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Ben Samuels

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Past articles by Ben:

Disgraced Former New York Governor Cuomo to Form 'Progressives for Israel' Advocacy Group

'One of the last things the Jewish people, progressives, or Israeli democracy need is a disgraced, not-actually-progressive, former Governor inserting himself into this critical moment for Israel in a dangerously misguided attempt to stay relevant,' progressive Jewish group New York Jewish Agenda said in response → Read More

Jerusalem Protesters to AIPAC: Time to Take Stand on Netanyahu's Judicial Coup

Protesters urged AIPAC leaders who are visiting Israel ahead of meetings with Netanyahu and government officials to join their battle against the coalition's attempt to overhaul the country's judiciary → Read More

AIPAC Is No Longer a pro-Israel Organization

WASHINGTON – As Democratic lawmakers and the U.S. Jewish community head deeper into uncharted waters with their unvarnished criticism of the Israeli government, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee has increasingly tasked itself with defending Benjamin Netanyahu and his far-right government’s policies. → Read More

Hundreds of Israelis, American Jews Protest Smotrich in Washington

Hundreds of demonstrators from across ideological spectrum come out strong against far-right Israeli minister, though their common enemy did not fully overshadow the stark differences in their views on Israel → Read More

Former Israeli Leaders Sound Alarm on Israeli Democracy in Major CNN Interview

Appearing on one of the news network's flagship talk shows, former Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni warned of Benjamin Netanyahu's planned judicial overhaul, giving the issue perhaps its biggest spotlight in U.S. media to date → Read More

More Than 90 Democrats Warn Biden: Netanyahu’s Actions Undermine U.S.-Israel Relationship

U.S. lawmakers urge president to ‘use all diplomatic tools available’ to safeguard Israel’s democratic institutions and prevent the threat of annexation. Pro-Israel lobby AIPAC calls the Democrats’ letter ‘unconstructive’ → Read More

Jewish Democrats Warn: Netanyahu's Judicial Overhaul Would Alter Israeli Democracy

A letter signed by 16 lawmakers and led by Rep. Nadler and Schneider warns Israel's political leadership of steps that would undermine democracy and hurt the shared values at the basis of the U.S.-Israel relationship → Read More

Israel's Democratic Crisis Threatens U.S. Cooperation on Iran

A consensus is emerging in Washington that it will be hard to view the Israeli-Palestinian issue and the Iran issue as mutually exclusive ■ Deni Avdija, the Israeli NBA wizard, still can't believe his luck ■ Netanyahu will soon have a very unpleasant conversation with Biden ■ Today's best reads on Haaretz → Read More

Over 70 U.S. Jewish Groups Vow to Shun Far-right Israeli Minister, Invoking Kahane

With the extremist finance minister slated to appear at a Washington gala on Sunday, 73 leading Jewish organizations unite to declare: Bezalel Smotrich has no place here → Read More

U.S. Jewish Lawmakers Directly Call on Netanyahu to Drop Judicial Overhaul Plans

In a letter led by Rep. Jerry Nadler, members of Congress say the proposed changes would threaten the U.S.-Israel relationship and undermine Israeli democracy → Read More

'Handmaid's Tale' Demonstrators in NY Protest at Think Tank Behind Israeli Judicial Overhaul

The demonstrators, staging their protest on International Women's Day, join the hundreds of women who have staged similar performances throughout Israel → Read More

U.S. Defense Secretary to Significantly Alter Israel Visit Due to Anti-judicial Coup Protests

With nationwide pro-democracy protests set to take place in Israel on Thursday, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin pushed back his arrival time and will meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defense Minister Gallant at the airport instead of at the Defense Ministry headquarters → Read More

45 NGOs Urge Biden to Disavow Nides' Comments on Israel and Iran

The letter comes after the American ambassador to Israel said on multiple occasions that Israel 'can and should do whatever they need to deal with and we’ve got their back' → Read More

Netanyahu Thanks Smotrich for Walking Back His Statement on Wiping Out Palestinian Town

The embroiled minister’s comments come one day after Israeli media reported Nides said if he was on the flight to Washington with Smotrich and Israel Bonds CEO Dani Naveh, whose organization is hosting him, he would ‘throw him off the plane’ → Read More

120 U.S. Jewish Leaders: Smotrich Shouldn't Be Given Platform in Our Community

'Welcoming Smotrich to the U.S. will harm, rather than help, support for Israel,' warned top Jewish American officials ahead of the Israeli Finance Minister's planned visit to Washington → Read More

U.S. Jewish Community Slams Smotrich Over 'Repugnant' Comment as Washington Visit Looms

Jewish groups say they will not meet with Israel's far-right finance minister – who said Wednesday that a Palestinian village where settlers rioted should be 'wiped out' – when he visits the United States later this month → Read More

Eight Steps Biden Could Take to Show Netanyahu He Means Business

Washington has tried to play nice with the extremist Israeli government, but as its messages seemingly fall on deaf ears, it does have tougher options at its disposal → Read More

Ilhan Omar Calls on U.S. to Keep Israel Accountable After Deadly Settler Rampage

These are Omar's most extensive comments on Israel-Palestine since being removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee over her previous comments concerning Israel → Read More

American-Israeli Killed in West Bank Shooting Attack Identified as Connecticut Native Elan Ganeles

The 27-year-old U.S. citizen was visiting Israel for a wedding when he was shot and wounded near the Dead Sea. He was pronounced dead at a hospital several hours later → Read More

In Rare Move, Leading U.S.-Jewish Groups Strongly Condemn Israeli Settler Violence

Both the Orthodox Union and Rabbinical Assembly rebuke the actions of hundreds of settlers in Hawara on Sunday, when one Palestinian was killed, hundreds injured, and numerous homes and cars were torched → Read More