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Germany establishes an antisemitism commissioner
Germany’s parliament voted to establish a commissioner to deal with antisemitism in the country. Four mainstream parties endorsed the proposal, which noted that while most antisemitic crime in Germany is attributable to the far right, there are increased concerns about antisemitism among recent ref
War by Other Memes
Alas, according to David Patrikarakos, author of the fascinating War in 140 Characters, the traditional metrics of determining winners and losers no longer apply 5:00 AM, Jan 19, 2018 | By Jamie Kirchik By any traditional standard, Israel won its 50-day war against Hamas in 2014. It incurred far f
Pence has long pushed for Trump policies on Israel
WASHINGTON (AP) - Vice President Mike Pence is making his fifth visit to Israel, returning to a region he's visited "a million times" in his heart. An evangelical Christian with strong ties to the Holy Land, Pence this time comes packing two key policy decisions in his bags that have long been top p
Israel Unveils Details of New Underground Wall Along Gaza Strip
(AFP) - The Israeli army on Thursday revealed details of a massive underground barrier being built along the border with the Gaza Strip in a bid to neutralise the threat of Palestinian attack tunnels. Eventually stretching some 65 kilometres (41 miles), the concrete wall will be accompanied by motio
The Big Palestinian Lie
Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical left and Islamic terrorism. Palestinian boss Mahmoud Abbas recently declared that Israel is "a colonial enterprise that has nothing to do with Jewishness." Moses,
For Real 'Collusion,' Look At Obama's Dirty Dealings With Iran
a big nothingburger." Nearly a year has passed since the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller and not a scintilla of evidence demonstrating collusion has been forthcoming. Moreover, the investigation itself has been plagued by scandal and partisanship placing a cloud of taint over the entir
The Unwritten Israeli-Saudi Alliance
News from the Middle East is generally depressing. In Turkey, the Erdogan dictatorship is eliminating all vestiges of free press, after it subverted the old Kemal Ataturk secular institutions including the judiciary and military. Iran's Islamic Republic dictatorship of the Ayatollahs is repressing
U.S. Presses to Relocate Embassy to Jerusalem by 2019
The Trump administration is moving faster than expected to transfer the American Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv by 2019, senior officials said Thursday, despite insisting last month that the move would not happen until the end of President Trump's term. The administration's plans, following Mr.
Be Careful What You Wish For: A 'Persian Spring' Would Be a Disaster
The experiments with regime change in the Middle East are not encouraging. After a week of violent demonstrations in several large cities and small towns, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander-in-chief of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), announced that the "sedition" has been defeated.
Trump's declaration makes Israelis less secure, Palestinians less sovereign
The conventional wisdom is that among American presidents, President Trump is the staunchest Israel supporter ever. However, decisions he made recently, prove that while he might be a true Israel lover at heart, his actions might cause the Jewish state only trouble. President Trump's declaration on
Russia Refuses To Banish Nuclear Weapons and Comply with United Nations Treaty
Russia will not join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons-the U.N.'s first-ever measure for nuclear disarmament-Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told the Security Council on Thursday. The foreign minister said that the treaty "triggers strong differences between the members of the internat
Egypt's Sisi Fires Spy Chief as Shuffle of Top Aides Continues
Three months ago, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt had three close advisers: his army chief, his spy boss and his chief of staff. Just one still has a job. On Thursday, he fired the spy chief, Khaled Fawzy, and replaced him with his chief of staff. In October, he fired the chief of defense. I
Tillerson: U.S. to Stay in Syria as Long as Necessary for 'Long-Term Stability' Assad Cannot Bring
In a speech to the Hoover Institution at Stanford University on Wednesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the United States would retain a military presence in Syria for the foreseeable future. The objective of this presence is to finish smashing the Islamic State, battle al-Qaeda and other t
Russian government infiltrated Jewish and Christian Orthodox churches for 'intelligence' purposes: Fusion GPS founder
In his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, the CEO of the company behind the infamous Trump-Russia dossier claimed he had information that led him to believe Russian President Vladimir Putin infiltrated Jewish groups in the United States. "Putin seems to be very interested in the Jewi
State Dept hiding 'game-changing' report that exposes significant overcount of Palestinian refugees?
[Ed. - It's not unthinkable, by any means. The UN's agency for Palestinian Arab refugees - which will turn 69 this year - has been contentious and highly politicized for decades, and considered by many to be in need of reform or disbanding. Leaving it in place as-is has been a convenience for a long
Israel puts tunnel dug under Gaza border on display
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The Israeli military brought journalists on Thursday to film a 2 km (1.25 mile) tunnel dug by militants from the Gaza Strip to Israel, saying it was putting the construction on display to show the continuing threat it faces from the territory. The Islamic Jihad militant group
What is India's de-hyphenation policy toward Israel and why does it matter?
MUMBAI – When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power in 2014, he instituted a policy toward Israel called de-hyphenation. What that meant was simple: India’s relationship with Israel would stand on its own merits, independent and separate from India’s relationship with the Palestinians.
As I See It: Palestinianism is over – someone please tell the British
Apparently insulted by repeated slights from Britain’s political class and populace, President Donald Trump has decided to cancel his proposed visit there. Desperate to rescue the all-important post-Brexit US trade deal that might now be in jeopardy, Prime Minister Theresa May is seeking to “clear
Hamas’s cynical exploitation of a UN-sponsored cease-fire put in place out of humanitarian considerations enabled its terrorists to surprise and kill Lt. Hadar Goldin and St.-Sgt. Oron Shaul in the Gaza Strip in the midst of Operation Protective Edge. Three-and-half-years later, Hamas is still taki
Know Comment: Israel is worthy and winning
A sharp dissonance was evident this week between competing narratives about Israel; between the Israel-is-flying-high narrative, and the Israel-is-heading- toward-disaster narrative. Several news items played into the debate: Mahmoud Abbas’s retrogressive and hostile speech, President Trump’s decis