Any Israeli military analyst (as well as Israeli diplomats in the U.S.) would agree that the Obama Administration has offered Israel an unprecedented level of unhindered, unrestricted military support and cooperation.
Next week's unilateralist gambit by the Palestinian Authority to ram through a resolution on Palestinian statehood in the UN General Assembly will produce little more than the mirage of a fleeting diplomatic triumph.
Mitchell failed to inspire the Palestinians and Israelis to embrace their long-term interests over short-term political itches and he lost the faith and support of his colleagues inside the administration. To some degree this was inevitable.
I had the privilege of attending the 2011 Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards in this, a particularly special year -- the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty's dedication as a gift to the people of America from France.
It is hard to describe the state of affairs of the Arab-Israeli conflict at this particular juncture without using adjectives such as "sad," "unfortunate" or even "tragic," which I think is the most appropriate description.
"Exiles" and their politics are part of the very fabric of American life. But there are many times when "exile" politics have proved to be a problem -- with the recent Iraq debacle, a case in point, and fragmented Lebanon being another.
The State Department is considering replacing George Mitchell with someone who brings new momentum to the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Wexler, not only fits the coin but possesses the qualities that could make a difference.
It is time for Special Envoy for Middle East Peace George Mitchell to resign. He should be replaced by someone who has the trust of both sides and can live in the region to work with the parties. There is one individual who fits this description to a tee.
Any Congress, particularly a hostile Congress, has the power to give any sitting president a major national security migraine -- and the incoming House GOP leadership has proven their determination to do just that.
Tonight, Obama will address the nation to mark the end of America's official combat role in Iraq. It is unlikely that Iraq's bitter political rivals will put aside their differences quickly enough to enable the president to announce a deliverable outcome.