As Purim approaches, thousands of Israeli children and families grapple with poverty
We talk; they run out the clock.
Ditto Iran. The third P5+1 meeting with Iran was held last month in Moscow. The talks ended with the Iranians intractably proclaiming their “non-negotiable demands” and the West offering another round of “technical expert talks.” As the talks failed, a new and heavier round of sanctions was slated to begin on 1 July. But as the date rolled around, the Obama administration gave waivers to 20 of Iran’s biggest trading partners to allow them to continue to purchase Iranian oil.
More talk not followed by action – not even action required by U.S. legislation.
Granting that Congress gave the Executive Branch the waiver option, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Ileana Ros-Lehtinen nonetheless criticized the administration for letting China off the hook. “The administration likes to pat itself on the back for supposedly being strong on Iran sanctions. But… (it) granted a free pass to Iran’s biggest enabler, China.” She pledged that “Congress will once again fill the leadership vacuum created by the administration, and work to strengthen sanctions against the regime in Tehran.”
There are ways Congress can “fill the leadership vacuum” produced by the administration’s determination to talk its way through the world’s problems – even when large parts of the world prove immune to its charms. The most useful would be for Congress to continue to establish practical measures of cooperation with Israel, working with Israel as a partner in addressing the security threats faced by democratic countries large and small — and, with the power of the purse the Constitution grants it, take the suggestion of Ambassador John Bolton: only “to pay for what we get, and get what we pay for” in funding the UN.
Originally published by Gatestone Institute http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org
About the Author: Shoshana Bryen is Senior Director of The Jewish Policy Center. She was previously Senior Director of JINSA and author of JINSA Reports form 1995-2011.
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Values at the very heart of the UN are threatened by extremist ideologies targeting our way of life
Any Jew who ties his fate to Israel should be able to vote in Israel’s elections-even before aliyah
Israel’s full sovereignty over a united Jerusalem is the only path for true peace in the region.
The president has made clear – I can’t state this more firmly – the policy is Iran will not get a nuclear weapon.
Obama has an apparent inability to understand Islam in particular and Mid-East culture in general
Pesach is a Torah-based holiday whose fundamental observances are rooted in Torah law; Purim is a rabbinic holiday whose laws and customs are grounded in the rabbinic tradition.
In honor of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s successful speech before Congress.
Mr. Spock conveys a message with painfully stark relevance to our world today, especially in the context of PM Netanyahu’s speech to Congress.
Obama created the “partisan politics” by asking Dem. party members to avoid Bibi and his address
Enough is enough. The Jewish community has a big tent, but the NIF should have no place in it.
Proportionality Doctrine:The greater the military gain the greater the justifiable collateral damage
The 686 men who expressed their desire to run in Iran’s presidential election were whittled down to 8.
Does Kerry think it would be better for Israel to approach negotiations from a position of precarious poverty?
Neither Secretary of State Kerry nor the president he serves seem to understand Russia’s goals in the Middle East.
The fourth Great War is less ‘Islam against the West’ than it is Sunni expansionists vs. Shiite expansionists.
This is the functional equivalent of agreeing not to swing the wrecking ball after you’ve set the house on fire.
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