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(JTA) — David Kimche, the spy who played a key role in Israel’s 1980s entanglements with Iran and Lebanon, died Monday of brain cancer. He was 82.
Kimche, born in Britain, fought in Israel’s Independence War, and joined the fledgling Mossad by 1953 after reporting for a short period for the Jerusalem Post.
By the time Kimche retired as Mossad deputy director in 1979 to join the Begin administration as the Foreign Ministry’s deputy director, he had been involved in some of the Mossad’s greatest triumphs and worst failures.
Was the Netanyahu government sending a message when it welcomed Vice President Joe Biden to town with a sucker punch announcement about new building in an East Jerusalem neighborhood (see this earlier Political Insider item, and Janine Zacharia's excellent piece in today's Washington Post).
Over at the Jerusalem Post, blogger Shmuel Rosner has a provocative analysis of last week's Gallup Poll, which shows that support for Israel is at a 19 year high among the American public – but which also a widening gap between Democrats and Republicans on the
Jerusalem — Last month, local media outlets reported that HOT, the country’s sole cable television company, had decided to discontinue broadcasting the BBC-Prime channel, a British station featuring favorite BBC programming. The same month, the YES Satellite channel revealed it would be cutting Star World, another of the very few English-language channels broadcast in Israel.
Can significant numbers of American Jews be enticed into buying homes in Jewish settlements on the far side of Israel’s separation fence?
Based on the results of real estate fairs that two emissaries of the settler movement held with potential buyers in Orthodox synagogues in Teaneck, N.J., and Hillcrest, Queens, on Sunday, the answer may well be a qualified “Yes.”
The response was “positive beyond anything we had imagined before coming here,” said Aliza Herbst, spokesperson for Yesha Council leader Pinchas Wallerstein.
The Politico's prolific Laura Rozen has an interesting and revealing item today discussing Middle East special envoy George Mitchell's interview with Charlie rose, in which he opines that Israeli-Palestinian negotiations “should last no more than two years. We hope the parties agree. Personally, I think it can be done in a shorter period of time.”
Asked about the issue of Jerusalem, Mitchell concedes that it is “very complicated, difficult, emotional on all sides.”
What tipped him off?
Thursday, January 7th, 2010
The Politico’s prolific Laura Rozen has an interesting and revealing item today discussing Middle East special envoy George Mitchell’s interview with Charlie rose, in which he opines that Israeli-Palestinian negotiations “should last no more than two years. We hope the parties agree. Personally, I think it can be done in a shorter period of time.”
Friday, June 19th, 2009
One of the major complaints by the radical left against the Bush administration was that it was too uniltaral in its foreign affairs, it didn’t take advice from other countries, and the left often pointed to polls showing that support for the United States fell to new lows under Bush.
How’s Obama doing?
The Bettouns are a traditional kind of family. They decorate their homes with menorahs and affix mezuzahs to their doorposts. They gather in the synagogue for bar mitzvah services and celebrate in lavish style. And when someone dies, they immediately say the Shema: even when that person has just been thrown from a helicopter into the backyard of the family compound.