Iraq

Bibi and Barack: Where’s the conflict?

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 Was that the sound of a dull thud I heard? For two weeks before their critical getting-to-know-you meeting in Washington on Monday, newspapers and blogs were full of stories about how Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama were likely to clash, and how their meeting would be a watershed in Mideast diplomacy and U.S.-Israel relations.

What’s Keeping Obama Up At Night

Friday, December 12th, 2008 James Besser in Washington Speaking during a recent JCPA conference call about the new administration’s foreign policy team, I was struck by this gap between perception and reality: while so many Israel-focused Jews seem to believe a major element of Barack Obama’s transition is figuring out how to change U.S. policy on Israel and the Palestinians, the reality is that the issue is probably far down on the team’s long list of immediate priorities

The Jewish Right and the Obama Administration

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008 James Besser in Washington In the current issue, the Jewish Week examined the reaction of a worried Jewish left (read the story here) to a Barack Obama administration that some fear may be shaping up as too centrist for their taste.  But what about the Jewish right?

Groups Try to Galvanize Jewish Antiwar Activism

Friday, November 21st, 2008 James Besser in Washington It’s been an anomaly of Jewish life since 2003: Jews have been more opposed to the Iraq war than almost any other group, and yet Jewish organizations have been mostly silent on the subject. Among major Jewish groups, only the Reform movement has called for an end to the conflict, and they have done so with exquisite caution.

Hillary at State? Not so Fast

Sunday, November 16th, 2008 James Besser in Washington Will  President-Elect Barack Obama pick Sen. Hillary Clinton, his vanquished rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, as secretary of state?  Two weeks ago, experts scoffed at the idea, but a meeting between the two in Chicago on Thursday has set political tongues wagging.

Feingold to Get Foreign Relations Chair?

Friday, November 7th, 2008 James Besser in Washington The Hill, a Capitol Hill newspaper, reported today that Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.) could be a candidate for the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations, now that the current chair – Sen. Joe Biden – is headed to the Vice President’s mansion.

A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Close

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

If you believe the 7th graders in my daughter’s yeshiva class, we’re all doomed.

 

There is about to be a nuclear war, it seems. Iran is going to take over the world, or perhaps it will be Iraq. Israel? Forget about it.

 

This might be an amusing reaction to the election of Barack Obama if not for the reality that many of these pre-adolescents, if not most, are getting this stuff from their parents.

 

Why Obama’s Jewish Numbers are Improving

Sunday, October 26th, 2008 James Besser in Washington Why have Sen. Barack Obama’s Jewish numbers surged, at least according to two polls released last week?  The pollsters don’t answer that question in detail,  but several likely explanations jump out from the numbers. *  The economy.

The Cost Of Our Freedom

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

“Am I going to have to go the Army?,”eight-year-old Jacob asked me recently as he channel-surfed past a war movie.

 

The question is impossible to answer with certainty. Parents who married after the War To End All Wars never anticipated that their children would be drafted to fight in the war that came after that, World War II.

 

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