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Tag: Benjamin Netanyahu

Outrage From Within and Without Over Netanyahu Speech at Think Tank With Clinton Ties

Over 100 progressive organizations and individuals, as well as current and former staffers, have criticized the Center for American Progress for inviting the Israeli prime minister to speak.

Posted on Nov 10, 2015 READ MORE

Rupert Murdoch Is Already Destroying National Geographic

Australian media magnate Rupert Murdoch is already meddling in his recent acquisition; Republican front-runner Ben Carson is fielding allegations that he lied about trying to stab a classmate when he was a child; and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is still dealing with the fallout from his absurd statements regarding the Holocaust. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 8, 2015 READ MORE

Netanyahu, Seeking $5 Billion a Year From U.S., Hires Man Who Called Obama a Muslim Hate Sympathizer

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed West Bank squatter Ran Baratz to be his director of communications on the eve of his procession Monday to Washington to demand a vast increase in annual U.S. aid to Israel.

Posted on Nov 8, 2015 READ MORE

Leaked Emails From Pro-Clinton Group Reveal Pandering to Israel Lobby AIPAC

Emails from a major think tank that strongly favors Hillary Clinton for president reveal that the group has gone so far as to censor its own writers in order to please the right-wing pro-Israel lobby.

Posted on Nov 7, 2015 READ MORE

U.S. Union Support for Palestinian Rights Could Be a Game Changer

Connecticut’s AFL-CIO has endorsed a resolution to support a campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel—a move designed to put pressure on the national leadership of the union coalition to follow suit.

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 READ MORE

Shimon Peres Doubts Israel Can Win Permanent War or Survive Annexation of the West Bank

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres, 92, gave an interview with The Associated Press on Monday in which he spoke bluntly about the mistakes of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu but did not name him.

Posted on Nov 3, 2015 READ MORE

Netanyahu Retracts Claim That a Palestinian Cleric Inspired the Holocaust

In a Facebook post, Israel’s prime minister said he never meant to “absolve [Adolf] Hitler of his responsibility for the Holocaust.” He had come under scathing criticism recently for laying blame on the World War II-era mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini.

Posted on Oct 31, 2015 READ MORE

Has Netanyahu No Shame?

The recent comments of the Israeli prime minister (at right) attributing the Holocaust to Palestinian influence over Hitler is a “blood libel” lie, Rabbi Michael Lerner writes in an op-ed article.

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 READ MORE

Germany Clarifies Netanyahu Comments: We’re Responsible for the Holocaust

The German government said Wednesday that responsibility for the Holocaust lay with the Germans, after Israel’s prime minister ignited a firestorm of controversy before a visit to Berlin by saying a Muslim elder had convinced Adolf Hitler to exterminate Jews.

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Chris Hedges and Max Blumenthal on Israel, Gaza and ‘The 51 Day War’

In an interview on teleSUR’s “Days of Revolt,” Chris Hedges and Max Blumenthal discuss the brutal tactics used by the Israeli state in its ongoing effort to suppress Palestinian resistance in the Gaza Strip.

Posted on Oct 14, 2015 READ MORE

The Backstory on Bernie Sanders and Israel-Palestine: Why Is He So Quiet About the Mideast Tragedy?

Considering the elevated role of the Israel-Palestine issue in progressive circles, and Sanders’ continued success leading up to the primaries, it’s worth revisiting the candidate’s history on the topic and his early approach to foreign policy.

Posted on Oct 12, 2015 READ MORE

Israel Bars Cabinet Ministers From Holy Site Amid Spate of Attacks

A series of attacks by Arabs on Israelis in recent days has raised fears of a new uprising as Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli soldiers along the West Bank.

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 READ MORE

Exposed: Pro-Israel Modern-Day McCarthyites Are Going to Extremes to Slime Human Rights Activists

As pro-Israel extremism reaches new depths with the notorious Canary Mission project, the FBI investigates growing threats against Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions activists.

Posted on Oct 1, 2015 READ MORE

A Brutally Frank Jimmy Carter Calls Out Israel on Permanent Apartheid

The former president, foreseeing the darkness to come, says there’s “zero chance” of a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Posted on Aug 13, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Tens of Thousands of Brits Sign Petition Asking That Netanyahu Be Arrested for War Crimes

Bibi’s scheduled visit to the U.K. next month is already mired in controversy now that a petition calling for the Israeli prime minister’s arrest upon arrival to London has gone viral.

Posted on Aug 13, 2015 READ MORE

How Israel Used F-16s and High-Tech Soldiers to Devastate Gaza

Forty-six days into Operation Protective Edge in the besieged Gaza Strip, the Israeli military was attacking with renewed ferocity.

Posted on Jul 14, 2015 READ MORE

Iran Nuclear Deal May Be About to Happen

After more than a fortnight of intense negotiations in Vienna, representatives from the P5+1 multinational coalition who have been meeting with officials from Tehran to try to reach a deal with Iran over its nuclear program seemed close to reaching a conclusion Sunday.

Posted on Jul 12, 2015 READ MORE

Adelson Tabloid Slams Obama for Listening to ‘Court Jews’ in Questioning Israel’s Credibility

President Barack Obama gave an interview on Israeli television Tuesday in which he said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s position on rejecting a Palestinian state as long as he is in power is damaging Israel’s credibility.

Posted on Jun 3, 2015 READ MORE

Israel’s Government Ratchets Even Further Right: Great Moments in Colonialism

If such a government as the current Israeli coalition were elected in Europe, with such principles and goals, no other capital would receive its politicians because they would be seen as toxic for their ultra-nationalism and discrimination against minorities.

Posted on May 7, 2015 READ MORE

The Everyday Politics of Confinement in Palestine

Despite the torrents of press coverage here about Israel and its relationship with the United States, the daily reality of half the people in a century-old conflict is essentially off the American radar screen.

Posted on Apr 30, 2015 READ MORE

Fear Monger

Posted on Apr 11, 2015 READ MORE

Noam Chomsky: Israel Is a Violent State Acting in Direct Violation of International Law

In a talk aired on C-SPAN in March, the world-renowned linguist and political activist discusses his book of essays “Masters of Mankind: Essays and Lectures, 1969-2013” and answers questions about Israeli politics.

Posted on Apr 7, 2015 READ MORE

Netanyahu Slips and Reveals the Real Reason He Opposes the Iran Deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu showed his hand in a recent interview with CNN.

Posted on Apr 7, 2015 READ MORE

Discussing ‘Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel’

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, author and journalist Max Blumenthal and Israeli activist Ronnie Barkan discussed the state of Israeli society at an event sponsored by Princeton University’s Seminarians for Peace and Justice in the Holy Land.

Posted on Apr 6, 2015 READ MORE

April Fools’ Day Will Be No Joke at the International Criminal Court

Palestine, as a new member state, will be able to ask for a probe into alleged war crimes in last summer’s Gaza war as well as into Israel’s West Bank settlement policy—whether Israel likes it or not.

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 READ MORE

Bibi and Boehner

Posted on Mar 28, 2015 READ MORE

Young Jews to ‘Pharaoh’ Netanyahu: ‘Let the Palestinian People Go’

Increasingly, younger Jews are opposing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s “open racism and obstinate refusal to help create a Palestinian state,” Rabbi Michael Lerner of Tikkun magazine writes.

Posted on Mar 27, 2015 READ MORE

Glenn Greenwald: Secret NSA Documents Contradict Netanyahu’s Spying Denials

On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vehemently denied a Wall Street Journal report, based on a White House leak, that Israel spied on U.S. negotiations with Iran and then fed what it gathered to Republicans in Congress.

Posted on Mar 26, 2015 READ MORE

A Vulcan-to-English Translation of Obama’s Remarks About Israel’s Netanyahu

Now that Leonard Nimoy is most unfortunately no longer with us, Barack Obama is the primary exemplar in American popular culture of the maddeningly calm, excruciatingly logical way of speaking that will forever be associated with the Vulcans and Mr. Spock.

Posted on Mar 24, 2015 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: Budgets, Loretta Lynch and Benjamin Netanyahu

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the 2016 Republican budget, Loretta Lynch’s confirmation hearings for the post of attorney general, and Benjamin Netanyahu’s electoral victory.

Posted on Mar 21, 2015 READ MORE

Will an Emboldened Netanyahu Lead Israel to National Suicide?

By making Benjamin Netanyahu the longest-serving prime minister in Israel’s history, Jewish Israeli voters have chosen occupation, apartheid and periodic bouts of warfare.

Posted on Mar 21, 2015 READ MORE

The GOP Is Promoting War With Iran as a Campaign Strategy

With other arguments against the Democrats vanishing, only by turning the debate toward Iran can the Republicans survive. Netanyahu’s speech to Congress was just a political stunt to try to achieve that end.

Posted on Mar 20, 2015 READ MORE

Speaker John Boehner (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Rabbi Michael Lerner on the Winners and Losers in Israel’s Elections

“The biggest losers [in Israel’s decision to re-elect the Likud Party],” writes the former Truthdigger of the Week, “will be all those on the planet who yearn for a world based on social and economic justice, environmental sanity, peace and non-violence, and genuine caring for the peoples of the world.”

Posted on Mar 19, 2015 READ MORE

The Right Wing Triumphs in Israeli Elections (Videos)

Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party scored a decisive victory in Israel’s election Tuesday, winning the most seats in the legislature and toppling its main rival, the center-left Zionist Union.

Posted on Mar 18, 2015 READ MORE

Apartheid Forever: Israel’s Netanyahu Rules Out Palestinian Statehood (Video)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, under extreme pressure over the real possibility that he will lose the March 17 elections, made a powerful appeal to his far right-wing constituency by vowing that he would keep millions of Palestinians stateless.

Posted on Mar 17, 2015 READ MORE

Could a Netanyahu Loss in Israeli Elections Change Everything? (Video)

Israeli polling suggests that Benjamin Netanyahu’s party might get only 21 seats or fewer in the 120-seat Israeli Parliament, with his rivals, the Zionist Union, getting 24 or 25.

Posted on Mar 16, 2015 READ MORE

Bibi Weighs In

Posted on Mar 9, 2015 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: Iran Talks, Hillary’s Emails, Ferguson Findings

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss U.S. nuclear negotiations with Iran, Hillary Clinton’s secluded State Department emails, and a Justice Department report showing systemic racial abuse in law enforcement and legal practices in Ferguson, Mo.

Posted on Mar 7, 2015 READ MORE

Greater Republica

Posted on Mar 5, 2015 READ MORE

The Bibi-Boehner Coalition

It was disconcerting to watch Congress cheer wildly as a foreign leader, the prime minister of one of America’s closest allies, trashed an American president’s foreign policy.

Posted on Mar 4, 2015 READ MORE

Jon Stewart on ‘Bibi’s Big Adventures’ in America

“It was a festival of slights,” remarked the “Daily Show” host about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before Congress on Tuesday.

Posted on Mar 4, 2015 READ MORE

Netanyahu, ‘Censored Voices’ and the False Narrative of Self-Defense

During Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s impassioned plea to Congress to protect Israel by opposing diplomacy with Iran, he failed to mention that Israel has an arsenal of 100 or 200 nuclear weapons.

Posted on Mar 4, 2015 READ MORE

How Iranian Politicians Reacted to Netanyahu’s Anti-Iran Speech to Congress (Video)

Most Iranians had difficulty taking the Israeli prime minister seriously.

Posted on Mar 4, 2015 READ MORE

In the Shadow of FDR, Netanyahu Preaches a Politics of Fear

Eighty-two years after Roosevelt’s famous call to hope, the Israeli prime minister stood before Congress to deliver a nearly opposite appeal. The facts do not support his dire warning on Iran.

Posted on Mar 3, 2015 READ MORE

The 4 Things More Dangerous to Israel Than Iran’s Civilian Nuclear Enrichment Program

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is stridently and continually harping on the alleged dangers of Iran to Israel’s security. And yet, there are, in fact, more pressing dangers to Israel than Iran’s nuclear reactors.

Posted on Mar 3, 2015 READ MORE

What Does Iran Think of Netanyahu’s Interference in Talks?

As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu makes a bid to thwart President Barack Obama’s foreign policy toward Iran, the Iranian press is reacting to the wrench Netanyahu is trying to throw into negotiations over Iran’s civilian nuclear enrichment program. But for some odd reason, American mass media are almost never interested in what critics of the United States are saying.

Posted on Mar 2, 2015 READ MORE

Netanyahu’s Clash With Obama ‘Intolerable,’ Risks End of U.S.’ U.N. Veto, Says Former Mossad Head

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clearly believes he can openly side with the Republican Congress against President Barack Obama without facing any consequences. However, Meir Dagan, the former head of Israeli intelligence, sees danger.

Posted on Mar 2, 2015 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: CPAC, Bibi, Pot in D.C.

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the applause that Israel received at the Conservative Political Action Conference, a “clean” funding bill that keeps the Department of Homeland Security open without picking a fight over immigration rules, and the announcement that marijuana is now legal in Washington, D.C.

Posted on Feb 28, 2015 READ MORE

Netanyahu’s Speech

Posted on Feb 27, 2015 READ MORE

Why Netanyahu’s Congress Speech Will Fail (Video)

The conspiracy hatched by Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to undermine President Obama’s negotiations with Iran over its civilian nuclear weapons program has a false premise that dooms it.

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 READ MORE

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