Sheldon Adelson, the U.S. casino mogul who has called himself the world’s richest Jew, couldn’t vote in Israel’s parliamentary elections in January. That didn’t stop his free daily newspaper, Yisrael Hayom, from publishing a front-page editorial last year arguing in favor of bombing Iran’s nuclear facilities -- an option voiced by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
President Barack Obama probably bolstered his strength with U.S. Jewish voters and the Israeli government with his pronouncement that he’ll use military force if needed to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons.
President Barack Obama said the U.S. is examining all options for pressuring Libya to end a violent crackdown on anti-government demonstrators, and he is dispatching Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Switzerland to work with her counterparts from other nations on a coordinated response.
The nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel to be defense secretary could generate an important debate over national security. That will only happen if critics skip sideshows such as ridiculous accusations that he is anti- Semitic or pro-terrorist and avoid cherry picking his votes.
The resignation of Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa may help weaken Muammar Qaddafi ’s hold on power, even as it may spur the dictator to more radical action by removing one of the few moderating voices left in his inner circle, according to analysts of the region.
Decades of poor treatment and economic discrimination against Libyans in the country’s eastern province of Cyrenaica provided the kindling for the revolt against leader Muammar Qaddafi , and the pro-democracy uprising in neighboring Egypt provided the spark.
Charlie Rose, Nov. 21: A discussion about the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas with Rashid Khalidi of Columbia University, Elliott Abrams of the Council on Foreign Relations, and Dennis Ross of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
Western allies planning for a possible no-fly zone over Libya may find their deliberations overtaken by events, as Muammar Qaddafi ’s forces close in on the opposition’s stronghold of Benghazi with tanks, infantry and air support.
OK, so now we know for sure that President Barack Obama more or less detests the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Obama made this plain when he was overheard on an open microphone getting catty about Netanyahu with the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy.