In prayer, Jews face Jerusalem but Muslims face Mecca

BY VICTOR SHARPE, CANADA FREE PRESS— Jerusalem Unification Day has again been celebrated in Israel and throughout the world with the exception of that 7th century alternate universe: the Muslim world. It marks 44 years since the amazing and miraculous event took place when the Jewish people’s 3,000 year old capital city was restored to…

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PM: We can't stop Palestinian statehood declaration in UN

BY JPOST— Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday said that there is no way to stop the United Nations General Assembly from recognizing Palestinian statehood in September. In the General Assembly, he remarked, “it would be possible to get a resolution saying the world is flat,” speaking at a Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee…

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Police preparing for wide-scale rioting in September

BY YAAKOV LAPIN, JPOST— The Israel Police are in the midst of preparing for the possibility of wide-scale rioting this September, when Palestinians are expected to unilaterally declare statehood, newly appointed police commissioner Insp.-Gen. Yochanan Danino said in a speech before the Israel Bar Association in Eilat on Sunday. “The Israel Police is currently preparing for…

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Abbas: 'We will pursue UN state recognition unless talks resume'

BY REUTERS— Palestinians are not seeking to isolate Israel on the international stage, but will pursue their unilateral drive for UN recognition of statehood unless peace talks resume, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Friday. He was in Doha for a meeting of Arab states on Saturday called to discuss US President Barack Obama’s…

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What Obama did to Israel

BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER—   Every Arab-Israeli negotiation contains a fundamental asymmetry: Israel gives up land, which is tangible; the Arabs make promises, which are ephemeral. The long-standing American solution has been to nonetheless urge Israel to take risks for peace while America balances things by giving assurances of U.S. support for Israel’s security and diplomatic needs.…

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When Netanyahu met Obama

BY YORAM ETTINGER— The May 20, 2011 meeting between Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Obama highlighted the unbridgeable gap between the two. Netanyahu cannot bridge the gap between himself and Obama, as long as the President assumes that the ethnic, religious, tribal and ideologically violent power struggles on the Arab Street constitute “a story of…

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