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Blame Israel First Syndrome

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, June 23, 2014 at 2:45pm
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One of the frustrating aspects of following the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is the “blame Israel first” syndrome.

Writing in the Telegraph, Alan Johnson articulates the dynamic that is at play in It’s time to Stop Infantilising...

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Israeli official: “Noose is Tightening” Around Kidnappers (#BringBackOurBoys #EyalGiladNaftali)

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 10:27am
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In it’s campaign to rescue the three yeshiva students who were kidnapped June 12, Israel has been carrying out operations against the Hamas infrastructure in the West Bank, including arresting prisoners it had previously released. The kidnappings have evoked a feeling among Israelis and Jews worldwide. On the other hand the...

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On The Larry Elder Show talking anti-Israel boycott movement

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, June 20, 2014 at 10:30am
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I appeared on June 19, 2014, on The Larry Elder Show, talking about the BDS movement.

Larry was very familiar with the movement, and voiced some strong opinions.

I appreciate the opportunity, thanks Larry.

UPDATE: Congratulations to Larry for

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Three-fingered response

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, June 20, 2014 at 7:00am
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Some Palestinians have celebrated the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers by holding up three fingers, among other celebratory imagery like three rats hanging from a pole.

In response, an IDF...

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Israel Rearresting Terrorists Released in Prior Exchange #BringBackOurBoys #EyalGiladNaftali

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 12:00pm
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Last Thursday night, three Israeli teenagers Eyal Yifrach, Gil-ad Schaar and Naftali Fraenkel were abducted setting off a massive manhunt for the three and their captors. Israel has mobilized its reserve units to assist in the search. Palestinian society is showing support … for the kidnappers.

The Jerusalem Post reports:

Prime Minister Binyamin...

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Day 5 Since Israeli Teens Kidnapped #BringBackOurBoys #EyalGiladNaftali

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 12:31pm
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As the IDF continues to search for Gil-ad Shaer, Naftali Fraenkel and Eyal Yifrach who were kidnapped last Thursday night there are have been some new developments, though, unfortunatel,y they have not been found.

Yoav Limor writes in Israel Hayom:

The strategic aspects of the operation are meant to directly undermine Hamas, which it holds...

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The Wait Continues for the Return of #EyalGiladNaftali

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:30am
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Reports yesterday that Israel surrounded a house in Hebron briefly raised hopes that the IDF had found Gil-ad Shaer, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrach who were kidnapped Thursday night as they made their way home from Yeshiva for the Sabbath. Israel reported that two Hamas operatives were arrested at the house...

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Massive Manhunt Underway for 3 Kidnapped Israeli Teens

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 10:00am
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The IDF is conducting a massive manhunt for three Israeli teens kidnapped Thursday night. The three students Eyal Yifrah, 19, from Elad, Gil-Ad Shaer, 16, from Talmon and Naftali Frenkel, 16, from Nof Ayalon went missing as they were heading home from the Yeshiva where they were studying is Gush Etzion....

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Three Strikes Against U.S. support for Fatah-Hamas Unity Agreement

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 9:30am
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When Mahmoud Abbas’s “moderate” Fatah movement first reached out to make an agreement with the terrorist Hamas movement, the response in the United State was “mostly nonchalant.”

Now that the two sides have announced the creating of a unity government, the response has continued to be muted. Certainly not outraged.

Last week, of...

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Palestinians threaten Australia after East Jerusalem announcement

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 3:32pm
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We wrote about how Australia just made an enormous contribution to the Middle East peace process by refusing to refer to East Jerusalem as “occupied” territory.

Australia is historically and legally correct.  “East” Jerusalem was illegally seized and occupied...

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Australia just made an enormous contribution to the Middle East peace process

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, June 6, 2014 at 8:53am
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Australia has announced that it no longer will refer to East Jerusalem as “occupied” territory.

This is an enormous and important contribution to Middle East peace, as it corrects the false narrative that Israel’s recapturing of territory illegally occupied by Jordan from 1948-1967 is not justifiably part of Israel.

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Obama Administration’s Serial Betrayals of Israel

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 4:30pm
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David Horovitz, the editor of the Times of Israel has written a scathing critique of the Obama administration’s treatment of Israel.

In the aftermath of the administration’s acceptance of the Fatah/Hamas unity government in defiance of the letter of American law, Horovitz wrote yesterday,  

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Modern Language Assoc does not ratify anti-Israel resolution

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 12:17pm
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We previously wrote about a partial victory at the Modern Language Association House of Delegates during the annual meeting in January.  An anti-Israel resolution regarding alleged travel restrictions on academics was significantly watered down, and another resolution defending the American Studies Association’s academic boycott of Israel was rejected.

The Executive Council of...

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U.S. deserts Israel on Hamas while all eyes on return of alleged U.S. deserter

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 1:03pm
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And so it continues.

All eyes have been focused on the increasingly bizarre facts of the exchange of 5 top Taliban Gitmo detainees for Bowe Bergdahl, someone who may very well be a deserter if reports by soldiers who served with him are accurate.

Yet an even bigger event took place just yesterday,...

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