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We want...it won’t

We took out al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and wanted, as a  consequence, al-Qaida to go away. It didn’t.

We have now taken out Taliban leader Akhtar Mansour and want, as a consequence, the Taliban to go away. It won’t.

We stopped calling the war on terror the war on terror and want it to go away. It won’t.

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Bill Clinton said more than he realized

‘I killed myself to give the Palestinians a state’: Ex-President Bill Clinton identified a major stage in the intentional, fully conscious, 135-year-old Palestinian, anti-peace strategy Speaking at a campaign event for his wife’s candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination, ex-President Bill Clinton said: “I killed myself to give the Palestinians a state. “I had a deal they turned down that would have given them all of Gaza,” Bill Clinton said, May 13....
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In case anyone doubted that history is relevant

In case anyone doubted that history is relevantIt may be weird, but remains true, that the Middle East is still convulsed by the implications of a little known diplomatic agreement hammered out 100 years ago this week. Weird? Even a history buff, let alone a professional historian, might be taken aback at how directly relevant to contemporary Middle East conflicts were two secret diplomatic  agreements reached during WW I. That’s right, 100 years ago. Even the Versailles Treaty, which imposed onerous conditions on Germany, which aided...
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Twisted Jewish ethics

Try on this logic. Think hard. It’s dense. An Israeli Knesset member says that Israeli revenge would preclude Arab terrorism. If Israelis burn an Arab baby to death in Duma, and if it stems from racism, it is wrong. But if it stems from revenge, it is justified “on the basis of the hostility and war of annihilation the Arabs are conducting against us.” “The Arabs.” All Arabs? Including babies? The Knesset Member, Bezalel Smotrich of the Jewish Home party, is quoted as saying:...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 May 2016 10:16 )

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The five lives of Rabbi Yehuda Copperman

“Gap year.” Or: “Seminary.” Or: “Work-study program in Israel after high school.” They all took their inspiration from Rabbi Yehuda Copperman — he of the five lives, any one of which another person would consider more than sufficient justification of his life — who died last January. His multifaceted legacy will continue to unfold for generations to come.
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JTA News

Drake has a crush on Sarah Silverman

Gabe Friedman News flash: The most famous Jewish rapper on earth has a crush on one of the most famous Jewish comedians on earth. As explained on “Late Night with Seth Myers” Thursday night, Drake recently post... [Link]

Netanyahu’s government may be near collapse, report says

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government may be on the verge of collapse according to Israel’s Channel 10. In a report Friday night, the TV station quoted unnamed “party leaders... [Link]

Arab states have reportedly hand-picked Palestinian leader to succeed Abbas

Julie Wiener (JTA) — The United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Jordan are reportedly planning to have former Gaza strongman Mohammed Dahlan replace Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Citing unnamed senior ... [Link]

Captain America is a secret Nazi, and people are going crazy about it

Andrew Tobin The new Captain America comic book includes an epic reveal, and some people are not happy about it. When fans ran out to grab Marvel Comics’ “Captain America: Steve Rogers #1” on its relea... [Link]

US health firms, Haifa hospital team up to ‘incubate’ digital medicine start-ups

Andrew Silow-Carroll (JTA) — IBM Watson Health and Medtronics are teaming up with an Israeli hospital to create a high-tech “incubator” to encourage innovations in digital medicine. Rambam Health Care Campus in... [Link]

Steven Spielberg, in Harvard commencement speech, says anti-Semitism on the rise

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Speaking at Harvard University’s commencement, filmmaker Steven Spielberg said he was “wrong” as a kid to think anti-Semitism “was fading.” Spielberg, whose 99-year-old father Arno... [Link]

Transgender Israeli Arab wins historic Tel Aviv pageant

Julie Wiener (JTA) — A Christian Arab-Israeli ballet dancer won Israel’s first-ever transgender beauty pageant. Ta’alin Abu Hanna, 21, was named “Miss Trans Israel” in Tel Aviv Friday, the Jerusalem Post... [Link]

NY Times removes quotation marks from Israeli ‘occupation’

Gabe Friedman (JTA) — The New York Times removed quotation marks originally used around “occupation” in one of its news stories. The word appears in the phrase “Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and ... [Link]

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