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David Gerstman blogged as Soccer Dad from 2003 to 2010. Formerly a computer programmer, he is now a blogger for The Israel Project’s The Tower blog.




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Obama Achieves Peace In Middle East … Between Fatah and Hamas

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Posted by    Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 1:07pm
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Fatah and Hamas have reached an agreement to put their differences behind them and form a unity government.

The New York Times reports:

The two groups — the Palestine Liberation Organization, which runs the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, and Hamas, the militant Islamist group that dominates the Gaza Strip — have...

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The U.N.: What is it Good For?

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Posted by    Friday, April 18, 2014 at 1:43pm
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Is there anything that the U.N. does right?

I noticed a story earlier this week, Apology for UN refusal to stop Rwanda genocide. The context for the apology is the twentieth anniversary of the Rwandan genocide.

Former New Zealand ambassador Colin Keating issued the rare apology during a council meeting to commemorate the 20th...

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Iranian U.N. Rep denied visa — will it stick?

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Posted by    Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 12:30pm
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Iran is sticking with its nomination of Hamid Aboutalebi to be its United Nations representative, despite opposition from both legislative and executive branches of the American government. Aboutalebi was a member of the Muslim Students Following the Imam’s Line, the group that seized the American embassy in Tehran in 1979 and held...

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More on that destructive Obama interview about Israel

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Posted by    Monday, April 7, 2014 at 10:30am
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Last month, Jeffrey Goldberg published an interview with President Barack Obama, ahead of Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu’s trip to the United States to attend the AIPAC conference. The President wasn’t at all friendly in the interview, warning (in Goldberg’s words) that “time is running out.” Roughly four weeks later, Mahmoud...

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Eastern American Studies Association rejects Israel boycott

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Posted by    Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 5:50pm
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The Eastern American Studies Association (EASA) has joined its California counterpart in rejecting the ASA’s decision to boycott Israeli academic institutions. This is the second major regional chapter officially to reject the boycott, showing that

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Iran Appointing Suspected Hostage Taker as UN Envoy

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Posted by    Monday, March 31, 2014 at 8:30am
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Three weeks ago, the Washington Post reported glibly in U.S.-Iran relations thawing somewhat glacially, “Hamid Aboutalebi, formerly that country’s emissary to Italy, to Australia and now to...

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The anti-Israel Campaign at Vassar Goes Through the Looking Glass

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Posted by    Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 3:00pm
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JJ Goldberg of the Forward has weighed in on the anti-Israel intimidation campaign at Vassar College that Prof. Jacobson covered quite extensively last week.

Goldberg, working off reporting by Philip Weiss of the anti-Israel blog, MondoWeiss, acknowledged that Legal Insurrection had reported new facts on the s...

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Talk is cheap, releasing convicted terrorists just to talk is not

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Posted by    Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 9:11am
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Israeli homes built on land captured in the 1967 war is the perennial go-to blame game for Palestinians’ hard line at negotiations.  But it’s just a negotiating ploy as to which Western leaders are all to eager to engage.

The other day, for example, David Weinberg wrote in Blame those Damn Settlements that removing the...

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Obama, Harper and Cameron in Israel: Three Speeches, Two Friends

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Posted by    Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 3:00pm
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During the past year, three English speaking heads of state have spoken in Israel. Nearly a year ago, President Barack Obama addressed the people of Israel in the Jerusalem’s International Convention Center. In January, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper addressed the Knesset. This week British Prime Minister David Cameron did too.

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Spinning the death penalty in Iran into a good news story

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Posted by    Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 4:15pm
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Sometimes you read a news story. There’s no one element that is necessarily false, but the whole story is so misleading, that it isn’t news, but propaganda. Or, to put it more bluntly, it is a lie.

If someone would read today’s front page story

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Has WaPo Awakened from Its Obama Fantasy?

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Posted by    Friday, March 7, 2014 at 9:45am
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Like the New York Times, the Washington Post is a liberal newspaper. Unlike the New York Times, the Post has a mostly reasonable view of foreign policy. Finally, it appears that to the editors of the Washington Post the reality of President Obama has superseded the fantasy.

A few days ago the...

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Treating Syrian Casualties in Israel

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 8:18am
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The video embedded at the bottom of the post is of Dr. Massad Barhoum, the medical director of the Western Galilee Medical Center, one of three Israeli hospitals to treat Syrians wounded in that country’s civil war. He tells of how his hospital was informed by the IDF that they would...

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Hurts so bad that Palin was right and Obama-Media Industrial Complex wrong

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Posted by    Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 9:25am
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Please see Mandy for more coverage of the crisis here.

As Brian and Neo have previously posted, during the 2012 campaign Mitt Romney was mocked by President Obama and his cheerleaders for highlighting the Russian threat...

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Iran’s Muddy Waters

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Posted by    Friday, February 28, 2014 at 9:00am
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According to an article last month in the New York Times Iran is facing a major water crisis.

Iran is facing a water shortage potentially so serious that officials are making contingency plans for rationing in the greater Tehran area, home to 22 million, and other major cities around the country. President...

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