Thursday, September 3rd, 2009
It’s a conceit of the organized Jewish community: we somehow believe that every time administration foreign policy officials sit down at the White House, Topic A is the Israeli-Arab conflict.
Monday, August 31st, 2009
Comments by former Vice President Dick Cheney this weekend suggest his boss, George W. Bush, may have done Israel one huge and unintentional favor.
In a Fox News interview, Cheney hinted that he pressed for military action to end Iran’s nuclear program, but was rebuffed by Bush.
“I was probably a bigger advocate of military action than any of my colleagues,” Cheney said.
Why was that a favor to Israel?
Tuesday, August 25th, 2009
Most major Jewish groups have steadfastly avoided taking a position on issues involving the treatment of U.S. foreign detainees.
Not so the Reform movement; this week the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism hailed Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to appoint a federal prosecutor to look into cases of possible violations of the law by CIA interrogators who used coercive techniques.
Charges that members of the Likud Partyís Central Committee sold their votes for cash and other favors in this month's primary (and to a lesser extent allegations of voting irregularities in the Labor Party primary) have rocked the Israeli electorate, with one poll showing that one-fifth of Israelis plan to change their vote because of it.
Thursday, August 13th, 2009
You don’t need to be political guru Larry Sabato to know that President Obama is trying to keep his focus on a handful of key domestic issues and away from an unpopular war in Iraq and the deepening conflict in Afghanistan, both inheritances from the last administration.
Today’s Politico has a fascinating study looking at exactly what the president has said since his inauguration, word by word — all half-million plus of them
Jewish leaders saw the Clinton administration’s last-minute decision to call off an imminent bombing raid on Iraq as one more retreat by Washington in the face of Saddam Hussein’s skillful maneuvers.
‘He Frittered It Away’
‘It’s so obvious, it’s almost comical,” said Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League. “We know exactly what Saddam’s doing, but we continue to play his game.”
The Jewish wall of silence on the Iraq war cracked a little more this week when a major Jewish women’s group shifted gears and endorsed a strong anti-war statement.
The board of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), in a resolution approved with little dissent, said that “continuing or expanding our country’s military presence in Iraq does not promote peace nor does it provide freedom from terrorism.”
Thursday, June 25th, 2009
As this blog reported last week, longtime U.S. Middle East peace negotiator and pro-Israel think tanker Dennis Ross is going over to the White House; as numerous blogs have reported, it’s something of a promotion for Ross, who had a nebulous role at the State Department as a special envoy to something or other.
Here’s what the NSC spokesman had to say: