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    Israeli officials are thrilled with the national security team that US President-elect Donald Trump is assembling. And they are right to be. The question now is how Israel should respond to the opportunity they present us with.     The one issue that brings together all of the top officials Trump has named so far to his national security team is Iran.     General John Kelly, whom Trump appointed Wednesday to serve as his secretary of…
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  In the US and around the world, people are anxiously awaiting US President-elect Donald Trump's announcement of his choice to serve as secretary of state. There is no doubt that Trump's choice for the position will tell us a great deal about the direction his foreign policy is likely to take. But the fact is that we already have sufficient information to understand what his greatest focus will be.     Trump's announcement last week that he has selected Marine Gen…
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  Israel's coalition crisis over the settlement's regulation bill is not a normal power struggle between overweening politicians. It is not popularity contest between Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and his Kulanu Party and Education Minister Naftali Bennett and his Bayit Yehudi Party.     It is also not about contenders to the helm challenging Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's political primacy.     The settlement regulations bill proposes to ex…
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  The Palestinians are loudly mourning the passing of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. PLO Chief and Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas ordered flags in the PA to be flown at half-mast on Sunday to honor Castro.     They are right to celebrate him.     The Cuban Communist dictator, who murdered tens of thousands of his own people, imprisoned tens of thousands more, caused a million Cubans to flee their homeland, and transformed an island para…
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  In an interview this week with the Australian media, Jordan's King Abdullah became the latest Arab leader to express hope that President-elect Donald Trump and his team will lead the world's to date failed fight against jihadist Islam.     Like his counterparts in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, Abdullah effectively ruled out the possibility that President Barack Obama will take any constructive steps to defeat the forces of global jihad in his last months in power. &…
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