Archive for July, 2008

Americans for Peace Now makes the neo cons panic about Syria

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

I can hear the alarms clattering in the minds of neo cons inside and just at the edges of the Bush administration, who have been increasingly upset that the U.S. is opening the door to diplomatic contacts with Iran. Despite arduous efforts, they were unable to prevent Israel from (gasp) negotiating with Syria under Turkish […]

Philip Weiss attacks J Street. Why he’s wrong.

Friday, July 25th, 2008

Philip Weiss and I have been communicating after he attacked J Street on MondoWeiss. A good many issues were broached, but one of his arguments is that J Street ought to be appealing to a much broader constituency than American Jews who feel some attachment to Israel. Some of his acolytes, true to form, said […]

Ameinu forces us to confront the realities of occupation

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

Ameinu is showing clips from a video documentary that got a lot of attention in Israel in 2005 and deserves to get even more attention now. For two years, Haim Yavin, the venerable Israeli anchor for the government-run Channel 1 TV, roamed the territories with a simple video camera, talked to Jewish settlers, soldiers, Palestinians, […]

What are Iran’s motives?: A guest column

Sunday, July 6th, 2008

Tom Mitchell sent me the following, cogent analysis of Iran’s nuclear weapons program –assuming it exists. I would very much like to believe that what he writes is true. The money quote: “For understandable historical reasons, Israelis take any threats made against them literally. They should keep in mind that Mao spoke with the same […]