http://www.nytimes.com/politic...
"The first television advertisement of the 2016 presidential campaign cycle to attack Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, will have its debut this weekend, paid for by a neoconservative group that strongly supports Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel. The ad is being purchased by the Emergency Committee for Israel, a group started by William Kristol, the editor of The Weekly Standard, who has been deeply critical of President Obama and of Mrs. Clinton, the former secretary of state." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
“The Obama administration has launched an all-out assault against the Israeli prime minister,” Noah Pollak, the executive director of the Emergency Committee for Israel, said in a statement. “Friends of the Jewish state ranging from Joe Lieberman to Elie Wiesel to Shelley Berkley have rallied to his defense. Hillary Clinton has remained silent. It’s time for the former secretary of... more... - Sean McBride
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When Ezra Pound and W.B. Yeats Ate a Peacock - The New Yorker (Dan Chiasson) http://nzzl.me/1zgkBhL via @nuzzel
When Ezra Pound and W.B. Yeats Ate a Peacock - The New Yorker (Dan Chiasson) http://nzzl.me/1zgkBhL via @nuzzel
"Some people live in the past; poets often live in the future perfect, imagining their current actions from the point of view of future recollection." - Sean McBride
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Democrats should boycott Netanyahu’s speech https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion...
"Democrats owe it to their party and their president to boycott the speech. To attend would both legitimize Boehner and Netanyahu’s actions but also give an explicit boost to Netanyahu’s reelection effort, which, if successful, would likely lead to the creation of a right-wing Israeli government whose values are alien to the Democratic Party." - Sean McBride
"This is what makes the decision facing congressional Democrats that much more consequential. If one concludes that Netanyahu’s speech is basically about Israeli domestic politics — and Congress is being used as a political prop — attending the joint session takes on a very different meaning: Simply sitting in the House chamber to hear Netanyahu would be the equivalent of cutting a... more... - Sean McBride
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Has Israel lost the Democratic Party? - CNN.com - http://edition.cnn.com/2015...
"When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepted an invitation from Republican House Speaker John Boehner to address Congress on Tuesday — when he is expected to sharply criticize White House deal-making with Iran — he alienated more than the Democrat who sits in the Oval Office. As administration officials have exchanged increasingly hostile volleys with Netanyahu, party stalwarts are warning of a Democratic exodus away from Israel." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"And one of the Democrats sitting out Netanyahu's speech, Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen, said the address could further fuel Israel's detractors in the United States. "The Palestinian cause has gained more and more support over the years," he said. "I think this has given more reason for people who might've been in the middle to side with the Palestinians."" - Sean McBride
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Ex-Mossad chief Meir Dagan to headline anti-Netanyahu rally - National - Israel News | Haaretz - http://www.haaretz.com/news...
Ex-Mossad chief Meir Dagan to headline anti-Netanyahu rally - National - Israel News | Haaretz
"Dagan, who called Netanyahu's policies 'destructive to the future and security of Israel,' will speak at rally demanding regime change at Tel Aviv's Rabin Square." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"Dagan described Netanyahu's policies as "destructive to the future and security of Israel." "As someone who has raised his children here, and now his grandchildren, and as someone who believes in all his heart in the Zionist dream – I sense a danger to the continuation of that dream – and for that reason I will speak."" - Sean McBride
"Another Facebook page, calling itself Being Counted for the Security of Israel, released a video this week featuring former security services commanders calling for regime change. Among those appearing in the video were former Mossad head Shabtai Shavit, Amiram Levin, former head of the elite Sayeret Matkal unit, and others." - Sean McBride
"Israel, he [Dagan] pointed out, "has never signed any international convention regarding nuclear weapons. Israel refuses to allow international inspections. It would have been better, therefore, for Israel to remain on the sidelines. We will support any effort – intelligence or political – but we should always remain in the background."" - Sean McBride
"Regarding the military option, Dagan said that all the prime minister's advisers had warned against it. "Netanyahu would have to have taken full responsibility for such a decision – and he didn't want to do that… He didn't want to take such a dramatic decision without the backing of all of his military chiefs, because he knew that, in the end, he would be responsible. I have never seen him take responsibility for anything."" - Sean McBride
"Our position in the international community isn't wonderful right now. The question of Israel's legitimacy is on the agenda. We shouldn't be eroding relations with our most important ally. Certainly, not in public and certainly not by inserting ourselves into domestic American politics." - Sean McBride
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Ex-Mossad chief: PM taking 'intolerable' risks with Israeli security | The Times of Israel - http://www.timesofisrael.com/ex-moss...
Ex-Mossad chief: PM taking 'intolerable' risks with Israeli security | The Times of Israel
"Former Mossad spy agency chief Meir Dagan accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday of having caused Israel “heavy strategic damage on the Iranian issue” by antagonizing US leadership, and said the premier had brought “intolerable” risk upon the nation by endangering its ties with Washington." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
[Former Israeli Mossad chief slams Netanyahu on Iran handling http://www.washingtonpost.com/world...] - Sean McBride
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AIPAC reportedly opposed to Netanyahu's Congress address | The Times of Israel - http://www.timesofisrael.com/aipac-r...
"One of the heads of pro-Israel lobby said to lament speech on Iran as ‘the lowest point we have ever reached'; group urged PM to reconsider" - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"According to a report by columnist Ben Caspit, one of the heads of the pro-Israel lobby said the group was “in shock” after Netanyahu announced he would address Congress, calling it “AIPAC’s Day of Atonement,” and “the lowest point we have ever reached.” After Netanyahu accepted the invitation by House Speaker John Boehner, bypassing the White House, AIPAC laid out the negative ramifications the move would have on diplomatic ties." - Sean McBride
Trita Parsi: Former Mossad Head Meir Dagan essentially says Netanyahu's an existential threat to #Israel... http://www.haaretz.com/news... https://twitter.com/tparsi... - Sean McBride
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Spy cables: Ex-Israeli agents threatened cyber attack on South Africa | News24 - http://www.news24.com/SouthAf...
Spy cables: Ex-Israeli agents threatened cyber attack on South Africa | News24
"Pretoria - Former "Mossad spies" threatened a cyber attack on South Africa demanding an end to the ‘boycott Israel’ campaign, leaked intelligence documents show. According to cables posted on Al Jazeera this week, a group claiming to be former agents of Israel's Mossad threatened the country unless its government cracked down on the campaign." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"On 28 June 2012 then-finance minister Pravin Gordhan reportedly received a hand-delivered note from unknown sources threatening a cyber attack "against South Africa's banking and financial sectors". It gave government 30 days to achieve the "discontinuation of the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign and the removal and prosecution of some unidentified individuals linked to BDS"" - Sean McBride
"The SSA reportedly so distrusted Mossad that it assigned counter-espionage agents to watch one of its operatives at work in South Africa. An Israeli who was followed was noted to have had numerous sources within the South African government and police." - Sean McBride
[Google; israel bds south africa cyber threats http://www.google.com/#q=isra...] - Sean McBride
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Barack Obama seems to be following American's advice from a few months ago to the letter -- challenge the Israeli government and the Israel lobby head-on using the full power of the presidency.
Netanyahu walked right into a haymaker -- Obama saw the political opportunity. But the game is still in play. - Sean McBride
Just a few more days before Purim. I don't see Netanyahu backing down like Weiss predicted. So far it looks like he will get his full double session. Can't they just introduce him like he was a boxing champ over the microphone there? - Raccko
Ralph Waldo Emerson: "When you strike at a king, you must kill him." Meaning: the Obama administration will have two years in which to retaliate. - Sean McBride
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Why I won’t be attending Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech in Congress - The Washington Post (Betty McCollum) - http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinion...
"The speaker of the House has provided the Israeli prime minister with a global platform to both attack our president and deliver a campaign message to voters at home." - Sean McBride
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Netanyahu insists on wrecking Israel's ties with United States - Opinion - Israel News | Haaretz - http://www.haaretz.com/opinion...
Netanyahu insists on wrecking Israel's ties with United States - Opinion - Israel News | Haaretz
"Instead of respecting the American president and refraining from intervention in his domestic and foreign policy, Netanyahu is insisting on embarrassing Barack Obama in his home court." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
A Haaretz editorial. - Sean McBride
"Instead of respecting the American president and refraining from intervention in his domestic and foreign policy, Netanyahu is insisting on embarrassing Barack Obama in his home court. He will challenge Obama on Capitol Hill and urge the president’s political opponents to disrupt his diplomacy with Iran, just so that he can portray himself as the “savior of the nation” back home and please his master, American billionaire Sheldon Adelson, an avid supporter of both Netanyahu and the Republicans." - Sean McBride
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AIPAC Mobilizing Members To Pressure Democrats To Attend Netanyahu Speech - BuzzFeed News - http://www.buzzfeed.com/rosiegr...
AIPAC Mobilizing Members To Pressure Democrats To Attend Netanyahu Speech - BuzzFeed News
"The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is asking its members to urge members of Congress to attend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial speech in Washington next week." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"A message from board member Jeffrey Snyder was sent to AIPAC activists Thursday morning in an email obtained by BuzzFeed News. It calls on them to contact the offices of two Democratic members — Reps. Chris Van Hollen and Gerry Connolly — who have not publicly said whether they will attend Netanyahu’s speech. More than two dozen Democratic members of Congress have said that they will... more... - Sean McBride
"The email, which appears to have been sent to activists in the DC metro area from AIPAC activist Harvey Hanerfeld, says, in all caps: “IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT THE PRO-ISRAEL COMMUNITY COMMUNICATE TO THESE MEMBERS HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR THEM TO ATTEND TUESDAY’S SPEECH BY THE PRIME MINISTER.”" - Sean McBride
"The move to pressure Democrats to attend the speech could lead to some accusations of partisanship; AIPAC is a bipartisan organization. “Instead of working overtime on using their relationships and political capital to ensure that Israel doesn’t become more of a partisan issue, this is what they decide to do?” said one Jewish Democrat activist who requested anonymity." - Sean McBride
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Editorial: Bipartisan supporters of Israel should skip Netanyahu speech | Chicago - http://chicago.suntimes.com/politic...
Editorial: Bipartisan supporters of Israel should skip Netanyahu speech | Chicago
"Netanyahu’s speech before Congress is a mistake, and senators and representatives are right to boycott it. U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, who is Jewish and a long-time Israel supporter, said on Wednesday that she will skip the March 3 address. We urge all members of Congress committed to America’s long-standing bipartisan support for Israel to sit on the sidelines with her." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
That is an official statement by the Chicago-Times editorial board. - Sean McBride
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Israel is tearing Jewish communities apart - Opinion - Israel News | Haaretz - http://www.haaretz.com/opinion...
Israel is tearing Jewish communities apart - Opinion - Israel News | Haaretz
"Diaspora Jews want to have it both ways: keep our ties with Israel without being held accountable for its policies." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"A taboo has been broken on harsh criticism from the administration and bitter complaints from Congress: things that were unheard of only a few weeks ago are being uttered with increasing frequency and ferocity. They are endangering the continued existence of what one might describe as the fragile cognitive dissonance of many Democrats that allows them to live in peace with what seems... more... - Sean McBride
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Internet Needs to Be “Regulated” to Suppress Videos and Search Results Deemed “Anti-Semitic”, French President Says | Global Research - http://www.globalresearch.ca/interne...
Internet Needs to Be “Regulated” to Suppress Videos and Search Results Deemed “Anti-Semitic”, French President Says | Global Research
"French President François Hollande says modern “anti-Semitism” stems from “hatred of Israel.”" - Sean McBride
"French president François Hollande has said his government will soon announce a raft of tough criminal laws to crack down on anti-Semitism, racism, homophobia and Holocaust denial. He made the announcements in a speech to CRIF, France’s main Jewish communal body and Israel lobby group, on Monday. Hollande said that the Internet needed to be “regulated” to suppress videos and even search results deemed “anti-Semitic.”" - Sean McBride
>>even search results<< - Sean McBride
"But the measures are likely only to make matters worse, among other things by criminalizing criticism of Israel and further conflating Zionism with Judaism." - Sean McBride
"Conflating Zionism with Judaism" -- that's the phrase that is currently acquiring energy and velocity in discussions about Israel and Zionism. - Sean McBride
"Hollande promised that the laws would become more punitive, so that “no anti-Semitic word or act goes without a response.” He promised “faster” and “more effective” punishments for “words or writing that are anti-Semitic, racist or homophobic.” Only in passing, toward the end of the half-hour speech, did Hollande mention that anti-Muslim hate attacks in France in January alone exceeded the entire number recorded in 2014." - Sean McBride
"Hollande’s speech also confirms the direction hinted at in earlier statements that France is likely to take more measures to suppress criticism of Israel in the name of combating anti-Semitism. The president told CRIF that anti-Semitism has ancient roots, but asserted that “a more recent source is hatred of Israel.” But if this is the case, who decides what is “anti-Semitic”? If all... more... - Sean McBride
"While Hollande insists that “hatred” of Israel is a form of, or a “source” of “anti-Semitism,” he does not acknowledge the role of Israel in generating the intense hostility sometimes misdirected against Jews. The Palestinian national movement has always correctly insisted that its enemies are not “the Jews,” but rather Israel and the Zionist colonial movement. Yet it is Israel that continues to insist that it acts in the name of all Jews everywhere." - Sean McBride
On conflating Zionism with Judaism - Sean McBride
BEGIN QUOTES - Sean McBride
It is Benjamin Netanyahu who apparently considers himself not just prime minister of Israel but the leader of world Jewry. - Sean McBride
It is Israel that has taken the symbols of the Jewish religion – including its most recognized one, the Star of David – and affixed it to uniforms and weapons of destruction and death that are used to carry out atrocities in Palestine and Lebanon. - Sean McBride
It is Zionists who have taken holy scriptures and claimed that they provide a license for modern day Brooklynites and Parisians to violently steal land from Palestinian villagers. - Sean McBride
It is Israel’s government-financed settlers who torch Palestinian mosques and daub their walls with “biblical phrases.” - Sean McBride
It is Israel-government-backed religious fanatics who yearn – and plan – to destroy the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem and replace it with a “Jewish temple.” - Sean McBride
It is Israel that has used the Paris Grand Synagogue as a recruiting base for its armyand it is Israeli army commanders who cite Hebrew scripture to justify laying waste to Gaza. - Sean McBride
END QUOTES - Sean McBride
"If we can say that the horrific actions of Islamic State are a perversion of the beliefs of the vast majority of the world’s Muslims, can we also not say that Zionism is a perversion of Judaism? CRIF insists that the Paris attacks be labeled “Islamist.” By the same logic, should we label Israel’s crimes acts of “violent radical Judaism?”" - Sean McBride
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The Israeli embassy tweet that annoyed the White House - Diplomania - Israel News | Haaretz - http://www.haaretz.com/blogs...
The Israeli embassy tweet that annoyed the White House - Diplomania - Israel News | Haaretz
"The tweets against the agreement are expected to raise the annoyance level in the White House and State Department against Netanyahu. The embassy's tweet is probably a first taste of the messages Netanyahu is expected to convey in his address to AIPAC next Monday and to Congress a day later." - Sean McBride
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Obama pokes his finger in AIPAC’s eye - The Washington Post (Jennifer Rubin) - http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs...
Obama pokes his finger in AIPAC’s eye - The Washington Post (Jennifer Rubin)
"The insult could not be more clear. Just days after National Security Adviser Susan Rice declared that Israel’s prime minister’s speech to Congress at the House’s invitation is “destructive” to the U.S.-Israel relationship, the White House designated her as a speaker for the AIPAC annual policy conference that begins Sunday. (U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power will also speak.) It cannot be seen as anything but an finger in the eye of AIPAC and the American Jewish community. “By sending Rice, President Obama has made it clear he has no interest in working to repair the fractured relations with the Jewish community,” says Matt Brooks of the Republican Jewish Coalition." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
Comment: " Perhaps Jennifer Rubin can chair her own session at the AIPAC policy conference on unhinged hatemongering for Israel." - Sean McBride
It's the strangest thing: the Washington Post continues to publish Jennifer Rubin even though her readers detest her and respond to every one of her articles with withering contempt. - Sean McBride
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The Human Stain - NYTimes.com (Nicholas Kristof) - http://www.nytimes.com/2015...
The Human Stain - NYTimes.com (Nicholas Kristof)
"But let’s be clear: The reason to oppose settlements is not just that they are bad for Israel and America, but also that this nibbling of Arab land is just plain wrong. It’s a land grab. The result is a “brutal occupation force,” in the words of the late Avraham Shalom, a former chief of the Israeli internal security force, Shin Bet. Most Israeli settlers are not violent. But plenty are — even stoning American consular officials early this year — and they mostly get away with it because settlements are an arm of an expansive Israeli policy. The larger problem is not violent settlers, but the occupation." - Sean McBride
"Elsewhere, I saw graffiti that said “Death to Arabs” in Hebrew, heard Palestinians say that their olive trees had been poisoned or their tires slashed, and talked to an Arab family whose house was firebombed in the middle of the night, leaving the children traumatized." - Sean McBride
"There are, of course, far worse human rights abuses in the Middle East; indeed, Israeli journalists, lawyers, historians and aid groups are often exquisitely fair to Palestinians. Yet the occupation is particularly offensive to me because it is conducted by the United States’ ally, underwritten with our tax dollars, supported by tax-deductible contributions to settlement groups, and... more... - Sean McBride
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Fox's Tantaros Is Just Asking: "Is This White House Anti-Semitic?" | Video | Media Matters for America - http://mediamatters.org/video...
"Andrea Tantaros: "I Think It Is Time That We Ask The Question, I'm Dead Serious About This"" - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
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How students are resisting efforts to normalize Israeli apartheid--http://electronicintifada.net/content...
"SJP activists are facing new challenges. Under the guise of “faithwashing,” multiculturalism and “intellectual pluralism,” there has been a resurgence of “person-to-person” projects — dialogue groups that attempt to bring together not only Palestinians and Israelis, but now Palestine solidarity activists and pro-Israel advocates." - weareone
"Palestinian activists have shown that these projects function as normalization initiatives: activities that aim to create a facade of equality in order to obscure the disparities between Palestinians and Israelis. The attempt is to emphasize co-existence over resistance to Israeli oppression against the Palestinian people." - weareone
"I have created an infographic, posted below this article, to explain the importance of resisting normalization. This resistance focuses on power structures. It targets racist institutions." - weareone
"These initiatives, directly or indirectly, wrongfully alleviate the conscience of Jewish Israelis while forcing Palestinians into accepting their fate as a colonized people." - weareone
"Recently, we’ve observed the evolution of this tactic manifested in the form of the Muslim Leadership Initiative’s Israel junket, sponsored by an institute that works closely with the Israeli military and receives its funding from a collection of organizations who support anti-Muslim hate groups in the United States." - weareone
"By challenging normalization, we can understand that an oppressed and colonized people do not enjoy equality with their oppressors and colonizers. Any suggestion that they do is deceptive." - weareone
I'm not sure if this article has been posted already. My apology if it has. This tactic strikes me as just another treacherous attempt by zionists to create a moral equivalency where clearly none exists. - weareone
Wikipedia on co-option: "the process by which a group subsumes or assimilates a smaller or weaker group with related interests; or, similarly, the process by which one group gains converts from another group by attempting to replicate the aspects that they find appealing without adopting the full program or ideals." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... -- in other words, "normalization initiatives"? - Sean McBride
Yes, exactly--good point. Very similar to the co-optation / obfuscation strategy used on BDS by some who claim to be anti-zionists. As I stated in a comment on this article, my rule for engagement with any organization is that they must support all items on "The One State Declaration"--"a clear, compelling and moral vision of the destination"... more... - weareone
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Frigid weather causes slush waves to come ashore in Nantucket - http://mashable.com/2015...
Frigid weather causes slush waves to come ashore in Nantucket
"The unusually cold and snowy winter in southern New England has broken records and resulted in many indellible images, from collapsed roofs to massive snow farms and a frozen Hudson River in New York. Now, a new iconic image of the winter of 2014-15 can be added to the mix: slush waves." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
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Why Religious Jews See a Parallel Between the Netanyahu-Obama Rift on Iran and the Bible’s Book of Esther | TheBlaze.com - http://www.theblaze.com/stories...
Why Religious Jews See a Parallel Between the Netanyahu-Obama Rift on Iran and the Bible’s Book of Esther | TheBlaze.com
"Religious Jews are drawing parallels between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address next week to Congress, which has earned the ire of the Obama administration, and the experiences of the biblical Esther who made the case to Persia’s king on behalf of the Jewish people to halt the designs of a hate-consumed official to annihilate the Jews." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"The faithful have been sharing their thoughts on social media and have pointed to the the timing of Netanyahu’s speech, March 3, which happens to fall of the eve of the Fast of Esther, when Jews commemorate the three-day fast Queen Esther asked the Jews to undertake while they repented and prayed she would succeed in her mission to convince King Ahasuerus to scuttle the evil Haman’s genocidal plans." - Sean McBride
File under the fusion of Judaism and Zionism. - Sean McBride
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29 Democrats skipping Netanyahu's speech - CNN.com - http://www.cnn.com/2015...
The latest update. - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
How pro-Israel activists will spin this: Obama is totally surrounded and sandbagged by a large majority of Republican and Democratic members of the US Congress who support Netanyahu and the Israeli government against the White House. And from a practical political standpoint they may be right. - Sean McBride
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The roots of why Obama and Netanyahu dislike each other so much - The Washington Post (Terrence McCoy) - http://www.washingtonpost.com/news...
The roots of why Obama and Netanyahu dislike each other so much - The Washington Post (Terrence McCoy)
"Beinart argued Obama understands Israel through the lens of liberalism while Netanyahu understands it through the prism of security and strength. “Obama got his view on Israel from liberal Jews back in Chicago,” wrote Thomas Mitchell in “Likud Leaders,” and that effect on his thinking has been apparent for years. One of those Jews, Beinart noted, was David Axelrod, who, “like many of Obama’s early Jewish supporters, put the ‘progressive social justice tradition’ at the core of his Jewish identity, and in his view, ‘Obama was very much a part of that and was very much a product of it.’ ”" - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"Now the differences between Netanyahu and Obama — on matters from settlements to modern Zionism — have come to a crossroads, a showdown set for next week when analysts say all of that building disdain between the men may finally come to a head. It will be a “tense political drama of the kind that House of Cards writers can only dream about,” said Haaretz." - Sean McBride
Why Obama may lose this battle: many liberal and progressive Zionists in the Democratic Party and mainstream media are in fact, deep in their bones, Likud Zionists who will fail to back him up in his confrontation with Netanyahu -- or even work proactively to undermine him. Obama, Biden, Kerry and Rice are skating on thin political ice. - Sean McBride
Obama blinks? "Susan Rice, Samantha Power to Address AIPAC Meeting" http://abcnews.go.com/Politic... "In a bid to ease soaring tensions with Israel over a potential Iran nuclear deal, the White House has decided against snubbing America's leading pro-Israel lobby and will send President Barack Obama's national security adviser and U.N. ambassador to address its annual policy conference." - Sean McBride
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South African intelligence: Mossad tried to dry up Nile - Israel News, Ynetnews - http://www.ynetnews.com/article...
South African intelligence: Mossad tried to dry up Nile - Israel News, Ynetnews
"A paper on Mossad reportedly drafted by the South African State Security Agency (SSA) claims that Israel for decades worked to artificially create a drought in Egypt, by draining the River Nile with a water-absorbing plant." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
Pro-Israel comment: "Further proof arabians are totally insane. It would be much simpler to tailor a virus to exterminate arab journalists.LOL" - Sean McBride
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Why Iran Believes ISIS is a U.S. Creation http://time.com/3720081...
"Ganji went on to say that much of ISIS — its propaganda, structure and weapons — were all the work of the West. “A group that claims to be an Islamic one and has no sensitivity towards occupied Muslim lands in Palestine but is bent on killing Muslims as its first priority, it’s not a movement with roots in Islamic history. Not only many of its weapons but its methods of operation, its propaganda methods and many of its internal structures are Western, that’s why we are distrustful of the roots of ISIS,” he says." - Sean McBride
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While others shut down comments, the NYT wants to expand them https://gigaom.com/2015...
"Community editor Bassey Etim told public editor Margaret Sullivan that in contrast to some other organizations, the Times sees the readers who leave comments on its site as a “celebrity class” of users, and wants to give them more features and recognize their contributions. How exactly it plans to do that isn’t clear, but Etim said the number of Times stories that are open to comments will increase — from an average of about 20 each day to more than twice that (opinion columns are almost always open)." - Sean McBride
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Obama administration goes on offensive against Netanyahu - Edward-Isaac Dovere - POLITICO - http://www.politico.com/story...
Obama administration goes on offensive against Netanyahu - Edward-Isaac Dovere - POLITICO
"Fights with Netanyahu have usually ended poorly for the administration, and for President Barack Obama himself, who has been portrayed as not being committed to Israel, dismissive of the prime minister, not a friend of American Jews. This showdown has developed differently, and this time it’s Netanyahu on the defensive. Anxious not to change that dynamic, the president and his aides have treaded carefully, ruling out a meeting with the prime minister, poking at him periodically, but noticeably not going hard after him directly." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
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Rivlin condemns apparent arson in Christian seminary | The Times of Israel - http://www.timesofisrael.com/rivlin-...
Rivlin condemns apparent arson in Christian seminary | The Times of Israel
"Hate-crime attackers threaten everyone as they ‘ignite the regional powder keg upon which we all sit,’ president says" - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"The walls of the building were vandalized with ultra-nationalist and racist graffiti. “Jesus is a son of a whore” and “Redemption of Zion” were among the slogans painted in the areas surrounding the bathrooms." - Sean McBride
"It was hardly the first case of vandalism against Christian sites. Two months ago police arrested a 21-year-old Jewish man who had allegedly damaged a cross and sculpture in the Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem. Before Pope Francis arrived in Israel last May, vandals also spray-painted a Catholic church with anti-Christian graffiti. On Wednesday morning, a mosque in a village near Bethlehem was set alight and anti-Arab graffiti was sprayed on its walls." - Sean McBride
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