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  • Joe Lieberman says farewell to Senate

    Sen. Joseph Lieberman gave his farewell speech yesterday. He is retiring after 24 years in the Senate. Others who paid tribute to the retiring Connecticut senator yesterday included Sens. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), the Senate majority leader; Susan Collins (R-Me.); Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.). Hat tip: Gestetner Updates

  • ‘Benign neglect': Obama’s new Israel approach?

    This past September, in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly, President Obama stressed America’s commitment to work toward Israeli-Palestinian peace. "Understanding that such a peace must come through a just agreement between the parties, America will walk alongside all who are prepared to make that journey," he said. Well, according to journalist Peter Beinart,…

  • E-1, Olmert and peace: Are Netanyahu’s detractors hypocrites?

    Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert has been outspoken in assailing the Netanyahu government’s move to begin planning for construction in the so-called E-1 area. But Olmert’s own history with E-1 — the currently undeveloped area between Jerusalem and the West Bank settlement of Maaleh Adumim — is drawing similar scrutiny from a strange collection…

  • B’nai Jeshurun’s semi-retraction on U.N. Palestine vote

    So the rabbis of B’nai Jeshurun are now expressing some "regret" over their email endorsing the U.N.’s Palestine statehood vote. The three rabbis shared their regrets in a followup email to congregants sent out today (and first reported by The New York Jewish Week). Here’s the gist: They don’t regret the sentiment the expressed, but…

  • N.Y. shul’s rabbis ‘regret’ email praising U.N. Palestine vote

    Rabbis at B’nai Jeshurun are expressing “regret” over an email sent out by the prominent New York synagogue praising the United Nations vote to elevate Palestinians to non-member state status.

  • Lieberman: Obama said I helped make his run possible

    The Washington Post has an interview with Sen. Joseph Lieberman as he retires from Congress. Two tidbits of particular note: 1) Lieberman said that then Sen. Barack Obama, in a private conversation in the Senate chamber, helped make possible his path-breaking presidential run. The conversation took place shortly after Lieberman delivered a speech at the…

  • Netanyahu, alone in the world?

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu still looks like the prohibitive favorite to win Israeli elections next year. But in a popularity contest among world leaders, he likely wouldn’t garner many votes — even from Israel’s allies. This much seems clear from the lopsided U.N. vote to recognize Palestinian statehood — which saw key European countries…

  • Adelson vows to double down on political spending (and endorses ‘socialized-like health care’)

    Sheldon Adelson may have bet on mostly losing candidates, but that doesn’t mean he’s folding. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, the GOP mega-donor and gambling tycoon said that he expects to "double" his political spending in the future, despite most of his candidates losing. "I happen to be in a unique business…

  • How Philip Roth changed Ehud Olmert’s mind

    Former JTA staffer Chanan Tigay has a nice article for The Atlantic on former prime minister Ehud Olmert’s political future (will he run again, or won’t he?) and past political transformations. So how did the former Likud prince become the great hope of some Israeli doves? Famed American novelist (and recent literary retiree) Philip Roth…

  • Did Adelson spend nine figures on the election?

    The Huffington Post reports: Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson vowed to spend as much as $100 million to defeat President Barack Obama and help the GOP take control of Congress. According to two GOP fundraisers with close ties to the Las Vegas billionaire, he made good on that promise — and then some. Adelson ultimately upped…