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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Obama at Ramallah

By SHOSHANA BRYEN, inSIGHT— President Obama’s plans in the Middle East include three and a half hours in Ramallah to meet with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. The president’s hope is to find a mechanism for advancing Israeli-Palestinian “peace.” The appearance of the President of the United States in “Palestine” is calculated to provide Abbas with…

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Fundamentally Freund: The case for Judea and Samaria

By MICHAEL FREUND, JPOST— The UN issued a harsh report against Israel aimed at undermining the legitimacy of Israel’s presence in Judea and Samaria. At the end of January, the United Nations Human Rights Council declared war on Israel, issuing one of the harshest reports against the Jewish state in recent memory. Replete with falsehoods…

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Will a notorious anti-Semite become the Pope?

By ALAN DERSHOWITZ, GATESTONE— Among those being considered to succeed Pope Benedict XVI is a notorious anti-Semite, Cardinal Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga of Honduras. His name has appeared on various media short lists and his photograph was featured, along with other possible candidates, on the front page of the Miami Herald. He was also under consideration…

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PM thanks pope for bolstering Christian-Jewish ties

By REUTERS— Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu thanked outgoing Pope Benedict on Monday for his efforts to shore up often troubled relations between the Roman Catholic Church and Jews, including with his 2009 visit to the Holy Land. That trip, in which the German-born Benedict paid respects at Israel’s main Holocaust memorial, was seen by many…

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