Israel-US drill simulates Syrian-Iranian attack

by TIMES OF ISRAEL— Israel conducted an air defense drill on Monday, simulating a possible attack on the country by Syrian and Iranian long-range missiles. The exercise, overseen by Defense Minister Ehud Barak and performed in conjunction with the United States, saw the successful test launch of four Patriot missiles from central Israel into the…

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Anti-Israel Christians Stir Further Controversy

By MARK TOOLEY, FRONTPAGEMAG— The October 4 ecumenical letter to the U.S. Congress from 15 mostly old-line Protestant bureaucrats warning against U.S. military aid for Israel absent “immediate investigation” of Israeli human rights abuses continues to stir controversy. The letter from United Methodist, Presbyterian Church (USA), Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and other clerics of…

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Israel's situation post-elections

By BARRY RUBIN, GLORIA— “Don’t Panic” – Douglas Adams, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy What should Israel’s policy and priorities be during President Barack Obama’s second term? There will be two key themes: minimize antagonism and cope with the negative consequences of US regional policy. Protect bilateral relations Israel’s government must ensure continued US aid,…

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The party of victory

By CAROLINE GLICK, NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE— Next to the American people themselves, Israel is no doubt the biggest immediate loser in the U.S. presidential election. President Obama’s foreign policy is predicated on the false notion that the U.S. and Israel themselves are the principal causes of the Islamic world’s antipathy toward them. Consequently, Obama has…

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Grim picture of Jewish-Protestant relations

By RAPHAEL AHREN, TIMES OF ISRAEL— Protestant clergymen painted a largely pessimistic view of the church’s relationship with Israel and the Jewish community during a  visit to the Holy Land, suggesting that anti-Semitism is a deep-seated problem based in Christian theology that will be difficult to uproot. Jewish-Protestant relations are currently undergoing a severe crisis…

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Sudan's Bashir: Israel is enemy no. 1

By YNET— A tired but healthy-looking Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir appeared on television Thursday after a minor operation, calling Israel “enemy number one” in a return to his typical fiery rhetoric. Bashir, 68, spoke standing at a lectern for about 15 minutes in what government-owned Blue Nile TV said was a broadcast recorded earlier in…

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A view from Israel of our election results

By DAVID WEINGBER, ISRAEL HAYOM— I’d like to believe that President Barack Obama’s re-election means nothing significant for U.S.-Israel relations, since “all Democratic and Republican presidents over the past four decades have been solidly pro-Israel” — as Deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom argued on Israel Radio this morning. But Shalom is putting a pretty face…

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Obama victory raises questions about future of Israel relations

BY JOEL GREENBERG, WASHINGTON POST— In Israel, the reelection of President Obama raised immediate questions about the future of the rocky relationship between him and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — specifically whether in a second term Obama might be firmer with Israel on a possible military strike against Iran’s nuclear program and on promoting…

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Israel officials down but not out over Obama win

By RYAN JONES, ISRAEL TODAY— Israeli government officials belonging to the ruling right-wing parties had a difficult time hiding their disappointment over Barack Obama’s victory in the US presidential election, but remained determined to keep Israel-US ties tight and secure. Deputy Knesset Speaker Danny Danon, a rising start in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party,…

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Israel congratulates Obama, looks forward to strengthening 'great friendship'

By ISRAEL HAYOM— Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated U.S. President Barack Obama on his election victory on Wednesday morning, sending a statement which said, “The strategic alliance between Israel and the U.S. is stronger than ever. I will continue to work with President Obama in order to assure the interests that are vital to the…

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