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Posted: Fri, 05/15/2009 - 00:00 | Political Insider
Friday, May 15th, 2009 Take a look at today’s Israel Policy Forum (IPF) ad in the New York Times if you want to see how some Jewish pro-peace process groups are adopting a bolder strategy. Do you see Benjamin Netanyahu’s name anywhere in the ad?  I didn’t think so. It’s traditional for Jewish groups to welcome prime ministers with friendly ads even if they couple that with some pokes at Israeli policy.
Posted: Thu, 05/14/2009 - 00:00 | Political Insider
Thursday, May 14th, 2009 Update: In the post below I neglected to mention a third pre-summit letter: the Israel Policy Forum’s (IPF) missive from four former ambassadors.
Posted: Wed, 05/13/2009 - 00:00 | Political Insider
Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 As if it didn’t have enough on its plate, the Obama administration is now set to try to work some reform magic on the UN Human Rights Council, a group set up to monitor human rights conditions around the world but which is led by some of the  worst abusers anywhere and which seems to have little interest in anything but Israel. On Tuesday the General Assembly elected the United States to the council following a decision by the Obama administration to seek membership.
Posted: Tue, 05/12/2009 - 00:00 | Political Insider
Tuesday, May 12th, 2009 Does anybody else find the seemingly endless spectacle of John Demjanjuk pathetic, dispiriting and confusing? Is this way the noble effort to call Nazi war criminals to account for their horrific  misdeeds ends  – with a furtive ambulance ride for an 89-year-old retired auto worker who’s been chased by federal authorities for three decades  and then a late-night flight to Germany, where he has been charged with assisting in the killing of at least 29,000 Jews at the Sobibor death camp?
Posted: Mon, 05/11/2009 - 00:00 | Political Insider
Monday, May 11th, 2009 If you thought the issue of school vouchers for parents whose kids attend private and parochial schools would fade away now that the Democrats control both the White House and Congress, guess again. Last week President Obama announced a proposal that would allow a controversial Washington, DC voucher program that has divided Jewish groups to keep its funding for now but not provide money for new students.
Posted: Fri, 05/08/2009 - 00:00 | Political Insider
Friday, May 8th, 2009 AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobby, sure is sensitive about claims by some that it is tilted to the political right – a persistent image that could prove political awkward now that there’s a new administration in Washington that wants to move forward quickly on Israeli-Palestinian peace.