Category Archives: America and Israel

The Alternative to Diplomacy

The United States has no ambassador to Saudi Arabia and any number of other countries – 41 of 188 positions vacant – but the Senate didn’t reject any of President Trump’s nominees. President Trump never nominated anyone to those posts. … Continue reading

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More Motiveless Malignancy

Hollywood is still full of young dreamers from Iowa or Idaho, so Hollywood is full of acting schools. There’s the Stella Adler Theater with its acting school on Hollywood Boulevard – next door to the rather creepy Hollywood Wax Museum. … Continue reading

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Ruining Everything for Everybody

Americans have issues with Israel. Evangelical Christians, the Religious Right, love Israel. Jesus was born there. Israel is a holy place, and there’s that long-standing but somewhat obscure Christian doctrine of the Conversion of the Jews – one day they’ll … Continue reading

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A Parting Shot from the World of Common Sense

Israel fights daily for its very existence and the Palestinians want them gone. A smaller and smaller number on each side still think they can get along with the other side – just establish an actual Palestinian state with real … Continue reading

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No One’s Happy

Mondays are always problematic – no one likes Mondays – but Mondays in Cuba can be brutal: Laying bare a half-century of tensions, President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro prodded each other Monday over human rights and the … Continue reading

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When Not To Say the Right Thing

One must be careful what one says. That’s only polite, and it’s also useful. When the wife asks if that dress makes her look fat, it doesn’t. It never does. Use the right words. Lie. Otherwise, there will be trouble. … Continue reading

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The End of the Line

This started long ago. In 1947, the British government withdrew from its commitment to the 1923 Mandate for Palestine – the Ottoman Empire was long gone, and now so were the Nazis, but now there was no way to arrive … Continue reading

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