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  In a surprise move last month, Hamas announced it will be participating in the Palestinian municipal elections in October. The Palestinian Authority’s Fatah leadership greeted Hamas’s announcement with deep and understandable anxiety. Hamas is expected to win control over a significant number, perhaps even a majority of municipal and local governments in Judea and Samaria. PA leader Mahmoud Abbas, (whose own five-year term in office ended six years ago), and his Fatah comrades are…
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    Over the weekend, the Iranian regime unexpectedly announced it executed its former nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri.     As reports of Amiri's demise make clear, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton may very well be partially to blame for his death.     Amiri spent several months in the US between 2009 and 2010, when he returned to Iran. Then secretary of state Hillary Clinton claimed at the time that Amiri came to the US willingl…
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  [caption id="attachment_2902" align="alignnone" width="300"] (Photo by Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)[/caption]   Why did the Obama administration decide to escalate its attacks against Israel last week?     What was the purpose of the State Department's shockingly hostile assault last Wednesday following the Israel Land's Authority's announcement that it is publishing tenders to build 323 apartment units in Jerusalem's Gilo, Har Homa, Pis…
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  Next Monday, acting head of the National Security Council Brig. Gen. Jacob Nagel will sit down with his US counterpart Susan Rice and try to conclude negotiations about a new, multi-year defense assistance package.     We must all hope that he fails.     No clear Israeli interest will be advanced by concluding the aid deal presently on the table. Indeed, the deal now being discussed will cause Israel massive, long-term economic and strategic da…
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  Wednesday NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg insisted that the purge of thousands in the Turkish military – including a third of the serving generals – did not weaken the military.     Stoltenberg told Reuters, "Turkey has a large armed force, professional armed forces and…I am certain they will continue as a committed and strong NATO ally."     It would be interesting to know whether the 1,500 US soldiers who have been locked down at Inci…
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