Monthly Archives : October 2018

Bret Stephens and Bari Weiss — Lara Alqasem’s enablers


For the past two weeks, Israel-bashers have had a brand-new poster child. Her name is Lara Alqasem. Alqasem is an American citizen registered in a masters degree program at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She is also a key operative in the so-called BDS or “boycott, divestment and sanctions” campaign against Israel. Alqasem flew to Israel two weeks ago. Upon landing at Ben…

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Mowing the lawn in Gaza


Wednesday night, the security cabinet convened to discuss the Hamas regime in Gaza’s escalating war against Israel. The current round of war began seven months ago when Hamas terror bosses ordered Gaza residents to the border with Israel. The declared purpose of the mass gatherings was to destroy Israel in what Hamas referred to as “the march of return.” Hamas…

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Jewish Democrats increasingly anti-Israel


Jewish Democrats have long taken pride in the high number of American Jews serving as Democratic lawmakers in the House of Representatives and Senate. Given that the Jewish community in the United States constitutes less than two percent of the general population, the fact that nearly two dozen American Jews serve in the House and Senate is a legitimate source of pride,…

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Standing up to elitist mobs


  US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley’s sudden resignation this week distressed a lot of Israelis. On the face of things, the widely felt concern makes little sense. After all, Haley wasn’t a lone wolf in the Trump administration. Then-president Barack Obama’s anti-Israel UN ambassadors Susan Rice and Samantha Power weren’t free agents when they took hostile actions…

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Gaza fuel deal cuts out the Palestinian Authority


This week, an event occurred that has the potential to diminish permanently the lethal potential of the Palestinian conflict with Israel. On Tuesday, two tanker trucks each carrying 35,000 liters of diesel fuel were delivered to Gaza through Israel’s Kerem Shalom border crossing. Another seven fuel trucks were expected to enter Gaza on Wednesday. According to the Jerusalem Post, within a month, 15…

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Russia raises the stakes in Syria


Russia’s sudden deployment of S-300 surface-to-air missiles in Syria last week raised the stakes in Syria significantly for the U.S. and Israel. While it is easy to conclude things have become far more dangerous, the fact is that there are certain important aspects of the situation on the ground that we just don’t know. Before we consider what we don’t…

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Jewish Federations, we need to talk


  At the end of the month, the Jewish Federations of North America will hold their annual General Assembly in Israel. And while the Federations’ decision to hold their annual conference in Israel rather than America seems at face value to be a statement of solidarity with Israel, in this case, it isn’t. Five months after US President Donald Trump…

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Trump’s speech at UN restored US global leadership


In the tumult of the circus surrounding Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination, little attention was paid to President Donald Trump’s speech last week before the United Nations. This is a shame, because his address last week was arguably the most significant foreign policy address any U.S. president has delivered since the end of the Cold War. Many of Trump’s critics insist his view…

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