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April 16, 2012

by Shmuel Rosner

April 16, 2012 | 3:52 am

Sheldon Adelson (Photo: Reuters)

Israel’s right to say ‘no’

Smadar Shir of Ynet supports Israel’s decision to deny entry to dozens of pro-Palestinian ‎activists who were part of a coordinated demonstration. ‎

When a US embassy official refuses to grant a certain person a visa because he was ‎born in Iran or “has the face of a terrorist” in his passport photo, that’s apparently fine. ‎Yet when we dare to prevent the entry of the pro-Palestinian fly-in because the ‎passenger list includes kind souls whose official profession is hatred for Jews and ‎for Israel, all the bleeding hearts rise up against us.‎


Events do not wait as ‎Obama plays a delay ‎defense

The president’s flawed approach to North Korea, Syria and Iran is leading him into ‎disaster, writes Jackson Diehl of the Washington Post.

f Tehran accepts Obama’s bargain, the momentum the administration has ‎managed to build up behind sanctions, and the resulting pressure on the Iranian ‎economy, will be broken. If the regime then cheats, or refuses to negotiate a ‎more lasting solution to its pursuit of nuclear technology, Obama will end his ‎term with Iran closer to a an atomic bomb than it was in 2009.‎


Newt’s billionaire, Sheldon Adelson, gives $5M to establishment

The deep-pocketed businessman’s transfer of affections from Gingrich to other GOP ‎candidates is a welcome move to those seeking to oust Obama and his fellow Democrats in ‎November, writes Robin Bravender in Politico. ‎

The wealthy couple’s shift to supporting the GOP establishment is a promising sign for party operatives, who are hoping ‎to corral some of the deep-pocketed donors that have spent millions on warring super PACs so far this election cycle. ‎It’s also a positive signal for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, whose campaign is counting on ‎Adelson and other wealthy GOP donors to get behind him as he goes up against President Barack Obama’s hefty war ‎chest.

Can the Arab Spring Bring Peace ‎to the Middle East?

Writing in the Huffington Post, Steven Strauss outlines a series of steps the US could take ‎to transform the current upheaval in the Middle East into a genuine push for regional ‎peace. ‎

The time has come to shape the future. Consider America’s greatest foreign policy successes: ‎Japan’s post-WWII rebirth, Europe’s post-WWII revival through the Marshall Plan, China’s ‎reintegration into the world system post-1979, and integration of former communist bloc ‎countries after the Warsaw Pact collapse. They occurred because these countries shared a ‎vision, and were willing to work to achieve it. The U.S. offered that vision, together with ‎support to make it a reality.‎

 

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