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Posted: Thu, 03/18/2010 - 12:58 | Political Insider

The ongoing U.S.-Israel diplomatic tiff had already made Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Washington visit next week – he'll keynote the AIPAC policy conference here – a little awkward.

Today it got awkwarder (is that a word?) The White House announced that President Barack Obama's once-postponed Indonesia trip is being put off again – this time until June – so he can lobby for his health insurance reform proposal.

Posted: Tue, 03/16/2010 - 13:24 | Political Insider

The U.S.- Israel diplomatic firestorm continues to rage, and a lot of questions remain unanswered: exactly what did Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu know about the plan to build 1600 new housing units in East Jerusalem, announced with such devastating impact when Vice President Joe Biden headed to Israel on a make-nice mission, and when did he know it? What is the Obama administration trying to do with its tough new demands on Israel and harsh rhetoric?  Where does all this lead?

Here are some interesting and very different takes on the  crisis.

Posted: Mon, 03/15/2010 - 10:38 | Political Insider

The escalating U.S.-Israel diplomatic crisis will dramatically change the calculus for the upcoming AIPAC policy conference, which starts on Sunday,  in ways difficult to predict.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is scheduled to be the top administration speaker, and you have to bet AIPAC leaders are nervous about how she will be received by the 3000-plus delegates after her tongue-lashing call to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week.

Posted: Fri, 03/12/2010 - 11:11 | Political Insider

 So did Vice President Joe Biden accomplish his top goal during this week's Israel visit – reassuring a skeptical Israeli public about the Obama administration's intentions while also reassuring the Palestinians that the administration is still determined to play a role in bringing the two sides back together for serious peace talks?

Posted: Wed, 03/10/2010 - 15:10 | Political Insider

Was the Netanyahu government sending a message when it welcomed Vice President Joe Biden to town with a sucker punch announcement about new building in an East Jerusalem neighborhood  (see this earlier Political Insider item, and Janine Zacharia's excellent piece in today's Washington Post).

Posted: Wed, 03/10/2010 - 11:29 | Political Insider

 AIPAC policy conferences – the annual pro-Israel extravaganzas meant to spotlight the power of the pro-Israel lobby group – are always the most interesting in presidential election years, or when they're a big fight brewing over U.S. foreign policy.