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The rise of the networked Left

An acrid stench of repression is spreading through America. Last Thursday, conservative political scientist Charles Murray from the American Enterprise Institute was attacked by a leftist mob at Middlebury College. Murray was invited to Middlebury by the college’s AEI club. He was to discuss his new book, Coming Apart, which discusses the plight of white working class Americans. Middlebury’s liberal…

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Avigdor Liberman vs. Israeli Democracy

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman is in over his head. Few had high hopes for Liberman when he was appointed to his post, but most observers on the political Right were willing to swallow the pill of having a man with an understanding of military and strategic affairs that began and ended with applause lines because his appointment solved two pressing…

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Lessons of the Hamas War

  The State Comptroller’s report on Operation Protective Edge, Israel’s war with Hamas in the summer of 2014 is exceedingly detailed. The problem is that it addresses the wrong details.     Israel’s problem with Hamas wasn’t its tactics for destroying Hamas’s attack tunnels. Israel faced two separate challenges in its war with Hamas that summer. The first had to…

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Perez, Ellison and the meaning of anti-Semitism

  Was former secretary of labor and assistant attorney general Tom Perez’s victory over Cong. Keith Ellison over the weekend in the race to serve as the new chairman of the Democratic National Committee a victory of centrist Democrats over radical leftists in the party?     That is how the mainstream media is portraying Perez’s victory.     Along…

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Toward a true US-Israel partnership

  In his speech before the members of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish American Organizations in Jerusalem this week, President Reuven Rivlin said that Israel has three overriding foreign policy concerns: “Number 1: Relations with America. Number 2: Relations with America. Number 3: Relations with America.”   There is a lot of truth in Rivlin’s hyperbolic statement.    …

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The Trump-Netanyahu alliance

  When they met on Wednesday, US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin were both walking wounded.   Netanyahu arrived in Washington the center of a criminal investigation the chief characteristic of which is that selected details of the probe are regularly leaked to the media by anonymous sources who cannot be challenged or held to account.     These…

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The Livni-Fayyad two-step

    MK Tzipi Livni is apparently well regarded at the UN. According to media reports, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called Livni and offered her the position of under-secretary-general.   Guterres’s offer to Livni is supposed to be a trade-off. Livni will receive the appointment in exchange for the US canceling its veto of his plan to appoint former Palestinian…

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A beautiful friendship

  Less than a week after he was inaugurated into office, President Donald Trump announced that he had repaired the US’s fractured ties with Israel. “It got repaired as soon as I took the oath of office,” he said.   Not only does Israel now enjoy warm relations with the White House. When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives in the…

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The evolving threat of jihad in the West

  One of the most important stories related to the September 11 attacks was the one that was deliberately left largely untold. That story is the response of some Muslims in America to the massacre of nearly 3,000 people by Islamic supremacists in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.   According to a Washington Post article published on September 18, 2001, in Jersey…

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The Trump way of winning the war

  The PLO is disoriented, panicked and hysterical. Speaking to Newsweek this week, Saeb Erekat, PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas’s chief conduit to Israel and the Americans, complained that since President Donald Trump was sworn into office, no administration official had spoken to them.   “I don’t know any of them [Trump’s advisers]. We have sent them letters, written messages. They…

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