Across Israel, Meir Panim responds to the growing needs of the country’s 1.75 million impoverished residents through various food and social service programs.
President Obama’s departure for his Hawaiian vacation the other day reminded us of the chaotic scene at the end of the Vietnam War when desperate American military and civilian personnel were extricated from Saigon by hovering helicopters while surging North Vietnamese troops, pressing forward with their encirclement of Saigon, were mere yards away.
Make no mistake: Mr. Obama is presently under siege, and he can no longer blame his troubles on nasty Republicans putting politics over the public interest. Even the media, finally tired of serving as the administration’s lap dogs, are calling him to task.
Front and center, of course, has been the disastrous rollout of Obamacare along with the patent untruths the president spoke about its costs and about how Americans would be able to keep their current insurance plans and doctors.
We now understand why he delayed the much-anticipated (or much-dreaded, depending on one’s political perspective) rollout until after last November’s presidential election. Just imagine a president having to run for reelection with this debacle hanging over his head – especially with the Benghazi controversy still fresh in voters’ minds.
Damage had already been done to Mr. Obama’s credibility by Benghazi and a host of other embarrassments, including the revelation that the IRS had targeted conservative groups. But it took the Obamacare fiasco to sink the president to unprecedented lows in the opinion polls, with a majority of Americans viewing him as untrustworthy or incompetent – or both.
Mr. Obama is also facing an open revolt by senior Senate Democrats who are ignoring his importuning to delay enactment of new sanction legislation aimed at Iran on the grounds that it would thwart the continuation of current talks with Tehran. And a growing number of our allies are wondering whether the U.S. is still a reliable ally given Mr. Obama’s having ignored his own “red lines” regarding Iran and Syria.
Ominous also is the recent Chinese assertion of jurisdiction in international waters despite U.S. protests and Russian moves in Asia and Europe. Meanwhile, Iran’s support for terror around the world continues unabated.
We are at a critical juncture in our history. We really need the president to somehow refurbish our image in the world and regain respect for his office. Because whatever one may think of his politics and policies, he’s the only president we have, and he has three years left to his second term.
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The answer is an emphatic no.
The meaning of “God’s watch” here is not entirely clear.
Don’t Israelis and Arab Palestinians deserve more than this? Is it not time to stop the insanity?
At age 104, my mother was still concerned about her relationship with Hashem.
Obama’s incompetence, the way his naive worldview and credulity have made a fool of him, are equally frightening
“The only difference between this world and the time of Meshiach is our bondage to the gentile kingdoms.”
You’ve discovered our little secret!
Klein’s challenger has demonstrated a propensity to unleash poisonous vitriol, even to other Zionists
President Obama’s foreign policy is based on fantasy.
Welcome the book of Leviticus!
If the nationalist Knesset members don’t provide the answer, the Arab MKs will do so in their place.
International Agunah Day falls annually on Ta’anis Esther, this year on March 13.
Yeshiva University Museum recently hosted an exhibit titled “Threshold to the Sacred.”
Even a foxhole Yid has to admit that antisemitism is on the upswing.
One can almost imagine a shocked Mr. Kerry thinking to himself, “How could he?” Yet not only did Mr. Putin do what he did, China, one of the three major international players along with the U.S. and Russia, agreed with him, not with Mr. Kerry.
We are not unmindful that generally appropriate governmental initiatives may have some inappropriate aspects in execution.
Al Qaeda, despite President Obama’s claims to the contrary, is newly resurgent and no doubt salivating at the prospect of a severely diminished U.S. military capacity.
Last month, after the Israeli government published plans for new construction, the State Department promptly repeated its longstanding refrain that the settlements were “illegitimate” and that “It is never helpful to have steps taken that are not conducive to our efforts to move forward on peace.”
While the thrust of the proposed law is easily understandable, there is a problem as well. The current draft requires claimants to prove malicious intent on the part of the present holder of the property, which some legal authorities say would be extremely difficult.
Recent stories in the Israeli media, citing “unnamed sources,” indicate that Mr. Kerry failed to get backing from President Obama to confront Israel over its rejection of his peace proposals
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