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  This week Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told government ministers that he may wait for the next US president before signing a new military assistance deal with America. Israel’s current military assistance package is set to expire in 2018 and the new package is supposed to include supplemental aid to compensate Israel for President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. But to date, the administration has rejected Israel’s requests for additional systems it could use to defend…
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  Last week marked the 17th anniversary of Jordan’s King Abdullah’s coronation after the death of his father, King Hussein.   Abdullah’s ascension to the monarchy was unanticipated. His uncle Hassan was his father’s long-serving crown prince and was expected to inherit the throne. Hussein made the change in succession from his deathbed.   Today it is hard to believe that Abdullah will have the power to decide who succeeds him.   For generations, the lar…
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[caption id="attachment_2694" align="alignnone" width="300"] REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst[/caption]   On Wednesday the US media interrupted its saturation coverage of the presidential primaries to report on President Barack Obama’s visit to a mosque in Maryland. The visit was Obama’s first public one to a mosque in the US since entering the White House seven years ago. The mosque Obama chose to visit demonstrated once again that his views of radical Islam are deeply problematic.  …
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  Amjad Sakari made no effort to hide his feelings and intentions toward Israel. The soldier in the Palestinian security forces filled his Facebook page with paeans to Saddam Hussein.   Last weekend he published two posts indicating his imminent plan to carry out a terrorist attack.   In other words, if the Palestinian Authority forces he served had been serious about preventing their members from carrying out terrorist attacks, they could have easily prevented Sa…
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  Our government is playing games with itself. And losing.   On Wednesday Chaim Levinson reported in Haaretz that for the first time in nearly two years, last week the Civil Administration of Judea and Samaria approved new building plans for a small number of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.   Levinson also reported that last month Jerusalem’s municipal planning and building commission gave final approval to plans to build nearly 900 housing units in the s…
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