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Are US “negotiations” encouraging an intransigent Iran?

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 4:00pm
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On Sunday, the New York Times ran an editorial that compares President Barack Obama with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani—they’re clearly both moderates facing hard liners in their own governments—and provided an explanation Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei’s intransigence, claiming:

But Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who will have the last word on any...

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To help Palestinians, take spotlight off Palestinians

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 4:02pm
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In The Dream Palace of the Arab, an excellent column about Palestinians’ inability to place their fantasies about the destruction of Israel over the reality of Israel, Bret Stephens focuses on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ latest attempts to...

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Dennis Ross: “Stop Giving Palestinians a Pass”

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 7:00am
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In an op-ed published in The New York Times on Monday, former American peace negotiator Dennis Ross wrote that it’s time to hold the Palestinians responsible for turning down peace.

Since 2000, there have been three serious negotiations that culminated in offers to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Bill Clinton’s parameters in 2000,...

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Obama Admin Indirectly Encourages Palestinian Unilateralism

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, January 5, 2015 at 11:30am
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As Prof. Jacobson blogged last week Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas attempted to get the United Nations Security Council to impose terms of a peace settlement on Israel and then, failing that, applied to the International Criminal Court in an effort to bring war crimes charges against Israel.

While Abbas bears the...

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NY Times 2015: Keep blaming Israel, ignore Palestinian rejectionism

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 1, 2015 at 12:30pm
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Today the New York Times, predictably, blamed Israel for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ efforts to internationalize the Palestinians conflict with Israel. According to the Times, it is Israel’s fault that Abbas attempted...

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Will Israel’s Left Win by Portraying Bibi as an Extremist?

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 11:30am
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In a recent essay, Jonathan Spyer identified the likely approach the anti-Netanyahu coalition – specifically Isaac Herzog of Labor and Tzipi Livni of Hatnua – will take in preparation for the Israeli elections on March 17. Spyer writes, “The belief underlying the Israeli center-left’s campaign is evidently that if Israel is ‘boxed in’...

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Palestinian threats against Mohammad Zoabi and why there is no peace

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, December 26, 2014 at 2:30pm
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Prof. Jaccobson blogged yesterday about the tribulations of Israeli Member of Knesset Haneen Zoabi, who is privileged and free to serve in the legislature of the country that she reviles.

But there’s another Zoabi, in fact a distant cousin, who also has been in the news. Mohammad Zoabi. He’s a teenager who...

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Palestinian Political Concrete Jungle

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, December 25, 2014 at 3:00pm
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Tzipi Livni, Israel’s former peace negotiator, dropped a bombshell yesterday when she explained in an interview with New York Times columnist Roger Cohen, how Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas torpedoed the American sponsored peace process earlier this year.

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Tzipi Livni: Abbas Torpedoed Peace Process

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at 12:00pm
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In his column yesterday, anti-Israel columnist Roger Cohen of The New York Times talked to Tzipi Livni, candidate for prime minister and Israel’s peace negotiator, about why the John Kerry-sponsored peace talks failed earlier this year. Livni tells of the three ways the Palestinians destroyed the peace talks.

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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.

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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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