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Posted: Fri, 05/01/2015 - 11:59 | Political Insider

The U.S. Congress sounds increasing like the Washington branch of the Knesset.  I'm just waiting for Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul to show up on the Senate floor wearing yarmulkes.

Senators debating the Iran bill this week have been busy trying to out-Israel each other.

Among the most ardent are Presidential hopefuls and senators facing tough reelection campaigns.  A number of them were in Las Vegas last weekend kissing the ring of billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who they hope will dip into his billions to fund their campaigns.

Posted: Wed, 04/29/2015 - 18:39 | Political Insider

It struck me while watching that heroic mother in Baltimore emphatically educating her son (see it here) about the perils of rioting and throwing rocks at police that she should be a role model for Israeli and Palestinian mothers.

Toya Graham saw her son Michael, 16, on TV and immediately went out on the streets looking to literally knock some sense into his head.

Posted: Sun, 04/26/2015 - 11:20 | Political Insider

President Obama marked the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide this week by once again carefully avoiding the use of the G word, afraid of offending our volatile  and unreliable Turkish ally.  Seven years ago candidate Obama, like his Democratic opponent, Sen. Hillary Clinton, pledged support for legislation to memorializing the 1915 slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire as genocide.

Posted: Fri, 04/24/2015 - 22:53 | Political Insider

Who would have predicted it:  AIPAC is opposing an amendment in the Senate proposed by none other than its idol, Benjamin Netanyahu. 

Posted: Thu, 04/23/2015 - 15:32 | Political Insider

Senate Republicans and the White House reached a bipartisan compromise on giving the Congress a stronger voice on the approval of any nuclear agreement with Iran.  Just because they’ve agreed on terms for the debate doesn’t improve the chances for approval have increased.

Posted: Sun, 04/19/2015 - 20:18 | Political Insider

That could be the headline when Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to announce he is appointing convicted felon Aryeh Deri to be his Minister of the Interior. 

In 1999, Deri, the leader of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, was convicted of bribery, fraud and breach of trust while he was Minister of the Interior between 1988 and 1993.  He served two years of a three-year sentence.