Posts by David Gerstman  (Page 20)
 

Obama admin using media against Israel

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Posted by    Friday, August 2, 2013 at 2:43pm 8/2/2013 at 2:43pm

1) Targeting Israel in Syria

First the sequence:

a) Israeli Airstrike in Syria Targets Arms Convoy, U.S. Says by Isabel Kershner and Michael Gordon – January 30, 2013

Israeli warplanes carried out a strike deep inside Syrian territory on Wednesday, American officials reported, saying they believed the target was a convoy carrying sophisticated antiaircraft...

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Will Hamas suck up to Iran to save itself?

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Posted by    Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 12:30pm 8/1/2013 at 12:30pm

Troubles for Hamas in Gaza

In The New Republic, Ehud Yaari explains some of the reasons Hamas is in trouble. Its Muslim Brotherhood patrons in Egypt fell from power after it alienated Iran for stopping its support of Bashar Assad. These changes have precipitated a leadership split in Hamas.

For example, in contrast...

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John Kerry Rejects a Twenty Year Old Assumption of the Peace Process

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 6:30pm 7/30/2013 at 6:30pm

The Talks Begin

The past two days has seen the reporting on the beginning of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

First there was the reporting on the Israeli concession that made the talks possible. The New York Times reported Netanyahu agree to free 104 Prisoners:

An Israeli government official, speaking on t...

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The Great Shi’ite Hope

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Posted by    Monday, July 29, 2013 at 12:30pm 7/29/2013 at 12:30pm

Getting to sort of know you

The New York Times published a rousing tribute to incoming Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, President-Elect Stirs Optimism in Iran and West. The profile starts with an anecdote:

Bogged down in faltering nuclear talks with the European powers nearly 10 years ago, Hassan Rouhani did something that no...

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Does President Obama consider Republicans a greater threat than the Muslim Brotherhood?

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Posted by    Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 2:15pm 7/28/2013 at 2:15pm

Last week the College Fix reported that a group of College Republicans were turned away from from a speech that President Obama was giving on their campus, despite the fact that they had purchased tickets. (h/t InstaPundit)

Ten College Republicans were dubbed a security threat and refused admittance to President Barack Obama’s...

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On “Responsibly Ending the War in Iraq”

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Posted by    Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 8:00am 7/25/2013 at 8:00am

When President Obama first took office, he promised to responsibly end the war in Iraq.  Now, several years later, the result appears far different than that vision.

On my first full day in office, I directed my national security team to undertake a comprehensive review of our strategy in Iraq to determine...

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The More Israel Gives, the More the Palestinians Take

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 11:00am 7/24/2013 at 11:00am

In the peace process nothing can be said to be certain, except Israeli confidence building measures and blaming Israel for failure

I agree with one aspect of Jeffrey Goldberg’s, Kerry’s Mide...

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How Europe came to view Hezbollah as a Terrorist Organization

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 11:00am 7/23/2013 at 11:00am

Europe vs. Hezbollah

Yesterday, the European Union’s foreign minsters voted unanimously to designate Hezbollah’s “military wing” a terrorist organization. This will give European nations the authority to disrupt the organization’s finances.

The vote required unanimity and it was a long time in coming.

Last August, an article written by Nicholas Kulish of the New...

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Iran Demands Justice for Trayvon Martin

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Posted by    Monday, July 22, 2013 at 5:00pm 7/22/2013 at 5:00pm

1) The Executioners Demand Justice

Perhaps one of the oddest stories appearing yesterday was Iran’s Mullahs Demand Justice for Trayvon.

According to the semi-official Iranian website Press TV:

“The acquittal of the murderer of the teenage African American once aga...

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Abbas Refers to Deadly Terrorist’s “Pure Soul”

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Posted by    Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 6:30pm 7/21/2013 at 6:30pm

No peace, No justice

A decade ago Ahmed Jubarah walked out of jail a free man. Twenty eight years after he killed 13 people and wounded dozens more detonating an explosive laden refrigerator on a crowded Jerusalem street, Israel released Jubarah and others in order to restart peace talks with the Palest...

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EU v. Israel

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Posted by    Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 8:15am 7/18/2013 at 8:15am

1) The Union Strikes Back

The European Union (EU) has just released new regulations governing certain dealings with Israel.

Starting in 2014, the EU (as a unit, individual states are not governed by these guidelines) will prohibit any dealings with private Israeli entities that liver or operate in Judea and Samaria, what is...

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What do Steven Pagones, Kareem Brunner and George Zimmerman have in common?

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Posted by    Monday, July 15, 2013 at 4:48pm 7/15/2013 at 4:48pm

Now that George Zimmerman has been acquitted in a court of law, it’s reasonable to review how the case progressed. Breitbart provided a useful timeline. Here’s the third item:

March 13, 2012 – NBC’s...

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Schweitzer Backs Out

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Posted by    Monday, July 15, 2013 at 12:40pm 7/15/2013 at 12:40pm

Max Baucus, as noted here, was one of the senate’s biggest proponents of ObamaCare.

But shortly after he called the implementation of ObamaCare a “train wreck” in April, he decided not to seek re-election. (Baucus apparently believes that ObamaCare’s biggest failing is incompetence, not impossibility. I rather think that both are true,...

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Is USA indirectly arming Hezbollah?

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Posted by    Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 6:45pm 7/11/2013 at 6:45pm

1) Where did Hezbollah get American arms

Last month Lee Smith attempted to clarify if the administration had sent army to the Syrian rebels as it said it would, or not. All he (or anyone) got was studied ambiguity:

In fact, it’s still not clear what the White House is doing. In a...

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On Monday in Egypt who Shot First?

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 3:26pm 7/10/2013 at 3:26pm

Who shot first?

Yesterday’s New York Times ran an editorial, Bloodshed in Egypt:

It has been all downhill for Egypt since the military ousted President Mohamed Morsi last week. On Monday, according to reports in The Times, Egyptian soldiers fired on hundreds of Mr. Morsi’s supporters as they were praying outside the facility...

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Did Egyptian military commit or prevent a coup?

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 8:15pm 7/9/2013 at 8:15pm

While violence in Egypt has been increasing, it’s important to remember that there was a coup in Egypt prior to the June 30th protests. That coup occurred November 22, 2012. That’s when President Morsi attempted to seize power for himself by fiat.

Here’s how Eric Trager later characterized the events:

The Brotherhood’s most...

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Why Morsi fell

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Posted by    Sunday, July 7, 2013 at 1:00pm 7/7/2013 at 1:00pm

The Misadventures of Morsi

Commenting on Reuel Marc Gerecht’s thesis that having Islamists take power was probably a necessary step for political liberalization in the Arab world, Ross Douthat writes:

As I said two years ago, I have serious doubts about whether Gerecht’s thesis — which sees Islamist rule in Middle E...

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