The Israel government under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has formally moved to restrict national rights in Israel to Jews alone. The law has passed the cabinet and if it passes parliament then the pretense of a pluralistic democracy is over – to be a true Israeli one must be Jewish, full stop. Undoubtedly longtime critics of Israel’s democratic posturing will say same as it ever was, but making such a policy law will put to rest all reasonable objections against Israel being defined as an ethnocracy.
|By: DSWright Friday October 31, 2014 4:40 pm|
The bitter back and forth between Israeli and US officials in the Obama Administration that spilled out into the open earlier this week has taken another twisted turn. After The Atlantic reported that a Senior Obama Administration official called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “chickenshit” Israeli officials began slamming US officials openly.
Now one of the leading Jewish publications in the US, The New York Jewish Week, has questioned Prime Minister Netanyahu’s grasp on reality.
|By: DSWright Thursday October 30, 2014 4:17 pm|
So much for cooler heads prevailing. In response to a story where an anonymous Obama Administration official called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “chickenshit”, an Israeli official has gone on the record to trash the United States under President Obama. Moshe Feiglin, one of the Deputy Speakers of the Knesset and head of the Manhigut Yehudit faction of the ruling Likud Party, said if President Obama did not “distance himself” from the negative comment about Netanyahu the US will become a third world country.
Feiglin represents the ascendent right wing of Israeli politics that is quickly gaining power more and more power. The real threat to Netanyahu’s leadership is from his right flank.
|By: DSWright Wednesday October 29, 2014 8:59 am|
According to Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic, the US-Israeli relationship has entered a crisis period. The crisis is marked by distrust and disgust from both officials in the Obama Administration and Netanyahu government. One Obama Administration official reportedly characterized Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu as a “chickenshit” leader who is obsessed with staying in power at all costs.
|By: DSWright Monday October 27, 2014 1:37 pm|
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and hawks in Congress are reportedly lobbying hard to blow up a deal between the US and Iran regarding Iran’s nuclear program. Partnering with hawks in Congress, AIPAC is urging lawmakers to kill the deal and start a new round of sanctions in light of not getting the bombing campaign many had wanted.
|By: DSWright Monday October 20, 2014 10:10 am|
Israel President Reuven Rivlin says Israel has become a “sick society” that lacks human decency and is unable to engage in dialogue with Arabs due to racial animosity and prejudice – a rather stunning indictment by a head of state of his own country.
|By: DSWright Tuesday August 5, 2014 6:45 am|
Writers for The Times of Israel are not the only ones looking to obliterate the Palestinians in Gaza. Moshe Feiglin, the Deputy Speaker of the Israeli Knesset, has said it is time for Israel to take all of Gaza, destroy Hamas and all of their supporters, and send the Palestinians to concentration camps on the Sinai border until Israel can find countries willing to accept them.
|By: DSWright Monday August 4, 2014 6:51 am|
Better late than never? After weeks of defending Israel’s strikes on Palestinian civilians in Gaza as necessary and appropriate, the US State Department finally issued a statement condemning one of Israel’s attacks. The State Department labeled Israel’s shelling of yet another UN school as “disgraceful” and called on Israel to “meet its own standards and avoid civilian casualties.”
|By: Isaiah 88 Thursday July 31, 2014 6:30 pm|
1,422 Palestinians have been killed.
8,265 have been injured.
And Gaza’s long night is far from over.
We’re told that Israel has no choice but to defend itself. NBC keeps telling us that. ABC keeps telling us that. CNN and CBS keep telling us that, Fox keeps bellowing that dogma day in and day out, but their attempts to justify the IDF’s rampage in Gaza, their relentless efforts to blame Hamas for the carnage are not succeeding. Because of the reports of independent journalists, because of the courage of the people of Gaza and their use of social media, the world is seeing how Israel “defends itself”.
|By: DSWright Thursday July 10, 2014 6:50 am|
In the aftermath of Israelis being caught burning alive an innocent Palestinian teenager and beating an American citizen, a major military campaign has been launched on the people of Gaza. So far the bombing has killed 81 Palestinians, including 22 children according to the Gaza Health Ministry.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the bombings under Operation Protective Edge have no end in sight