New Senior Adviser to US Ambassador to Israel: Ideology Trumps Experience

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by Marsha B. Cohen Aryeh Lightstone, an orthodox rabbi with no diplomatic experience, is now the senior adviser to US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman. In 2014-15, Lightstone served as CEO of Shining City, an American organization that has provided… Continue Reading  

Israel’s Ambassador to the US Knows Republicans Much Better than Trump

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by Marsha B. Cohen “Israel has no doubt that President-elect Trump is a true friend of Israel,” Israeli ambassador Ron Dermer told reporters who met him at the lobby of Trump Tower on Thursday. “We have no doubt that Vice… Continue Reading  

The Hub of the Jewish Neoconservative Echo Chamber

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by Marsha B. Cohen The Tikvah Fund is a private philanthropic foundation that works closely with neoconservative think tanks and media outlets as well as an array of academic institutions to promote conservative ideologies. The foundation seeks to influence both… Continue Reading  

Should Moguls Subsidize US Military Aid to their Favorite Nations?

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by Marsha B. Cohen The Obama “scandal du jour” in the Israeli press focuses on the US president having turned down a $1 billion donation to Israel’s Iron Dome program that billionaire Sheldon Adelson offered in 2012.

Just Desserts: Ben and Jerry Join Pro-Iran Deal “Donor Strike”

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by Marsha B. Cohen Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, the co-founders of the ice cream company that bears their name, have signed on to a “donor strike” organized by MoveOn.org. Targeting liberal and centrist Democrats Congress who benefit from their largesse,… Continue Reading