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Facing a Tamimi government

Facing a Tamimi government
This week, the Tamimi clan from Nabi Saleh beset Israel once again. Ahed Tamimi, the family’s teenaged golden girl, and her mother, Nariman, once again posted videos of themselves slapping and cursing hapless IDF soldiers.

The photogenic Ahed has been doing this number since she was a little girl.

There are two components of the Palestinian war to annihilate Israel: terrorism and propaganda. The two are integrally linked. The ties are nowhere more apparent than in the actions of the Tamimi family.

By Caroline Glick - Saturday, December 30, 2017 - Full Story

Socialist Venezuela, which has the world’s largest proven oil reserves, is out of gasoline

Socialist Venezuela, which has the world's largest proven oil reserves, is out of gasoline

I want to say that, sure, there has to come a point when ever those most determined to believe in socialism will see enough stories like this and be forced to reckon with the truth. But we all know better than that, don’t we? When you’re a true believer in something, there’s always another explanation apart from the one that would shake the foundations of your belief system.

Pretty tough to do in the case of the world’s most oil-rich nation running out of gas, but give them a few hours of watching MSNBC or reading the New York Times, and they’ll come up with a way to explain this away too:

By Dan Calabrese - Thursday, December 28, 2017 - Full Story

Shifting to the Right? President Rouhani Distances Himself from his Reformist Supporters

Shifting to the Right? President Rouhani Distances Himself from his Reformist Supporters
Since his reelection, Iranian President Rouhani has pursued a policy that to a great extent disregards the demands of the reformists who supported him during the elections and reflects a shift toward the conservative camp. This trend is evident in the President’s political appointments, his reneging on promises of civil reforms, and the reduced tension, at least in public, vis-à-vis the Revolutionary Guards. Disappointment with the President is evident among the reformists, although the prevailing opinion is that they should continue supporting him and not risk letting the hardliners gain an upper hand. The President’s conduct reflects his identity as a fundamentally conservative politician, his priorities, the limits of his power versus the conservative establishment, and his long range political aspirations. His recognition of the limits of his power and his focus on improving the economic situation may indicate political insight, but his failure to respond to the public’s demands is liable over time to exacerbate the Iranians’ despair and pose a growing challenge to his regime.

By INSS -- Raz Zimmt- Wednesday, December 27, 2017 - Full Story

The Top 10 Most Evil U.N. Actions of 2017

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres
10. Denied Venezuelan Hunger: In the first-ever U.N. visit to Venezuela, Alfred de Zayas, the U.N. Human Rights Council’s Cuban-backed “Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order,” posted propaganda photos to deny mass hunger caused by the regime’s failed policies.

After UN Watch exposed the sick lie—in truth, Venezuelan hospitals are filled with starving children—the U.N. official was pressured into deleting his blog post and tweet.

By UN Watch - Wednesday, December 27, 2017 - Full Story

Putin’s in trouble now: The ‘Russian Paris Hilton’ is his likely opponent in the March presidential

Ksenia Sobchak
Hey! You should take her seriously. She’s no longer a Playboy playmate and she’s now a very serious television journalist, and we all know how smart they are.

Anyway, Putin’s opponent by rights should have been Alexei Navalny, except for the very unfortunate coincidence that - just like everyone else who has tried to run against Putin - Navalny has a criminal record! An amazing coincidence indeed, er . . . a product of the fact that Putin tends to have people arrested when they turn up as part of the political opposition to him?

Yeah. One of these.

By Dan Calabrese - Tuesday, December 26, 2017 - Full Story

Trump only confirmed the obvious: Jerusalem is Israel’s capital

Trump only confirmed the obvious: Jerusalem is Israel’s capital
WASHINGTON, D.C.— In foreign policy, conventional wisdom has an almost biblical force.  Gospel-like, practitioners intone the commandments: Never get involved in a land war in Asia.  Terrorism and religion are unrelated.  And, holy of holies, do not appear to prejudge the outcome of peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians.

Clearly, the gospels are not for Donald Trump, who last week declared that Jerusalem is indeed the capital of the State of Israel, and that the United States will move its embassy there from Tel Aviv.

Predictably, the President was denounced by the usual complement of opinion leaders, journalists and political opponents.  And since Donald Trump is so often wrong, it is tempting to succumb to the opprobrium of polite society and agree he was probably wrong again.  Except he wasn’t.

By Danielle Pletka - Sunday, December 24, 2017 - Full Story

UN, OIC, EU and PLO invite Trump retaliation

UN, OIC, EU and PLO invite Trump retaliation
Humiliating President Trump by declaring his decision recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as being “null and void and must be rescinded” - spells financial and political trouble for the United Nations (UN), the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the European Union (EU) and the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO).

The timing of Trump’s decision can certainly be criticised—but questioning Trump’s sovereign right to make that decision constitutes a flagrant attempt to undermine the offices of the democratically-elected US President and Congress.

By David Singer - Sunday, December 24, 2017 - Full Story

The international community and the liberal media

The international community and the liberal media

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley glared at her colleagues at the UN Security Council Monday as she cast the lone nay vote against a draft resolution presented by Egypt to nullify US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Haley then berated her UN colleagues for their assault against US sovereignty and for their prolonged efforts to delegitimize Israel and blame the Jewish state for the absence of peace. In her words, “The United States refuses to accept the double standard that says we are not impartial when we stand by the will of the American people by moving our US embassy, but somehow the United Nations is a neutral party when it consistently singles out Israel for condemnation.”

The liberal media, led by The New York Times chastised her.

By Caroline Glick - Friday, December 22, 2017 - Full Story

The UN’s Latest Farce on Jerusalem

The UN’s Latest Farce on Jerusalem

Just about a year after the Obama administration stood by and allowed a blatantly anti-Israel UN Security Council resolution to pass, the Trump administration vetoed a Security Council resolution on December 18th that sought to invalidate President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In discussing the U.S. veto, Ambassador Nikki Haley reminded the other members of the Security Council who had denounced President Trump’s decision and voted for the resolution that national sovereignty matters.

By Joseph A. Klein, CFP United Nations Columnist - Thursday, December 21, 2017 - Full Story

Sweden proposes to require ‘explicit consent’ before sex, or you could be convicted of rape

Sweden proposes to require 'explicit consent' before sex, or you could be convicted of rape

What could possibly go wrong with this idea?

Sweden is moving to change its rape law to shift the burden of proof from the victim to the alleged attacker, in a proposal that would require people to get explicit consent before sexual contact.

Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lovin said the recent #metoo anti-harassment campaign “has shown that there is a need” for the new legislation, which is expected to be approved Thursday in Parliament.

By Dan Calabrese - Thursday, December 21, 2017 - Full Story

President Trump’s security strategy: the impact on Israel

Israel has been the largest US aircraft carrier
President Trump’s national security strategy – as enunciated on December 18, 2017 - reflects a realistic assessment of clear and present threats to the US, rejecting the politically-correct worldview of the foreign policy establishment, which has been crashed, repeatedly, against the rocks of reality. It provides a prescription for the enhancement of the flourishing, mutually-beneficial US-Israel relationship.

Contrary to the US and West European government, academic and media foreign policy establishment - which are highly critical of Israel and top heavy on wishful-thinking concerning the supposed Arab Spring, ostensible democratization and peaceful coexistence of the Arab World – Trump recognizes the complex and inherently brutal reality of the Middle East. Trump is aware of the lethal threats posed by Shiite (Ayatollahs) and Sunni terrorism and the threats posed by the 2015 Iran Nuclear Agreement.

By Yoram Ettinger - Thursday, December 21, 2017 - Full Story

OIC in legal fantasyland over Trump, Jerusalem and Israel

OIC in legal fantasyland over Trump, Jerusalem and Israel
The 57 member States of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) are living in a legal fantasyland of their own creation where non-existent principles of international law supposedly apply.

The final communique issued by the OIC following its Extraordinary Summit held in Turkey on 13 December 2017 makes their flight into legal unreality crystal-clear:

  1. OIC members pledged to take joint action on the basis of international law against the statement of President Trump recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
By David Singer - Monday, December 18, 2017 - Full Story

Miss Iraq posts ‘scandalous’ photo with Miss Israel - is forced to flee Iraq

Miss Iraq posts 'scandalous' photo with Miss Israel - is forced to flee Iraq
If there’s one thing that we know about the religion of peace, it’s that it is tolerant, respectful, and open-minded.  It embraces diversity, applauds differing viewpoints, and above all honors women.  We know this, because CAIR and people like Linda Sarsour are constantly telling us so.

However, if you commit various horrific transgressions, you might find yourself in a bit of a pickle. For example, if you’re Miss Iraq, you may want to refrain from taking bikini photos or posing in hopeful, peaceful, completely benign pictures with Miss Israel.  Do that, and you’re going to have problems.

By Robert Laurie - Friday, December 15, 2017 - Full Story

Policy speeches vs. policy

Policy speeches vs. policy
What is President Donald Trump’s Middle East policy?

Monday Trump is scheduled to release a new US national security strategy on Monday. This past Tuesday Trump’s National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster gave a speech laying out some of its components in a speech in Washington.

McMaster’s speech was notable because in it he laid out a host of policies that McMaster himself has reportedly opposed since he was appointed to his position in February.

By Caroline Glick - Friday, December 15, 2017 - Full Story

Yemen after Saleh: Microcosm of a Regional Struggle

Yemen after Saleh: Microcosm of a Regional Struggle
When embarking on the war in Yemen, Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman promised a rapid decisive victory over the Houthis and the Iranians (Operation Decisive Storm). So far, however, and was proven again with the assassination of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, Saudi Arabia has encountered serious difficulties in defeating a determined enemy on its own doorstep. Even if the internal and external pressures on the Houthis grow stronger, their determination and that of their Iranian allies to continue the military campaign against the Saudis is clear. For its part, the Iranian regime apparently believes that the fighting in Yemen will have an impact on the greater narrative surrounding Iran’s ability to deflect Saudi-American cooperation and reduce their influence in other Middle East arenas, with the emphasis on Syria and Lebanon.

By INSS -- Yoel Guzansky, Eldad Shavit- Thursday, December 14, 2017 - Full Story

The Recognition of Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel

The Recognition of Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel
In an historic announcement on December 6, 2017, the United States recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The first country to recognize Israel after its declaration of independence in 1948 was also the first to formally recognize Jerusalem as its capital. Throughout the world, and particularly in the Middle East, religious and nationalist movements have challenged the validity of states and borders defined in the past. Therefore, there is more than symbolism in this move by President Trump, who inter alia based the recognition on the ancient connection of the Jewish people to its capital.

By INSS - Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - Full Story

President Trump Withdraws U.S. from Participation in Globalist Migration Compact

President Trump Withdraws U.S. from Participation in Globalist Migration Compact
The Trump administration has decided to withdraw from participation in the United Nations Global Compact on Migration, representing another significant departure from the global governance policies of the Obama administration. In September 2016, during the waning days of the Obama administration, the United States had joined with the other member states of the UN to adopt a “non-binding “political declaration, the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants. They agreed to undertake negotiations towards a consensus on international norms by September 2018 to help guide member states’ immigration policies. U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said in a recent statement, announcing U.S. withdrawal from participation in this globalist compact, that “our decisions on immigration policies must always be made by Americans and Americans alone. The global approach in the New York Declaration is simply not compatible with US sovereignty.”

By Joseph A. Klein, CFP United Nations Columnist - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - Full Story

What the War Over Jerusalem is Really About

What the War Over Jerusalem is Really About
Hamas has announced that President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has opened the “gates of hell.” Its Muslim Brotherhood parent has declared America an “enemy state.”

The Arab League boss warned that the Jerusalem move “will fuel extremism and result in violence.” The Jordanian Foreign Minister claimed that it would “trigger anger” and “fuel tension.”

“Moderate” Muslim leaders excel at threatening violence on behalf of the “extremists”.

By Daniel Greenfield - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - Full Story

Media falsely discredit Trump as he confronts UN on Jerusalem

Media falsely discredit Trump as he confronts UN on Jerusalem
The media has discredited President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital -falsely claiming the President has reversed nearly seven decades of American foreign policy. Trump’s decision has pitted America squarely against the United Nations.

The New York Times led the pack declaring:

“President Trump on Wednesday formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, reversing nearly seven decades of American foreign policy ...”

By David Singer - Sunday, December 10, 2017 - Full Story

United Nations Mandates “Sustainable Tourism”

United Nations Mandates Sustainable Tourism
During my twenty-two visits to Venice, I saw and heard the frustration and disdain locals have for tourists. We were not just an imposition in their daily lives, crowding their beloved city, their favorite restaurants, water buses, museums, operas, blocking their narrow alleys, their canals, and often entrances to their apartments. We caused wakes with our huge cruise ships and further destruction to their already fragile buildings, infrastructure, and ecosystem.

But we were a necessary evil that helped many Venetians live off tourism. They complained about Americans who trekked yearly by millions to see La Serenissima, yet have allowed economic refugees to invade and take over their businesses. We were even blamed for their demographic suicide.

The group Italia Nostra (Our Italy) wants the Italian government to ban cruise ships in the harbor and to require large groups to book their visit ahead of time. Posters around the city make it abundantly clear that some residents do not welcome tourists at all. Academia predicts that “the native population could be zero as early as 2030.” Apparently cruise ship visitors increased five-fold and rents have increased accordingly, making it impossible for locals to afford a place in the city.

By Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh - Sunday, December 10, 2017 - Full Story