The Celebrate Israel Festival on May 31 at Pier 94, slated to be the largest gathering to date of Israeli-Americans in New York.
The unspeakable savagery of ISIS makes for gory headlines on a daily basis and has sparked renewed interest in the notion that Islamist fundamentalism is a potent international phenomenon that presents an existential threat to most of the international community.
While ISIS’s seizure of large swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria is perhaps the most dramatic expression of that threat, there are significant manifestations in other places as well, pointing to a broad effort to spread Muslim hegemony over much of the globe.
The threats to the United States and Israel are palpable. Sovereign and unrestricted havens for terrorists envisioning 9/11-type attacks are plainly in the offing. The U.S. has a critical interest in stanching the Islamic march and must also allow Israel to pursue its security interests as it sees them. Arab states have begun to forcefully react to the threat and America – whose participation will be key – should do so as well.
Almost under the radar, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates recently carried out air strikes against Islamist militias seeking control of Tripoli. According to senior U.S. officials interviewed by The New York Times, the strikes represent a major escalation between supporters and opponents of political Islam and are part of a region-wide struggle for power, with old-line Arab leaders seeking to thwart Islamist insurgents.
Reportedly, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates have formed a bloc that seeks to counter Islamist influence in the Middle East. It has long been an open secret that Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Egypt were in covert sympathy with Israel in its fight against Hamas, which for all intents and purposes is the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, which the governments in Riyadh, Amman, and Cairo view as dedicated to their overthrow.
Significantly, the U.S., according to the officials who spoke with the Times, was caught by surprise and has thus far been left standing on the sidelines in all of this.
It’s well past time for President Obama to recognize that his withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq left much unfinished business and indeed set the stage for the successes of ISIS in that country. To be sure, there were valid reasons for wanting to leave Iraq, but setting an arbitrary date for doing so encouraged Islamic militants and pulled the rug out from under the Iraqi government.
Similarly in Syria, the failure to pursue the ouster of Bashar Assad, despite his violation of Mr. Obama’s proclaimed “red line” concerning the use of poison gas, left the insurgency to percolate. Here again there were certainly complications and it was not easy to separate the good guys from the bad guys. Indeed, the insurgents were a politically polyglot group. But, as in Iraq, drift was allowed to set in and ISIS used it to its full advantage.
The U.S. remains the world’s only true economic and military superpower. But this country’s ability to influence the course of events in regions around the world has taken a not insubstantial hit, thanks, in large measure, to Mr. Obama’s conviction that Americans were weary of war and foreign interventions and would therefore support downsizing the military.
But that approach failed to take into account the phenomenon of a virulent Islamic movement seeking to reestablish Muslim hegemony in as many spots as possible. Nor did it foresee the creeping challenges coming from China and Russia. China has mounted several land grabs in Asia and is slowly building an enormous military capacity while Russia has flexed its muscles in Georgia and the Ukraine and is seeking to influence events in the Middle East and Asia.
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Many books have supported the preferability- not to be confused with desirability- of the status quo
Consider the Pope’s desperation, reading daily reports of the slaughter of Christians by Muslims
The contrast between a Dem pretending to love Israel & a Dem who truly loves Israel is CRYSTAL CLEAR
U.S and European demands for the creation of a Palestinian State in the West Bank is world hypocrisy.
We take a whole person approach, giving our people assistance with whatever they need.
During my spiritual journey I discovered G-d spoke to man only once, to the Jewish people at Sinai
20 years after the great Ethiopian aliyah, we must treat them like everyone else; no better or worse
Connecting Bamidbar&Shavuot is simple-A world without Torah is midbar; with Torah a blessed paradise
Many Black protesters compared Baltimore’s unrest to the Palestinian penchant of terrorism & rioting
She credited success to “mini” decisions-Small choices building on each other leading to big changes
Shavuot 1915, 200000 Jews were expelled; amongst the largest single expulsions since Roman times
Realizing there was no US military threat, Iran resumed, expanded & accelerated its nuclear program
“Enlightened Jews” who refuse to show chareidim the tolerance they insist we give to Arabs sicken me
Somewhat surprisingly, the Vatican’s unwelcome gesture was diametrically at odds with what President Obama signaled in an interview with the news outlet Al Arabiya.
“Let’s get something straight so we don’t kid each other…[the Iranians] already have paved a path to a bomb’s worth of material,” said Mr. Biden. “Iran could get there now if they walked away in two to three months without a deal.”
The president is unwilling to cede any of what he considers his exclusive powers in the area of foreign policy and has struggled mightily to keep the Senate away from any role in the kind of deal to be negotiated.
A committed Religious Zionist, he was a sought-after adviser on Zionist affairs around the world.
More important, Mr. Obama is simply acceding to Iran’s position on the timing of the lifting of sanctions.
For our community, Mrs. Clinton’s foreign policy record will doubtless attract the most attention. And it is a most interesting one.
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