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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 »

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The Lesson Of Netanyahu’s Victory: Israel Will Not Change Without Pressure

April 10, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

The lesson of Benjamin Netanyahu’s apparent reelection victory is simple, and old. Frederick Douglass articulated it 162 years ago: “Power concedes nothing without a demand.”

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AIPAC Is Playing The Victim, But It’s Palestinians Who Are Being Silenced

March 25, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

So far, the theme of AIPAC’s 2019 Policy Conference has been peril, not just to Israel, but to AIPAC itself. AIPAC’s CEO accused unnamed critics of “trying to silence each of us.” AIPAC President Mort Fridman declared that, “none of us are willing to be silenced.” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer warned of forces that seek “to silence others… Read the Rest »

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Trump Stoked The Islamophobia That Led To The New Zealand Mass Murder

March 18, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

“If you find yourself using the tragedy in New Zealand to take backhanded swipes at conservatives in America,” tweeted Congressman, and rising GOP star, Dan Crenshaw on Friday, “then you really have no shame and you are part of the problem.” “Conservatives” is a broad category. So let’s narrow the focus to… Read the Rest »

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Why Does Congress Care More About Jewish Feelings Than Palestinian Rights?

March 8, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Late last month, in between the firestorm over Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s comments about AIPAC’s influence being “all about the Benjamins” and the firestorm over her comments about “allegiance to a foreign country,” the United Nations issued a report into Israel’s killing of 189 Palestinians — some of whom were journalists and… Read the Rest »

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Debunking The Myth That Anti-Zionism Is Anti-Semitic

February 27, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

It’s a bewildering and alarming time to be a Jew, both because anti-Semitism is rising and because so many politicians are responding to it not by protecting Jews but by victimizing Palestinians.

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The Sick Double Standard In The Ilhan Omar Controversy

February 12, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

The following two things are true. First, Representative Ilhan Omar was wrong to tweet that the American government’s support of Israel is “all about the Benjamins.” Secondly, she’s being judged by a grotesque double standard. Her fiercest critics in Congress are guiltier of bigotry than she is.