David Axelrod is the man who, more than any other, could be called Barack Obama’s brain (though Axelrod would be publicly horrified by the honorific, and would hasten to assure Valerie Jarrett that he has never been in communication with the editors of this magazine). In his new book, Axelrod describes a moment late in Obama’s first term where Obama acknowledges having a “Bulworth” list of “issues on which he felt he had been insufficiently forthright,” but about which he would be more candid in his second term.
The enemies of Israel are the greatest beneficiaries of campaign against Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's scheduled address to a joint session of Congress, say William Kristol, speaker here as chairman of the Emergency Committee for Israel, and Gary L. Bauer, chairman of Christians United for Israel Action Fund, in a written statement.
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a new TV ad, which features the Likud party leader babysitting (or "Bibi-sitting") for a family. Watch the ad below:
In the ad, the prime minister mentions the other choice for "taking care of the children": Isaac "Buji" Herzog and Tzipi Livni, the leaders of the left-wing political alliance in Israel's upcoming elections.
Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears to be rising in the polls after being blasted by Obama administration officials for accepting John Boehner's invitation to address a joint session of Congress. Netanyahu is currently up for reelection in Israel.
The Obama administration is angry with Israel. Here's the administration's house organ, the New York Times, this morning:
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, after days of mounting tension, signaled on Wednesday how angry it is with Israel that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepted Republican leaders’ invitation to address Congress on Iran without consulting the White House.
The Emergency Committee for Israel will host a reception for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he visits Washington, D.C. The reception for Bibi is because President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry refuse to meet with him.
Here's the statement from ECI announcing the event:
Coming on the heels of a spate of revelations regarding corruption in the Israeli government – as well as worrisome signs of dysfunction in Israeli governance, exposed during last summer’s unresolved campaign against Hamas – the Israeli public was shocked again recently by yet more revelations of pervasive corruption in high places. Now a dark cloud on the political horizon, corruption (as well as its neglect by the authorities) shows signs of developing into a major political storm.