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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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JTA News

Yemen minister dedicates award to country’s Jews

Anthony Weiss Yemen’s minister of culture is donating an international human rights prize to the country’s tiny and persecuted Jewish minority. ... [Link]

Op-Ed: Stop reckless sponsorship of anti-Israelism

Sara K. Greenberg Corporations and universities should not lend mainstream legitimacy to such a radical and odious movement as BDS. ... [Link]

And the only state without a Chabad is…

Julie Wiener As of this year, Chabad-Lubavitch — hosting its annual gathering this weekend in New York — has a permanent presence in 49 states. So which one is the holdout? ... [Link]

Several injured in West Bank clashes

Cnaan Liphshiz A soldier and several Palestinians were wounded in Friday riots across the West Bank. ... [Link]

Two Jews lightly wounded in Jerusalem stabbing

Cnaan Liphshiz A stabbing attack, which the victims said was committed by Arabs, happened outside an eastern Jerusalem yeshiva. ... [Link]

Op-Ed: Behind social entrepreneurship, a surprising force

Julie Wiener Religiously affiliated supporters of Jewish innovation are involved in Jewish life, know what they find most valuable in Judaism and want to find ways to share it with others, this foundation director... [Link]

Report: Iranian envoy to return to Tehran ahead of nuke talks deadline

Cnaan Liphshiz Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif will consult with his country’s leaders on nuclear negotiations. ... [Link]

Do you know a teen who deserves a shout-out?

Ami Eden We’re looking for teens whose social action work is worthy of attention — to highlight in our Teen Heroes column. Please send your suggestions to teens@jta.org. ... [Link]

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