Even some American supporters of Lieberman, above, say his outspokenness could be a problem.
Next month’s expected Washington visit by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could prove awkward for pro-Israel groups here and explosive for the Obama administration, largely because of the early bombshells dropped by his new foreign minister, Yisrael Beiteinu leader Avigdor Lieberman.
Days after taking office, Lieberman summarily discarded the results of the 2007 Annapolis peace conference and warned outsiders not to meddle in Israeli policy and politics.
Maneuvering in advance of next week's first-ever national conference by J Street – the pro-Israel, pro-peace process lobby and political action committee -is getting nastier by the day. And it seems to me the stakes are growing.
Monday, October 19th, 2009
Maneuvering in advance of next week’s first-ever national conference by J Street – the pro-Israel, pro-peace process lobby and political action committee -is getting nastier by the day. And it seems to me the stakes are growing.
Today J Street, the pro-peace process political action committee and lobby that major Jewish leaders love to hate, announced that National Security Adviser James Jones will keynote their first national conference, scheduled to begin here in Washington on October 25.
One reason so many leaders of established pro-Israel groups are apoplectic about J Street is that they fear the dovish group, which isn't exactly in sync with the current government in Jerusalem, has good access to the Obama White House.
Wednesday, October 14th, 2009
Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.), a prominent member of the Jewish delegation in Congress and an early and vocal Barack Obama supporter, is leaving Congress to head up a group devoted to Middle East peace, according to the Miami Herald.