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You don't know what Obama said at the mosque

If you seek to understand Barack Obama and his views, the best place to go is his speeches. But you have to read them in their entirety, not rely on hearing them or on the media’s summary of them. When you do, you realize how often what Obama says is morally and intellectually confused and even untrue.

The most recent example was his speech last week at a mosque in Baltimore. In addition to reassuring Muslim Americans, President Obama spoke a lot of nonsense, some of it dangerous.

President Obama: “So let’s start with this fact: For more than a thousand years, people have been drawn to Islam’s message of peace. And the very word itself, Islam, comes from salam — peace.”

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Yes, Muslims should be asked to condemn

IN LATE December, an opinion piece appeared in the Washington Post that tells you much of what you need to know about the moral fabric and intellectual depth of the ACLU and much of the left. Written by Rana Elmir, deputy director of the Michigan chapter of the ACLU, the title says it all: “Stop asking me to condemn terrorists just because I’m Muslim.” Here is how her column begins: “As an American Muslim, I am consistently and aggressively asked — by media figures, religious leader...
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Farook was obsessed with Israel. What else.

According to the father of the San Bernardino terrorist, Syed Rizwan Farook, his son was “obsessed with Israel.” In an interview in the Italian newspaper La Stampa, the senior Syed Farook said, “My son said that he shared [Islamic State leader] Al Baghdadi’s ideology and supported the creation of the Islamic State. He was also obsessed with Israel.” The Los Angeles Times reported that “As the investigation unfolded, friends and family of the shooters came forward to offer snapshots...

Failing to learn lessons from Paris

The left’s reactions to the terror attack on Paris are in keeping with its tradition of getting almost everything wrong. Take Bernie Sanders, for example. At the Democratic presidential debate, one day after the Paris attack, the democratic socialist candidate made this observation about al-Qaida: “I would argue that the disastrous invasion of Iraq, something that I strongly opposed, has unraveled the region completely, and led to the rise of al-Qaida and to ISIS.”
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Why I am in Israel — why you should be too

JERUSALEM — I want to explain why I am in Israel. I am in here with 450 American listeners to my radio show. About 400 are non-Jews. We are here on a “Stand with Israel” tour organized by the syndicator of my radio show, the Salem Radio Network, and I am accompanied by my wife, my producer Allen Estrin and his wife, and my radio colleague Mike Gallagher. People frustrated with the direction of America and the direction of the world regularly ask: “What can I do to make any difference?...

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Jordan’s king: Solving Israeli-Palestinian conflict necessary to defeat ISIS

Julie Wiener (JTA) — The Islamic State cannot be defeated until the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is resolved, Jordan’s king said. Speaking Friday at the Munich Security Conference, an international gathering o... [Link]

Ex-settler leader Dayan still Brazil envoy pick, Israel says

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French rabbi, Muslim rapper to release song for murdered Jew

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — A rabbi and a Muslim rapper announced the release in France of a song against racism that they co-produced ahead of the 10-year anniversary of the anti-Semitic murder of Ilan Halimi. Coc... [Link]

People are confused why Bernie Sanders won’t own his Jewishness

Gabe Friedman Toward the beginning of Thursday night’s Democratic debate, Bernie Sanders had the perfect opportunity to tout that he would be the first Jewish president. Asked whether he’s worried about blocki... [Link]

Free Robert Levinson, Senate appeals to Iran in unanimous vote

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a resolution urging Iran to fulfill its pledge to help find Robert Levinson, a Jewish American who went missing in Iran in 2007. Five Amer... [Link]

White House says it does not support ‘territories’ component of anti-BDS legislation

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Obama administration said it does not support the portion of a new trade law that requires actions against entities that boycott goods manufactured in the West Bank. “As... [Link]

Barry Manilow rushed to hospital following mouth surgery complication

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Barry Manilow was rushed back to Los Angeles after a performance in Memphis because of complications from emergency oral surgery this week, a statement on his website said. The 72-year o... [Link]

At Utah’s on-slope Shabbat service, ski boots required

Uriel Heilman PARK CITY, Utah (JTA) – It may be the most elevated Shabbat service in the country, and not just because of the spirited singing. Held in a rustic cabin in the woods off a ski slope at Deer Valley r... [Link]

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