Khamenei’s offensive charm: Calls Israel ‘bastard regime’

By ISRAEL HAYOM— Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei described arch-foe Israel as an “illegitimate and bastard” regime on Sunday, as he hit out at its alliance with the United States. “The Zionist regime is an illegitimate and bastard regime,” Khamenei said in remarks carried by his website. “The Americans have the highest indulgence towards…

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Rabbis Call for Prayers Against Dividing Land of Israel

By RYAN JONES, ISRAEL TODAY— Earlier this month a group of prominent Israeli rabbis issued a call for earnest prayers against the division of the Land of Israel, as currently being negotiated by Israeli, American and Palestinian officials. “For the past several months there have been ongoing diplomatic negotiations centering on the demand to give…

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‘White House official confirms Israeli attack on Syrian missile site’

By ARIEL BEN SOLOMON, JPOST— Israel conducted air raids against a Syrian missile base near the port city of Latakia early on Thursday, according to an anonymous US administration official. The official, speaking to CNN, said Israel targeted missiles and related equipment out of concern that they would be transferred to Hezbollah. It is unclear…

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Lowering the Iron Curtain on the Middle East

By RON JAGER— “We’re eyeball to eyeball, and I think the other fellow just blinked,” Secretary of State Dean Rusk famously said during the Cuban missile crisis. In global strategic diplomacy, rule number one has always been; don’t blink. In recent months President Obama has been doing a lot of blinking, forfeiting hard gained leverage…

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The Arab Israeli peace process is over. Enter the era of chaos

By LEE SMITH, TABLET— This past weekend the White House clarified yet again what’s been apparent to everyone in the Middle East for quite a while now: The United States wants out, for real. “There’s a whole world out there,” National Security Adviser Susan Rice told the New York Times, “and we’ve got interests and…

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Christian Support for ‘Palestinian Cause’ Ascendant

By ISRAEL TODAY— An interview with an American Christian commentator published by Israeli media this week reveals just how far the Evangelical Church has moved into the “Palestinian camp” when it comes to the Middle East conflict. For decades, Israel’s most stalwart supporters were to be found among Evangelical Christians, the bulk of whom saw…

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Politicians, prisoners and perfidy

By MICHAEL FREUND, JPOST— Even for an electorate that has grown accustomed to profound political hypocrisy, the Israeli government’s release of Palestinian prisoners this week proved to be breathtakingly scandalous and disturbing. Consider the following: among the 26 Palestinian thugs, murderers and terrorists set free was Kassem Hazem Shabir, who picked up an axe and…

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Countering Anti-Israel Evangelism

By MARK TOOLEY, AMERICAN SPECTATOR — Gerald McDermott confronts a disturbing trend. Anti-Israel activism in U.S. church circles has increased in recent years especially among some evangelical elites. Mainline Protestant elites have been anti-Israel for decades. Last fall officials of several Mainline denominations urged Congress to reconsider U.S. military aid to Israel, prompting Jewish groups…

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The Pro-Palestinian Campaign to Woo US Evangelicals

By Dr. MANFRED GERSTENFELD, ARUTZ 7 — Interview with American Evangelical Christian Jim Fletcher: “The top power centers within American Evangelicalism are already committed to spreading the Palestinian version of the conflict.” “A massive effort is going on in the heart of the American Evangelical Church to lure its members to the Palestinian side. There…

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Abbas’s “Diplomatic Intifada” Against Israel

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH, GATESTONE— As the US-sponsored peace talks continue, the Palestinian Authority has launched a worldwide campaign to promote sanctions against settlements in the West Bank and Jewish neighborhoods of east Jerusalem. The latest campaign is mainly aimed at persuading the European Union to activate its new “guidelines” that call for imposing sanctions…

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Cyber Attack Snarls Israeli Traffic

By RYAN JONES, ISRAEL TODAY— Massive traffic congestion in and around the northern Israel city of Haifa last month was the result of a targeted cyber-attack, it was reported on Monday. An unnamed Israeli cyber-security expert speaking on condition of anonymity told the Associated Press that computer problems that caused major traffic jams for two…

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