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Israel just made a two-state solution possible

A unity government of the Palestinian Authority and the terrorist Hamas doomed any possibility of a two-state solution. This war was a game-changer.

Remember the calumny heaped on Israel for unilaterally destroying Iraq’s nuclear reactor, Osirak, in 1981? Nine years later, when Iraq invaded Kuwait in August, 1990, and the US organized a coalition to go to war against Saddam Hussein, the US and the Arab world were profoundly grateful to Israel.

The coalition had to face conventional — not nuclear — weapons in Iraq and Kuwait.

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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 t...

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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Shabbat Times

JTA News

South African president vows to fight anti-Semitism

Cnaan Liphshiz Representatives of South Africa’s Jewish community commended President Jacob Zuma’s pledge to combat anti-Semitism. ... [Link]

House unanimously approves anti-Semitism condemnation

Ron Kampeas A bipartisan congressional resolution urging increased action by the United States and other countries to address resurgent anti-Semitism passed unanimously. ... [Link]

Senate approves enhanced U.S.-Israel cooperation bill

Ron Kampeas The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a bill that would further enhance U.S.-Israel ties. ... [Link]

Elsewhere: The separation myth, diplomatic delusions, tasting Hitler’s food

Raffi Wineburg JTA rounds up noteworthy news items from the Web. ... [Link]

U.S. officials ‘not optimistic’ going into Iran talks

Ron Kampeas U.S. negotiators are not entering the latest round of nuclear talks with Iran with optimism, a top U.S. official said, citing Iran’s insistence on maintaining its uranium enrichment capability. ... [Link]

In the kitchen with Joan

Raffi Wineburg Joan Rivers may have been famous for fat-shaming, but according to a forthcoming cookbook, she liked to eat rich Ashkenazi dishes. ... [Link]

This Week in Jewish Farming: Season of abundance

Ben Harris With winter storage crops harvested and summer crops still in the ground, September is a special moment for the seasonal eater. ... [Link]

Ukrainian health official: Uman pilgrims may bring Ebola

Cnaan Liphshiz A Ukrainian health official warned that Jewish pilgrims converging in Uman may bring with them the Ebola virus and other epidemics. ... [Link]

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