Obama’s legacy

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The administration argues that it discriminates against Jews to advance the cause of peace. But this claim is completely absurd. Why did the Obama administration decide to escalate its attacks against Israel last week? What was the purpose of the State Department’s shockingly hostile assault last Wednesday following the Israel Land’s Authority’s announcement that it is publishing tenders to build 323 apartment units in Jerusalem’s Gilo, Har Homa, Pisgat Zeev and Neveh Ya’acov...

Column one: Time to walk away from US aid

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The point is that the US aid deal is really a deal for Lockheed Martin, not for Israel. And we need to say no. On Monday, acting head of the National Security Council Yaakov Nagel will sit down with his US counterpart, Susan Rice, and try to conclude negotiations about a new, multi-year defense assistance package.   We must all hope that he fails.   No clear Israeli interest will be advanced by concluding the aid deal presently on the table.       Indeed, the deal...

COLUMN ONE: Turkey – Roger out

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“Turkey has a large armed force, professional armed forces and... I am certain they will continue as a committed and strong NATO ally.” On Wednesday, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg insisted that the purge of thousands in the Turkish military – including a third of the serving generals – did not weaken the military.  

  Stoltenberg told Reuters, “Turkey has a large armed force, professional armed forces and... I am certain they will continue as a committed and strong...

Column One: Obama’s money and Israel’s sovereignty

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The problem is that in exchange for the expanded military aid, Obama is demanding that Israel surrender its diplomatic and military independence to the White House. This week, MK Michael Oren stood up to his boss in the Kulanu party, Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, to the political Left, including hundreds of retired security brass, and to the IDF General Staff. The former ambassador to Washington urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to sign the multi-year security assistance deal...

Column One: Obama and the moderate Muslims

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In the 15 years since September 11, first under Bush, and to a more extreme degree under Obama, the US has refused to name the enemy that fights America with the expressed aim of destroying it. As far as the White House is concerned, Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic’s top reporter, is President Barack Obama’s unofficial mouthpiece.   This was one of the many things we learned from The New York Times in David Samuels’s profile of Deputy National Security Adviser Ben...

Beyond legal action, Twitter's own terms of service explicitly ban support for terrorism.

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Beyond legal action, Twitter's own terms of service explicitly ban support for terrorism. News of the terrorist attack in Tel Aviv’s Sarona Market had barely broken Wednesday night when Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh took to Twitter to praise the slaughter.   “One of the #TelAviv bomber heroes. Mercy and light on the kindness of your soul,” the former Hamas prime minister tweeted in Arabic at 10:45 p.m., alongside a picture of one of the attackers, shot in the street.   Haniyeh’s...

The Iran Deal and the 2-State Solution: One 'Big Lie" serves another

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The left uses same arguments, the same falsehoods and is leading to the same level of danger for both issues. Much has been made out of Obama’s National Security flunky Ben Rhodes’ fictional imaginary advocacy for Obama’s Iran Nuclear Bomb deal.  No one should be under any delusion that Rhodes’ Iran Nuclear fictional lies were not approved by Barack Obama.  But no one should think that Ben Rhodes had to work very hard to conjure up the Iranian nuke fabrications that almost all...

Column One: The Koch Brothers meet the crackpots

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On issue after issue, from taxes to bathrooms to what it means to be an American, the cleavages in American society continue to expand. It’s no secret that American society and its political parties are in the midst of a period of profound instability. The presidential primaries revealed once again the vast ideological divide separating conservatives and liberals. They also revealed the yawning gap between primary voters in both parties and the parties’ leadership.   On issue after...