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New polls on Israel, Iran -- and, in Israel, on Obama

Just in case you don’t have enough to worry about, this week brought a number of polls that may send Jewish leaders to the neighborhood pharmacy for some extra Prozac.   While Jewish organizations have been working overtime to depict Iran as the ultimate menace to U.S. as well as Israeli interests, a new Gallup poll indicates that they’ve only been partially successful.  

New Polls on Iran, Israel - and, in Israel, on Obama

Friday, June 19th, 2009 Just in case you don’t have enough to worry about, this week brought a number of polls that may send Jewish leaders to the neighborhood pharmacy for some extra Prozac. While Jewish organizations have been working overtime to depict Iran as the ultimate menace to U.S. as well as Israeli interests, a new Gallup poll indicates that they’ve only been partially successful.

Jimmy Carter, Hamas and the Obama administration

Thursday, June 18th, 2009 Over at Foreign Policy, the diligent Laura Rozen has an interesting blog item on Barack Obama’s Jimmy Carter problem. Rozen cites a Fox News report that the former president will press the administration to take Hamas off the U.S. terrorist list; whether or not the report is true, it’s not news this administration wants to hear as it walks multiple tightropes in its intensifying Middle East diplomacy.

Dennis Ross getting a promotion, not the heave ho

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009 Well, it’s looking like Dennis Ross, the longtime U.S. Mideast peace negotiator now ensconced at the State Department with a nebulous role overseeing U.S. Iran policy, isn’t getting bounced from the administration after all, as an Israeli newspaper reported over the weekend. On the contrary: numerous reports now suggest Ross will soon move over to the White House, where he will continue working on  Iran matters – and serve as a key adviser to none less than President Barack Obama.

Obama’s Cairo speech, friendship with Israel and finding the right balance

Thursday, June 4th, 2009 There will be plenty of commentaries about President Obama’s speech to the Islamic world in Cairo today, and Jewish groups were weighing in even before he finished speaking.  There was lots of meat to chew on, and the Jewish world is going to sate its appetite on the stuff for a long time. Despite Obama’s strong and unequivocal statement against settlements, it was the first time an Arab and Muslim audience heard a strongly pro-Israel speech from a major leader.

Will Congress rise to Netanyahu’s defense on settlements?

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009 Will President Barack Obama face big trouble in Congress if he continues putting the squeeze on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the issue of Jewish settlements – and if Bibi continues to resist?

Obama’s Cairo Speech: Speculation Mounting

Sunday, May 31st, 2009 The political insider is back from vacation, but even the shores of Tuscany weren’t far enough away to block out a faint buzz about President Barack Obama’s upcoming speech to the Muslim world, scheduled for next Thursday in Cairo.

Sliwa Could Be Jewish Favorite In Race For Vito’s Seat

Thursday, May 29th, 2008 dickter-a-blog-tag.jpg Curtis Sliwa isn’t Jewish. But you’d be hard pressed to find a more passionate defender of Israel and just about any other Jewish cause. And he’s probably been the guest of honor at more Jewish institution dinners than many a Jewish politician.
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