Daunting challenges facing Netanyahu

By ISI LEIBLER, JPOST— The unexpected election results have created daunting challenges for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Many Israelis dislike Netanyahu. He has personality deficiencies and, like every Israeli leader since David Ben-Gurion, has made major mistakes. But to his credit, over the past four years he has moved Likud to the center and achieved…

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Why elections in Israel may not warm relationship with Obama

By HOWARD LAFRANCHI, JWREVIEW— Elections can sometimes lead to new beginnings and bold initiatives, but few Middle East experts expect a rosy hue to suddenly color US-Israel relations after Tuesday’s national elections in Israel. Two key reasons explain why recent tensions in relations are likely to continue, analysts say: differences over the approach required to…

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PA threatens to sue Israel in Hague if it builds in E1

By ISRAEL HAYOM– Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riad Malki declared Wednesday that the Palestinians would have “no choice” but to complain to the International Criminal Court if Israel proceeded with plans to build housing on land the Palestinians want for a future state. Speaking to reporters after a meeting of the U.N. Security Council on…

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Shifting Sands, Shifting Alliances

By VICTOR SHARPE— Under the hostile and imperial presidency of Barack Hussein Obama, the mutually beneficial special relationship between Israel and the United States is rapidly and systematically being torn apart and may become irreparable. To quote the esteemed conservative Talk Show host and expert on the U.S. Constitution, par excellence, Mark Levin, “Obama hates…

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Israelis head to polls to elect 19th Knesset

By GILL HOFFMAN, JPOST— Israel’s fate for up to the next four years will be decided on Tuesday when 5,656,705 voters will be eligible to choose among 32 parties at 10,132 polling stations nationwide from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Politicians from across the political spectrum expressed optimism that, with good weather expected, turnout in…

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Israel and Palestine Prepare For a Third Intifada

By JONATHAN SCHANZER, NEW REPUBLIC— “We’re no longer on the verge of a third intifada—it’s already here,” one Israeli military official announced January 6. The invocation of intifada may have been intended to shock. But it also describes the new reality now emerging in Palestine. There has been a steady drumbeat of bad news coming…

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Jerusalem Temple makes appearance as election topic

By ISRAEL TODAY— Amid all the pre-election arguing over diplomatic, security and economic issues, the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem made a brief appearance as a topic of fiery debate between two Israeli candidates. The episode began when Israel’s Channel 2 News in its Friday evening coverage of the election aired a video showing…

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African-American Student Starts Pro-Israel Group in New Orleans

By Lori Lowenthal Marcus, JEWISH PRESS— There hasn’t been a lot of good news recently for pro-Israel watchers of campus culture, but in the unlikeliest of places, by the unlikeliest of Zionists, there is finally good news to share. The University of New Orleans has nearly 13,000 undergraduate students, fewer than 100 of whom are…

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Obama can’t get even with Netanyahu

By JONATHAN TOBIN, COMMENTARY— The Israeli reaction to the much talked about Jeffrey Goldberg column wasn’t long in coming. Leading members of the Likud Party claimed that Goldberg’s reporting of critical comments about Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu by President Obama constituted interference in the country’s elections that will be held next week. If true, some…

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