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The Understatement Of The Year

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

I know it’s early, but this surely qualifies for the finals:

“In the last few days, I’ve been getting a lot of sympathy calls, and I want to start by making it clear that no one should waste a second feeling sorry for me. For 17 years, I’ve been getting paid to do what I love most and, in a world with real problems, I’ve been absurdly lucky.” — Conan O’Brien

Stop the presses: Jews still more liberal than other religious groups

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010 Another poll, another bit of evidence Jews remain more liberal and more Democratic than any other religious group. This time it’s from Gallup, which came up with the less-than-startling  conclusion that 43 percent of Jews consider themselves “liberal,” with only 20 percent identifying as “conservative.”

Stifling debate about Gaza

Monday, January 11th, 2010 I’m wondering if Jewish leaders here think the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz is anti-Israel, and maybe hostile to the Jews. Yesterday the paper editorialized that “Israel needs to rethink its Gaza strategy before it’s too late.”

George Mitchell's Mideast job: Optimist in Chief?

The Politico's prolific Laura Rozen has an interesting and revealing item today discussing Middle East special envoy George Mitchell's interview with Charlie rose, in which he opines that Israeli-Palestinian negotiations “should last no more than two years.  We hope the parties agree. Personally,  I think it can be done in a shorter period of time.” Asked about the issue of Jerusalem, Mitchell concedes that it is “very complicated, difficult, emotional on all sides.” What tipped him off?

Mitchell’s Mideast job: Optimist-in-chief

Thursday, January 7th, 2010 The Politico’s prolific Laura Rozen has an interesting and revealing item today discussing Middle East special envoy George Mitchell’s interview with Charlie rose, in which he opines that Israeli-Palestinian negotiations “should last no more than two years.  We hope the parties agree. Personally,  I think it can be done in a shorter period of time.”

Death Of A Madman

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

It’s rare that a major story we cover comes to such a complete and sudden end, as in the case of the U.S. Holocaust Museum shooting last June.

 

Why are pro-Israel groups so quiet about U.S. arms sales to Arab countries?

Have pro-Israel groups in Washington essentially thrown in the towel when it comes to big U.S. arms sales to Arab countries?  It depends on who you ask. The issue has relevance this week because of a Ha'aretz story  about growing concern in Israeli military circles about big new U.S. sales to Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates  of weapons like bunker-busting bombs and anti-ship missiles.  Concern, maybe. But once again pro-Israel groups in Washington, renowned for their political muscle, aren't doing much. At least publicly.

Night At The Museum: 6,000,001

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009 The minute that news of the shooting got out, the first thing that many were getting ready to say is that we shouldn’t blame all Islamic supremicists Moslems.  

Riverdale Four Get Top Terrorist Lawyer

Friday, June 12th, 2009
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