You know about the zillion or so Jewish blogs out there in cyberspace, but there are also plenty of blogs that are not focused primarily on Jewish issues – but which provide a lot of content about Israel, U.S. Middle East policy and a range of domestic issues that Jews love to debate. Here are five that are consistently interesting:
A few weeks ago, I was wondering what was going through Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's head when he decided to attend next week's nuclear summit in Washington, where representatives of 47 countries, including many of heads of state, will gather to talk about nuclear terror, and in the process produce what local officials say will be some record-breaking traffic gridlock.
Some things in life are predictable – like the fact that every time a top U.S. official travels to Israel, the government in Jerusalem will announce some decision on settlement construction or East Jerusalem housing that angers the visiting Americans.
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.”
Wednesday, October 21st, 2009
I was surprised at the paltry second day coverage of the strange case of Stewart Nozette, the Maryland space scientist arrested this week in an FBI sting operation in which he allegedly agreed to spy for Israel.
Thursday, June 18th, 2009
Over at Foreign Policy, the diligent Laura Rozen has an interesting blog item on Barack Obama’s Jimmy Carter problem.
Rozen cites a Fox News report that the former president will press the administration to take Hamas off the U.S. terrorist list; whether or not the report is true, it’s not news this administration wants to hear as it walks multiple tightropes in its intensifying Middle East diplomacy.
Tuesday, April 21st, 2009
James Besser in Washington
With its annual policy conference approaching, the last thing AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobby, needed was a lot of new publicity about the Espionage Act case involving two former employees.
Well, that’s what it’s getting, thanks to a controversial and bizarre story in CQ Politics – a publication of the respected Congressional Quarterly.