'Response to Syrian WMDs use would be huge'

By REUTERS— Any use of chemical or bacterial weapons by government forces in Syria would trigger a “massive and lightning fast” response from the West, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Monday. “We talk about this, in particular with our American and British partners, and follow it closely on a day-to-day basis. “Our response…

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What the 2012 Election Means for Israel

By DANIEL PIPES— “President Obama has thrown allies like Israel under the bus.” That’s what Mitt Romney, Republican candidate for president, said in the high-profile speech accepting his party’s nomination last week, repeating a slang phrase for sacrificing a friend for selfish reasons. Romney had deployed this phrase before, for example in May 2011 and…

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Israel: Clear 'red line' would lessen chance of Iran conflict

By ISRAEL HAYOM— Clearer red lines drawn by the international community on Iran’s nuclear aspirations would diminish the chances of a conflict, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday in a possible signal that Israel and the U.S. are aligning their positions on Iran. The remark followed recent reports of disagreements between the two countries…

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The 'deterrence works' fantasy

By CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER, JPOST— There are few foreign-policy positions more silly than the assertion without context that “deterrence works.” It is like saying air power works. Well, it worked for Kosovo; it didn’t work over North Vietnam. It’s like saying city-bombing works. It worked in Japan 1945 (Tokyo through Nagasaki). It didn’t in the London…

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'Iran must steer clear of US interests in Gulf'

By SHIMON SHIFFER, YNET— The United States has sent a message to Iran, via two European nations, saying that it will not back an independent Israeli strike against the country’s nuclear facilities as long as Tehran refrains from attacking American interests in the Persian Gulf, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Monday. According to the report, Washington has…

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US disowns Israel over Iran strike: No weapons or military backup

By DEBKAfile, Exclusive Analysis,  — US Gen. Martin Dempsey’s assertion Thursday, Aug. 30 that the US would not be “complicit” in an Israel strike against Iran, together with the drastic reduction in the scale of next month’s joint US-Israeli war game disclosed by TIME, add up to a blunt message from US President Barack Obama…

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Netanyahu: Zionism succeeded because of Christian support

By RYAN JONES, ISRAEL TODAY— Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday stated that Zionism and the rebirth of the Jewish state would not have succeeded without the backing and support of Christian Zionism. Netanyahu was speaking at a rededication ceremony for the landmark windmill situated at the entrance to Mishkenot Sha’ananim, the first neighborhood…

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How many millionaires live in the "impoverished" Gaza strip?

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH, GATESTONE— If the Egyptian army succeeds in demolishing the underground smuggling tunnels that keep Hamas running, it could mark the end of the Islamists’ rule over the Gaza Strip. But if Egypt’s new president, Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood tie the hands of the Egyptian army’s generals and keep them…

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