Air raid sirens send Israelis to bomb shelters

BY ISRAEL TODAY— Air raid sirens sent Israelis across the country scurrying into their bomb shelters Wednesday morning. Even members of Knesset had to seek shelter, while Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet met in a secret underground bunker. The siren was part of a nation-wide civil defense exercise dubbed “Turning Point 5.” The week-long exercise,…

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Palestinians Busy Fighting Each Other: Not Ready For Statehood

KHALED ABU TOAMEH — The Hudson Institute — As the world focuses its attention on the Palestinian Authority’s plan to ask the United Nations in September to recognize a Palestinian state along the pre-1967 lines, the Palestinian political scene is in disarray as a result of power struggles, personal and political rivalries and divisions. Everyone…

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Netanyahu: Israel must relinquish parts of the West Bank

BY BARAK RAVID— Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu surprised many of the participants in the weekly cabinet meeting Sunday when he embarked on a monologue praising the idea of parting from the Palestinians and in relinquishing portions of the West Bank. Netanyahu said the number of Palestinians and Jews between the Jordan River and the sea…

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Israel's huge shale oil reserves may undercut OPEC dominance

BY ISRAEL INSIDER— In the first 25 years after Israel’s founding in 1948, it was repeatedly attacked by the large armies of its Arab neighbours. Each time, Israel prevailed on the battlefield, only to have its victories rolled back by Western powers who feared losing access to Arab oilfields. The fear was and is legitimate…

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Israel, Palestine, and the Peace Pieties

BY BARBARA LERNER, NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE— The peace pieties are the code phrases used to undermine Israel and, ultimately, the West. Faithful NRO readers are increasingly clear-eyed about what President Obama and his supporters call “the Middle East peace process.” They know this process has a diplomatic language of its own, a propaganda language that…

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Mounting threats

BY JPOST— Three recent news items serve to underscore our challenging reality. Iran last week launched an “observation satellite,” the infrastructure for which could easily be deployed to deliver nuclear or other warheads. An Israeli civil defense exercise is scheduled to start today and continue for five days. It will simulate massive rocket barrages. Finally,…

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