Israel Forms Snap Unity Government

By: Tuesday May 8, 2012 7:39 am

In an unexpected development, Benjamin Netanyahu has canceled early elections in Israel, instead forming a unity government with Kadima, the center-right rival recently taken over by Shaul Mofaz. The elections, which would have taken place in September, will now get delayed a year. Under the agreement, Kadima will join Netanyahu’s government and commit to supporting [...]

Obama to War Hypemongers: “Explain the Consequences”

By: Tuesday March 6, 2012 11:48 am

The President’s press conference wrapped up, and the focus was mostly on Iran, to the exclusion of even a single question about Eric Holder’s asserted right to kill American citizens without a trial. I still think that the President ran the risk of walking into a cul-de-sac by asserting that the Administration didn’t have a [...]

The Nuclear Duck: Netanyahu Ramps Up War Rhetoric At AIPAC

By: Tuesday March 6, 2012 6:59 am

For those thinking that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would say one thing in public and another in private while in the White House, you can probably put that to rest. For reports are leaking out about that White House meeting, and the best that can be said about it is that Netanyahu hasn’t put [...]

Netanyahu: “Israel remains the master of its fate”

By: Monday March 5, 2012 1:35 pm

A day after speaking at the AIPAC conference, President Obama met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today. The telegraphed message from the President for this meeting was to tell Netanyahu that he has a friend in the United States, that sanctions should be given time to work, and that Israel should not seek a [...]

Obama’s AIPAC Speech, “Loose Talk of War,” and Sanctions

By: Monday March 5, 2012 7:01 am

President Obama had a somewhat contradictory message for the AIPAC conference on Sunday, an outgrowth of his typical play for a middle course in any and all things. On the one hand, he decried “loose talk of war”: Moving forward, I would ask that we all remember the weightiness of these issues; the stakes involved [...]

Israel Blames Iran for Attacks on Embassy Workers in India, Georgia

By: Monday February 13, 2012 8:15 am

Car bomb attacks on workers at two Israeli embassies in India and Georgia could help provide a pretext for a military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Israel immediately blamed Iran and Hezbollah for the attacks, which occurred overnight. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. But if the Israeli accusations are verified they would represent [...]

Defense Minister: Israel “Far Off” from Any Military Action on Iran

By: Thursday January 19, 2012 9:35 am

Ehud Barak, the Israeli defense minister, said today that Israel was “very far off” from any attack on Iran. More important, Israeli intelligence indicates that they have not yet determined that Iran has decided even to build a nuclear weapon. These are things you don’t hear much in the US press, so let’s run the [...]

Neocons Demand Obama Retract Factual Statement About Benjamin Netanyahu

By: Tuesday November 8, 2011 1:34 pm

Well, you knew this was coming. Right-wingers and neocons were going to go ballistic that Barack Obama did not properly rush to defend the honor of Benjamin Netanyahu, a man who has gone out of his way to insult Obama at virtually every opportunity. The story goes that in front of an open mike at [...]

Palestine Officially Seeks Statehood Recognition at UN

By: Friday September 23, 2011 10:57 am

Palestine submitted their petition to the United Nations Security Council for membership as a state today, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas delivered a rousing speech before the General Assembly in support of the measure. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was greeted by sustained applause and appreciative whistles as he approached the dais in the General [...]

Noted Israel Hater Benjamin Netanyahu Agrees on 1967 Borders as Starting Point in Negotiations

By: Tuesday August 2, 2011 11:26 am

Remember a couple months ago, when the President came out in support of a Middle East peace framework based on the 1967 borders with mutual swaps, and every conservative in America pilloried him for it? Funny story, now Benjamin Netanyahu agrees: In a dramatic policy shift, Israel’s prime minister has agreed to negotiate the borders [...]

Senate Democrats Plan to Join on Resolution Rejecting 1967 Borders as Basis for Arab-Israeli Talks

By: Wednesday May 25, 2011 9:55 am

Senate Democrats are not just considering giving a vote to Orrin Hatch’s silly rebuke of Barack Obama for saying something he didn’t say about Israel and the pre-1967 borders, they’re considering supporting the resolution: Senate Democrats are expected to support a resolution intended as a rebuff to President Obama‚Äôs call for basing Middle East peace [...]

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