Why is Obama picking on Israel?

BY HILARY LEILA KREIGER, JPOST—  The ornate chandeliered and gilded Ben Franklin Room of the State Department, scene of US President Barack Obama’s much-hyped Middle East policy speech Thursday, has the distinction of being a significant venue for inaction rather than action. In September, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who introduced Obama’s address, hosted Prime…

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Be firm in Washington

BY ISI LEIBLER, JPOST— The threats arising from the chilling empowerment of radical Islamic movements in the wake of the “Arab Spring” and the reunification of the openly genocidal Hamas with Fatah shatter any remaining dreams about the short-term prospects of reaching a settlement with the Palestinians.  Under the circumstances, rather than prostrating himself before…

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Abbas – Rewriting Middle East History

BY ELI E. HERTZ, MYTHSANDFACTS.ORT— Response to Abbas editorial at The NY Times, May 17, 2011 ABBAS: In November 1947, the General Assembly made its recommendation and answered in the affirmative. FACT: SIXTY-FOUR years ago, just before Israel’s War of Independence in 1948, Palestinian Arabs launched a series of riots, pillaging, and bloodletting. This was…

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A Preliminary Assessment of Obama's Speech on the Middle East

BY MATTHEW RJ BRODSKY, POLITICO In discussing his vision for the Middle East Thursday, President Obama said, “there will be times when our short-term interests don’t align perfectly with our long-term vision for the region.” A close reading of his speech reveals how big an understatement that is. In fact, in the near-term, much of…

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Hamas insists: No talks with Israel

BY ELIOR LEVY, YNETNEWS— Hamas spokesman Mahmoud al-Zahar insisted his organization would not negotiate with Israel despite a statement to the contrary made by Hamas politburo chief Khaled Mashaal, the Palestinian paper Al-Quds reported Wednesday.  Mashaal’s statement “does not represent the movement’s official stance, which is based on a plan of resistance and not negotiations”,…

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Obama's Mistaken Palestinian and Israeli Priorities

BY ASAF ROMIROWSKY, INFOCUS— Sixty-two years after the establishment of the state of Israel, 30 years after the Camp David Accords, and almost 20 years after Yitzhak Rabin and Yasir Arafat shook hands on the White House lawn, Israel remains isolated and friendless in a hostile Middle East. While the U.S. debate over the costs…

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King Abdullah of Jordan Lauds Fatah-Hamas Reconciliation

BY ARYEH BEN HAYIM, ARUTZ 7—  King Abdullah of Jordan, preceding Binyamin Netanyahu to Washington, meets today with U.S. President Barack Obama after having met yesterday at the State Department, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The Jordanian monarch was obviously focused on disputing two major Israeli arguments, namely, that the “Arab Spring” demonstrates that…

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Video: Nakba Day Riots and ‘Terror Truck’ Attack

BY TZVI BEN GEDALYAHU, ARUTZ 7—  Hundreds of Arabs rioted throughout Israel the past three days in “Nakba Day” protests against the re-establishment of Israel. A video of a massive anti-Israel rally at the Kalandia checkpoint north of Jerusalem shows Arabs hooting at Israeli security forces. At the security fence near the Arab villages of Bil’in…

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