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Quick Jewish Reaction to Goldstone Report, but Silence from the Left

Thursday, September 17th, 2009 Some Jewish groups were quick to get out their press releases blasting the “Goldstone Report,” the result of a United Nations investigation into last winter’s Gaza war  -  so quick it seems unlikely many actually read the 575- page report.

Why are Jews still liberal? Is there an echo in here?

  Wednesday, September 16th, 2009 I’ve mostly tuned out all the deep analysis over Norman Podhoretz’s new book asking “Why Are Jews Liberals,” mostly because  the whole discussion seems to me be about finding fancy ways to say the obvious. Talk about deju vu; this argument has been going on for decades, and we’re mostly still hearing the same blather.  

The Richest Jews in Congress (yawn)

 Monday, September 14th, 2009 Roll Call, one of two Capitol Hill newspapers, came out with its list of the 50 richest members of Congress today, and once again Jewish lawmakers are well represented – but far from dominant.

Do Jewish leaders hope Israel will attack Iran’s nuke program?

Friday, September 11th, 2009 I had a number of calls and emails about my story about Thursday’s Iran advocacy day, and several readers asked the same question: do I believe Jewish leaders are hoping Israel will take military action to forestall the Iranian nuclear threat?

Few Jewish responses to Obama health care speech

Thursday, September 10th, 2009 A handful of Jewish groups responded positively to last night’s presidential address on health care reform, and many White House observers said it was an oratorical triumph.  

Obama conspiracy theory roundup: Soviet “czars” and a dangerous speech

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009 I have to credit my wife with this one: on her way home yesterday, she heard a talk show host railing against all the “czars” the Obama administration has appointed, and a caller offering a creative twist.  

Will the Afghanistan mess affect Obama’s Middle East plans?

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009 It’s a conceit of the organized Jewish community: we somehow believe that every time administration foreign policy officials sit down at the White House, Topic A is the Israeli-Arab conflict.  

Jewish, Israeli guests at White House Ramadan dinner

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 It wasn’t the first Ramadan dinner at the White House, but it was the first with an Israeli guest. And what a guest: Michael Oren, the spanking new Israeli ambassador.  
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