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Syrian Chemical Weapons Removed. Maybe

After weeks of delay and excuses, the last of Syria’s known stocks of chemical weapons have been shipped out of the country for destruction abroad, according to the U.N. monitoring organization, the New York Times reported today.

Is Fatah-Hamas Marriage On The Rocks?

It appears the marriage between the two leading Palestinian factions may be on the rocks even before it had a chance to be consummated.

Behind the break-up is the Palestinian Authority’s condemnation of the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers, believed to be the work of Hamas, and the cooperation of PA and Israeli security forces in the search for the boys.

Cantor Trounced In Historic Upset

 

As the Obama administration was trying to resuscitate Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in late 2010, Republican Rep. Eric Cantor met privately with Benjamin Netanyahu in a New York hotel room with an unprecedented offer:  the incoming majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives offered to side with the prime minister of Israel against the President of the United States on critical foreign policy issues.

Could GOP Lose Its Only Jew In Congress?

The only Jewish Republican in the U.S. Congress -- and the man who wants to be the first Jewish Speaker of the House -- is facing an unusual primary challenge to hang on to his seat in Tuesday's Virginia primary.

If Rep. Eric Cantor, 51, the House majority leader, wins on Tuesday he becomes a leading candidate to succeed Speaker John Boehner if the Ohio congressman is defeated either in November by constituents or by colleagues in the GOP caucus who say he isn't conservative enough for their tastes.

Does Israel Have A Culture Of Corruption?

Israel is beginning to look like old time Chicago politics.  The previous governor of Illinois, a former Chicago congressman, is in jail, home to four of the last seven governors of Illinois, and another popular former Chicago congressman is in jail now, with his wife, a former city alderman, going in when he gets out.  They’re only the latest in a long list of former Chicago area politicians to go to prison for corruption.

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.

Eating Bacon

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. 

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