Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category

 

Wanted: A Counter-Iran Strategy

editor 16 January 2018

By Jonathan Spyer.. The Middle East hasn’t settled down; far from it. Iran’s designs will disrupt it for years to come, and U.S. policymakers must start preparing. common but mistaken reading of the current strategic situation in the Middle East presents the region as approaching the end of a period of instability. The “return of the Arab state” is one of the more arresting refrains that this perspective has produced. According to this view, the wars in Syria and in Iraq are drawing to a close. (more…)

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Open Anti-Semitism in Britain. Who Cares? Not The Anti-Racist Left

editor 15 January 2018

By Melanie Phillips.. A demonstration was held in London last week (December 2017) in protest at President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. It featured the usual suspects: the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Stop the War Coalition, Friends of Al Aqsa, War on Want, Socialist Worker. Nothing surprising about any of that. The far left — along with significant NGOs — is motivated by a vicious loathing of Israel and support for those committed to its extermination. [Photo top right: Signs from the London march | Still from YouTube].  (more…)

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Free the Palestinians: End UNRWA funding

editor 13 January 2018

By Shoshana Bryen.. It is time to resolve the issue of the imprisoned Palestinian population. The one imprisoned by the United Nations and its own unrealistic vision of the future. President Donald Trump’s announcement that the U.S. contribution to United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) could be eliminated might be the catalyst important and positive changes, if people can get over the moaning and crying about killing poor refugee babies. It’s not likely. (more…)

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A Historic Watershed That Shames Britain and Europe

editor 13 January 2018

By Melanie Phillips.. It’s a seismic event, a great decision and a historic watershed. This is where blackmail and intimidation are faced down. This is where appeasement ends. President Trump’s speech recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has signaled that, for America, the century- long Arab attempt to destroy Israel’s legitimacy – the essence of the Middle East conflict – has failed. Trump was careful and subtle. He did not say all of Jerusalem was Israel’s capital. The US will support a two-state solution if Israel and the Arabs agree to it. (more…)

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British Jews, Right and Left

editor 12 January 2018

By Melanie Phillips.. I was interviewed for an interesting and thoughtful BBC Radio Four programme about the changing political allegiances of British Jews, presented by Jo Coburn. It contains some poignant personal reminiscences, fascinating historical and political nuggets and no small anguish at how this tiny community’s ingrained nervousness as the target of bigotry has now soared once again to a high level. (more…)

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French Society ‘Under Stress’ From Islamist Terror, Says Jewish Community President on Third Anniversary of ‘Hyper Cacher’ Siege in Paris

editor 11 January 2018

By Ben Cohen.. As France marked the third anniversary of the Hyper Cacher supermarket siege in eastern Paris on Tuesday (January 9, 2018), the head of the country’s Jewish community emphasized that French Jews were no longer isolated in their fear of Islamist terror. “French society is under stress,” Francis Kalifat — president of CRIF, the French Jewish communal body — told The Algemeiner in a wide-ranging interview. [Photo top right: CRIF President Francis Kalifat (r) with prominent French imam Hassen Chalghoumi at a Paris ceremony on the first anniversary of the November 13, 2015 terrorist attacks. Photo: Reuters / Philippe Wojazer].  (more…)

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Hague Criminal Court may open Israel war crimes probe, MKs reportedly told

editor 11 January 2018

By TOI Staff.. Israel’s National Security Council reportedly warned members of the Knesset’s powerful Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee last week that the International Criminal Court could open an investigation at some point this year into the 2014 Gaza war and West Bank settlement construction. Colonel Amit Aviram (res), a senior member of the committee, submitted to the Knesset committee a secret presentation entitled, “Strategic Situation Assessment for 2018,” Channel 10 news reported Monday (January 8, 2018). (more…)

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Nikki Haley Hosts Reception for “Friends of the US” in the UN

editor 11 January 2018

By Eliana Rudee.. “See, this day I set before you blessing and curse” Deuteronomy 11:26. On January 3rd, 2018 at the US mission to the UN in New York, Nikki Haley hosted a “Friends of the US” reception for the 64 countries that did not support the United Nations Jerusalem resolution. The non-legally binding UN resolution, passed 128-9 on December 21st in an emergency General Assembly session, condemned US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and beginning the process of moving its embassy there two weeks earlier. [Photo top right: U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley addresses a United Nations Security Council meeting in April. (U.N. Photo/Rick Bajornas)] (more…)

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Israeli father of 6, MDA volunteer medic killed in drive-by shooting terror attack near Nablus

editor 10 January 2018

By J-Wire Newsdesk.. The victim, 35-year-old Raziel Shevah, was pronounced dead at Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba in central Israel shortly after arriving there. Shevah—who served as a volunteer medic for the Magen David Adom emergency response group—leaves behind six children, including an 8-month-old baby. The IDF said it is searching the area for the suspected terrorist.According to reports, security forces and paramedics discovered Shevah wounded on Israel’s Route 60 with his car’s windshield riddled with bullets. [Photo top right: Raziel Shevah. Credit: American Friends of Magen David Adom].  (more…)

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Tapes Reveal Egyptian Leaders’ Tacit Acceptance of Jerusalem Move

editor 10 January 2018

By David D. Kirkpatrick.. As President Trump moved last month to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, an Egyptian intelligence officer quietly placed phone calls to the hosts of several influential talk shows in Egypt. “Like all our Arab brothers,” Egypt would denounce the decision in public, the officer, Capt. Ashraf al-Kholi, told the hosts. But strife with Israel was not in Egypt’s national interest, Captain Kholi said. He told the hosts that instead of condemning the decision, they should persuade their viewers to accept it. Palestinians, he suggested, should content themselves with the dreary West Bank town that currently houses the Palestinian Authority, Ramallah. [Photo top right: Palestinian protesters clashing with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank to protest President Trump’s move on Jerusalem | Credit: Shadi Hatem/European Pressphoto Agency].  (more…)

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