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Israel rift roils Democratic ranks
Politico ^ | 12/7/11 | Ben Smith

Posted on 12/07/2011 10:07:42 AM PST by Nachum

Two of the Democratic Party’s core institutions are challenging a bipartisan consensus on Israel and Palestine that has dominated American foreign policy for more than a decade.

The Center for American Progress, the party’s key hub of ideas and strategy, and Media Matters, a central messaging organization, have emerged as vocal critics of their party’s staunchly pro-Israel congressional leadership and have been at odds, at times, with Barack Obama’s White House, which has acted as a reluctant ally to Benjamin Netanyahu’s Israeli government.

The differences are ones of tone – but also of bright lines of principle – and while they have haven’t yet made any visible impact on Democratic policy, they’ve shaken up the Washington foreign policy conversation and broadened the space for discussing a heretical and often critical stance on Israel heretofore confined to the political margins.

The daily battle is waged in Media Matters’ emails, on CAP’s blogs, Middle East Progress and ThinkProgress and most of all on Twitter, where a Media Mattters official, MJ Rosenberg, regularly heaps vitriol on those who disagree as “Iraq war neocon liar” (the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg) or having “dual loyalties” to the U.S. and Israel (the Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin). And while the Center for American Progress tends to walk a more careful line, warm words for Israel can be hard to find on its blogs.

Events of recent years such as GOP attacks on Obama as insufficiently loyal to Israel, Israel’s controversial raid on a Turkish ship bound for Gaza and debates over the Iranian nuclear program have deepened the divide between some on the Democratic left and the party’s mainstream foreign policy apparatus.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Israel; News/Current Events
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1 posted on 12/07/2011 10:07:47 AM PST by Nachum
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To: Nachum

“The Center for American Progress...and Media Matters...have emerged as vocal critics of their party’s [Democrats] staunchly pro-Israel congressional leadership...”

The Democratic Party “Leadership” is “staunchly pro-Israel?”

In what alternative universe did that happen?
——————————————————————————————”...Barack Obama’s White House...has acted as a reluctant ally to Benjamin Netanyahu’s Israeli government.”


This is a joke, right?
2 posted on 12/07/2011 10:20:42 AM PST by zeestephen
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To: zeestephen

‘This is a joke, right?’

Yes, but the joke is on us. :(


3 posted on 12/07/2011 10:21:38 AM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: zeestephen

By “reluctant ally” they mean the he is not known to have gone as far as privately offering nuclear weapons to the Palestinians.


4 posted on 12/07/2011 10:27:57 AM PST by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: Nachum

If there’s one thing the not-so-pro-Israel Jews I know really hate, it’s being overtly treated as if they’re stupid. If they start thinking Obama is going to make them look (more) stupid, it’s game over for NY fundraising.


5 posted on 12/07/2011 10:36:32 AM PST by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: Nachum
Since the Democratic Party has abandoned the white working class, I don't see why they wouldn't abandon Israel too. One thing they won't be abandoning is intrusive, statist, big-government, nanny-state socialism. Of that you can be sure.
6 posted on 12/07/2011 10:54:21 AM PST by mojito
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To: zeestephen

MJ Rosenberg = MOTHAH-JUMPAH...

POS traitor, iirc he was formerly AIPAC; put him at the top of the list to go to Gitmo.


7 posted on 12/07/2011 10:58:10 AM PST by Yehuda (Expel communists and jihadis... from the planet.)
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To: NativeNewYorker
If there’s one thing the not-so-pro-Israel Jews I know really hate, it’s being overtly treated as if they’re stupid.

So your lib Jew friends don't mind being treated as if they are stupid, as long as it's kind of covert, and they don't have to openly acknowledge that they are dupes. It fits.

8 posted on 12/07/2011 11:34:54 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke The Terrorist Savages)
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To: Nachum

EVERYTHING out of obama or his party is a lie of the 10th power.

LLS


9 posted on 12/07/2011 11:42:38 AM PST by LibLieSlayer ("Americans are hungry to feel once again a sense of mission and greatness." Ronaldo Magnus)
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To: USS Alaska
You have the essence of the situation.

When Sarah Palin was still in the mix, I'd tell my co-religionists at cocktail parties I really liked her...just to watch their heads explode.

"You know, she's written as many Harvard Law Review articles as Obama..."

10 posted on 12/07/2011 11:57:51 AM PST by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: NativeNewYorker
"You know, she's written as many Harvard Law Review articles as Obama..."

L O L ! Perfect.

11 posted on 12/07/2011 12:02:13 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: NativeNewYorker

But they sure will allign with the anti-semite left, but I guess that is considered guile not stupidity.


12 posted on 12/07/2011 12:25:43 PM PST by junta ("Peace is a racket", testimony from crime boss Barrack Hussein Obama.)
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To: junta
My American co-religionists are an unending source of exasperation to me. They think they're SO smart, and SO connected, and SO cool...they don't want to be seen supporting an "out" cause like Israel.

My Christian friends, here and in meatspace, **understand** Israel better than my cocktail party crowd. Feh.

13 posted on 12/07/2011 12:37:56 PM PST by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: Nachum

The Soros-funded Center for the American Progress


14 posted on 12/07/2011 1:06:24 PM PST by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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To: Yehuda
MJ Rosenberg = MOTHAH-JUMPAH... POS traitor, iirc he was formerly AIPAC; put him at the top of the list to go to Gitmo.

Traitor to which country?

15 posted on 12/07/2011 1:50:25 PM PST by mas cerveza por favor
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16 posted on 12/07/2011 3:26:32 PM PST by SJackson (Haven't changed the environment, just take a bath. Eat a piece of chocolate. You need one. Michelle)
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To: Nachum

The left in Israel (and the US) is anti-deomocratic.

In Israel the left wants to get the US to pressure the democratically elected government to change course. They can’t get it done by election because they are a minority so they want it imposed from the outside.

How sick is that.


17 posted on 12/07/2011 3:46:18 PM PST by dervish (female candidates: the last frontier)
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To: mas cerveza por favor

He’s a traitor to his / our country, America, and he’s a traitor to his Jewish heritage.

Except for not wishing to insult my many Christian friends who love the pork, I think someone should send MJR a tube of crazy glue and some very small pieces of bacon, and tell him where to glue it, and undo it (his connection to Judaism).


18 posted on 12/07/2011 4:08:01 PM PST by Yehuda (Expel communists and jihadis... from the planet.)
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To: Nachum; theDentist; zeestephen; SunkenCiv; Clintonfatigued; Yehuda; NativeNewYorker; ...
Normally, the left-leaning Ben Smith of POLITICO annoys me. But after reading this tedious article describing in detail the infighting concerning Israel among the Democrats and their think tank appendages, I must confess to a sense of Schadenfreude. It all seems to portend Obama's loss of a good chunk of the pro-Israel vote come next November.
19 posted on 12/07/2011 5:41:15 PM PST by justiceseeker93
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To: justiceseeker93

Jews, who know nothing of history and the Holocaust and those who would trust and support Hitler are the ones who love Obama, in my opinion.


20 posted on 12/07/2011 5:43:59 PM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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To: justiceseeker93
I hope you are correct. Bismarckian welfare state nonsense cannot be a substitute for Judaism amongst so many of my co religionists (the reform movement especially).

And this is not to mention support for... gay rights (a violation of the Torah btw...).

21 posted on 12/07/2011 6:00:06 PM PST by Stepan12
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To: justiceseeker93; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Thanks justiceseeker93.
22 posted on 12/07/2011 7:16:30 PM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: NativeNewYorker

You think you got it tough, try being a WASP, some think they have transcended to god status, some want to date their close cousins.


23 posted on 12/08/2011 6:30:39 AM PST by junta ("Peace is a racket", testimony from crime boss Barrack Hussein Obama.)
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To: justiceseeker93

Thanks justice, hope what you say comes true!


24 posted on 12/08/2011 9:10:30 PM PST by potlatch (*snip*~ Having the right to be angry does not give one the right to be cruel. ~*snip*)
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