Political Points: Piling on Gutman, AJC’s Panetta Rorschach, sanctions scuffle


ZOA VS. PANETTA: The ZOA hits Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on his Israel speech and asks: “Is Obama’s US No Longer Israel’s Ally?

FOXMAN VS. GUTMAN, PANETTA AND CLINTON: The ADL’s Abraham Foxman is angry about Howard Gutman’s, Leon Panetta’s and Hillary Clinton’s remarks on Israel.

OBAMA VS. KIRK-MENENDEZ?: Foreign Policy’s Josh Rogin reports that “President Barack Obama’s administration is working behind the scenes to water down congressional language that would impose crippling sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran.” (Adam Kredo of the Washington Jewish Week and Capital J was on it first.)


PENTAGON VS. GINGRICH VS. PANETTA: The Pentagon thinks Newt Gingrich should re-read Leon Panetta’s speech.

ZOA VS. GUTMAN: The Zionist Organization of America wants the U.S. ambassador to Belgium, Howard Gutman, out over his anti-Semitism remarks.

PANETTA RORSCHACH: The American Jewish Committee’s Ed Rettig defends Leon Panetta from charges that he singled out Israel for the lack of progress toward peace.

SPEAKING TRUTH: Salon’s Justin Elliott thinks Howard Gutman is getting a bad rap.

BIBI-BARACK ROUND 2?: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may be girding for a second term for President Obama.

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