Jews look for good news: reaction to Obama at AIPAC

March 5, 2012

Attendees’ reactions to President Barack Obama’s speech yesterday at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference ranged, among the delegates with whom this reporter spoke, from mixed to strongly...

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Newt spoke some truth – and blindsided the rest

December 12, 2011


One additional thought about Newt Gingrich’s citing, during the Republican candidates’ debate Saturday, facts regarding Palestinians’ historical identity and U.S. funding of hate education in the Palestinian territories. It...

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One man with courage is a majority

December 11, 2011

Saturday evening Newt Gingrich spoke some truth about the middle east that very few people–even including Jews–have had the courage to say or write in recent decades.


He may have done so imperfectly, using words that...

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Was Turner’s victory a referendum on Obama’s Israel policies?

September 19, 2011

From Jewish World Review


Tuesday marked the first Republican victory in nearly one hundred years in New York’s 9th congressional district, a Jewish and Italian stronghold. Republican Robert Turner’s victory in winning the seat encompassing...

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Great point, David Brooks

June 5, 2011

This terrific editorial, which ran last week in The New York Times, should be required reading for anyone who thinks he or she can make peace in the mideast by putting the squeeze on Israel and/or employing high-level diplomacy. I would...

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What do the Palestinians want?

May 23, 2011

From The Jewish Standard


On Sunday, demonstrators from Syria, Lebanon, the west bank, and Gaza converged in what appeared to be a coordinated attack on Israel, simultaneously breaching multiple borders and accosting IDF troops, in some cases throwing rocks and...

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Obama speaks at AIPAC: doubles down on 1967 borders, promises diplomatic support

May 22, 2011

Monday morning President Obama spoke at AIPAC. I attended and will blog a few points as well as share my impressions.

First: Obama received a standing ovation walking into the enormous hall at the Washington Convention Center, which was festooned...

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Peace will only come through strength

May 21, 2011


On Thursday, President Obama spoke about his vision for the middle east. Friday, Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu came to Washington and gave the President a dose of reality.

A few thoughts on these developments (I am on my way to the AIPAC...

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Dershowitz Vs. Horton on Lawfare: Real Threat or Illusion?

November 6, 2010


Rhetorical sparks flew in Manhattan Friday as Alan Dershowitz, Felix Frankfurter professor of law at Harvard University, and Scott Horton, contributing editor of Harper’s magazine, sparred on the subject of Lawfare, or the...

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Another Autumn, Another Pretend Peace

August 24, 2010


The first hint of fall is in the air, and with it, the predictable announcement: mideast peace talks will begin.

In a demonstration of familiar American hubris, President Barack Obama has declared his intention to make peace in the region...

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