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Posted: Thu, 03/27/2014 - 18:16 | Political Insider

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon seems to have a penchant for insulting Israel's most important ally and defender.  His latest targets are the American president and secretary of state.  Making matters worse was the silence of his prime minister, who didn't do anything until Secretary of State John Kerry called.  And even then Yaalon's apology was so weak that, in an unprecedented move, the White House and State Department rejected it and responded with a stinging rebuke.

Posted: Thu, 03/27/2014 - 18:11 | Political Insider

In an unprecedented move, Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer is going to Las Vegas this weekend to participate in a partisan political meeting and fundraiser at the Venetian luxury hotel owned by casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, the GOP's largest contributor.

Posted: Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:42 | Political Insider

There's a remote chance Israel could have a soccer team on the field at this summer's World Cup competition in Brazil, but there's no question it will have a very important team overhead helping make sure the players and fans are safe and secure.

The protection will be provided by a fleet of Hermes 900 unmanned aircraft built by Israel's Elbit and equipped with advanced new intelligence gathering systems, according to the Jerusalem Post.

Posted: Mon, 03/24/2014 - 17:52 | Political Insider

When Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas went to the White House last week he told President Obama that there was "no way" he would recognize Israel as the Jewish nation state, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says is essential to any peace agreement.

Is that the final word or just each leader's negotiating position?  Who is right in this debate?

The issues has been raised in prior negotiations but this is the first time Israel put it on the "must" list. 

Posted: Mon, 03/24/2014 - 15:11 | Political Insider

Jimmy Carter is miffed that Barack Obama doesn't consult him on world crises.  The four men who served between the two – Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and both Bushes – would ask for his advice and help on dealing with "unsavory characters."  But not Obama, and Carter says it is because of  his persistent criticism of Israel.

Carter feels his harsh criticism of Israel over many years has made him very unpopular in the Jewish community and Obama doesn't want to offend his Jewish supporters.

Posted: Thu, 03/20/2014 - 20:08 | Political Insider

Vladimir Putin made many Members of Congress very angry this week.

I'm not talking about his shades-of-Sudetenland takeover of the Crimea.  No, it was his retaliation Thursday against the stepped up sanctions imposed by President Obama.

Putin banned a handful of American officials from entering Russia, including six members of Congress:  Speaker John Boehner, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid and Senators John McCain of Arizona, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Dan Coats of Indiana and Robert Menendez of New Jersey.