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https://plus.google.com/108665467027295001895 Kevin Patrick : A Hillary Clinton nomination would be a catastrophe..... THU NOV 06, 2014 AT 03:33 PM PST The Real ...
A Hillary Clinton nomination would be a catastrophe.....

THU NOV 06, 2014 AT 03:33 PM PST
The Real Story of the 2014 Election: Who Lost
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Daily Kaos

  To put it simply, look at this:

 Having comprised 10 % of the Democratic Party's caucus in the 113th Congress, the Blue Dogs will have accounted for 50% of the Democratic Party's lost seats (7 of 14 seats) during the 2014 midterms. Members of the centrist New Democrat Coalition account for the balance of lost seats. The largest membership organization within the Democratic Caucus, the Congressional Progressive Caucus, lost no seats to Republicans.
 That's a pretty powerful message. This is the coalition that helped push through the 2005 Bankruptcy Reform bill with the help of Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden.
  On Tuesday the Democrats biggest upset losses were from here.
 In two of the biggest upsets of the night, Blue Dog Reps. John Barrow (D-Ga.) and Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) lost reelection.
   Rep. Pete Gallego (D-Texas) also lost, while Rep. Jim Costa (D-Calif.) was trailing in a race still too close to call on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Rep. Ron Barber (D-Ariz.) was tied in his race against retired Air Force Col. Martha McSally (R).
 Blue Dogs are notorious for being disloyal to the Democratic Party. In 2007 the Blue Dog Coalition refused to contribute to the DCCC due to anti-war comments from the Progressive Caucus. Back then the Blue Dog Coalition was nearly four times as large as it will be in January.
   The Blue Dogs also got crushed in the 2010 elections.
The progressive base showed up Tuesday. The conservative voters who weren't the base didn't.

  If it was just a matter of conservative Democrats in red and purple states on Tuesday, then why did:

  Minimum wage raises get passed in Arkansas, Alaska, Nebraska, and South Dakota.

  Phoenix voters rejected an attack on municipal worker's pensions.

  Maybe, just maybe, voters didn't reject Democrats or endorsed Republicans, but instead were mad about the economy, and Democratic voters expect their party to do something about that, while Republicans voters are OK with pandering to the wealthy.

6:20 PM PT: The good news for the Blue Dogs: they are just one more mid-term election away from being the most environmentally friendly caucus, because they will be able to host their next caucus meeting in a Prius.

9:05 PM PT: A lot of people have correctly pointed out that the Blue Dogs have generally run in purple and red districts, and that is why they are being shellacked.

   However, that's not much of a excuse because...they are being shellacked.
 The Blue Dog Caucus has gone from 54 in 2008 to 12 in 2015. If they were a college basketball team with that record they would have gone from NCAA Division 1 to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
  And yet some still don't want to fire the head coach.
  Running DINOs in purple districts is a losing strategy, and a losing badly one at that. So why should we keep investing in a losing strategy - running Democrats that look like Republicans in conservative districts?

   Those who would answer with "What other choice do we have?" are suffering from a lack of imagination.

  I want to offer my two cents.

Everyone is aware of political branding. It's catchy. It's popular. And it's a factor for low-information voters.

  For some reason in this past election there were no 3rd party candidates on the California ballot (an extremely undemocratic and disturbing trend). Faced with an either/or choice, I voted Democrat all the way down the line. This is despite the fact that I didn't know how most of them stood on the issues.

  That's how a lot of people vote. A Democratic gun-loving, abortion-hating, tax-cut austerity candidate in a conservative district is always going to be at a disadvantage against a Republican gun-loving, abortion-hating, tax-cut austerity candidate. The low-information conservative is going to vote for the 'R' because of the brand.

  Think of it this way: Wendys is known for greasy burgers and Dominos is known for cardboard pizza.

   Let's say Wendys started selling cardboard pizza. Maybe they used a better grade of cardboard and cheese-whiz in their pizza than Dominos, and they bought a bunch of TV ads telling everyone that their pizza taste marginally better than Dominos.

   A majority of people will still want their traditional cardboard pizza from Dominos because the brand of Wendys makes you think of undercooked burgers dripping with grease, not pizza.

  Blue Dog Democrats are our cardboard pizza.

So instead of trying to sell the idea that some of our candidates are "different", how about we try selling the idea that our candidates are better instead?


Fri Nov 07, 2014 at 11:14 AM PT: link:

  In exit polls, about 90 percent of people who voted for Republicans said they were worried about economic conditions, compared with just 67 percent of those who chose Democrats, according to data from CNN.
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https://plus.google.com/110978466694502826899 Nisha Shah : Why Benjamin Netanyahu Lost His Mind By Jonathan Chait It’s Bibi vs. Obama again! Don't you get sick...
Why Benjamin Netanyahu Lost His Mind
By Jonathan Chait
It’s Bibi vs. Obama again! Don't you get sick of these guy's fighting? So are a LOT of other people.


The Administration is (as usual) furious with #Netanyahu for ‘interfering’ in US affairs, and the usual “unnamed officials” that scuttle about the White House has let us know it yet again:

“We thought we’ve seen everything,” [Ha’aretz] quoted an unnamed senior US official as saying. “But Bibi managed to surprise even us.

“There are things you simply don’t do. He spat in our face publicly and that’s no way to behave. Netanyahu ought to remember that President #Obama has a year and a half left to his presidency, and that there will be a price,” he said.

Officials in #Washington said that the “chickenshit” epithet — with which an anonymous administration official branded Netanyahu several months ago — was mild compared to the language used in the White House when news of Netanyahu’s planned speech came in.
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in one of his trademark gestures of narcissistic venality, decided to set up an address to the United States Congress without notifying the executive branch of the American government. The maneuver is so unusual that Netanyahu’s former ally and ambassador to the U.S. called on him to reverse course. Even Fox News has questioned him. Jeffrey Goldberg attempts to understand what Netanyahu might have been thinking. “Why doesn’t Netanyahu understand that alienating #Democrats is not in the best interest of his country?” he asks. “From what I can tell, he doubts that Democrats are — or will be shortly — a natural constituency for Israel, and he clearly believes that Obama is a genuine adversary.”

Netanyahu’s behavior might be best understood as the expression of a kind of apocalypticism that has always colored right-wing Zionist thought, but which has gained force over the last dozen years or so. Right-wing Zionists have grown increasingly convinced of a series of interconnected propositions: that Israel (or the Jewish people) faces an existential threat; that opposition to Israel is a pure function of #anti-Semitism and therefore cannot be mollified; and that liberal #Zionists are at best useless as allies and at worst detrimental to the cause of preserving Israel from the onslaught.

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One obvious cause of the Zionist right’s deepening millennialism is #Iran’s quest to obtain a nuclear weapon. In comparison with other military threats to Israel, right-wing and liberal Zionists think of this development in strikingly different terms. Moderates and liberals consider a nuclearized Iran a serious strategic problem. But they also consider military options useless to stop it, and further believe that a nuclear Iran can be deterred. (Kenneth Pollack, a former Clinton aide most famous as an Iraq hawk, has made the case for the possibility of deterring Iran.) In this view, Iran’s nuclear ambitions represent a threat to be avoided, if at all possible, with sanctions and covert sabotage. Conservative #Zionists see the matter much more starkly. The Iranian nuclear program is an existential threat best understood in the context of the Holocaust denialism of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Another window into this psychology comes from a long, portentous editorial in Commentary, which was once an important journal of Jewish-American thought that has become a somewhat-important journal of right-wing Jewish-American thought. After lingering over the alarming rise in anti-Semitism in France, which Commentary’s editors correctly interpret as further justification for the existence of a Jewish homeland, the editorial turns to the perfidy of the liberal Zionists. The need for a #Jewish state is shared by #liberal Zionists, Commentary concedes, but the trouble is that liberal Zionists also demand that Israel hold itself to certain standards of international behavior and domestic governance. Commentary devises what it imagines to be an insult for these squeamish quasi-Zionists: “conditional Zionists.” As the editorial sneers, “If Israel does not behave as the conditional Zionists wish it to behave, if it does not enact policies the conditional Zionists wish it to enact, if it does not confront its own external challenges in a manner that salves the consciences of the conditional Zionists, then it is not deserving of their support.”

This is a remarkable way to put it. Obviously, liberal and conservative Zionists differ as to what sorts of standards Israel ought to be held to. But Commentary isn’t arguing for different standards. It is arguing against standards at all. If you are not a “conditional Zionist” whose support for Israel is predicated on Israel meeting certain standards of behavior, then you are an unconditional Zionist who would support even an Israeli government that abolished elections and eradicated the Palestinian population.

Whether Commentary actually believes the implications of its own arguments is hard to say. Its argument is best understood as an expression of the Zionist right’s sense of trauma and encirclement — indeed, most of Commentary's editorial is devoted to anti-Semitism in Europe, with which it is justifiably concerned, rather than defending its wild arguments about liberals. The Zionist right has no long-term strategy and is so consumed with terror it can barely even think beyond the current moment to formulate one. Netanyahu and his allies have no plan to out-maneuver Israel’s enemies, so the next best thing that occurs to them is to alienate its friends.

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/01/why-benjamin-netanyahu-lost-his-mind.html

Foreign Funding Bankrolls Anti-Netanyahu Campaign – Flies in 5-Man Obama Team

Haaretz reporter Roi Arad revealed in an article in the Hebrew edition today that the foreign funded organization, “One Voice”, is bankrolling the V-2015 campaign to defeat Binyamin Netanyahu’s national camp in the March 2015 Knesset Elections.

One indication of the generous financing is that it has now flown in a team of five American campaign experts (including Jeremy Bird, the Obama campaign's national field director) who will run the campaign out of offices taking up the ground floor of a Tel Aviv office building.

V-2015 is careful not to support a specific party - rather “just not Bibi”. As such, the foreign funds pouring into the campaign are not subject to
Israel’s campaign finance laws.
Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director IMRA

http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=66198

Obama to Netanyahu: Stop pushing Congress toward new sanctions on Iran

Obama, #Biden and #Kerry would shun Israeli prime minister during his visit to Washington on March; 'Netanyahu spat in our face. There will be a price,' #US official says.

U.S. President Barack Obama has demanded that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stop encouraging U.S. senators and congressmen to advance new sanctions legislation against Iran.

A senior American official, who asked to remain anonymous due to the diplomatic sensitivity of the issue, said Obama gave Netanyahu this message during a telephone call on Monday, January 12.

Obama stressed to Netanyahu that he is seeking to reach an agreement with Iran that will prevent it from obtaining nuclear weapons and assure the international community in a verifiable fashion that Iran’s nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only, the official added. But new sanctions legislation is liable to sabotage the negotiations that Obama and five other countries are conducting with Iran, the president said. He told the Israeli leader that should such legislation pass Congress, he intends to veto it.

Obama also warned Netanyahu not to meddle in the battle he is waging against Congress over the sanctions legislation, the official said. This warning was issued more than a week before Speaker of the House John #Boehner publicly invited Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress. Netanyahu’s address, which will take place at the height of the battle between Obama and the Republican-controlled Congress, is expected to focus on the Iranian nuclear issue and what he sees as the need to ratchet up the pressure on the Iran.

At Netanyahu’s behest, both Israeli Ambassador to Washington Ron #Dermer and members of #AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, have been urging members of Congress in recent weeks to advance legislation to impose new sanctions on Iran. Netanyahu has also urged new sanctions on Iran in all his meetings with American legislators, including his meeting earlier this week with a delegation headed by #Republican Senator John #McCain.

The White House is well aware of the efforts Netanyahu and Dermer have been making to advance sanctions legislation, as senior Republican legislators have made no effort to hide them. One senior Republican senator, Lindsey Graham, who has visited Israel twice in recent weeks, has been particularly outspoken. In a joint statement issued at the start of a meeting between Graham and Netanyahu at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem on December 29, Netanyahu declared on camera that new sanctions on Iran are needed. Graham then responded, also on camera, that Congress “will follow your lead” on the Iranian issue, and that new sanctions legislation would be brought to a vote soon.

Tensions between Obama and Netanyahu over the latter's maneuvers in #Congress intensified further and became an all-out crisis following an invitation extended to Netanyahu to address Congress – an invitation brewed jointly by Israel's ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer, and top members of the Republican party.

Netanyahu was invited to speak before Congress on February 11, but on Thursday, the PM asked U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner to push back the address to March 3 – merely two weeks before the Israeli elections. Boehner confirmed that Netanyahu wanted to coordinate his speech with the pro-Israel AIPAC conference in Washington, D.C. on March 1.

The Obama administration voiced its anger at the snub, and acted in response on Thursday. The White House announced that President Barack Obama will not meet with Netanyahu during his visit. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will also forgo meeting with Netanyahu, a spokeswoman for the State Department told Reuters. Vice President Joe Biden is also expected to do the same.

The White House cited the proximity of the Israeli election to Netanyahu's visit, and the desire to refrain from interfering in the election.

"As a matter of long-standing practice and principle, we do not see heads of state or candidates in close proximity to their elections," said National Security Council Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan.

In what seemed to be a message to Netanyahu ahead of his address, Meehan added that "the President has been clear about his opposition to Congress passing new legislation on Iran that could undermine our negotiations and divide the international community. The President has had many conversations with the Prime Minister on this matter, and I am sure they will continue to be in contact on this and other important matters.”

Nevertheless, hiding behind this diplomatic language was enormous anger on the part of the White House over the fact that Netanyahu has been working behind the U.S. administration's back regarding the Congress address, which led to the decision to completely ostracize the PM during his visit.

"We thought we've seen everything," a senior American official said. "But Bibi managed to surprise even us. There are things you simply don't do. He spat in our face publicly and that's no way to behave. Netanyahu ought to remember that President Obama has a year and a half left to his presidency, and that there will be a price."

Netanyahu's office tried to soften the severity of the clash with the White House. The PM's office stressed that the invitation was made "in the name of the bipartisan leadership within the House of Representatives and the Senate," and added that "speaking before both houses of Congress will allow for the prime minster to thank President Obama, Congress, and the American people for supporting Israel."

Netanyahu himself said that his invitation to Congress "reflects the special friendship between Israel and the U.S., as well as the strong bipartisan support for Israel throughout the U.S."


http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.638604
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For Clinton, deciding how to prepare for a low-key primary

(AP) The challenge ahead for Hillary Rodham Clinton is one faced by few White House hopefuls: running a primary campaign in which she faces little competition, if any at all. Still not officially a candidate, the former New York senator, secretary of state and first lady sits far atop early polls against a small field of potential rivals for the Democratic nomination. None of them seems to be in any hurry to move into the race. Few Democrats see an insurgent candidate in the mold of Barack Obama on the horizon. That raises the potential of a pedestrian Democratic primary season with few televised debates and little of the drama expected from a crowded and likely combative race on the Republican side. “No one wants a complete coronation, but it’s hard to see who a credible challenger will be,” said Steve Westly, a California-based fundraiser for Obama’s campaigns who is supporting Clinton. Clinton has been meeting in New York with a group of advisers that includes longtime loyalists and veterans of Obama’s races. But the work of campaign planning involves trying to figure out when to get into the race, how to avoid giving off a sense of inevitability and how to generate enthusiasm among the party’s base for the general election without the benefit of a spirited fight for the nomination. “All indications are that she’s casting a wide net, talking to smart people, and being methodical about thinking through her next steps,” said Donna Brazile, a Democratic strategist and Clinton ally. “And having run a presidential campaign, this is how you go about making this decision and next steps.” The first step? Deciding when to get into the race. Clinton’s timeline for announcing her candidacy remains a subject of debate inside her team, according to Democrats familiar with the discussions. Some advisers are pushing the possibility of a springtime announcement. Others suggest she could wait until the summer, giving her team more time to get ready. Some insiders note that her husband, Bill Clinton, did not launch his first presidential campaign until October 1991, a few months before the first primaries of the 1992 race. In the already competitive Republican field, the aggressive moves of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush appear to have chased Mitt Romney into and out of the race. But the potential Democratic competition is not putting any pressure on Clinton to move quickly. Vice President Joe Biden has said he will not make a decision until the spring or the summer. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a liberal favorite, insists she’s not running. Others, such as ex-Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb and independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are relatively unknown nationally and are not expected to decide until later in the spring. Clinton appears in no rush. She has a limited number of public appearances in the coming months, leaving outside groups to fill the void. Ready for Hillary, a pro-Clinton super political action committee, has a number of low-dollar fundraisers on the calendar, including an event in New York next month with former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean. “The question is what advantage is the Clinton campaign giving up by not being active in Iowa as a candidate today? And I can’t think of any,” said Jerry Crawford, a Des Moines lawyer who served as Clinton’s Midwest co-chairman in 2008. Clinton has suggested one the potential for voters to see her as entitled to the nomination. She was hurt by sky-high expectations in her last campaign and finished a disappointing third in Iowa’s caucuses, sparking Obama’s ascent. “If I were to decide to pursue it, I would be working as hard as any underdog or any newcomer because I don’t want to take anything for granted if I decide to do it,” Clinton said in a June interview. Clinton’s main obstacles during a quiet primary campaign could come from Republicans and GOP-leaning outside groups, which already are trying to discredit her record at the State Department and tie her to Obama’s policies. Several Republicans took swipes at Clinton at an Iowa forum last weekend, as did Romney in a speech in Mississippi this past week. “Hillary Clinton clearly feels she’s entitled to the presidency and is taking the race for granted like she did in 2008,” said Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus, reflecting the GOP’s intense focus on Clinton. Such GOP criticism could rile her supporters. But a low-key primary could limit her campaign’s ability to test its organizational strength and its opportunities to seize on important moments a primary night, debate, major address that often fuel online fundraising and list-building. During the last contested Democratic campaign, the party’s first presidential debate was held in South Carolina in April 2007 and the field went on to take part in more than two dozen such events. With no announced candidates, a springtime debate already appears unlikely. Still, there are benefits to the lack of a challenge. Even with Republicans as the main foil, a relatively uncontested primary would give Clinton a clear path to raise millions of dollars and build a campaign organization, a benefit normally bestowed to an incumbent president, and perhaps keep her above the political fray. “I’m really excited for these next two years,” said Neera Tanden, a former Clinton policy adviser who spoke at a Ready for Hillary event in Washington last week. “You know with any Clinton adventure, it’s a roller coaster. It will be very exciting. And she’s really going to need all of us to step up.” _ Follow Ken Thomas on Twitter: http://twitter.com/KThomasDC Source: http://mynews13.com/
http://newsinfl.com/for-clinton-deciding-how-to-prepare-for-a-low-key-primary/
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https://plus.google.com/108486054056571017475 Nada Hijazi : Why Benjamin Netanyahu Lost His Mind By Jonathan Chait It’s Bibi vs. Obama again! Don't you get sick...
Why Benjamin Netanyahu Lost His Mind
By Jonathan Chait
It’s Bibi vs. Obama again! Don't you get sick of these guy's fighting? So are a LOT of other people.


The Administration is (as usual) furious with #Netanyahu for ‘interfering’ in US affairs, and the usual “unnamed officials” that scuttle about the White House has let us know it yet again:

“We thought we’ve seen everything,” [Ha’aretz] quoted an unnamed senior US official as saying. “But Bibi managed to surprise even us.

“There are things you simply don’t do. He spat in our face publicly and that’s no way to behave. Netanyahu ought to remember that President #Obama has a year and a half left to his presidency, and that there will be a price,” he said.

Officials in #Washington said that the “chickenshit” epithet — with which an anonymous administration official branded Netanyahu several months ago — was mild compared to the language used in the White House when news of Netanyahu’s planned speech came in.
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in one of his trademark gestures of narcissistic venality, decided to set up an address to the United States Congress without notifying the executive branch of the American government. The maneuver is so unusual that Netanyahu’s former ally and ambassador to the U.S. called on him to reverse course. Even Fox News has questioned him. Jeffrey Goldberg attempts to understand what Netanyahu might have been thinking. “Why doesn’t Netanyahu understand that alienating #Democrats is not in the best interest of his country?” he asks. “From what I can tell, he doubts that Democrats are — or will be shortly — a natural constituency for Israel, and he clearly believes that Obama is a genuine adversary.”

Netanyahu’s behavior might be best understood as the expression of a kind of apocalypticism that has always colored right-wing Zionist thought, but which has gained force over the last dozen years or so. Right-wing Zionists have grown increasingly convinced of a series of interconnected propositions: that Israel (or the Jewish people) faces an existential threat; that opposition to Israel is a pure function of #anti-Semitism and therefore cannot be mollified; and that liberal #Zionists are at best useless as allies and at worst detrimental to the cause of preserving Israel from the onslaught.

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One obvious cause of the Zionist right’s deepening millennialism is #Iran’s quest to obtain a nuclear weapon. In comparison with other military threats to Israel, right-wing and liberal Zionists think of this development in strikingly different terms. Moderates and liberals consider a nuclearized Iran a serious strategic problem. But they also consider military options useless to stop it, and further believe that a nuclear Iran can be deterred. (Kenneth Pollack, a former Clinton aide most famous as an Iraq hawk, has made the case for the possibility of deterring Iran.) In this view, Iran’s nuclear ambitions represent a threat to be avoided, if at all possible, with sanctions and covert sabotage. Conservative #Zionists see the matter much more starkly. The Iranian nuclear program is an existential threat best understood in the context of the Holocaust denialism of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Another window into this psychology comes from a long, portentous editorial in Commentary, which was once an important journal of Jewish-American thought that has become a somewhat-important journal of right-wing Jewish-American thought. After lingering over the alarming rise in anti-Semitism in France, which Commentary’s editors correctly interpret as further justification for the existence of a Jewish homeland, the editorial turns to the perfidy of the liberal Zionists. The need for a #Jewish state is shared by #liberal Zionists, Commentary concedes, but the trouble is that liberal Zionists also demand that Israel hold itself to certain standards of international behavior and domestic governance. Commentary devises what it imagines to be an insult for these squeamish quasi-Zionists: “conditional Zionists.” As the editorial sneers, “If Israel does not behave as the conditional Zionists wish it to behave, if it does not enact policies the conditional Zionists wish it to enact, if it does not confront its own external challenges in a manner that salves the consciences of the conditional Zionists, then it is not deserving of their support.”

This is a remarkable way to put it. Obviously, liberal and conservative Zionists differ as to what sorts of standards Israel ought to be held to. But Commentary isn’t arguing for different standards. It is arguing against standards at all. If you are not a “conditional Zionist” whose support for Israel is predicated on Israel meeting certain standards of behavior, then you are an unconditional Zionist who would support even an Israeli government that abolished elections and eradicated the Palestinian population.

Whether Commentary actually believes the implications of its own arguments is hard to say. Its argument is best understood as an expression of the Zionist right’s sense of trauma and encirclement — indeed, most of Commentary's editorial is devoted to anti-Semitism in Europe, with which it is justifiably concerned, rather than defending its wild arguments about liberals. The Zionist right has no long-term strategy and is so consumed with terror it can barely even think beyond the current moment to formulate one. Netanyahu and his allies have no plan to out-maneuver Israel’s enemies, so the next best thing that occurs to them is to alienate its friends.

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/01/why-benjamin-netanyahu-lost-his-mind.html

Foreign Funding Bankrolls Anti-Netanyahu Campaign – Flies in 5-Man Obama Team

Haaretz reporter Roi Arad revealed in an article in the Hebrew edition today that the foreign funded organization, “One Voice”, is bankrolling the V-2015 campaign to defeat Binyamin Netanyahu’s national camp in the March 2015 Knesset Elections.

One indication of the generous financing is that it has now flown in a team of five American campaign experts (including Jeremy Bird, the Obama campaign's national field director) who will run the campaign out of offices taking up the ground floor of a Tel Aviv office building.

V-2015 is careful not to support a specific party - rather “just not Bibi”. As such, the foreign funds pouring into the campaign are not subject to
Israel’s campaign finance laws.
Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director IMRA

http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=66198

Obama to Netanyahu: Stop pushing Congress toward new sanctions on Iran

Obama, #Biden and #Kerry would shun Israeli prime minister during his visit to Washington on March; 'Netanyahu spat in our face. There will be a price,' #US official says.

U.S. President Barack Obama has demanded that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stop encouraging U.S. senators and congressmen to advance new sanctions legislation against Iran.

A senior American official, who asked to remain anonymous due to the diplomatic sensitivity of the issue, said Obama gave Netanyahu this message during a telephone call on Monday, January 12.

Obama stressed to Netanyahu that he is seeking to reach an agreement with Iran that will prevent it from obtaining nuclear weapons and assure the international community in a verifiable fashion that Iran’s nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only, the official added. But new sanctions legislation is liable to sabotage the negotiations that Obama and five other countries are conducting with Iran, the president said. He told the Israeli leader that should such legislation pass Congress, he intends to veto it.

Obama also warned Netanyahu not to meddle in the battle he is waging against Congress over the sanctions legislation, the official said. This warning was issued more than a week before Speaker of the House John #Boehner publicly invited Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress. Netanyahu’s address, which will take place at the height of the battle between Obama and the Republican-controlled Congress, is expected to focus on the Iranian nuclear issue and what he sees as the need to ratchet up the pressure on the Iran.

At Netanyahu’s behest, both Israeli Ambassador to Washington Ron #Dermer and members of #AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, have been urging members of Congress in recent weeks to advance legislation to impose new sanctions on Iran. Netanyahu has also urged new sanctions on Iran in all his meetings with American legislators, including his meeting earlier this week with a delegation headed by #Republican Senator John #McCain.

The White House is well aware of the efforts Netanyahu and Dermer have been making to advance sanctions legislation, as senior Republican legislators have made no effort to hide them. One senior Republican senator, Lindsey Graham, who has visited Israel twice in recent weeks, has been particularly outspoken. In a joint statement issued at the start of a meeting between Graham and Netanyahu at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem on December 29, Netanyahu declared on camera that new sanctions on Iran are needed. Graham then responded, also on camera, that Congress “will follow your lead” on the Iranian issue, and that new sanctions legislation would be brought to a vote soon.

Tensions between Obama and Netanyahu over the latter's maneuvers in #Congress intensified further and became an all-out crisis following an invitation extended to Netanyahu to address Congress – an invitation brewed jointly by Israel's ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer, and top members of the Republican party.

Netanyahu was invited to speak before Congress on February 11, but on Thursday, the PM asked U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner to push back the address to March 3 – merely two weeks before the Israeli elections. Boehner confirmed that Netanyahu wanted to coordinate his speech with the pro-Israel AIPAC conference in Washington, D.C. on March 1.

The Obama administration voiced its anger at the snub, and acted in response on Thursday. The White House announced that President Barack Obama will not meet with Netanyahu during his visit. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will also forgo meeting with Netanyahu, a spokeswoman for the State Department told Reuters. Vice President Joe Biden is also expected to do the same.

The White House cited the proximity of the Israeli election to Netanyahu's visit, and the desire to refrain from interfering in the election.

"As a matter of long-standing practice and principle, we do not see heads of state or candidates in close proximity to their elections," said National Security Council Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan.

In what seemed to be a message to Netanyahu ahead of his address, Meehan added that "the President has been clear about his opposition to Congress passing new legislation on Iran that could undermine our negotiations and divide the international community. The President has had many conversations with the Prime Minister on this matter, and I am sure they will continue to be in contact on this and other important matters.”

Nevertheless, hiding behind this diplomatic language was enormous anger on the part of the White House over the fact that Netanyahu has been working behind the U.S. administration's back regarding the Congress address, which led to the decision to completely ostracize the PM during his visit.

"We thought we've seen everything," a senior American official said. "But Bibi managed to surprise even us. There are things you simply don't do. He spat in our face publicly and that's no way to behave. Netanyahu ought to remember that President Obama has a year and a half left to his presidency, and that there will be a price."

Netanyahu's office tried to soften the severity of the clash with the White House. The PM's office stressed that the invitation was made "in the name of the bipartisan leadership within the House of Representatives and the Senate," and added that "speaking before both houses of Congress will allow for the prime minster to thank President Obama, Congress, and the American people for supporting Israel."

Netanyahu himself said that his invitation to Congress "reflects the special friendship between Israel and the U.S., as well as the strong bipartisan support for Israel throughout the U.S."


http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.638604
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https://plus.google.com/108948049605345910836 Petia Ganeva : Why Benjamin Netanyahu Lost His Mind By Jonathan Chait It’s Bibi vs. Obama again! Don't you get sick...
Why Benjamin Netanyahu Lost His Mind
By Jonathan Chait
It’s Bibi vs. Obama again! Don't you get sick of these guy's fighting? So are a LOT of other people.


The Administration is (as usual) furious with #Netanyahu for ‘interfering’ in US affairs, and the usual “unnamed officials” that scuttle about the White House has let us know it yet again:

“We thought we’ve seen everything,” [Ha’aretz] quoted an unnamed senior US official as saying. “But Bibi managed to surprise even us.

“There are things you simply don’t do. He spat in our face publicly and that’s no way to behave. Netanyahu ought to remember that President #Obama has a year and a half left to his presidency, and that there will be a price,” he said.

Officials in #Washington said that the “chickenshit” epithet — with which an anonymous administration official branded Netanyahu several months ago — was mild compared to the language used in the White House when news of Netanyahu’s planned speech came in.
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in one of his trademark gestures of narcissistic venality, decided to set up an address to the United States Congress without notifying the executive branch of the American government. The maneuver is so unusual that Netanyahu’s former ally and ambassador to the U.S. called on him to reverse course. Even Fox News has questioned him. Jeffrey Goldberg attempts to understand what Netanyahu might have been thinking. “Why doesn’t Netanyahu understand that alienating #Democrats is not in the best interest of his country?” he asks. “From what I can tell, he doubts that Democrats are — or will be shortly — a natural constituency for Israel, and he clearly believes that Obama is a genuine adversary.”

Netanyahu’s behavior might be best understood as the expression of a kind of apocalypticism that has always colored right-wing Zionist thought, but which has gained force over the last dozen years or so. Right-wing Zionists have grown increasingly convinced of a series of interconnected propositions: that Israel (or the Jewish people) faces an existential threat; that opposition to Israel is a pure function of #anti-Semitism and therefore cannot be mollified; and that liberal #Zionists are at best useless as allies and at worst detrimental to the cause of preserving Israel from the onslaught.

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One obvious cause of the Zionist right’s deepening millennialism is #Iran’s quest to obtain a nuclear weapon. In comparison with other military threats to Israel, right-wing and liberal Zionists think of this development in strikingly different terms. Moderates and liberals consider a nuclearized Iran a serious strategic problem. But they also consider military options useless to stop it, and further believe that a nuclear Iran can be deterred. (Kenneth Pollack, a former Clinton aide most famous as an Iraq hawk, has made the case for the possibility of deterring Iran.) In this view, Iran’s nuclear ambitions represent a threat to be avoided, if at all possible, with sanctions and covert sabotage. Conservative #Zionists see the matter much more starkly. The Iranian nuclear program is an existential threat best understood in the context of the Holocaust denialism of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Another window into this psychology comes from a long, portentous editorial in Commentary, which was once an important journal of Jewish-American thought that has become a somewhat-important journal of right-wing Jewish-American thought. After lingering over the alarming rise in anti-Semitism in France, which Commentary’s editors correctly interpret as further justification for the existence of a Jewish homeland, the editorial turns to the perfidy of the liberal Zionists. The need for a #Jewish state is shared by #liberal Zionists, Commentary concedes, but the trouble is that liberal Zionists also demand that Israel hold itself to certain standards of international behavior and domestic governance. Commentary devises what it imagines to be an insult for these squeamish quasi-Zionists: “conditional Zionists.” As the editorial sneers, “If Israel does not behave as the conditional Zionists wish it to behave, if it does not enact policies the conditional Zionists wish it to enact, if it does not confront its own external challenges in a manner that salves the consciences of the conditional Zionists, then it is not deserving of their support.”

This is a remarkable way to put it. Obviously, liberal and conservative Zionists differ as to what sorts of standards Israel ought to be held to. But Commentary isn’t arguing for different standards. It is arguing against standards at all. If you are not a “conditional Zionist” whose support for Israel is predicated on Israel meeting certain standards of behavior, then you are an unconditional Zionist who would support even an Israeli government that abolished elections and eradicated the Palestinian population.

Whether Commentary actually believes the implications of its own arguments is hard to say. Its argument is best understood as an expression of the Zionist right’s sense of trauma and encirclement — indeed, most of Commentary's editorial is devoted to anti-Semitism in Europe, with which it is justifiably concerned, rather than defending its wild arguments about liberals. The Zionist right has no long-term strategy and is so consumed with terror it can barely even think beyond the current moment to formulate one. Netanyahu and his allies have no plan to out-maneuver Israel’s enemies, so the next best thing that occurs to them is to alienate its friends.

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/01/why-benjamin-netanyahu-lost-his-mind.html

Foreign Funding Bankrolls Anti-Netanyahu Campaign – Flies in 5-Man Obama Team

Haaretz reporter Roi Arad revealed in an article in the Hebrew edition today that the foreign funded organization, “One Voice”, is bankrolling the V-2015 campaign to defeat Binyamin Netanyahu’s national camp in the March 2015 Knesset Elections.

One indication of the generous financing is that it has now flown in a team of five American campaign experts (including Jeremy Bird, the Obama campaign's national field director) who will run the campaign out of offices taking up the ground floor of a Tel Aviv office building.

V-2015 is careful not to support a specific party - rather “just not Bibi”. As such, the foreign funds pouring into the campaign are not subject to
Israel’s campaign finance laws.
Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director IMRA

http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=66198

Obama to Netanyahu: Stop pushing Congress toward new sanctions on Iran

Obama, #Biden and #Kerry would shun Israeli prime minister during his visit to Washington on March; 'Netanyahu spat in our face. There will be a price,' #US official says.

U.S. President Barack Obama has demanded that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stop encouraging U.S. senators and congressmen to advance new sanctions legislation against Iran.

A senior American official, who asked to remain anonymous due to the diplomatic sensitivity of the issue, said Obama gave Netanyahu this message during a telephone call on Monday, January 12.

Obama stressed to Netanyahu that he is seeking to reach an agreement with Iran that will prevent it from obtaining nuclear weapons and assure the international community in a verifiable fashion that Iran’s nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only, the official added. But new sanctions legislation is liable to sabotage the negotiations that Obama and five other countries are conducting with Iran, the president said. He told the Israeli leader that should such legislation pass Congress, he intends to veto it.

Obama also warned Netanyahu not to meddle in the battle he is waging against Congress over the sanctions legislation, the official said. This warning was issued more than a week before Speaker of the House John #Boehner publicly invited Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress. Netanyahu’s address, which will take place at the height of the battle between Obama and the Republican-controlled Congress, is expected to focus on the Iranian nuclear issue and what he sees as the need to ratchet up the pressure on the Iran.

At Netanyahu’s behest, both Israeli Ambassador to Washington Ron #Dermer and members of #AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, have been urging members of Congress in recent weeks to advance legislation to impose new sanctions on Iran. Netanyahu has also urged new sanctions on Iran in all his meetings with American legislators, including his meeting earlier this week with a delegation headed by #Republican Senator John #McCain.

The White House is well aware of the efforts Netanyahu and Dermer have been making to advance sanctions legislation, as senior Republican legislators have made no effort to hide them. One senior Republican senator, Lindsey Graham, who has visited Israel twice in recent weeks, has been particularly outspoken. In a joint statement issued at the start of a meeting between Graham and Netanyahu at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem on December 29, Netanyahu declared on camera that new sanctions on Iran are needed. Graham then responded, also on camera, that Congress “will follow your lead” on the Iranian issue, and that new sanctions legislation would be brought to a vote soon.

Tensions between Obama and Netanyahu over the latter's maneuvers in #Congress intensified further and became an all-out crisis following an invitation extended to Netanyahu to address Congress – an invitation brewed jointly by Israel's ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer, and top members of the Republican party.

Netanyahu was invited to speak before Congress on February 11, but on Thursday, the PM asked U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner to push back the address to March 3 – merely two weeks before the Israeli elections. Boehner confirmed that Netanyahu wanted to coordinate his speech with the pro-Israel AIPAC conference in Washington, D.C. on March 1.

The Obama administration voiced its anger at the snub, and acted in response on Thursday. The White House announced that President Barack Obama will not meet with Netanyahu during his visit. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will also forgo meeting with Netanyahu, a spokeswoman for the State Department told Reuters. Vice President Joe Biden is also expected to do the same.

The White House cited the proximity of the Israeli election to Netanyahu's visit, and the desire to refrain from interfering in the election.

"As a matter of long-standing practice and principle, we do not see heads of state or candidates in close proximity to their elections," said National Security Council Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan.

In what seemed to be a message to Netanyahu ahead of his address, Meehan added that "the President has been clear about his opposition to Congress passing new legislation on Iran that could undermine our negotiations and divide the international community. The President has had many conversations with the Prime Minister on this matter, and I am sure they will continue to be in contact on this and other important matters.”

Nevertheless, hiding behind this diplomatic language was enormous anger on the part of the White House over the fact that Netanyahu has been working behind the U.S. administration's back regarding the Congress address, which led to the decision to completely ostracize the PM during his visit.

"We thought we've seen everything," a senior American official said. "But Bibi managed to surprise even us. There are things you simply don't do. He spat in our face publicly and that's no way to behave. Netanyahu ought to remember that President Obama has a year and a half left to his presidency, and that there will be a price."

Netanyahu's office tried to soften the severity of the clash with the White House. The PM's office stressed that the invitation was made "in the name of the bipartisan leadership within the House of Representatives and the Senate," and added that "speaking before both houses of Congress will allow for the prime minster to thank President Obama, Congress, and the American people for supporting Israel."

Netanyahu himself said that his invitation to Congress "reflects the special friendship between Israel and the U.S., as well as the strong bipartisan support for Israel throughout the U.S."


http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.638604
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Joe Biden's talent for sticking his foot in his mouth is legend. But, hey. At least the guy is honest. And having him next in line is a great safeguard for POTUS's life. HT: Drudge
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https://plus.google.com/116786902345396912819 Elizabeth McElmurray : Why Benjamin Netanyahu Lost His Mind By Jonathan Chait It’s Bibi vs. Obama again! Don't you get sick...
Why Benjamin Netanyahu Lost His Mind
By Jonathan Chait
It’s Bibi vs. Obama again! Don't you get sick of these guy's fighting? So are a LOT of other people.


The Administration is (as usual) furious with #Netanyahu for ‘interfering’ in US affairs, and the usual “unnamed officials” that scuttle about the White House has let us know it yet again:

“We thought we’ve seen everything,” [Ha’aretz] quoted an unnamed senior US official as saying. “But Bibi managed to surprise even us.

“There are things you simply don’t do. He spat in our face publicly and that’s no way to behave. Netanyahu ought to remember that President #Obama has a year and a half left to his presidency, and that there will be a price,” he said.

Officials in #Washington said that the “chickenshit” epithet — with which an anonymous administration official branded Netanyahu several months ago — was mild compared to the language used in the White House when news of Netanyahu’s planned speech came in.
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in one of his trademark gestures of narcissistic venality, decided to set up an address to the United States Congress without notifying the executive branch of the American government. The maneuver is so unusual that Netanyahu’s former ally and ambassador to the U.S. called on him to reverse course. Even Fox News has questioned him. Jeffrey Goldberg attempts to understand what Netanyahu might have been thinking. “Why doesn’t Netanyahu understand that alienating #Democrats is not in the best interest of his country?” he asks. “From what I can tell, he doubts that Democrats are — or will be shortly — a natural constituency for Israel, and he clearly believes that Obama is a genuine adversary.”

Netanyahu’s behavior might be best understood as the expression of a kind of apocalypticism that has always colored right-wing Zionist thought, but which has gained force over the last dozen years or so. Right-wing Zionists have grown increasingly convinced of a series of interconnected propositions: that Israel (or the Jewish people) faces an existential threat; that opposition to Israel is a pure function of #anti-Semitism and therefore cannot be mollified; and that liberal #Zionists are at best useless as allies and at worst detrimental to the cause of preserving Israel from the onslaught.

Obama Budget Attacks Big Small Government
One obvious cause of the Zionist right’s deepening millennialism is #Iran’s quest to obtain a nuclear weapon. In comparison with other military threats to Israel, right-wing and liberal Zionists think of this development in strikingly different terms. Moderates and liberals consider a nuclearized Iran a serious strategic problem. But they also consider military options useless to stop it, and further believe that a nuclear Iran can be deterred. (Kenneth Pollack, a former Clinton aide most famous as an Iraq hawk, has made the case for the possibility of deterring Iran.) In this view, Iran’s nuclear ambitions represent a threat to be avoided, if at all possible, with sanctions and covert sabotage. Conservative #Zionists see the matter much more starkly. The Iranian nuclear program is an existential threat best understood in the context of the Holocaust denialism of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Another window into this psychology comes from a long, portentous editorial in Commentary, which was once an important journal of Jewish-American thought that has become a somewhat-important journal of right-wing Jewish-American thought. After lingering over the alarming rise in anti-Semitism in France, which Commentary’s editors correctly interpret as further justification for the existence of a Jewish homeland, the editorial turns to the perfidy of the liberal Zionists. The need for a #Jewish state is shared by #liberal Zionists, Commentary concedes, but the trouble is that liberal Zionists also demand that Israel hold itself to certain standards of international behavior and domestic governance. Commentary devises what it imagines to be an insult for these squeamish quasi-Zionists: “conditional Zionists.” As the editorial sneers, “If Israel does not behave as the conditional Zionists wish it to behave, if it does not enact policies the conditional Zionists wish it to enact, if it does not confront its own external challenges in a manner that salves the consciences of the conditional Zionists, then it is not deserving of their support.”

This is a remarkable way to put it. Obviously, liberal and conservative Zionists differ as to what sorts of standards Israel ought to be held to. But Commentary isn’t arguing for different standards. It is arguing against standards at all. If you are not a “conditional Zionist” whose support for Israel is predicated on Israel meeting certain standards of behavior, then you are an unconditional Zionist who would support even an Israeli government that abolished elections and eradicated the Palestinian population.

Whether Commentary actually believes the implications of its own arguments is hard to say. Its argument is best understood as an expression of the Zionist right’s sense of trauma and encirclement — indeed, most of Commentary's editorial is devoted to anti-Semitism in Europe, with which it is justifiably concerned, rather than defending its wild arguments about liberals. The Zionist right has no long-term strategy and is so consumed with terror it can barely even think beyond the current moment to formulate one. Netanyahu and his allies have no plan to out-maneuver Israel’s enemies, so the next best thing that occurs to them is to alienate its friends.

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/01/why-benjamin-netanyahu-lost-his-mind.html

Foreign Funding Bankrolls Anti-Netanyahu Campaign – Flies in 5-Man Obama Team

Haaretz reporter Roi Arad revealed in an article in the Hebrew edition today that the foreign funded organization, “One Voice”, is bankrolling the V-2015 campaign to defeat Binyamin Netanyahu’s national camp in the March 2015 Knesset Elections.

One indication of the generous financing is that it has now flown in a team of five American campaign experts (including Jeremy Bird, the Obama campaign's national field director) who will run the campaign out of offices taking up the ground floor of a Tel Aviv office building.

V-2015 is careful not to support a specific party - rather “just not Bibi”. As such, the foreign funds pouring into the campaign are not subject to
Israel’s campaign finance laws.
Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director IMRA

http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=66198

Obama to Netanyahu: Stop pushing Congress toward new sanctions on Iran

Obama, #Biden and #Kerry would shun Israeli prime minister during his visit to Washington on March; 'Netanyahu spat in our face. There will be a price,' #US official says.

U.S. President Barack Obama has demanded that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stop encouraging U.S. senators and congressmen to advance new sanctions legislation against Iran.

A senior American official, who asked to remain anonymous due to the diplomatic sensitivity of the issue, said Obama gave Netanyahu this message during a telephone call on Monday, January 12.

Obama stressed to Netanyahu that he is seeking to reach an agreement with Iran that will prevent it from obtaining nuclear weapons and assure the international community in a verifiable fashion that Iran’s nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only, the official added. But new sanctions legislation is liable to sabotage the negotiations that Obama and five other countries are conducting with Iran, the president said. He told the Israeli leader that should such legislation pass Congress, he intends to veto it.

Obama also warned Netanyahu not to meddle in the battle he is waging against Congress over the sanctions legislation, the official said. This warning was issued more than a week before Speaker of the House John #Boehner publicly invited Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress. Netanyahu’s address, which will take place at the height of the battle between Obama and the Republican-controlled Congress, is expected to focus on the Iranian nuclear issue and what he sees as the need to ratchet up the pressure on the Iran.

At Netanyahu’s behest, both Israeli Ambassador to Washington Ron #Dermer and members of #AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, have been urging members of Congress in recent weeks to advance legislation to impose new sanctions on Iran. Netanyahu has also urged new sanctions on Iran in all his meetings with American legislators, including his meeting earlier this week with a delegation headed by #Republican Senator John #McCain.

The White House is well aware of the efforts Netanyahu and Dermer have been making to advance sanctions legislation, as senior Republican legislators have made no effort to hide them. One senior Republican senator, Lindsey Graham, who has visited Israel twice in recent weeks, has been particularly outspoken. In a joint statement issued at the start of a meeting between Graham and Netanyahu at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem on December 29, Netanyahu declared on camera that new sanctions on Iran are needed. Graham then responded, also on camera, that Congress “will follow your lead” on the Iranian issue, and that new sanctions legislation would be brought to a vote soon.

Tensions between Obama and Netanyahu over the latter's maneuvers in #Congress intensified further and became an all-out crisis following an invitation extended to Netanyahu to address Congress – an invitation brewed jointly by Israel's ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer, and top members of the Republican party.

Netanyahu was invited to speak before Congress on February 11, but on Thursday, the PM asked U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner to push back the address to March 3 – merely two weeks before the Israeli elections. Boehner confirmed that Netanyahu wanted to coordinate his speech with the pro-Israel AIPAC conference in Washington, D.C. on March 1.

The Obama administration voiced its anger at the snub, and acted in response on Thursday. The White House announced that President Barack Obama will not meet with Netanyahu during his visit. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will also forgo meeting with Netanyahu, a spokeswoman for the State Department told Reuters. Vice President Joe Biden is also expected to do the same.

The White House cited the proximity of the Israeli election to Netanyahu's visit, and the desire to refrain from interfering in the election.

"As a matter of long-standing practice and principle, we do not see heads of state or candidates in close proximity to their elections," said National Security Council Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan.

In what seemed to be a message to Netanyahu ahead of his address, Meehan added that "the President has been clear about his opposition to Congress passing new legislation on Iran that could undermine our negotiations and divide the international community. The President has had many conversations with the Prime Minister on this matter, and I am sure they will continue to be in contact on this and other important matters.”

Nevertheless, hiding behind this diplomatic language was enormous anger on the part of the White House over the fact that Netanyahu has been working behind the U.S. administration's back regarding the Congress address, which led to the decision to completely ostracize the PM during his visit.

"We thought we've seen everything," a senior American official said. "But Bibi managed to surprise even us. There are things you simply don't do. He spat in our face publicly and that's no way to behave. Netanyahu ought to remember that President Obama has a year and a half left to his presidency, and that there will be a price."

Netanyahu's office tried to soften the severity of the clash with the White House. The PM's office stressed that the invitation was made "in the name of the bipartisan leadership within the House of Representatives and the Senate," and added that "speaking before both houses of Congress will allow for the prime minster to thank President Obama, Congress, and the American people for supporting Israel."

Netanyahu himself said that his invitation to Congress "reflects the special friendship between Israel and the U.S., as well as the strong bipartisan support for Israel throughout the U.S."


http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.638604
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11 Novemba 2014
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US Vice-Pimp daddie Joe Biden haz calle' US military veteranz da “heart an' soul” an' “very spine uv dis nashun”.
Mr Biden made da remarkz afta layn' a wreath at da Tomb uv da Unknown Solida at...
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11 Novemba 2014. Las' update' at 18:08. US Vice-Pimp daddie Joe Biden haz calle' US military veteranz da “heart an' soul” an' “very spine uv dis nashun”. Mr Biden made da remarkz afta layn' a wreath at da Tomb uv da Unknown Solida at Arlington National Cemetery n' honour uv Veteranz Day.
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https://plus.google.com/102276553866043108465 Fight Against the Two-Party System in America : President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and a phalanx of top administration officials are making...
President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and a phalanx of top administration officials are making the sales pitch to congressional Democrats for fast-track authority on trade deals.
Obama cranks up trade pitch to Dems
PHILADELPHIA — President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and a phalanx of top administration officials are making the sales pitch to congressional Democrats for fast-track authority on trade deals. Obama and Biden each made that plea during their appearances at this week’s House Democratic retreat in Philadelphia, which ended Friday....
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