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Friday Apr 18, 2014
  Israeli politics is straining under the pressure of the US, and those led by the US to keep conversations with the Palestinians going, and the counter pressure from coalition members who are tired of the charade, and resist paying the price of prisoner releases.   The potential for this conflict has been around since the onset of John Kerry's obsession with achieving what most in the know have considered unattainable.   The...
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Wednesday Apr 16, 2014
  This one praises Iran's move away from theocracy and toward secularism, while describing Israel is moving in the opposite direction.   It seems a bit premature to applaud any sign of reasonable activity from the mullah's of Iran, I am even less certain that the authors (one Iranian and one Israel. both writing from Palo Alto, California) are seeing clearly when they describe a parallel between Israel and what has happened in...
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Sunday Apr 13, 2014
  Two  issues are at the roiling stage, and threatening the capacity of Barack Obama to run the world by means of his political wisdom and the aides he sends forth to do his work.   Ukraine and Israel-Palestine are much different in the nature and what they threaten.   Israel and Palestine are on the front pages more clearly as the result of Obama's bumbling.   For Israel, Palestine is more a nuisance than a threat....
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Saturday Apr 12, 2014
  Politics is the civilized way of dealing with disputes. Campaigns, voting, and the routine displacement of the losers by the winners is the way of enlightened government.   Making policy and managing programs are more complicated than election campaigns. They require professional expertise in the myriad of fields that government touches.   Politicians skilled in appealing to the masses may not know as much as they claim about...
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Wednesday Apr 09, 2014
  When writing about Sheldon Adelson, Thomas Friedman gets some things right, and others very wrong.   He's right to see Sheldon Adelson as an overly friendly threat against Israel. Friedman calls him "Iran's Best Friend" in a recent NTY op-ed piece.   If anyone currently active threatens the image of the Jew by the way he spends money, it is that poor boy from Boston who made billions from the scurrilous business...
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