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This week in power: Obama’s address and Netanyahu’s son

by Danny Groner

January 29, 2014 | 7:31 pm

A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

State of the Union:
One of the points President Obama made in his State of the Union on Tuesday night was the strategy with Iran, and he reinforced America's commitment and loyalty to Israel. The commentators came out shortly thereafter: "If Israel had a realistic military option, they should have pulled the trigger before Obama's second term (of course, he ordered them to maintain quiet until the election was over). Don't know for sure what they were thinking. Maybe they didn't have a real option but used the threat to try to tighten sanctions and get the US to act," said Karin McQuillan at American Thinker.

Others, like The Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin, were fierce in their responses. "Why, then, is the president pursuing a policy that top Iran experts think is dangerous and which bipartisan majorities of the American people oppose? We can only surmise that he is poorly advised and therefore confused; acting willfully against the advice of advisers who do know better; thinks Israel will take care of Iran in the end; and/or is so determined to retreat from the world that he is willing to tolerate Iran’s nuclear weapons capacity," Rubin wondered.

A non-Jewish girlfriend?
Uproar arose over rumors this week that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is dating a young Norwegian woman, but days later the prime minister denied it. As the story unfolds, bloggers are chiming in. "I don’t think that people come to study in Israel, no matter how great the universities are here, if they don’t have some kind of pre-existing interest or curiosity about Israel and Judaism. It is not hard to believe that the Prime Minister’s son’s girlfriend, who is probably not enjoying her fifteen minutes of fame as the world’s most famous shiksa at the moment, was drawn to our country and people for some reason as well," said Rachael Risby-Raz at The Times of Israel. Stay tuned.

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