Obama’s foreign policy options were continually limited by Netanyahu and the lobby — Ben Rhodes

Obama’s foreign policy options were continually limited by Netanyahu and the lobby — Ben Rhodes

Photo: Ben Rhodes former foreign policy advisor and speechwriter for former President of the United States, Barrack Obama. Photo credit: mondoweiss.net   By Philip Weiss September 30, 2018 Ben Rhodes’s memoir of serving as a top foreign policy aide to President Obama, titled The World As It Is, came out in June to highly favorable reviews. […]

Decoding the Pipes/Trump/Kushner ‘Deal of the Century’

Decoding the Pipes/Trump/Kushner  ‘Deal of the Century’

From L to R – Jared Kushner, senior adviser to Trump; David Friedman, US Ambassador to Israel; Ron Dermer, Israeli Ambassador to US; Jason Dov Greenblatt, Trump special aide   By Richard Falk September 13, 2018 • You didn’t have to be a ‘never Trump’ loyalist to have qualms about proposing to bring peace to […]

Israel keeps going the wrong way

Israel keeps going the wrong way

  By Jonathan Power August 7, 2018 Recall Shakespeare’s great work of dramatic art, the Merchant of Venice, where Shylock was treated as an unpleasant Jew (with a lovely, self-effacing daughter) who dealt mainly in shady usury. His speech to the court is one of Shakespeare’s most remembered: “Hath not a Jew eyes? / Hath […]

Israel – now an apartheid state by law

Israel – now an apartheid state by law

  By Miko Peled, TFF Associate Video interview with Miko Peled of July 20, 2018 We strongly recommend that you go to Peled’s excellent blog, see his articles and video and read about his now classical book, “The General’s Son. Journey of an Israeli in Palestine.” You’ll also find an interesting one on his recent […]

Oh, Gaza. Strong as death is love.

Oh, Gaza. Strong as death is love.

    By Uri Avnery 2 Jun 2018 I loved Gaza. That is a play on words. The Biblical Song of Songs says that love is strong as death. Strong in Hebrew is Aza. Aza is also the Hebrew name of Gaza. I have spent many happy hours in Gaza. I had many friends there. […]

Lost in the debate on Iran: Israel’s Nukes and the Vanunu Case

Lost in the debate on Iran: Israel’s Nukes and the Vanunu Case

By John Buell May 7, 2018 Recently there was an extraordinary moment on corporate TV. Late last month CNN’s Chris Cuomo asked Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: “Does Israel have nuclear capabilities and nuclear weapons, yes or no?” Netanyahu responded evasively, claiming: “we’ve always been the first to say we wouldn’t introduce it so we […]

Edward Said On Orientalism

Edward Said On Orientalism

  By Edward Said Edward Said’s book “Orientalism” has been profoundly influential in a diverse range of disciplines since its publication in 1978. In this engaging (and lavishly illustrated) interview he talks about the context within which the book was conceived, its main themes and how its original thesis relates to the contemporary understanding of […]

Why the Experience of Ahed Tamimi Matters So Much

Why the Experience of Ahed Tamimi Matters So Much

    By Richard Falk March 14, 2018   It is now known by virtually everyone who follows the Palestinian struggle that a 16 year old girl, now 17, named Ahed Tamimi, confronted Israeli soldiers on her family’s land shortly after her cousin, Mohammed, was shot in the face with a rubber bullet, causing a […]

A Debate on Peacemaking: Ending Occupation or Apartheid

A Debate on Peacemaking: Ending Occupation or Apartheid

  By Richard Falk discussing with Jeff Warner and Yossi Khen   Prefatory note This post consists of an exchange of views prompted by my talk at a United Methodist Church in Culver City (Los Angeles) published by Tikkun’s online magazine, March 6, 2018. The core disagreement is whether to retain the emphasis on ending […]

Israel Plans a New War in Syria – But Not for the Reasons It Claims

Israel Plans a New War in Syria – But Not for the Reasons It Claims

By Gareth Porter Via truth-out.org A portion of Golan is currently occupied by Israel, which took it from Syria in 1967. It was annexed by Israel in 1981 and populated with Israeli settlers roughly equal in numbers to its original Syrian population. Israel has expressed the fear that Syria’s recent moves could threaten Israel’s occupation in Golan. IDF Chief of Staff […]

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