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The Carnival Splendor promised a week of spas, casinos, Broadway shows, luxury shopping and gourmet food. But for this week's cruise it was spam, nine decks with elevators that didn't work and toilets that didn't flush. After four days at sea without power, 3300 passengers have been towed into San Diego, thankful that nobody got hurt.  We hear their stories and just how vulnerable a floating city can be. Also, the Jewish peace group J Street sets up in LA. Will it increase its impact in Washington? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been talking tough about settlements in East Jerusalem and a US threat of military action over Iran’s nuclear program. Have last week’s midterm elections changed the diplomatic dynamic for President Obama? 

Banner image: Stranded Carnival Splendor cruise ship passengers stand on a balcony in front of their sign asking for ice as they wait get off their boat after it was towed to San Diego Harbor by tug boats on November 11, 2010 in San Diego, California. Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Main Topic The Powerless Cruise Ship, Home at Last 18 MIN, 25 SEC

The Carnival Splendor was finally towed into San Diego this morning after four days at sea without power. As 3300 passengers trooped down the ramp, a voice from a loudspeaker said, "Thanks for your understanding…and we hope you come back real soon."  That’s according to Tony Perry, who was on the dock for the Los Angeles Times.

Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times (@LATsandiego)
Fahizah Alim, passenger, Carnival Splendor
Kendall Carver, Chairman, International Cruise Victims

Reporter's Notebook J Street Comes to Los Angeles 7 MIN, 31 SEC

AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, has long been the major lobby for Israel in Washington. Now it’s being challenged for influence by J Street, a Jewish-American group that’s pro-Israel but advocates an end to settlement building and the blockade of Gaza. J Street has offices in New York and several other cities and now in Los Angeles. Jeremy Ben-Ami is a 25-year veteran of government, politics and communication in the US and Israel, and the founding president of J Street.

Jeremy Ben-Ami, J Street (@JeremyBenAmi)

Main Topic Does Obama Need Israel More than Israel Needs Obama? 26 MIN, 26 SEC

President Obama said this week that Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem don’t help the peace process.  Prime Minister Netanyahu shot back that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital and that housing construction has no relation to getting the peace talks with the Palestinians back on track.  Today in New York, Netanyahu met behind closed doors with Hillary Clinton. 

Mark Landler, New York Times (@MarkLandler)
David Horovitz, Times of Israel (@davidhorovitz)
Shibley Telhami, University of Maryland (@ShibleyTelhami)
Aaron David Miller, Wilson Center (@aarondmiller2)

The Much Too Promised Land

Aaron David Miller

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