Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Sun, 12/09/2012 - 23:31
President Mahmoud Abbas had said that once the U.N. voted to upgrade the Palestinian Authority to non-member state status, he would be ready for unconditional peace talks with Israel. "I've said a thousand times that we want to resume negotiations and we are ready to do it," Abbas told reporters in New York last month. "We are not setting any condition."
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Fri, 12/07/2012 - 15:26
If Egypt ever really did have democracy it was born and died with the election of Mohamed Morsi in June. The election was free and fair according to international observers, but that appears to have been both the beginning and end of the experiment. Protesters who took to the streets to demand the ouster of Hosni Mubarak are back and demanding his Islamist successor go as well. They're saying Morsi is Mubarak with a beard.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Fri, 12/07/2012 - 11:41
Few of his fellow Republicans in the Senate are shedding tears over the sudden resignation of Jim DeMint of South Carolina to head a conservative think tank. They put much of the blame on him for keeping them in the minority.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Tue, 12/04/2012 - 23:52
Rep. Nita Lowey was picked to become the first woman and the first Jewish member of either party to hold the top post on the powerful House Appropriations Committee. The Democratic Steering Committee voted 36-10 on Tuesday to make her the party's ranking member in the 113th Congress on the panel that must approve all federal spending legislation. She defeated Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Ohio.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Fri, 11/30/2012 - 16:47
Veteran New York Congresswoman Nita Lowey, one of Israel's strongest supporters on Capitol Hill, is in line to become the ranking Democrat on the powerful House Committee on Appropriations, which must annually approve more than $3.8 trillion -- with a T -- in annual federal spending. With the intense focus of the incoming 113th Congress on federal spending, the Appropriations committee and its leaders will play a critical role.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Thu, 11/29/2012 - 01:20
It may be a matter of trying to kill two birds with one stone or just settling a very old score for some of the more hardline conservatives, but several Republican senators have introduced legislation to slash funding to both the United Nations and the Palestinian Authority if, as expected, the world body upgrades Palestinian membership.
The Palestinians are to go before the General Assembly on Thursday with their request for recognition as a nonmember state.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Thu, 11/29/2012 - 01:00
Barack Obama may be the only one in Washington who wants to see Mitt Romney these days. The President has invited him to lunch at the White House Thursday "to talk about where we can work together to move this country forward."
Don't look for Romney to get much hospitality from his party up on Capitol Hill, just a private meeting with former running mate Paul Ryan.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:28
It may not be Halachic and it may be an American creation, but my favorite Jewish holiday is Thanksgiving.
It is a time when I am reminded how thankful I am that my grandparents and my wife's had the courage and foresight to emigrate to the real golden medina. I don't know how many relatives who stayed behind perished in the Holocaust.
I was talking about this with a friend the other day. She said she felt the same way. "If those grandparents hadn’t come there's a very significant chance that none of us would be alive to ponder the matter."