The Hagel Finagle

By JERROLD SOBEL, AMERICAN THINKER— Despite the most inane confirmation hearing performance in recent memory, after embarrassingly stumbling and bumbling through eight hours of straight up questioning, it’s a done deal, Chuck Hagel was confirmed and became the United States 23rd Secretary of Defense on Tuesday. His confirmation became assured lastThursday, after five term Republican…

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Thomas, the Doubting Disciple

By DANIEL MCCABE— “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’” John 20:29 Long before 14-day extended forecasts and www.weather.com, a man purchased an extremely sensitive barometer from a highly respected company.  Upon its delivery to his sunny Long Island address, frustration immediately began to build for the man, for he found…

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Palestinians warn Obama over Temple Mount visit

By ISRAEL TODAY— Palestinian political and religious figures over the weekend warned US President Barack Obama that he should probably avoid ascending Jerusalem’s Temple Mount during his upcoming visit to Israel, but provided a list of instructions should he go ahead with a stop at the contentious holy site. The White House has not said…

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Secretary Kerry's Maiden Speech

By SHOSHANA BRYEN, AMERICAN THINKER— Stipulating that foreign aid can be an important part of American foreign policy, and further that trade is an important component of U.S. foreign policy; Secretary of State John Kerry made two really important mistakes in his maiden speech, delivered to a fawning audience of American university students. The first…

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The Palestinian promo for the next intifada

By DR. REUVEN BERKO, ISRAEL HAYOM— An Al-Jazeera journalist asked Palestinian Prisoner Affairs Minister Issa Karaka if the Palestinians intend to kidnap IDF soldiers to free Palestinian prisoners serving time in Israeli jails. Karaka skillfully bypassed the tendentious question. Actually, Israeli defense sources have reported on some 18 attempts to kidnap soldiers as of late.…

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The Region: Hand over your property!

By BARRY RUBIN, GLORIA— Here’s the perfect parable for understanding not just the contemporary Middle East but the wider world today. So far, it’s only being covered in the Finnish media which, I assume, means nobody outside that country knows about it. Two unarmed Finnish soldiers assigned to the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO)…

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New Knesset Bible study group off to strong start

By ISRAEL TODAY— We have already reported several times on Benjamin Netanyahu’s revival of the Prime Minister’s Bible Study group in Israel. Now the Knesset is getting in on the trend with the establishment of its own weekly sessions of scriptural enlightenment. The initiative came from one of the new Knesset parties, the centrist Yesh…

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Anti-Israel evangelical left perpetuates Palestinian suffering

By MARK TOOLEY, FRONTPAGEMAG— Recently “Christianity Today,” the prominent evangelical journal, spotlighted the “Top 5 Books on Israel & Palestine,” as asserted by Gary Burge, a professor at Chicago-area evangelical Wheaton College, one of evangelical America’s most prestigious schools. Burge is a crusader for trying to shift evangelicals away from their typically pro-Israel stance.  All…

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