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Posted: Fri, 12/26/2014 - 11:16 | Posted by: Douglas Bloomfield | Political Insider

Benjamin Netanyahu's political rivals are hoping his American campaign advisor will do as well for him as he did for his last high profile candidate, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Virginia).  House majority leader Cantor, the highest ranking Jew in Congressional history, was on track to be Speaker before going down to spectacular defeat in June at the hands of a long shot Tea Party challenger.

Posted: Thu, 12/25/2014 - 18:02 | Posted by: Douglas Bloomfield | Political Insider

The Netanyahu government, miffed that it was kept out of the loop, has rejected the Obama administration's request made to it and governments around the world to express support for the new U.S. Cuba policy.  Canada and the Vatican were the intermediaries and there are no indications any other country was involved.

Posted: Thu, 12/25/2014 - 17:58 | Posted by: Douglas Bloomfield | Political Insider

The 2015 Israeli election is looking like a Netanyahu alumni reunion except that these former alums are all running against the prime minister in hope of denying him a fourth term.

Posted: Thu, 12/25/2014 - 13:59 | Posted by: Douglas Bloomfield | Political Insider

Mahmoud Abbas' latest threat is that if the U.N. Security Council doesn't approve his resolution calling for recognition of the state of Palestine within the 1967 borders and order full Israeli withdrawal by the end of 2017, his Palestinian Authority with "no longer deal" with Israel.

Posted: Wed, 12/17/2014 - 20:03 | Posted by: Douglas Bloomfield | Political Insider

"Hag sameach."  Those were the first words of the newly freed Alan Gross at his Washington press conference Wednesday afternoon.

After five years in a Cuban prison for trying to smuggle Internet equipment to the communist country's tiny Jewish community, he was freed as part of a dramatic change in relations between Havana and Washington..

Gross gave special thanks to the Greater Washington Jewish Community Relations Council and its executive director, Ron Halber, for their ongoing campaign for his freedom.