Israel

Zeldin To Co-Chair House GOP Israel Caucus

Congressman-elect Lee Zeldin of Long Island, the only Jewish Republican in the incoming 114th Congress, was elected co-chair of the 100-member House Republican Caucus. 

Other co-chairs are Reps Peter Roskam of Illinois, Doug Lamborn of Colorado and Leonard Lance of New Jersey. 

Roskam, in announcing the appointment, stressed the strategic relationship between the United States and Israel but made no mention of the search for peace with the Palestinians.

Shedding No Tears For Dead Palestinian Terror Minister

12/12/2014
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A Palestinian terrorist who murdered innocent Israeli children and maimed a Connecticut housewife — was accidentally killed this week when he joined an Arab mob surging towards some Israeli soldiers. The fact that the terrorist wore a tie and held the position of deputy minister in the Palestinian Authority did not make him any less of a murderer, or any more deserving of anyone’s sympathy.

In ‘Defense’ Of Jewish State

Under Israel-friendly Ashton Carter, no major shift expected at Pentagon.

12/10/2014
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Washington (JTA) — Ashton Carter has championed the sale to Israel of state-of-the-art combat aircraft, has aligned himself with Iran hawks and was observed becoming misty-eyed when serenaded by Israeli soldiers.

Ashton Carter, right, President Obama’s. JTA

Undiplomatic Talk From Michael Oren

'This administration has a worldview that is not in accord with any Israeli government.'

12/10/2014
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During his four-year tenure as Israel’s ambassador to the United States, marked by an often-stormy relationship between Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Obama, Michael Oren was the consummate diplomat. He was dignified, thoughtful, articulate, knowledgeable and tactful.

Gary Rosenblatt

Clinton, At Saban Forum, Endorses Obama’s Middle East Policy

Likely presidential contender pushes back against perceived U.S.-Israel tensions.

12/09/2014
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Washington — From the drive for Israeli-Palestinian peace to nuclear talks with Iran, Hillary Rodham Clinton is endorsing President Obama’s Israel-related positions.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, with Haim Saban. Peter Halmagyi

Caught Between Two Worlds, Israeli Druze Struggle For Equality Amid Rising Tensions

12/08/2014
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Abu Snan, Israel - Bullet holes pepper the front windows of the old city council office and paramilitary police in armored jeeps patrol the main street in this mixed Muslim and Druze village in the Galilee region.

Oil Weapon Losing Clout

The price of gasoline dipped under $2 a gallon this week in some Oklahoma filling stations and others are expected to follow.

Plunging global oil prices come at a time when the United States is poised to surpass Saudi Arabia as the world's number one oil producer. That's good news for consumers and for those who feel OPEC as exerted undue influence on American foreign policy for too long.

New Elections For The Wrong Reasons

12/03/2014
Editorial

Now remind us again why Israel is going to hold new elections two years earlier than scheduled?

Media Itself Mixes It Up On Israel Bias

12/03/2014
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Western news media coverage of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict is again coming under scrutiny — this time from the media itself.

Matti Friedman: Decries what he sees as media bias against Israel.

New U.S. Group Warns Israel On ‘Who Is A Jew’

Support of next-gen Jews is at risk over continuing Orthodox monopoly, high-powered coalition suggests.

12/03/2014
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Few if any American Jewish aspirations for Israel seem as unlikely  — or as important — as achieving religious freedom and equality in the Jewish state.

Gary Rosenblatt
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