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Will the New Center-Left Coalition Unseat Netanyahu?

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 15, 2014 at 1:00pm
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Following the dissolution of the Israeli government this week, Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog and Hatnua leader Tzipi Livni agreed to join forces in an effort to unseat Likud as the governing party.

At The Times of Israel Haviv Rettig Gur wrote a positive analysis of the merger, arguing that in bringing...

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Will Early Elections in Israel End Netanyahu’s Career?

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 4:20pm
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Last week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired his finance minister (Yair Lapid of Yesh Atid) and justice minister (Tzippi Livni of Hatnua), both coalition partners, effectively bringing down the current government and forcing new elections now scheduled for March 17.

The latest polls suggest that Netanyahu would be able to form the...

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Jewish Nakba Day

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 9:37am
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“Nakba” is the phrase Arabs use to refer to the creation of Arab refugees from the British Mandate of Palestine created during the civil war and then Arab armies invasion after Arabs rejected the U.N. General Assembly 1947 Partition Plan.

Had the Arabs accepted that plan, there would have been an Arab state created...

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Two Israelis Killed in Separate Knife Attacks Following PA Incitement

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 4:00pm
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Two Israelis were killed yesterday in separate terror attacks by knife wielding assailants.

Yesterday morning, a 20 year old soldier, Almog Shiloni, was stabbed in Tel Aviv. The Times of Israel reports:

Almog Shiloni, 20, of Modiin, died of multiple wounds to his stomach and chest, an official from the Sheba Medical Center...

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Will Flipping the Senate Lessen the Chance of a Bad Iran Nuclear Deal?

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, November 10, 2014 at 10:00am
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With the Senate flipping from Democratic control to Republican control, the question emerges whether the legislature, now in the hands of the opposition, will be able to rein in President Barack Obama in the event that he engineers a bad nuclear deal with Iran.

In short, the Senate will almost certainly be...

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Israel Builds Homes, World Screams; Egypt Destroys Homes … *Crickets*

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, October 31, 2014 at 4:02pm
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Elder of Ziyon picked up on a recent bit of hypocrisy when Egypt began destroying hundreds of homes along the Sinai’s border with Gaza. In So where are the Rachel Corries for Egypt?  Elder writes:

800 homes demolished in the next few days? Israel has never demolished so many in so little time.

Yet...

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Barack’s Baseless Bibi-Basher

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 7:05pm
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Yesterday Prof Jacobson rightly assessed Jeffrey Goldberg’s The Crisis in U.S.-Israel Relations Is Officially Here as describing a crisis “in Obama-Israel relations.”

Although the White House has offered a disavowal of the profane insult made by one of Goldberg’s sources, the full substance of his remarks needs to be rebutted.

The offending...

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Terror Attack at Jerusalem Light Rail Stop Leaves Baby Dead, 7 Others Injured

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 6:01pm
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Earlier today, a Palestinian drove his car off the road into a group of people who had just gotten off Jerusalem’s light rail at the Ammunition Hill stop, killing a three month old baby and injuring seven others.

The Times of Israel reports:

“A private car which arrived from the direction of the...

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Will NY Times Tour of Iran have “don’t ask, don’t tell policy”?

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 12:30pm
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Few publications were more enthusiastic about last year’s election of “moderate” Hassan Rouhani as president of Iran than The New York Times. Perhaps some of that enthusiasm stemmed from the possibility of engaging in commercial enterprises with the regime in Tehran.

Ira Stoll editor of SmarterTimes noted the other day that The...

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While you were watching ISIS, Iran took Yemen

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 8:30am
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The Houthis, Iranian backed rebels have taken control of Yemen’s capital, Sanaa.

The Washington Post reports:

The capital of Yemen, the Arab world’s poorest and perhaps most chronically unstable nation, has new masters. Shiite rebels man checkpoints and roam the streets in pickups mounted with anti­aircraft guns.

The fighters control almost all state buildings,...

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Arab Bank Found Liable For Supporting Hamas Terror

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 5:15pm
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Yesterday a jury in a federal court in New  York found the Arab Bank – the largest lender in Jordan - liable for “knowingly supporting terrorism efforts connected to two dozen attacks in the Middle East.”

The New York Times reports:

Arab Bank, a major Middle Eastern bank with $46 billion in assets, was accused...

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Appearance of Impropriety: U.S. Middle East Diplomat and Qatar’s Money

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, September 19, 2014 at 3:10pm
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The New York Times earlier this month published an expose of how foreign money influenced think tanks. One of the subjects of the article was the Brookings Institution, its vice president Indyk and $14.8 million grant that the government...

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UN Peacekeepers in Syria Escape to Israel

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 1:00pm
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The United Nations announced yesterday that it was withdrawing all of its United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) peacekeepers out of Syria due to “[t]he situation in UNDOF on the Syrian side and the area of separation has deteriorated severely over the last several days.”

Armed groups have made advances in the...

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“Cruz’s action was an act of moral leadership”

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 8:31pm
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I only followed in passing the incident where Ted Cruz was booed off the stage at a gathering to support Christians in the Middle East after saying that Israel was the best friend Christians have in the Middle East.

The Daily Caller reported:

Sen. Ted Cruz was booed offstage at a conference for...

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How Hamas’ Casualty Figures Became News

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, September 1, 2014 at 8:00pm
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Central to the charge that Israel’s conduct warrants an investigation by an “independent” commission to investigate whether it committed war crimes is the premise that Israel, in defending itself against rockets launched by Hamas into its territory, caused a disproportionate number of civilian deaths.

Since a commission appointed by the anti-Israel United...

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All the News That’s Fit for Hamas

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, August 22, 2014 at 1:55pm
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At his Muckraker column at Forbes, The Media Intifada: Bad Math, Ugly Truths About New York Times In Israel-Hamas War, investigative journalist Richard Behar exposes many of the problems – really scandals – with the MSM reporting on Gaza.

Though he focuses a lot on The New York Times, he focuses on...

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American journalist James Foley reportedly beheaded by ISIS

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 7:09pm
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ISIS has released a video purporting to show the beheading of American journalist James Wright Foley, who had been missing for almost two years. The video, which also threatens to do the same to a man identified as American journalist Steven Sotloff, will not be linked to on this blog.

Foley ...

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