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Posted: Tue, 02/23/2010 - 10:15 | Political Insider

More than a few people wrote to complain about my story last week on the potentially damaging impact of the “tea party” movement on the Republican Party's continued outreach to Jewish voters.

The tea partiers “love Israel,” one  said.  Others accused me of just parroting  a tired old liberal line equating conservatism to anti-Semitism.

Posted: Fri, 02/19/2010 - 12:47 | Political Insider

When are Israeli leaders going to get smart about American Jews? Not soon, if their clumsy efforts to brand J Street an anti-Israel group are any measure.

Posted: Wed, 02/17/2010 - 11:36 | Political Insider

I was much taken with Washington Post business writer Steve Pearlstein's column today.  Pearlstein had the audacity to point to two of the biggest reasons for the political and legislative gridlock in Washington – an electorate that demands completely contradictory things from the people it elects, and a president who apparently lacks the backbone to tell it like it is.  (See t

Posted: Thu, 02/11/2010 - 15:29 | Political Insider

I keep getting emails and reading blogs about the infamous “Ellison letter” - the congressional letter to President Obama urging him to press Israel to lift the Gaza blockade (many of the writers put the word “blockade” in quotation marks, as if it bears no connection to reality).

Posted: Wed, 02/10/2010 - 11:57 | Political Insider

As the controversy over grantees of the New Israel Fund and their alleged role in supplying information used by the Goldstone Report on the Gaza war rages here and in Israel, I can't help but wonder this: what are the critics so afraid of?

There's an irony here. Unlike its adversaries in the Middle East, Israel actually has a vigorous, outspoken and independent  human rights movement  willing and able to critically examine the actions of its own government. That's a good thing, right?

Posted: Tue, 02/09/2010 - 05:18 | Political Insider

Is this news, or just restating the obvious?

This week President Obama invoked waive provisions of the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Relocation Act, which requires the State Department to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

U.S. policy has always been that the status of Jerusalem is a matter for negotiations with the Palestinians, and that moving the embassy before that would compromise this country's ability to serve as an effective peace mediator.