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Lessons from Netanyahu’s speech

Not new, but newly clarified and crystallized, are these points about the Iran negotiations emerging from Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before Congress March 3:

• Iran is a bad actor, with a decades-old history of terrorism against Americans, Israelis, Syrians, Jordanians, Lebanese, Yemenis, Kurds and others.

• Iran has not abided by UN resolutions or international agreements, such as the Non-Proliferation Treaty, of which it is a signator. Iran will not abide by any new agreement, whatever its provisions.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 March 2015 08:44 )

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Deal on Iran: Ships passing in the night

Ships passing in the night. Netanyahu lays out an alternative deal. Obama says Netanyahu said nothing new. Translation: War is closer. Two ships passing in the night. Netanyahu says: The alternative to a bad deal is a better deal. Obama says: Netanyahu said nothing new. Netanyahu says: This deal has a sunset provision. It guarantees the right of Iran to build a nuclear bomb in 10 years.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 March 2015 14:21 )

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Russia today: Cold War reawakened?

There was a time when Vladimir Putin was welcomed onto the global stage. After September 11, when the US was confronted with global terrorism, Russia’s president, having faced down homegrown terrorism in Chechnya, turned westward. Overtures toward NATO set a cooperative tone for East-West relations, further evidence at the time that the Cold War was over. Rising GDP following the economically unstable Yeltsin era solidified Putin’s popularity on the homefront. The Russian leader seemed i...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 March 2015 14:22 )

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For European aliyah en masse, there is a high price to be paid

Four innocent Jewish men gunned down. A Jewish young woman, waiting for a ride, stabbed to death. A beautiful two-year-old girl critically injured by rock-wielding assailants, dead two years later. These events did not occur in France. They did not occur in Scandinavia, the UK or Belgium. They happened in Israel. Yet, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would have you think that the calculus is black and white: Jews in Europe are in mortal danger; Jews in Israel are perfectly safe. If ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 February 2015 10:48 )

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Muslim ‘Friendship Ring’

The long-range solution to radical Islam’s love of death is not a social uplift effort. It is an idea: a reformation of Islam or a return to its true nature — take your pick. It doesn’t matter, so long as anti-Semitic and anti-Western hate and death-embrace are extirpated from practicing Islamic communities. For so long, that long-range solution seemed very long range, indeed. Perhaps a ray of hope now shines from Scandinavia. A recent terrorist attack against a Jewish institution in Denm...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 February 2015 13:09 )

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Obama: I have same high expectations of Israel as I do of U.S.

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Obama: I criticize Israel because I care about Israel

Ron Kampeas Defending Jews from anti-Semitism is necessarily entwined with criticizing some of Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians, President Barack Obama told a Jewish audience. ... [Link]

Dutch restaurant says it erased Israel from map for culinary reasons

Cnaan Liphshiz The owners of Rotterdam’s Le Souq say they replaced Israel with ‘Palestine’ on a map because of their passion for Palestinian food. ... [Link]

How to build an American shtetl — See: Bloomingburg, N.Y.

Uriel Heilman Shalom Lamm is developing a playbook for setting up an American shtetl. The problem is some of his new neighbors in Bloomingburg claim he used bribery, fraud and corruption of public officials to do s... [Link]

Switzerland defends funding for Israeli leftist group

Cnaan Liphshiz Breaking the Silence is scheduled to bring an exhibition to Zurich with federal, municipal support. ... [Link]

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