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Posted: Wed, 07/22/2009 - 23:00 | Political Insider
Thursday, July 23rd, 2009 I confess: because of other assignments, I didn’t get down to the Christians United for Israel Washington summit this week, the first one I’ve missed. But based on past years events and interviews with several folks who attended this week’s, I’ve reached one new conclusion about the group. From the beginning, CUFI has embraced the Israeli settlers movement in a way no major Jewish group has.
Posted: Wed, 07/22/2009 - 16:31 | Political Insider

Jeremy Ben-Ami. Photo: J StreetOkay, I’d resolved  not to blog about J Street for a while, since every time I do it takes days to sort through the angry email, but I just have to ask again: what is it about this group that drives people so batty?

Read through J Street’s press statements, Web site and op-eds, and it’s obviously a strongly pro-Israel group, even if its views of what constitutes the best policy to secure Israel’s future aren’t the same as the Israeli government’s or AIPAC’s and even though it is clearly not a big fan of the current government.

Posted: Tue, 07/21/2009 - 23:00 | Political Insider
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009 A gaggle of Jewish leaders met with a record number of Senate Democrats today – 22 lawmakers in all, according to one count, including most of the top leadership. The meeting, put together by the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC), demonstrated the breadth of concerns of the community, according to several participants.
Posted: Tue, 07/21/2009 - 23:00 | Political Insider
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009 Is the Obama administration starting to think about policy for meeting the challenge of an Iran that has already gone nuclear? In an interview this week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suggested the United States would extend a defense umbrella “over the region” if  Iran does  develop nuclear weapons (read a VOA news report on her comments here).
Posted: Sun, 07/19/2009 - 23:00 | Political Insider
Monday, July 20th, 2009 It’s not happy reading, but studying it should be a mandatory assignment for  every Jewish activist. Steven Windmueller’s  paper on The Unfolding Economic Crisis: Its Devastating Implications for American Jewry, lays out a crisis that will continue to impact the Jewish communal world for many years even if the economic downturn ends soon.
Posted: Sun, 07/19/2009 - 23:00 | Political Insider
Monday, July 20th, 2009 Okay, I’d resolved not to blog about J Street for a while, since every time I do it takes days to sort through the angry email, but I just have to ask again: what is it about this group that drives people so batty?