As the Republican primary fight moves from New Hampshire to South Carolina, Newt Gingrich is stepping up his attacks on Mitt Romney and some prominent Jewish Republicans -- who have a rich, mutually admiring history with both men -- are wondering what happens next.
Harvey Sicherman, who headed the Foreign Policy Research Institute, has died. Sicherman died Dec. 25 at the age of 65. He was president of the research institute in Philadelphia from 1993 until his death after serving as associate director for research, a research associate and starting as a research assistant in the 1960s. Sicherman met Alexander Haig at the institute and went with him to Washington when he became secretary of state under President Reagan. Sicherman served as Haig's special assistant in 1981-82. It was the highest position in the U.S. government then held by an Orthodox Jew, the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent reported.
Israel and the United States have more in common than ever as both nations fight the terror scourge. That's good news, but Jewish leaders would be wise not to get smug about it.
The war in Iraq could produce a sharp public backlash against U.S. involvement -- in that particular conflict and in a region that is hard on traditional American naivete. And that backlash could taint U.S.-Israel relations if the public links failed U.S. policies with Israel.