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Sundown: Bibi Scores Back Home

Plus a gay Conservative rabbi, and more

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Prime Minister Netanyahu following the joint meeting of Congress.(Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

• Polls suggest the U.S. trip and the “diplomacy” therein was a gigantic political success for Prime Minister Netanyahu. [Haaretz]

• Michael Walzer has the sanest summation I’ve yet read of the past week in the Israeli-Palestinian crisis. [Dissent]

• Arthur Goldreich, a Jewish South African who heroically hid Nelson Mandela in the early 1960s, died at 82. [AP/Haaretz]

• Rachel Isaacs became the first openly gay rabbi to be ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary, the main clerical school of the Conservative movement. [The Sisterhood]

• The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum applauds the arrest of suspected Serbian genocidaire Ratko Mladic. [USHMM]

• So apparently everyone always knew about DSK? [Daily Intel]

Boy, this guy can really play Tetris (be sure you fast forward to the five-minute mark).

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RZS says:

Walzer doesn’t say anything new, and one will not gain any new insight from reading him or any of the long-discredited Israeli leftists who are his friends.

David Frum actually has the most cogent analysis of this past week’s events concerning Israel:

http://www.frumforum.com/obama-stacks-the-deck-against-israel

It sums up the problem most pro-Israel moderates have with Obama’s statements. We don’t mind the idea of the 1967 borders (with swaps) as the end result of negotiations, but that cannot be a precondition for them. Basically, Israel is being asked to give up all of its leverage, with only a hypothetical expectation that the Palestinians will make the necessary compromises and changes in their society. Plus, the “right of return” should not be considered an element on the table, because it is a fantasy, not a reasonable demand from any objective perspective.

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