US Politics

State Vs. Trump: Tillerson Sees Role for Hezbollah

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

It’s common knowledge that the State Department often disagrees with a sitting president and that when State disagrees, it often somehow manages to dictate policy. That may be reflected in what happened last week with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Wednesday of last week, during a trip to the Middle East, Tillerson said, referring to …

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Get it Straight: An Iranian Drone Violated Israel’s Airspace

Iranian UAV enters Israeli airspace

You’d never know it from reading the news, but when Israel carried out extensive airstrikes in Syria, it wasn’t just reacting to the fact that one of its F-16 fighter jets was brought down. It was reacting to the fact that an Iranian drone, coming out of Syria, violated Israel’s sovereignty by illegally entering Israeli …

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Arab Aid to Gaza: Lip Service

Map of OAPEC member states

In the wake of President Trump’s massive cuts in aid to UNRWA, about a third of the bloated agency’s budget, some $65m, the Palestinian Authority has called on the 22, mostly oil-rich Arab nations that make up the Arab League, to chip in to make up the deficit in funds. Even if these countries agree, …

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Trump: No More Aid to Countries That Diss Us

Gaza Arabs hang and burn effigies of President Trump and Vice President Pence

In President Trump’s State of the Union address, he spoke about his desire for legislation to be passed that would prevent enemies of the U.S. from receiving aid. “I took an action endorsed unanimously by the Senate just months before: I recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Shortly afterwards, dozens of countries voted in …

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Pence Speech Boycotted by Arab MKs

Vice President Mike Pence

Vice President Mike Pence is in Israel, but Arab members of Knesset are going to boycott Pence’s speech to the Israeli parliament. Why? Because the Trump administration has recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Why this should be big news is beyond understanding. Is there any other sovereign nation that is not allowed to choose its …

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US UN Contribution Slashed

Haley warned that there’s a new sheriff in town. She warned that the US was “taking names.” She warned they’d leave UNESCO and she warned that US funds to the UN would be slashed. And the president backed her—said, “We’ll save a lot.” And now we will. The United States is reducing its UN funding …

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Selfie Brings Death Threats

TIara on a table

Miss Iraq posed for a selfie with Miss Israel at the 2017 Miss Universe Beauty Pageant. The result? Miss Iraq received death threats and her family had to go into hiding. If a selfie causes this much tzuris (Yiddish for trouble), imagine how far away the world is from a real peace with Muslim extremists. …

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Trump #MeToo Crowd Receives Soros Boost

George Soros smoking a cigarette

George Soros has been doing whatever he can to bring down President Trump. His latest gambit is to gather all the women who wish to accuse the president of harassment, prepare them, and have them do a press conference, all nicely organized. He’s doing this under the auspices of a nonprofit organization called Brave New …

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Trump and Jerusalem

Trump giving a speech

Many presidents have promised to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel’s capital, Jerusalem. Trump is just one more. Now that the waiver has expired, legally, he has to move the embassy. But the State Department is flipping out. Why? They say that moving the embassy will awaken the violence. They must not …