Archive: Feb 2016

    At a certain point, you just have to know when draw a line in the sand.   Sloan and Guy Rachmuth, Jewish parents in Durham, North Carolina, reached that point in 2014 when they opted to walk away from their local Jewish day school and home school their two children.   The Rachmuths pulled their children out of the Lerner School when they concluded the school would not abide by its commitment to assist “all students in developing a positive Jewish ident…
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  After his smashing back-to-back victories in the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries and the Nevada caucuses, going into next week’s Super Tuesday contests in 12 states, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump looks increasingly unbeatable.   What accounts for the billionaire populist’s success? And if Trump does become the next US president, what sort of leader will the former reality television star be?     Trump is popular because he has…
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  Last Thursday, yet again, we learned that pro-Palestinian activists couldn’t care less about Palestinians. For them, the Palestinians whose rights they claim to champion are nothing more than means to another end.   Our latest lesson came from the University of Chicago.   Last week, Palestinian human rights activist Bassem Eid was abused and threatened by supposedly pro-Palestinian and pro-peace activists as he tried to inform his audience about the state of Pal…
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    Recently I found myself in a  chance conversation with a former head of the Mossad’s Directorate of Operations. The former master spy, whom I had never met before, knew that I am a journalist.   He was aware of my political views.   Directing his remarks at a friend of mine, he declared that 99 percent of Mossad and Shin Bet officers are leftists. He then added triumphantly that according to a former commander of the air force whose name he cited, 99%…
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  This week Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told government ministers that he may wait for the next US president before signing a new military assistance deal with America. Israel’s current military assistance package is set to expire in 2018 and the new package is supposed to include supplemental aid to compensate Israel for President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. But to date, the administration has rejected Israel’s requests for additional systems it could use to defend…
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  Last week marked the 17th anniversary of Jordan’s King Abdullah’s coronation after the death of his father, King Hussein.   Abdullah’s ascension to the monarchy was unanticipated. His uncle Hassan was his father’s long-serving crown prince and was expected to inherit the throne. Hussein made the change in succession from his deathbed.   Today it is hard to believe that Abdullah will have the power to decide who succeeds him.   For generations, the lar…
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[caption id="attachment_2694" align="alignnone" width="300"] REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst[/caption]   On Wednesday the US media interrupted its saturation coverage of the presidential primaries to report on President Barack Obama’s visit to a mosque in Maryland. The visit was Obama’s first public one to a mosque in the US since entering the White House seven years ago. The mosque Obama chose to visit demonstrated once again that his views of radical Islam are deeply problematic.  …
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  Amjad Sakari made no effort to hide his feelings and intentions toward Israel. The soldier in the Palestinian security forces filled his Facebook page with paeans to Saddam Hussein.   Last weekend he published two posts indicating his imminent plan to carry out a terrorist attack.   In other words, if the Palestinian Authority forces he served had been serious about preventing their members from carrying out terrorist attacks, they could have easily prevented Sa…
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