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Mike Huckabee’s Holocaust Abomination

huckabee holocaust ovensThere’s nothing worse in the world than non-Jews who try to out-Jew Jews.  Their fawning references to subjects about which they know next to nothing is offensive (I can think of stronger words, but let’s keep it civil).  They have no right.  They just have no right.  There are too many Jewish bodies, too much smoke went up those chimneys to permit ignoramuses like Mike Huckabee to make a mockery of this ineffable suffering.

To recap for those who’ve been snoozing in a cave for the past few days, Huckabee gave an interview to Breitbart in which he railed against the Iran nuclear deal.  He said:

This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history. It is so naïve that he would trust the Iranians. By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven. This is the most idiotic thing, this Iran deal. It should be rejected by both Democrats and Republicans in Congress and by the American people. I read the whole deal. We gave away the whole store. It’s got to be stopped.”

First of all, can anyone credit his claim to have read “the whole deal?” All 159 pages of it? And even if he did, can you concede such a jackass would’ve understood anything that he read?

Next is the whole Obama=Hitler thing.  Hey, I’m sure you’ve seen those vile images of Obama with a Hitler mustache and wearing an SS uniform.  Isn’t there some political equivalent of Godwin’s Law that if you do this sort of thing you’re admitting defeat (and looniness)?

But one thing irks me beyond everything else: if you want to exploit a historical event at least understand a smidgen about the event you’re exploiting. Jews were not marched to, or murdered in “ovens.” Corpses of victims were burned in crematoria. Jews were murdered in gas chambers. Then their bodies were burned in ovens. If you can’t understand the process of extermination enough to get the broadest details right, that tells us a great deal about your motives and intellectual dishonesty.

Here’s more of Huck’s campaign palaver on the subject:

The embarrassment of the GOP political classes has been marginal.  A few candidates have wagged their fingers and said: “Bad boy, Huck.”  The ADL released the standard boilerplate: “you said bad things, don’t do it again.  Now go back out and play.”  Even the more-Likud-than-the-Likud, Marvin Hier took Huckabee to the woodshed (but nicely).

But the Party has an even bigger problem on its hands than Mike Huckabee.  The more disgusting the things Donald Trump says, the higher he rises in the GOP presidential polls.  They’ve got to figure out how to Dump the Trump, when he’s the only figure generating heat in the campaign.

In this entire misadventure, Huckabee is taking a page from Trump: the more stupid and outrageous you are, the more attention you’ll get. Media attention is the currency of a presidential campaign in which there seem to be a score of candidates and growing practically by the minute. Notoriety is the oxygen. Suck up enough of it and maybe one of your rivals will suffocate and drop out.

That’s why Huckabee is doubling down on his statement.  He knows that the more outrageous he is, the more the hardcore Tea Party types will love him.  Out-Donalding The Donald.

Republican thinking appears to be, that it matters little what candidates say now. All will be forgotten and forgiven come 2016. I’m not so sure. If there are enough racist mutants like Trump speaking vile nonsense long enough, I think Americans will remember. It might not be foremost in their mind when they finally cast their ballot. But it will be a factor. It will be in the mix that determines overall attitudes toward the eventual GOP presidential candidate.

Sure Jeb Bush (if it’s him) is a far-cry from Donald Trump and a less far-cry from Huckabee. But their views are like a virus. Once the germs enter the body politic, anyone associated with them is liable to be infected.

By the way, this isn’t the first time Huck has abused the Holocaust: back in 2007 he called abortion “a Holocaust.”  There oughta be a law…abuse the Holocaust, go to Jail, do not collect $200.


screenshot-www.jewishjournal.com 2015-07-24 01-08-11The L.A. Jewish Journal commissioned Jewish communal pollster Steven Cohen to poll American Jews on their attitude toward the Iran nuclear deal.  The results are startling because they expose a huge divide between the positions of the Israel Lobby and Jewish leadership and the rest of the community.  While the Lobby is preparing to spend $50-million or more in an all-out blitz to derail the deal before Congress, American Jews generally support it.  Cohen finds that 49% of Jewish respondents support the deal and 31% oppose it.  When asked whether Congress should support it, 53% said Yes, 35% No.

Among Jews under 40, the result was 59% in favor and 25% opposed.  This confirms a rising generation gap between younger and older Jews around questions concerning Israel.  This is a phenomenon that many polls have confirmed, most notably the Pew poll on American Jewish identity.

46% of Jews said the deal would lead to more stability in the region, while 41% said it would make the region more unstable.  49% believe it will endanger Israel while 33% believe it will make Israel safer.  What’s especially interesting about this result is that American Jews distinguish between the regional stability of the Middle East and Israel’s stability.  Given a choice, by a small margin most understand that regional stability is more important than Israel’s stability.  Part of the reason for this dichotomy is the intransigence of Israel’s political leadership and the wedge its driven between Israel and the U.S.  Most American Jews are saying: don’t make us choose sides because if you do you might not like the result.

The poll also tracked results for all Americans and found that 28% support the deal personally, while 24% oppose it (48% had no opinion).  Among all Americans, 41% believed Congress should support it and 38% believed it shouldn’t.  This means that Jews support the deal in greater measure than Americans as a whole.  Considering that wealthy pro-Israel Jews like Sheldon Adelson and groups like Aipac will be financing much of the Israel Lobby opposition to the deal, it’s shocking there’s such a disconnect between the élite and the rank and file.

H/t to John-Lewis Dickerson.


Israeli Justice: Delayed, Not Denied

Readers here know that I regularly report on Israeli miscarriages of justice.  Sometimes about prosecutors, police or judges who do a piss-poor job; sometimes about suspects getting away with murder (literally); sometimes about outright corruption or brutality.  There’s almost never good news to report.  But tonight there is some small measure of comfort that justice is sometimes done in Israel.  Imperfectly, to be sure–but done nevertheless.

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Nachman Twito, Kahanist ringleader of terror gang convicted of burning Jewish-Palestinian school

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Racist graffiti: “No co-existence with cancer.” (Tag Meir)

Last year, Jewish terrorists (aka “price taggers”) tried to burn down Max Rayne Jewish-Arab school in Jerusalem.  They succeeded in burning several classrooms and did considerable damage.  In addition, they scrawled foul graffiti saying: “Co-existence is a cancer.”  In such cases, the security services immediately slap a gag order on the proceedings.  Israeli journalists may not report the names of suspects.  Sometimes they may not even report about the attack itself.

At the time, I was able to break the gag and report that the ringleader’s name was Nachman Twito.  In a picture I posted, he sports a dashing mohawk (not usual settler hair-style).  His Facebook page features no less than six different Beitar Jerusalem Facebook pages which he’s Liked.  Beitar is the favored soccer team of the worst of the settler rabble.  The most vicious of the fans form a cabal called La Familia, which is reminiscent of the Mafia.  Beitar hooligans (aka “fans”) drew a black eye and a red card in Belgium when they shouted racist slogans and threw flares and smoke bombs on the field.  One smashed into the head of the opposing goalie, injuring him.  As a result, the team owner announced he wanted nothing to do with the team and would sell it asap.

And these vermin call the Max Rayne school a cancer!!  They should look in the mirror.

At the time I wrote my earlier post, I didn’t know that his brother was his partner in crime (along with two other culprits, Shlomo Rachamim and Yitzhak Gabai).  Yesterday, Maariv reported the Twito brothers were sentenced for their crime.  Last year, I believed they’d get away with their crime.  It appears they didn’t.  For some reason, the State found it had to act and hold them accountable for their acts of terror.  Nachman received a two and a half-year sentence.  His brother, two years.  They were also sentenced to pay $6,500 in restitution.  I saw the arson damage and it was considerably more than that amount.  So this was a paltry sum.

The prosecution removed a charge against the terrorists accusing them of a hate crime.  The staff of the school have made known that the punishment was exceedingly light.  They were troubled by the leniency and a statement from one of the attackers saying the crime was worth suffering the punishment.

The arsonists are activists in the Israeli equivalent of the Ku Klux Klan.  Called Lehava, it shames Jewish merchants into refusing the employ “Arab” workers, and pressures Jewish landlords not to rent to “Arab” tenants.  Like the Westboro Baptist Church, it also publicly shames Jewish-Palestinian couples by protesting at their weddings.  Now, Israel can say that Lehava is a genuine terror group.  It’s important to note that many Israeli MKs publicly support Lehava, which makes them an accessory to terrorism.

Lest anyone take any satisfaction from the jail sentence meted out, read how the arsonists and their family treated the courtroom and the sentencing:

Accompanied by a large and noisy contingent of supporters, the brothers Twito (Nachman and Shlomo, 18 and 20), heard their sentence after confessing to burning the bi-lingual school in Jerusalem.  Afterward, they left the court quite pleased with themselves and smiling.

Last week, I broke another gag order prohibiting publication of the name of a young woman who killed 16 year-old Gal Beck in a traffic accident.  Shani Palti-Schulz is the daughter of an elite, wealthy Israeli family and married into the family of a wealthy TV producer.  It’s quite possible she was drunk on the night she killed Gal Beck.  At any rate, there is no record of a blood alcohol test.  The police refused to interview key witnesses who testified that she drove through a red light.  A prosecutor later accused of corruption and association with Mafia figures dropped the case after a few weeks.

Israeli TV produced a documentary about the tragic case.  But it could not name Palti-Schulz.  I hope I played some small role in adding pressure for reopening the case.  At any rate, the State just announced they would do so.  However, ten years have passed.  Since the police did a laughable job the first time, one wonders whether they can still amass useful evidence at this late date.

If anyone reading this chooses to interpret these small victories as proof positive that Israel is liberal or democratic or that it respects the rule of law–two positive developments do not a trend make.  It will take far, far more than this to justify hope for change.

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Moshe Orbach, suspected Jewish terrorist, during previous arrest. His t-shirt reads: “Jews, let’s win!” (Tomer Applebaum)

UPDATE: I’ve just published a new piece at Mint Press News on the massive campaign launched by the Israel Lobby to defeat the Iran nuclear deal.  Please read it and promote it via your social media accounts and among family and friends.

Last week, I reported here the scoop that Israel’s Shin Bet had arrested three suspected Jewish terrorists responsible for burning the Church of Loaves and Fishes in the Galilee, while defacing the holy site with anti-Christian graffiti.

Today, I have a new scoop which further develops this story.  The intelligence services have arrested another two suspects in this terror assault.  They are Moshe Shachor (a minor) and Moshe Orbach, age 23.  Their names are under gag order and may not be reported inside Israel.

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Screenshot from Israeli TV news video showing four arson suspects. Caption speaks of “three suspects.” (pixellated)

Orbach is a notorious settler terrorist who’s been banned from the West Bank by Shabak for previous attacks.  He was arrested after the 2012 attack on the Latrun Monastery, but (unsurprisingly) charges against him and all other suspects were dropped last year (English-language report).

Last week, I reported the arrest of three other suspected arsonists, Yinon Reuveni (age 19), Mordechai Gedalia Margalit (age 18),Yehuda Yedidia Asraf.  All their names remain under gag order.

There are now a total of five suspects in custody.  As I’ve written before, these arrests offer the false impression that the security services are on top of Jewish terrorism.  They mollify liberal Zionists inside and outside Israel who can now say an arrest means the State takes action against such crimes.  In truth, little or nothing will come of this.  This outcome is useful as well since the Likud can now say to its far-right constituency that it has disciplined offenders but been lenient with them.

Everyone is happy…except justice itself, which weeps.  Israel doesn’t believe in justice on such matters.  There are all sorts of considerations and self-interest that trump such absolute, unattainable principles like justice.  These are young idealistic youth, so the Israeli narrative goes, who’ve diverged from the proper path.  How will harsh treatment accomplish anything except giving Israel’s enemies the sense that they’ve achieved a victory in their efforts to delegitimize Israel by turning good Jewish boys into criminals?



Tennessee Terror Attack May Be Linked to Gaza War

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Class picture and yearbook quotation from Tennessee terror attacker

UPDATE: A report today (July 20th) noted that Abdulazeez suffered from serious depression and other mental health issues.  He also had substance abuse issues.  One of the main reasons the family sent him relatives in Jordan in order to get him away from a circle of friends who abetted his drug abuse.

In addition to the possible physical abuse of his father towards him and his mother, these other issues must be factored into his actions as well.

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Reuters is reporting that the suspected perpetrator of the Chattanooga terror attack which killed five U.S. military personnel may’ve been motivated in part by anger at Israel’s war against Gaza.  Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, age 24, was born in Kuwait to a family of Palestinian origin.  Though nothing in his upbringing or his life in America appears to have led him to radicalization, officials are exploring trips he took to Jordan and Kuwait in the past few years, which may’ve played some role in the attacks.  Friends noted:

“That trip was eye-opening for him. He learned a lot about the traditions and culture of the Middle East,” said the close friend…

Abdulazeez was upset about the 2014 Israeli bombing campaign in Gaza and the civil war in Syria, he said. “He felt Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia were not doing enough to help, and that they were heavily influenced by the United States.”

Further, he sent the same friend a Koranic verse in a text message shortly before the rampage:

“Whosoever shows enmity to a friend of Mine, then I have declared war against him.”

As yet, there is no indication that he acted out of any involvement with an Islamist group like ISIS or al Qaeda.  He seems to fit the profile of the “lone wolf” acting out of personal motivations perhaps inspired by news reports of U.S. and Israeli attacks on Palestinians and the Arab world in general.

If these reports are borne out by subsequent developments, it would mean that this attack follows a similar pattern of recent attacks by Palestinians against Israelis in East Jerusalem.  In several, they rammed cars into Israeli civilians at or near light rail stations.  In another, a gunman attacked a synagogue and killed worshippers.  They all have one thing in common–they appeared to be relatively unplanned and unsophisticated: a man turning a car into a lethal weapon.  This is not the mark of ISIS or al Qaeda.

In the case of the Tennessee shootings, the attacker used more planning, as befits someone who’d just earned a degree in electrical engineering and who’d been taught to shoot by his father from an early age.  He secured guns both legally and illegally, made quite easy by America’s lax gun laws.  In his first attack, he wasn’t able to get close enough to the target to do anything more than spray it with errant gunfire.  In the second, a different security configuration allowed his closer access and he took a deadly toll.

In a 2009 attack, another Arab-American of Palestinian origin, Nidal Hassan, attacked a military target out of rage against America’s role in killing Muslims in the Middle East.  He had turned for guidance to another American-Muslim who took on a leadership role Yemen’s affiliate of al Qaeda, Anwar al Awlaki.

More recently, two Muslims assaulted Pam Geller’s Texas exhibition of cartoons meant to offend Muslim religious sensibilities.  In a gun battle with a massive security presence required to protect her, they were killed.

There are two ways to look at such attacks: we can adopt the Anders Breivik-Pam Geller posture that Islam is by nature at war with western values and must be fought at all costs; or we can consider ways in which Israel and U.S. counter-terror policy have inspired hot-headed responses by attackers like Abdulazeez, Hassan and others.  That is not to say that terror attacks have any justification.  But when you unleash the full measure of firepower against an entire religion (or so many Muslims believe) it stands to reason that some adherents will seek vengeance.

Israel killed 2,300 Gazans, 70% of them civilians, last summer.  The U.S. has killed 3,000 Muslims by drone strikes in Yemen, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.  Hundreds of these dead were civilians as well.  These are sloppy, imprecise policies which do not achieve any useful result.   Instead of weakening Islamist resolve, they strengthen it.  Instead of subduing the enemy, the strengthen it.

As I’ve noted here before, Malcolm X said, after the Kennedy assassination, that it represented “the chickens coming home to roost.”  White America was appalled by the brazenness of his claim.  But he was, of course, right.  More simply, if you kill, you stand to be killed.  Especially if you kill the wrong people or people who are innocent.  It is long past time that we examine these counter-terror policies and replace them with ones that constructively engage with the region.

Unless we do this there will be many more such attacks.  They will be horrible.  They will take many lives.  They will be senseless.  But so are our own policies to which they come in response.


Republished from TimesWarp

by Barbara Erickson

TimesWarp is an excellent critique of the New York Times’ coverage of the Israeli-Arab conflict.  Highly recommended.


A full 10 months after Ethiopian Israeli Avera Mengistu made his way into Gaza, not to be heard from since, officials have allowed his name to appear in print, and The New York Times has offered us a report that promotes Israeli spin, omitting key details and glossing over the government’s unsavory role in this strange tale.

Isabel Kershner tells us that Israeli officials, lifting a gag order on the story, announced that Mengistu and a second Israeli citizen, a Palestinian, were being held in Gaza. Officials said Mengistu crossed into Gaza voluntarily on Sept. 7, but they had nothing more to report about the other man.

Kershner’s story gives the impression that Israeli officials have been working hard to free the men, but it omits details reported in other media that suggest a far different story.These reports state that officials ignored the Ethiopian’s case until American blogger Richard Silverstein exposed the name of the missing man last month and Ethiopian-Israelis began raising the issue in street protests.

It was only then, this past week, that the government agreed to lift the gag order, which had applied to Mengistu’s family as well as news media. Family members are now saying that the government forced them to remain silent but failed to respond to their requests for information and help until recently.

An Israeli television station, Channel 10, gave weight to their claims by broadcasting a conversation between a Netanyahu aide and Mengistu’s parents. Israelis heard Lior Lotan, Netanyahu’s representative for missing persons, threaten the family members and warn them against criticizing the government’s handling of the case or blaming it on discrimination.

If they did so, he said, their son would be left “in Gaza for another year.” The recording also captures complaints by Mengistu’s father that he had written to Netanyahu several times and received no response. The prime minister, according to reports, never called the family until just before lifting the gag order.

But nothing of this appears in the Times story. Here we are told that “the news blackout regarding Mr. Mengistu had been imposed with the agreement of his family.” We also hear that Netanyahu is taking a tough line, telling Hamas he holds the party responsible for the welfare of the two men.

Kershner appears eager to counter the charges of discrimination coming from the Ethiopian community and their supporters. She repeatedly links Mengistu’s disappearance to the case of Gilad Shalit, an Askenazi Jew, who was taken captive in 2006 in Gaza and later exchanged for Palestinian prisoners. The Shalit affair “traumatized” Israeli society, she writes, and the Mengistu case threatens to “open old wounds.”

The Shalit affair followed a different route and quickly received widespread publicity in Israel, with a full-scale campaign for his release. Ethiopian-Israelis, who have been protesting government treatment this year, have noted the difference.

Kershner, however, waits until her final paragraphs before she makes brief mention of the Mengistu family’s objections to the government response. Their complaints, she implies, are part of a general “discontent” on the part of Ethiopian Israelis who have made “accusations of discrimination and police harassment.”

Kershner’s story avoids still further evidence that Netanyahu had little interest in the Mengistu case: Several officials in the Security Cabinet and the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee said after the gag order was lifted that they had never received official briefings on the affair.

It was a request from the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Kershner writes, that finally led officials to lift the news blackout. Authorities had rejected previous requests, she writes, adding, “It is not clear what prompted the change.”

In fact, Kershner and others who have followed this story know why the order was rescinded: The silence was broken last month when Silverstein revealed Mengistu’s name in a Mint Press News article. Soon afterwards Ethiopian Israelis showed up on the streets wearing T-shirts with Mengistu’s name.

But the Times gives no credit to Silverstein, who had reported last October that an unnamed man was missing in Gaza. Silverstein recently revealed the name of the second missing man, Hashem al-Sayyed, who apparently disappeared April 20 from his Bedouin village in the Negev. This man’s father also complained of official negligence in his son’s case.

Kershner’s story omits the most telling details of the Mengistu case—the threats against the family, their evidence of negligence and the ignorance of high government officials—while she gives weight to officials’ statements of concern for the missing man. It is all in line with official spin.

As a result, readers are likely to remain ignorant of the full story concerning Mengistu and al-Sayyed. The actions of Netanyahu and the revelations of Israeli racism as they appear in this tale are off-limits in the Times, and the curious and the caring will have to find the full story elsewhere.

iran celebrates nuclear deal

Iranians celebrate signing of nuclear deal

The nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 powers announced today in Vienna will likely go down in history alongside other pioneering historic U.S. initiatives like Nixon’s visit to China, Jimmy Carter’s Camp David Accords, and Reagan-Bush presiding over the end of the Soviet Union.  The agreement would place restraints on Iran’s nuclear program for the next decade in return for eliminating two decades worth of punishing sanctions which have stunted Iran’s economy.  It would allow Iran to continue enriching uranium to 3.6%, which is far below weapons-grade and reduce its highly enriched stockpile from several thousand, down to 300 kg.  It would convert the Arak plutonium reactor so that it could not make a nuclear weapon.  It would open Iran to a full inspections regime, though it’s yet unclear what access would be offered to purely military sites.

niac iran deal posterThe deal has the Republicans and Israelis howling.  Which is as it should be.  Remember that George Bush was offered a Grand Bargain by Pres. Khatami in 2003.  Ending Iran’s nuclear program in return for ending sanctions and normalizing relations.  The Bush-Cheney response was the American version of Khrushchev’s infamous: Nyet.  If a Republican president turned down the most generous offer Iran’s ever made to end its nuclear program, what would you expect his successors in Congress to do?

Among other entertaining comments, Bibi’s warned us that Iran wants to “take over the world.”  Does he realize that the more such ridiculous comments he makes the less seriously anyone in the world takes him?  Does he care?

As an aside, I note a semi-official Birthright alumni group has been enlisted to lobby against the Iran deal.  Though the group claims it is independent of the official Birthright group, it share an important figure, Michael Steinhardt, one of Birthright’s founders and leading donors.  Next time you read pablum from Birthright officials claiming it is non-political, you’ll know where to tell ’em to stick it.

What the deal naysayers don’t realize is that the world will long note and long remember their obstreporousness.  It will remember they turned their backs on this momentous agreement which promises to change relations in the entire region for the better for decades to come.  The world and Americans in particular will liken Republicans who oppose this measure to the John Birchers, the Ku Kluxers, the Hooverites, all those who tried to stand in the way of progress.  When history offers an opportunity to break out of old paradigms and restraints, the brave and bold grasp it.  The frail, frightened and timid walk away uttering old shibboleths.

Bibi Netanyahu is also one of the obdurate.  As Yossi Melman notes, he had a chance to embrace the agreement as an Israeli achievement, even if it didn’t give him all he expected.  Instead, Netanyahu has chosen to adopt the role of the ominous Charles Foster Kane figure who walks the halls muttering beneath his breath.  I picture him walking through the prime minister’s residence with a pint of open pistachio ice cream murmuring: “They’ve ruined me.  What can I do now? Where can I turn?”

The prime minister is a resourceful politician, if not one with great imagination.  He will succeed in switching from the Iranian bogeyman to another suitable one.  He has numerous prospects to choose from: Hamas, Hezbollah, the Democrats (a joke), etc.  But none of these has a nuclear program.  This is what grabs the world’s attention.  So with Iran removed from Bibi’s bag of political tricks, he will become a much reduced figure, something like Ebenezer Scrooge confronting Christmas Future.

Today, history met at the intersection of Destiny and Past.  Bibi and the GOP massed themselves in front of Past.  History chose Destiny instead.

I would never make the mistake of claiming the future holds nothing but hope for all concerned.  Iran and the U.S. still have many outstanding differences.  Even harsh ones.  But the Obama administration and Rouhani government have shown there is a mutual will to overcome them and achieve something enduring that will improve not just their own citizens’ lives, but those of the entire region.

This agreement said nothing about other conflicts in the region like Syria, Iraq, or Yemen, in which Iran is involved.  It confined itself rightly to the nuclear issue.  But there is a huge opportunity in future years for Iran to play a more constructive role in the region.  There is an opportunity to negotiate a resolution of the Syrian quagmire.  There is an opportunity to join forces to end the threat of ISIS in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere.  There is an opportunity for Iran to play a constructive role with its Palestinian allies in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

There is no guarantee that any of the above will happen.  But if I were a betting man I’d wager than at least one of these outcomes will come about.

I’ve written often here about the regional competition between Israel and Iran.  One of the reasons Bibi has adopted such an intransigent position on this matter is that Israel detests any nation challenging power dynamics.  It wants no threat to its military dominance.  Nor commercial competition.  Iran is ten times Israel’s population.  It has everything that other Arab nations around Israel do not: excellent educational system, thriving commercial interests, economic competition, democracy.  It poses a genuine threat to Israel on many fronts.

This new development marks Iran as a herald of the future and Israel as a symbol of the past.  The region now has an opportunity to turn away from the strong-man autocracy represented by Mubarak, al-Sisi, the Saudis and even Assad. It has an opportunity to unite against Israeli miliary adventurism to blaze a new path.  Again, there is no guarantee that the Middle East will embrace this prospect.  It may remain mired in the past.  But this is one of the truly great opportunities to chart a new path.  If T.E. Lawrence were alive today he’d be beating a path to Iran’s door as a harbinger of a new regional future.

Those of us who laughed bitterly when Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize may yet have reason to say he deserved it.  But it’s still an open question.

I’ve just created a petition asking for the Senate, particularly moderate Democrats on the fence, to support the deal and sustain the President’s veto.  Please sign it and circulate it to your social media followers and e mail contacts.