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Posted: Thu, 07/30/2009 - 00:00 | Political Insider
Thursday, July 30th, 2009 The other day I was struck by a couple of lines in a Ha’aretz story about ongoing U.S.-Israel talks over Washington’s demand for a settlements freeze – a debate that could ease a little with today’s report that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is freezing some construction in East Jerusalem. The most interesting line in the story was this: “The settlement issue has given rise to the worst public tensions between Israel and its closest ally in nearly two decades.”
Posted: Thu, 07/30/2009 - 00:00 | Political Insider
Thursday, July 30th, 2009 The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has always been out front in using new technologies to tell the story of what happened to the Jews in World War II. And it has for several years been a leader in trying to focus world attention on the continuing genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan, in the belief that one important way to honor the slaughtered Jews of the Holocaust is to prevent genocide in today’s world.
Posted: Thu, 07/30/2009 - 00:00 | Political Insider
Thursday, July 30th, 2009 Jewish groups that claim President Obama has been too hard on Israel on the issue of West Bank settlements will be happy with today’s Washington Post editorial, which  argues his emphasis on the issue could be “self defeating.”
Posted: Wed, 07/29/2009 - 00:00 | Political Insider
Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 In the craziest-idea-of-the-month sweepstakes,, this one can’t help but come up a winner. Writing in Newsweek, Gregory Levey suggests replacing U.S. special Mideast envoy with – are you ready for this – former President George W. Bush.
Posted: Mon, 07/27/2009 - 00:00 | Political Insider
Monday, July 27th, 2009 It’s no secret that many liberals and church-state separation advocates are angry about  President Obama’s handling of the faith-based initiatives of his predecessor. Although they’ve mostly kept quiet about it, the folks at the Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Committee – which were hoping for much more of a rollback from policies of the George W. Bush administration – can’t be happy.
Posted: Thu, 07/23/2009 - 00:00 | Political Insider
Thursday, July 23rd, 2009 Like many in our community, I’ve been transfixed by the dramatic FBI arrests in New Jersey that netted prominent rabbis as well as mayors, city council presidents and other officials. It’s both titillating and scary; first Bernie Madoff, now this.  There haven’t been so many high-profile Jewish baddies since Leopold and Loeb. And this one looks huge, involving as it does some of the leading figures in the Syrian Jewish community, money laundering and trafficking in human organs.