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Caroline Glick: Hamas-Israel Ceasefire Talks Show Peace Impossible

Under the circumstances, the Trump administration has a choice to make. Does it want Judea and Samaria to look like Gaza? Or does it want Judea and Samaria to look like Israel?
The ceasefire negotiations between Israel and the Hamas terror group’s regime in Gaza point to a central truth about the nature of the Palestinian conflict with Israel. Before anyone speaks any more about a possible “deal of the century,” or a “two-state solution,” it is imperative that the implications of those talks be fully understood.

The ceasefire talks are being held between the sides of two separate international coalitions. On the one side are Israel, the U.S., and Egypt. On the other side are Hamas, Qatar, and Turkey.

By Caroline Glick - Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Trump anoints Jordan to replace PLO in negotiations with Israel

Trump anoints Jordan to replace PLO in negotiations with Israel
The three day visit to Israel this week by President Trump’s National Security Advisor—John Bolton—indicates Jordan will replace the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO)  in concluding negotiations with Israel to resolve territorial sovereignty in Judea and Samaria (West Bank), East Jerusalem and Gaza (“the disputed territories”) under Trump’s peace plan.

Bolton’s visit follows a former Jordanian ambassador—Walid Sadi - last week signalling Jordan is ready to fill the diplomatic void following the breakdown of Israel-PLO negotiations unsuccessfully conducted during the last 25 years. The PLO refuses to negotiate on Trump’s plan.

By David Singer - Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Israel’s National State Law—For Good and for All

Israel's National State Law--For Good and for All
I wrote an article that was distributed on the social media in which I touched on the recently approved Nation-State Law that brought with it some controversy in Israel and abroad. I was asked to elucidate the details of this new law and the nuances that have caused discussion and some protest.

Much emotional rhetoric has been heard over the recently approved National State Law in Israel. Protests have accompanied hysteria that las left many open-minded people confused about what actually happened in Israel.

By Barry Shaw - Tuesday, August 21, 2018


Hey socialized medicine fans: Here’s what happened during this year’s flu season in Brit

Hey socialized medicine fans: Here’s what happened during this year’s flu season in Britain
The appeal of socialized medicine for its fans is simple: Everyone has equal access to the health care system regardless of ability to pay, because the whole thing is publicly funded and not driven by profit.

Here’s what those of us who understand the virtue of profit always try to explain, usually without success: When you eliminate the ability to a) make a profit; or b) price things in a way that reflects the true market, you disincentivize the production of the thing you say you want. The inevitable result of that is shortages.

By Dan Calabrese - Monday, August 20, 2018


Judge Israel Justly!

Judge Israel Justly!
Israel has taken wrongful abuse by much emotional misinterpretation over the recently passed Nation-State law.

It has been called everything from “racist,” “apartheid,” to undemocratic.

By Barry Shaw - Sunday, August 19, 2018

South Africa Goes Zimbabwe

South Africa Goes Zimbabwe
“Strongman politics are ascendant,” Barack Obama warned in South Africa. He spoke passionately about “the politics of fear and resentment” at the Mandela Lecture. He worried that we were entering a world, “where might makes right and politics is a hostile competition between tribes and races and religions.”

While the media used the remarks to attack Trump’s meeting with Putin, Obama had shared a stage with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa who had come to power promising to seize land from white farmers. Ramaphosa was the latest in a series of ANC strongmen, including his predecessor, an alleged rapist, beginning with the Communist terrorist whose legacy Obama was commemorating.

By Daniel Greenfield - Sunday, August 19, 2018

Turkey: Oh yeah? Well, we’ll boycott U.S. electronics then!

Turkey: Oh yeah? Well, we’ll boycott U.S. electronics then!
Let’s see. On the one hand, we have the Turkish lira cratering and the Turkish economy in collapse while its financial institutions struggle to maintain stability. On the other hand we have the prospect that one country might force its people to buy Samsung tablets instead of iPhones.

I think America will survive.

By Dan Calabrese - Wednesday, August 15, 2018

ABU JIHAD – A HISTORY OF PALESTINIAN TERROR - AND CORBYN

ABU JIHAD – A HISTORY OF PALESTINIAN TERROR - AND CORBYN
British Labour leader and potential British Prime Minister, Jeremy Corbyn, may claim amnesia about laying a wreath at the grave of Abu Jihad, but it is impossible to accept that this politician, so steeped in Hamas, Hezbollah, and the “armed resistance” to Israel, was ignorant of whose grave he paid homage in his paid visit to Tunis.

He would have been aware of the details of his itinerary and approved it prior to his visit.

By Barry Shaw - Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Jordan-Israel negotiations on Trump peace plan set to bypass PLO

Jordan-Israel negotiations on Trump peace plan set to bypass PLO
Jordan-Israel negotiations based on President Trump’s long-awaited peace plan seem increasingly likely to happen - following retired Jordanian Ambassador and former editor of the Jordan Times – Walid Sadi – flagging Jordan’s legal and sovereignty claims in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) and East Jerusalem (“disputed territories”).

Sadi - in an op-ed article in the Jordan Times on 12 August - has forcefully argued that Jordan’s decision to cut off all legal and administrative relations with the disputed territories in July 1988 did not amount to Jordan ceding its claims to sovereignty for the following reasons:

By David Singer - Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Reformists in Iran: Between Conservatives and Subversives

The Reformists in Iran: Between Conservatives and Subversives
In recent months the reformist camp in Iran has been engaged in an intense debate about the movement’s future. This internal debate reflects growing concern among various sections of the Iranian establishment regarding the increasing influence of radical elements (“subversives”) who oppose both main political camps (the conservatives and the reformists) and challenge the very existence of the regime.

By INSS -- Raz Zimmt- Monday, August 13, 2018

Waving the Wrong Flag

Waving the Wrong Flag
I have been critical of crazy far left, anti-Israel, activism in America, Britain, and Europe, but I have to admit the lunacy is alive and kicking - as well as killing - here in Israel as well.

Last weekend, we had a demonstration, in Yitzhak Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, by those that oppose the new Israel National State Law.

By Barry Shaw - Monday, August 13, 2018

Corbyn’s portents for Israel

Sen. Cory Booker’s recent participation at the annual Netroots Nation conference
If the current violence between Israel and the Hamas terrorist regime in Gaza escalates into a full-scale war, one thing is certain. The main thoroughfares of the West’s great cities will be filled with thousands of protesters marching in support for Hamas and its strategic goal of annihilating Israel.

The anti-Israel demonstrations this time around will dwarf all those that preceded them.

We also know with mathematical certainty that Jewish institutions and Jews will be violently assaulted from London to Melbourne, Paris to San Francisco.

By Caroline Glick - Saturday, August 11, 2018

Former Chilean President Chosen to Lead the UN Human Rights Office

Michelle Bachelet for the key post of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
United Nations Secretary General António Guterres has chosen Michelle Bachelet for the key post of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and submitted her name for approval by the General Assembly. Ms. Bachelet, a socialist, was most recently president of Chile between 2014 and 2018, having served previously as president from 2006 to 2010. In between, she served as the first Executive Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN‑Women). Ms. Bachelet will succeed Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, who will step down at the end of August after a highly controversial term in office. As Israel’s UN Ambassador Danny Danon said, “During his tenure, the HRC [Human Rights Council] became a theater of the absurd, with hypocrisy and double standards rampant among its proceedings and reports.”

By Joseph A. Klein, CFP United Nations Columnist - Thursday, August 9, 2018