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Obama’s About-Face on Syria

In August, the president called for Bashar al-Assad to step down. But the U.S. hasn’t sent arms to the opposition. To understand why, look to Russia.

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Will Obama’s ‘Flexibility’ Gaffe Affect Israel?

President states the obvious: second term could bring renewed pressure

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Peter Beinart’s False Prophecy

The Crisis of Zionism, his book arguing that the Israeli occupation alienates young American Jews, is sloppy with facts and emotionally contrived

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Lightning Rod

Admired or reviled—but never ignored—how has Peter Beinart created a firestorm with well-worn ideas about Israel and American Jews?

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Israel-U.S. Mistrust on Iran Paves Way to Attack

As U.S. drops signals of dissuasion, Netanyahu, Israeli leaders press on

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Daybreak: Fighting in Damascus

Plus Ashton compares Toulouse to Gaza, and more in the news

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Daybreak: Four Killed at France Jewish School

Plus Israeli, U.S. intel find no Iranian bomb program, and more in the news

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Daybreak: Obama Talks of Urgency on Iran

Plus West Bank statehood edifice collapsing, and more in the news

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Under Fire

The latest round of Grad rockets from Gaza paralyzed much of southern Israel for days. It’s hard to imagine what Iranian Shihab missiles might do.

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Bibi a Republican, Dagan a Democrat?

Not exactly, but Israeli politics are entering America

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The Jewish Vote and the Nagging Question of Dual Loyalty

Charges have dogged American Jews since the 1868 election, as Jonathan Sarna explains in ‘When General Grant Expelled the Jews’

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An Israeli Attack on Iran: Will It or Won’t It?

Weighing the evidence at the end of AIPAC week

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In the Reactor’s Shadow

If Israel decides to carry out a strike against Iran, the desert town of Dimona could be a likely target for retaliation. Are its residents worried?

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Netanyahu Hints at Action

Charming the crowd in his keynote speech at the AIPAC conference, Israeli prime minister conjures Auschwitz and Haman to make case against Iran

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McConnell Shows How It’s Done

Senate Minority Leader criticizes Obama sans undue politicization

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Cheney Takes the Israeli ‘Political Football’ Snap

Sparring with Harman, accuses Obama of delegitimizing Israel

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Obama Fails to Second Red Line

Speaking at AIPAC conference, president moves closer to Israeli position on Iran—but not all the way there—ahead of meeting with Netanyahu

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Obama Humble-Brags, Repeats Iran Bomb Oppo

President greeted warmly at AIPAC Conference

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AIPAC Urges U.S. Shift to Iranian ‘Capability’

As conference begins, lobby seeks to move U.S. position closer to Israel’s

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How Do You Solve a Problem Like Iran?

Should the U.S. attack now? Israel sure shouldn’t.

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A Few Notes on the Obama Interview

On Barak, the Palestinians, non-proliferation, and politics

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Daybreak: ‘Something We *Have* to Solve’

Plus sanctions cause India to stop buying Iranian oil, and more in the news

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No Second Iraq

On Iran, the parallels are inexact, but the lessons remain instructive

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Sundown: Chaplin the Jew?

Plus Sarachek’s successor at Yeshiva U, and more

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Rickrolling

Rick Santorum gets much about America very wrong. But there’s one thing he understands that’s crucial to winning elections and governing effectively.

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American Jews Warming to Obama, Says Koch

Former mayor receiving fewer complaints, responds to all letters

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Face Off

The Israeli leadership is at war with itself over Iran: In one corner, Bibi Netanyahu and Ehud Barak. In the other, former Mossad chief Meir Dagan.

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Fool’s Gold

Middle East expert Robert Kagan argues in a new book that American foreign policy has spawned a golden age of liberal democracy. He’s wrong.

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Frustrated Jewish Democrat?

There’s a study for that

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A Few More Thoughts on That Poll

Are Jews turning away from the Dems? Survey says: perhaps!