CELEBRATING A KIDNAPPING

On the “Three Schalits” Facebook page appear dozens of photos of smiling Palestinians holding up the three-fingered symbol in various locales.  Israelis know how to read between the lines.

Many of those photographed flashing the sign are young children.  Sweet-looking children.  Palestinian children.  Celebrating the kidnapping of Israeli children.  Continue reading

“Palestinianism” Doesn’t Allow Peace Process to Succeed

Peace with Israel creates an existential problem: Palestinian identity has become defined solely in terms of conflict with Israel; how can the Palestinians give up the conflict without giving up the key to their identity?

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Was Israel’s Defence Minister Right to Rip Obama?

Just weeks ago, Israel intercepted a ship, the Klos C, with a cargo of sophisticated Iranian weapons destined for Iranian proxy armies terrorising Israel. Just days ago, those same Iranian proxies fired dozens of rockets at Israel.  Was there even a word of serious American protest to the Iranians? Did it even slightly alter the American negotiating posture? 

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Why We Should Be Alarmed By Events in Jordan

Just how long the current regime can keep a lid on that is anyone’s guess. Israel and the West should appreciate the cooperation they get from Jordan while it lasts. That may not be for long, and what comes next is unlikely to be so cooperative.

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Five-Match Suspension Not Enough To End Neo-Nazi “Quenelle”

The rising popularity of the quenelle is a worrisome trend. It reflects a widening anti-Semitic streak in a culture already too accepting of anti-Jewish behaviour and expression.  And football culture is already too susceptible to racial and ethnic tensions which often boil over to physical violence.  The last thing the sport needs is the popularization of the quenelle.

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Pushing Back Against “The Worst Law You’ve Never Heard Of”

FATCA has been implicated in the recent surge in renunciations of U.S. citizenship by Americans abroad.  Expatriations have risen from a pre-FATCA trickle to a current level of thousands per year.  Many Americans operating overseas businesses and requiring foreign financial services are being forced to choose between citizenship and livelihood.

Cynicism as Foreign Policy: Obama’s Defense Secretary Speaks

President Obama seems to be estranged from his own foreign and military policy. American foreign policy should project strength, resolve and predictability. Sadly, as Robert Gates confirms, Obama reflects none of these.
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