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Hoover Belongs On History's Trash Heap

This week’s celebration of the Rev. Martin Luther King’s contribution to civil rights and freedom for all Americans is another reminder of the necessity to remove from the FBI headquarters building the name of the notorious racist, bigot, human rights abuser and blackmailer who used that institution in his long campaign to demonize and destroy the civil rights icon. 

Gates: Bibi Is ‘Ungrateful Ally’

Add former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to the list of world leaders who consider Bibi Netanyahu insufferable.

The list includes at least two American presidents, a British prime minister, a German chancellor and a French president.

Those countries are Israel’s closest allies, and the problem can’t be shrugged off by dismissing those leaders as anti-Israel or insensitive to Israel’s concerns, as Netanyahu’s defenders do so reflexively. Instead, they should be asking why their guy has so much trouble getting along with so many foreign leaders. 

Incitement: Obstacle To Peace Or Excuse?

If incitement were the major barrier to peace that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claims it is, there would never have been peace with Egypt.

Incitement is the work of hatemongers and ideologues seeking to prevent peace, and those who let them get away with it do so either because they are looking for excuses to fail or because they are too weak to lead.

Bibi's 3 Amigos Undercutting Kerry

There's a longstanding tradition in America that foreign policy stops at the water's edge.  It has been eroding for years but what happened in Jerusalem earlier this month washed it out to sea.

Three U.S. senators plunged into a very sensitive diplomatic mission by the secretary of state, undermining his already difficult efforts to broker Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Obama Taps Fischer For Fed

President Obama today announced plans to nominated Stanley Fischer, the former Governor of the Bank of Israel, to be the vice chairman and governor of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve.

He will succeed former vice chair Janet Yellin, who was confirmed by the Senate this week to chair the Fed, succeeding Ben Bernanke.  All three are Jewish, as is Bernanke's predecessor, Alan Greenspan. 

Bernanke is a former student and protégé of Fischer when both were at MIT.  Fischer holds dual US and Israeli citizenship.

2014 Looks Like More Of Same

Bibi & Pollard

If reports are accurate that Benjamin Netanyahu plans to condition acceptance of the Kerry guidelines for peace on release of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard, it will only serve to reinforce the image of a prime minister intent on finding excuses to avoid peace.

He's Baaaaaack

Secretary of State John Kerry began the New Year by flying to the Middle East in another attempt to push the reluctant negotiators closer to an agreement.  This time he is said to be bringing a bridging proposal to help narrow the gaps on the critical final status issues.

What's Behind The New Iran Sanctions Bill?

When I hear senators say they want to enact harsh new anti-Iran sanctions that the administration says can do more harm than good to the nuclear negotiations I am reminded of the angry parent who tells a child that the spanking he’s about to get “hurts me more than it hurts you, but it’s for your own good.”

A bipartisan group of senators wants to enact a tough new sanctions bill that the administration says is unnecessary and could potentially scuttle the sensitive negotiations.

Did Jesus Speak English?

Maybe Santa Claus is white, as Faux News claims, but Jesus was no Palestinian regardless of what Mahmoud Abbas claims.  Don't forget the Palestinian Authority president is the same historical revisionist whose doctoral dissertation claimed the Holocaust was a conspiracy between the Nazis and the Zionists. 

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