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  • A debate or a concurrence? (Plus ‘breakout capacity’ and ‘nuclear capability’)

    From Iran to Egypt, the candidates often seemed to be on the same page last night, writes JTA’s editor in chief, Ami Eden. One important point that Ami notes is that President Obama seemed to suggest Iran should be prevented from getting a "breakout capacity," which seems similar to Mitt Romney’s position that Iran must be…

  • What did Obama mean by ‘end their nuclear program’?

    Commentary’s Jonathan Tobin notes that President Obama took a very tough rhetorical line on Iran’s nuclear program at last night’s debate. (He suggests that it was part of an effort to woo Jews and a sign of Obama’s worries about the Jewish vote.) Regarding negotiating a deal with Iran, Obama said: And we hope that…

  • A whole lotta Israel in the debate

    Looking at tonight’s debate transcript, I counted 34 mentions of the word “Israel” (17 by President Obama, 14 from Mitt Romney and three from moderator Bob Schieffer). It wasn’t the most mentioned country. I counted 47 uses by the candidates and moderator of the words “Iran,” Iranians” and “Iranian,” and 35 mentions of “China” or…

  • Adelson vs. Berkley: The 15-year feud and the Nevada Senate race

    Sheldon Adelson’s big investment in the presidential election has been a focus of national attention. But the LasVegas billionaire is also deeply invested in the outcome of another election for federal office — Nevada’s U.S. Senate race. Politico reports: [[READMORE]] Sheldon Adelson emerged this year as the Republican billionaire who kept Newt Gingrich’s flailing presidential…

  • At the debate, the Iran issue merges with the Israel issue

    Among the planned six topics at tonight’s foreign policy debate, there’s this one: "Red Lines – Israel and Iran." This highlights the great extent to which the Iranian nuclear issue has come to be seen through an Israel prism. Indeed, at this point, this seems like stating the obvious. When the candidates talk about Iran,…

  • At tonight’s debate, the Middle East will take center-stage

    Politico notes that the Middle East is taking center stage at tonight’s debate. Half of the six segments are devoted to the region, and another one is focused on adjacent Afghanistan/Pakistan. Here are the six topics (as they stood on Oct. 12): * America’s role in the world 
* Our longest war – Afghanistan and…

  • Obama supporters join the Israel TV ad battle

    Anti-Obama groups have been running ads attacking the president’s approach to Israel. Now a pro-Obama group is taking to the South Florida airwaves to defend the president’s record. The Jewish Council for Education and Research — which is behind popular viral videos starring Sarah Silverman and Samuel L. Jackson — is airing a 30-second version…

  • Obama’s and Romney’s answers to AJC’s questionnaire

    The American Jewish Committee has posted answers to President Obama’s and Mitt Romney’s responses to a questionnaire from the organization. The questionnaire does not ask about the issues that AJC surveys have shown are ranked highest in importance by Jewish voters. (Like other Americans, Jews are largely focused on the economy, a topic that is…

  • Ex-Mossad chief on Iran: We need ‘people who are solution orientated and not war orientated’

    Think Progress reports on remarks made by former Mossad chief Efraim Halevy at the Wilson Center in Washington. Among the remarks from Halevy highlighted by Think Progress: I think the use of the red line creates clarity on the one hand and it also creates a commitment that not always can be met. And therefore,…

  • Jeffrey Goldberg: ‘Biden downplayed the importance of confronting Iran’

    Bloomberg View columnist Jeffrey Goldberg pans Joe Biden’s debate performance on the topic of Iran’s nuclear program. He writes: [[READMORE]] Romney was handed an additional gift last week by Vice President Joe Biden. Over the past three years, I’ve been impressed with Obama’s seriousness on the issue of Iran’s nuclear program, the urgency with which…