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A Powder Keg, Courtesy of Washington


Since the Democrats took control of the White House and both Houses of Congress a hundred days ago, the Middle East has become a powder keg. But Israel’s ruling class sees nothing. In Afghanistan and Iraq, violent attacks against U.S. forces are rising steeply. From January through April, attacks on U.S. forces increased 40%. President Joe Biden’s announcement that the…

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Iran: Where Biden and Israel’s legal fraternity converge


The US media is treating the leaked recordings of Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif’s conversations with a journalist allied with President Hassan Rouhani as a major scoop. The recordings were allegedly set for release after Rouhani leaves office following this summer’s presidential elections. While there is good reason to doubt their authenticity, assuming the recordings are authentic, Zarif told his…

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The Elephant of Jew Hatred


In a viciously anti-Israel speech last week, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) claimed that when discussing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, “the elephant in the room,” is “America’s military assistance to Israel.” Warren proceeded to call for Israel to be banned from using U.S. military aid in Judea and Samaria. The dictionary definition of the term “elephant in the room” is “an important or enormous topic, question or controversial issue that is…

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For Progressives, Netanyahu isn’t the problem


Just a few years ago, Senator Elizabeth Warren was a bit of joke. With her views placing her at the leftist edge of the political spectrum, Warren was viewed as a marginal figure in national politics. She was known most widely for a cynical fraud she committed in her academic days. A white Protestant from Boston, Warren claimed to be…

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Naftali, Don’t Abandon the Course


Dear Naftali, Maybe you remember the conversation we had back in November 2018 when we were waiting for our flight home from New York. I was coming back from a lecture tour. You were coming back from a trip to Pittsburgh. In the aftermath of the massacre of American Jews as the Tree of Life Synagogue, as Minister of Education…

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The Thomas-Greenfield Doctrine of U.S. Foreign Policy


Taken at face value, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s condemnation of the United States in a speech last week before Al Sharpton’s National Action Network was one of the most bizarre statements made by a diplomat—from the U.S. or, indeed, from anywhere—in recent years. In her remarks, Thomas-Greenfield castigated the U.S. as inherently, irredeemably evil. “I have seen…

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Israel has made it; now it needs to grow up.


At independence, Israel was little more than a spark of light – a tiny spark – in the Jewish world. From a total of 11.5 million Jews alive on the 5th of the month of Iyyar in the Jewish year 5708, (May 14, 1948), only 650,000, or 6% lived in Israel. In contrast, the day Israel was founded, some five million, or…

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The New Plan to Oust Netanyahu – and its implications for Israel


In a discussion with associates on Tuesday, Yamina chairman Naftali Bennett spoke candidly about his political plans, which, according to media reports, he is closely coordinating with New Hope party leader Gideon Sa’ar. Both Bennett and Sa’ar hail from the ideological Right and both are outspoken opponents of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and seek to unseat him as premier. Although…

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The Threats American Jewry Refuses to Face


After being forced by Covid-19 restrictions to celebrate Passover alone last year, like their Israeli brethren, American Jews were by and large able to celebrate the Passover seder with their friends and families this year. And as in Israel, American Jewish families reveled in their deliverance from loneliness on the Jewish festival of deliverance. But even the joy of Passover…

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The Israeli NeverNetanyahu Right’s Moment of Truth


A month before Israel’s March 21 general elections, I argued in Newsweek that they would likely result in continued political paralysis. Last week’s election was Israel’s fourth election for its parliament—the Knesset—since April 2019. Based on the polls, I argued that nothing changed—those late March elections would lead again to a stalemate and force the country into a fifth election in August 2021.…

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