From deep in the political wilderness, from the “bluest” fringe of America, Rabbi Michael Lerner this week saw the writing on the wall.
“We have a tough fight in front of us” to influence American politics while being outside of many positions of power, Rabbi Lerner, editor of the San Francisco-based Tikkun magazine, told The Jewish Week.
For Jewish comics, Dom Imus is no joke.
In the wake of the shock jock’s unflattering comments about the Rutgers University women’s basketball team and his shockingly swift departure from the national airwaves has come a national discussion about the propriety of character defamation in the guise of humor, and predictions that an era of increased civility will ensue.
One sure sign a politician is laying the groundwork for a future presidential bid is a sudden yearning for Israel travel. So it must be for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who will be visiting Israel next week.
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.”
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009
James Besser in Washington
Pro-Israel leaders were working hard this week to spin the story that there’s no real likelihood of a clash between the Obama administration and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is still formulating his new government’s approach to peace process issues.
In a week that also saw startling allegations about a prominent Jewish congresswoman who may have offered to intervene to help the defendants, federal prosecutors are considering dropping the cases of two former AIPAC officials facing trial in a controversial Espionage Act case, according to a Washington Post report.
Is the Barack Obama administration planning a serious push for an Israeli-Palestinian agreement that could produce some real pressure on Israel, not just the usual wrist-slapping on issues such as settlements? And could that ignite genuine conflict with the new right-of-center government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu?
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It’s the weekend, so official reaction from Jewish groups has been limited, but communal boardrooms will be buzzing on Monday as the devastation apparently wreaked by Bernard Madoff, the onetime hedge fund mastermind, sinks in.
Madoff was arrested on Friday after admitting to colleagues that his hedge fund was a $50 billion sham – the biggest Ponzi scheme in history.
Concerns among Jewish leaders center on three issues.
Over the weekend the blogosphere was filled with speculation about this question: would Sen. John McCain now be leading Sen Barack Obama if he had more actively raised the issue of Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the Democratic nominee’s former pastor?
Opinion is divided, with many analysts saying that the issue of the sinking economy would still trump all others, but one question has not been actively raised: what about the Jewish community?