This Week in Babylon (Harpers.org): "Congress Sends Israel a Valentine
The House Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia is under new management, but judging from its first hearing on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process on February 14, we shouldn't expect any bold new Democratic policy initiatives with regards to the Middle East. The witness list for the hearing, chaired by Representative Gary Ackerman of New York, was plumped up with pro-Israel thinktankers. First up was David Makovsky, of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, followed by Martin Indyk of the Brookings Institution, and finishing off with Daniel Pipes of the Middle East Forum. Apparently John Bolton wasn't available that day to provide balance."