Political Insider
Posted: Sun, 01/12/2014 - 23:33 | Political Insider

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.

Posted: Fri, 01/10/2014 - 12:27 | Political Insider

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.

Posted: Fri, 01/03/2014 - 13:12 | Political Insider

Posted: Thu, 01/02/2014 - 12:39 | Political Insider

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.

Posted: Wed, 01/01/2014 - 20:23 | Political Insider

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.

Posted: Thu, 12/26/2013 - 20:29 | Political Insider

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.