Pathway to defeating ISIS runs through Kurdistan – and starts in America

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US must cede operational control to trusted local experts who can vet so-called “rebels” to ensure support is given only to those that seek freedom, peace and democracy Congress must help the president formulate a “complete” strategy that would “degrade and ultimately destroy” Islamists running rampant worldwide; he has proven unable, as commander- in-chief, to achieve this stated goal and, instead, has diminished America’s global potency during the past half-decade with increasingly...

How and why to kill the deal

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If Iran remains a threat, the deal bars the US from taking any steps to counter it aside from all-out war. Washington Post columnist David Ignatius is a reasonable man. After hearing back to back interviews with US Secretary of State John Kerry and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the Obama administration’s pact with Iran’s ayatollahs, he tried to balance them out.   Speaking Sunday on CBS’s Face the Nation, Ignatius equivocated that on the one hand, “My takeaway [from Kerry]...

Into the Fray: Israel’s lethal land-for-peace laureates

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Paradoxically, indeed perversely, the policies of Israel’s peace laureates have not only made peace increasingly remote, but Israel increasingly untenable. Poor Menachem [Begin]... I got back... the Sinai and the Alma oil fields, and what has Menachem got? A piece of paper. – Anwar Sadat, on the peace agreement with Israel, 1980    In the name of Allah…believe me, there is a lot to be done.The jihad will continue... together, shoulder to shoulder, until victory... till...

Analysis: Will there be another Gaza war?

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While the cease-fire between the second and third wars lasted just 19 months, on average it can be calculated that every 22 months Israel has found itself facing the same problem in Gaza. A year ago this week, Israel launched its third war in Gaza in less than seven years. The first was in December 2008 and the second in November 2012. Simple calculation shows that the time elapsed between the first and second campaigns was nearly four years.   While the cease-fire between the second...

Column One: The new government’s war on BDS

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The flagship of the diplomatic war against Israel is the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new government is less than a month old, but it’s already apparent that it is different from its predecessors. And if it continues on its current diplomatic trajectory, it may do something that its six predecessors failed to accomplish. Netanyahu’s new government may improve Israel’s position internationally.   The stakes are high. Over the years...

Diplomacy: ‘Who are you going to trust?’

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US President Barack Obama told Israelis this week that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cares greatly about their security, but that he does as well. A video clip from December 4, 1991, is currently making the rounds, showing a younger, darker-haired Benjamin Netanyahu, then the country’s deputy foreign minister, at a press conference in Washington alongside then-ambassador to the US Zalman Shoval.   It was just after the Madrid Conference, and in the midst of the intense procedural...

The urgent business of the next government

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"Our elected leaders must take immediate steps to strengthen our democracy." Share on Facebook  Share on Twitter    On Tuesday, the people of Israel spoke. They gave a clear mandate to the nationalist camp, led by the Likud and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, to lead the country.   Now that the people have spoken, our leaders must consider the steps they must take, immediately upon entering office, that will enable them to advance their agenda and so meet the...

Israel’s next 22 months

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Given the stakes, the choice of Israeli voters next Tuesday is an easy one   The next 22 months until President Barack Obama leaves office promise to be the most challenging period in the history of US-Israel relations. Now unfettered by electoral concerns, over the past week Obama exposed his ill-intentions toward Israel in two different ways.   First, the Justice Department leaked its intention to indict Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez on corruption charges. Menendez is the...