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Robertson at Birthright: is there a double standard for the Christian right, left?

Friday, November 6th, 2009 Earlier this week  Sharon Udasin And Stewart Ain  reported that Birthright-NEXT, the group focused on reinforcing Jewish and pro-Israel identity among young American Jews, invited  Gordon Robertson – son of the controversial Christian broadcasting magnate Pat Robertson – as keynoter for a Birthright Israel alumni event.  (Read their story here)

More bad news for Obama: Mahmoud Abbas bails

How much more bad news can the Obama administration Middle east peace team take?

Today's announcement by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas withdrawing as a candidate in next year's Palestinian presidential election leaves the administration without a Palestinian partner for the direct negotiations  with Israel that seem to be slipping further and further off into diplomatic never-neverland.

Washington Post on the Obama administration's Israeli-Palestinian dilemma

Following up on yesterday's post about the deadlocked Israeli-Palestinian peace process: the Washington Post has an editorial that neatly summarizes the dilemma the Obama administration faces.

More bad news for Obama: Mahmoud Abbas bails

Thursday, November 5th, 2009 How much more bad news can the Obama administration Middle east peace team take? Today’s announcement by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas withdrawing as a candidate in next year’s Palestinian presidential election leaves the administration without a Palestinian partner for the direct negotiations  with Israel that seem to be slipping further and further off into diplomatic never-neverland.

Washington Post on the Obama administration’s Israeli-Palestinian dilemma

Thursday, November 5th, 2009 Following up on yesterday’s post about the deadlocked Israeli-Palestinian peace process: the Washington Post has an editorial that neatly summarizes the dilemma the Obama administration faces - a dilemma partially of its own making.

The Best Victories Money Can Buy

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

“Congratulations to the Yankees on a well-purchased victory,” writes Dan Gerstein, a political consultant, on his Facebook status.

 

Within 24 hours this week, the highest spending politician in the world and the top-spending sports franchise both celebrated victories. Yet neither can claim a blow-out. Mike Bloomberg walked away with a 5 percent margin over an opponent who sent a tenth as much, losing some 200,000 of his 2005 supporters.

 

Administration concedes the obvious: Israel-Palestinian talks stalled

The Obama administration seems to be coming to terms with what just about everybody else knows: the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is just as stalemated as ever.

After Secretary of State Clinton's swing through the region this week, a State Department spokesman conceded the obvious - “things have stalled.”

Obama administration concedes the obvious: Israeli-Palestinian talks stalled

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009 The Obama administration seems to be coming to terms with what just about everybody else knows: the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is just as stalemated as ever. After Secretary of State Clinton’s swing through the region this week, a State Department spokesman conceded the obvious - “things have stalled.”

These Little Town Blues

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

As of this writing, the race for Nassau County executive is too close to call.

 

But seriously, who really cares? All the action is in New York City, where I spent an even four decades of my life, and where, for the first time since 1985, I was not able to cast a vote for mayor yesterday.

 

Is House Goldstone resolution a jab at J Street?

Is  the traditional pro-Israel lobby trying to paint J Street, the newish pro-peace process lobby and political action committee,  into corner with its nonbinding House resolution condemning the UN's Goldstone Report?

That question was posed by a veteran pro-Israel lobbyist who called yesterday and suggested the timing and tone of the resolution condemning the report on this year's Gaza war, which is expected to pass later today,  was meant to put the new pro-peace process group on the spot.

How so?

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