PM Netanyahu Invited to Congress

By |April 21st, 2011|

The invitation came from Republicans, announced by Rep. Eric Cantor. "People seem to think that whoever goes first gets the upper hand," said Daniel Levy, a former Israeli peace negotiator and a director at the New America Foundation. Using Mr. Netanyahu's nickname, he said: "If Bibi went first and didn't lay out a bold peace [...]

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Julian Schnabel’s ‘Miral’ Premieres in Washington

By |April 2nd, 2011|

After reading Judge Richard Goldstone's remarkable piece in the Washington Post today, it's a further reminder of just how impossible it is to tell any story of Israelis and Palestinians without chasing narratives that inevitably end up colliding. "Miral" is just such a collision. Based on the autobiographical novel by Rula Jebreal, the Washington, D.C. [...]

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A Moment of Irish-Scots Zen with Amb. Michael Oren

By |March 30th, 2011|

via Ben Smith Considering I'm Irish-Scots, but have also been interested in Israel and the Middle East since I first became curious about Christianity, something that came long after I was baptized, well, I couldn't resist this one. That's Israel's Ambassador Michael Oren and DGA Chairman Martin O'Malley playing in the band. You'll also see [...]

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Rationalizing Libya

By |March 27th, 2011|

"It was not -- it was not a vital national interest to the United States, but it was an interest and it was an interest for all of the reasons Secretary Clinton talked about. The engagement of the Arabs, the engagement of the Europeans, the general humanitarian question that was at stake"... Defense Secretary: Libya [...]

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Peter Beinert’s Right, It’s The End Of An Empire

By |March 25th, 2011|

Some commentators love the Libya war; others hate it. But most agree that it's profoundly unnatural that we were pushed into it by"¦ France. Welcome to the post-American world. In the age we're entering, most of the time, the choice will no longer be between humanitarian interventions controlled by the United States and humanitarian interventions [...]

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Israeli – Palestinian Tensions Rise, as Film Tries to Personalize Conflict

By |March 25th, 2011|

"Is this the face of a terrorist?" asks the American poster for Julian Schnabel's new film, Miral, about a young Palestinian woman of the same name. Dressed as a schoolgirl, looking ten years younger than her actual age of 26, Freida Pinto stares back, the sullenness in her eyes a residue of shouldering the twin [...]

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How Does Sec. Clinton’s Latest Statement Help?

By |March 23rd, 2011|

I have absolutely no idea the purpose of these remarks on ABC from Sec. Clinton, beyond covering for a commander in chief making his way home as a crisis escalates, this time politically. They make absolutely no sense to me at all at this point, but nothing the Obama administration is doing or saying on [...]

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Hinderaker on Sarah Palin as she Visits Israel

By |March 21st, 2011|

**UPDATED** [...] Israeli military officials declined to comment on why Mrs Palin may have turned back, but the country's defence ministry confirmed that she had made no formal request to visit the occupied West Bank "” standard protocol for any foreign dignitary. The oversight could prove embarrassing for Mrs Palin's advisers, who are unused to [...]

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The Helen Thomas Playboy Interview

By |March 18th, 2011|

**BUMPED - TM NOTE BELOW** Well, this is going to make heads explode. Not sure if Gateway Pundit and Weasel Zippers went off simultaneously or in contagion fashion with Pajamas Media. The interview with 90 year-old Thomas is out in April, but snippets are available, with much more at the link. On the situation in [...]

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Sarah, Roger Ailes, and Republican 2012 Possibilities

By |March 14th, 2011|

From New York magazine, a report reveals that after the Tucson domestic terrorism tragedy, Sarah Palin put in a call to Roger Ailes. Before Sarah Palin posted her infamous "Blood Libel" video on Facebook on January 12, she placed a call to Fox News chairman Roger Ailes. In the wake of the Tucson massacre, Palin [...]

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