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Escalating Iranian provocations leave John Kerry practically giddy

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 7:21pm 2/3/2016 at 7:21pm
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Three weeks ago, ten American sailors on two naval boats were seized by Iran.

One of the first readouts of what happened came from the State Department with this tidbit:

Now, the Secretary then got on the phone with Foreign Minister Zarif for the first time – I think the first of at...

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UN Admits Own Impotence, Sort Of

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 3:30pm 2/2/2016 at 3:30pm
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As negotiations to negotiate an end to the Syrian civil war plod along, the UN has admitted, internally, that it is powerless to enforce any Syria peace deal.

According to Foreign Policy, the UN knows it cannot enforce or even monitor any peace deal it brokers:

In a confidential strategy paper exclusively obtained...

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Vox Don’t Know Much ‘Bout Middle East History

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, February 1, 2016 at 10:00am 2/1/2016 at 10:00am
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In the middle of January, I dissected Vox video purporting to distill the Arab-Israeli conflict into 10 minutes. But those ten  minutes were littered with countless errors and omissions. I wasn’ t the only one weighing in, of course.

Elder of Ziyon, one of the longest running pro-Israel bloggers has taken the...

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Obama Tough On Israel, Pushover For Iran

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, January 4, 2016 at 8:30am 1/4/2016 at 8:30am
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Two ongoing news stories that broke this past week show the Obama administration’s contrasting styles towards America’s top Middle East ally and a rogue nation that continues to flout international law. Obama and his top officials have no problem playing hardball with Israel, but become like Rex the dinosaur in Toy...

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BDS’s Economic Impact Isn’t The Point

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 10:00am 12/30/2015 at 10:00am
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A recent article from Adrienne Yaron has an important kernel of truth surrounded by a myriad of analytical errors and false conclusions.  The central point that BDS is a cover for defamation of Israel and development of a critical mass of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish hatred on false pretenses is sound.  The...

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When will NY Times Break the Silence about its implicit anti-Israel bias?

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, December 26, 2015 at 12:30pm 12/26/2015 at 12:30pm
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Anti-Israel bias in The New York Times isn’t news. But an article this week once again highlights how the Times promotes those who criticize or demonize Israel pretty uncritically, Israeli Veterans’ Criticism of West Bank Occupation Incites Furor.

The report in question w...

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Iran’s Bad Week In Syria

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 6:30pm 12/20/2015 at 6:30pm
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Iran and its allies have taken a beating in Syria according to recent reports.

Perhaps the most spectacular was the airstrike overnight that killed the notorious child killer, Samir Kuntar and eight other terrorists in a Damascus suburb. Prof. Jacobson rightly called Kuntar “among the most notorious and vicious terrorists,” for shooting...

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Russia’s Focused Brutality Trumps US’s Gentle Touch In Syria

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 3:45pm 12/17/2015 at 3:45pm
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Russia’s policy of bloody deterrence and intimidation is reaping battlefield victories, and exposing US fecklessness in Syria.  President Obama has decided the risk of alienating the Syrian population and providing propaganda fodder for ISIS and other anti-Western organizations outweighs the benefits of a substantive military intervention, but Russian President Vladimir Putin’...

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Obama’s Lack Of Clarity On ISIS Confounds DOD And Critics Alike

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 5:30pm 12/15/2015 at 5:30pm
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President Obama and the Defense Department are warning of the dangers of deploying ground troops to Syria without first answering whether ISIS can be defeated without them.

Critics say the status quo is not doing the job.  Max Boot wrote in the Wall Street Journal on December 8 that air power alone...

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Pompeo, Cotton Poke More Holes in Iran Nuke Deal

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, November 27, 2015 at 12:00pm 11/27/2015 at 12:00pm
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Rep. Mike Pompeo (R – Kan.) and Sen. Tom Cotton (R – Ark.) have a lot in common. Both are army veterans and both are graduates of Harvard Law School. And both have been doing a great job of exposing aspects of the nuclear deal with Iran that the administration would...

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Is Peace Really Up To Israel?

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 10:00am 11/4/2015 at 10:00am
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Former President Bill Clinton’s said last week in Israel in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin, that peace is up to Israel.

As the Associated Press reported:

“He refused to give up his dream of peace in the face of violence,” Clinton, who formed a close bond with Rabin...

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Lesbos Defiled

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 10:30am 9/19/2015 at 10:30am
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The Greek island of Lesbos has been a popular landing point for refugees fleeing the Middle East by boat. The numbers have been so great that rafts and other flotation devices are piling up on the shore.

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Samantha Power sides with the oppressor

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, September 7, 2015 at 7:30pm 9/7/2015 at 7:30pm
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The United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power recently wrote a piece for Politico arguing the Congress not reject the nuclear deal with Iran.

In short she argued that rejecting the deal would leave the United States, not Iran isolated and the ability of the United States would be greatly...

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Brave: Two Freshmen Dems Will Oppose Iran Deal

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 8:30am 8/25/2015 at 8:30am
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Both Rep. Donald Norcross (D – N.J.) and Rep. Brendan Boyle (D – Pa.) have announced that they will stand on principle and oppose the nuclear deal with Iran (a/k/a, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA.) I know almost nothing about either of these legislators, but I have tremendous...

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Democrats, do you feel lucky (about the Iran deal)?

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 6:00pm 8/23/2015 at 6:00pm
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A number of stories have been reported since the signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as the nuclear deal with Iran is known, that raise serious questions about its effectiveness to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon and even about whether or not it will stop...

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How Kerry Demonstrated His Contempt For Congress

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 7:00am 8/19/2015 at 7:00am
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By now, Sen. Jeff Flake’s (R – Ariz.) announcement that he will oppose the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has been overshadowed by Sen. Robert Menendez’ (D – N.J.) Tuesday announcement of his opposition.

Still, I’d like to revisit Flake’s announcement because he was viewed by the administration, in the words of ...

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Israeli Priest Slams Anti-Israel Boycott Movement

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, July 24, 2015 at 8:30am 7/24/2015 at 8:30am
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On July 16, Israel’s Christian Empowerment Council (CEC) released a short pamphlet titled Test The Spirits: A Christian Guide to the Anti-Israel Boycott Movement (BDS).

It’s authored by Father Gabriel Naddaf, a Greek Orthodox priest from Nazareth in the Galilee.

The new guide garnered some publicity in Israel.

But here in the U.S., other...

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