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But There Is No `Palestine’

Friday, June 5th, 2009

It may seem churlish, in the wake of President Obama’s lofty speech to the Muslim world yesterday, to note that despite his references to “Palestine,” there is no such entity.

There is the Palestinian Authority, of course, whose president is Mahmoud Abbas, and there is the belief, shared by many, that its goal is the creation of a Palestinian state, though its actions in recent years indicate otherwise.

Will Congress rise to Netanyahu’s defense on settlements?

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009 Will President Barack Obama face big trouble in Congress if he continues putting the squeeze on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the issue of Jewish settlements – and if Bibi continues to resist?

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.

A reader’s guide to the Obama-Netanyahu meeting

Sunday, May 17th, 2009 Every meeting between a U.S. president and Israeli Prime Minister has it’s own special focus and texture, but in terms of news, such meetings generally follow some predictable cycles.

AIPAC’s positioning problem

Friday, May 8th, 2009 AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobby, sure is sensitive about claims by some that it is tilted to the political right – a persistent image that could prove political awkward now that there’s a new administration in Washington that wants to move forward quickly on Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Notes from the AIPAC Policy Conference

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009 Is the legendary AIPAC “roll call” getting old? In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s the story: at every year’s policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee,  leaders of the group read out the names of all the congressional, administration and diplomatic officials attending.  Reporters keep count, hometown delegations cheer for their representatives and the message has the subtlety of a good sock in the jaw: this is a lobby with real clout.

AIPAC policy conference: where’s the buzz?

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009 Why does there seem to be much less buzz than usual about  this year’s AIPAC policy conference, which begins on Sunday at the Washington Convention Center? Don’t get me wrong; nobody doubts the policy conference will be the most spectacular Jewish political event of the year, as usual, or that Monday’s banquet will pull in throngs of lawmakers and other top politicians that other organizations can only dream of.  But chatter about the conference has  been surprisingly thin this year.

Will Bibi “Iran first” policy trigger clash with Obama administration?

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.
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