All Republicans know that President Obama is an anti-Semitic Islamist Marxist who wants to throw Israel into the sea; after all, Bill Kristol has been saying so for years. So it is quite amazing that the Wall Street Journal reported this the other day, concerning Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system. The Bush Administration rejected the [...]
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At this writing, Middle East watchers are, well, watching to see if Israel and Hamas can reach a cease-fire. Signs are good, but pessimists are rarely disproved in the Middle East. There is little doubt that Jerusalem would like a genuine cease-fire. Even though the Israeli public strongly supports Operation Pillar of Defense, it is [...]
For the last 20 years, the Right has worked hard to convert support for Israel from an area of bipartisan consensus into a topic for Republicans to beat Democrats with. Even Washington’s most tepid disagreement with the Israeli government will be lept upon by right-wingers as an indication that the US is selling out the Jewish [...]
The New York Times today reports on casino mogul and probable-foreign-government-briber Sheldon Adelson’s latest attempt to get his buddy Mitt Romney elected president: $6.5 million dollars to the Republican Jewish Coalition to get more Jews to vote for Romney. Whatever. We’ll see. But it might just work if J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami, whom I [...]
Hans Kundnani is among the best guides to Germans’ collective psyche and politics. One should therefore take seriously his analysis of how German attitudes toward Israel are changing. Hans builds his analysis around the reaction to Gunter Grass’ controversial new poem criticizing Israel’s nuclear weapons programme: what makes the publication of [Grass'] poem significant is [...]
In a piece that seems to have created something of a firestorm, Peter Beinart calls for a boycott of Israeli goods produced in the occupied territories. I admit that Beinart’s piece enraged me — not because it is untrue, but rather because it is so derivative. People have been saying this stuff for years: what’s the [...]
As long as people are making predictions for the new year, I’ll hazard something myself: Israel and America will have a loud diplomatic dispute about 11 months from now. President Obama’s initial attempts at jump-starting the Mideast peace process were well-intentioned and sound from a policy perspective, but somewhat naive politically. Demanding a settlement freeze, [...]
Politico should be more careful.
And does a very nice job of it. Waiting for apologies from those who called him an “anti-Semite” for his criticism of the Gaza mission.