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Iran Sanctions, the Left Wing split and fears about nuclear containment

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009 I just finished writing another Iran story, and space issues forced me to leave out one interesting element: the emerging split between Jewish pro-peace process groups over Iran sanctions.

Obama disses Jews with Chanukah party invitations...oh PLEASE

Honestly, covering the Jewish beat in Washington is just sometimes too much to take.

I mean, seriously does anybody care if the white House invited 400 or 4000 prominent Jews to this year's White House Chanukah party?

Judging by several calls I've had, you'd think a mere 400 guests at a party that wasn't even a feature of the White House until the early 2000s was just one more sign of how President Obama doesn't like Jews, or a signal to Israel or something.

Obama disses Jews with Chanukah party invitations…oh PLEASE

Monday, December 7th, 2009 Honestly, covering the Jewish beat in Washington is just sometimes too much to take.  I mean, seriously does anybody care if the white House invited 400 or 4000 prominent Jews to this year’s White House Chanukah party? Judging by several calls I’ve had, you’d think a mere 400 guests at a party that wasn’t even a feature of the White House until the early 2000s was just one more sign of how President Obama doesn’t like Jews, or a signal to Israel or something.

The Jerusalem Embassy Act and other pro-Israel political games

Friday, December 4th, 2009 Is this news, or just restating the obvious? This week President Obama invoked waive provisions of the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Relocation Act, which requires the State Department to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. U.S. policy has always been that the status of Jerusalem is a matter for negotiations with the Palestinians, and that moving the embassy before that would compromise this country’s ability to serve as an effective peace mediator.

ACLU defends Islam-slamming kids

Since I'm on the subject of Islam bashing: I was struck by new reports describing the ACLU's legal defense of Christian students at a Florida high school who think it's cool to wear T-shirts with the slogan 'Islam is of the devil.”  (See a Florida ACLU release on the controversy here)

The adults who told these kids it's OK to wear slogans defaming another faith should be taken out to the religious pluralism woodshed. 

ACLU defends Islam-slamming kids

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009 Since I’m on the subject of Islam bashing: I was struck by new reports describing the ACLU’s legal defense of Christian students at a Florida high school who think it’s cool to wear T-shirts with the slogan ‘Islam is of the devil.”  (See a Florida ACLU release on the controversy here)

Obama, Afghanistan and the Jewish agenda

To say President Obama’s Tuesday speech to the nation laying out his plans for Afghanistan will be the most critical moment yet in his 10-month old presidency is risking understatement.

The expected deepening of U.S. military involvement, coupled to a change in its objectives, represent a high-risk strategy in a crisis in which every option is laden with danger – for the nation and for the Obama presidency.

Updated: J Street snags Sarah Palin, Avigdor Lieberman for Chanukah party - NOT

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009 J Street, the pro-peace process lobby and political action committee, is having a holiday party – and its guest list is nothing short of stellar. Of course, the list is a put on, but that probably won’t stop the group’s legion of detractors from finding some deep and dark significance in the official invitation.

NYT slams Obama Middle East policy

Sunday, November 29th, 2009 In case you missed it, check out Saturday’s New York Times editorial blasting President Obama for the high expectations and low performance of his Middle East policy.

Obama, Afghanistan and the Jewish agenda

To say President Obama's Tuesday speech to the nation laying out his plans for Afghanistan will be the most critical moment yet in his 10-month old presidency is risking understatement.

The expected deepening of U.S. military involvement, coupled to a change in its objectives, represent a high-risk strategy in a crisis in which every option is laden with danger – for the nation and for the Obama presidency.

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