If the Israeli prime minister’s speech is really about security, he’ll talk about the powder keg we call Palestine. Not holding my breath. Is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before Congress truly about Israel’s security? Or is the speech, as Tennessee Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen dubbed it, a “reckless” piece of “high theater for a reelection campaign in Israel”?
The breach of protocol by the Speaker of the House — inviting a foreign head of state to address Congress with the explicit goal of undermining the president's foreign policy — has unleashed furious partisan rancor surrounding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech tomorrow. National Security Adviser Susan Rice deemed the speech "destructive of the fabric of the relationship" between the United States and Israel.
It is safe to say that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s arrival in the U.S. has met with a mixed reaction. In the country at House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation, Netanyahu is scheduled to give a speech to Congress on Tuesday addressing his concerns about the nuclear threat that Iran poses to the world in general, and to Israel in particular.
More than two dozen members of Congress have announced they plan to skip Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial speech to a joint session of Congress on March 3. G.K. Butterfield, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, was one of the first to take this stance.
Benjamin Netanyahu's planned speech to Congress next week has led to much talk of a rift between the Israeli prime minister and the US president, and even between their two countries. Tuesday, national security adviser Susan E. Rice said the growing partisanship regarding Israel is "destructive of the fabric of the relationship."
Twenty-one years have passed since Baruch Goldstein entered Hebron’s Cave of the Patriarchs and massacred dozens of Muslim worshippers. Since then, Palestinians in the city have been placed under a harsh regime of separation and movement restriction. Some of us can’t even leave our own homes.
The sickest imagination of present-day anti-Semites cannot compete with the handiwork of Israel and its emissaries the settlers in Hebron for the past 20 years. The demand for the Jewish return is broken down here into all its raw components: the expulsion of the Palestinians, the destruction of their homes and their cultural legacy, destruction of the economy, extreme ethnic-spatial separation and deranged prohibitions regarding movement and housing, attacks in the name of the Torah, harassment and denial of the other.
Today marks the 21st anniversary of the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre by American-born Jewish settler Baruch Goldstein in Hebron. Since then, the level of Israeli occupation and domination throughout one of the world’s oldest cities continues to rise. I cannot tell you the entire story of what is happening in Palestine right now, but I can share snapshots of what I’ve seen with my eyes...
The jury's verdict comes at one of the weakest points for the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority. Israel is yet again withholding $127 million in tax revenues it collects on “behalf” of the authority to punish the P.L.O. for joining the International Criminal Court. Israel’s electricity company just cut power to two West Bank districts over an alleged $490 million debt.