Monthly Archives : February 2016

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Time to draw lines and defend them


    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…

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Trump, the EU crack-up and Israel


  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…

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The lie of pro-Palestinian activism


  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…

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Israel’s dangerous consensus


    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…

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The IAF’s Achilles’ Heel


  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.…

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Syria and the real demographic threat


  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…

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A (much) better year


  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…

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The IDF’s misplaced trust in the Palestinian Authority


  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…

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