October 5, 2010

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Netanyahu at a midway point
Jonathan Spyer, Ph.D. - 10/4/2010
From 1996-2000, Benjamin Netanyahu served as prime minister of Israel. He was re-elected to the post in 2009.  His second period of incumbency is taking place during a time of severe foreign policy challenges for the Jewish state.  Building an effective response to these challenges is at the center of the agenda that Netanyahu has set himself.
The key challenge put forth by Netanyahu is the threat of the Iranian nuclear program.  However, the pe...

Obama Administration Tells Israel: Make Us Look Good For the Election
Prof. Barry Rubin - 10/4/2010
Contents of a White House letter have been published saying what the Obama Administration will offer Israel if it extends the moratorium on building inside West Bank settlements for two months. The specific proposals reveal again how the White House doesn't seem to understand the situation, or perhaps is thinking of something other than the Israel-Palestinian peace process.

Congressional Elections and Outlook for the U.S. Economy
Prof. Peter Morici - 10/2/2010
Democrats are pulling up in the polls—though not doing well, they are doing less badly. Prospects for a Republican sweep seem less likely than two weeks ago, and the Republicans have only themselves to blame. The Pledge to America is a rehash of the platform of President George W. Bush—less taxes and government—and does not address the fundamental problems that have left the American growth machine broken.

More Infrastructure, Payroll Tax Holidays and Mortgage Aid Won’t End Jobs Drought
Prof. Peter Morici - 9/29/2010
With Congressional Democrats facing a November shellacking, President Obama is floating new programs to aid troubled homeowners and create jobs that will prove costly and ineffective. Despite rock bottom interest rates, residential sales are at historic lows and two million families face foreclosure this year, because Americans need decent jobs to buy homes and pay mortgages.
LCCC strongly condemns the killing of four civilian Israelis
Elias Bejjani - 9/29/2010
There are no words that could actually describe the brutal killing of four Israeli civilians on August 31 near Hebron in the West Bank. What is disgusting and extremely unpardonable by all means is the kind of bizarre celebrations that were carried out by the Hamas Militants in the Gaza trip. The massacre was celebrated on the Gaza streets by distributing sweets as a sign of joy as if the crime was a great and honorable military victory. This kind of cruel conduct is totally inhuman and has no relation at all to civilization, peace, freedom, tolerance and human rights. Definitely such a barbaric ritual belongs to the stone age era and to the jungle law.

The Lebanese will never succumb to terrorism
Elias Bejjani - 9/29/2010
The on going dire challenges that are imposed on our Lebanese people and beloved country, Lebanon, by the Axis of Evil countries and organizations, Hezbollah, Syria, Iran and their mercenaries, does not affect our self confidence or weaken our strong spirit of peaceful and civilized resistance. These existential challenges make us stronger and more adamant to reclaim by all means our confiscated freedom, independence and sovereignty.

Is the West Starting to Comprehend the Real Issues and Problems in the Middle East?
Prof. Barry Rubin - 9/29/2010
After acceding to U.S. requests for nine months by freezing construction on existing Jewish settlements in the West Bank and also not building over the pre-1967 frontier in Jerusalem, Israel got nothing. While Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemed willing to continue it in some form, pressures from within his coalition made that impossible.Therefore, the freeze is coming to an end, though Israel is still ready to discuss limits on new construction. Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Mahmoud Abbas is threatening to walk out of the once-every-two-weeks direct talks.

Don't look to the business world to replace Summers
Prof. Peter Morici - 9/28/2010
The Chairman of the National Economic Council is the gatekeeper to the Oval Office for economic information and principal advisor to the president of policies for economic recovery.