Obama can’t get even with Netanyahu

By JONATHAN TOBIN, COMMENTARY— The Israeli reaction to the much talked about Jeffrey Goldberg column wasn’t long in coming. Leading members of the Likud Party claimed that Goldberg’s reporting of critical comments about Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu by President Obama constituted interference in the country’s elections that will be held next week. If true, some…

'Netanyahu will work with Obama while safeguarding Israel's interests'

By ISRAEL HAYOM— “ Netanyahu will know how to work with Obama very well while at the same time safeguarding Israel’s interests,” Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar, who also acts as the Likud party’s election campaign chairman, said on Tuesday. “Netanyahu has the edge over all the other candidates in the diplomatic arena too, not just…

Hagel backers trying to redefine pro-Israel

By JONATHAN TOBIN— Chuck Hagel told the Lincoln Journal Star this week there wasn’t “one shred of evidence that anti-Israeli.” President Obama’s nominee to be secretary of defense claimed the criticism of his record and statements on both Israel and Iran is nothing but “falsehoods and distortions.” That’s a message that is being taken up…

What Wingate Wrought

By MAX BOOT — THE WEEKLY STANDARD — The astonishing raids of a Special Operations pioneer in Palestine, Abyssinia, and Burma Everyone still remembers T. E. Lawrence, if only because of David Lean’s magnificent movieLawrence of Arabia and Lawrence’s own literary masterpiece,Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Yet far fewer remember Lawrence’s distant cousin, the British Army officer Orde Wingate,…

Hagel, Obama and the Israeli elections

Monday the National Journal reported that President Barack Obama is reconsidering his decision to appoint former Senator Chuck Hagel secretary of defense. Hagel’s looming appointment provoked angry responses from many leading Jewish voices in the US. Whether this opposition made a difference in driving Obama to reconsider his choice is unclear. Other influential groups –…