John Peeler: This US policy is absolutely inexcusable: It is aggressive and baseless, oblivious to diplomacy, and guaranteed to cause untold hardship and chaos for the people of the region.
Netanyahu’s victory demonstrates the preference of Israeli voters for an ethically dubious politician, who offers no path toward peace with Palestinians, but continued seizure of formerly Arab land.
Abba Solomon: As long as Jewish personal and group identity are bonded to salvation by a reconstituted Jewish commonwealth, Palestinians’ inconvenient presence and demand to be dealt with as human beings are dangerous wreckers of that vision.
Marcy Winograd: Lieu, a backer of single-payer health care and the Green New Deal, recently reintroduced H.R. 6725—“U.S.-Israel Directed Energy Cooperation Act”— a not so green deal to co-develop high energy speed-of-light laser, particle beam and microwave weapons with Israel.
Alex McDonald: We visited a school of disadvantaged children and the love and respect that teachers showed their kids was heart-warming. And half of the kids were Afghan refugees. I want America to be that humane and great.
John Peeler: Israel has won the long conflict with Palestinian nationalism, but in the process Zionism has lost its soul.
WJ Astore: Let’s say the Islamic State did make a comeback in Syria after all U.S. troops left. In that case, couldn’t U.S. troops just redeploy there?
Jim Lafferty: The pro-Israeli lobby is rapidly losing its propaganda campaign aimed at silencing those who dare to criticize the bad behavior of the Israel government.
Johnny Townsend: I confess that it took me quite a while to realize how thoroughly unacceptable Israeli (not Jewish) policies toward Palestinians are.
Robert Koehler: Apparently what’s under assault is war itself, or so the Establishment believes, in the wake of the shocking announcement by the president that he plans to withdraw all 2,000 U.S. troops now deployed in Syria and 7,000, or half, the U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
Mel Gurtov: Trump has overplayed his hand, not so much because of the withdrawal of US forces as because he has once again revealed how ego, arrogance, and impulsiveness drive his decision making.
Carolyn Coe: On November 15, a violent altercation in the men’s dormitory at Kabul University, the preeminent Afghan university in the city, resulted in one student’s death and several injuries. The inter-ethnic clash soon spilled into the streets.
Robert Koehler: The bombs that dismembered several dozen Yemenis were built by Raytheon, part of the American military-industrial complex and a major supplier of jobs.