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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 people can undermine American interests, about how long wars should take. The US has had thousands of troops in South Korea for some 70 years. They’ve done an admirable job of defending American interests (though unable, alas, to stop North Korean genocide).

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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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Israel: The sky is not falling

The chief diplomatic correspondent for the Jerusalem Post, native Denverite Herb Keinon, spoke in Denver over the weekend, maintaining that the long perspective on Israel gives great room for optimism. Among his points: First: Israel’s population upon its declaration of independence in 1948 was 600,000 Jews. Today it is 6.2 million Jews (and 1.8 million Arabs). In 1948, Israel was outgunned and outarmed, assaulted by many Arab armies. Today Israel is the strongest military power in the regio...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 June 2014 12:56 )

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Don’t force Sterling to sell his team

Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, is a jerk. It is not necessary for this editorial column to establish that. He has already done so by himself. In this country, under the Constitution, a person is allowed to be a jerk, provided only that he does not break the law. Donald Sterling has not broken the law. What he has done is to express reprehensible opinions. In this country, under the Constitution, one is allowed to harbor and to express reprehensible opinions, especially ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 June 2014 12:58 )

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Shabbat Times

JTA News

British man gets jail time for sending lawmaker anti-Semitic tweet

Julie Wiener The tweet to Labour’s Luciana Berger carried the hashtag “Hitler was right.” ... [Link]

Poll: Majority of Denmark citizens want circumcision banned

Julie Wiener The survey was released on the eve of a parliamentary hearing to discuss a possible ban on circumcision, something that two parties support. ... [Link]

Palestinian-American student alleges anti-Muslim assault at Brooklyn arena

Marcy Oster She claims the group of assailants included the executive director of the Kings Bay YM-YWHA, who was punched outside the Barclays Center after the game. ... [Link]

Op-Ed: Rabbis bearing witness in Ferguson

mbrodsky A Minneapolis rabbi went to the anguished Missouri city with the intention of teaching protesters and police a new path for justice, a promise of racial healing. But once there he realized he had the ... [Link]

Netanyahu slams Abbas over deadly rail attack in Jerusalem

Marcy Oster The driver of the car that crashed into a train station, apparently intentionally, was a Hamas member, the Israeli prime minister’s spokesman said on Twitter. ... [Link]

Infant killed, 8 hurt in suspected terror attack on Jerusalem light rail

Marcy Oster The driver of the car that crashed into a train station attempted to flee the scene on foot and was shot by police. ... [Link]

Hagel, meeting with Yaalon, reaffirms U.S. commitment to Israeli security

Marcy Oster U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel reaffirmed the “deep commitment” of the United States to Israel’s security at a meeting with his Israeli counterpart. ... [Link]

Haredim’s refusal to sit next to opposite sex delays Delta flight

Marcy Oster A Delta Airlines flight to Israel was delayed after haredi Orthodox men and women deplaned rather than sit next to members of the opposite sex. ... [Link]

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