Political earthquake in US

by Yoram Ettinger, Ynetnews.com The November 2010 mid-term election produced a seismic political effect: The most rapid and wide-in-scope Congressional and Gubernatorial victory since 1948. The outcome of the election repudiates Obama’s policies and dramatically erodes his political clout. It feeds the confrontational nature of a systematically pro-Israel Congress and increases the number of pro-Israel…

How will the Republican-controlled House affect US-Israel ties?

by Natasha Mozgovaya, Haaretz The Republican’s victory in the House of Representatives on Tuesday leaves many in Israel wondering whether President Barack Obama’s stymied domestic agenda will encourage him to concentrate more on foreign policy, including the Middle East peace process. The Republicans are expected to take a tougher stance on Iran and put pressure…

Elections 2010: A Stark Reminder

by Sarah Stern, Emet Report As the attention of much of the United States has been primarily focused, due to today’s elections, on domestic issues, as well as on the sardonic Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert non-rally-rally on the National Mall, the foreign policy stage remains deadly serious. Yet, we as a nation have lost…

Netanyahu Must Refute Obama's Assumption

by Amb. Yoram Ettinger George Mitchell, President Obama’s special envoy, is testing Prime Minister Netanyahu: Has he learned from past errors by repeating them – which would demolish his credibility – or by avoiding them, which would resurrect his domestic and international clout? In order to enhance his own clout and Israel’s posture of deterrence…

'Palestine new UN member in 2011 if talks succeed'

by Jordana Horn, JPost In his address to the UN General Assembly Thursday, US President Barack Obama called for a continuation of the settlement freeze and expressed the hope that by next year, current Israeli-Palestinian negotiations will have resulted in “an independent, sovereign state of Palestine. “We believe that the moratorium should be extended.  We…

Are the U.S. and the West starting to get it?

by Barry Rubin, GLORIA Center After acceding to U.S. requests for nine months by freezing construction on existing Jewish settlements in the West Bank and also not building over the pre-1967 frontier in Jerusalem, Israel got nothing. While Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemed willing to continue it in some form, pressures from within his coalition…