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Bibi & Pollard

If reports are accurate that Benjamin Netanyahu plans to condition acceptance of the Kerry guidelines for peace on release of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard, it will only serve to reinforce the image of a prime minister intent on finding excuses to avoid peace.

He's Baaaaaack

Secretary of State John Kerry began the New Year by flying to the Middle East in another attempt to push the reluctant negotiators closer to an agreement.  This time he is said to be bringing a bridging proposal to help narrow the gaps on the critical final status issues.

What's Behind The New Iran Sanctions Bill?

When I hear senators say they want to enact harsh new anti-Iran sanctions that the administration says can do more harm than good to the nuclear negotiations I am reminded of the angry parent who tells a child that the spanking he’s about to get “hurts me more than it hurts you, but it’s for your own good.”

A bipartisan group of senators wants to enact a tough new sanctions bill that the administration says is unnecessary and could potentially scuttle the sensitive negotiations.

Did Jesus Speak English?

Maybe Santa Claus is white, as Faux News claims, but Jesus was no Palestinian regardless of what Mahmoud Abbas claims.  Don't forget the Palestinian Authority president is the same historical revisionist whose doctoral dissertation claimed the Holocaust was a conspiracy between the Nazis and the Zionists. 

Did Boehner Find His Backbone? Is It Good For The Jews?

The Congress finally passed and sent to the President this week a bipartisan two-year budget bill intended to prevent a repeat of October's government shutdown that sent the Republican brand plunging into the subbasement.

The Tea Partiers are outraged, even to the point of branding Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) a "tax-and-spend" liberal.

While the House GOP leadership backed the budget compromise, the Senate Republican leaders were in full retreat, scared that the tea partiers would seek revenge on him.

Fischer: Israel Not Doing Enough to Find Peace

The highly respected former governor of the Bank of Israel, Stanley Fischer, told a New York audience the Netanyahu government is not doing enough to make peace with the Palestinians.

Playing Chicken With Sanctions

The New Linkage

For as long as I can recall we've been told by the people who are supposed to be foreign policy experts that the Arab-Israeli conflict is the source of instability in the Middle East.  Solve that, they preach, and all the other problems can be solved.  

New Iran Sanctions On Hold

Negotiations to make sure Iran doesn't build a nuclear weapon got a boost Tuesday when a South Dakota senator agreed to administration pleas to hold off passage of new sanctions.

Sen. Tim Johnson (D), chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, announced he would hold off bringing to a vote new sanctions legislation following conversations with President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry.

Santorum Compares Himself To Mandela

Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum this week compared himself to Nelson Mandela and likened the struggle against apartheid to Republican efforts to kill the Affordable Care Act.  Both, he said, are about opposing "injustice."

But that doesn't mean Santorum was on the same side as the late South African leader in opposing apartheid. He apparently praised Mandela's struggle for freedom because everyone else is doing so this week, but apparently he had problems with Mandela's goals.

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