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Trump Calls Off the Wedding to Iran

Trump giving a speech

Well, it happened. Trump bowed out of the JCPOA, and judging from my Google news feed, the world is furious. Page after page of headlines describing the move as a disaster, a type of war-mongering, and worse. One would think that at least the Israelis were happy, but not if you take your news from …

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City of Durham Turns Against U.S. Ally

Durham on a map

Durham, North Carolina just banned all cooperation and training between its police force and the IDF. The city council adopted the ban with a unanimous 6-0 vote. The vote was initiated by anti-Israel groups such as the Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP). The petition had close to 1,400 signatures. The petition claims that the IDF …

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John Bolton: A Strong Choice

John R. Bolton, Pres. Trump's new national security adviser

So this just happened: US President Donald Trump appointed John Bolton as his national security adviser, a replacement for Lt.-Gen. H.R. McMaster. If you’re on the right side of the political spectrum, you’re thrilled. On the left? You’re outa luck, and making dire predictions of war. Whether you’re to the right or left of things, …

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Arabs: “We Reject Any American Peace Solution or Proposal”

Ramallah Protest

Why do we keep knocking heads and wasting time trying to get Arabs to accept a peace agreement with Israel when they keep saying no? The latest expression against peace is a protest held in the city of Ramallah, the seat of Arab government which is under Palestinian Authority autonomy. There, in front of America …

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Taylor Force Act: Not a Partisan Issue

Taylor Force

Taylor Force was stabbed to death during a visit to Israel—killed by a terrorist who thought the business student and former serviceman was a Jew. The Senate is currently examining the Taylor Force Act, which would put an end to U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) until such time as they shut down the …

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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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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 …