Hagel, Obama and the Israeli elections

Monday the National Journal reported that President Barack Obama is reconsidering his decision to appoint former Senator Chuck Hagel secretary of defense. Hagel’s looming appointment provoked angry responses from many leading Jewish voices in the US. Whether this opposition made a difference in driving Obama to reconsider his choice is unclear. Other influential groups –…

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Assad said to be stocking up on artillery

BY YAOV ZITUN, ROI KAIS, YNETNEWS— “Assad’s current artillery acquisitions are the highest since 1973,” a top military source told Ynet Wednesday, as war-ravaged Syria seems to be sinking deeper into civil war. The nearly two-year conflict between Syrian President Bashar Assad and the pro-democracy opposition has claimed the lives of over 40,000 people. According…

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Abbas – masterful illusionist mesmerizes UN with Palestinian state mirage

By EARL COX, ISRAEL ALWAYS— As expected, the United Nations General Assembly  recently voted, 138 to 9 with 41 abstentions, to grant the Palestinians in Israel what has been termed “non-member status,” and also “observer status” in the UN. Nobody is quite sure exactly what the new status means in relation to legitimate Palestinian statehood…

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'Jesus and Mary have become weapons in hands of Israel-haters'

By YOSSI ALONI, ISRAEL TODAY— Anti-Israel activists in Ireland have printed and distributed Christmas greeting cards that claim if Mary, the mother of Jesus, was alive today, she would be unable to give birth to Jesus as documented in the New Testament because Israeli soldier would hold her up at the Bethlehem checkpoint as they…

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Haggling Over Hagel

By GARY BAUER — END-OF-DAY-REPORT— In recent days, conservative and pro-Israel groups have jumped into action on the growing rumors that President Obama plans to nominate former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel as the next Secretary of Defense. Jewish leaders spoke up right away due to Hagel’s anti-Israel record and comments that border on anti-Semitism. Christians…

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Palestinians aim to isolate Israel with new steps

By ASSOCIATED PRESS— Weeks ahead of Israeli elections, Palestinian officials are already plotting a series of tough steps against Israel to be taken if, as polls predict, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is re-elected and peace efforts remain stalled. Emboldened by their newly upgraded status at the United Nations, the Palestinians are talking of filing war…

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