Obama's First year - The Writing Was on the Wall

"Makor Rishon" weekly, January 15, 2010

I am not surprised by President Obama's performance – since January 2009 - in face of unprecedented and simultaneous economic, social, national security challenges, domestically and internationally.


I am not surprised by President Obama, who was elected to the most difficult and complicated post – during a most unstable period internally and externally – in spite of his obvious lack of experience and superficial worldview.

Senator Mitchell's Wake-Up Call

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3833185,00.html, January 13, 2010

The threat issued by Special Presidential Envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell, to withhold US loan guarantees, in order to extract excessive concessions from Israel, constitutes a wake-up call for wishful-thinkers.


Senator Mitchell's January 7, 2010 interview with PBS' Charlie Rose refutes the notion that the Obama Administration will accept anything but full Israeli compliance with Washington's terms.

Inter-Arab Politics: A Culture of Violence

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3832221,00.html, January 10, 2010

Israel’s security policies must take into account 1,400 years of Arab violence.


Galal Nasser, a prominent columnist in Egypt's al-Ahram Weekly recently wrote: "Violence has become the norm in Arab life, both on official and non-official levels...There are many types of violence besetting the domestic scenes of Arab countries, making relations among them unpredictable and unstable.”

A man on a mission, by Yigal Welt, OpEd Editor, YnetNews

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3828334,00.html, January 01, 2010

When Yoram Ettinger speaks his voice booms with conviction and his eyes are alight – however, one is bound to be persuaded, not to mention stunned, mostly by the figures and conclusions he presents.

IBM's 9th acquisition of an Israeli company

Straight from the Jerusalem Boardroom #139, January 01, 2010

1.  Acquisition of Israeli companies accelerated. IBM acquires Israel's Guardium for $200MN in cash, its 9th Israeli acquisition.  The 1st acquisition was in 1998 (Ubique) and then iPhrase (2005), Unicorn (2006), WatchFire (2007), TeleLogic, XIV, Diligent and FilesX in 2008 (Globes, Nov. 30, 2009).

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