Israel, Iran and the chutzpah of Netanyahu

The speech is over, in all its anti-climactic glory. Bibi stood up for Israel, and roughly ninety percent of the U.S. Congress stood up for him - over and over and over again - except when he praised President Obama and all he has done for the Jewish State, when only the Democrats in attendance… Continue reading Israel, Iran and the chutzpah of Netanyahu

New dirt, same shovel – the unsustainable, status quo

"If Netanyahu thinks that 1967 lines are an illusion, then peace for him is an illusion." - PLO Executive Committee member Saeb Erekat, reacting to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's principles for peace set forth in Washington, DC, over the past few days Turning the earth to sow seeds is a good beginning. Certain people,… Continue reading New dirt, same shovel – the unsustainable, status quo

Obama’s trust gap

Muslims. Obama. Trust. Those three words are the sinking wedge that exploits another piece of the unfinished business of the 2008 campaign and election, the gap between Barack Obama and the usually, mostly Democratic, American Jewish electorate. Call it the Jewish version of the birther issue, in that it would take an overt, demonstrative act… Continue reading Obama’s trust gap

Putting peace in the crosshairs

Obama's peace sign has become a target. Republicans and Democrats have latched on to his statement about peace in the region "based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps," as if it were a call for Israel to retreat to the pre-1967 border between  the Jewish state and a new nation for the Palestinians.… Continue reading Putting peace in the crosshairs