Political Insider
Posted: Wed, 09/02/2009 - 00:00 | Political Insider
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 It wasn’t the first Ramadan dinner at the White House, but it was the first with an Israeli guest. And what a guest: Michael Oren, the spanking new Israeli ambassador.  
Posted: Tue, 09/01/2009 - 00:00 | Political Insider
Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 Doesn’t it seem like the ongoing negotiations over an Israeli settlement freeze, pressed by a U.S. president who says he wants to do things differently than his predecessors, are taking on a familiar Middle East business-as-usual quality?  
Posted: Mon, 08/31/2009 - 00:00 | Political Insider
Monday, August 31st, 2009 Comments by former Vice President Dick Cheney this weekend suggest his boss, George W. Bush, may have done Israel one huge and unintentional favor. In a Fox News interview, Cheney hinted that he pressed for military action to end Iran’s nuclear program, but was rebuffed by Bush. “I was probably a bigger advocate of military action than any of my colleagues,” Cheney said. Why was that a favor to Israel?
Posted: Fri, 08/28/2009 - 00:00 | Political Insider
Friday, August 28th, 2009 I was going to blog something on the Sweden-Israel dust up over the ludicrous charge in a Swedish newspaper that IDF forces harvest the organs of dead Palestinians as soon as I could figure out what to say, but it seems to me the Jewish Week’s Gary Rosenblatt and liberal Israeli blogger Gershom Gorenberg said just about everything that needs to be said on the subject.
Posted: Thu, 08/27/2009 - 00:00 | Political Insider
Thursday, August 27th, 2009 J Street’s legion of detractors have something else to be unhappy about; the year-old pro-Israel, pro-peace process lobby and political action committee has hired one of Washington’s most highly regarded Jewish activists. Hadar Susskind, who currently works as vice president and Washington director for the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), has signed on as director of policy and strategy for the political arm of the group.
Posted: Wed, 08/26/2009 - 00:00 | Political Insider
Wednesday, August 26th, 2009 What strikes me the most about Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), who died last night after a battle with brain cancer, is how he represents something we’ve lost in American politics: a genuine passion for the issues, combined with a willingness and ability to work across party lines and actually get things done.