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Why Middle East Peace Initiatives Fail

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, May 9, 2014 at 2:30pm
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Why is it so hard to achieve peace between Israel and the Palestinians?

Look at the final scorecard of the latest round of Middle East peace talks.

Israel allowed three groups of prisoners – a total of 78 – to go free in exchange for talks.

These prisoners were murderers. When they went to...

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The move to disqualify a generation of pro-Israel students from campus government

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 12:48pm
(Bobby Dishell speaking at U. Michigan Divestment Debate)

Soon after the defeat of anti-Israel divestment resolutions at U. Michigan and UCLA, I began to see anti-Israel advocates single out pro-Israel students who had gone on trips to Israel sponsored by pro-Israel groups, or had received advocacy training from pro-Israel groups.

These trips and advocacy training are critical because some campuses...

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John Kerry’s Long Knives

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 7:00am
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For nine months Secretary of State John Kerry shepherded talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Along the way he let it slip that if talks failed Israel could  face a third intifada, further isolation, or international opprobrium. Of course he didn’t want to sound like a bully so he also let everyone...

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Today is Israel Independence Day, and I’m going to Vassar

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, May 5, 2014 at 10:00am
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It wasn’t planned this way. It’s just a coincidence. Really.

By the time you read this, I’ll probably be in the car driving to Poughkeepsie, NY, where I will appear tonight at 7 p.m. to give a speech in support of Israel and academic freedom.

And against the Open Letter signed by 39...

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Missing Barry Rubin

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 12:30pm
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It is hard to believe that it has been three months since Barry Rubin passed away.

With all going on in the world, and especially in the Middle East, Barry’s absence is pronounced as there are few who saw things as clearly as he did. Barry’s essays and columns are not disposable,...

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What if Israel has no demographic time bomb?

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 11:58am
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A central thesis in the standard approach to the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations is that Israel faced a demographic time bomb.

John Kerry used that claim as part of his assertion that Israel could become an “an apartheid state with second-class citizens—or it ends up being a state that destroys the capacity of Israel...

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J Street issues media Fatwa against its toughest pro-Israel student opponent

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, April 28, 2014 at 7:00pm
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We have addressed J Street multiple times before.

J Street is the progressive lobbying and political action group created as an alternative to AIPAC and other mainstream pro-Israel groups. J Street was co-founded by Jeremy Ben-Ami, with major early funding from George Soros and a mysterious Hong Kong financier.  J Street initially...

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Palestinian Christian woman threatened after video critical of attacks on Israel

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 8:14pm
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The video below is causing quite a stir, as reported by The Times of Israel:

The video, titled “Christy a Palestinian Christian’s plea to Dr. Saeb Erekat,” was posted to YouTube on Saturday, featuring clips from separate events. In...

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NYU Dorm Stormers tweet denial of Israel’s right to exist

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 11:44am
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One of the beauties — and sometimes nightmares — of Twitter is that sometimes people tell you how they really feel without filters.

Such as the NYU Dorm Stormers at Students for Justice in Palestine, who sent out the tweet in the featured image above.

That tweet puts the lie to the claims...

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Will NYU discipline anti-Israel Dorm Stormers?

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 1:15pm
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We covered the NYU “Dorm Storming” by Students for Justice for Palestine.

It’s now received national attention through Greta Van Susteren, who I think did a good job in this interview with Laura Adkins at focusing on the provocative nature...

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The mostly nonchalant reaction to Fatah’s embrace of Hamas

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, April 25, 2014 at 8:44am
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In the wake of Fatah’s embrace of Hamas earlier this week there has been a very interesting reaction. Actually, the reaction has been interesting because it’s been mostly non-existent.

Though the New York Times and Washington Post have reported on Fatah’s betrayal of the American sponsored peace process, neither has published an...

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Don’t Blame Bibi

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 9:51am
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Excellent analysis in the left-wing Haaretz newspaper by journalist Ari Shavit, Waiting for the Palestinian Godot:

There are some moments a journalist will never forget. In early 1997, Yossi Beilin decided to trust me, and show me the document that proved that peace was within reach. The...

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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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Why aren’t mainstream Israel critics defending Max Blumenthal?

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 10:08am
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Max Blumenthal is experiencing what goes around coming around.

Having blamed various critics of radical Islam as well as international Zionism for the 2011 mass murder in Norway, unfairly, Blumenthal now is in focus because the Overland Park shooter was a big fan of Blumenthal’s Jewish money and Israel Lobby conspiracy theories. ...

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Fighting the anti-Israel boycott is an honor

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 7:33pm
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As readers know, Legal Insurrection has devoted much of the past several months to fighting the academic boycott of Israel and Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement on campus.

We have relatively few resources, and time. We do what we can do.

We helped expose the American Studies Association for the hateful group...

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Anti-Israel “National Day of Action” scheduled for Passover

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, April 11, 2014 at 9:54am
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When the Cornell Students for Justice in Palestine tried to schedule their last-minute anti-Israel Divestment Resolution for Passover week, I assumed that was something isolated to Cornell.  (The attempt was defeated yesterday.)

But maybe not.

Passover starts on the night of April 14, and seders are held that night and the night of April...

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