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Posted: Tue, 06/30/2009 - 00:00 | Political Insider
Tuesday, June 30th, 2009 So Ponzi king Bernie Madoff has been sentenced to 150 years, and the blogosphere is aflame with the outrage and anguish of the victims of this record-breaking swindler. While significant recovery seems unlikely for most, there’s a degree of satisfaction that he didn’t get away with the usual wrist-slapping white collar sentence. But to me some of the case’s most important questions remain unanswered.
Posted: Mon, 06/29/2009 - 00:00 | Political Insider
Monday, June 29th, 2009 What is it about “credibility” that so many friends of Israel don’t get? In the past 24 hours I’ve received several emails, all citing with apparent approval the latest comments by WorldNetDaily founder and editor Joseph Farrah, who’s not Jewish but who can geshrei with the best of them. Writing about growing Obama pressure on Israel on the question of  settlements, Farrah writes:
Posted: Sun, 06/28/2009 - 00:00 | Political Insider
Sunday, June 28th, 2009 A couple of Jewish groups played a role in Friday’s passage of a landmark climate change bill by the House – the first major piece of legislation to address the issue of carbon emissions and global warming. Another played a role in one aspect of the legislation.
Posted: Fri, 06/26/2009 - 00:00 | Political Insider

Friday, June 26th, 2009

It’s a refrain  I’ve heard regularly over years of covering the Jewish community: why do all those silly liberal Jewish groups keep involving themselves in issues not central to Jewish life, like immigration reform and genocide in Africa? Why don’t they focus instead on specifically Jewish issues, like anti-Semitism and Israel?

In Phoenix recently to help move my mother into assisted living, I got a graphic lesson in how shortsighted that view is.

Posted: Thu, 06/25/2009 - 00:00 | Political Insider
Thursday, June 25th, 2009 As this blog reported last week, longtime U.S. Middle East peace negotiator and pro-Israel think tanker Dennis Ross is going over to the White House; as numerous blogs have reported, it’s something of a promotion for Ross, who had a nebulous role at the State Department as a special envoy to something or other. Here’s what the NSC spokesman had to say:
Posted: Tue, 06/23/2009 - 00:00 | Political Insider
Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009 Today’s  Ha’aretz reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said “arguing” about settlements is a waste of time, and more and more Jewish leaders here seem to agree: Jewish settlements in the West Bank may be a legitimate issue, but there’s way too much focus on it. So why not move on to something else?