Jim Lobe

Obama, Netanyahu and the occupation


Jim Lobe, Washington Bureau Chief for Inter Press Service, discusses Hillary Clinton’s emphatic rejection of any kind of Israeli settlement growth, the Obama administration’s (first in a generation) hard-line on Israel, the low probability of a Palestine/Israel 2-state solution even with a settlement freeze and allegations that Netanyahu sees Iran as Amalek – eternal biblical persecutor of Jews.

MP3 here. (26:11)

Jim Lobe is best known for his coverage of U.S. foreign policy, particularly the neo-conservative influence in the Bush administration. The Washington Bureau Chief of the international news agency Inter Press Service (IPS), Lobe has also written for Foreign Policy In Focus, Alternet, Tompaine.com, and was featured in BBC and ABC television documentaries about motivations for the US invasion of Iraq. His articles appear regularly on Antiwar.com.

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  1. The Israelis will not be corralled (sic?) by anyone..They’ll probably attack Persia btwn now and sometime in 2012. Of course they’ll have to pass through Iraqi ( American controlled ) air space..So, it’s effectively and attack fm both of us..And, in fairness, even if it’s not the Pharisees who control the media will no doubt put us in the same boat..With the “Christian” Zionist gang at Fox News and the rest of the Murdoch empire leading the way…
    Politics in this country make no sense. Souter was pro-Roe vs. Wade…And he’s being replaced by another who’s pro-Roe..( Same as O’Connor and Kennedy-repub appointmnts ) So, why the all the ranting? When will the base wake up and realize that this Washington Kabuki theatre is all their ever going to get fm these people?
    And I’m sorry Keith but I still want Hannity waterboarded.

  2. Just an uninformed observation, but think it’s all kabuki before Obama caves to Israel.

    I have lost 3 or 4 Jewish friends (I’m Jewish only by injection) over Israel. They are otherwise sensible people (one was my son’s APUS history teacher in a NYC private school), but completely nutzoid over Israel. From which I conclude that U.S. Jewish support for Israel’s far right is much bigger than you think.

    U.S. Gvt that won’t cave to Israel, not a chance. If no other option, Israel will just wait out Obama’s one-term. Besides which, Obama most often does the opposite to what he sez.

  3. The targeting of schools, Mosques and internationally recognised offices of aid in a massacre, not a war, instigated by Israel which broke the june 2008 ceasefire. The country itself maintained a 90% support base among its population for its murderous rampage. Go to hell Israel! public opinion is changing and I for one hope Israeli politicians are just stupid enough to keep killing children deliberately!, yes that is correct deliberately. Screw objectivity for over half of a century this tiny immoral dirty nation has had its way far too long.

  4. The interlocutors appear to be dancing around the central issue, the disproportionate and overwhelming influence of the tiny but exceedingly well organized Jewish American community (minus all exceptions), or “lobby” if you will, over the foreign policy of this country. To the point that no less than the country’s president, Obama in this narrative, “has to thread carefully” (as stated in this interview) in dealings with that particular Middle Eastern creation’s rulers. Something seems amiss in this equation.

  5. Samson Destroys The Temple

    Then Samson called to the LORD and said, “O Lord GOD, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be avenged upon the Philistines for one of my two eyes.” And Samson grasped the two middle pillars upon which the house rested, and he leaned his weight upon them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other. And Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines.” Then he bowed with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords and upon all the people that were in it. So the dead whom he slew at his death were more than those whom he had slain during his life.

    History will repeat itself!!! Alas! Alas!

  6. It almost looks as if there are two sides erupting accross the placid American media. But as long as we are paying for the tanks, guns, bullets, and bulldozers; it really doesn’t matter how much we complain. No one will remember that we protested this dismal occupation. No one will count those of us who for years have known who gets the water. Our tax dollars are funding the stripping of the ancient landscape to make way for ugly suburbs, where only certain people can live. Probably even the Israelis will blame us for not stopping them. So, yes, alas, alas. We are responsible and we know it. Somehow we keep electing these dolts who can hardly wait to donate our money for more children’s deaths, more stolen lands, more bulldozed olive groves…

  7. In Client State: Japan in the American Embrace, Gavan McCormack demonstrates how Japan’s apparent nationalist turn owes much to the need to conceal the country’s increasing subordination to American imperial designs. However, a closer examination of the driving forces behind the US Empire in the 21st century suggests that both countries may be serving a quite different agenda.

    Read all about that agenda here:


  8. Israel recently incinerated 200,000 sq meters of farmland in Gaza..They fired incendiary bombs into the middle of the farmers fields..How long must the world suffer this Zionist horror..The Israelis even went into the Gaza zoo during their last incursion and killed the animals! They killed a pregnant camel…A mother monkey grabbed her baby and tried to hide in a clay pot but the bastards shot the pot and killed them both..Not to mention the deliberate targeting of civilians incl. children and the elderly…Yeah, it’s hard to speak truthfully about these people and maintain charity but that’s not our fault!! And we blame the arabs for the way they feel towards them?!?!?

  9. Finally after decades of US administrations’ funding and allowing Israel’s rampage against its Arab “neighbors” and the Palestinians, we are taking a more sane and just path that is in our national interest. This will no doubt be seen as a positive step in Iran, and open more constructive negotiations.
    Howeve, another mossad assisted terrorist attack could derail everything. Hopefully our vast homeland security network has its eyes on all the Israeli agents and terrorists here also.

  10. I think Lobe is wrong about what happened when Netanyahu came to town. Netanyahu clearly won a tough deadline from Obama and gave up nothing. What has happened since offers hope that Obama has decided to take the high road, backing away from tough talk re. Iran and offering some tough talk re. settlements, but it remains to be seen whether Obama has the political courage to make any of that stick.

  11. Well congress backed Obama in puting pressure on Israel? Already AIPAC mobilize some 325 congressional deligates to write letter to the president indicating that they want Obama to take it easy on Israel and put more demands to the Palistinian and Arab countries to recognize Israel first and foremost. Are these 325 people put American interest or somebody else?

  12. They’re putting Israel’s interests first, as always…Why? Some really have convinced themselves that our interests are identical..These are the mind-numbed ideologues..Some know their campaign cash flow will dry up if they grow a pair..But both types are very bad for us.

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