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Sunday, April 11, 2021

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Four short questions about Gaza

As exchanges of fire around Gaza continue (rockets fired on Israel, targets hit in Gaza), here are four questions for which I’m not sure...

Give Obama credit for not making promises

These are busy times, and I’m trying to write as much as possible, but can’t always keep up with events. To make life easier,...

Carefully parsing Obama’s words to AIPAC: What exactly did he promise?

Here’s what President Obama said in his AIPAC speech, and how I think it should be interpreted:America’s commitment to Israel has endured under Democratic...

A short history of when Barack met Bibi

Next week they’ll be meeting again - President of the United States Barack Obama and Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu. This being their...

There’s a new Israel-US survey, but don’t be fooled by the headlines

A new Shibley Telhami survey is already being celebrated by various ignoramuses and hacks as one that “undercuts Netanyahu on Iran” or that makes...

Political time-saver: This short post will save you reading many long stories

1.In the coming days, maybe weeks, you’ll hear many versions of this same question: Can Santorum win over Jewish voters? To save you the...

This week’s indications that war with Iran is very close/very far off

Closer than ever:Yet another attempt at letting diplomacy work has failed. If the IAEA can’t find a way to convince the Iranians to...

Answering my readers: Conservatism, Orthodoxy, Lieberman, Rudoren

This occasional feature is just a way for me to respond to what other people write about my work. 1. Sara Wildman interviewed me...

Jodi Rudoren of the New York Times, I hope I’m wrong

A couple of days ago, I had a conversation with a Jewish official who bitterly complained about the New York Times’ choice for its...

Three nagging questions on Israel and Iran

1. Both the US and Israel are getting closer to Election Day. While it is noble to expect all involved leaders to put political...

Why doing something on Syria is a strategic concern for the US

There’s nothing shockingly surprising about Russia and China’s decision to veto a UN Security Council Resolution on Syria on Saturday night. Can China really...

Parsing Obama’s words on Israel-Iran nukes issue

You can watch the video of Obama’s NBC interview here. And here I’m going to try and explain what the President really meant:Amidst the...

Three quick comments on Paul Auster, Turkey and Israel

1. One has to admire author Paul Auster’s courageous stand. Responding to the verbal attack by the prime minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan,...

Will Israel attack Iran and other questions

My friend Ronen Bergman has just written a long and detailed article for the New York Times Magazine about the question that is on...

Do Americans Want a ‘Firm Stand’ or to ‘Avoid War’ on Iran?

Two days ago, I demonstrated how the framing of questions on the right policy vis-à-vis Iran changes the answers given by the American public...

Is Nuclear Iran a ‘Weak Spot’ for Obama With the American Public?

A Washington Post-ABC News poll gave some analysts the impression that President Obama has a public opinion problem with Iran. “Obama’s Republican challengers see...

What Israelis really want? That’s easy

Prof. Yaacov Shamir, a senior fellow of the Truman Institute The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, kindly provided me with cross tabs for the Israeli...

Weekend tidbits, 12.17.11: Jewish vote wars

On Thursday, the “Emergency Committee for Israel” took out ads in major U.S. newspapers questioning Obama’s record on Israel. The ads accused the Obama...

Gingrich’s ‘invented people’ are here to stay

Fact: There was never a Palestinian State. Fact: Newt Gingrich is a Presidential prospective. Fact: Gingrich chose to respond to question about the Palestinians...

Will Israel attack Iran? 5 notes following Netanyhau’s Sde Boker address

“Great statesmen as well as friends of the Jews and of Zionism” warned Ben-Gurion that declaring a Jewish state in 1948 would bring about...

More explosions, but nothing much changed with Iran

As conflicting reports on the most recent explosion in Iran make it hard to assess the seriousness and severity of this event, CNN published...

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