Don’t look for Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), the only Jewish presidential candidate in the 2016 sweepstakes and only one who actually lived in Israel, to join the panderfest of candidates trying to out-Israel each other. I doubt he’ll even make a photo-op pilgrimage to the Holy Land as so many, especially Republicans, are.
Obama, Bibi have overreached in current crisis; concern over impact on younger Jews.
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Prime Minister Netanyahu’s decision to appeal directly to Israel’s nationalist camp in the final days of the election campaign appears to have paid off, at least in the short term. He won a decisive victory last Tuesday and is now in the process of forming a coalition of right-wing and charedi parties as he had hoped in calling for new elections in December.
It’s clear that by agreeing to House Speaker John Boehner’s offer to address a joint session of Congress on March 3, a precedent-breaking move in defiance of the White House, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has made a calculated risk.
Israel's Arab citizens have had a difficult history. Although living in the Middle East's most advanced society economically and technologically, they suffer discrimination in housing and job opportunities, and their political representatives have never truly had a share in national power. It was not until late in 1993 that Arab Members of Knesset played a critical role in keeping a government in power, supporting Yitzhak Rabin from outside of the official coalition, following the withdrawal of the Haredi Shas party.
Prime minister is caught between the demands of the right and good relations with Jordan.
Tel Aviv — The conference at the end of last month was meant as a 20th anniversary celebration of Israel and Jordan’s peace treaty, but the situation on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem prompted Walid Obeidat, Jordan’s ambassador, to throw a little cold water on the festivities.
Jeffrey Goldberg, correspondent at The Atlantic, cites this editorial in his own warning to the Israeli leader.
The diplomatic rift between Washington and Jerusalem reached a new low this week. Israeli Defense Minister Moshe “Bogie” Yaalon’s snub by senior members of the Obama administration was made public here, a week after his U.S. visit, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced plans to build more than 1,000 new units in Jerusalem neighborhoods beyond the Green Line, fully aware of the negative response it would receive in America and in the international community.
Risking break with U.S. by making issue ‘Israel-centric.’
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About the worst thing you can call an Israeli is a “freier,” a sucker. And Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants the world to know that he and his government are not “freiers,” certainly not ready to accept the “bad deal” between Iran and the U.S. and key Western allies that would ease crippling economic sanctions on Tehran in return for suspending — but not dismantling — its nuclear program.
Support faltered, then rebounded, this week for Natan Sharansky’s bold plan to transform the Western Wall into a site for both traditional and alternative prayer, as the Jewish Agency chair held intense discussions with Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu’s office, seeking to establish a timeline for the project and move it forward.