PM to southern council heads: IDF dealing heavy blows

BY NERI BRENER, YNET— Following three days of incessant rocket fire from Gaza, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to Israel’s southern region on Sunday and met with local council heads. Netanyahu, who visited an Iron Dome battery, thanked the council heads for their hard work. Addressing the south’s residents, he said “Our policy is clear.…

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Gaza rockets pummel Israel's south for third day

BY GILI COHEN, YANIR YAGNA, AND AVI ISSACHAROFF, HAARETZ— Residents of southern Israel suffered another day under siege on Sunday as Palestinians in the Gaza Strip fired about 50 more rockets at the Negev. Two Grad-type Katyusha rockets fell in Be’er Sheva after the Iron Dome battery that had been protecting it suffered a technical…

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Obama and the Politics of Ritual

ABRAHAM MILLER: American Spectator — Benjamin Netanyahu came to Washington this week and danced the minuet with Barack Obama.  They held a handkerchief between them and at AIPAC they came together.  And once Obama’s Jew-charm ceremony was completed, they danced apart.  The talking heads from the left and right side of the audience commented on…

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Obama and the art of hollow words

BY VICTOR SHARPE, FAMILY SECURITY MATTERS— At his press conference, pushed through deliberately on the very same day of the Republican Party’s Super Tuesday event, President Obama chose to not only dilute the media coverage of the candidates’ presidential ambitions but to essentially reverse his pro-Israel AIPAC speech of the day before. In short, the…

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Wayne Hilsden addresses Christ at the Checkpoint

BY ISRAEL TODAY— We are attending Christ at the Checkpoint this week to report first hand in our upcoming magazine regarding this conference that takes aim at Christian Zionism and its theology of the Land. Having been asked by several readers about the participation in Christ at the Checkpoint by Jerusalem-based pastor Wayne Hilsden of…

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The Purim parallels

BY SETH MANDEL, COMMENTARY— Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu often deploys historical analogies to help other world leaders understand the mindset of the Jewish people when faced with current threats or challenges. Tomorrow is Purim, the story of which Netanyahu brings up this time of year, each year, because of certain (mostly geographic) parallels. The…

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Obama Offered PM 'Package Deal' on Iran Attack

BY DAVID LEV, ARUTZ 7— A report in Ma’ariv Thursday said that U.S. President Barack H. Obama offered to give Israel advanced “bunker buster” missiles and long-range planes that could fly thousands of kilometers without refueling – if Israel agreed not to attack Iran during 2012. The report was based on discussions with diplomatic officials…

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Abbas's Latest Gimmick

BY KHALED ABU TOAMEH, STONEGATE— They are worried that Iran has stolen the limelight. Instead of wasting his time writing letters, Abbas should return to the negotiating table with Israel immediately and unconditionally. Gimmicks and tricks will not help advance the cause or interests of the Palestinian people. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas deserves an…

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The Netanyahu-Obama divide

BY YORAM ETTINGER, ISRAEL HAYOM— The ideological divide between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Barack Obama is unbridgeable. It cannot be papered-over by photo-opportunities, smiles and warm hospitality. On the other hand, the worldview expressed by Netanyahu during his recent visit to the U.S. is consistent with the majority of Americans and their…

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