The Palestinians say No; Trump should listen


In his speech to the World Economic Forum on Tuesday Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced  that the Trump administration will be unveiling its plan for peace between Israel and the Palestinians shortly after Israel’s April 9 general elections. Pompeo said, “It seems to me that we’re at a point in time where there are ways that we can resolve the primary…

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“Without Judea and Samaria, Israel cannot defend Tel Aviv”


President Donald Trump’s negotiating team may unveil its “deal of the century” peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians soon after Israel’s April 9 elections. Gershon Hacohen, a recently retired Israeli major general and former commander of Israel’s war colleges, now serves as a senior researcher at Bar Ilan University’s Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Affairs, where he writes prolifically on…

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The Iranian revolution, anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism


The Spanish philosopher George Santayana famously said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Western policymakers have repeated history not because they have been ignorant of history, but because paying attention would make it difficult for them to adopt policies that conform with their prejudices. This is the unavoidable conclusion of the lessons not learned from the Islamic revolution…

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A superpower at the UN, the Palestinians are a mess in the real world


The United Nations (UN) is often a theater of the absurd, where events take place that represent the exact opposite of reality. So it was with the Palestinians and the G-77 last week. Palestinian Authority Chairman and Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) chief Mahmoud Abbas assumed the presidency Tuesday of the largest United Nationa bloc – the Group of 77 plus China —…

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Pompeo destroys Obama’s ideological legacy in the Middle East


From the moment that President Donald Trump entered office two years ago, he has been stripping away his predecessor Barack Obama’s legacy in the Middle East, piece by piece. It hasn’t been easy. It took Trump a year to finally overcome the opposition of the professional bureaucracy at the State Department and the Defense Department, and overrule the opposition of his then-Secretary…

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The New York Times’ war against Israel and the Jews who support it


The New York Times has never been a big fan of Israel, or non-assimilated and non-leftist Jews for that matter. But it’s hard to escape the impression that the Times has decided to intensify its hostile stance towards Israel, Israeli Jews, and American Jews who support Israel. These efforts take two forms. First, the Times whitewashes Israel’s enemies. Last month, the paper published a paean to Hezbollah, Iran’s Lebanese terror army, which…

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The next stop on my Zionist journey


When I was 12 years old, my family took our first trip outside the United States. We came to Israel on a two-week family tour. It was July 1982. The Lebanon War had just begun. In retrospect, it was the first step on what has become my lifelong Zionist journey. I was moved by everything I saw. The IDF soldiers…

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Israel’s real election is between its politicians and its deep-state


The headlines regarding the Israeli government’s decision to move towards early elections in April were a textbook case of fake news. “Netanyahu’s government collapses! Israel heading for early elections,” was the basic gist of most of them. Israel’s last general elections to the national parliament, the Knesset, were held in March 2015. According to Israeli law, elections had to be held…

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Do Israeli elections matter?


In a recent conversation with a European ambassador, I asked about the possible consequences of the elections to the European parliament, which are scheduled to take place in May 2019. According to current polls, rightist, pro-Israel parties from a host of EU member nations are projected to win the vote in May. I was curious about the impact the projected…

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The U.S. should not empower Turkey in Syria


Tuesday night’s Israeli airstrikes on Hezbollah and Iranian targets in the outskirts of Damascus were reportedly the largest Israeli strikes in Syria since September. Israel’s willingness to carry out the attacks, despite deteriorating relations with Russia, indicated that far from constraining Israel’s freedom of operation in Syria, the U.S. pullout may have the effect of empowering Israel to strike more…

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