The outgoing president granted the sum during his final hours in the White House, though it doesn't approximate the billions in military aid pledged to Israel.
The blockbuster story that an Israeli operative was plotting to whip up scandals to unseat British members of Parliament may sink like a stone.
Just as the president established diplomatic relations with Cuba, so he could do for the Palestinian Authority. It would be one step toward resolving the decades-old problem of Palestinian statelessness.
Benjamin Netanyahu and his Cabinet members are trying to punch above their weight. The Israeli prime minister wants to punish the United Nations, and apparently even the United States.
In a New York Times op-ed, the former president also urges Obama to let the United Nations condemn Israeli presence on Palestinian land in the West Bank.
Make no mistake, the late Shimon Peres was a hard-line Israeli nationalist, but he also was a dedicated socialist and at one point headed Socialist International. That stance helped him appreciate the need for human rights for all human beings.
The Israeli military and security forces have a problem. They are fairly obviously being ordered to commit what international law defines as one of the more heinous war crimes.
Back in 1999, she air-kissed Yasser Arafat's wife and dared to utter the word "Palestine." Today, she is being embraced by billionaires and neoconservatives who help bankroll her campaign and believe Israel can do no wrong.
The Israeli prime minister practically exonerated Adolf Hitler in remarks made to a group of Jewish leaders Tuesday in which he tried to blame Palestine for the Holocaust.
Tearing down Palestinian buildings is one way that Israel constrains the Palestinian economy and encourages Palestinians to leave their homeland, in a kind of slow-motion ethnic cleansing.