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A Silver Lining for Palestine?
By Samer Araabi
Since Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s call for an independent Palestinian state at the UN General Assembly in September, the mood in Washington towards the Palestinians has turned increasingly hostile. Led by the likes of Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), hawkish “pro-Israel” policymakers and pundits have been pushing for an end to U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority in an effort to punish it. But the steady erosion of Israel’s international legitimacy, combined with diminishing U.S. influence in the region, could well lead to an eventual solution, particularly if this situation forces Israel to loosen its iron grip on the Palestinian territories and participate in meaningful dialogue. Read article.
One War Is Not Enough for GOP Candidates
The GOP presidential candidates, almost without exception, have displayed remarkably tone-deaf attitudes regarding the imminent U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, while revealing a near-unanimous desire to make Iran the next target of U.S. military intervention, doubtless making their myriad neoconservative Machiavellis proud. Read article.
Vitriolic right-wing blogger Rachel Abrams, who comes from a well-established neoconservative family, is notorious for her vindictive, inflated, and sometimes childish rhetoric.
Bonazzi is the executive director of the neoconservative-aligned European Foundation for Democracy, based in Brussels.
A neoconservative media consultant and former AIPAC spokesperson, Toby Dershowitz is vice president of the Likud-linked Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
Devon Gaffney Cross, a longstanding neoconservative activist, has reemerged as a supporter of Texas Governor Rick Perry’s presidential campaign and member of the heavily criticized advocacy group Secure America Now.
A self-styled terrorism “expert” who lends his name to hawkish U.S. policies in the Middle East, former right-wing Lebanese militia member Walid Phares is now advising Mitt Romney’s campaign for president.
Since losing his bid for reelection while under investigation for his ties to an arms contractor, former Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA) has been able to lobby more openly for defense industry interests, including in Libya.
The conservative Democrat from Pennsylvania who served two terms in Congress now works for the same defense contractor—BAE Systems—that he assisted in gaining Pentagon contracts while in office.
Tom Tancredo, the former House Republican notorious for his anti-immigrant activism, has become a leading promoter of Islamophobic rhetoric in the United States.
When he is not busy down playing President Obama’s military successes, the former ambassador to the UN and neoconservative wonk endorses Israeli use of nuclear weapons against Iran.
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