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Iron Dome On The Move

The House of Representatives today took a major step today toward funding 10 additional batteries of Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile defense system when the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces include $680 million for the program in the FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act.  It is expected to be approved by the full committee in mid-May and go to the House for final passage.

Who Needs Enemies When We Have Each Other?

The Israeli government sometimes looks like a circular firing squad, with various ministers shooting in all directions.

It doesn't say much for the management skills Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu acquired with his MBA at MIT. 

We're Gonna Miss 'Em

Since Mitt Romney sewed up the Republican nomination this month, the most entertaining part of the 2012 presidential race is over.  Whatever your politics, you had to enjoy the GOP primaries as candidates covered the full spectrum from far right to extreme right as they vied to convince voters they were the most conservative.

Now with that phase ended, Romney has pulled out his Etch-a-Sketch and is trying to plot a course back toward the center to win over the voters who will eventually pick the next president.

Show Me The (Jewish) Money

Republicans talk a lot about attracting Jewish voters to their column, but they know their chances of making dramatic gains are small at best, and that once again Barack Obama and the Democrats will win an overwhelming majority of Jewish votes.

So why are they devoting so much time and energy to portraying the incumbent as hostile to the interests of the Jewish state?  It isn't because they want to win votes of evangelical Christians because they've already got that locked up.

The answer is money.

Obama To Visit Holocaust Museum

President Obama will visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on Monday to mark the Days of Remembrance established by Congress.  He will speak about how the United States is honoring the pledge of "never again" by developing a comprehensive strategy to prevent and respond to mass atrocities, the White House reports.

He will be introduced by Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, and will tour the museum.

Elan Steinberg: An Effective Advocate For Holocaust Survivors

Elan Steinberg, a driving force behind the campaign during the 1990s for restitution of Jewish properties stolen by the Nazis and their Communist successors, died Friday after a brief struggle with cancer.  He was 60.

As the creative and media savvy executive vice president of the World Jewish Congress, he played a critical leadership role in the helping galvanize American government backing for efforts to convince European governments, Swiss banks, insurance companies, museums and other entities to restore the property stolen during the Holocaust era.

Romney: Trust Me, But I Don't Trust You

Multimillionaire Mitt Romney wants us to trust him to lead the most powerful and wealthiest nation on earth -- but he doesn't think we deserve his trust.

Santorum: I'll Be Baaack…In 2016

In his speech to supporters Tuesday evening after losing three more primaries, Rick Santorum repeated his prediction Republicans will lose the presidency this year if they nominate Mitt Romney, and virtually announced his own candidacy for 2016.  

The man who once declared himself the Jesus candidate wrapped himself in the mantle of Ronald Reagan and called on Republicans to "move straight to 1980."

Azeri Base Rumor Called Baseless

A big story that has had Washington buzzing in recent days was the Foreign Policy magazine report that “several high-level sources…inside the U.S. government” believe Israel has made a deal with Azerbaijan to use former Soviet air bases in that country for its attacks on Iranian nuclear facilities. 

Christie On Pre-Presidential Pilgrimage To Jerusalem

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie leaves Sunday for the Holy Land, a trip that in this cynical political year can't avoid looking like more than a pre-Easter pilgrimage, especially since a group of wealthy Jewish Republicans are picking up the tab.

He turned down entreaties to run for president this year but word is he's willing to consider #2 on a Romney ticket and is more likely to be preparing for his own bid four years from now.

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