Iraq

US-Israel In Crisis? Not Yet. Stay Tuned

A Wall Street Journal interviewer this week declared "the US-Israel relationship has hit new lows in the Obama era." 

If she had bothered reading this blog or my Washington Watch column, or had she even done a little bit research she'd have known better.

Worst Ever? Not Quite

There's much talk about how relations between the United States and Israel, especially between the two leaders, are worse than ever. 

Not quite.  For all the personal animus between Barack Obama and Bibi Netanyahu, and there certainly is a lot of it, they are at least still speaking to each other, which is more than could be said of George H.W.Bush and Yitzhak Shamir.  President Bush felt the prime minister had lied to him and refused to take his phone calls for quite a while.

Obama Sets Record Straight On Israel-Arab Conflict

President Barack Obama told the United Nations and the world today what Israel and the rest of us have known and have been saying all along:  The Arab-Israeli conflict is not the cause of instability in the Middle East. Rather it has been a convenient excuse for Arab leaders to fail to give their own people freedom and respect their basic human rights. 

Here's what the President said:

Pro-Israel Iraqi Official May Be Tapped For Key Post In New Cabinet

Mithal al Alusi, honored by AJC for moral courage, says U.S. should unite region against terrorism.

08/20/2014
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Iraqi Parliamentarian Mithal al Alusi, whose support for Israel earned him the American Jewish Committee’s Moral Courage Award as well as tragic personal consequences, told The Jewish Week on Tuesday that he has been approached about becoming Minister of Human Rights in the new Iraqi government of Haider al Ibadi.

Mithal al-Alusi, chief of the Iraqi Nation party, gives a press conference in Arbil in 2011. Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Im

Islamic Extremists Impose Reign Of Terror On Iraq

08/05/2014
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Baghdad — Police cars have been repainted to say “Islamic police.” Women are forbidden from wearing bright colors and prints. The homes of Shiites and others have signs stating they are property of the Islamic State. And everyone walks in fear amid a new reign of terror.

Schumer: Don't Return Stolen Jewish Treasures To Iraq

10/24/2013
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Saying that the treasure trove of Jewish artifacts found by American troops in Baghdad in 2003 “were stolen” from the Iraqi Jewish community, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has called on the State Department not to return them to Iraq.

Under an agreement with the Bush administration at the time, the more than 2,700 artifacts – including partial Torah parchments and ancient prayer books –were to be returned to Iraq by June of next year after being restored and preserved by the National Archives in Washington. The National Archives plans to exhibit some of them in the near future.

Schumer: Help Iraqi Jewish community recover. Getty Images

Ex-Senator Lieberman Joins American Enterprise Institute

Former Sen. Joseph Lieberman will join former Sen. Jon Kyl in heading a foreign policy project at the American Enterprise Institute.

"There is an urgent need to rebuild a bipartisan -- indeed non-political -- consensus for American diplomatic, economic, and military leadership in the world," Lieberman (I-Conn.) said in a statement issued Monday by AEI, a conservative think tank, announcing the American Internationalism Project.

Faith Complex: Why The United States Is Not Destined To Decline

The world financial crisis and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have led commentators to conclude that the United States is slipping from its position as global hegemon. In this episode of Faith Complex, Robert J. Lieber, Professor of Government and International Affairs at Georgetown University, joins new host Mitchel Hochberg to discuss why America is not destined to decline.

Rabbi Of The Sunni Triangle

11/19/2004
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Watching last week’s Veterans Day parade on Fifth Avenue, Rabbi Irving Elson was filled with emotions. One of them was anger. “So many people didn’t give a second look,” he recalled later that day. “They didn’t even stop talking on their cell phones.” Rabbi Elson conceded that he might be oversensitive, having just returned from a second tour in Iraq.
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