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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.  

Is Obama being ‘gamed’ by experts in the Mideast stall?

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 Doesn’t it seem like the ongoing negotiations over an Israeli settlement freeze, pressed by a U.S. president who says he wants to do things differently than his predecessors, are taking on a familiar Middle East business-as-usual quality?  

Thank You, George W. Bush

Monday, August 31st, 2009 Comments by former Vice President Dick Cheney this weekend suggest his boss, George W. Bush, may have done Israel one huge and unintentional favor. In a Fox News interview, Cheney hinted that he pressed for military action to end Iran’s nuclear program, but was rebuffed by Bush. “I was probably a bigger advocate of military action than any of my colleagues,” Cheney said. Why was that a favor to Israel?

Cutting to the heart of the Sweden / IDF controversy

Friday, August 28th, 2009 I was going to blog something on the Sweden-Israel dust up over the ludicrous charge in a Swedish newspaper that IDF forces harvest the organs of dead Palestinians as soon as I could figure out what to say, but it seems to me the Jewish Week’s Gary Rosenblatt and liberal Israeli blogger Gershom Gorenberg said just about everything that needs to be said on the subject.
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