John B. Judis

John Kerry Could Revive Peace Talks, but Don't Count on It

The U.N. now represents the best hope for a Palestinian state

The Obama administration has pursued a strategy of talk for its own sake that, in retrospect, appears to have been feckless.

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You used to be able to find critics of Israel in the Republican Party. Former senators Charles Mathias and Chuck Percy and Representative Paul Findley come to mind. But the Democrats, and particularly liberal Democrats, stood squarely behind whatever the Israeli government was doing. Over the last decades, however, as Israel’s governments have become more conservative, and as the occupation has persisted, the polarities have begun to reverse.

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Israel's Ambassador Speaks at the Adelson Primary

Netanyahu's appointee Ron Dermer shows his Partisan Colors

Eyes rolled in Washington, especially among Democrats, when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed Ron Dermer to succeed Michael Oren as the Ambassador to the United States. Dermer, an American who migrated to Israel in 1997, was a protégé of Republican pollster Frank Luntz, with whom he worked on the 1994 “Contract with America.” As one of Netanyahu’s chief advisors – he is sometimes called “Bibi’s Brain” – he solidified Netanyahu’s ties to American Republicans.

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John Kerry's Peace Process Is Nearly Dead

And the fault is mostly Netanyahu's

And the fault is mostly Benjamin Netanyahu's.

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Speak Loudly and Carry a Small Stick

Obama has turned Teddy Roosevelt's famous maxim on its head

Obama hasn't just forgotten Teddy Roosevelt's famous maxim. He's spun it on its head

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At its annual conference, the group recognizes its image problem—but hesitates to offer a bold solution

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Pernicious Polling by Gallup

How to Make Enemies by Polling

I don’t like to pick on pollsters.  It is a kind of cottage industry during election years, but I believe that Gallup has stepped way over the line with its polling on “What country anywhere in the world do you consider to be the United States' greatest enemy today?”  Election polling at least concerns a defined choice that American have to make—namely who to vote for. Even polling on policies reflects a discussion that is occurring in the country. But this poll imposes a framework of allies vs.

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Without it, a few large companies will have an inordinate amount of power over what people hear, say, and see over the internet. 

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Coming Soon: The United States of Comcast

Comcast Time-Warner merger will create Orwellian monopoly

In George Orwell’s 1984, the world is divided into three totalitarian superstates, but in the world of broadband and cable television only a single company may soon reign supreme. Comcast announced today it has agreed to acquire Time-Warner, its largest and only significant competitor in the cable and broadband business.

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