Israel’s populist energy crisis
By Caroline Glick Friday, July 3, 2015
The real cause of the plummet in investments in Israel lays elsewhere. And to understand it we need to understand recent developments in the natural gas industry.
EU should reject UN Gaza report in tomorrow’s vote
By UN Watch Wednesday, July 1, 2015
GENEVA, July 1 - The EU should adopt a principled position and oppose a PLO-drafted resolution that, when passed on Thursday or Friday, will endorse the UNHRC’s new Gaza report, which American and British military experts told the UN this week was seriously flawed. Thousands have already signed an online petition urging the leaders of the UK, France and Germany to oppose the Islamic-sponsored initiative.
Wife of Jailed Venezuelan Opposition Leader Addresses U.N.
By UN Watch Wednesday, July 1, 2015
GENEVA, - UN Watch invited Lilian Tintori, the wife of Venezuelan opposition leader and prisoner of conscience Leopoldo Lopez, to testify this week before the UN Human Rights Council. See her full speech below.
What Can Be Learned from the National Home Front Exercise?
By INSS Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Israel’s annual home front exercise took place on May 31-June 4, 2015. The practice of conducting large scale annual exercises of this type began following the Second Lebanon War in 2006, which revealed major defects in home front preparedness for emergencies. Conducting such exercises regularly is important, because it places the issues of home front readiness in a prominent place on the national agenda.
Under weight of massive welfare state, Greece about to default on IMF loans
By Dan Calabrese Monday, June 29, 2015
If you want to know what happens when a nation absolutely refuses to reform its insane spending - even when it finds itself at the brink of fiscal collapse - I give you Greece. Not that you want it. The International Monetary Fund doesn’t. The Eurozone doesn’t. The Greek banking system is now shut down, and we’re a day away from Greece defaulting on its IMF bailout loans. When the Europeans presented Greece with an ultimatum - reform the spending now or be cut off - the most the Greek politicians were willing to do was call a referendum on the matter. And as we now see, that’s not anywhere near good enough:
One Year since the Establishment of the Islamic State: Al-Baghdadi’s Successful Gamble, Thus F
By INSS Monday, June 29, 2015
The Islamic State, now marking its first anniversary, is an autonomous entity controlling a considerable geographical area within the territory of Iraq and Syria, two countries of major importance in the Middle East. Assessing the first year of his tenure as caliph of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi can crown his gamble a success, at least in the meantime.
Benjamin Netanyahu updates us on how the Iran deal has now gotten even worse
By Dan Calabrese Monday, June 29, 2015
In case you’ve stopped paying attention, as it’s hard to follow complete absurdity over the long haul, tomorrow is the deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran - and we’re nowhere close to getting one. So, no deal, right? After all, a deadline is a deadline, right?
Of course not, sillies. This deadline is as meaningless as any of Obama’s other red lines. The deadline will be extended, a deal will be reached, it will be horrible, and it will help the Iranians along in the process of developing nuclear weapons. We’ve already conceded the point on site inspections. We’ve already caved on sanctions. We’ve already wimped out on their support of terrorism. And the one western leader who still sees this issue clearly is, of course, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who laid it out over the weekend:
The UN’s Failure to Live up to Its Charter’s Ideals
By Joseph A. Klein Monday, June 29, 2015
The United Nations celebrated the 70th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter on June 26th. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called the UN Charter “an expression of hope.” Commemorating the signing of the UN Charter at its birthplace in San Francisco, the Secretary General added that the Charter “symbolizes the hope and aspirations that we can bring the world as it is a little closer to the world as it should be. This we can do through cooperation, dialogue, peaceful settlement of disputes and respect of human rights.”
UN Debate: World Military Experts to Contradict Gaza Report in Geneva Session Tomorrow
By UN Watch Monday, June 29, 2015
GENEVA, - The UN’s new Gaza report will be contradicted in the plenary of the Human Rights Council when high level military officers representing two parallel fact-finding task forces of American, British, NATO and Australian war-fighting commanders will present their findings that Israel took extraordinary efforts to avoid civilian casualties during last summer’s Hamas-Israel war.
The Iranian-American nuclear project
By Caroline Glick Friday, June 26, 2015
If the US fails to reverse Obama’s policies toward Iran in the next two years, it is hard to see how it will be able to rebuild its strategic posture in the future.
Hi-tech giants and investors defy media’s misrepresentation of Israel
By Yoram Ettinger Thursday, June 25, 2015
1. “Israelis are more satisfied with their lives than the OECD average,” according to the OECD’s (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) annual “Better Life Index.” Only Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland and Finland ranked ahead of 5th place Israel, among the 34 OECD members, as well as Brazil and Russia. The rating is based on 22 variables, such as education, health, life expectancy, average income, housing and general satisfaction. Israel’s high ranking defies its geo-political neighborhood, but is a derivative of its inherent state of mind: optimism, patriotism, family and communal responsibility and attachment to roots (Israel 21st Century, June 10, 2015).
The Dead End of Snapback Sanctions
By INSS Thursday, June 25, 2015
In the run-up to the June 30, 2015 deadline for a comprehensive agreement on Iran’s nuclear program, one of the key issues in contention has ostensibly been resolved. Reuters and the Associated Press have reported that the P5+1 agreed among themselves on a mechanism for so-called “snapback” sanctions. US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power struck a similar note in her testimony before Congress on June 16, 2015. In principle, this snapback mechanism would enable the six powers to restore sanctions on Iran were Iran to violate its commitments under the deal.
Report: In 9 Years’ Existence, UNHRC Condemned Israel More Times Than Rest of World Combined
By UN Watch Wednesday, June 24, 2015
GENEVA, - In the nine years of its existence, the UN Human Rights Council has condemned Israel more times than the rest of the world combined, revealed UN Watch today, ahead of a new report to be released by the Geneva-based NGO that documents endemic selectivity and politicization at the world body.
Palestine - European Union Risks “Jew-hater” Label
By David Singer Wednesday, June 24, 2015
The European Union (EU) runs the risk of being labelled “Jew-hater” - should it proceed with its plans requiring supermarkets and other retailers to label products made by Jews in Judea and Samaria (West Bank) differently from those made by Jews in Israel.
No matter what spin the EU uses to justify any such discriminatory labelling—the EU will be seen to be actively supporting the 2005 Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel—whose manifesto states:
By Ari Bussel Wednesday, June 24, 2015
“I am going to write,” said my mother with utter determination, a clear indication that the situation reached dire proportions. I can sit and write, but for my mother the mere suggestion is a burden, thus a sign of the desperation of our times.