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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.

Posted: Mon, 12/15/2014 - 13:41 | Posted by: Douglas Bloomfield | Political Insider

Congressman-elect Lee Zeldin of Long Island, the only Jewish Republican in the incoming 114th Congress, was elected co-chair of the 100-member House Republican Caucus. 

Other co-chairs are Reps Peter Roskam of Illinois, Doug Lamborn of Colorado and Leonard Lance of New Jersey. 

Roskam, in announcing the appointment, stressed the strategic relationship between the United States and Israel but made no mention of the search for peace with the Palestinians.

Posted: Sun, 12/14/2014 - 23:12 | Posted by: Douglas Bloomfield | Political Insider

Joe Biden won't be riding the cherry picker to the top of the National Menorah Tuesday afternoon; instead he'll light the a symbolic shames candle from the ground while others will ride up to light the first candle of Hanukah for the 4 p.m. ceremony on the Ellipse behind he White House.