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Adelson Invests In Romney

Bibi Netanyahu's biggest American backer, casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson, just invested $10 million in Mitt Romney's presidential ambitions with a contribution to the pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future. That's just under half of what Adelson and his family spent to keep Newt Gingrich's campaign sputtering along, but it wasn't enough to save deeply flawed former Speaker of the House. 

Libertarians Feel 'Betrayed' By Rand Paul

Guess who's a big spending liberal responsible for Obamacare and is running for President.

Here's a hint:  it's not Barack Obama.

It's Republican Mitt Romney, according to the Libertarian Party, and they're mad at Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), the son of their idol, for endorsing and approving "the Father of Obamacare, Big Government tax and spender, Republican Mitt Romney."

Apples, Oranges And Jewish Votes

The attraction of an opinion poll, like a thing of beauty, is in the eyes of the beholder.

That's the case of the latest Gallup poll about Jewish views on the two presidential candidates.

The ultra-conservative News Max headline declared "Jewish Support for Obama Plummets," while the mainstream Forward headline on the same poll results announced "Obama Has Commanding Lead Among Jews."

Which is it?

I'll go out on a limb and say, Neither.

Could Nixon Hate Jews But Like Israel?

In a retrospective marking the 40th anniversary of the Watergate break-in (June 17, 1972), the Washington Post reporters who broke the story and won the Pulitzer prize for it, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, analyzed the disgraced former president's  "five successive and overlapping wars — against the anti-Vietnam War movement, the news media, the Democrats, the justice system and, finally, against hist

Six-Day War: A Perspective

I was a young reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer when the first news broke of Six-Day war.  We hung out around the Associated Press tickers just off the city room waiting for any tidbit of news.  It looked bad for Israel because all we were getting were Arab propaganda reports lauding Gamal Abdul Nasser’s great victories in Egypt’s drive to push Israel into the sea. 

Der Spiegel: Dolphin Armed With Nukes

The German weekly Der Spiegel reports in its current issue that a months-long investigation has confirmed that the Dolphin submarines built by Germany for the Israeli Navy are capable of launching nuclear-tipped cruise missiles.

That possibility has long been assumed – and reported in this space – and there is still no official confirmation from either government. However, Der Spiegel, in Sunday’s article titled, "Secret Operation: Samson," claims experts in "Germany and in Jerusalem now confirm: They are armed with nuclear warheads."

Mitt Needs Menschlichkeit, Not Mishegas

I don't usually agree with George H. Will but I do admire his way with words.  I was reminded of that when I heard him call Donald Trump a "bloviated ignoramus."

Trump, the most high profile birther, has become a high profile Mitt Romney surrogate.  In Las Vegas, only 633 miles by flying saucer to Trump's home base in Roswell, NM, he will be holding a big fundraiser Tuesday night billed as "a conversation with The Donald and Mitt" at one of his eponymous hotels.

Egypt Update: Next Comes Mubarak II or Islamic Rule

 It's official, the June 16-17 Egyptian presidential runoff election runoff will pit the head of the Muslim Brotherhood, Muhamad Mursi, against Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister, Ahmad Shafiq.  

The two are virtual polar opposites.

"During his campaign, Shafik disparaged protesters and promised that if he is elected, he will cut off power to Cairo's Tahrir Square to prevent further demonstrations," the LATimes reported.  In short, he sounded very much like Mubarak II.  

Egypt's Big Election Mystery

The biggest mystery about Egypt's first democratically elected president isn't whether he will be an Islamist from the powerful Muslim Brotherhood or a secular leftover from the Mubarak regime. It is: How much will the army let him do?

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), which has ruled since Mubarak fled, has promised to turn over power to the civilian government July 1.  But how much power will the generals be wiling to surrender? And under what circumstances?

2011 Human Rights Report Tough On Haredi, Settlers, Hamas

The 2011 Country Reports On Human Rights Practices issued by the State Department on Thursday found many improvements in the Arab world and a "yearning for change," particularly in Tunisia where the Arab awakening began, and in Egypt, where the first-ever contested elections for president began this week, but also considerable deterioration, most notably in Syria with its brutal assault against its own people. 

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