Posted: Fri, 02/07/2014 - 19:08 |
Fatah and Hamas keep talking about reconciliation but, despite having signed several agreements, have made little if any progress in more than half a dozen years of trying.
Palestinian reconciliation has broad support on the streets of the West Bank, which is ruled by the secular Fatah, and the Gaza Strip, which is controlled by Hamas, a spinoff of the Muslim Brotherhood and considered a terrorist organization by the United States, Israel and many Western countries.
Fatah-Hamas reconciliation is the Catch 22 of Middle East peace making.
Posted: Thu, 02/06/2014 - 16:44 |
With Chris Christie's presidential prospects sinking faster than a jumper off the George Washington Bridge and Mitt Romney rebuffing suggestions he make a third run for the White House, many Republicans are looking to other past and present governors for 2016.
The GOP team has a strong statehouse bench, especially since it intends to make this year's congressional races and the presidential contest two years later a referendum on Barack Obama's eight years in the White House.
Posted: Mon, 02/03/2014 - 22:37 |
When Members of Congress and their staffs take free trips abroad – something they're doing in record numbers these days – their preferred destination is Israel. And picking up the tab to the tune of $1.7 million last year, was a charitable tax-exempt arm of AIPAC called the America Israel Education Foundation.
Posted: Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:48 |
The evidence keeps piling up that the worst wounds in politics are self-inflicted. The latest cases come from Washington and Jerusalem this week. There's the congressman who preferred cocaine over Congress, another who threatened to toss a reporter off a balcony and an Israeli cabinet minister whose mouth runs faster than his brain.
Posted: Wed, 01/29/2014 - 21:45 |
First Responders -- As a sign of how deeply divided Republicans are, they had four separate responses, two of which came from the Tea Party wing.
The GOP leadership's designated responder, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state, was clearly the most personable and effective. Her presentation seemed like an extended biography (ala Chris Christie's keynote speech at last summer's Republican convention), and when she got around to the issues the big question was Where's the beef?"