Artificial 'obstacle' to Mideast peace

by Nicole Brackman and Asaf Romirowsky, Philadelphia Daily News About a week ago, the freeze on construction in Israeli towns in the West Bank expired. The hiatus had been reluctantly enacted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier in the year under pressure from President Obama. Obama has been trying to persuade Netanyahu to renew the…

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Birds of a feather

by Ilan Berman, Forbes.com Last week, Iran rolled out the red carpet for an unlikely dignitary. The visitor wasn’t Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, the spiritual head of the Hezbollah Shi’ite militia Iran created in Lebanon in the early 1980s and has sustained since. Nor was it Nouri al-Maliki, Iraq’s newly-reconfirmed prime minister, whom—having failed to supplant…

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Analysis: Republicans may affect US pressure on Israel

by Associated Press/ The Jerusalem Post A big Republican win in November 2 congressional elections could stymie US President Barack Obama’s attempts to reset relations with Russia, but open the way for a new bipartisan toughness toward China. In an election year where international relations have barely produced a blip on the national political radar,…

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Why Christian conservatives are Israel's ambassadors

by Jordan Sekulow, Washington Post I am writing this blog on a flight from Washington, DC to Amsterdam. I can hear you now, “Someone from the religious right traveling to Amsterdam? It can’t be – that bastion of European tolerance isn’t a proper destination for a man from the religious right.” To quote Freddy Mercury,…

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Ayalon: United front for Israel's name

by Gil Ronen, Israelnationalnews.com Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon called for the formation of a united front to fight against the vilification of Israel worldwide. Ayalon spoke Thursday at the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute (JPPPI) conference on the issue of the de-legitimization of the State of Israel and the Jewish People. In a panel…

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Why Christian conservatives are Israel’s ambassadors

by Jordan Sekulow, Washington Post I am writing this blog on a flight from Washington, DC to Amsterdam. I can hear you now, “Someone from the religious right traveling to Amsterdam? It can’t be – that bastion of European tolerance isn’t a proper destination for a man from the religious right.” To quote Freddy Mercury,…

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Facebook outs Palestinian radicalism

by Israel Today Since Western leaders regularly ignore everything printed in the Arabic press and sidestep the contradictions presented by Arab opinion polls, researchers for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) decided to go to a source no one today ignores, social media, to find out what the Palestinians are really thinking. Western media…

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Why The West Presses Israel

by David Isaac, Shmuel Katz Blog “here is good reason why the Israeli government should heed Defense Minister Barak’s advice and extend a settlement freeze. If nothing else, a freeze would prove that the obstacle to Middle East agreement isn’t the settlements … but the more basic refusal of the Palestinian leadership to accept the legitimacy…

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Israel and Congressional Democrats

by Daniel Pipes, Danielpipes.org How should American voters concerned with Israel’s welfare and security vote in the U.S. Congressional elections on Nov. 2? This much is clear after almost two years of Democratic control over the executive and legislative branches of government: Democrats consistently support Israel and its government far less than do Republicans. Leaving…

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