As a Jew, Schumer is not allowed to "break ranks" and make up his own mind based on his clear thinking. In doing so, he is clearly an "Israel-firster" and a "Netanyahu marionette".
As the US faces a vote to restore full diplomatic relations with Iran, I fear that my Christian brothers and sisters will oppose these decisive and historic steps toward peace out of devotion to Israel.
When it comes to Iran's economic landscape after the nuclear deal, major questions to address are: What sectors will likely witness foreign investment and flourish the most? Which countries are more likely to rekindle business and gain more? What will be the Iranian leaders invest in the most? What are the opportunities and risks?
The arrest this week at Al Aqsa Mosque of six civilian guards, who are paid employees of Jordan's Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, is a worrisome development.
Chuck Schumer has often said, with an artless self-love, that his name in Hebrew, "shomer," means "guardian"; and he takes pride in the fact because he thinks of himself as the appointed guardian of Israel's interests in the US. How bizarre and unprecedented this is! Think of any other nation in the world. Imagine an Italian-American named Frank Consiglieri assuring his listeners that his name means "advocate" in Italian and he is supremely vigilant for the interests of Italy as a lawmaker in the US. Schumer voted for the Iraq war on a rationale similar to the one he now urges as the path of reason and good sense with Iran. He may or may not recognize that he is only assisting the Likud and the neoconservatives with part three of the Middle East "clean break" strategy: Iraq, Syria, Iran.
The best option to stop Iran from building a nuclear bomb and the best option to avoid another war in the Middle East is this deal.
One must hand it to Egyptians. Their legendary sense of humor has sustained them through the millennia, coming in handy to mark this week's inaugurati...
After years of frustration and disappointment, AMIA victims and their families, will finally get to see former Argentine President Carlos Menem, a former intelligence chief, ex-judge Galeano, two former federal prosecutors, a high-ranking federal police chief, and seven others stand trial.
President Obama's speech yesterday, defending the Iran agreement against charges made by the Israeli government and its lobby in the United States was, for me, the worst moment yet in my long history with the lobby in general and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in particular.
P.M. Netanyahu spoke yesterday, President Obama today. It amounts to a 15-round boxing match, and while we are not yet close to the last round, the cumulative impression is that the president has the advantage, and he may be increasing his lead.
On Sunday of this week, I went with about 100 Jews associated with the Tag Meir Forum, to pay a condolence call to the family in the village in Duma in the West Bank.
Seated on a small bench, by a wooden recycled table, we relished the local food: cheese pies, salads, locally baked goods and more, enjoying what was not only good food, but also nourishing and healthy. Yet, this place was much more than just a restaurant.
The whole experience was a reminder that everyone is part of the problem -- not only the so-called politicians whom we too often blame for their lack of leadership. The roadblocks and the bridges lie in people's hearts, minds, and the stories that we tell.
As an active member of the Washington, D.C. Jewish community, I want to express my indignation at the use of Jewish community institutions, locally and nationally, for the partisan political purposes of Prime Minister Netanyahu's government, and against the policies of President Barack Obama with regard to the Iran nuclear deal.
The Jewish community continues to scrutinize the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, better known as the Iran deal. I have studied it. I have been briefed by its State Department architects and by Israeli officials who oppose it. And still I remain uncertain about it.
The region's new-found energy wealth may ultimately contribute to the lessening of Europe's energy dependence to Russia. At the same time, the possibility of friction and conflict over these resources among regional actors cannot be discounted.