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Kidnapped teens and the State Department

Restraint? The State Dept. urges restraint in the search for the kidnapped Israeli teens?

Sometimes we think that there is a boilerplate button at the State Department that is automatically pushed when the subject of Israeli self-defense comes up. Israel’s search for kidnapped citizens is an act of self-defense. Greeting it is the latest cut-and-paste quote from the diplomatic center of this country, urging “all parties to exercise restraint and avoid steps that could destabilize the situation.”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 June 2014 03:20 )

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Look who’s in Israel from Denver today

If you’re missing a familiar face this week in shul or at the grocery store, there’s a good chance that your acquaintance may be in Israel this week having the time of his or her life. Right now, as you read this, three diverse groups of Coloradans are in Israel: • Israel Study Tour took 71 high school rising seniors to Israel on June 8 for five weeks of touring, learning, socializing and trying their hands at things like kibbutz and army work.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 June 2014 01:27 )

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Do the US and Iraq share a common enemy?

Patience has paid off in South Korea. It could work in Iraq, too — if we let it. President Bush declared in 2003, “Mission Accomplished” in Iraq. A bit prematurely, it turned out. President Obama declared Iraq “sovereign, stable and self-reliant” in 2011 as he pulled American troops out of Iraq without a status of forces agreement. A bit prematurely, it turned out. It’s an ugly world out there — too ugly to fit into nice, preconceived, American notions about how long nasty peop...
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First fruits of PA-Hamas unity

No sooner does Hamas ink a unity agreement with the Palestinian Authority than the new entity kidnaps Israeli teens. Right. Only the technocrats are running the Palestinian Authority-Hamas unity government. The US bought into this charade, hook, line and sinker. Now, Secretary of State John Kerry eats crow, blaming Hamas for the kidnapping of three Israeli teens. Not soldiers. Not adults. Not armed. Just hitchhikers. Ages 16, 16, and 19. That’s the quarry of Hamas....

Last Updated ( Friday, 20 June 2014 02:37 )

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Teachers unions want it both ways

Based on their court filings and arguments, one cannot escape the lugubrious conclusion that teacher unions defend the indefensible: retention of incompetent teachers; that is, indifference to the best interests of the children. Item: The Colorado Education Association last week lost a lawsuit in Denver District Court in which it argued that the Colorado legislature cannot change the supposed Constitutional right of a teacher not to be fired. Now, check this item: The California Teachers Assoc...
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