A Palestinian family reacts after Israeli bulldozers demolished their home in the Arab East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina, Feb. 5, 2013. (AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
Newly elected Israeli Knesset member Yair Lapid (l), leader of the Yesh Atid party, speaks to Naftali Bennett, head of the hard-line national religious party the Jewish Home, during a Feb. 5 reception in Jerusalem marking the opening of the 19th Knesset. (URIEL SINAI/GETTY IMAGES)
Richard Curtiss at work in his Washington Report office. (STAFF PHOTO D. HANLEY)
Then-Vice President Dick Cheney (l) and Likud chairman Benyamin Netanyahu, out of office at the time and serving as the official Israeli opposition leader, at a March 23, 2008 breakfast meeting at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. (PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
Philippine President Benigno Aquino III (r) shares candies with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chief Murad Ebrahim during a Feb. 11 visit to the rebels’ stronghold in Sultan Kudarat on the island of Mindanao. (KARLOS MANLUPIG/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
Emad Burnat views his five broken cameras in his documentary of the same name. (PHOTO COURTESY KINO LORBER)
May/June 2010 Postcard
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DEAR PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:
I COMMEND THE administration’s firm stand against provocative actions that threaten the prospects for a peaceful solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict, such as Israel’s recent settlement construction plan in East Jerusalem. Israel’s opposition to U.S. requests and policies is unacceptable given that, each year, U.S. taxpayers give Israel around $3 billion, or $1,000 per Israeli citizen.
This is a considerable commitment, given the economic strain and hardship experienced by our own citizenry. Moreover, statements by Gen. David Petraeus, Adm. Mike Mullen, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates all have indicated that Israel’s behavior and the ongoing conflict may be jeopardizing American lives and military interests in the region. I call on you, therefore, to increase pressure on Israel and ensure American interests receive the priority they deserve. If Israel continues to ignore legitimate U.S. concerns, we can easily use those tax dollars here at home.
City, State, Zip:
Activists in San Francisco call for an end to U.S. aid to Israel on March 15. (Photo Phil Pasquini)
ON MARCH 9, only hours after Vice President Joseph Biden reaffirmed unwavering U.S. support for Israel’s security, Israel’s Interior Ministry revealed plans for 1,600 new housing units in the illegal East Jerusalem settlement of Ramat Shlomo.
The announcement damaged the Obama administration’s effort to rehabilitate an already debilitated peace process through “proximity
talks.” Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu apologized for the announcement’s timing, but not its content, despite numerous requests from Obama administration officials to freeze construction. Netanyahu reinforced Israel’s commitment to building Jewish-only housing in Arab East Jerusalem and his defiance of Washington’s settlement policy at AIPAC’s March 21-23 conference, stating that “Jerusalem is not a settlement. It’s our capital.”