Hamas and the Palestinian Authority are vying to head the reconstruction efforts in Gaza. Many in Israel are hoping that the reconstruction will be led by the P.A., which will be strengthened by getting credit for the estimated $2 billion effort.
In recent months, the broader American Jewish community has reeled from the financial tsunami wrought by Bernard Madoff, the alleged perpetrator of a $50 billion Ponzi scheme that stripped the coffers of Jewish charities and wiped out the savings of individuals from New York to Florida. Meanwhile, Beverly Hills-based Iranian-Jewish community has grappled with its own financial catastrophe in light of revelations that one of its own may have lost some $400 million of the community members’ money.
Judging by the headlines in Israel’s daily tabloids, the first task of President Obama’s new Middle East envoy is earning the trust of the Israelis.
He is one of the most infamous antisemitic caricatures of all time, a devious hook-nosed villain rivaled in stereotypical notoriety by only Shakespeare’s Shylock.
There is perhaps no man in America as reviled and scrutinized as Bernard Madoff, the investor who has reportedly confessed to bilking investors out of some $50 billion. Hoards of photographers have made a habit of amassing outside his Upper East Side apartment building and the federal courthouse for his brief and occasional appearances.