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  • Obama’s repeated debate calls for the Iranians to ‘end their nuclear program’

    Commentary’s Jonathan Tobin has responded to my earlier post in which I suggested that there was a possible alternative way of understanding President Obama’s insistence during the debate that the Iranians must “end their nuclear program.” Tobin had previously written that this statement seemingly forecloses the possibility of a deal in which the Iran would…

  • Romney, Ahmadinejad, the Genocide Convention and the First Amendment

    Politico asked some First Amendment experts about Mitt Romney’s call for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to be indicted for incitement to genocide: Prominent First Amendment attorney Floyd Abrams said that, in his view, Ahmadinejad’s comments met the international standard for incitement to genocide under the Genocide Convention — which the U.S. is a signatory to….

  • Obama campaign video touts president’s Mideast travel retort

    The Obama campaign apparently thinks that the president had a pretty good rejoinder to Mitt Romney’s criticism of him for not having traveled to Israel since taking office. The campaign has taken that segment of the debate and made it into an online video. Here’s what Romney had said: [[READMORE]] Number two, Mr. President, the…

  • 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…