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    The United States has a problem with Islamic State. Its problem is that it refuses to acknowledge why Islamic State is a problem.   The problem with Islamic State is not that it is brutal. Plenty of regimes are brutal.   Islamic State poses two challenges for the US. First, unlike the Saudis and even the Iranians, IS actively recruits Americans and other Westerners to join its lines.   This is a problem because these Americans and other We…
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    Leaders are not elected. Politicians are elected. Their election in turn provides politicians with the opportunity to become leaders.   You don’t become a leader by telling people what they want to hear, although doing so certainly helps to you get elected. A politician becomes a leader by telling people what they don’t want to hear.   If they are lucky, politicians will never have to become leaders. They will serve in times of peace and plenty, when it’…
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  Something extraordinary has happened.   On August 31, PLO chief and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told an audience of Fatah members that Egypt had offered to give the PA some 1,600 kilometers of land in Sinai adjacent to Gaza, thus quintupling the size of the Gaza Strip. Egypt even offered to allow all the so-called “Palestinian refugees” to settle in the expanded Gaza Strip.   Then Abbas told his Fatah followers that he rejected the Egyptian offer…
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  During his yearlong captivity at the hands of the barbarians from Islamic State, Steven Sotloff’s colleagues in Israeli media organs purged all of his articles from their websites to erase his connections to Israel and hide the fact that he was an Israeli citizen.   So, too, every effort was made to hide the fact that he was Jewish.   The reason was clear. Given the genocidal Jew-hatred endemic in jihadist doctrine, it was obvious that if Sotloff’s Judaism was…
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  The war with Hamas is not over. What we are experiencing today is a temporary cease-fire.   The most basic reason the war is not over is because Hamas has no existence outside its war against the Jewish state. Hamas exists to obliterate Israel. The goal of each round of fighting is to soften Israel up for the next round.   Hamas will only stop fighting when it is defeated. And Israel did not defeat Hamas.   Not only did Israel not defeat Hamas, accord…
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