An AAI Report on the “Special Order in Support of Israel”

Posted by on June 14, 2010 in Blog
On June 9, 2010, President Obama met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to discuss improving the situation in the Palestinian territories, as well as moving the peace process forward. The President put forth a number of proposals designed to ease the crisis in Gaza, including $400 million in aid to Gaza and the West Bank, and reiterated his administration’s support for a credible and independent investigation into the lethal flotilla raid.
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Viewpoint with James Zogby: Taghreed el Khodary, Paul Salem, Bill Press

Posted on June 11, 2010 in Viewpoint with James Zogby
Air Date: June 10, 2010 On Thursday’s edition of Viewpoint with James Zogby: Taghreed el Khodary, Visiting Scholar, Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment For International Peace; Paul Salem, Director of the Carnegie Middle East Center; Bill Press, Talk show host, The Bill Press Show political commentator and author.
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It’s the Blockade, Stupid

Posted by on June 10, 2010 in Blog
The public relations battle continues on the blockade of Gaza. Having generally completed the “we had to attack the terrorist aboard the humanitarian ships scenario,” the extreme pro-Israeli camp has shifted to “there is no real humanitarian crisis in Gaza anyway.”
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What an Israeli Official Admits to When His Guard is down

Posted by on June 10, 2010 in Blog
In a stark departure from finely crafted talking points, Israeli Ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren spoke with rare clarity about Israel’s intentions in imposing and maintaining the blockade on Gaza’s 1.5 million people. Appearing on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, Oren faced tougher questions from Stephen Colbert than he has gotten from most “serious” news outlets.
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Gaza Update: Outstanding Congressional Action and Media Coverage

Posted by on June 09, 2010 in Blog
Yesterday, Senator Diane Feinstein displayed exemplary leadership by calling for an “impartial inquiry” into the Israeli attack on the humanitarian aid convoy.
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Audience of One

Posted on June 07, 2010 in Washington Watch
As expected, Israel matched its use of overwhelming force against the passengers on the Mavi Marmara with an equally vigorous attempt to shape both how the story played out in U.S. media and the official response from the U.S. Government.
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Viewpoint with James Zogby: Gaza Flotilla Crisis

Posted on June 04, 2010 in Viewpoint with James Zogby
Air Date: June 3, 2010 On Thursday’s edition of Viewpoint with James Zogby: Mark Perry, foreign affairs analyst and acclaimed author; Ufuk Ulutas, Middle East program coordinator at the SETA-DC research foundation; Bill Corcoran, President and CEO of the American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA); Edward Peck, former Ambassador to Iraq and Mauritania, and passenger on the Gaza flotilla.
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Lying About The Gaza Flotilla Disaster

Posted by on June 03, 2010 in Blog
It’s been one lie after another in the US media about the Israeli attack on the Gaza-bound relief flotilla. No matter that the Israeli media views the whole incident as a debacle for Israel, in this country the Israel-can-do-no-wrong crowd is on overdrive defending the operation. As usual, facts don’t matter to them.
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Time to Call Out Israel’s Bad Behavior

Posted by on June 01, 2010 in Blog
The Obama Administration’s equivocation over Israel’s outrageous deadly assault on humanitarian ships headed for Gaza, while not surprising, is nevertheless unacceptable. Once again Israel’s bad behavior has dug a deep hole for itself, and we’re left debating whether or not to jump in with them. Responsible governments behave responsibly. In its dealings with Gaza over the past 43 years, Israel has been anything but responsible, and we need to clearly distance ourselves from their actions.
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Tragic Attack on Humanitarian Relief Efforts Consistent with Failed, Brutal Israeli Policy

Posted by on June 01, 2010 in Blog
We are outraged by the reports of causalities in the latest flashpoint of the broader Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We condemn Israel’s attack upon a convoy of ships delivering much-needed humanitarian aid to Gaza and the resulting loss of civilian life and causalities.
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