Gen. Petraeus on Qasem Soleimani’s killing: ‘It’s impossible to overstate the significance’

By The World— The United States is sending nearly 3,000 additional troops to the Middle East from the 82nd Airborne Division as a precaution amid rising threats to American forces in the region, the Pentagon said on Friday. Iran promised vengeance after a US airstrike in Baghdad on Friday killed Qasem Soleimani, Tehran’s most prominent…

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Don’t Confuse Me With Facts. It’s Always About the “Occupation”

By Asaf Romirowsky, Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies— Like clockwork, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s recent observation that “the establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not, per se, inconsistent with international law” was immediately denounced by the Jewish Left. The head of the Reform movement in North America, Rabbi Rick Jacobs,…

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Antisemitism: The Ultimate Marker of Cultural Derangement

By Melanie Phillips— The attacks against Jews in New York and London during the past week have left people deeply shocked. The stabbing rampage against Hanukkah celebrants in Monsey, N.Y., following a deadly attack on a kosher supermarket in New Jersey in which two Chassidic Jews were shot and killed, has produced much anguished discussion…

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Christians Beheaded for Christmas, The West Goes Back to Sleep

By Giulio Meotti, Gatestone Institute—- Martha Bulus, a Nigerian Catholic woman, was going to her bridal party when she was abducted by Islamic extremists of Boko Haram. Martha and her companions were beheaded and their execution filmed. The video of the brutal murders of these 11 Christians was released on December 26 to coincide with…

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Soleimani assassination ushers in a new regional reality

By Yoav Limor, Israel Hayom— The assassination of Qassem Soleimani is a rare event that alters reality and renders everything that happened before it irrelevant. What’s required now is almost a complete reassessment of all previously held assumptions and conventions. It was, by a wide margin, the most significant assassination ever carried out in the…

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US assassinates Qasem Soleimani, Iran’s Khamenei warns of ‘harsh revenge’

By JPost— IRGC Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, along with at least 10 other people, were killed in an attack by US forces in Baghdad on Friday morning Israel time, according to reports confirmed by the Pentagon and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC). In a statement, the…

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A Welcome Tool to Combat anti-Semitism Gets Mixed Reactions

By Rabbi Stuart Weinblatt, JNS— It’s no secret that Jewish kids on college campuses have been subjected to increasingly aggressive and intense intimidation, ranging from the placement of “eviction” notices on the doors of their dorm rooms to faculty members refusing to sign permission slips for students to study abroad in Israel. In an effort…

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Palestinian ‘Moderates’ Celebrate Terror

By Bassam Tawil, Gatestone Institute— The Palestinian ruling Fatah faction, headed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, is celebrating the 55th anniversary of its first terrorist attack against Israel by reminding everyone that it remains committed to the “armed struggle as the only way to liberate Palestine.” Thousands of Fatah supporters took to the streets…

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2,000-year-old Hasmonean coins unearthed in Shiloh over Hanukkah

By Ilanit Chernick, JPost— A wet sifting project in ancient Shiloh has led to the discovery of some 20 ancient coins this week as the world marked the final days of Hanukkah. The find was made by the Associates for Biblical Research, directed by archaeologist Dr. Scott Stripling. It was announced on Monday. According to…

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Palestinian Islamic Jihad Elements Trying to Outflank Hamas

By Yaakov Lappin, JPost-— Elements in the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), the Iranian-backed terror faction in Gaza, have been trying to outflank Hamas and brand themselves as the “true” jihadist entity operating out of the Strip, and civilians in both Israel and Gaza have been paying a price as a result. Iran supplies PIJ with…

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Two Reasons Why so Many Still Don’t Grasp the New Anti-Semitism

By Melanie Phillips—- At last Sunday’s rally against antisemitism in Westminster, more than 3,000 people listened to a range of speakers denounce anti-Jewish bigotry. Beyond that rally, however, reaction among the general public to the hatred in the Labour party directed at Israel and the Jewish people does not seem to reflect its eye-watering scale…

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The End of a Jewish Presence in Europe?

By Guy Millière, Gatestone Institute—- On December 3, the French National Assembly passed a resolution adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism. The resolution stressed that the definition “encompasses manifestations of hatred toward the State of Israel justified solely by the perception of the latter as a Jewish collective.” MP Meyer Habib, who…

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