US Congress passes Israel strategic partnership bill

By ASSOCIATED PRESS– US lawmakers voted unanimously Wednesday to pass legislation making Israel a “major strategic partner” of the United States, deepening a bilateral bond that has recently shown signs of strain. In a voice vote, the House approved the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014, which expands cooperation in defense and security, energy,…

Obama, not Bibi, created U.S.-Israel crisis

By JONATHAN TOBIN, COMMENTARY— Since Barack Obama became president, The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg has been a reliable indicator of administration opinion about foreign-policy issues. Like some other journalists who can be counted on to support the president, he has been the recipient of some juicy leaks, especially when the White House wants to trash Israel’s…

Prominent Temple Mount activist shot by Palestinian terrorist

By LEA SPEYER, BIN— Prominent Temple Mount activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick, 49, was seriously injured Wednesday evening in a terrorist assassination attempt outside Jerusalem’s Begin Center following a conference about Jewish presence on the Temple Mount. Glick, the head of the Temple Mount Faithful (Haliba) organization, was shot three times. The shooter was wearing a…

Relations between Netanyahu and US administration reach new low

By ISRAEL TODAY— The Obama administration’s anger, public condemnation and displeasure over Israel’s building policies in the settlement blocs and Jerusalem, and the Netanyahu government’s open expression of contempt for Obama’s understanding of the Middle East, indicate that profound changes in the relationship may be coming. Recently a senior Obama administration official commented about Netanyahu…

Obama’s betrayal of Israel

By JOEL POLLAK, BREITBART-— Unlike previous conflicts, where a operational mistakes by Israeli forces targeting terrorists caused civilian casualties and raised international protests, in this case Israel had made no major blunders. Israel’s offense, this time, was its success–which exposed the idiocy of Obama’s foreign policy. Despite high-minded statements about Israel’s “right to defend itself,”…

Obama Using Hamas Terror as Leverage Against Israel

By ISRAEL TODAY— Israelis were once again left dumbfounded by the behavior of the American Administration after US President Barack Obama on Monday appeared to be using Hamas terrorism as leverage to get Israel to resume peace negotiations under Palestinian terms. Earlier in the day, the White House was found whining to the press as…

On Israel, Democrats are losing moral clarity

By JEFF JACOBY, BOSTON GLOBE— THE PEW Research Center last week released a new survey of American attitudes in the Middle East. The results weren’t surprising. In the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, 51 percent of Americans say they sympathize more with Israel. Only 14 percent feel greater affinity for the Palestinians. Pew’s findings…