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Palestinians forsake negotiations

Jordan, on behalf of the Palestinians, was scheduled to submit a resolution to the UN calling for the complete withdrawal of Israel from the West Bank by 2016.

Whether the resolution will pass was, as of press time, uncertain; and,  if it passed, whether the US would veto it, was also uncertain. Our guess is that the US would veto it because it would not achieve Palestinian statehood via negotiations, which the US favors. Rightly so. Unilateral statehood, or statehood via resolution, would merely exacerbate the considerable tension that already exists between Israel and its Palestinian neighbors.

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Talking to ourselves

With Taliban ‘militants’ who shoot children in the head, one by one, there is no common humanity, no common language Just when one thought that the last word on depravity and inhumanity was in, along come Taliban “militants” who kill children, one by one, in a “revenge” attack. Note the logic, if you can call it that: The government of Pakistan fights the Taliban, and in response the Taliban murders children. It’s the same “logic” that has Palestinians murder rabbis in the sy...
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Gil Marks, 1952-2014

There’s no denying that enthusiasm for Jewish cookery has experienced a veritable explosion over the past decade or so. This mirrors an increased interest in food among the general public, whether due to the advent of television cooking shows, progressively slick and attractive cookbooks, the popularity of food blogs or a general concern about health and well-being. Ironically, the proliferation of celebrity chefs and cookbooks has not led to a parallel rise in people cooking at home. It’s...
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Jordanians hate; a Palestinian loves

Two extremes. First, the bad news. Jordan’s parliament, as reported in the IJN (Nov. 28), held a moment of silence for the two murderers — not the five victims — in the pogrom in a Jerusalem synagogue, Nov. 18. Four Jews were murdered by butcher cleavers and one Druze  by gunshot. Jordan’s Prime Ministser Abdullah Ensour sent a letter of condolence to the families of the murderers.
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Light Up

Alas for the Prophet Amos: not justice but bad news rolls like a mighty stream today. Anti-Semitism in Europe and the Middle East, fallout from slanted interpretations of last summer’s Gaza War, mass killings in Syria and Iraq, kidnappings and Ebola in Africa, clutch the world. Jews leave their homelands in search of peace and acceptance. In the streets and synagogues of Israel, vans, knives and meat cleavers play the role that suicide bombs once did. According to a 2013 ADLaudit, anti-Semiti...
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Cnaan Liphshiz Israeli PM considered agreement that included land swaps and allowing settlers to remain in ‘Palestine’ if they choose to do so, document said to reveal. ... [Link]

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