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A Chance for a New US Congress to Rethink Knee-Jerk Support for Israel

    A Chance for a New US Congress to Rethink Knee-Jerk Support for Israel

WASHINGTON — On January 3, 2019, the winds of youth and change were evident in the halls of the U.S. House of Representatives and more particularly in the offices of some of the newly elected members. By 9 a.m. Representative Rashida Tlaib, dressed in her traditional Palestinian thobe, was already standing for pictures and a large…

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Outgoing IDF Chief Says Yes, We Armed Anti-Government Extremists in Syria

    Outgoing IDF Chief Says Yes, We Armed Anti-Government Extremists in Syria

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — Israel’s covert war against Iran in Syria was officially corroborated by Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) chief Lieutenant-General Gadi Eisenkot, the architect of the campaign. “In January 2017 we began attacking the infrastructure the Iranians were building in Syria,” Eisenkot told The Sunday Times as he awaits his impending retirement. Midway through…

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Texas Congressman With Ties to Controversial Donor Introduces $38 Billion Israel Aid Bill

    Texas Congressman With Ties to Controversial Donor Introduces $38 Billion Israel Aid Bill

On January 8th Republican Congressman Michael T. McCaul of Texas introduced H.R. 336, reported to be a companion bill to S.1, the Senate bill that would cement a $38 billion package to Israel, combat the movement to pressure Israel to adhere to international law known as BDS, and other measures. The text of the bill is not yet publicly available…

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This Leaked Hillary Clinton Memo Killed Half a Million People

    This Leaked Hillary Clinton Memo Killed Half a Million People

A Hillary Clinton memo that Wikileaks made public in 2016 has not gotten the attention it deserves. It takes us back to 2012 and the early phase of the Syrian war. At that point, it was largely an internal affair, although Saudi arms shipments were playing a greater and greater role in bolstering rebel forces.  But once the…

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GOP Plows Forward as Democrats Block Anti-BDS Bill in Senate Amid Gov’t Shutdown

  GOP Plows Forward as Democrats Block Anti-BDS Bill in Senate Amid Gov’t Shutdown

As the partial government shutdown churns along with no end in sight, a controversial bill that would criminalize pro-Palestinian advocacy has stalled in the Senate as Democrats balk over considering any bill that fails to reopen the government. On Tuesday night, Senate Democrats blocked the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act (or S…

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Iranian FM Slams Bolton, Pompeo’s “Psychotic,” “Pure Obsession” With Iran

  Iranian FM Slams Bolton, Pompeo’s “Psychotic,” “Pure Obsession” With Iran

WASHINGTON — Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif slammed U.S. aggression against his country on Tuesday, as top U.S. officials are in the Middle East coordinating anti-Iran efforts with regional players like Israel and trying to shore up support from Arab nations. Zarif’s counterpart, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, was in Jordan on Tuesday and…

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With Golan at Stake, Netanyahu, Bolton Set Trump Straight on US Syria Withdrawal Plan

  With Golan at Stake, Netanyahu, Bolton Set Trump Straight on US Syria Withdrawal Plan

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — The state of Israel seems to share at least some of the responsibility for the latest shift of U.S. Syria policy — as National Security Adviser John Bolton announced on Sunday that President Donald Trump’s call to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria would now be “coordinated” with Israel, after meeting with…

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New Senate anti-BDS Bill Unconstitutional and Ineffective at Curbing Boycotts

  New Senate anti-BDS Bill Unconstitutional and Ineffective at Curbing Boycotts

WASHINGTON — Pro-Israel lawmakers in Washington, undeterred by the partial shutdown of the United States government, are pursuing their agenda full speed with the introduction of the first piece of legislation before the 116th Senate — a bill that aims to stifle the free-speech rights of American critics of apartheid Israel. The Republican-controlled Senate’s first…

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Analysts Confirm: Israel Used Civilian Airliners as Cover in Christmas Day Airstrikes in Syria

  Analysts Confirm: Israel Used Civilian Airliners as Cover in Christmas Day Airstrikes in Syria

As has become the normal practice, Christmas Day’s air raid by Israel directed against targets near Damascus was largely ignored by the US media. Given the fact that Israel has bombed Syria more than two hundred times, the attack itself, which wounded three soldiers at a warehouse, was not particularly notable. But what was significant was the…

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Amos Oz Remembered: The Sharp Talons of a Zionist “Dove”

  Amos Oz Remembered: The Sharp Talons of a Zionist “Dove”

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — The Israeli writer Amos Oz died on December 27, 2018, ten years to the day after the Israeli army began carpet bombing Gaza, murdering countless innocents. Oz referred to this massacre as “understandable and acceptable.” Amos Oz was 79 years old, his books sold millions of copies around the world and…

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