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Defensible borders, not pious promises

Surprise. Israel doesn’t trust US assurances on its security. Why? US didn’t stick by its assurances to Ukraine.

I. ‘Assurances’ to Ukraine

Secretary of State John Kerry will ask Israel to forgo territory and settlements if and when he unveils his plan for an Israel-Palestinian peace. Kerry will assure Israel that the security of Israel, without this territory or these settlements, will remain intact because the US will guarantee it.

The US and Russia guaranteed the security and territorial integrity of Ukraine in 1994 when the US pressed Ukraine to give up its nuclear weapons. By “territorial integrity,” Crimea was included.

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Malaysia 370 mystery puts Israel on high alert. Why?

Malaysia Flight 370 disappeared nearly two weeks ago. While suppositions — mechanical failure, rogue pilots, hijacking, terrorism — run rampant, only Israel has put itself on high alert. Why? Michael Oren, former Israeli ambassador to the US, was interviewed last Tuesday evening by CNN guest host Bill Weir about Israel’s decision. Oren, in his calm, implacable way, said:

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 March 2014 02:48 )

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Pro-Israel supporters in Congress and AIPAC err in prioritizing bad manners over Israeli security

Senator Schumer and others divert the US from important Israeli security matters by insisting on US tourist visa waivers for Israeli travelers. There’s a good reason why Israel is denied the visa waiver. When it is said that the American “government” is pro-Israel, this refers to the executive branch, or to Congress, or both. It almost never refers to the State Dept., a pro-Arab bastion for decades. Going all the way back to Israel’s creation in 1948, the US, upon the initiative of ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 March 2014 11:06 )

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Add to the nomenclature of Iranian malice: Klos C

The Obama administration and the EU think Iran can be trusted in nuclear negotiations while Iran simultaneously ships lethal weapons to Israel’s enemies. “Full Disclosure.” Nice name for the Israeli operation that captured an Iranian ship loaded with lethal weapons destined for Gaza, i.e., destined for use against Israeli civilians. There isn’t much to say that the simple news report doesn’t contain. This, from JTA:
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We need Queen Esther today

Where is Queen Esther when we need her? We are witnessing an escalation of anti-Semitic activity throughout Europe. Despite legislation in several countries against anti-Semitic speech, incidents are reported every week — personal attacks, defacing of Jewish buildings, cemetery vandalism, soccer game violence. This week alone, in France, a rap musician glorified Mohammed Merah, murderer of four at a Jewish school in Toulouse, and two assailants attacked a Jewish man near a Paris synagogue. An...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 13 March 2014 02:15 )

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Cnaan Liphshiz A meeting between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators ended without an agreement to resume peace talks, a Palestinian official said. ... [Link]

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