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Obama Brokers Turkey-Israel Healing

On his way out the door Friday, President Obama capped a spectacularly successful visit to Israel by brokering reconciliation between America's two most important strategic allies in the region, Israel and Turkey.

Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu stopped in a trailer on the tarmac at Ben Gurion Airport before the President boarded Air Force One so the Israeli prime minister could phone his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to apologize for the attack on a Gaza-bound Turkish ship Mavi Marmara by Israeli commandos in 2010.

Who Really Won the Iraq War?

The Shock and Awe Campaign that started 10 years ago this week should have been called the Lies and Deceit Campaign.

"The Americans won the war, the Iranians won the peace and the Turks won the contracts," said the Financial Times.

Why Is Morsi Helping Israel, Not Hamas?

Few were happier with the rise to power in Egypt of the Muslim Brotherhood than its Palestinian offshoot, Hamas.

Egyptians opposed to Morsi protested outside the Presidential Palace in December. Getty Images

Rand Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll

Kentucky's freshman Republican Sen. Rand Paul narrowly won the Conservative Political Action Conference's (CPAC) annual straw poll today for the group's preference for president in 2016. Sen. Marco Rubio came in a close second, just 2 points short of Paul's 25 percent.

Paul's victory came as no surprise to the National Jewish Democratic Council, which issued a press release sharply criticizing the choice a day in advance of the actual vote. It faulted him for opposing foreign aid to Israel and for advocating a containment policy for Iran.

Polls: Public Support For Israel Growing

Two polls on the eve of Barack Obama's Middle East trip show record high American public preference for Israel amidst widespread doubt about the President's own support for the Jewish state.

Obama's Religious Mission To Mideast

There is an important aspect to Barack Obama's Middle East trip this week that is overshadowed by the announced issues of Iranian nuclear plans, the Syria civil war, upheaval in the Arab world and a desire to restart peace negotiations but is no less important. 

The President, who began his first term with an effort to repair relations with the Muslim world, this week will be carrying a message to Muslims about the need to respect the religion of others.

Meridor: Time To Freeze Settlements

Outgoing Israeli Deputy PM Dan Meridor and longtime prominent Likud figure now finds himself on the outside looking in, and he says that may be because he has become an outspoken advocate of the two-state solution and reinvigorating the peace process.

Bibi's 'Let's Make A Deal' Nears Results

It appears Israel will have a new government in place by the time President Barack Obama arrives late next week. 

The country's top politicians are in the final stages of Israel's version of "Let's Make A Deal," the buying and selling of government ministries known as forming a coalition government.

Obama: No 'Grand Peace Plan' For Mideast

President Obama confirmed what I reported earlier in my Washington Watch column, namely that he has no plans to take a "grand peace plan" on his Middle East trip later this month. The prospects for peace are "bleak," he told leaders of several Jewish organizations at a White House meeting on Thursday.

Carl Levin Is Leaving The Senate

Sen. Carl Levin (D-Michigan), the senior Jewish member of the U.S. Senate, announced Thursday he will not seek a seventh term next year.

As a longtime member and now chairman of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee he has played a major role in shaping American national security policy for more than a third of a century.  He also has been an important leader in building and strengthening close U.S.-Israeli security cooperation.

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