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More bad news for Obama: Mahmoud Abbas bails

Thursday, November 5th, 2009 How much more bad news can the Obama administration Middle east peace team take? Today’s announcement by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas withdrawing as a candidate in next year’s Palestinian presidential election leaves the administration without a Palestinian partner for the direct negotiations  with Israel that seem to be slipping further and further off into diplomatic never-neverland.

Washington Post on the Obama administration’s Israeli-Palestinian dilemma

Thursday, November 5th, 2009 Following up on yesterday’s post about the deadlocked Israeli-Palestinian peace process: the Washington Post has an editorial that neatly summarizes the dilemma the Obama administration faces - a dilemma partially of its own making.

Administration concedes the obvious: Israel-Palestinian talks stalled

The Obama administration seems to be coming to terms with what just about everybody else knows: the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is just as stalemated as ever.

After Secretary of State Clinton's swing through the region this week, a State Department spokesman conceded the obvious - “things have stalled.”

Obama administration concedes the obvious: Israeli-Palestinian talks stalled

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009 The Obama administration seems to be coming to terms with what just about everybody else knows: the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is just as stalemated as ever. After Secretary of State Clinton’s swing through the region this week, a State Department spokesman conceded the obvious - “things have stalled.”

Is House Goldstone resolution a jab at J Street?

Is  the traditional pro-Israel lobby trying to paint J Street, the newish pro-peace process lobby and political action committee,  into corner with its nonbinding House resolution condemning the UN's Goldstone Report?

That question was posed by a veteran pro-Israel lobbyist who called yesterday and suggested the timing and tone of the resolution condemning the report on this year's Gaza war, which is expected to pass later today,  was meant to put the new pro-peace process group on the spot.

How so?

Is House Goldstone resolution a jab at J Street? And an Israel Project poll on the Gaza report

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 Is  the traditional pro-Israel lobby trying to paint J Street, the newish pro-peace process lobby and political action committee,  into corner with its nonbinding House resolution condemning the UN’s Goldstone Report? That question was posed by a veteran pro-Israel lobbyist who called yesterday and suggested the timing and tone of the resolution condemning the report on this year’s Gaza war, which is expected to pass later today,  was meant to put the new pro-peace process group on the spot.

Hillary in the Middle East: is the Obama administration hitting the 'reset' button?

If anybody has a clue what the Obama administration is really up to on the Israeli-Palestinian front, I wish they'd send me the memo.

Over the weekend pro-Israel groups here were crowing about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's claim that Israeli offers on limiting settlement construction were “unprecedented.”

Hillary Clinton in the Middle East: is the Obama administration hitting the ‘reset’ button?

Monday, November 2nd, 2009 If anybody has a clue what the Obama administration is really up to on the Israeli-Palestinian front, I wish they’d send me the memo. Over the weekend pro-Israel groups here were crowing about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s claim that Israeli offers on limiting settlement construction were “unprecedented.”

B'nai B'rith endorses House health plan, Lieberman sticks it to the Dems

Several major  Jewish groups, apparently pressured by lay leaders who don't want sweeping health care reform with a public option, have backed off as the debate rages in Washington.

Not B'nai B'rith; the group, known in recent years for its services and advocacy for the elderly, quickly endorsed the measure unveiled today by Democratic leaders in the House.

B’nai B’rith endorses House health plan, Lieberman sticks it to the Dems

Friday, October 30th, 2009 Several major  Jewish groups, apparently pressured by lay leaders who don’t want sweeping health care reform with a public option, have backed off as the debate rages in Washington.  
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