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Obama and Netanyahu—Friends Again?

By Jim Lobe

Described as a “meaningless PR exercise” by one prominent observer, this week’s meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu appears to have been little more than an opportunity for the two leaders to reassure their domestic audiences. Or was it a clever ruse by Obama aimed at forcing Netanyahu’s hand on the Palestinian-Israeli front? Read full article.

FEATURED PROFILES

Caroline Glick

An editor for the right-wing Jerusalem Post and fellow at the neocon Center for Security Policy, Glick has recently gotten into the parody business, producing a video that makes light of the people killed during the Israeli raid on the Palestinian aid flotilla.

Leon Wieseltier

The longtime literary editor of the New Republic, Wieseltier often aligns himself with neoconservatives, including his efforts to ostracize critics of Israel by suggesting they are antisemitic.

Abram Shulsky

Shulsky, a former Pentagon advisor and well known Leo Strauss scholar, uses his perch at the neocon Hudson Institute to criticize Obama’s arms control efforts.

Eric Edelman

The former Dick Cheney advisor now advises the neocon Foreign Policy Initiative and is a fellow at Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

Lawrence Kadish

A former chairman of the Republican Jewish Coalition, Lawrence Kadish has been a prominent backer of a number of neoconservative and right-wing “pro-Israel” groups.

Martin Anderson

Anderson, author a recent book on Ronald Reagan, is a fellow at the Hoover Institution and a veteran foreign policy hawk whose career has included serving four Republican presidents.

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