Republicans who say Obama disses Israel ignore Reagan’s far worse record

  Michele Bachmann said the other day that she can’t understand why so many American Jews have supported Barack Obama in light of  his record of working “against Israel’s best interest.” Bachmann’s principal bugaboo is that Obama favors a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli dispute, which she thinks would be disastrous for Israel. “What has been shocking has been seeing and observing Jewish organizations who it appears have made it their priority to support the political priority and the...

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Right-wingers in Congress mostly silent about Israel’s liberal new abortion law

It seems that certain politicians in Washington are facing a POLITICAL QUANDARY of sorts: Israel adopted this week one of the most liberal abortion laws in the world, and will now provide government funding for non-medical abortions for Israeli women aged 20 to 33. But Washington’s most anti-abortion lawmakers are largely silent on the new policy. These same members of Congress are also some of Israel’s loudest defenders, highlighting a peculiar aspect of the relationship between many of Israel’s ardent U.S. supporters and Israel’s domestic...

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Why is Ronald Reagan remembered as especially pro-Israel?

President Obama’s current visit to Israel reminds me of THIS COLUMN of 15 months ago by Chemi Shalev: Imagine if Israel would launch a successful preemptive strike against a country that is building a nuclear bomb that threatens its very existence, and the American president would describe it as “a tragedy”. And then, not only would the U.S. administration fail to “stand by its ally”, as Republicans pledged this week, but it would actually lend its hand to a UN Security Council decision that condemns Israel, calls on it to place its...

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Video hails Obama’s visit to Israel

This clever little video was sponsored by the Israeli Embassy in Washington.

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If Barack Obama dealt with Israel as Ronald Reagan did, there would be pure hell to pay

As I’ve argued here on numerous occasions, the worship of Ronald Reagan among Republicans these days is ridiculous in the extreme and is based largely on fictional accounts of the Gipper’s presidency. This curious phenomenon comes to mind with all the overblown GOP rhetoric of late about how badly President Obama treats the state of Israel. In reality, Obama’s record regarding U.S-Israeli relations makes Reagan’s look downright shameful. The comparison was made in the most blistering of terms in THIS COLUMN by Israeli...

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