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Passover Or Resurrection?

During this holy week, John Kerry, a man with Jewish grandparents and Catholic upbringing, is trying to pass over old disputes and resurrect Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.  So far his mission has been like a religious pilgrimage to Jerusalem: talking to a wall.  Oh sure, each side professes its desire for peace, but each also has a definition it knows is unacceptable to the other and appears in no mood for real compromise.  That leaves many during this holy season to conclude that under current leadership, peace doesn't have a prayer.

Three Degrees Of Dead

There's an old saying in the Middle East that there are three levels of dead: dead, dead and buried, dead and buried and not coming back.  Right now the peace talks are dead and the guys with the shovels, Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas, can't decide whether to keep digging or resume talking.

Each leader thought he was clever enough to kill the talks and put the blame on the other, but blame is about the only thing they have in common.

In Defense Of Chris Christie

Judging by the reaction of the thought police you'd think Chris Christie stood before the Adelson acolytes in Sin City and did a full Sieg Heil.  The outrage was palpable, the room gasped.  When informed of his transgression, he practically fell to his knees to genuflect to King Sheldon in abject apology.

What was his sin?  He used the O word. Apparently the O word is now in the same category as the N word and the F word for some folks.

Let My People Stay

While the Jews prepare to celebrate Passover and recall Moses' demand of Pharaoh, immigration activists across the United States are planning demonstrations in Washington Saturday calling on President Obama to let their people stay.

They want the President to throttle back his deportation policy and stop splitting immigrants from their families and communities.  They expect him to do more than tell the Department of Homeland Security to review its deportation policies. 

Oren Proposes Unilateral Withdrawal

Israeli government's reluctance to release the last 26 Palestinian prisoners in a four-installment deal to revive peace talks because it felt Mahmoud Abbas would leave the negotiations anyway appears to be justified.

Abbas even refused to meet with Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's offer to release the 26 terrorists along with several hundred other prisoners and impose a partial West Bank construction freeze in return for extending the present talks until early next year.

Pollard: A Trophy For Bibi?

We're seeing a number of stories out of Israel lately saying convicted spy Jonathan Pollard might be freed as part of a deal to get Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to honor his commitment to release the final group of 26 Palestinian prisoners (out of 104) and to keep peace talks with the Palestinians going until the end of the year.

Sheldon’s Panderfest

Political pandering was in full blossom in Las Vegas last weekend as Republican presidential wannabes sought to impress GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson and his fellow big givers of their total devotion to Israel and just about anything else these wealthy contributors want.

Loose Lips Sink Ships

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon seems to have a penchant for insulting Israel's most important ally and defender.  His latest targets are the American president and secretary of state.  Making matters worse was the silence of his prime minister, who didn't do anything until Secretary of State John Kerry called.  And even then Yaalon's apology was so weak that, in an unprecedented move, the White House and State Department rejected it and responded with a stinging rebuke.

Confusing Partisan Politics And Diplomacy

In an unprecedented move, Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer is going to Las Vegas this weekend to participate in a partisan political meeting and fundraiser at the Venetian luxury hotel owned by casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, the GOP's largest contributor.

Israel's World Cup Play

There's a remote chance Israel could have a soccer team on the field at this summer's World Cup competition in Brazil, but there's no question it will have a very important team overhead helping make sure the players and fans are safe and secure.

The protection will be provided by a fleet of Hermes 900 unmanned aircraft built by Israel's Elbit and equipped with advanced new intelligence gathering systems, according to the Jerusalem Post.

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