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  • The Iran debate exchange

    Friday night’s debate discussion about the Iran threat featured a lot of talk about Israel. John McCain cited some of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s ugliest rhetoric against the Jewish state as a reason not to talk to him, while Barack Obama defended diplomacy while also noting Israel was “our stalwart ally.” Here’s some of the… More ▸

  • JINSA says it wasn’t consulted on conference’s rally decision

    Calling the decision “inappropriate and foolhardy,” a member of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations is condemning the decision to disinvite Sarah Palin from Monday’s an anti-Iran rally sponsored by the conference and other Jewish groups. The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs says it was not consulted before the decision was… More ▸

  • Shonda? or Karma? We report – You decide.

    Gabriel Nathan Schwartz, a Denver delegate to the Republican Convention in Minneapolis earlier this month, wuz robbed. By a pretty lady who slipped him a mickey in his fancy hotel room. To the tune of $120,000 according to disbelieving cops; Schwartz says it’s more in the range of $60,000. Schwartz won earlier notoriety (one he… More ▸

  • Can Biden and Palin be believed?

    Remember the hubbub back in April, after George Stephanopoulos asked Hillary Clinton what she would do if Iran attacked Israel and she said the Islamic Republic would be met with “massive retaliation“? Well the question – and henceforth the answer – struck me as utterly besides the point. After all, does it really matter what… More ▸

  • Sholom on peace

    Sholom Keller, an Iraq War vet turned peace activist with Brooklyn Lubavitcher roots, talks to Eric Fingerhut after a busy ten days of protesting in Denver and St. Paul. It’s not often you get war vets fretting about lashon hara. More ▸

  • Joe Klein: Why I write what I write about Jewish neocons

    Joe Klein talks with the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg about his running feud with the “Commentary crowd” over his assertions that Jewish neocons are pushing a pro-Israel agenda at the expense of U.S. interests (recap: Round I, Round II, Round III). His bottom line: Listen, people can vote whichever way they want, for whatever reason they… More ▸

  • The anti-Bush world view

    The New York Times has three opinions pieces today calling for a reversal in various elements of the Bush administration’s Middle East policy. 1) Barack Obama reaffirms his commitment to pulling out U.S troops from Iraq: The call by Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki for a timetable for the removal of American troops from Iraq… More ▸

  • Rabbi Serving in Iraq Keeps Chapter Open at Pa. Synagogue

    Plenty of rabbis lead their congregation’s book club, but Jon Cutler may be the only one who does so from a war zone. Cutler, the spiritual leader of Congregation Tiferes B’nai Israel in Warrington, Pa., for eight years, has been serving in Iraq since November as a U.S. Navy commander. The only Jewish Navy and… More ▸

  • Joe Klein plays the dual loyalty card

    Time magazine columnist Joe Klein has triggered a firestorm with a recent blog post asserting that the neocons and Joe Lieberman’s support for the Iraq war and tough action against Iran raises questions about dual loyalty: The fact that a great many Jewish neoconservatives – people like Joe Lieberman and the crowd over at Commentary… More ▸

  • Mccain Pitches ‘straight Talk’ and Iraq to Jewish Voters

    No confessional bloc rejects the Iraq war more than American Jews do. But in a bit of political jiu jitsu, John McCain is making the policy his own in his plea for Jewish votes. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee made headlines — and drew heavy fire from Democrats — for launching this year’s American Israel… More ▸