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FAA flight ban undercut US-Israel trust

The US said that Iron Dome made it safe for Israel ?to withdraw from the West Bank. The US undermined its position by banning flights to Israel due to a single rocket.

Rarely have we seen a diplomatic move so poorly thought out. We refer to the short US ban on American flights to Ben Gurion Airport.

Of course, the ban was not cast as a diplomatic move at all, only a safety measure. Against the supposed unsafe Ben Gurion Airport, Aeroflot, British Airways, El Al and other carriers continued to fly in and out of Ben Gurion without incident. The US lifted its ban some 36 hours later, on Thursday, July 23.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 31 July 2014 11:34 )

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The hidden agenda in Gaza: No two-front war against Iran

Israel is fighting harder against Hamas this time because of the number and sophistication of Hamas’ terror tunnels. But there’s another reason: The prospect of the West’s acceptance of a nuclear Iran. We believe that one main reason, an unstated reason, why Israel is so forceful in its prosecution of the war against Hamas this time has nothing directly to do with Hamas. It has everything to do with Iran, specifically with the West’s weak kneed negotiations with Iran over its nuclea...
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Link between terror in Ukraine and Gaza

Israel invades Gaza to prevent Hamas from acquiring — and using — advanced missiles that downed a plane over Ukraine. Somebody incompetent or malicious downs a passenger liner over Ukraine. Innocents die. Israel invades Gaza. Innocents die. There’s a link. What Hamas wishes to do, the bad actors in Ukraine did. What Hamas seeks is precisely the sophisticated missiles in Ukraine currently beyond Hamas’ capacity. The type of inhumane action we witnessed over Ukraine is the goal of Ha...
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Now we know why Gaza is so poor

Hamas, the democratically elected rulers of Gaza, diverted humanitarian aid and economic investment into terrorist tunnels. The poverty, dislocation and hopelessness in the Gaza Strip is a classic — perhaps the classic — example of the kid who killed his parents and then plead for mercy on the grounds that he was an orphan. Self-caused: This is basis of the poverty, dislocation and hopelessness in Gaza. It’s not Israel. It’s not the US. It’s not the UN. It’s not history....
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A Page One headline in the Denver Post

The writers of newspaper stories virtually never write the headlines over their stories. If there is bias, inaccuracy or imbalance in a headline, the responsibility rests with the newspaper, not the writer. A headline on Page One of the Denver Post this week caught our eye. It did not reflect the content of the story. It put an anti-Israel slant, not justified by the facts of the story, on the news about the war. The facts were rather simple and straightforward. Last Tuesday morning, a ceasefi...
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U.S. calls on Israel to reverse land appropriation

Marcy Oster The United States called on Israel to cancel the government appropriation of West Bank land in the Etzion bloc, while Israeli ministers praised and panned the decision. ... [Link]

Artists in Brazilian exhibition protest Israeli funding

Marcy Oster Most of the artists participating in a major Brazilian art event protested funding for the show from the Israeli government. ... [Link]

Thousands rally against escalating anti-Semitism in Britain

Marcy Oster Thousands of people gathered for a rally in central London to protest the rise in anti-Semitism in Britain. ... [Link]

New children’s books: a tale from Spain, easing a young girl’s pain

mbrodsky Jacqueline Jules was inspired to write “Never Say a Mean Word, A Tale from Medieval Spain” by a Torah commentary she read — more than a dozen years ago. ... [Link]

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