Why Latin America turned

by Caroline Glick, JPost Israelis can be excused for wondering what happened that Brazil and Argentina unexpectedly announced they recognize an independent Palestinian state with its capital city in Israel’s capital city. Israelis can be forgiven for being taken by surprise by their move and by the prospect that Uruguay, and perhaps Paraguay, Chile, Peru,…

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WikiLeaks exposes Obama

by Yoram Ettinger While reaffirming a 1,400 years old Muslim track record, the documents refute Obama’s fundamental assumptions, which have shaped his counter-terrorism policy: that the Palestinian issue is a root cause of Middle East turbulence and anti-Western terrorism; that Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are allies of the US; that there is no Islamic terrorism…

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Go East beyond the River Jordan

by Victor Sharpe The phrase “Two State Solution” has been embraced by politicians and journalists alike, repeated endlessly, and touted as the panacea for a “just and equitable” solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict. It has assumed the repetitious role of a muezzin’s call to Islamic prayer. But it is based on erroneous geography and history;…

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Hanuka For Jews and Christians

by Michael Zimmerman, American Thinker Hanuka celebrates a spiritual and military victory in Israel nearly 2,200 years ago that has inspired generations of Jews and many Gentiles. A few faithful Jews were victorious over their assimiliationist brethren and the Hellenist Syrians of the Greek-founded Seleucid Empire. The events commemorated by Hanuka were necessary for the…

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US drops push for Israel settlement freeze

by Allyn Fisher-Ilan, Reuters The United States on Tuesday abandoned its effort to persuade Israel to freeze construction of Jewish settlements, officials said, dealing a blow to efforts to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. President Barack Obama brokered the direct talks that were relaunched in September but broke down over the issue of settlements built on…

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Obama’s Settlements Freeze Fold Is Blow to President, Not to Peace

by Jonathan S. Tobin, Commentary On a day when President Obama was forced to acknowledge his defeat at the hands of congressional Republicans on the issue of tax cuts, it appears that he was also bested by another opponent: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The announcement today that the Obama administration has given up on its…

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The Jordanian Initiative

by Ido Patcher, The Israel Initiative An article published in the weekend edition of “Makor Rishon” reveals quiet diplomatic activities that match the Israeli Initiative’s vision. Writer Assaf Gibor interviewed Ahmed Abu-Mashour, a Sheik from the Beduin tribe of Jahelin, whose population is spread from Jerusalem to eastern Jordan. Mashour said he is disappointed with…

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Yishai refused fire truck donations from Christian Group

by Gil Shefler and Gil Hoffman, JPost Israeli firefighters could have received a shipment of brand new fire trucks that would have helped quell the fires that raged over the weekend on Mount Carmel, killing 41 people and turning tens of thousands of dunams into an ashen wasteland. Instead, a charity group charged Sunday, Interior…

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South American countries recognize PA as a state

by Elad Benari, Israel national news Argentina announced on Monday that it recognizes a Palestinian state, calling Palestine “a free and independent state within its 1967 borders,” The Associated Press reported. According to the report, Argentina said the announcement reflects its frustration at the slow progress of peace talks with Israel. Argentinean President Cristina Kirchner…

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US, Israel, and PA don't agree on settlement freeze

by Herb Keinon, JPost The US-lead diplomatic process between Israel and the Palestinian Authority is going back to the drawing board, with a senior US official announcing Tuesday night that following consultation with the sides it was determined a further settlement moratorium would not provide the basis for a framework agreement. The official, in a…

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Iran to use domestic uranium for the first time

by Associated Press Iran announced Sunday that it has delivered its first domestically mined raw uranium to a processing facility, claiming it is now self-sufficient over the entire nuclear fuel cycle. The step displays Iran’s determination to master nuclear technology without outside help, including by enriching its own uranium, just a day before world powers…

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Why speak peace when peace is not in sight?

by Arnold Soloway, UCI Since 1937, when Great Britain’s Peel Commission vainly proposed a “Two-State Solution” as “a chance for ultimate peace”, Arab-Israel “peace plans” have been advanced in predictably futile succession, among them: » The U.N.’s “Partition Plan of 1947” » John Foster Dulles’ Baghdad Pact of the 1950’s » The U.S. State Department’s…

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