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Is It Déjà Vu All Over Again In Gaza?

President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden spoke to Prime Minister Netanyahu Wednesday to reaffirm U.S. "support for Israel's right to self-defense in light of the barrage of rocket attacks being launched from Gaza against Israeli civilians," according to a White House readout.

Obama also spoke with Egyptian President Morsi to deliver the same message and the need to de-escalate the violence.

Now Is The Time For Obama To Visit Israel

President Obama is going to the Far East this week and on his way home he should make a long overdue stop in the Middle East to have a heart-to-heart talk with the Israeli people and their leaders about his view of the bilateral relationship and his plans for the next four years.

Israel Refuses To Attend NPT Conference

Plans to convene a conference on creating a nuclear-free Middle East collapsed this week with Israel's refusal to attend.

The meeting was to be held in Helsinki, Finland, by year's end but has been indefinitely postponed.  Israel has said there is no point discussing a ban on nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction until there is a full peace between it and the Arabs.

Howard Berman For Secretary Of State

When President Obama picks a successor to Hillary Clinton at the State Department, he should give very serious consideration to Rep. Howard Berman.  The former chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, who lost in his bid for a 16th term, would bring to the job a wealth of experience in foreign policy as well as a proven talent for bipartisan cooperation and maneuvering the legislative morass.

Israel: First Stop On Road To White House

For many presidential hopefuls the road to the White House goes through Israel. Long before the polls closed Tuesday evening on the 2012 election, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley had booked his flight from BWI to TLV.  He leaves the Saturday night after Thanksgiving and tagging along with be Jewish leaders from around his state as well as a number of business and academic figures.

The trip is being billed as a trade mission and thus official business. His 60-70 fellow travelers will be paying their own way.

Buckeye View Of Jewish Vote

If Ohio is any indicator, the multi-million-dollar campaign by the Republican Jewish Coalition, Sheldon Adelson and the GOP to convince the Buckeye state's Jews to vote for Mitt Romney for president and Josh Mandel for Senate is headed for failure.  Big Time.

Their message that Barack Obama, Sen. Sherrod Brown and the Democrats can't be trusted on Israel or other issues important to the Jewish community is a flop.

Why Is No One Talking About It?

For all the billions spent, the endless bombardment of obnoxious ads and the empty stump speeches, very little attention has been paid during this election to what may be it most enduring outcome -- the shape of the federal judiciary, not just for the next four years but for the next generation or two.  The man who is elected president next Tuesday will very likely have an opportunity to name one or more justices to the Supreme Court, where four members are in the seventies.

Mitt To East Coast: You Don't Need FEMA Help

Mitt Romney’s message to those in Hurricane Sandy’s path is simple:  I want to shut down FEMA because you don’t need any federal disaster relief, your states should handle it. In fact, the whole thing should be turned over to the private sector.

Is Sununu"s Race Baiting Part Of Romney's Strategy?

If it were just an isolated incident, the race baiting of a top Mitt Romney surrogate and advisor might be dismissed as a slip of the tongue, but John Sununu’s history of repeated slurs suggests his comments may be part of a larger strategy of the Romney campaign, particularly in view of the candidate’s failure to publicly admonish and dismiss the former New Hampshire governor.

Notes From The Campaign Trails

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