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If You Knew Newt Like They Know Newt

Newt Gingrich was a huge hit at the recent Republican Jewish Coalition's forum for presidential candidates who came to express their undying love and devotion to Israel.

Obama to the Jews: 'Hineni'

December has been "Who Loves Israel Most" month in presidential politics.

Republican presidential candidates (minus Ron Paul) had their day on December 7 at a forum sponsored by the Republican Jewish Coalition. It was more of the old fear-and-smear of 2008 with warnings that Barack Obama was ready to sell out Israel and afraid to stand up to Iran.

Turkey: Friend or Foe?

Turkey poses the greatest challenge to American interests in the Middle East today as it seeks to fill the power vacuum left by the fall of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt and the expected demise of Bashar Assad’s regime in Syria. Ankara is moving steadily to exploit the void in regional leadership and spreading its brand of radical Islam with the help of the Muslim Brotherhood and its allies, said Dan Schueftan, director of the University of Haifa’s National Security Studies Center.

Ross: U.S., Israel Agree on Iran Threat, Not Timetable



The Obama administration fully agrees with Israel about the need to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon even if it doesn't share Jerusalem's sense of urgency, said two top presidential advisors.

"I'm really pissed off that there are people out there who doubt our resolve to stop Iran," Denis McDonough, the deputy national security advisor, told a group of Jewish leaders last week, according to Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic.

Where Your Dollars Go


The highest paid executive of an American Jewish organization is Richard Joel, president of Yeshiva University, who was paid $848,176 last year, according to the The Forward's annual survey of salaries paid to the leaders of 76 national Jewish groups.   

In some cases the data is a year or two out of date.  It isn't noted, but some also have other high-paying jobs as well.  Barely 10 per cent of these top execs are women.

Bibi Becomes GOP Campaign Issue

Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are not only competing to be president but also to be Bibi Netanyahu's best friend.

In Saturday night's debate in Des Moines, Iowa, Romney suggested the former Speaker is a "bomb thrower" and was mistaken in calling the Palestinians an "invented" people. That was inflammatory and not helpful to Israel, said the former Massachusetts governor, adding:

Panetta Warning 'Doesn't Make Sense'

With Iran becoming increasingly nervous about a possible Israeli or American attack on its nuclear facilities, now is not the time to tell them to stop sweating.  Yet that's the message Defense Secretary Leon Panetta delivered before a U.S.-Israeli conference here.

It "doesn't make sense" to spell out the reasons against a military attack, the Washington Post chastised him in an editorial Friday.

Is Newt Trying to Channel Golda?

Newt Gingrich seems to be channeling Golda Meir. 

Golda once said, "There is no such thing as a Palestinian people...It is not as though we came and threw them out and took their country.  They didn't exist."

The Same Old Empty Promises

They're baaaaack.  Those pandering presidential presumptives are promising to pack up and move the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem as soon as they get to the Oval Office. 

Don't believe a word of it.

We've heard that before.  It didn't happen then, and it won't happen this time, either. 

The candidates know that, but they think you don't.

What Really Killed Herman Cain's Campaign?


Herman Cain held a large rally in Atlanta Saturday to announce he was "suspending" his president campaign.  He has blamed his problems on the media, Washington, the Democrats, his Republican rivals, liberals, former girlfriends, their lawyers and everyone else but the true culprit: Herman Cain.

His candidacy was sunk by the same powerful force that has ended the candidacies and careers of so many other ambitious politicians:  self-inflicted wounds.

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