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Blocking An Iran Deal Could Backfire

The Republican demand for a Congressional vote on any nuclear deal with Iran could come back and bite them on election day. 

In the intensely polarized political atmosphere engulfing Washington these days, it is unlikely Republicans would approve anything Barack Obama negotiated, even if it was a total unconditional Iranian surrender. 

The Congress can hold hearings about on executive agreement with Iran, but unlike a treaty, it does not require Senate approval. 

Praying For Peace Like Talking To A Wall

Pope Francis should have learned in his visit last week to the West Bank and then to Jerusalem that praying for peace between Israelis and Palestinians is like talking to a wall. But he’s not one to give up easily, so he invited Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to come to the Vatican on June 8 to seek divine intervention.

That may be the best hope for peace, and that’s a very sad commentary. 

Peace Process? What Peace Process?

If you’re wondering what President Obama plans to do next about peace between Israel and the Palestinians just read his West Point speech this week.

Nothing.  He didn’t mention it once.

He only mentioned Israel twice and then in reference to other issues – Egypt’s peace treaty and Iran’s nuclear ambitions – and the Palestinians not at all.

Has Bibi Been Too Effective?

It is possible to be too successful? 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu deserves great credit for focusing global attention on the potential Iranian nuclear threat.  Threats to wipe Israel off the map cannot be dismissed as the rantings of a crazy man when his government is secretly building nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them while fomenting terrorism against the Jewish state. 

Rand Paul Beats Hasty Retreat

Until this week Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky had been one of the few Republicans to criticize his party's campaign of voter suppression and intimidation, but he seems to have changed his mind.

GOP Warned Split On Immigration Costly

Ronald Reagan once explained a dispute within his party as "Sometimes our right hand doesn't know what our far right hand is doing."

That helps explain how today's Republicans are dealing with immigration reform.

A comprehensive bipartisan bill passed the Senate last year and there was a feeling of momentum since the GOP's post-2012 "autopsy" of its defeat concluded it needed immigration reform to attract Hispanic voters, who had given Barack Obama 72 percent of their votes.

Kicking the Peace Can Down The Road

If the next President is a student of history and not a masochist, he or she is highly unlikely to dabble in Middle East peacemaking unless both sides come to the White House with a convincing case that they are ready to get serious. And even then caution would be well advised.

President 45 will have the benefit of knowing that all attempts by previous presidents have left an unpleasant residue and often proved a political liability. 

Give Up Terrorism? No Way, Says Hamas

When Fatah, his secular-nationalist movement, agreed to the latest attempt to form a unity government with the Islamist terror group Hamas, Mahmoud Abbas said the new government would recognize Israel's right to exist, abide by all prior agreements, and renounce violence. 

Hamas, which wrested control of the Gaza Strip from Fatah in a bloody 2006 coup, would have none of that.

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