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Bibi's 3 Amigos Undercutting Kerry

There's a longstanding tradition in America that foreign policy stops at the water's edge.  It has been eroding for years but what happened in Jerusalem earlier this month washed it out to sea.

Three U.S. senators plunged into a very sensitive diplomatic mission by the secretary of state, undermining his already difficult efforts to broker Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Obama Taps Fischer For Fed

President Obama today announced plans to nominated Stanley Fischer, the former Governor of the Bank of Israel, to be the vice chairman and governor of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve.

He will succeed former vice chair Janet Yellin, who was confirmed by the Senate this week to chair the Fed, succeeding Ben Bernanke.  All three are Jewish, as is Bernanke's predecessor, Alan Greenspan. 

Bernanke is a former student and protégé of Fischer when both were at MIT.  Fischer holds dual US and Israeli citizenship.

2014 Looks Like More Of Same

Bibi & Pollard

If reports are accurate that Benjamin Netanyahu plans to condition acceptance of the Kerry guidelines for peace on release of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard, it will only serve to reinforce the image of a prime minister intent on finding excuses to avoid peace.

He's Baaaaaack

Secretary of State John Kerry began the New Year by flying to the Middle East in another attempt to push the reluctant negotiators closer to an agreement.  This time he is said to be bringing a bridging proposal to help narrow the gaps on the critical final status issues.

What's Behind The New Iran Sanctions Bill?

When I hear senators say they want to enact harsh new anti-Iran sanctions that the administration says can do more harm than good to the nuclear negotiations I am reminded of the angry parent who tells a child that the spanking he’s about to get “hurts me more than it hurts you, but it’s for your own good.”

A bipartisan group of senators wants to enact a tough new sanctions bill that the administration says is unnecessary and could potentially scuttle the sensitive negotiations.

Did Jesus Speak English?

Maybe Santa Claus is white, as Faux News claims, but Jesus was no Palestinian regardless of what Mahmoud Abbas claims.  Don't forget the Palestinian Authority president is the same historical revisionist whose doctoral dissertation claimed the Holocaust was a conspiracy between the Nazis and the Zionists. 

Did Boehner Find His Backbone? Is It Good For The Jews?

The Congress finally passed and sent to the President this week a bipartisan two-year budget bill intended to prevent a repeat of October's government shutdown that sent the Republican brand plunging into the subbasement.

The Tea Partiers are outraged, even to the point of branding Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) a "tax-and-spend" liberal.

While the House GOP leadership backed the budget compromise, the Senate Republican leaders were in full retreat, scared that the tea partiers would seek revenge on him.

Fischer: Israel Not Doing Enough to Find Peace

The highly respected former governor of the Bank of Israel, Stanley Fischer, told a New York audience the Netanyahu government is not doing enough to make peace with the Palestinians.

Playing Chicken With Sanctions

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