If President Trump is determined to be Israel's best friend, he might aim his sights a little lower and deflate the idea that the Israeli-Palestinian issue is the key to resolving the Middle East's many conflicts.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a political conservative in the mold of President-elect Donald J. Trump, seemingly cannot wait for what he envisions to be the dawn of a new America Jan. 20, when Mr. Trump is inaugurated. But that bodes ill for Israeli-Palestinian peace. A Trump-Netanyahu bond will mark a radical change in U.S.-Israeli relations.
In a shot across Israel's bow illustrative of the split in the American Jewish community and for what surely is a first in U.S. politics, Israel's marginalization of the Palestinians has been challenged publicly by no less than a popular U.S. presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Jew.
Sen. Ben Cardin, the top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Friday he will oppose the pending nuclear agreement with Iran, joining a minority of Democrats in a position that has already been defeated.
Sen. Ben Cardin has emerged as a central figure in the debate over the pending nuclear deal with Iran, joining a small group of lawmakers who may decide the future of one of President Barack Obama's most significant foreign policies.
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Donna F. Edwards on Wednesday criticized her opponent in Maryland's Senate race, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, for "holding his finger to the air" rather than coming out in support of a nuclear agreement with Iran negotiated by the Obama administration.
Putting Israel's interests before America's is something you might expect from Republican politicians these days, especially in recent years as Democratic President Obama has clashed with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. But you may not expect such behavior from a leading Democratic senator like Maryland's own Ben Cardin. Unfortunately, that's exactly what is happening.
That was quite a performance Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered on the floor of the House of Representatives, courtesy of Speaker John Boehner in his continuing campaign to impede and discredit the presidency of Barack Obama.