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The U.S. embassy in Israel: Washington’s favorite political game

Monday, November 16th, 2009 Early this month the Orthodox Union applauded the introduction of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 2009, but I’m guessing its pragmatic man in Washington, Nathan Diament, isn’t buying tickets for the new embassy’s opening ceremony.

Netanyahu and Obama: is the Big Chill setting in?

Like most other analysts, I'm still trying to figure out the real meaning of Monday's Obama-Netanyahu tete a tete and the bizarre events leading up to it, including the fact the administration reportedly wouldn't agree to a meeting until Obama was in the air.

In a Jewish Week story posted yesterday I cited the views of a number of analysts, but  there are still a lot of unanswered questions.

Netanyahu and Obama: is the Big Chill setting in?

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009 Like most other analysts, I’m still trying to figure out the real meaning of Monday’s Obama-Netanyahu tete a tete and the bizarre events leading up to it, including the fact the administration reportedly wouldn’t agree to a meeting until Obama was in the air. In a Jewish Week story posted yesterday I cited the views of a number of analysts, but  there are still a lot of unanswered questions.

Jewish school, church-state case in England

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009 A fascinating  story in today’s New York Times about the battle raging in Britain over a government-funded Jewish school’s admission policies.

ADL to criticize 'Christian only' prison

 Should a religious group get the franchise to run a Christian-only prison?  Talk about issues tailor made for the Anti-Defamation League.

The issue centers on a non-profit prison ministry called  Corrections Concepts Inc., which wants to build a privately run,  all-Christian prison in Wakita, Oklahoma.

ADL to protest ‘Christian only’ prison

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009 Should a private company get the franchise to run a Christian-only prison?  Talk about issues tailor made for the Anti-Defamation League. The issue centers on a non-profit prison ministry called  Corrections Concepts Inc., which wants to build a privately run,  all-Christian prison in Wakita, Oklahoma.

Tom Friedman, the Obama administration and the "let them stew in their own juices" agrement

I remember Tom Friedman from the Madrid peace talks in Washington in the early 1990s.  An up-and-coming Israeli politician named Benjamin Netanyahu was the briefer at the Israeli delegation's daily press conferences at the Madison Hotel.  Dozens of reports fought to get Bibi's attention every afternoon, usually unsuccessfully,  but Tom would stand in the back, seemly above the melee; the merest nod from the New York Times diplomatic correspondent would cause Netanyahu to stop what he was saying and give him the next question.

Netanyahu on his way to Washington, Obama cancels Jewish Federations speech

Sunday, November 8th, 2009 After all the pre-convention hoopla, the Jewish Federations of North America (“No acronyms, please,” said a press spokesman for the group formerly known as UJC), President Barack Obama won’t be addressing the group on Tuesday, after all. Instead, Obama will be traveling to the memorial service for the Fort Hood army base massacre victims, and sending White House chief of staff Rahm Emmanuel to the Jewish philanthropy’s meeting in his place.

Robertson at Birthright: is there a double standard for the Christian right, left?

Earlier this week  Sharon Udasin And Stewart Ain  reported that Birthright-NEXT, the group focused on reinforcing Jewish and pro-Israel identity among young American Jews, invited  Gordon Robertson – son of the controversial Christian broadcasting magnate Pat Robertson – as keynoter for a Birthright Israel alumni event. (read the story here)

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