Will Ehud Barak be leaving US Politics too?

by Marsha B. Cohen Ehud Barak is retiring from Israeli politics in 2013, after two decades. Or so he says. A career officer in the Israel Defense Force (IDF) before entering politics, Barak’s first mention in the US press appears… Continue Reading  

Gaza, Iran and Israel’s Never-ending War with Reality

Okay, it seems I spoke too soon. Hamas is now back in the “Iranian-supported” camp according to this editorial in the New York Times, which identifies Hamas as both “backed by Iran” and pathologically “consumed with hatred for Israel.” President Shimon… Continue Reading  

Spies Against Armageddon–and towards a Moral Morass?

Spies Against Armageddon: Inside Israel’s Secret Wars, a real life “thriller” about the exploits of Israel’s intelligence agencies,  has been making headlines since its publication on July 9. Not only do its authors, CBS News’ Dan Raviv and Israeli journalist… Continue Reading  

Shimon Peres, Israel’s Nuclear Weapons Program and Iran

by Marsha B. Cohen Presenting Israeli President Shimon Peres with the US Medal of Freedom on Wednesday night, President Barack Obama said: …in him we see the essence of Israel itself — an indomitable spirit that will not be denied. He’s… Continue Reading  

J Street Looking less and less like a Potential Game-Changer

Four years ago, there was some hope in Washington that J Street, the self-proclaimed “pro-Israel, pro-peace” Jewish lobbying group, could someday provide a counterweight to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). No one expected J Street to seriously challenge… Continue Reading