Posted on: October 13, 2021 Posted by: Mitchell Plitnick Comments: 0

RTFP Joins #NoTechForApartheid Campaign

ReThinking Foreign Policy is among over 40 organizations–including MPower Change, the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, Jewish Voice for Peace, American Muslims for Palestine, IfNotNow and many more– that have come together to endorse and promote the #NoTechForApartheid Campaign. The campaign is supporting workers at Google and Amazon who have called on their companies to terminate their work on Project Nimbus, a cloud-based technology that will provide, according to the…

Posted on: October 6, 2021 Posted by: Mitchell Plitnick Comments: 0

Iron Domegate is a victory in disguise for Palestine advocates

Democratic leadership committed a political blunder by trying to sneak an additional $1 billion in funding for Israel (on top of the $3.8 they get annually already) into a bill to raise the debt ceiling. This was funding that was guaranteed to pass in the NDAA bill, so it was just political grandstanding that blew up in their face. But many progressives saw the overwhelming vote in favor of the…

Posted on: August 30, 2021 Posted by: Mitchell Plitnick Comments: 1

Biden and Bennett tone down US-Israel relations

Lost in the shuffle of the murderous attack at the Kabul airport, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett had his first meeting with US President Joe Biden and the tone couldn’t have been more different than it was from Benjamin Netanyahu’s meetings with either Donald Trump or Barack Obama. Bennett and Biden struck a positive but professional tone, just one of the things both leaders were aiming for. While it was…

Posted on: August 16, 2021 Posted by: Mitchell Plitnick Comments: 0

CIA chief Burns brings a more polite tone in Israel visit

In the coming weeks, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is expected to make his first trip as PM to Washington and meet with Joe Biden. In preparation for this meeting, CIA chief Bill Burns went to Israel and the West Bank last week. In my latest for Responsible Statecraft, I look at the way a new chapter in the US-Israel relationship is shaping up, in the post-Netanyahu (at least for…

Posted on: August 11, 2021 Posted by: Mitchell Plitnick Comments: 0

Who is Deborah Lipstadt, Biden’s pick for antisemitism envoy? Voices

Deborah Lipstadt, whom Joe Biden tapped a couple of weeks ago as his new Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating anti-Semitism, was the very definition of a safe pick, She won; approval from pro-Israel hardliners as well as much of the pro-peace Jewish community. Even the skepticism that was expressed was very restrained, such as that form IfNotNow, the anti-occupation Jewish group, which took what could best be described as…