Archive: Jun 2011

Sunday was the first day of Sgt. Gilad Schalit's sixth year in captivity. Schalit was kidnapped on June 26, 2006 and has been held hostage by Palestinian terrorists affiliated with Hamas in Gaza ever since. For five years, Schalit has been held incognito. His terrorist captors have permitted him to send but one letter to his family and released but one video of Schalit over this entire period. He has been denied visits by the International Committee of the Red Cross. He was clearly emaciate…
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The following is an excerpt from No Way In, a novel written by Richard Fernandez that I just finished last week:   "I think," Alex said softly, "that all revolutions are about faith. In this case it's faith for its own sake, about religion without God. Yes, we are told there could be a paradise on earth. But we're not really convinced and we don't really care for as long as we have some religion and some paradise before us. "This makes it a moral problem, because the paradise we don't reall…
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This week on the Tribal Update, the television on Internet news satire program brought to you by Latma, the Hebrew-language media satire site I run, we bring you a special guest who will sing to you in English. The great Tom Friedman from the New York Times visited our studios this week to croon to our audience about his brilliance and profundity. We also feature the Egyptian Minister of Conspiracy Theories Halil Majnoun who discusses the arrest of Israeli-American Ilan Grapel in Cairo…
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 This week we have been witness to two transparent attempts to sell liberal American Jews a bill of goods. And from the looks of things, both were successful.  The first instance of liberal American Jewish credulity this week unfolded Monday night in Washington. At a five-star hotel, eighty Jewish donors shelled out between $25,000- 35,800 to attend a fundraiser with US President Barack Obama.  As has become his habit, Obama opened his remarks by talking about his commit…
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Watch this speech by Congresswoman and Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann on Israel. I cannot remember EVER hearing a more pro-Israel speech by ANY American presidential candidate in my life. I cannot remember EVER hearing a more cogent explanation of Israel's importance to the US by ANY American presidential candidate in my life.  And this speech came out of nowhere. She's not pandering for votes. No one asked her to say this. She just decided that she had to…
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Outgoing US Defense Secretary Robert Gates is worried about the shape of things to come in US foreign policy. In an interview with Newsweek over the weekend, Gates sounded the warning bells. In Gates' words, "I've spent my entire adult life with the United States as a superpower, and one that had no compunction about spending what it took to sustain that position. It didn't have to look over its shoulder because our economy was so strong. This is a different time. "To tell you the trut…
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The crew at '>Latma is on vacation this week. We'll be back next week with a new show. So I take this opportunity to present one of my all-time favorite Latma tunes - The Iranian Bomb Song. It seems to go with the message of my latest column. Shabbat shalom! Caroline
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Every day, major stories come out of the Middle East. And behind each of these stories are major developments that deserve of our attention and, more often than not, our intense concern. Just this week, major stories have come out of Syria, the Palestinian Authority, Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon, Yemen and Pakistan that are all deeply disconcerting. In Syria, dictator Bashar Assad's violent repression of the popular revolt against his tyrannical, minority regime has exposed the Syrian leader as a vici…
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  Shimon Schiffer and Nahum Barnea are both senior political commentators for Yediot Aharonot, Israel's largest circulation newspaper. They are both also leftist extremists. In their articles in last Friday's weekend edition of Yediot they demonstrated how their politics dictate their reporting - to the detriment of their readers and to Israeli democracy. They also demonstrated the disastrous consequences of the Left's takeover of predominant institutions in democratic societies. Schiffer's…
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This afternoon Prof. Alvin Rosenfeld from Indiana University sent me a letter he wrote to Yale's President co-signed by dozens of academics from all over the world, expressing their opposition to the university's decision to close YIISA. In my column on Friday, I mistakenly wrote that YIISA was the only institute in a North American university dedicated to the study of anti-Semitism. As it turns out, there is another one at Indiana University run by Prof. Rosenfeld. I had heard of the cente…
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