Analysis: Focus on a nuclear Iran obscures other developing nuclear threats

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The US and the West have done little to update their defense doctrines for dealing with the burgeoning and evolving nuclear threats posed in other corners of the world. The world is distracted.   The Iranian threat, as serious as it is, continues to overshadow the nuclear threats posed by the North Korea- South Korea fault line and the Pakistan-India fault line – both active this week – not to mention what experts say are new and increasingly likely scenarios of limited nuclear...

The power of Jewish indignation

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When Jews stand up to anti-Semites, the anti-Semites back down. Perhaps we should thank Spain’s Rotodom Sunsplash reggae festival organizers. They just provided us with a textbook case both of the nature of today’s anti-Semitism and of how to defeat it.   Last weekend, the festival organizers canceled their invitation to Matisyahu, the American-Jewish reggae artist, because he refused to bow to the organizers’ demand that he publicly support “Palestine.”   Matisyahu was the only...

The anti-peace administration

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"For all their talk about Middle East peace, Obama and his advisors are not at all interested in achieving it."   The US has striven to achieve peaceable relations between the states of the Middle East for nearly 70 years. Yet today, US government is disparaging the burgeoning strategic ties between the Sunni Arab states and Israel.   In a briefing to a delegation of visiting Israeli diplomatic correspondents in Washington last week, a senior Obama administration official sneered...

Column One: Obama strikes again

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Obama’s first hope was to reach a deal with his Iranian friends that would leave the Assad regime in place. But the Iranians blew him off. While Israel and much of official Washington remain focused on the deal President Barack Obama just cut with the ayatollahs that gives them $150 billion and a guaranteed nuclear arsenal within a decade, Obama has already moved on – to Syria.   Obama’s first hope was to reach a deal with his Iranian friends that would leave the Assad regime in...

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...