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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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Obama spikes Iran Nuke football

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 7:16am 7/15/2015 at 7:16am
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President Obama defended his deal to Iran to Thomas Friedman of The New York Times yesterday. It was a bad deal and it represented a retreat on nearly every single element of the deal.

In any case this is what Obama told Friedman:

“We are not measuring this deal by whether it is...

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Awaiting historic sellout of Israel by Obama-Kerry

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 12:00pm 7/12/2015 at 12:00pm
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President Barack Obama has, at least since 2012, claimed that he has Israel’s back regarding his engagement with Iran.

But as the Iran nuke negotiations move closer to an agreement, with reports it could happen by tomorrow, it is clear that Obama’s words are empty rhetoric.

In M...

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Obama Admin obsessed with accommodating Iranian nuclear goals

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 10:02am 6/30/2015 at 10:02am
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Two stories reported yesterday raise questions whether the Obama administration is willing to devise a deal that will be comprehensive to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear device and even if it could, would it have the will to enforce it.

In the first case, Jay Solomon of The Wall Street Journal reported...

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Obama’s Plan for ISIS: Leave It for the Next President

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 6:00pm 6/13/2015 at 6:00pm
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As a direct result of Obama’s amateurish, quasi-idealistic, and completely ideological failings in Iraq, we will almost certainly end up sending ground troops back in order to undo the damage wrought by the failed Obama doctrine.

Obama knows this, of course, and his plan is to run out the clock rather than...

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Obama’s Cynical Synagogue Speech

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 8:30am 6/3/2015 at 8:30am
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President Obama’s speech a week and a half ago at Washington D.C. synagogue Adas Israel was alternatively promoted as both an opportunity to address the scourge of anti-semitism, and a chance to reach out to American Jews. The speech did nothing to advance either goal and was tone-deaf to any Jews, or Americans for that...

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The Palestinians Continue Their War Against Israel in Soccer

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, May 22, 2015 at 8:13pm 5/22/2015 at 8:13pm
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When in 1993 Israel and the PLO agreed to make peace, PLO chief Yasser Arafat committed to forswear violence and engage in bilateral negotiations.

The thousands of Israelis killed, especially during the so-called Aqsa intifada – really a terror campaign orchestrated by Arafat – show that the Palestinians didn’t keep to the...

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Israel’s Magnificent Medical Efforts to Save Syrians

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 5:40pm 5/13/2015 at 5:40pm
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A couple of remarkable news reports have been broadcast in recent days about the care given Syrians wounded in the civil war across the border. One – the more dramatic one – was at the Israeli news site Ynet (affiliated with the daily Yedioth Ahronot); the other at CNN.

The Ynet article...

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Kurdish Revolt Against Iran Brewing?

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 1:00pm 5/12/2015 at 1:00pm
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One of the things about Iran that isn’t generally understood is that its population is at least 40% ethnic minorities. There are Kurds, Ahwazi Arabs, Azeris and Baluchis for example. And of course there are religious minorities, Jews, Sunnis, Christians and Bahai, who also are persecuted.

So what happens when one of...

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Traces of Chemical Weapons Found at Undeclared Site in Syria

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 2:30pm 5/10/2015 at 2:30pm
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Late Friday afternoon Reuters had a huge scoop. Inspectors found traces of prohibited chemical weapons at a previously undeclared site in Syria.

Samples taken by experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition and Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in December and January tested positive for chemical precursors needed to make the toxic agents, the...

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Maersk Pays “Ransom,” Iran Frees Ship

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, May 8, 2015 at 8:30am 5/8/2015 at 8:30am
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Iran released the Maersk Tigris, the cargo ship it seized at sea last week.

The New York Times reports:

The Maersk Line, the Danish shipping giant, confirmed in a statement that the vessel and its 24-member crew, forced to anchor near Iran’s southern port of Bandar Abbas since its seizure on April 28,...

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The Good, Bad and Ugly of Senate Iran Nuke Compromise

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 1:00pm 4/15/2015 at 1:00pm
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There have been a number of reactions to the Corker-Menendez bill, which provides for Congressional oversight of whatever nuclear deal the administration makes with Iran. It passed out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday with a 19-0 vote.

J. E. Dyer at Liberty Unyielding looks at the numbers and sees the...

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The Obama Administration’s Nonproliferation Hypocrisy

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 6:45pm 4/9/2015 at 6:45pm
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I visited the State Department’s website earlier this week and I was greeted by an item hailing the 45th anniversary of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT).

After hailing the treaty the article goes on to say more explicitly, “[i]f we didn’t already have the NPT, we would desperately need it today.”

A couple...

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White House Struggling to Sell Iran Policy…to Democrats

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 12:16pm 2/22/2015 at 12:16pm
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An effort last week to marshal Congressional Democrats to urge House Speaker John Boehner to delay Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Congressional speech next month gained the support of only 23 out of 188 House Democrats....

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Revealed: Palestinian Authority formula for paying terrorists

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 9:42am 2/8/2015 at 9:42am
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Is the Palestinian Authority interested in peace? Although you probably knew the answer, we now have more proof that the PA directly rewards terrorism against Israel, and has developed a process to determine how much to reward terrorists based upon how serious the terror act was.

Edwin Black reported Friday that unsealed documents not only...

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Tom Cotton takes a hard stance on Iran

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 3:00pm 2/1/2015 at 3:00pm
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I wasn’t looking for anything more than a screenshot when I came across Senator Tom Cotton’s (R-Ark.) statement last week (embedded below) before the Senate Banking Committee. But when I heard him speak about Iran’s “…nasty habit with their proxies of killing Jews all around the world.” I made a mental...

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Are US “negotiations” encouraging an intransigent Iran?

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 4:00pm 1/13/2015 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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