Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Wed, 05/29/2013 - 20:35
J Street and Sheldon Adelson are polar opposites when it comes to Middle East peace, and the leftist pro-Israel lobby group would like to ride that difference to the bank.
The casino mogul spent tens of millions of his own dollars last year in a failed effort to defeat Barack Obama and other Democrats who want to see the United States do more to help Israel and the Palestinians make peace.
Adelson makes no secret of his hostility toward Palestinians, and J Street wants to turn the right wing billionaire's words on him to help it raise money.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Tue, 05/28/2013 - 13:49
The restrictive and disproportionate influence of Israel's ultra-religious establishment on the government and a broad swath of daily life of ordinary Israelis is a leading reason why American Jews no longer feel the strong connection to Israel they once did. Also contributing to the drift is the corruption in the nation's largest religious political and the open disdain many of the haredim have for Diaspora Jews who don't share their extremist beliefs.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Mon, 05/20/2013 - 12:05
Secretary of State John Kerry today named veteran Jewish political operative Ira N. Forman to be the administration's Special Envoy and head of the Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism.
He brings to the job nearly 40 years of experience working at the intersection of the Jewish community and the political world, winning bipartisan respect. He served as the Jewish Outreach Director for President Obama's 2012 reelection campaign.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Sun, 05/19/2013 - 12:40
House Republicans made their 37th attempt to repeal Obamacare last Thursday and for the 37th straight time failed. Actually it passed the Republican-controlled House but it is DOA at the Democrat-controlled Senate, and everyone knew that. So why try?
Republicans make no secret that it's easier to keep up these meaningless votes that risk passing legislation that President Obama might claim as an achievement, even if they get to share the credit.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Wed, 05/15/2013 - 20:08
House Republicans intend to make their 2,917th futile attempt to repeal Obamacare this week. Why try again when they know it will ultimately fail like all the other attempts? Speaker John Boehner has a unique excuse: he said the new members of the 113th Congress haven't had a chance to vote on it yet.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Mon, 05/13/2013 - 18:46
At the White House this afternoon, President Barack Obama updated British Prime Minister David Cameron on Secretary of State John Kerry's efforts to get Israelis and Palestinians back to the peace table.
By a bit better than 2:1 margin, Israelis would like to see that happen, but only one in three think those talks would produce peace, and in fact most doubt they'll even get started.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Fri, 05/10/2013 - 19:23
Remember when President Obama's approval rating among Israelis was in the single digits? That was August 2009 when it bottomed at 4%. A lot has changed since then, and a Pew Research Center survey released this week showed Obama "enjoys the confidence of 61% of Israelis." Among Israeli Jews, 64% rate Obama favorably vs. 48% of Arabs.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Fri, 05/10/2013 - 09:21
Arab League leaders were in Washington last week doing what they do best: talking. Trouble is they're all talk and no walk. This time they endorsed the concept of land swaps as part of an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. They made it sound revolutionary but in fact it was old stuff for the two parties who'd been discussing that for more than a dozen years.
Conservative commentator Glenn Beck caused a stir at the National Rifle Association's convention by presenting an image of Mayor Michael Bloomberg giving a Nazi-like salute.
In his address to the gun lobby, Beck complained about Bloomberg's efforts to curb illegal guns and impose other controversial health measures in New York City, then presented the image as a joke, suggesting that the mayor's new motto for the Big Apple is "you will love New York."