Why Israel Attacked Gaza

By JONATHAN SCHANZER, NATIONAL POST— In a surgical air strike on Wednesday, Israel eliminated the terrorist leader who masterminded the capture of Israeli soldier Gilat Shalit in 2006. Yesterday’s attack killed Ahmed Jabari, a top leader of the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, more commonly known as the armed wing of Hamas. Israel released a video…

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Gazans fire 90 rockets; cabinet approves reserve call-up

By YAAKOV LAPPIN and TOVAH LAZAROFF, JPOST— The IDF on Wednesday opened a campaign to remove the rocket menace afflicting the South with the targeted killing of Hamas terror chief Ahmed Jabari. Named Operation Pillar of Defense (in Hebrew, Operation Pillar of Cloud), the intense aerial strikes also targeted Hamas rocket arsenals throughout the Gaza…

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Brotherhood: "The Sphinx and Pyramids Must be Destroyed"

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH, GATESTONE— Egypt’s Muslim fundamentalists are now calling for the destruction of the Pyramids and the Great Sphinx of Giza under the pretext that Islam prohibits idols. If the extremists have no respect for human life, why should they care about a pyramid or a statue? Murjan Salem al-Johari, one of Egyptian…

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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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