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Pompeo Presents the Trump Doctrine


Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s speech Monday at the Heritage Foundation marked a pivotal moment in U.S. foreign policy. Pompeo made several important arguments in the course of his half hour address, in which he set out President Donald Trump’s policy regarding Iran in the wake of his May 8 announcement that he is abandoning Barack Obama’s 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.…

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Endgame for the U.S. -Turkey relationship


On Monday, NATO ally Turkey withdrew its ambassador from Washington. The severe step is meant to punish the U.S. for opening an embassy in Jerusalem on Monday. Also Monday, Turkey expelled Israel’s ambassador to Turkey. It had already withdrawn its ambassador from Tel Aviv. In a speech at Chatham House on Monday, Turkish President Reçep Tayyip Erdogan called Israel a “terror state,”…

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Israel’s sucker’s game on the Gaza border


  There was a depressing familiarity both to Hamas’s suicide protest operation along Gaza’s border with Israel this week and to Israel’s response to it. Hamas’s jihadist regime in Gaza doesn’t have a lot of cards to play in its continuous war against the Jewish state. But, as we have been seeing since Hamas launched its campaign against the border…

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The Jerusalem Embassy and the Triumph of Truth


Monday’s ceremony marking the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, Israel, had a clear message: It is time to embrace truth. Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, put it plainly when he said, “In December last year, President Donald Trump announced to the world that the U.S. would finally recognize the truth: That Jerusalem is the…

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Netanyahu’s finest hour


At the start of his cabinet meeting on Wednesday, President Donald Trump discussed his announcement Tuesday afternoon that he is removing the US from his predecessor Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran and reinstating the nuclear sanctions that were suspended with the deal’s implementation in January 2016. European and other international leaders responded angrily to Trump’s move. The EU’s foreign…

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Trump’s Iran deal decision was a masterstroke


Opponents of President Donald Trump claim that President Donald Trump’s decision to leave the Iran deal blocks any chance of a new agreement with Tehran and wrecks U.S. credibility with its allies. Trump’s supporters, for their part, argue that the president opened up the possibility of negotiating a better deal with the ayatollahs by abandoning his predecessor’s lopsided nuclear pact.…

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With Hezbollah officially in charge, will the U.S. finally stop arming Lebanon?


  Lebanon held elections for its parliament on Sunday for the first time since 2009. Not unexpectedly, Hezbollah was the big winner. Hezbollah’s representatives and allies now control a majority of the seats in Lebanon’s parliament. Sunni candidates allied with – or rather controlled by – Hezbollah won seats that had been controlled by Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s Future…

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Watching Netanyahu in Tehran


The same day Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed that Israel seized Iran’s archive of its military nuclear program in Tehran and spirited it to Israel, a video was posted of IDF soldiers singing Soltane Ghalbha, a traditional Persian love song – in Persian. Taken together, the two events demonstrate the purpose of Netanyahu’s presentation. Netanyahu’s detractors in the US and Israel…

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Bibi’s Iran deal bombshell is a strategic game-changer


Israel’s extraordinary seizure of Iran’s nuclear archive is an event with strategic implications whose repercussions will far outlast the headlines and the bloviations of Obama administration alumni and their legion of media apologists. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s presentation on Monday is having and will continue to have a huge impact on the Iranian regime. First, the operation reinforced the regime’s…

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The Ayatollahs’ archive violates the Iran deal


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s revelation Monday evening that Israel’s Mossad spy agency had seized Iran’s nuclear archive means that the ayatollahs have violated the nuclear deal negotiated by then-President Barack Obama, his EU partners, the Russians, and the Chinese in 2015. Despite misleading claims by former Obama administration officials and their supporters in the liberal media that the material…

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