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Netanyahu Just Promised To Annex The Jordan Valley. Good.

September 10, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

On Tuesday morning, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged that if reelected, he would annex the Jordan Valley and perhaps “other areas” of the West Bank. Good. Critics will say that by calling for annexation, Netanyahu is killing the two-state solution. But he’s been doing that for a decade.

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Bipartisan Support For Israel Is Dead. That’s A Good Thing

August 19, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

It’s become a ritual. Every time Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu do something that outrages Democrats, centrist commentators warn that they are committing a grave offense: They’re making Israel a partisan issue. The accusation has been nearly ubiquitous since the two leaders last week conspired to deny Representatives Rashida Tlaib… Read the Rest »

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Netanyahu Banned Omar And Tlaib Because The Occupation Must Be Hidden To Survive

August 15, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Most establishment American Jewish leaders think Israel’s decision to bar Representatives Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from visiting the West Bank was, in the words of The Democratic Majority for Israel, “unwise.” Benjamin Netanyahu, the American Jewish Committee argued, should have realized that “visiting Israel is essential to gaining a better understanding of… Read the Rest »

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‘Delegitimizing Israel’ Is Code For Pointing Out Truths Israel Doesn’t Want To Admit

August 2, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

The Anti-Defamation League’s Ken Jacobson wants you to believe that I called Israel racist in my recent article “The Real Reason So Many Republicans Love Israel. Their Own White Supremacy.” “Characterizing Israel as fundamentally racist,” he claims, constitutes one of my “arguments.” But he has a problem. I didn’t call Israel racist… Read the Rest »

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The Real Reason So Many Republicans Love Israel? Their Own White Supremacy

July 29, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

If you listened earlier this month to Republican responses to Donald Trump’s call for Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley to “go back” to the “places from which they came,” you noticed something odd. Trump’s defenders kept mentioning Israel. “They hate Israel,”replied Lindsey Graham when asked about Trump’s… Read the Rest »

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Joe Biden’s Moral Cowardice On Israel

July 12, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

What politicians don’t say is often as important as what they do. In his foreign policy speech on Thursday at The City University of New York, Joe Biden warned about the “Rapid advance of authoritarianism, nationalism and illiberal tendencies around the world — not just in Russia and China but among our… Read the Rest »

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Netanyahu Has Changed The Democratic Party – One Candidate At A Time

June 12, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

If you don’t think Benjamin Netanyahu has changed the debate about Israelinside the Democratic Party, just listen to Pete Buttigieg’s foreign policy speech yesterday at Indiana University. Buttigieg is no radical; he’s a darling of the post-Obama Democratic establishment. And yet he said things on Tuesday that would have been unthinkable during Obama’s campaigns.

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Opinion 13 Democrats Recorded Messages About Israel. Only One Spoke With Courage

June 5, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

The mantra of Kirsten Gillibrand’s presidential campaign is “Brave Wins.” Yet in her video message to the American Jewish Committee’s Global Forum this week, the New York Senator didn’t even mention the word “Palestinian.” That was typical. The 2020 Democratic hopefuls talk a lot about having the courage not just to challenge… Read the Rest »

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It’s Time to End America’s Blank Check Military Aid to Israel

May 22, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Last month, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez declared that American aid to Israel is “something that can be discussed” in Washington. Her comments made news precisely because America’s policy of giving Israel billions in aid without expecting any policy changes in return hasn’t actually been discussed — or at least questioned —… Read the Rest »

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Synagogue Shootings Shattered Our Illusion. America Is No Safe Haven For Jews.

April 28, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

On Saturday, April 27, a few hours before the shooting at the Chabad in Poway, California, I walked from my hotel in Amsterdam—where my family has been on vacation—to a synagogue I found online. I arrived at a building with no external Jewish markings. The door was locked. When I… Read the Rest »