Archive: May 2011

In the aftermath of US President Barack Obama's May 19 speech on the Middle East, his supporters argued that the policy toward Israel and the Palestinians that Obama outlined in that speech was not anti-Israel. As they presented it, Obama's assertion that peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians must be based on the 1967 lines with agreed swaps does not mark a substantive departure from the positions adopted by his predecessors in the Oval Office. But this claim is exposed as…
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This week on the Tribal Update, the television on internet news satire show produced by Latma, the Hebrew language media satire site I run, we feature the Israeli media's commentary on Netanyahu's visit to Washington. We also bring you a stark warning about what awaits Israel in September. Enjoy!     Latma is funded through contributions to the Center for Security Policy in Washington. If you would like to support our efforts, you can contribute by clicking here. It…
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was hoping to avoid his clash with US President Barack Obama this week in Washington. Four days before his showdown at the White House with the American leader, Netanyahu addressed the Knesset. His speech was the most dovish he had ever given. In it, he set out the parameters of the land concessions he is willing to make to the Palestinians, in the event they ever decide that they are interested in negotiating a final peace. Among other things, Netanya…
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President Obama's speech on the Middle East at the State Department last week, his icy glares at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office last Friday, his address before the AIPAC conference on Sunday, and his subsequent press briefings have all made clear that he is not sympathetically inclined toward Israel, nor does he consider Israel an ally worth defending. Obama's advocacy of the 1949 armistice lines as a starting point for negotiations demonstrate his lack of supp…
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Just to understand the critical importance of Latma in empowering the Israeli public to stand up to the Israeli media, look at these two stories. First, from the leftist Haaretz newspaper, comes a story about a Haaretz poll that shows the Israeli public overwhelmingly thinks Netanyahu advanced the country's national interests and did not harm Israel's relations with the US during his trip to the US this week.http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/haaretz-poll-netanyahu-s-popularity-soari…
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Despite the fact that he's an atheist, I really like Pat Condell much of the time. Here's his new zinger. God bless him! (I mean it, so sue me Pat, heh...). What he says about the historic role of the Catholic Church in propagating anti-Semitism is true. I would just add that as far as I'm concerned, today the Catholic Church seems to be the least of our worries. In fact, from time to time, the pope acts like a friend and I appreciate him for that. 
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As the Washington Post pointed out on Friday, US President Barack Obama purposely provoked the current fight with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. He knew full well that Netanyahu does not back the Palestinian formulation that negotiations with Israel must be based on the indefensible 1949 armistice lines, or what are wrongly referred to as the 1967 lines. In the days leading up to Obama's speech last Thursday, Israel registered explicit, repeated requests that he not adopt the Palestinian pos…
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Here's a video of the conference that took place in San Remo last year marking the 90th anniversary of the San Remo Conference when the world powers transferred exclusive legal rights to the Land of Israel to the Jewish people. It is important to watch and distribute widely.  
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I was out sick yesterday so I was unable to write today's column for the Jerusalem Post. I did manage to watch President Obama's speech on the Middle East yesterday evening. And I didn't want to wait until next week to discuss it. After all, who knows what he'll do by Tuesday?  Before we get into what the speech means for Israel, it is important to consider what it means for America. Quite simply, Obama's speech represents the effective renunciation of the US's right to have and t…
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This week on The Tribal Update, the television-on-Internet produced by Latma, we bring you an in-depth investigation of the PA's finances. We also feature an exposition on the IDF's 21st century fighting doctrine. Enjoy the show.     Latma is funded through contributions to the Center for Security Policy in Washington. If you would like to support our efforts, you can contribute by clicking here. It takes you to the online contribution page to the Center for Securit…
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