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GOP Gets Smackdown From A Higher Authority

Mitt Romney and the Republicans are spending millions of dollars accusing Barack Obama of being an unfaithful and unreliable friend of Israel.  They are trying to make support for Israel a political wedge in this year's campaign in the hope of peeling away some Jewish votes in battleground states like Florida and Ohio but more so they are appealing to wealthy Jewish contributors.

Palestinians Feel Neglected

Palestinian leaders were miffed that Mitt Romney snubbed their president and called their prime minister, Salam Fayyad, to meet him briefly at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, not in Ramallah, the seat of the PA government. 

On a similar campaign trip to Israel in 2008, Barack Obama met Abbas and Fayyad in Ramallah. Almost four years ago to the day, the Democratic candidate also went to Sderot in southern Israel, the target of persistent rockets and mortar attacks from Gaza

Seeking Resurrection In Jerusalem

Mitt Romney quickly ran into problems, all self-inflicted, on his overseas trip to demonstrate his foreign policy chops.  His intention was to show he is ready to become a leader on the world stage, but after his London debut he left many wondering whether he is ready for prime time. He's now in Israel, the focus of the GOP effort to make support for the Jewish state a wedge issue in this year's campaign, trying to resurrect his troubled trip.

Gallup: Romney's Jewish Support Slipping

A Gallup Poll out on Friday on the eve of Mitt Romney's visit to Israel shows the presumptive Republican nominee losing ground to Barack Obama among Jewish voters and that Republicans like Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a lot more than Democrats do.

Jewish Vote By The Numbers

Hispanics and African-Americans may be more numerous, but Jews historically go to the polls in disproportionately higher numbers, and that makes them an important swing vote in some key states.  The Jewish vote – because of numbers and high turnout – could be decisive in at least one key state, Florida.

"The four states with the largest Jewish populations account for 127 of the 240 Electoral

Bibi's Cure For Unemployment

 

If Barack Obama could do what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is doing, he might be able to bring the nation's unemployment numbers down from their current 8.2 percent closer to Israel's 7.1 percent.

YNET reports Netanyahu, who already presides over one of the most bloated cabinets in Israeli history, has offered "key ministerial positions" to Kadima members who defect and join his Likud party. 

Olympic Reminder: Yellow Is Not A Shade Of Gold

World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder issued a statement Sunday slamming the International Olympic Committee as "completely out of touch" for refusing to observe a moment of silence in memory of the Israeli athletes killed at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games.

That's putting it politely.

Bandar Bush Rides Again

The new Saudi spy chief was once one of the most popular and well-connected diplomats in Washington, where he served as ambassador for 22 years and enjoyed such easy access to both Bush White Houses and so close to both presidents that he earned the nickname Bandar Bush.

Iran's Talk Of Nuclear Subs Is 'Bull****'

As Washington announced tougher new sanctions on Iran, Tehran announced plans to build its own nuclear submarine, close the Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Gulf, dismissed U.S. aircraft carriers as "rusty iron" that can easily be sunken and said it has targeted 23 American bases in the region for ballistic missile strikes.

Tevye, Meet Mitt, A Rich Man

It's no shame to be poor, Tevye sings in Fiddler on the Roof, but it's no great honor, either.

Likewise, it's no sin to be rich, but it's not a qualification for president of the United States, either. But that seems to be Mitt Romney's main argument: elect me because I got very, very rich and that means I can run your government.

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