Hamas-Israel Ceasefire Talks Show that Peace is Impossible


  The ceasefire negotiations between Israel and the Hamas terror group’s regime in Gaza point to a central truth about the nature of the Palestinian conflict with Israel. Before anyone speaks any more about a possible “deal of the century,” or a “two-state solution,” it is imperative that the implications of those talks be fully understood. The ceasefire talks are…

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Andrew Brunson case proves US-Turkey alliance has been over for years


As the crisis in U.S.-Turkey relations escalates, the time has come to imagine the unimaginable. Imagine that Turkish President Recep Erdogan decides — G-d forbid — to execute American pastor Andrew Brunson. On Wednesday, a Turkish court in Itzmir province rejected an appeal by Brunson’s lawyer to release him from house arrest and sent the appeal to a higher court. Imagine that…

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Peter Beinart’s latest publicity stunt


There has been a lot of hand-wringing in official Israel over the brief questioning of anti-Israel author Peter Beinart at Ben-Gurion Airport this week. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement on the episode calling it “an administrative mistake.” Netanyahu added, “Israel is an open society which welcomes all – critics and supporters alike.” Deputy Minister for Public Diplomacy Michael…

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Left pushing fake news to smear Israel’s Nation State Law


  For decades, the increasing radicalism of the political Left in the West has been swept under the rug. In the U.S., for instance, Republicans were loath to fight an ideological or culture war with the Left. Republican leaders from George H.W. Bush through Mitt Romney figured that the media’s support for the Left on its journey to radicalization meant…

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Corbyn’s portents for Israel


  If the current violence between Israel and the Hamas terrorist regime in Gaza escalates into a full-scale war, one thing is certain. The main thoroughfares of the West’s great cities will be filled with thousands of protesters marching in support for Hamas and its strategic goal of annihilating Israel. The anti-Israel demonstrations this time around will dwarf all those…

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Never Trump’s insane foreign policy


George Orwell once quipped, referring to a conspiracy theory that American soldiers had been brought to England in World War II to put down a working-class rebellion rather than to fight Nazi Germany: “One has to belong to the intelligentsia to believe things like that: no ordinary man could be such a fool.” His insight is certainly valid in connection to the…

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Trump’s offer to talk to Iran was a shrewd move


President Donald Trump’s offer Monday to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani caught senior administration officials as well as U.S. allies off guard. Many wondered what Trump could possibly be thinking. Trump’s offer needs to be seen in the context of events in Iran. Iran is in the throes ofrapidly growing, country-wide protests which may be the largest it has seen…

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The Stakes in Syria Continue to Rise


The threat that Iran will choose to initiate a devastating war in the Middle East, from its perch in Syria, continues to rise. Last Thursday, forces wearing Syrian military uniforms along the Syrian side of the border with Israel at Quneitra in the Golan Heights hoisted the Syrian flag at the border crossing. It was the first time the regime had asserted…

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Israel’s holographic Nation State Law


  There is no connection between the substance of Israel’s newly passed Nation State of the Jewish People law, and the debate its passage unleashed. On the one hand, supporters of the law led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insist that the law is a vital step in entrenching and protecting Israel’s Jewish identity. After the law passed last Thursday…

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The Trump administration targets Hamas


  Last week, President Donald Trump’s Middle East team signaled a shift in the administration’s policy for contending with Hamas-controlled Gaza — one no prior administration had the courage to make. On July 19, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, his special representative for international negotiations Jason Greenblatt, and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman published a joint op-ed in the Washington…

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