By BARRY RUBIN, GLORIA— I have just returned from briefing a high-ranking official of country X on the Middle East. We kept coming back to a vital theme: the incredibly shrinking power of the United States. Try to explain American behavior to neutral, open-minded third parties for whom US policy activities have become just plain…Details
Avinu Malkeinu is a Jewish prayer for forgiveness. It is a Jewish prayer recited during Jewish services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, as well on the Ten Days of Repentance from Rosh Hashanah through Yom Kippur. There are many verses to the song but a rough translation of a portion of the supplication goes…Details
From November 14 – 21, 2012, 400 rockets were fired from Gaza into Israeli civilian populations. Just one week later, in a nearly unanimous vote, the UN rewarded this savage aggression by recognizing ‘Palestine’ as a nonmember observer state.
By ISRAEL TODAY— A 1-million strong swarm of locusts that broke away from the plague-sized multitude that continues to attack northern Egypt invaded Israel on Tuesday, only to be stopped in its tracks a day later. The locusts crossed the Sinai Peninsula into southern Israel overnight Monday. By Wednesday morning it had reached the northern…Details
By YORI YANOVER, JEWISH PRESS— In anticipation of U.S. President Barack Obama visit to Israel at the end of this month, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is considering a significant package of gestures to the Palestinians, Maariv reports. The security system has submitted to Netanyahu its recommendations for goodwill gestures, with the stated proviso that these…Details
By NAOMI REGAN — The American consulate seems to be exclusively aimed at benefiting West Bank and east Jerusalem Palestinians. Remember that scene in “Not Without My Daughter” when Sally Field sees the American flag waving over the American Embassy in Istanbul as she flees Iran? “We’re home baby, we’re home,” she tells her daughter.…Details
BY DAVID RUBIN— With the planned visit of U.S. President Barack Obama to Israel later this month, speculation is building as to the main focus that he will be bringing to his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. While pundits on both sides of the ocean are expecting the two leaders to put a…Details
BY EARL COX, ISRAEL ALWAYS— First, it was a bit surprising to hear the news that the United States President Barack Obama is planning to visit Israel in March. That’s surprising because, with all his multitudinous travels, the president did not once visit Israel during his entire first term in office. Secondly, it is even…Details
BY SHIRA SORKO-RAM, MAOZ— Nobody has a clue as to what our new government coalition is going to look like. Not the TV presenters, the Internet bloggers, the newspaper pundits. In fact, not even Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu himself. (Although by the time you get this issue of the Maoz Israel Report, miracles may have…Details
BY SANDY FITZGERALD, NEWSMAX— A growing number of people believe the Obama administration is not doing enough to support Israel, according to a recent survey commissioned by The Hill newspaper. The poll of 1,000 likely voters conducted Feb. 28 found that three times more voters think the White House is not supportive enough than those…Details
On Feb. 3, 1956, in Sde Boker, Israel, American journalist Edward R. Murrow sat down with Israeli PM David Ben Gurion. And this is what one of the founding fathers of Zionism had to say…
“Fear not your enemies, for they can only kill you. Fear not your friends, for they can only betray you. Fear only the indifferent, who permit the killers and betrayers to walk safely on the earth.”–Edward Yashinsky, who survived the Holocaust but later died in a Communist prison.
BY RON JAGER— This past week we saw the worst side of Obama’s character and ability to intimidate those that oppose his agenda whether it is domestic or international. For many of us, when under stress, the worst of us comes out. Obama is under a lot of stress these days so it’s not surprising…Details
By JEFF JACOBY— What so often motivated Europe’s appeasers, Winston Churchill understood, was cowardice and dishonor. “Each one hopes that if he feeds the crocodile enough, the crocodile will eat him last,” he said of the political elites who thought the best way to confront the threat posed by Nazi Germany was to avoid confronting…Details
By DAVID BEDEIN— On February 5, the reconstituted US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Middle East and North Africa held a subcommittee hearing on the subject of “Fatah-Hamas Reconciliation: Threatening Peace Prospects.” Two senior expert witnesses from The Washington Institute for Near East Policy testified and expressed optimism that US-trained Palestinian Security Forces, affiliated with…Details