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Deadly False Narratives Drove the Temple Mount Crisis

Islamists in Gaza, Jordan, east Jerusalem, and within the Israeli Arab community, had the upper hand in their ability to push their interpretation of events claiming Israel intended to destroy the mosque to make way for a third Temple

Priebus out; Trump Names DHS Sec. Kelly New Chief of Staff

Kelly’s walking into something that will be a tougher challenge than homeland security. He’s a good choice, and we have reason to hope for good things to come of it.

Taxpayer Support for Terrorist Salaries Now Impossible to Defend

The Palestinian “Law of the Prisoner” openly rewards those convicted of even the most heinous attacks with generous monthly “salaries” and phantom jobs with automatic advancement in the PA government.

Obstacles to Peace: A Politically-INCORRECT Diagnosis

Contrary to political-correctness, the Palestinian issue has never been the crux of the Arab-Israeli conflict, a crown-jewel of Arab policy-makers, nor a core-cause of regional turbulence

Looking the Wrong Way on Iran

If Iran is allowed to solidify its Shiite Crescent and its naval obstructionism, American allies across the Middle East and North Africa will pay a heavy price.

Israel’s New Settlement Policy: Evaluated and Explained

Israel's new settlement policy seems to have taken the settlement issue off the boil not just with the Trump administration but also with other friendly foreign governments.

With Shutdown of Power Plant, Hamas Again Prioritizes Tunnels and Rockets Over Gazan Lives

{Originally posted to the Tower Magazine website} Gaza’s sole power plant shut down on Sunday for lack of funds, leaving the nearly 2 million residents...

Double Legal Standard: Anti-Muslim Bias Is Obvious, Anti-Jewish Bias Doesn’t Exist

10 federal appellate judges eradicated a presidential directive designed to protect the safety of US residents because the judges discerned religious prejudice against Muslims in the president’s motivation.

Israel was NEVER a British Colony; Judea and Samaria are NOT Israeli Colonies

Jews have lived throughout the holy land for millennia, including all over Judea and Samaria. International laws facilitated the ability of Jews to move back to, and throughout, their homeland.

Don’t “Dismantle” UNRWA–It CAN’T Be Done; Reform UNRWA ​Policies, Which CAN Be Done

​Now that the Israeli government has finally come to the conclusion that UNRWA is an impediment to peace, it should act within reality to curb UNRWA policy, not fantasize about closing it

50 Years of Palestinian Rejection

. If the world behaved differently, the Palestinians might eventually conclude that a deal was in their interests.

Backgrounder: New Hamas Platform

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Info on the purported changes in the Hamas Charter.

Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Iran’s ‘Preferred Proxy,’ Arming in Gaza

Ultimately, the dispute between PIJ and Hamas is one over tactics, not strategy. In light of its acute isolation, Hamas is seeking to rebrand itself somewhat, without any intention of giving up its long-term goal of destroying Israel.

UNRWA Policy Letter to US Ambassador to the UN, the Hon. Nikki Haley

Six questions posed to US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley whose answers could reflect a new US Policy towards UNRWA

Best Not to Move US Embassy to Jerusalem Until US law is Changed

The silver lining in the delay to move the US embassy to Jerusalem? It could bring new momentum to update the relocation law to recognize Jerusalem as part of Israel.

Abbas and Palestinian Authority Honor Terrorists Amid Trump Visit

Though Abbas tried to present a moderate stance to the American president, the PA named public squares in Jenin and Tulkarem after terrorists in the lead up to his visit with President Trump

Secretary Tillerson’s Political-Correctness

Will Trump and Tillerson embrace Middle East reality and reject political correctness thus sparing the US further erosion of its posture of deterrence in the Middle East and beyond? We shall soon see...

Denmark to Allocate Another $8 million to Radical Anti-Peace NGOs

A large portion of the gift is distributed as core funding to radical Palestinian non-governmental organizations that incite violence and terrorism and are active in global BDS campaigns against Israel

In Clear Attempt to Sabotage U.S. Relations, Intel-Leakers Tell Media What Trump Did NOT...

Bottom line: Trump didn’t expose sensitive information about intelligence sources and methods. (Keep that in mind. Trump has not exposed anything.)

The Week Past: A New and Improved Abbas? A New and Improved Hamas? The...

Some things never change: Abbas lied to a president’s face; Despite media blitz over Hamas’ new policy document its actions prove same-old, same-old; and UNESCO remains, well, UNESCO

Israel’s Economy Surges Against All Odds

Despite all the challenges, Israel's economy is thriving at a rate greater than almost all Western nations.

UN Committee Votes To Deny Jewish and Christian History Of Jerusalem

With or without UNESCO’s approval, Jerusalem is the heart of the Jewish State, as it said, “Israel is the heart of the Jewish people, Jerusalem is the heart of Israel, and the temple mount is the heart of Jerusalem.”

Would a Palestinian State Be a Failure?

Far from contributing to Mid East peace, the emergence of a new fragile Palestinian state would intensify conflict and instability, with potentially devastating consequences for its people, neighbors, and international order

Israel’s Internal Rapprochement

Israel's tolerance exists not despite but because of Israel’s Jewish identity: Israeli Jews want to maintain their own unique religion and culture rather than dissolving into generic Western cosmopolitanism, and therefore support Arabs’ desire to preserve their distinctiveness

High-tech, Low Barriers: New Study Advances the Digital Future of Jewish Learning

A new report on the implications of the wave of educational technology and digital engagement is designed to guide the Jewish community through this complex space.

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