Category: Israeli Politics

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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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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 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 …

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Wonder Woman Meets the President

President Reuven Rivlin

Israel, a mostly ceremonial position. The occasion was Rivlin’s speech at the Jewish Federation General Assembly in Los Angeles. The Jerusalem Post has the story: Rivlin told Gadot. “Even then we knew you’d be great. I am so proud and happy to meet you, a real and beloved ambassador for the State of Israel, who …

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Israel’s Jewish Nation-State Bill

Jews of every religious stripe pray side by side at Western Wall

Israel is America’s only democratic ally in the Middle East. But as a country even younger than America, Israel has had trouble squaring its Jewish identity with its desire to be a democratic state. For years, Israel has been trying to pass a form of the Jewish Nation-State bill that would please all its constituents, …

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Remind Me Why Obama Made a Deal with Iran?

Male protester holds up poster of Nasrallah

Sunday morning, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah spoke from the bunker in which he hides from Israel. Al-Manar, a Hezbollah media organ carried the rant which went beyond anti-Israel to antisemitic, which we all know is the same thing anyway. Here’s what he said: “The Netanyahu government is leading your nation to destruction. Don’t allow a …

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Conan O’Brien in Israel

Conan O'Brien in Israel

Comedian and talk show host Conan O’Brien is in Israel. I’m leaving America during this divisive time for the relative peace and quiet of the Middle East. https://t.co/RnVTythuzI #ConanIsrael — Conan O’Brien (@ConanOBrien) August 17, 2017 He’s trying to give equal time to all. Conan, it was a pleasure hosting you at our house. You’re …

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An Israeli Perspective on McMasters Purge

It’s always a little startling and certainly interesting to see American politics through the lens of the outsider. Caroline Glick, a native Chicagoan, and journalist who picked up and moved to Israel some years ago, gave her opinion of “McMaster’s purge of Trump loyalists” on August 3. Several news outlets have picked up the story and …

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Fantasy Island Moves to Gaza

Yisrael Katz

Yisrael Katz, who is both Minister of Transportation and Minister of Intelligence in the Israeli Knesset, has been, um, floating the idea, for quite awhile now, of creating an artificial island off of the Gaza coast, so that the people of Gaza could have a way around the legal Israeli maritime blockade. With such an island, …

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Consider the Source

rambam

Back in February, Muslims raised more than $91,000 to fix up a desecrated Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia. That effort remains controversial, spearheaded as it was by Linda Sarsour. Some say Sarsour wanted to cover for her open denunciation of Zionists. Now a senior PA official, who asked to remain anonymous, after treatment at Haifa’s Rambam Health …