Monthly Archives : December 2015

Obama’s constitutional overreach…and Israel


    It is far from clear why senior Obama administration officials told The Wall Street Journal that under President Barack Obama, the National Security Agency has been aggressively spying not only on Israeli officials but on US citizens and lawmakers who communicate with Israeli officials. Perhaps they were trying to make Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu look like a fool.…

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Dani Dayan and the threat to Israeli democracy


    Today Israel’s bilateral relations with Brazil are moving towards a full-blown crisis. If the government doesn’t address the causes of the crisis, going forward it will find itself unable to competently advance Israel’s interests in the international community.     Brazil has the 9th largest economy in the world and is a rapidly growing market for Israeli exports.…

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Israel’s homegrown enemies


    This past July, unknown assailants threw a firebomb into the home of the Dawabshe family in Duma. The mother, Reham and the father Saad along with their eighteen month old baby Ali were killed. Four year old Ahmed was critically injured.   Authorities immediately alleged that the assailants were members of a Jewish terrorist organization. The accusations were…

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The birth of political virtue


  Former Knesset member Yinon Magal is no paragon of personal virtue. The rookie lawmaker from the Bayit Yehudi, who left a successful career in journalism to enter politics resigned his position last month when he found himself drowning in a pool of muck of his own making.   Magal resigned last month after one after another, four women alleged…

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Rubio, Cruz and US global leadership


  At some point between 2006 and 2008, the American people decided to turn their backs on the world. Between the seeming futility of the war in Iraq and the financial collapse of 2008, Americans decided they’d had enough of the world.   In Barack Obama, they found a leader who could channel their frustration. Obama’s foreign policy, based on…

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Answering John Kerry


  On Saturday, US Secretary of State John Kerry gave a speech before the Brookings Institute‚Äôs Saban Forum. Kerry focused on the Palestinian conflict with Israel and sought to draw a distinction between the two-state policy model, which he supports, and the one-state policy model, which he rejects.   To justify his rejection of a policy based on Israeli sovereignty…

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The American war against the Jews


  The foundations of American Jewish life are under assault today in ways that were unimaginable a generation ago. Academia is ground zero of the onslaught. The protest movements on campuses are first and foremost anti-Jewish movements.   For the past decade or so, years, Jewish communal leaders and activists have focused on just one aspect of this anti-Jewish campaign.…

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Lessons from the Pollard saga


  Even before the dust settled on last Friday’s happy headlines proclaiming that after 30 years in federal prison, Jonathan Pollard was being released, we discovered that his release wasn’t the end of his sad saga.   Pollard’s parole conditions are draconian. For the next five years he will be under curfew, barred from stepping outside his apartment after 7…

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